Two Brothers Heavy Handed
Two Brothers Heavy Handed is an American IPA, 6.7% ABV. I cannot find a bottle date printed, but I will assume this is very fresh. This is certainly the time of year when we start seeing Fresh/Wet Hop beers coming out after the years hop harvest. According to the stat sheet provided with the bottle sent for review, this is utilizing wet Cascade hops. Not the most exotic hop, but this versatile American hop is a favorite of many craft brewers. I’m not sure if Two Brothers always brews this beer with Cascade, or if they mix things up from year to year.
This is a surprisingly dark IPA with a lot of rich red and caramel tones. The head is a decent off white that fades to a slight ring. Earthy and spicy on the nose with a mild bit of citrus as well; nothing out of the ordinary, but the aroma is quite potent and pleasant. This is a nice tasting IPA with some classic American IPA/Cascade hop character. Sweet and bready caramel malt (kind of like a sticky bun without the cinnamon or icing) are balanced with fresh and flavorful hops. Hop notes of fresh grapefruit, generic spice, and a little sweet orange are all on the palate with a mild to moderate bitterness. Maybe just a touch under carbonated for my tastes, but this is one tasty beer.
I would not hesitate to grab a sixer of this; this is a super solid Fall seasonal beer.