Heavier Handed IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Heavier Handed IPAHeavier Handed IPA

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wet hopped IPA aged in new French oak tanks.

Added by emerge077 on 11-14-2009

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Photo of TaddyPorter
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We went on a random pre-birthday drive yesterday, and ended up amidst the strip malls of Blacklick, home to Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Their beer guy drew my attention to this, and since oak-aged IPAs and Two Brothers have done me so well in the past, I figured I couldn't go wrong. I was right! Great birthday present to myself. From the bottle: "This Artisan Beer is in celebration of our new French oak tanks, called 'Foudres'." I can't wait to enjoy some more brews out of those delicious foudres in the future. This one was foudrin' awesome!

A tawny golden brew with plenty of head retention. Maybe I expected less head retention because of the oak, but I should've reminded myself it wasn't whiskey-barrel-aged, just oaked. All around inviting to the eye.

Powerful piney hops dominate the nose of this beer, with a bit of sweetness from the malt that is quickly washed over by more hoppy tang. Rebecca described the smell as green, dank, and earthy. Cannabis-like, hop-oil scents float all over this one, provided by the "wet hops from Washington state" described on the bottle.

The taste is not as dominated by the hops as the scent would suggest, and the drying pucker of the oak comes through quickly to make its presence known. The tannins of the oak and dry woodiness come clearly through, making this a beautiful and successful example of oak aging for me. Truly a luscious wood-aged beer, and I'm happy to see more things getting aged on oak than just imperial stouts.

Smooth, fairly light on the carbonation, and again dominated by the dry pucker of oak.

I could drink this one all the time, absolutely delicious from start to finish, and the oakiness and hops continue to release nuances as it warms up. It would go great with stinky cheese or something sweet like chocolate and raisins. It has plenty of flavor to stand up to a pungent dish, but is certainly delicate and enjoyable enough to savor on its own.

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Photo of fropones
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

A - Pours a nice copper color one loves to see with a (D)IPA. A finger of creme head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Very floral and hoppy. Smell very inviting. Some candied grapefruit and a bit of pine as well as some cantaloupe. Just the faintest hint of oak. I wish the oak was more pronounced, which is why this didn't get a higher score.

T - Thankfully the oak is more pronounced in the flavor. Up front a bit of malt sweetness and oaky tones, with the hop bitterness in back. The oak is noticeable throughout and quite nice.

M - Nice and creamy. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. Goes down nice without the alcohol very detectable. This one could be trouble...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear, dark orange brew. Light, light tan head, thin but sticky lacing with good coverage.

Aroma - caramelly, dark fruit, figgy, juicy orange, mango.

Taste - lots of malty, biscuity depth, not often found in a DIPA. The sweetness is there, but usually for me it tends to downplay the malt character as the sugar transitions to the hops. Not so here. A lighter sweet allows good grain presence, and I dig it. The hops are citrusy, sweeter at first and growing more bitter on the swallow. Some nice oranginess stays around, pushing into that syrupy, dark fruit, barleywine-like flavor. Finishes with a light alcohol breath and some good palate drying. Is there supposed to be oak in here? Not sure if I'm tasting any of that or not. There's enough yummy beer flavor, I'm not sure if the oak is masked or just blended in to where i can't pick it out.

Mouthfeel - smooth, heavy but could be a little more sturdy. Well carbonated but comes across lighter, enhancing the smoothness.

Drinkability - a more sessionable DIPA than most, delicious stuff.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazed, honey-brown color with a full two-fingers of light-orange colored foam on top. Head retention is excellent and it painted a bunch of lacey ropes and spatters all over the inside of the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of piney hops, blended with some vanilla, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Gains a touch of brown sugar and tropical fruit as it warms.

T: See above. The only reason it doesn't score higher, to us, was that little boozy zing that got a tad too noticable the warmer it got.

M: Very sticky and juicy. I think we detected a bit of spicy oakiness. Hops are very fresh and pungeant.

D: We loved this beer! We also like how it seems like Two Brothers is throwing everything in their new Foudres!

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Photo of AJacob81
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter on-tap at the Roundhouse on 11.11.12

A - deep orange w creamy white 1 finger head. decent legs no lacing.

S - citrusy, floral hops dominate. oak and carmel in support. very inviting.

T - right on the nose. hops open, grapefruit, lemongrass, and a hint of candied orange peel leading into oak notes and caramel malt. earthy bitterness in finish. barrel presence smooths and blends disparate flavors into enticing whole. 4.5

M - medium to full body, creamy and smooth w semi dry finish.

Wonderful DIPA from the Brothers Ebel, much better than Hop Juice.

