Heavy Handed IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Heavy Handed IPAHeavy Handed IPA
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2002

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Ratings: 873 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lot 2619 brewed with fresh willamette hops.i really dig willamette hops.

poured into one of these sam adams pint glasses,nice amber color with fantastic lacing.

big hop aroma in the nose,slightly medicinal/herbal,slightly tart,with a bit of caramel malt flavor in the back round.

taste has alot of herbal/medicinal hop flavor balanced out by some sweet slightly caramel flavored malt.has a clean bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied with slightly less than moderate carbonation.worth checking out.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of fresh juicy spicy hops, citrus, some caramel grass, and a hint of earth. Very refreshing and balanced.

Taste of bitter juicy spicy hops, caramel, and a hint of earth. Finishes with a bitter grassy hop taste. A very tasty IPA with a sharp spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a biting carbonation.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely, lacy retention of the cream-white head on this cherry-amber beer that camouflages perfectly with the mahogany bar. Brilliant fresh hop aroma, full of pine, not unlike Pine-Sol (but in a good way), with lots of resinous, fresh, grassy and spicy hop oils. Bracingly hoppy flavor is citric and piney and full of raw hop cone goodness, but there is plenty of creme brulee burnt caramel bittersweetness as well, and an edge of honey. Very syrupy mouthfeel, but the crisp hops to help to cut through that. This is a lovely IPA. Get it fresh!

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Photo of rolf17
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the best beers in the world. Probably the best IPA I have ever too, better than dogfish head 90 min ipa. If u have never had a beer made with fresh hops, well nothing compares. Its incredibly tasty. I am loading up on this stuff(cases), in st paul mn today (big top more places soon 8-9 bucks a six). Have not had this years yet but if anything like last years then my highest recommendation.
two brothers heavy handed ipa

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Photo of beertooth
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maproom $5 for a shaker pint. I love fresh wet hopped beers so much. I'm really glad they have this on tap. I haven't seen any bottles around Chicago yet.

A ruddy pumpkin orange liquid with with tons of bubbles racing up from the bottom of the glass. There's a sticky finger of off white bubbly head as well.

The nose is full of fresh just picked hops. Garlicly green, yellow, and brown lupulin riddled whole cones. With a solid sweet malt body that battles the hops.

The first sip is sweet and bitter. Tons of piney, oily hops and a solid bready malt backbone. A big bitter finish rounds things out.

Moutfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

A tasty fresh hopped IPA for sure. It'll have to hold me over until Broodoo is released.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this yesterday, beer was released on Monday, and it really should only be reviewed fresh, as all beers should be, but being a harvest ale and wet hopped on top of that it practically demands to be drank immediately.

A: Beautiful cherry copper with touches of amber and topped with a pilowy off white head, that even after a day in the growler has no trouble sustaining itself as well as leaving behind some nice lacing.

S: This is where things get interesting and the beer defines itself. Just an all out wet hop assault, pine, touches of winy fruitiness, but really just big on the relentless resiny pine. Stacks up with some of the best IPAs out there I'd say.

T/MF: After the initial pine assault I was expecting the same in the taste and feel but really this beer is quite balanced. Don't get me wrong, this beer is seriously bitter, but balanced enough by touches of doughy, caramel, malt sweetness to really add to the depth of this beer. The feel is spot on, chewy, full bodied IPA with a constricting grip all around the tongue that refuses to let go.

D: This beer is really something else, and I am really excited that there are multiple varieties of this beer that are going to be released in the near future. I've had this beer previously and didn't really like it all that much, but having it fresh from the tap, right after the hop harvest, this beer takes on an entirely different persona, which really gets lost after languishing on the store shelves. If you want to experience what this beer truly is all about, get some right now, bottles, growler, on tap and drink it as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my shaker glass. The IPA appears a clear deep copper color with about an inch of dense cream colored foam. Nose and flavor consist of biscuits slathered in caramel, citrus such as lemon and orange, toasted bread, some earthy pine. The ale is about a notch better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Good enough, but there is better out there. Glad I was able to try it. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of Durge
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at room temperature this one is a clear light copper color with a fair sized off-white head and a bit of slithery lacing. The aroma brings a lot of malt and some herbal hop, maybe even a touch of cotton candy maple syrup going on. The taste offers a sweet blend of maple malt and herbal pine hops. There is some grassiness that isn't helpful but it's mostly a sweet malt and hop blend with a solid mid-body feel and quite drinkable. It's close to being a very good IPA but it seems a bit young and unfinished to me. Not bad though and worth a try.

