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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by kawilliams81 on 11-20-2012

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After the palate-rape of Bolt Cutter last night, I’m craving something simple and hoppy. This imperial red was pretty expensive, but I have a feeling it’s got just what I need.

A: Blood red and translucent with almost no head, this looks more like wine than beer. A hint of beige foam appears for a moment but drops instantly to nearly nothing, leaving only small dots of lacing. Looks pretty viscous.

S: A strongly piney smack of hops to the nostrils leaves me reeling, packing in notes of grapefruit and fruity, gummy candy on the edges. Pure aromatic hop oils like this instantly put a smile on my face. Surprisingly fruity malt character here, as well, presenting layers of raisin and dried cherry within a sweet bread tone to form a fruitcake character; it works well to support the thick hops.

T: Hop juice! The palate starts with warmly bitter tastes of pine, lime rind, and something delightfully green and flowery – like rose water or lavender – and never lets up for a second. And they never lie too thick on the tongue, either, like other oily, viscous imperial ales; these bitters stay as light as in a 5%-alcohol IPA. Wonderful. The cinnamon and toasted bread of the malts provide a lovely cinnamon roll character (though not as sugary as the real thing), while notes of roasted barley, banana bread, and light cola roll around in varying intensities. Finishes exceptionally light, as crisp as you can ask for in a beer like this.

M: The body prickles like soda water, fizzing lightly enough to make the hops basically weightless. Impressive.

O: Revelry is the perfect name for this beer: bubbles and hops dance merrily across the palate with every sip, in a way I didn’t think was possible in a beer over 6% ABV. Everything about it just works. I’m not sure what hop strains they’re showcasing here, but I’m intrigued; I love the combination of a strong aroma and only moderate bittering effect.

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Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a bright amber, with a small head and some lacing. The hops hit your nose first, some citrus, some pine. After that blast, it smells more malty with maybe a little molasses. Taste is hop forward- grapefruit and orange. Pretty bitter up front, tamed a bit by the malt but not overly so. A good balance. Also picking up some brown sugar and caramel, touch of the molasses. Good body and feel, well carbonated.

This a very enjoyable beer, flavorful and balanced. It's one Two Brothers best and well worth a purchase.

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Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right away I see the head fade off to a thin layer on top this straight up red and clear beer.

Nose is just not vibrant at all. We're nearly at room temperature yet all I get is a little bit of bubble gum gone floral slightly.

Taste picks up activity real fast as this is sweet with that bubble gum, sharp with pine and mango, then a quick turn towards pine on finish.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied and excellently created in my opinion. Very superb finish bar none, with just a subtle hint of dry spiciness.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Advertised as a seasonal, but does not detail which season (although fall is listed on the header for this beer here on BA). Lot # but no dating on the bottle.
Poured into SN IPA glass.
Nice hop aroma, but not overly strong. Some fruit and some more neutral yeast. Malt is faint with slight sweetness and a bit of toast.
Big tan head. Reddish amber and mostly clear.
Flavor is more evident and complex. Good blending of flavors. Nice crispy crunchy toast malt and hop flavors swimming through and laying on the tongue for a lengthy finish. Quick hit in the gut of warmth, but really background alcohol other than that. Greenish hops and some oil resin that avoids excess.
On the lighter side of moderate for a bigger beer. Nicely carbonated.
Flavor is the star for this one. Age may have impacted aroma, but I'm sure is present in a greater degree when new. Nonetheless, an enjoyable slower drinking ale with interesting hop flavors.

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Photo of dcotom
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first impression of this was a doppelbock with a nice hop kick. Big aromas and flavors of caramel, black bread, and dark fruit, with a lot of resiny bitterness on the palate and finish. Alcohol became quite prominent upon warming, but the beer remained very delicious and drinkable. An outstanding brew and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Ri0
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Lot 3364

A - Clear dark amber with a natural 2 finger natural eggshell head. Retention is excellent and only fades to a cap that leaves gobs of lacing on the glass.

S - Big amounts of toasty malts with sweet caramel. Hops are prevalent and bring in a pine and citrus notes.

T - Starts off quite sweet with candied pineapple and with caramel malts. Hops move in quickly with big notes of pine and hints of citrus. It is very similar to how a IIPA would start sweet, but have a big bitter finish.

