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Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Outlaw IPAOutlaw IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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416 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Florida9 on 05-16-2009)
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Date stamp says "swirl by 1/20/14."

12 oz can served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Despite sitting calmly in my fridge for weeks, Outlaw decides to gush everywhere when I open the can. I get most of it into the glass and, once it settles, leaves some nice lacy strata. It has a copper color and very good clarity.

Aroma is very hoppy but not all that fresh. It has an old hop character similar to an aged barley wine.

Flavor is that of an old IPA. Not that fresh but still fairly bitter. Pine and dried fruits dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a disappointing beer but, in all fairness, it's past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:33:55 | More by GilGarp
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Not much of anything, not a real strong hop presence.

T-Very malty (it is fresh). Earth and dirt notes. Not much in the way of bitterness. Not sure how this is classified as an IPA. Some pine and balance is off.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation, tad watery as well.

O-An avoidable IPA. Really lacking in a hop presence. Was expecting better from Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:09:58 | More by rlee1390
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper with a nice fluffy white head and nice lace. Slightly hazy.

S - Floral hops, tangerine and orange juice.

T - Slightly sweet at first, moving towards citrus on the back end. Nice malt support for the tangy hops.

M - Medium bodied, solid on the tongue. Finishes a little to bitter .... almost acrid.

This is a really nice IPA, I like the canned package. Easier to recycle and pack into and out of a campsite.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 18:24:11 | More by pmcadamis
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color and a light coating of white froth.

S: Fruity orange and guava aroma with juicy grapefruit and light honey malt.

T: Not as juicy as the nose. More of the pine and resiny bitterness. Some sour grapefruit and light orange. Some warming alcohol which is unusual for the ABV listed. Finishes with lingering bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium carbonation with some alcohol bite which is not well hidden.

O: I recall this as being much better the first few times I tried it. Didn't get to check the freshness date before my wife took the can out to recycle. Maybe a bit dated sample. I will re-review this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:55:16 | More by 312HopBomb
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can with a 8/22/12 best by date poured into shaker pint.

A: Slightly hazy orange/amber color with one finger thick offwhite head.

S: Citrusy/sweet smell. Noticeable malt.

T: Strong melon/grapefruit up front. Touch of spicy pine hops bring up the rear. Semi-strong caramel sweet malt base. Ends fairly sweet and slightly bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than medium...creamy.

O: A pretty good IPA. Not as good as Resistance, in my opinion, but it's a bit more traditional. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:33:25 | More by TTAmod
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can > Bowtie Pint

A - Clear yellow gold with two fingers of fluffy off white head, little patchy lacing.
S - Sweeter on the malts, caramels, citrus juice, grapefruit especially, grassy a little floral.
T - Very bland, some medium grassy and floral hop tones, bread malt flavor comes ahead of the sweeter malt tones. Just basic.
M - Lighter on feel, well carbonated.
O - Very basic and lacking in a flavor that is noteworthy.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 00:51:30 | More by Omnium
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FLima

Brazil

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a huge thick off-white fluffy head with good retention and leaving laces.
Predominant aroma of pine with toasted malts and a hop citrusy with pepper.
Flavor of toasted biscuit malts, pine, caramels, earthy and citrusy hops, grass and spices. Hints of grapefruits and rye. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with medium carbonation
Interesting IPA, quite unique taste. Very malty, earthy and spicy.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 03:19:31 | More by FLima
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

Pours a clear deep golden with a fine, pillowy off-white head. Retains well.

Smells of fresh, grassy malts over a light biscuit sweetness with notable piney hops.

Flavor is of biscuit malt, on the dry side, with piney fresh hop flavor and medium hop bitterness.

Medium body with soft tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very solid IPA with nice flavor and a smooth body. Not exceptional, but above average and worth trying.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 23:38:19 | More by Cylinsier
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Jay_Ulreich

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really balanced solid IPA. Its got some kind of malt that I really really like, I think I taste rye, and I really love that in almost any beer. It matches well with the hops, which I wouldnt be surprised if they were mostly noble/European variety.
A- Golden color, just short of amber, great head retention. Thin white head, with really nice lacing.
S- I love the smell, this one is so balanced, I think it shows skill from the brewer when you get an IPA that you can actually smell the malt in conjunction with the hops. As noted, mostly noble hops on the nose, some pine too.
T- Solid and balanced. I love the rye flavor! It goes so well with what I can only guess is Hallertau (sp?) or something like it. Maybe EKG? IDK enough about hops yet to be sure, but its not your West coast variety. Very drinkable, not too bitter. Not much alcohol so I could drink several hundred of these in one sitting JK. Really like this beer.
M- Its light bodied, but totally sessionable. I love full bodied beers and this could be just a touch thicker/creamier, but Im not complaining.
Overall, I love the freshness you get out of cans, and I used to buy into the stigma that came along with them. Hogwash. Cans are great. This would be a great beach beer or something of that nature. I dont think Ive had anything from this brewery that I didnt like. Cheers

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 04:10:03 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper color with a finger of white head. The head enjoyed really good retention and left thick layers of lace behind. The nose has both hop and light citrus notes. The flavor profile is very much in the East Coast style – well balanced between malt and hops. There are also some rye notes present in the flavor. The finish is pleasantly hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 06:03:54 | More by 57md
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip; swirl-by date on bottom of can: 2-11-14. Deep amber body with a bit of red tint. Two finger dense tan head that has excellent retention and good lacing.