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Photo of strengthdoc
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I poured this beer the foam was overwhelming. It took 10 minutes for the head to diminish enough to rate it. It was hazy amber in color and a mild citrus hoppiness in the aroma. The taste was also mild and had an orange hop flavor. Mostly I tasted the carbonation. I don't know if this is typical. I only bought one bottle and don't know if I just got a bad one.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a medium amber with a nice frothy head that leaves a nice cap and substantial lacing.

Aroma is tannic acid and light sweet malt.

Flavor is piney and earthy hops. The hops are fresh and delicious in this beer. The malt is roasty and balancing, this is a nicely balacned IPA. Malt is doughy and bready and the hops are earthy and piney, but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, this is actually a little watery and the only let down for this beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler straight from Two Bros. Pours a dark amber with a nice two finger frothy head that hung a round for a while, then left a light lacing.

Good citrus hop smell, but it was muted. There is a carmel malt sweetness as well.

The taste has a very nice balance of citrus hop (slightly orange) and malt. There is also a very quaint bitterness, but not an over-the-top-in-your-face bitterness. It is toned down a little bit, but in a good and flavorful way.

The body is creamy with good carbonation. I've had this bottled and fresh and the mouthfeel is much more smooth on tap, from what I can remember.

This is a sessionable IPA that clocks in at a respectable abv, but light enough to throw back for an entire evening. A solid brew by the Bros as usual.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost dark amber with a white head that faded quickly with lacing

S - Butterscotch/caramel, hops, sweet smelling

T - Sweetness of caramel on the forefront mixed with hops and bitterness, citrus. Alcoholy taste as well.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and medium in body

D - Very sessionable IPA, very sweet with the perfect balance of hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of Naugled
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: hazy copper color,with light tan head, rocky with a silky surface, looks sticky

S: very fresh hop smell, pine up front with citrus notes

T: tons of hop flavors with medium bitterness. no malt flavor present, this full frontal hops, with low aftertaste. hop flavors are more piney than citrus to me, but both are there.

M: rich smooth but thin feeling.

D: very drinkable, especially if you like hop flavor, smooth and easy drinking. I will drink more of this when I get a chance.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, reddish-amber in color with a small off-white head.

S: Rich hops on the nose, with hints of grapefruit, grass and lemon. Perhaps a wee bit of toasty malt as well.

T: Very nice hop flavors. Loads of citrus, pine and grass, all of which come off soft and well-rounded. A bit of malt sweetness serves to add a little balance.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Feels smooth and a bit slick, but finishes pretty clean.

D: Quite drinkable. Smooth, never harsh.

I really like this IPA from Two Brothers. Perhaps it's the "wet hops" they use, but the hop character is not quite as piercing as in other IPA's. I personally like this idea. Give it a try.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark, reddish copper body...pour yielded a one finger head...great lacing with every sip

S - Heavy on the malts...very sweet...subtle hops

T - The sweetness nor the malts are present for very long...just a bit in the forefront...very hop dominated...produces a big bitterness that's not cut with the malty sweetness

M - A little on the light side...something's off here

D - Loved the smell of this beer...but was thrown off by the major bitterness...a good IPA if you're looking for a big bitterness...just not what I was looking for

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with perhaps a slight reddish tint. Thick and frothy head upon being poured into a pint glass. Balanced nose that seems to start out with malt and then grows a bit sweet before giving way to the hops. The beer has a mild hoppy attack. Creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps some caramel malt in the flavor that gives way quickly to a powerful hops finish and a lingering hops aftertaste.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Heavy-Handed IPA is a dense, reddish amber ale with a thin, dense, off-white head that fades to leave a thin film with oily bubbles and decent lacing. It has a resiny, green leafy aroma with a doughy, biscuity malt note. It has a silky smooth medium body with a very dry, slightly chalky finish. It tastes spicy and peppery. It's pretty bitter, but it doesn't have a lot of hop flavor. It's fruity and wooden. It tastes very boozy-- it's hot on the tongue. This is not really my type of IPA, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit malt scent along with a moderate hop aroma. The malts really stand out here. The taste is great! It has a complex malt character that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. The hops are fresh and wonderfully bitter, but nothing over the top. There is real balance here, while maintaining the IPA style. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a malt first IPA that heavy handed in both malt and hop character.

