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Heavy Handed IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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: 876 |  Reviews: 402
Photo of oakbluff
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lot 2678- via piscator34- thanks Kris. Appearance- cloudy dark orange/red grapefruit, minimal head. Nose- sharp citrus and some toasty malt. Taste- hoppy twang initially which is quickly overtaken by chewy caramel malts. Quite thick in body for size of beer. Finishes with earthy dryness. Didn't have the fresh hop character I thought it would. More malts than hops in this brew

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Photo of UA8
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a creamy off white head.

S- Smells like the rind of a clementine, aka heavy on the citrus hops, sweet citrus with a slight ruby grapefruit backer.

T- A very nicely balanced effort. Leads with orange rind and grapefruit, mid palate is a nicely roasted malts and then finishes with highly resinous and biting hops.

M- Starts velvety and full with a very nice mouth coating texture.

D- This is a really good IPA. Runs up there with the best of them and nears being a DIPA. Very tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber, with tight beige head. Good head retention, some bigger bubbles popping slowly, leaving a rocky presentation.

Aroma is sticky pine resin, and with an underlying citrus smell. Also a good amount of the malt coming through.

First taste reveals hops of course, piney and citrusy, as noted in the aroma, but also a very good showing from the malt. Pretty balanced, with the hops proving a bit stronger, as should be expected. Very bitter on the front end, with the malt soothing the tongue on the back. Citrus becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up.

Creamy, thickish mouthfeel, bitter finish.

Overall a good drinker, probably won't blow your mind, but a very tasty, sessionable beer that is well crafted.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at source, served at cellar temperature in a 16 oz glass. This is kind of drinking experience is why one goes to the pub rather than stay at home and save money with a sixer. There is no substitute for a well-made beer served from the cask. An everyday experience in the old country, it is relatively rare here. Fortunately we live near the Two Brothers and there is always one on the cask.

It turns out there are several batches of the Heavy Handed made this year using different species of hops. The tap version was made with different hops from the ones (Cascade) that appear in the cask form. The difference is profound.

Beer appears almost clear warm walnut color with about a half inch of thick creamy head. Ebullient perfumed aroma fills the glass. On the palate there is a wonderful balance of fresh fruit (a hint of citrus but not overwhelming) and long-lasting bitterness.

It's not really high alcohol, but stronger than the average IPA I think; but it goes down with breathtaking ease. Dangerously so.

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Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at Sheffield's in Chicago.

A= This ale poured a nice deep reddish copper color color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim and left a nice web of lace down the glass.

S= I found the obvious pine and citrus hops notes up front but also discovered a big ticket of caramelly malts too.

T= Much like with the nose, this produced piney citrus hop flavors with a moderate bitterness. On the sweet side, a bit of toasted grain flavoring and bakery malts balanced the hops quite well.

MF= Medium everything (carbonation, body, feel).

D= Definitely an easy drinking IPA. I appreciated the balanced hop flavors, bittering, and aroma. While I don't feel that this is a standout IPA, it is certainly a damn good one.

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Photo of Jerzy86
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer a lot, but there's something with about it that just doesn't fit. I think that the malts may be overpowering the hops a little, but the hops are definitely there. Two brothers makes a great beer in general. I just like a more crisp and fruity IPA... But a great drink; would recommend...

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Photo of SRFeldman79
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a great orange-red color that I've started to associate with maltier, more balanced IPAs. Nice 1/2 inch head, a creamy looking light tan (can't think of a better word at the moment) one that slowly falls back into the beer. Fair amount of bubbles hints at a decent amount of carbonation, and I've always found Two Brothers' beers to have just the right amount of carbonation.

Smells delicious. The hint of toasted and/or caramel malt goes nicely with a piney hop aroma. Definitely smells sweet too.

The first sips evoke a sticky pine needles, good bitterness, and a definitely caramel-sweet and earthy hop flavor. I understand this is U.S. Tettnang hops for the "wet" hopping that is the trademark of Heavy Handed, and I definitely want to experiment with this hop on my own. Perfect carbonation for an IPA. The toasted caramel hinted at in the aroma is mostly noticeable in the aftertaste, along with hops bitterness.

Definitely easy to drink two of these, but then, depending on your tolerance for the bittersweetness of this beer, you might need to make a beer change.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a very yeastey ipa that has a great color and flavor, this is hoped to a nice citrus stile bitter finish, the malts in this one have a flavor of apples in the begining. ther is suttle sour hints in this one from start to finish. this is a decent example of this stile of beer that i am extreamley happy to have goten to try this brew. hope to have more in the future

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

A: This beer poured a golden color with a huge creamy head.

S: The aroma is sweet with hops quite noticeable.

T: This brew is hoppy and bitter, but it also has a nice balance from the sweetness of the malt.

M: Medium-full bodied...lush!