The aroma is not very strong, but is similar to many east coast IPAs: light citrus hop notes with a strong caramel malt base.

The flavor is close to the aroma. Citrus hops are primary driver in the flavor, especially grapefruit, with more pine than in the flavor than in the aroma. Strong, solid, caramel malt base.

Medium thickness in the texture. Overall, a very good take on the east coast IPA and very drinkable.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 23:25:57 | More by FanofHefe
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ehammond1


3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mjohnson17!

A very balanced IPA. A bit too much malt character for my personal tastes, but this is certainly a well constructed and very drinkable IPA. The hop flavors are mild citrus with some definite pine character. Caramel and pale malts combine well.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 04:45:25 | More by ehammond1
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can poured into a Ayinger pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a nice 1" head recedes to a cap but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops with a bit of pine.

Taste: A nicely constructed IPA, fruit flavors and pine work well and are balanced against a nice base of malt.

Mouthfeel: Very clean on the palate.

Overall: Very sessionable and tasty IPA.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 15:09:43 | More by BobZ
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure I've had any other Two Brothers in a can. In general it is nice to see lots of brewers getting some of their product into cans. It especially seems to help styles like this stay fresh.

This almost is a good quality brew through and through. It is consistent and well balanced. The appearance is a pretty color and completely translucent with moderate lacing, appropriate for the style. The aroma is good and strong, correct for the style. The taste is boldly hoppy but not too bitter. Just barely this side of an American style, which is supposed to be over the top.

The aftertaste is mild - easy drinking. You could more easily suck down too many of these (and get wasted) that you could with many IPAs. It doesn't feel big or heavy.

There is nothing bad I can say about this other than that it is not exceptional, but it is very drinkable.

Revision - I had another can of this and it had a skunky, off taste, so I revised most of this down. I had to guzzle to beer - it was not to be enjoyed.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 16:17:09 | More by schoolboy
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

can courtesy of JD at beer study in chapel hill.

reddish copper, mild head. smell is extremely fruity and malty, not much hops. the taste starts out with banana and a lot of grapefruit, finishes bitter. very malty, wouldn't really consider it an IPA. but good. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a unique IPA worth trying.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 22:25:35 | More by Axnjxn
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an inch or so of foam; decent retention and a smattering of dots are left behind

Smell: Fruity, with melon and stone fruit tones, as well as some pine

Taste: Biscuity malt backbone with the fruit and pine tones developing in the middle; the combination of the malt and hops produces a rather unusual fruit profile that is almost cantaloupe dominant though there are just enough hops to add piney bitterness that lingers into the finish; rather malty, though

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With a name like Outlaw IPA I was certainly expecting something different; not bad, but this is way too malt forward for my palate

Serving type: can

08-13-2013 00:57:38 | More by brentk56
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Lunny777

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Great amber, carbonation on top throughout the whole drink, good lacing

S: Delightful, great balance between pine resin and malt, slight caramel

T: hops are not present...the taste is pleasant, but malt forward. Slight caramel, malt, the aftertaste is balanced with a touch of bitterness, but hops are never assertive or really primary.

M: a little thin, not bad, but not stellar.

O: I'm a little torn because this beer is fairly pleasant to drink, overall it's pretty good, but if tasting blind I wouldn't characterize it as an IPA. It's more of a hopped amber ale, or something along those lines. Rather than the hops being held in check by malt, as in nearly all IPAs, this beer feels like the malt-forward beer that is balanced by hop flavor. Fairly enjoyable to drink, but not an aggressive IPA as it is described.

EDIT: flavor profile is more complex and enjoyable as the beer warms.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 23:50:07 | More by Lunny777
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J1mmyB09

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: amber slightly cloudy clearing up later in the session. White head with great retention
S: fruity, citrusy, not overwhelming for sure.
T: stronger than the smell. Not as hoppy as expected, citrus notes turn to subtle pine.
M: A little thin, easy drinking IPA
O: smooth easy drinking IPA, good if you don't wanna be hop bombed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 23:55:02 | More by J1mmyB09
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a thin creamy light beige head that turns bubble and is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The soft hops have a pine hint to them as it opens and a green citrus hint in the finish.