M - Medium body that is stick and well carbonated. May seem syrupy with a bitterness that lingers on the palate. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol heat is hidden.

O - A very big imperial red with a huge hoppy finish. I drank it as I would any big IIPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This style is always very pretty in the glass and Two Brothers does what it supposed to do - look appealing. It has a little head but nothing major.

The aroma is special. Uniquely slightly over the top, as an American should be. It has hoppy and malty aromas nicely mixed together. It does not smell too boozy.

The taste is a little thick and chewy with loads of malts and a bit of bitterness. Nice and complex. Again, the booze is well hidden (I had no idea it was this high until I saw it here).

The aftertaste is a lingering of the previous niceness with a bit of a booze burn.

Overall, this is a nice, high quality brew.

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Photo of IPAdams
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours an awesome completely transparent dark red with a 1 inch white head that lingers for a while, leaves minimal lacing. Nice visible carbonation.

Smell- Pine and grapefruit at first. Then I get some dark fruits as well as a bit of caramel and alcohol.

Taste- A bit of grapefruit and dark fruit flavor and then I get some burnt caramel flavor. Fairly bitter, the sweetness attempts to balance it but the bitterness overpowers it.

Mouthfeel- Great body and carbonation.

Overall- Good beer. Appearance is amazing and the smell has a nice complexity. The taste was a bit unbalanced with bitterness being fairly strong, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear dark garnet red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a very thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin. As the beer warms up, notes of alcohol also become apparent and somewhat mask the hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy and pine resin hops along with some notes of caramel from the underlying malts and faint amounts of initial sweetness. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness are present, which intensify and linger through the finish. Some hints of alcohol become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: Although the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste (particularly before it warms up), the strong amount of bitterness makes this a beer that needs to be slowly sipped. It is a good beer for a cold winter night.

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Photo of headbucket
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: a very nice looking, clear, ruby red beer with slick hoppy bubbles hanging around the rim of the glass at the top of the beer.

Smell: very nice. Citrus, pine, resiny hops with a bit of bready malt in there as well. All subtle and not very strong but well integrated together.

Taste:a nice mix of the citrus and pine/resin aspects of the smell with a nice "red" malt flavor as the base. A dry, resin and spicy finish that lasts for awhile.

Mouthfeel: nothing special here, medium body, slighty syrupy and astringent.

Overall: a very nice beer. I love the smell- great aspects that mix well and are subtle and not overpowering. A great mix of hop flavors over a good base of malt. When i started drinking this i was assuming 7-8%abv, was somewhat surprised to find it was almost 9:5%. As i drink more of it the abv becomes more apparent but not in a bad way. I only bought two singles but hope to pick up a few more or maybe a 6 pack before it disappears. Hope the they make this regular or at least seasonal offering.

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Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a reddish tobacco color with minimal head, decent lacing actually though. Smells of pine and biscuity malt..

The taste? It is one boozy sucker. I get some good resiny hop, but alcohol heat is forward throughout . There is a decent malty backbone here, but once again overshadowed by the alcohol. It is honestly slightly reminiscent of a barleywine to me. Not really too much else to say here.

Mouthfeel is thick , medium carbonation. Overall I do like this beer but I probably wouldn't buy a six pack of it. I think the bottle I had was a little on the old side so I'd be interested in trying this one fresh on tap at 2 brothers. That being said, it's not really a style I have a lot of experience in but I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

And here ends the 15-part celebration of the brewery's fifteenth anniversary, complete with no obvious mention of the fact. Nice. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear blood-garnet topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, toasted biscuit, light rye bread, mandarin orange, and a touch of leek in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of fruit rind and a decent addition of pine resin. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice imperial red, one gushing with hops without burning the tongue, and one brimming with booze without forcing a cringe or grimace. Not a bad capstone, really.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish color with ivory colored head. Pine, dark caramel malt, bread, some floral notes, a little toast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with malt.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beers this strong should not be this drinkable- can we write a law already?! The truth is that its strong taste and balanced flavors exceed Red Ales and extends into American Strong Ale territory- with the likes of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Even as the beer pours, it separates to reveal a deep crimson redish-brown color with absolute dark clarity. Above the beer, its creamy froth is long-lived with sandy-tan foam and its trailing lace is strong with well defined rings and intricately woven patterns. It's a delight of a beer even to the eye.