D: Good balance makes this an easy brew to drink. I'd definitely buy this by the 6-pack if given the opportunity.

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Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks hwwty4 for this extra

A: Pours a nice ruby hue with a nice bubbly head. So so retention with nice sheets of lace.

S: Nice sweet caramel malt with blasts of citrus and green floral hops.

T: Nice balance. Nice sweet malt and bitter hops. You get the full spectrum of hops with pine, citrus and floral noted.

M: Nice and thick for an IPA. I drank it a touch colder than I like, but it was nice and smooth.

D: Enjoyable. I would buy a sixer if avaliable.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street...
A very aggressive pour yielded a clear, lucid, dark-orange hue with a minimal head that quickly receded and deposited a small amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild hop aroma present along with a burst of fresh citrus in the nose...
Super-sweet hop-dominated flavor that really shines through due to the fact that this beer falls on the sweeter end of the bittersweet grapefruit spectrum of classic American IPA's...
A candied, melon taste with an assertive hop backbone lays the foundation for a crisp, clean rendition of the style...
Sweet, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with an outstanding level of drinkability and a modest 5.7% ABV make this an easily drinkable, very enjoyable IPA...

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Photo of abankovich
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep amber color with a milky-white head. Leaves a decent lacing behind as the beer gets lower in the glass.

No bottled on date except for Lot 2617 written on the bottle. Couldn't find anywhere on the website that would interpret this for me. The aroma is rather low. I am not really picking up much from this pour. Mild hop notes, pine aroma is most noticeable.

Very good flavor, smooth and delicious across the whole palate. Finishes with a thick milky/malty sweetness. First flavors and those that stretch across the palate however are subtle hops. Nothing is too overpowering, this is a well-balanced and very easy drinking IPA. Mild bitterness and citrus characters. I'm actually really enjoying the balance in this IPA.

Mouthfeel again is pretty smooth, medium bodied, and easy drinking. That leads me in to describing the drinkability on this one as very good. I sort of wish that the hops were more overpowering, but at the same time I'm really loving how easy to drink this beer is. More along the lines of an amber ale that has been heavily hopped than an IPA. Nonetheless, I like it a lot.

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Photo of Slynger
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep amber shadowed orange color, with a slim and finely bubbled off-white lid.

Very nice smell comes in with sweet, fresh, citrus and floral hops, while sweet caramel malts gets their back.

An oily and smooth medium body has a nicely sweet maltiness to balance sweet orangey citrus. Light amounts of piney and grassy hops come in as well, and the finish has some orange peel bitterness that pleasantly lingers.

Heavy-Handed IPA is very good. It's got everything a good IPA should and, while far from overpowering, it's just damn tasty.

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Photo of happygnome
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a copper orange color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing around the edge of the glass as well as in the center of the beer
s: citrusy and piny hops here a little sweet malt aroma
t: nice bitterness from citrusy and piny hops balanced wonderfully by the sweetness of the malts
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a very nice brew

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Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slim head. Pale orange. Kind of smells like beer, but only a whiff of malt & little else in the nose.

Tastes like beer, too. Malty. Weird aftertaste on the back of the tongue. I don't have much of a reaction either way to this beer.

Haven't had anything else by Two Brothers, so I have no idea if this is representative. I'll try another. But this is an unremarkable beer. Nothing real bad, nothing real good. It's OK.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good beer. Poured from the bottle to a drak orange-red color with thick off-white head that lingered thru most of the glass and left good lacing. Nose was an immediate tangy, citrusy hop (mostly grapefruit) with a pleasant malty background. Mouthfeel of this full bodied beer was tangy and slightly bitter, but again offset just enough by the malt. Flavor accented the citrus hoppy flavor of the nose, but also worked in a little malty dark fruit as well.

This all led to a very well rounded, long full finish.

Good Job Two Brothers!!

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it has a fine surface of creamy foam. Sticky lace coats the sides. Head retention is above average. Color is a reddish amber jewel tone.

Smell is grassy, a touch sweet, juicy pear with wet hops. A medicinal note reminds me of a homebrew with fresh hops my friend made last year.

Clean malt with unique fruity pear notes, some residual piney bitterness. Slight sweetness at first that segues into a more dry, bitter finish. Mild butterscotch midway through that doesn't linger long. Light bodied, could use a touch more carbonation. Very easy drinking, unfortunately I only had a single.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by demcorhip. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a blood orange-red colour with just about 1/4 inch of head. Very little carbonation or lacing, head retention is poor. Aroma is sweet and floral with a hint of citrus. Slight metallic aroma, some apple blossom with crackery malt in the background.

Taste is bitter off the top with grapefruit and orange peel, then herbal and peppery. Dried fruit sweetness, figs dates, raisins, all backed up my a good crackery malt presence. Nice balance, not too bitter or too sweet. Quaffable. Mouthfeel is creamy, finishes dry, carbonation is very mellow. This is a well-balanced and flavourful IPA that might just benefit from a cleanup in the aroma and appearance department.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with medium white foam that leaves a good amount of lacing at the top.