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Photo of wapcap
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very smooth IPA. Love the use of fresh hops. It really adds to the flavor of the beer. Definitely a step above heavy handed. Taste is very smooth and good. Not even abhint that it is over 8 percent. Another great Two Brothers brew! Color is bout perfect! Great beer!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber to brown in color with a thin half finger head that has decent retention.

Smell has some awesome fresh hop aromas. Fresh herbal, floral notes with a little bit of spicy hop notes as well. Malt is lightly toasted and gives this brew a really nice sweet grainy aroma.

Taste is awesome. Tons of fresh hops are forward. Mainly herbal and floral with hints of spicy hops. Hop are awesome in this, all flavor and aroma, very mild bitterness. Malt give some more grainy flavors that help balance this double ipa nicely.

Mouthfeel is great tons of sticky hop oils and resin, yet still crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is mild and keeps this beer very drinkable.

Overall this is a really nice change from the typical citrus and piney ipa. Love the wet hop, it leave some great aromas flavors and resin. I just burped and it's 100% hop oil.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz served in a snifter at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Poured a deep, rusty, orange-amber color with a foamy off-white head. Retention was good, and the lacing was fantastic! With each sip, a new ring of lacing was left around the glass - definitely nice to look at. Aromas of citrus, caramel, and toasty malt filled the nose. Flavors were full and complex with notes of caramel and some citrus with hints of mild oaky vanilla and slight toasted grain. A large dose of pine is present from the start and was carried through to the finish providing some astringency and bitterness. Nice balance here. Mouth-feel was somewhat on the thin-to-medium side when chilled, but as it warmed it became fuller. Overall, very impressed with the fresh hop - oak aged offering. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was very well done!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather bland slightly cloudy and rusty amber orange.

The aromatics are outstanding, resinous, piney, lemon, and orange zest smell fresh and well balanced. No harsh notes.

Much less sticky resin than I was expecting, but juicy and citrusy hop profile, met by a warm and soft caramel malts.

Smooth as water, the wet hopping definitely takes a lot of the hop bitterness away.

Overall, another fantastic beverage from Two Brothers, I just wish I had two!

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Photo of brow1901
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear medium amber copper color with a bone white one finger head. Good retention with some very pretty lacing.

S- Primarily earthy hops in the nose. It's a rather spicy hop smell kinda tingles the nostrils, I attribute this to the fresh hops used. The normal lemongrass citrus smell of fresh hops isn't around in this beer, perhaps its a bit too old.

T- Very light and smooth, not nearly as much of a hop bite as one would expect from the smell. Not picking up the oak really but the aging I'm sure accounts for the smoothness and toned down bitterness. The beer finishes with just a hint of sweetness left on the tongue.

M- Nothing really exciting to report, medium thickness I would classify as standard for double IPA's. I do like how it leaves the mouth mostly dry but just slightly slick, its a nice touch.

D- good drinkability, you would never guess this beer was 8% and it ends up sneaking up on you. Good smooth flavor that won't wreak your paleate, and I like the 22oz serving.

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Photo of nkersten
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from bottle into NB tulip. Dark golden, almost amber color with a moderate head that fades just enough to cover the top of the beer for the remainder of the glass. Great lacing.
S- Lots of piney hops, a little bit of alcohol and minimal oak.
T- Excellent hop flavor, lots of pine and some tropical fruit. The oak is very understated and adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. These two flavors somewhat overpower the malt, but it is exactly what I would expect from an oaked IPA. I am very happy to taste the oak after the hops, more of a compliment then a showcase.
M- Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A little alcohol heat.
D- This an excellent IPA that doesnt overpower in any way like some do. Could easily finish the bomber on my own. If you get a chance to try this one I recommend it. Can't even imagine how good this would be from a cask.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big bottle of IPA can be a potent thing.
Too much of a good thing? Can't wait to find out.

Opened without much gas. Could be flatter than I'd like.
No date on the bottle so I assume it's a fairly recent release.
Fluff of foam came down to a nice ring of lace.
Amber color.

Resin scent. Reminds me of the bow rosin for string instruments.

Fresh flavor, Medium-heavy body. Not something that you find often, long mild hop flavor that isn't overwhelming. Piney.
Clearly more of a show piece. And it has the taste to back it.
The oak mellowed it, probably gave it a nice dark amber color.

Good low carbonation. Not a problem drinking this one, not like some IPAs. Just be prepared to pay for it in $$$$

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Just about picture perfect deep copper color with nice looking tight lacing. On the glass I can see each sip I have taken. Really cannot ask for much more out of an IPA.

S: Big hop bomb right up front. You do get the oak a little behind that. Quite subtle but I think it works well for the beer overall.

T: The taste is just really nice. Big hops with quite a bit of citrus. Little bit of orange in there as well. The oak and the hope are in perfect balance.

M: The best part of the beer. Very creamy while still having a touch of that hop thickness you want.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. I have enjoyed everything I have had from them and this is no exception.