Pine needles strike first, and the the citrus peels- the beer is certainly hop-centric to the nose. But a quick rebuttal of malt reveals supporting scents of bread crust, toast, deeply caramelized grain, and toffee. It gives me the sense of "Cracker Jacks" ballpark candies. Clean and pure in its aroma, the beer has not yeast fruit, spice, or distractions that pull it from the dialogue of malt and hops.

To taste, its the malt that strikes first: burnt caramel, toffee, sorghum, and maple offer boldly sweet flavors a split second ahead of the piney, gin-like, grassy, and lemony taste of hops. Citrus peels, pith, and resins seep into its taste and begin to govern the taste thereafter. The beer's incredible balance is remarkably even, as each alternating sip bring citrusy hop in one draw and then sweet malt the next.

I absolutely love this beer- but I do so with the appreciation that I do with those Stone Brewing beers that staddle this like so well. Two Brothers as captured this taste with magistracy and yearning.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a dark red body with some nice ruby hues around the edges where light comes through. A creamy, two finger head forms nicely in the glass. Head retention is quite good. Nice rings of lace around the glass.

S- Reminds me of a hoppy Barleywine and less hoppy DIPAs at the same time, it has malty and hoppy characteristics. Pine, orange peel and flowery hints come from the hops. Nutty, caramel, sweet and toasted grain aromas as well.

T- Follows the nose but maybe even more malt comes out here. It has that distinct deep caramel, toasted nutty flavor you find in many 8%+ ABV Amber Ales. A bit of an alcohol edge some Barleywines have but it is nice. Hops are substantial with a pine forward profile with notes of citrus zest as well.

MF- Moderately thick body with a silky overall consistency. Carbonation is at a moderately low level and it helps the flavors this way. Fair amount of bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Now I miss this brewery even more. This is a new one to me but a beer I would drink again for sure. Anytime I have fresh Two Brothers products I am more and more satisfied by the brewery overall.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Brass Rail, enjoyed in a willybecker poured from the 12oz brown bottle lot 3183.

The color is dark crimson with great clarity and pale tan cream with fine bead lace clings in a film. The smell is very good with a hop aroma similar to ruby red grapefruit with a mild caramal odor from the malt with slight mix of tropical fruit -papaya and fruity yeast esters in general. The feel is great a very good balance of malt with low sweetness more toast and citrus influence with mild acidity/bitterness in the middle and there is a mild alcohol presence in the finish which is semi-dry.

The taste is very good, nicely hopped with some pacific northwest flavor coming through that creates the flavor of ruby red just as the nose promised, very light bitterness, however that builds into a more imperial red taste as it warms with the malt flavor supporting in a nice fresh toasted but lightly caramel influence. The hop taste becomes more tropical and the element of alcohol detracts slightly however, a mild hint of berry emerges with it. Overall I would recommend this as it exceeded my expectations, very good red from a brewer I have a lot of respect for ever since my first taste of their beer at Dark Lord day in '08

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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt orange, small off-white head which sticks around and leaves nice lacing along with great retention. The aromas are pretty nice. Lots of grapefruit, orange peel, grass, and pine resin. There's a subtle amount of caramel malts in the mix, but the hops seem to shine in the nose. The flavors are nice, but there's some heat going on, and it's slightly boozy, which is really the only downfall. Lots of pine needles and citrus. This beer is bitter as hell. There's some rye and black pepper in the mix, giving it a spiciness. There's a subtle sweetness. Very oily, slick, and resiny. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied. Carbonation is moderate and smooth; slightly syrupy. Despite the alcohol being noticeable, this is still an easy and fun drinking beer.