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Photo of youngblood
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Poured to two finger head, stays at least a finger of head for the entire beer leaving tons of lace on the glass on the way down. Amber gold color with a slight haze to it. You can see a fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells semi-sweet, slight caramel, nice bit of pine in there also. Bit of a kick from the hops initially, tingling on the tongue. Leaves a nice sweetness in the mouth with the hops biting at the end. Hop/malt/hop is the flavor order here. Get bits of toffee and pine in the flavor. Nice smooth mouthfeel and quite easy to kick back as well. Nice IPA.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber color. 1/4" head. lots of bubbles shooting around.

S- Smells like oily floral hops, slightly sweet.

T- Sweet malt first, then bitter, but with a slight metallic twang. Earthy hops, sweet caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation. Almost, but not quite sticky syrupy consistency.

D- Not too bad, with the exception of the metallic twang. the earthiness balances well with the sweetness. I would try it again if i knew it was fresh, as i feel that would make a big improvement.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange color with a light finger sized foam. Smells syrupy Foam died quickly.

Hate to say it but kind of weak in the hops bitterness. Malty. Sweet. Seems to have a lot of dryness and gentle bitterness. Like the long lasting flavors. Sweet on one end with light bitterness. Grapefruity.

I wish it had a bottling date. I like the way it lasts on my pallet.

Probably one that needs to be tried as soon as released from the brewery.

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Photo of dfillius
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a pint glass.
I purchased this in February, long after the hop harvest I imagine. Is this beer too old? We shall see.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of tannish head which recedes to a thin layer. Hazy red-gold. Beautiful and would be perfect with more head.
S: Malty with a pine edge. Almost Belgiany sweet. Banana, yeast fruitiness. More hop aroma please. Age degraded the hops?
T: Tastes stale unfortunately. Cooked veggie, bitter, alcohol, not much fresh hop flavor. Disappointing.
M: Bitter, macro lager bad breathy, vegetally starchy, syrupy.
D: Low to moderate. I hope this is a poorly aged beer rather than an example of bad brewing.

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Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad IPA, its respectable, but it isn't overly complex or brilliant. It pours a nice clear amber color with not much head retention and a bit of a slippery lace to it. The nose on the beer is a biscuity malt and a grapefruity and slightly floral hop. The nose is not overpowering or particularly pronounced, but it is respectable.

The beer needs to settle in just a bit. Right out of the bottle, there were some off-flavors akin to cardboard flatness. As the beer settles, the slightly juicy and estery hops emerge. There are some floral, grapefruit like tangy hop notes throughout. There is a sweet malty presence hidden underneath. The beer is fairly light bodied, a bit too tilted towards the hop with a thin malty grain underneath that doesn't quite balance out. The hop is a bit too acerbic. There are some oily notes, but not enough; there are some grapefruity citrus notes, but again they don't present themselves forcefully enough. What is left is just a tad too bittering and too acerbic, with neither the malt balance, nor the full fruitiness of the hop to make this interesting.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a very cool extra in my recent trade with imperialking... Thanks Jeff! Poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head with a ton of sticky lace... the brew is lightly hazy orangey red.

Aroma is orangey.. grassy.. touches of honey.

Flavor has a smooth bitterness.. nice sweetness.. bready maltiness.. again citric hops with a grassy hay hoppiness... quite a bit of maltiness... the body is thicker than expected and could probably be a little lighter.. and maybe a little sweet too.. but maybe that's just me.

Pretty good... the above negatives are minor... just trying to be constructive... Thanks Jeff... this is very drinkable and is hitting the hoppy spot right now.

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Photo of deereless
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick billowy head, a solid inch of foam from a medium pour that is leaving lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass, the color of an acorn with a hint of ruby - 4.25, S: The label indicates the addition of fresh hops and that is truly standing out on the nose, lots of grass and green, also some signs of citrus - 3.50, T: Loads of bittering hops, pine needle tea, borderlines on pungent, malt is present but overshadowed by the hops - 3.25, M: 3.50, D: A very drinkable beer though a little too weighted on the side of hops, I would drink another - 3.50

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Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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