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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Detlef90
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yummy. Two brothers can make really really good beer and this is one perfect example. A nice blend of creamy, sweet and bitter. I highly recommend snatching a bottle of this as soon as you can. It will be well worth the money (which is not very much!).

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Heavier Handed IPA - This is their fresh, wet hop double version of Heavy Handed, a single fresh, wet hop IPA. This beer is also aged in the Two Brothers oak foudres for an unspecified length of time. The foudres are also used for Resistance IPA and their oktoberfestbier, Atom Smasher, among others.

This sample comes from a 22 oz . bottle that was purchased for $8.99. Two Brothers generally date their bottles, but I can't find one on this beer. This beer just came out, though, so freshness shouldn't be an issue.

A: Completely clear dark gold/amber color. Head is khaki in color and about two fingers tall. The head retention is good.

S: Smell is largely tropical, blood oranges, mango, and grapefruit being the primary fruits. Raw, leafy hops are present, too. About as you would expect for a wet hopped beer.

T: Taste is actually quite complex. The fruits in the smell are present, but there is also the taste of just pure hops. Nice pine undertone. Caramel malt is just barely there...just enough to take a slight edge off the hops. There is a slight hint of alcohol at the end. The bitterness is practically non-existent. Great hop taste with no bitterness. The bottle says 84.3 IBU, but it tastes nowhere near that.

M: Great mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly creamy, very easy to drink. Doesn't taste like 8% at all.

O: Overall, this is one of the better DIPAs I've had in awhile. I typically love the wet hopped IPAs. This one has a nice, complex hop profile without the harsh bitterness. You can tell it has been aged in the oak foudres, too....it gives the beers a distinctive taste. I think this probably helped take the edge off of the hops, as well.

This one is only available after the hop harvest, so get this one while you can.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a orangish amber with a 1finger off white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S: Smells of very fresh wet hops with a hint of sweetness.

T: Some bitterness and sweetness on the tongue. A mixture of wet hops earthy hops and oak.

M: Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

O: Overall is surprised me. Just a hint of oak that doesn't overpower the delicious wet hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of chugalug06
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect clarity in red/orange brew. Head is proud and yellow-white with lots of small bubbles.

Very calm hop. Definitely a fresh hop brew, far from a west coast IPA. Mild apricot aroma.

Bitterness is very mild, carbonation is a bit too high, heat is mild and rather sweet. Flavor is smooth and well balanced, but there's a tricky (overly) sweetness that detracts. Smooth, but lacking well blended depth in flavors. a bit too watery, but still drinkable and enjoyable.

Recommended as a drinkable cold weather IPA. A nice trade with Vande, Thank you!

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3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a golden orange color with a decent white head.

Smell is sweet at slightly malty with little or no hops nose. Heavy alcohol smell as well.

Taste is sweet and malty with a oily hops bite on the finish. Strong alcohol presence on the finish.

Don't really see the "IPA" part of this very much. Oak aged malty IPA that doesn't deliver for me. I see it labeld as a DIPA and it just does not measure up.

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of vic21234
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Good to see Two Brothers releasing these in bombers again and not those ridiculous jeroboam bottles. No bottled on date on the bottle but shouldn't be more than 3-4 weeks old.

A- Pours a clear amber color with a finger's worth of a white colored head that quickly fades. Some lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Floral and citrus hop notes on the smell, but not overwhelming. I thought the smell would pop a lot more on this one.

T- Starts sweet with some caramel malts before leading into the hops. The hops in the taste are mostly piney in nature. Maybe some oak in the back of the taste but not much.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter, dry.

A good beer, but lacks the hop forwardness of other wet hopped beers I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Caramel gold body topped with a dense eggshell cap, thick blankets of lacing retain as long as the head does. Constant beading from start to finish.

Juicy tropical hop notes, earthy woods, faint vanilla, soft citrus, very well constructed beer.

Hops don't pop quite the way they do in the nose, distinctly tropical flavors are very apparent though, the bitterness plays nicely against the vanilla/wood bits.

Not the best wood aged IPA I've had, but nice and drinkable, goes great with a slice of pizza.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, just released.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a nice white head.

S: Very clean, sweet aroma. Maple, citrus, cakey, mild green character underneath.

T: Mild herbal and slightly citric hop flavor, plenty of bitterness, lots of bready and caramelish malt, palpable alcohol. The oak gives the beer a dry edge.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This tasted more like a hopped up amber ale than a DIPA. It tastes fine, but it's sort of disappointing going into it expecting a DIPA.

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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 362 ratings