T- The caramel sweetness blends with a mellow citrus green hops and slight sweetness in the finish fades to a bittern note that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a soft hop profile and the sweet malt character is a little too sweet to be cut by the hops.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 10:53:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into some fancy glassware that i don't know the name of. drank up well before the best by date. 6-pack of cans was only ~$8, and I liked their pale ale, so i bought it up.

regular sort of look to it, ok head retention/lacing. smell is pine, oak, malt. taste is bitter and organic tasting, leafy and woody, with a sweet malt bill.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 06:57:47 | More by jimmah120
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oN3xM

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice light, golden, orange body with great head retention. The foam is very fluffy and bubbly. Looks delicious.

S - A sweet piney hop aroma. A lot of sugary notes. Some fruity notes too.

T - A beautiful contrast of hops and sweetness. Not overwhelming with hops, and not too sweet (this is beer, not dessert afterall). Taste notes include caramel, pine, brown sugar, and a little bit of maple.

M - Some alcohol burn, but not too much. Medium amount of carbonation fizzes on the tongue.

O - A great IPA that I'll now consider a "regular". Two Brothers did a fantastic job with this one, and I can't wait to find it on tap. I wasn't expecting such a fresh, beautifully brewed beer, but I'm glad I wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 02:02:09 | More by oN3xM
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce poured into pint glass.

A: white frothy head, retention is decent fading to a thin white film. Amber with a very subtle touch of red.

S: Citrus pumpkin carmel strange but not bad

T: Hop forward with a mellow hop finish. Not very dynamic when cold. I let the second half warm a little and some spices and malt came out finishing with a pleasant lasting pine hop finish

M: typical for an ipa but I didn't get to enjoy the full flavor until it was nearly flat.

O: glad I let it warm decent ipa par for the course

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 05:40:59 | More by Fcolle2
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just noticed the best before date of 2/13/13. I'm starting to think the selection for a mix-six is all expired beers that the store is trying to get rid of.

Appearance: Pale honey hue with visible effervescence and decent clarity. Frothy one finger off-white head.

Aroma: Grain and citrus bitterness.

Taste: Clean and intense bitterness throughout without any real hop flavor. A malt bill of caramel, a touch of amber, and a bit of peppery biscuit flavor. Sort of an average for the style. Not much of a 'wow' factor but also no off-flavors. There is a nice crispness to the finish and a dry factor that leads to a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body but feels lighter at times. Average carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Outlaw IPA is a pretty middle of the road IPA. At 6.3% it's just above sessionable range but there is definitely enough malt and hops to keep the palate interesting. Would I drink it again? Yes, if fresh.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 02:04:50 | More by JamesMN
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer plays nice with others, it's not an Outlaw by any means of the word. It's more of a politician IPA...looks like it has a fresh layer of tan in a can with a copper hued body and frosted off white head. The texture is dimpled just like the cheeks of one of those cheesing politicians louting for your vote. Aroma is caramelized malts with hints of hops coming through the nose, it's the type of Kool-Aid you can get anyone to drink especially when you name it the OUTLAW IPA, look I love two brothers but their German style beers with butterflies although not sounding too tough next to an outlaw has more balls and depth than this beer. When I mention depth I'm talking about credibility these are the Cane and Ebel guys, the Domaine duPage French farm house ale guys, not the Outlaw canned approachable but nervous at a party IPA guys. They brew beer in oak staves, this is just a solid approachable IPA call it Monarch slap a butterfly on the can and label it as a reserved but beautiful drinking IPA that should be drank with pinkies up. Really mouthfeels like I just douched with perfume, lingering watery hop bath, not a real IPA. Sorry guys I love your beer and I will love this beer once it's marketed as a more subtle loveable can offering I will drink that Kool-Aid, rather than an aggressive IPA that it's not.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 19:00:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Sharp clarity on a light pumpkin orange coloring. Thin, washy head, oatmeal color, doesn't hold long. Light spacious of moderate rise of effervesce with a minimal lacing.

S: Grassy grapefruit, tart lemonade with a limited strength per style. Gentle fade of lemony fresh flowers.

T: Starts out really sweet from the grains, some flowery lemon hops that are light to moderate in strength. Flavor seems a bit thin substance wise, with some toasted nature and grassy pine fade but really fails to capture and hold ones attention.

M: Medium maltiness, toasted dry citrus and grains, average rate of carbonation with a small leave of bright lemony hops on the tongue.

O: Overall the hops seem a bit muddled, could be brighter and more defined, rather it stands in the background like the shy kid sitting in the back of the classroom not wanting to get noticed. At 60 ibus i was expecting a bit more, the flavor is not really bad, its just an ipa thats more of a casual drinker rather then an experience. Average expectations.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 01:25:54 | More by beerthulhu
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Outlaw IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.