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Heavy Handed IPAHeavy Handed IPA

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavy Handed IPA is brewed to celebrate the harvesting of the hops every year. Within moments of harvest we add freshly picked "Wet Hops" to this IPA. Since the hops have not been dried before use, they add a wonderful character found in no other beer. A hop lovers dream. (Available September through December) Each batch is "single hopped" with a different hop variety.

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Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lot 2521, vintage 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown with a solid finger of soapy, peanut foam leaving behind pretty cobwebs. Smell is piny, earthy, tea like and has a solid malty backbone; some notes of toffee.

Flavor is quite malty, with a Smacks cereal flavor. The malts definitely own this one, the hops come through as a cameo but are subdued to simple earthy, sweet notes, nothing particularly notable. Medium bodied with moderate carb.

This is a lesser fresh hop IPA. If they marketed the beer as a fresh hop ale, versus IPA, then maybe a little more like my tastes. As it is, it's a decent enough brew, but know it is not your typical IPA at all. That being said, I don't know the freshness of this either.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is amber, hazy, off white tan head of small bubbles. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is sweet, mildly piny hop presence. Some malt.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, mild earthiness from the hops, sulfur, dirt, grass, mild to moderate bitterness, nice finish, decent but not a special IPA.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, and has a homebrew look to it possibly just the haze, but its deep amber with some orange edges and very creamy head on top that shows great retention and white sheets cascading down the glass. the nose is pretty balanced, don't get a lot of hop dominance but its there, fresh and resinous. good malty backbone creates balance with some bready characteristics as well. the taste has a great hop freshness that almost meets the malt in the middle. not a lot of complexity in the flavor, but a good foundation of fresh hops, pine, resin, bready malt, and finishes slightly dry. medium body and very creamy on the palate minimal alcohol if any. over this is decent if anything stands out to me is the great mouthfeel on this one. well done.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive caramel-amber in color, with plentiful 2-finger head and cloudy lacing. Nice!

Aroma is crisp pine and ripe grapefruit. Fairly typical American IPA.

Taste is malt forward, with a rush of hops finishing up with a bitter citrus (orange and grapefruit) and pine kick. Certainly an enjoyable and well-done IPA worth revisiting.

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Photo of PerHops
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark copper almost a brown. Very nice white head that leaves beautiful lacing as you drink it.

S- Not as hoppy as I was hoping, but that's not a shocker considering this is a month older than I would ideally want to drink it.

T- Very malty, but does have some spice and a long bitter finish. A little piney, very little if any citrus.

M- Medium carbonation with that very long bitter finish. Drinkability is good.

O- I gotta try this one next year closer to it's date of release.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.23/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer pours a slightly hazy caramel color with half inch head and lasting lace. The appearance is the highlight of this beer. It's aroma is of sweet malt and grapefruit. The flavor is strictly hop bitterness. No fruitiness or balance. There is an overwhelming, lasting bitter and medicinal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA is a nasty beer, a total hop bomb. NOT recommended!

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Photo of beagle75
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.
Lot 2711 = Cascade hops from Marcell Field

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of parchment-tinted foam head consisting of an unusually wide range of bubble sizes. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a scant few tiny bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Malt is fairly fruity with transformed caramel in the nose. Hops are primarily herbaceous, with a rare quality that suggests astringency.

T: Begins off-dry, with sharp herbaceous hop aromatics that taste green and juicy. Early hop flavors fade, but a mineral element which was well-integrated with the hops is left exposed for a few beats. Yeast esters are also detectable early, amidst moderate acidity. The middle is less dynamic and intense, with mild bready malt and some grapefruit citrus of similar intensity. Bitterness is mild to moderate in the finish, with a host of compatible flavors that include herbaceous and grapefruit hops as well as minerality.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation that is almost suggestive of cask service.

D/O: This is a reasonably successful ale that stands out as being particularly malt-forward for a wet-hopped beer. As usual with Two Brothers line of products, it is food-friendly for the style but may suffer from a lack of any really memorable qualities in the final measure.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2591 Columbus hops according to their webpage.

Pours a deep cloudy orange with 1.5 fingers of off-white head with sticky lacing down the glass.

Grassy hops along with a load of pine. Just a bit of caramel sweetness.

Starts off with a slight citrus flavor. A bit of caramel sweetness in the middle of the palate, finishing piney and bitter.

Mouthfeel and carb are good.

Not a ton of flavor for a wet hopped IPA. Not bad, but doesn't terribly impress me either.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

closing out thanksgiving with my first brew from two brothers brewing. The number on the bottle indicates these are centennial hops

a- heavy handed pours a strong reddish amber color with apparent sediment aka floaties present. A decent head of foam that slowely recides with sticky lacing on the sides. A good wet hop look!

s- strong caramel malt bursts out of the glass and literally engulfs the flavors. I really didn't get much hop presence there. I really hoped for a little bit more going on.

t- bitter beginning and bitter ending! In between, there is the same sweet caramel malt flavor. Sticky and bitter flavors all over... heavy handed redeemed itself with a prickly pine needle hop flavor enrobed in bitterness

m- sticky with the bitter flavors with the carbonation spot on

o- I'll tell you what, this is one bitter ipa! While I didn't get excited with the caramel malt ipa presence, the bitterness rocked! I will try to snag these each fall

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, caramel, malts, pine, resin

taste: pine, hops, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: average IPA. A style that is getting harder and harder to impress me.