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Photo of danman83
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 8oz mug

Appearance- Bronze, fantastic head and retention.

Smell - Very dank resiny wet hops.

Taste - Very smooth upfront then the wet hops overtake the palate with a dry finish requiring another drink.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and wet upfront with a very dry finish.

Drinkability - It's easily a session beer if you can handle more than a bomber bottle of it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a super-fresh bomber at Armanetti's today. Shared with d0b and served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - This is one dark brew - transparent mahogany/amber body with a big conical stream of tiny bubbles rising up the top of the glass. Two fingers of orange-tan foam that laves nice concentric rings of lacing and dissipates slowly to a thick cap.

S - Tropical hoppiness, sharp oak spice, a hint of pine, some light vanilla, and a nice toasted bread malt and caramel backbone. The nose isn't super big and the hops smell faded, which isn't surprising considering this was oak-aged.

T - The taste starts with a nice mix of vanilla and melon sweetness, but then quickly morphs into some sharp wood flavor. There is fairly strong residual hop bitterness mixed with some tannic notes, but it's under control and dissipates fairly quickly. The malt backbone is even further in the backdrop, with a bit of bread and not much else. I'm not getting a ton of dry hop character.

M - Slick, oily, hop resins. Smooth, medium body. A bit of warming, but not too hot. Lower carbonation.

D - My 11oz went down pretty fast. It's an interesting and pretty unique DIPA compared to the other local selections. I'm not generally a huge lover of oak-aged/barrel-aged hoppy beers (other than Exponential Hoppiness), but this is a pretty successful one.

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

22oz bomber picked up at the brewpub.

A: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with reddish pink highlights, honey yellow with a heavy dose of orange. Head is thick, dense and incredibly stick, leaves behind a ring of lacing after each sip.

S: Ripe melons and pine, there seems to be less of an oaky sweetness evident in the bottle than the on tap version.

T/MF: The oakiness comes through more in the flavor than in the aroma, it adds an underlying creamy smoothness to the rougher edges of pine and sweet, ripe melons. It acts as a kind of butter that slides over the dank hops and waves of gooey malt sweetness. The feel of this thing reminds me more of an American barleywine than an IPA, feels dense, sticky and chewy with only an inkling of dryness near the finish.

D: Each sip is a pleasure and brings forth wave after wave of fresh, sticky hoppiness. But in terms of rating to style this beer is a bit of a tweener, it drinks and tastes heavier than the majority of IPAs but not as over the top as a DIPA. Whatever this beer wants to call itself is fine by me. Also I think I like this beer better out of the bottle, but I'd like to give it another try just to be sure. Great beer regardless, can't wait to see what else they have planned with these fouders.

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

Beer buyer at a store recommended this to me as something new. Was in the mood for an IPA so thought I'd give it a go.

A - Much darker than I was expecting, reddish brown, dark amber. Nice soapy two finger head that left some very solid lacing down the sides as it dissipated.

S - For an extreme IPA the hops in these are definately present, but nicely mellowed, maybe it's the oak influence? Nice light fruity hints, can't tell what it is, pine notes are there, but not overpowering, great balance.

T - Alright, you definately get the hops, but I actually taste malts in this, it's so nicely impressive for such an "extreme" beer. I think the oak really takes the edge off the pine and hops notes. Even get a little vanilla in there, very pleasantly balanced although very hoppy as well. Does have the nice bitter twist at the end.

M - Very resiny, it almost coats itself and then breaks into a somewhat oily feeling liquid. Not unpleasant, works well for this brew. Heavier end of medium bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable for something that is this hoppy, could do another bomber, which says a lot for this brew. Surprisingly complex for this type of beer.

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

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a reddish hued orange coloration. Somewhat cloudy but hey this is an unfiltered beer. So in my book it looks tasty. The head is biege and short lived. Nice rings of lacing mark the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: Hints of spicy vanilla oak peak out from underneath a hop blanket. A nice general mixing of expected hop aromas pine resin, grapefruit and other citrus. Very nice.

Taste: The flavor of the beer gives a nice initial kick off of pine resin flavors. The pine flavors really linger around and bring some very nice continuous and long lasting bitterness on the finish. The beer has nice grapefruit and citrus tones a bit earthy at times. In short this isnt a bad beer drinking experience. I would have liked a bit heavier hop prescence but this is still a very nice hop fix. The beer almost reaches the level of greatness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: I really dig the body of this beer. The body of the beer is full with a nicely supported resinous quality. The carbonation is low but works very nicely with the overall character of this beer. The beer also receives high marks for drinkability. The beer was a pleasure to drink from start to finish. The beer almost reaches the level of greatness. I would have enjoyed a bit more hops and bitterness overall. This is still a very pleasing hop fix.

