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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2009
This one pours a dense white head over a deep orange beer. There is no great-big hoppy nose, but, rather a subdued hop presence with the sourish wood/oak nose of wet wood.It is odd to have the hop bitterness offset by the oak/wood flavors and not have much of the normal malt sweetness doing the balancing. You don’t want to condemn someone for trying something different, but I don’t find much to like here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Beautiful clear copper with a beige head and superb lacing. Aroma of Citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor is caramel malt with very nice hop flavor, although not overly bitter due to the amount of malt. I am a fan of regular Heavy handed, but most other Two Bros have left me wanting more, but not this one, very, very good. The finish is a sticky resinous hoppiness, with just a touch of residual sweetness. MMMMMMMMMM.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, deep ruby, amber-brown colored body with a creamy, finger-width, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is deeper grapefruit pines with a light, dry oak. An underlying caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a bit of an earthy resin. Flavor is similar, but packs a little more of a punch than the aroma. Sweet pines with a light resin greet the tongue before a malty caramel sweetness rounds out the big hop flavors. A subtle earthy oakiness throughout as well as some grapefruit and orange citrus. Finishes very dry with an assertive bitterness and leaves a heavy hop extract taste that lingers for a long duration. Medium body and very smooth with just a tickle of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. Lots of sweet and piney hops, a solid malt balance, and a light oak made this quite enjoyable. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bomber rating. Pretty nice aroma of pine, citrus, and floral hops with just a touch of sweetness. Pour is copper red, with a nice pillowy white head. Great lacing and good legs. Flavor is citrus with just a touch of oak and caramel malts. Somewhat simple, but this is put together well. Not a beer that will blow you away, but good nonetheless.

   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 (1946) - 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 (4681) - 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 (6487) - 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.

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