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Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Lot 2521. Pours a deep clear, copper color with a light tan thick head that coasters on top of the beer. Fruit forward hops aroma with melon and orange. Nothing too extreme but not unpleasant. Hmm, sweet orange and pez candy like taste. Very minimal bitterness but it kicks in at the end slightly. Booze is non apparent. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a not bad beer, balanced but I wish there was just a little more hop bite to this one.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. No bottling date. Lot 2591, according to bottle; the brewery's website tells me this batch was made with wet Columbus hops. Not sure if everyone knows you can look it up.

Solid amber, dark for an IPA. Translucent. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle that I tried to keep there. Nice head forms at first and leaves a bunch of lacing.

Aroma isn't very much, but it's nutty, bready malt with a sticky, herbal character.

Juicy flavors of grapefruit and pine, quite a bit of malt. A bit more bitter than I expected. Decent wet-hop character. Gets maltier as it warms, in my opinion.

Medium body but with a heavier stickiness on the tongue.

Overall, this was a good wet-hopped beer. Would like to try some of the other batches with different kinds of hops.

Also, I kind of wish wet-hopped beers had their own category, because it's tough to score them alongside regular IPAs.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Red with a brown tinge that gives off a very hazy unfiltered appearance. Head is about half an inch thick. Leaves behind some decent lacing as well

Smell - Very strong piney hops scent hits you right away, along with a healthy smell grapefruit and citrus aroma.

Taste - Wow, this is a very hoppy tasting beer! The wet hops are easily the strongest flavor in the mix with the grapefruit and citrus flavors being more passive. The aftertaste is a bitter citrus flavor that goes dry very quickly, which is surprising considering how strong the hoppy flavor is.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is pretty moderate and the body is heavy. It's not exactly what you'd call smooth, but those who are used to IPAs will be used to this style. It's also got a very refreshing and crisp feel to it.

Overall - It's a pretty good IPA, and one that hop enthusiasts will enjoy. I did find the flavor to be slightly off balance due to the lack of flavor coming from the citrus and grapefruit elements, but that was pretty easy to overlook considering how the wet hops give the beer a fresh taste

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark for an IPA. Dark golden with a head that looked good at first but it disappeared way to fast.
S- Smell is a pleasant herbal and tropical fruit aroma, but it's lacking in intensity. I have to really get my nose in the glass.
T- More malt than the nose indicated. It has something of a sugary base with a tropical fruit flavor. Some pine notes as well.
M- A bit sugary feeling at first but it finishes very dry. Fairly aggressive carbonation.
O- It's an ok IPA but not all that great. Nothing particularly unique about it and I'd probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer pours a cloudy red amber. White bubbles come to the top quickly, but subside equally as fast. Small bubbles continue to come from glass even 10 minutes after opening this beer.

Smell: The heaviest aromas are grapefruit and citrus. Cannot smell beer from several feet away like some IPAs I have tried lately, but nose into glass is awesome. Slightest hint of sour.

Taste: Flavor explodes as beer warms in mouth. Nicely balanced with hops and malt. Finish is heavy on hops, more so than malt. Flavors include citrus, vanilla, grapefruit, and orange. Almost a hint of nut hidden in there. A little too carbonated for my taste.

Overall: Nice IPA with great after taste. I'd put another one in the fridge.

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Photo of osusullins
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The look of this beer is dark orange/amber. Very opaque. Nice creamy, white head.

The aroma is mostly grapefruit, but nice notes of bready goodness. The smell is nicely balanced.

Taste begins with hoppy bitterness, initially pine resin that coats the mouth. The beer finishes with a nice citrus burst that really rounds out the experience nicely. Overall a very nice IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked Two Brothers APA and this is similarly quite good. It is perfectly translucent with a little lacing and little head. It is very hoppy, as it should be. It has the right amount of bitterness and a nice malt balance.

It is borderline and it could have been a 4.5 in any category. Their APA may be more drinkable as a session beer, but this is a nice taster any time. I never had any brothers, but now I have two.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks dannyfrost!

Amber and orange with a thick, persistent, off-white head. Spots of lace left down the glass.

Simple aroma of mild grapefruit and orange along with a sweet, malty, caramel presence.

This is a moderate to highly bitter IPA, with some nice grapefruit character, and a lot of malty, caramel, toffee sweetness. Solid, but nothing particularly special.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit too much carbonation.

A decent and drinkable, above average, IPA.