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Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a resimous hop and a moderate caramel.

The taste was very well balanced with an upfront balmy hop oil that quietly leveled out and melted into te moderately sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a a DIPA with very good drinkability.

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

A: The head on the beer exhibits some serious staying power, significant sticky spots dot the interior of the glass, the fact that it is unfiltered explains the signs of sediment, light to medium amber in color - 4.25, S: Heavy on the malts, mild oak perceived, perhaps some slight hops but my guess is that the aging really diminished the aromatics of the hops, there is a subdued sweetness that is faintly tropical - reminds me of the mountain papaya and a little like grape, soft fig aromas as well - 4.00, T: The palate has more hops than the nose and provides a mild bitterness, the oak smoothes out the flavor and provides a nice shot of vanilla and earthiness, very malty and caramelly, quite sweet while also having a dry aftertaste - 4.25, M: Syrupy-like body, quite velvety - 4.50, D: A very pleasant union of oak and IPA, much of the hops seem to get lost with the aging but still a very satisfying beer - 4.50

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:First Pour is a see-thru copper color; second pour is a little cloudier with a nice aggressive head to it with scattered lacing down the glass

S:At first smell I get a lot of earthy grass tones and then after that hits a nice fresh piney scent to it.

T:Quite interesting, not too much up front until it hits the back of the tongue. Then those hops start to kick in with a slight malt backbone to smooth it out. Fresh tasting hops stick to the palate, leaving a sticky pine resin and all most slight smoky finish behind. Alcohol presence is fairly well hidden.

M:Had a fairly thinner body but I don't think what such a bad thing for what it seems like they were going for, good carbonation throughout.

D:All in all a very enjoyable threat for my Sunday night, a nicely put together fresh hop IPA. Interesting taste to the brew that leaves you very intrigued and wanting a little more, easy to drink and a well hidden ABV. If you could get a bottle of this limited release I would suggest it.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a dark orangy brown with a very light tan head that disappointly rises only half a finger and is gone immediately. The lacing is light.

The aroma is light for a dipa, there is a light sweet citrus to start then you get some hops, alcohol, and soap.

The taste is spot on with the aroma a little sweetness on the front, in the middle you get a lot of alcohol mixed with some hops and it finishes with a light hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is real viscous and lasting.
This beer is drinkable but you probably wouldn't drink more than a bottle yourself.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clouded golden/orange appearance. slim white head. lace leaving.

Gorgeously herbaceous aromatics, bristling pine, vibrant citrus. lemon and grapefruit. Mmm.

Tasting: Big bite of bitterness up front, followed by a flash of sweet, flush with flavor, filling the mouth, then slowly fading in intensity, but not without leaving hoppy trails in it's wake. Oak-aged leaves traces of woody texture, a definite difference detected. Good mouthfeel, nice play on the palate.

And every subsequent sip leaves me wanting another.
Fruit and wood join forces in every taste, hop delivery remains undeterred. Nice complexity, continues through the drinking.
Persistent puckering from never-ending hop attack.

Batch 3109, not sure what the hop was used, ..but I'm a fan of this one. I believe I'll have another.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received from AleWatcher in the "I'm never going to win one, so I'll just start one LIF". Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a slightly dark orange amber color, hazy with yeast, with a finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles with a couple of thicker islands, a thick collar and some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrusy hop aroma up front - oranges, tangerines, grapefruit...some pinapple as well. Some caramel malt, and yeasty breadlike aroma fills in behind the hops.

T - Well balanced double IPA. Citrusy hops are definitely in the forefront of things. Grapefruit taking the lead and pineapple adds a strong presence and also some apricots. Bitterness is medium high, but not overpowering. A sweet, sugary and caramelly malt backbone is solid behind the hops. Some woody oak flavor kicks in for good measure...it is subtle, but definitely there, and puts a finishing touch on this fine DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with a soft carbonation that gives this a very smooth and velvety feel in the mouth. Hop resins fill the mouth with every sip and are covered immediately by the sweet, sugary malt.

D - Very well balanced DIPA and quite drinkable. The sweet malt cuts the hops quite a bit which makes this a very smooth beer. Lots of hop flavor in this compenates for the slightly lower than typical bitterness for this style. A good one to have with a meal, will hold up to lots of different foods and complement them nicely.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle in to a snifter glass.

L - Gold/orange and slightly hazy. Short white head after a vigorous pour that was gone quickly, little to no lacing on the glass.

S - Sharp aroma of hops hits you right away....citrus, grass, and pine notes.

T - Hop bite at first, then a strong malt backbone on the finish, very balanced.

F - Hop oils coat the tongue and gives this one a nice body.

O - No bottle on or best by date to be found so I'm not sure of the freshness. Other than that it's a pretty solid brew.

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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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