Aroma is hoppy but is a little subdued. Reminiscent of other fresh hop beers I have had, but not as big. Possible due to this being several months after hop harvest.

Fairly sweet upfront taste. Caramel malts with a good hop finish. Once again I had expected a bit more of the hops to come through. Light carbonation (not negatively so)

high drinkability. I could drink a few of these easily. A nice hop aftertaste.
I considered not reviewing this since I am nearly certain that the fact this is several months past hop harvest has diminished this bere, but the bottle notes that they use "wet hops" in very tiny writing. If I hadn't thought that this reminded me of the fresh hop deers I had a few months back I might not have looked.

A good refreshing ipa. I can only hope that it packs a bigger hop punch when the batch is brand new.

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Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crimson fiery amber pour with a quickly fading offwhite head. Smell is light, fresh hops and sweet candy like sugary malt. Taste is nicely hopped, but mild for 60 IBUs. Candy like sweetness follows mild fresh hop flavor. Not soapy, and is easy to drink. Sweetness turns almost to grain-like sweetness as it warms. All in all I'm very happy with this, and would recommend it as a nice mild IPA.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for another extra! One of the 7 IPA's I got from his trade, certainly my IPA hero!

Lot 2617 from the back label

Pours an amber color with tons of foamy head, it filled up the glass so quickly that I had to wait to pour the rest, tons of lacing as well. Typically I don't like so much foam but it suits this beer well.

Smell is mostly piney hops, some citrus, slight malt backing.

Taste is rather malty for an IPA, hop bitterness has more of a backseat role, caramel and malt take the forefront while the hops slowly linger in. Good carbonation level, very smooth to drink, quite sticky in the mouth as a result of the sweetness of this IPA.

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Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with sman262, thanks for including this extra in my package, split with a friend, poured into my Three Philosophers glass

A-Golden orange with a light red tint, 2/3 inch foamy white head, stuck around for a minute or two, some retention, some lacing at the beginning

S-Grassy and piney hops, a little citrus, tons of sweet malt, different spicy aromas, and a good amount of caramel

T-Way sweeter than I expected, both bready and caramel malts right off the bat, did not taste the hoppiness until the finish, left a pretty dry aftertaste but could not compete with the malts, not balanced at all, if anything it is turned around, tasted some grapefruit and oranges as it warmed, but caramel and chewiness stuck out the rest of the time

M-Medium body, little thick for an IPA, boatloads of carbonation, taste lasted up to five minutes at times, sweet and faintly bitter mouthfeel

D-Could drink a few bottles of this before the sweetness got to me, ABV is fairly low but it is does have a hefty feel to it overall, not the best session beer

First beer I have ever had from Two Brothers, more sweet than I prefer my IPAs, still not bad and I am glad I got to try it, had never even heard of this one before, recommended for people who like their india pale ales on the sweeter side rather than bitter and dry like myself

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a burnt orange, a little hazy against light and with a wisp or two of sediment from the last few drops. A conservative head, less than a finger, leaves a patchy cover yet throws little lace explosions around the edges of the glass.

Aroma - initially shows some pleasant hoppy citrus. As the head burns off, a mostly caramel malt comes through, a little on the light side. Some light hops do make their way back.

Taste - classic sweet, biscuity malted grain, followed by a smooth and moderate hoppiness. Mildly bitter with equal parts orange and grapefruit. Only a little sweetness to the fruity side, nicely done. The swallow lets just a little maltiness back in, but not enough to get in the way. Finishes ideally for the style, mostly bitter residue with a touch of the malt. Kudos to an IPA that would taste good before and after the boat ride.

Mouthfeel - some smoothness and slickness make for a somewhat heavy feel. Hefty carbonation helps lighten it up a bit.

Drinkability - one of the more sessionable IPAs for me. It has more oomph than Sierra Nevada pale, but not by buckets. A bit light for an IPA but they make for easy drinking.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber, thin head with great rentention.
Smells like grapefruit, some pine, nice malt balance. Very pleasing.
Taste, citrus hops up front, followed by some pine like bite. Malt balances out the after taste.
Feels spot on. Not thick or syprupy. Clean, almost sessionsilbe.

This is a good beer. I'll put it in my top five IPAs. Not the benchmark, or greatest, but a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished bronze-ish amber. Nice head and head retention (white).

Smells like grapefruit hops and malt. Mmm....I've been getting a bit of a pine overload from my last few drinking sessions ... bring on the grapefruit.

Good clean malty background with some delicious grapefruit hops and maybe a hint of some sweeter fruits ... tastes like mango, maybe.

Very good, wish I could find it locally.

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Heavy Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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