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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Heavier Handed is one of a series of special limited-run beers in the styles that are more extreme or unusual. This Artisan Beer is in celebration of our new French oak tanks, called "Foudres". Tons of fresh, wet hops from Washington State power through this stepped up version of our seasonal IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Tap at jerry’s on division. Nice little taplist here... Pours a medium hazy amber brown with a thin soapy white head... Aroma of light citrusy hops and subtle woody oak notes...Flavors are very smooth and creamy with a great big oak presence upfront that give way to a grassy bitterness that sticks to the palate a bit. A sweetness evolves in the beginning that is quite persistent all the way through even with the bitterness in the finish. Some herbal tea like notes are also apparent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with big, foamy beige head / Nose of dry hops, brown sugar, and grapefruit / Medium body, somewhat sweet and creamy, with potent hops balanced by enough malts, and with long, biting finish / Flavors of grapefruit, orange, cut pine, burnt sugar, violets, and oak / Outstanding stuff, and the touch of oak works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4491) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Hazy copper with a medium head. Strong aroma of oranges, fresh cut grass, and straw. Fairly malty flavor. Bitterness starts coming out a bit more after a few sips. The hop flavor is more wet hop and vinous than orange. Dry. Full bodied. The oak is not there at all, sadly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
22 oz bottle from Binny’s, Naperville. Fresh hop, almost fruity flavor. Fantastic aroma and appearance. Whatever I received was incredibly fresh, and absolutely delicious. Although, I don’t find it tastes a whole lot like heavy handed ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Snifter on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours a darker hazy amber, shows some light, but darker transluncent, with a nice offwhite head that laces well. Aromas are some nice citrusy hops, more muted than anticipated, still a goose dose of citrusy grapefruit and florals, caramel malts, subtle pine, gumball and lemon, with a nice thicker feel. Initial is a bit sweet, followed by floral and grapefruit hops heavy, caramel malts compliment a solid DIPA. Florals, a touch of resinous pine, but maltier thicker caramel comes into play. Citrusy hop, thicker malts, a touch of barrel that doesn’t really do much at all. A solid DIPA, howver the BA kills a bit out overall. Sweet, hoppy, not tremedously balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Two Bros. Pours a deep golden amber color with a small white froth. Aroma is very nice fresh hop oils blended with sweet but soft citric tangerine and nectarine. A little bit of cheesiness and a mellow caramel sweetness softens the sharpness of the hops. Flavor starts with a punch of hops, a bit green and sharp but not wholly unpleasant, just needs to mellow out a bit. A little of the cheesiness creeps in at the middle and the finish is bitter and a bit harsh and unbalanced. Medium to full sticky body and a soft carbonation. I was disappointed that the citric hop fruitiness didn’t translate to the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
22oz bottle 11/20/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a medium orangish amber with a big tight off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, and a little sweetness. Taste of sweetness, hops, caramel, and not much oak. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2527) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL. and served to a BL logo snifter. The color was a clear, deep amber, and the head was generous, off white foam with curtainy, web-like lacing. The aroma was pleasant mid-toned fruit, citrus, lesser hints of pine, a little malt sweetness, and a touch of grain. The flavor added an oak mellowed, well rounded combination of smooth malt and firm hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth was noticeable as the beer warmed. A very nice, amped up IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2009
I can smell the resin from the hops while pouring - what a potent aroma. Smells just like the Willamette hopka I made a few months ago. A clear ruddy brown with white head and gorgeous carbonation in my petrus chalice. A wonderfully sweet body with one of the best hop-malt balances I’ve experienced in an IIPA in well nigh a year. The finish intermingles sweet and bitter for several minutes all with a resin flavor that just seems to coat my mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5512) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bomber from the Binny’s what wuz a Sam’s in Downer’s Grove, Illinois: Nice pour, a nearly clear orange/amber body with a tall ecru head that pasted lace all ove my "Drink Me" mug. The aroma had an underlying toffee sweetness overlaid with resinous pine, earth, and grapefruit rind. The flavor was much the same, seeing the addition of more citrus hop flavors with a moderate hop bitterness. I didn’t really catch much of anything from the French oak, perhaps a hind of soft vanilla. The sturdy alcohol content also remained well hidden throughout the drink. The finish was a bitter dryness with just a touch of caramel Pretty decent brew.

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