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Heavier Handed IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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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112
Ratings:
362
Avg:
4
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 362
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 vic21234
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2" off-white head. Trails and big blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, toast, pine and slight spice.

T- big malt forward dipa, with lots of sweet toasted malts, caramel, slight grassy bitterness as well as pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick, syrupy feel and drinks very easily at 8.1%.

O- good dipa not great. Not a lot of wet hop floral characteristics like other wet hop beers, but nice sweet and bitter balance.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic half pint glass

Pours deep golden with amber and orange hues. One finger head which slowly reduces to a thin foam ring. No lacing. Tropical fruit dominates by pineapple on the nose. Opens with pineapple and hint of mango and papaya, joined by sweet caramel malt. Finishes with some grapefruit rind bitterness, a very mild accent of oak, and some phenol alcohol. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, oily and sticky. Heavier Handed is a decent enough brew, but it seems the heavy malt bill overwhelms the contributions of the wet hops leading to a brew that is a bit unbalanced and overly sweet. Heavy Handed never seems to disappoint, but this double version aged in french oak isn't as impressive.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden amber, somewhat hazy, pours 1 finger of thick white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Citrus, hops, a bit piney, a bit boozy.

Taste: lemon, pine resin, hoppy, a bit malty towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp.

Overall: A very tasty IPA. Good hop level. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark orange amber color and a huge head of white coming up and over the top. Majestic looking would be the right word here. Thick lacing up and down the sides of the glass throughout. Most pungent aroma I have come across in as long as I can remember. Thick dose of grapefruit and orange right up front. Huge sticky hops just dripping off of this one. Rich and sweet as I take the first sip. Grapefruit and sugar dipped orange just coating the tongue. Soo fresh it almost hurts. Even warming it brings no relief as the hops are soo thick and omnipresent that you are just taken a back and completely blown away. Long dry finish is coated with soo many flavors, again I am blown away.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last bottle in the store from my new favorite place New Beer Distributors in the Bowery of Manhattan.
Aromas of thick caramel malts, toffee, butterscotch, with some earthy/herbal and light citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Lesser notes of woody/cider smells.
The tastes follow the nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness which quickly lends itself to a substantial but not overwhelming earthy and grapefruit hops bitterness. The finish is dry from the oak aging. Slight hints of vanilla and apple throughout. The mouthfeel is quite full and sticky; hops and oak linger ever-so-slightly on the palate. Overall this is a great offering from Two Brothers. I am glad that I have an older bottle as a fresh one I feel would have been too hoppy and the wood characteristics may have been overlooked/overshadowed.

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Photo of oreo
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter at the Two Brothers Tap House.

This is my first reviewed 5/5 beer. (pliny is next)

Pours a nice orange/tangerine color with a small long lasting head.

Smells of grapefruit and pineapples. Best smelling IPA I have had.

Having had this in years past, I was not impressed. Something changed this year as this was outstanding. TONS of citrus fruits, grapefruit, orange, lemon. Not overly bitter. A thick malty backbone gives this beer an awesome mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. High five to two brothers. Do me a favor and put it in bombers next year.

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Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap House in Oswego. Nice tangerine orange color with an persistent off-white head. Aroma of bicuity malts topped by a bouquet of American hops, I figure Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade. A malt-forward body typical of 2Bros, with a nicely layered hop presentation from bittering through to a final flame-out addition. Keeps the malt-hops balance better than some other DIPAs. Even with a heavier body, the complexity of the flavors and the palate-clearing of the hop bitterness keeps inviting you back for more. Recommended to hop-heads and to those who want more from a beer than just a hop-puckered grin.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of piney hops, sweet citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malt. Flavor of caramel malt initially with light citrus hops in the finish. Pretty good IIPA with strong malt overtones.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfied, IL on 12/03/2010

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber hue with gold highligts, moderate haze, and a finger of stiff beige head. Wide bands of thin lace. Lookin' good!

Smell -- Juicy citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit pith, melon, caramel malt, faint woody oak, and a little vanilla-like oak sugar. Overall, juicy and a little sweet; lots of good stuff going on, but not a great deal of hop bitterness.

Taste -- Hop notes of bright and juicy citrus, tropical fruit, watermelon jelly beans, and mild pine resin. Malt base is on the sweet side for the style: well-caramelized but also with cracker and husky grain. Oak presence lends some gentle woodiness and vanilla-like oak sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. Mild wood tannin astringency in the finish. Just okay.