This is a nice Imperial Red Ale. My only beef is that it's slightly hot and boozy, but it's not overboard. This just missed being something great, but it's still really good and worth seeking out. I enjoyed my time with Revelry.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot 3374 ( put a damn date on it) pours an effervescent orange/auburn color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Through the roof lacing & head retention

S: Rich toastyness, not much else, faint hints of citrus. Pineyness picks up as this warms

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness, brown sugar, ghost boozeyness, leafy & herbal hops. A little resiny pine, grapefruit rind, dryness, toastyness & brown sugar all come through as this warms. Finishes dry, sweet, with a little resiny

MF: Starts out thickish, then settles into medium body as this warms. Carbonation seems subtle then turns creamy as it warms; nice balance

Drinks fairly easy for the heft, seems way more balanced than the touted 124 IBU. Another winner from Two Brothers

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep garnet red in color with some amber highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit peel hops along with some lighter notes of pine hops. Very light notes of caramel malts and some hints of alcohol as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malt sweetness underneath the moderate to strong flavors of pine hops and citrus/grapefruit peel hops. There are moderate amounts of bitterness and light notes of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a small amount of alcohol warming as the beer warms.

O: This beer is a big beer and is enjoyable but is not the easiest to drink (especially as it warms up and the alcohol becomes more pronounced). There is an aggressive bitterness combined with the high ABV that makes this one have to be sipped rather slowly.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I apparently paid $3.50 for this single. Hope it's worth it.

A - Color itself is a deep amber brown, clear with bubbles throughout (lively) and a 1/2 inch of sticky opaque colored head. Lacing is stellar.

S - Simone hops and caramel malts lead with bready base and some gram cracker.

T - Starts off with a citrus hop zest then caramel and gram cracker malts, sweet. Then comes the Simone which are somewhat harsh. clinging to the palate the seem to hide the ABV well which is appreciated in any DIPA or Imperial. Taste is balanced.

M - Medium to heavy you can feel the ABV but don't taste it.

Overall one of the better Imperial Amber Ales I have tried (obviously with the highest ABV) but with limited release I don't see a $3.50 charge to try it again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into imperial nonic.

Looks ok-- dark reddish brown. Clear. It looks like it *should* be murky but it isn't. One finger of ecru head settled to a nice thin cap of frothy foam.

Smells richly malty-- sweet caramel and toffee. A big hoppiness is present here, and it is extremely bitter. The flavors of the hops don't hold a candle to the bitterness... But there are some floral and citrus notes.

Feels oily and surypy. Big hop oil coating my teeth after each sip, but it's a sugary kind of gritty oiliness/suryp feel.

Overall-- this really isn't a bad beer. It's not the best imperial red I've had, but it's closer to the top than to the bottom.
Totally worth a drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow put off reviewing this beer until the last one in the fridge is staring me down.
Here goes... poured a 12 oz. into a tulip glass.

Deep saturated amber color with auburn crimson highlights. A dense head of foam that rises above the rim in a convex dome, sturdy and not wavering. As it settles, there's a copious amount of lace in the glass. Bright clarity, not much carbonation to see.

Earthy vegetal hop aroma, some sweet crystal malt and marmalade sweetness.

Floral bitter piney notes, light apricot sweetness, lingering earthy hop bitterness. Fairly dry with a noticeable abv. Not as smooth or flavorful as Cane & Ebel. Its sort of easy to get distracted from, a good beer but ultimately not all that compelling in the end.

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Photo of bnes09
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color. Mostly transparent. Rich off-white head with exceptional retention leaves large, ring-shaped patches of lacing all over the glass.

Rich caramel aroma. Mild toasty character. Hint of roasted almonds.

Smooth malty flavor. Biscuits and caramel. Nutty notes. Assertive earthy, herbal hop bitterness. Good balance. Hop presence leaves a tangy aftertaste.

Full-bodied, well carbonated. Smooth mid-drink with a semi-dry finish.

Good stuff. Surprisingly balanced considering the 124 IBU stated on the bottle.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a amber copper body with good head and a lace ring. Aroma is citric hopped with touches pine/dirt, booze and malts. Beer balances high ABV, which gives beer a warming sensation and hot finish, with citric and pine hops along with faint touches of sticky caramel malt that aids beer in not being too hoppy or boozy. Nothing really popped out for me with this beer but it was enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber color with white head and plenty of lacing. Caramel in the nose with rye like grain and citrusy hop profile.
Taste has caramel, grains, spice, and citrus. Balancing bitterness cuts all sweetness and leaves the beer slightly bitter. Full body and good medium high carbonation. An enjoyable brew that is drinkable and flavorful. Just found out its 9.5%, drinks like a much lighter beer.

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