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Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a 1 in head

Not overbearing on the hops at all with citrus, resin, hops, and floral aromas. Very balanced and more nuanced. The hops certainly don't bash you over the head

medium bodied with a good feel, but one that is lacking a bit after the attack. More resiny flavors with some citrus as well

This is a real nice harvest IPA. On the more subtle side with the hops with a good freshness to both the aromas and flavors

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Photo of rangel2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Binkley's in South Broad Ripple. About a fingers head, reddish brown in color.

Smell is plum. For some reason my brain immediately says plum. Apple cidery, piney notes. Aromatic floral qualities, and big ruby red grapefruit. Solid malt with slight caramel and gentle toastiness to it peeking through.

Bitter up front, warm smooth alcohol in middle, which subdues, leading to bubble gum, faint pear finish. Solid citrus there.

As beer warms, malt starts coming through, that kicks ass, once you've given it about 10 minutes. This beer did a 360 on me, and it's supremely balanced.

In the mouth, it's oily, with just OK carbonation, yet nice crispnesss.

Overall, I enjoyed this. At first I was hesitant. But I gave it time, and it opened up on me. Had this and a SkullSplitter with dinner (garlic honey wings and a roasted mushroom pizza) and it helds its own with each -- SkullSplitter dominated it, here, though.

Cidery, plums, reserved citrus, and sweet malt notes, make this one damn fine beer. Crisp bitter finish makes it a worth dinnertime IPA, albeit a little under carbonated and not as citrusy and piney as I'd like it to be.

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Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "LOT 2711" stamped on the back label. Not too sure what this means? TB usually has an actual best before date clearly marked in this same location. Not sure what the reason for the change is, but I don't like it. Rant over, now onto the review.

Pours an appealing reddish-brown color with nice clarity. Two fingers worth of white foam has settled a bit, but is still hanging around. An impressive amount of sticky fresh-hop lace is being left behind on the glass!

Smell is fairly mild & malt forward (as are most fresh hop ales), but there's definitely some grassy hops and a touch of lemon zest in there as well.

Taste...A nice balance of bitter wet hops and a medium malt body up front. Carbonation hits about mid-way helping the flavors to pop a bit. Finish is smooth with a flavorful lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average fresh hop Ipa overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Let me start my closing thoughts by saying...I don't think that it's fair for Wet- hop IPAs to be judged against standard IPAs. They are really two different styles. This is a really good one. Reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher's. Although this one has more hop flavor and bitterness, which I like. A really nice fall beer.

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Photo of Natural510
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a darker, opaque amber-orange color with little foam/head; what is there is bubbly and flaccid, quickly dissipating to a slight ring of lacing.

The aroma is faint, consisting mainly of caramel malt and subtle hop notes.

Flavor is heavy on the breaded malt, with a residual hop bitterness in the finish. Quite tangy, with notes of caramel, bitter grapefruit and forest-pine. No discernible sweetness despite the significant maltiness.

Body is fairly full, with no experience of dullness despite the lack of head.

Malt-forward IPA could use a bit more hop-kick. Otherwise no real issues with this one, but also not much to separate it from the pack, including other wet-hop beers.

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Photo of bsp77
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with a foamy off-white head and some very nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild citrus over some toasted malts. Very mild - too mild.

Taste: Taste is mild as well, with orange-flavored hops over a bed of caramel and toasted malts. Finish is somewhat bitter, but otherwise this is more subtle and balanced than hoppy.

Feel: Very creamy and smooth body, with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: This was a tough one, as it is not at all what I expected out of a Wet Hop IPA. A Wet Hop IPA? Really?!? (Seth Meyers voice) It barely even qualifies as an IPA. That said, this is a smooth, creamy, balanced and, yes tasty, ale. So I guess I decided to go with what this beer is rather than what it is not. Still, could use more aroma.

Wet Hop American ESB would be a more accurate description.

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Photo of BB1313
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent dark copper, nice white fluffy head and very sticky lacing. Very impressive looking beer. The aromas are nice, pungent grapefruit and pine, but not overwhelming. The flavors pretty much match, the aromas.. nice, but not really intense. I'm picking up some orange peel as well. The mouthfeel is extremely impressive, light, very smooth and creamy. It's one of those beers you could chug, if you chose to, but I wouldn't recommend that. Nice brew, very easy to drink..

There's alot of good things about this beer, but I can't help but think of what this could be. I just wish the flavors and aromas were more pronounced. Either way, I'm glad I tried it and it's not a let down at all. I just wish it was more intense.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavy Handed pours out a deep amber color into a snifter. I get a half a finger of head that leaves reasonable lacing.

The smell is citrus and grass, slight vegetable quality going on.

The taste is much more positive. I get a big grapefruit and slight resin flavor. This blends with a sweet caramel malt profile that somehow doesn't overwhelm the hop flavor or bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy but still smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Well done here.

Overall this is a nice offering and I find myself really thinking the flavors are solid. Would like a slight bit less caramel malt profile.

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Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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