Drinkability -- It tastes good overall, but it is a bit of a malt bomb by IPA/DIPA standards. Lots of juicy fruits and caramel malt paired with moderate hop bitterness makes for a muddled compositon (Good Will Hunting? No?). The oak character is nice: really heavy on the vanilla-like notes, but unfortunately it tends to accentuate the caramel malt that was already a bit out of hand. A tasty beer, but not a great DIPA.

Verdict: try it on tap if you can, but don't bother saving your pennies for a double-magnum.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Glad I got to try this one on-tap before my only option was a $50+ 3L beast. It pours a clear amber topped by a thick finger of cream-colored foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, lemongrass, light onion, and mild toffee. The taste holds notes of miscellaneous greens, flowers, pine, and light toffee. The body is a solid medium, with a smooth carbonation and an unsurprisingly smooth feel. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, but it seems a bit weak, as though they tried too hard to make a hop-bomb but instead came away with a strangely mild and one-dimensional brew. It's not altogether bad, though, and is definitely drinkable, but it falls short of greatness.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer was on cask from The Firkin for Two Brothers Tap Takeover

This beer is presented to me an orange amber with a 3/4 finger of ecru foam. The smell is really like sugary hops. It's hard to describe the spice notes that I know to exist, but it's a good smell. The taste is lots of wet hops that don't come across with an intense bitterness. It's was described by one of my friends like drinking a hop candy. There is a caramel sweetness and perhaps some cinnamon sugar. There is a bit of dryness on the palate, but it's so nice and smooth and easier to drink than most beers that it's well worth the effort. It was definitely the star of this tasting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate amber color with a tiny bit of haze. White head and some lacing. The nose is pine and citrus. Good amounts of those without much malt in the background. What is there counts toward the caramel tally board as well as some slight bread dough. The mouthfeel is good and bitter, while still a bit sweet. Drinks quite well and is a nice brew from the folks in Warrenville.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours clear, dark, amber with a thick beige head that recedes to heavy lace. Nose is nice caramel malt with some grapefruit hops and fresh red apple. The flavors are very well balanced with hops, malt, and fruitiness coming through equally. The apple flavor is rather strong and very unique to and IPA for me. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a long apple and bitter finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, piney hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of caramel, brown sugar and citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence takes some time to take effect and it seems rather subdued, but it's certainly there and brings a good balance. There's also a little bit of an alcohol sting which is kind of strong for a beer that is just over 8:00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a solid 2IPA to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Heavy Handed IPA has been one-upped in this robust Double IPA. As if that's not enough, Two Brothers decides to age and dry-hop the beer in their exclusive oak foudre.

The pour delivers a hazy deep amber color, releasing a dense creamy off-white head that retains and laces extremely well. A grainy appearance is due to suspended dustiness seen through the glass.

Pine, citrus, and soft woods play at the olfactories and give impressions of caramel, toffee, and English-like fruitiness. Piney hops remind me of juniper and gin.

Lightly syrup sweetness soon gives way to intense piney and grassy (hay-like) hops and tannic/tawny wood flavors. Agressively hopped, the wood aging refines the beer with a smooth marshmallowy creamy malt flavor; somewhat cask-like.

Weighted and syrupy-oily early, the beer's alcohols and woody textures lighten the beer slightly to allow for ease of drinking.

A very nice Oak Aged Double IPA but the sweetness and weight of the beer hurt its introduction. The finish does little to promote the beer further.

Thanks again Cheezdawg!

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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 Murchmac
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with some other BA's and turned out to be an excellent brew.

White head, orange hues.

very balanced taste, hoppy fruity citrus, right amount of bitterness, caramel smells.

I've had a few beers from this brewery and none of them disappoint.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange and pine hops. The flavor is more of the same with orange and resiny hops with some oaked notes. The hop profile is heavier on the citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was my first Two Brothers beer and I hope to try more from them in the future.

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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange in my Duvel glass. Shreds of head and lacing.

S- Suprisingly hoppy for an oak-aged beer. Some floralness and touches of sweet grapefruit.

T- Also way bitter. Caramel, bitter bitter pithy grapefruit.

M- Clingingly bitter.

D- If you like bitter beers this one is super bitter and for you.

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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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Heavier Handed IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.
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