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Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Outlaw IPAOutlaw IPA

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 653
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 30.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Florida9 on 05-16-2009

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 653
Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a reddish amber. The aroma is mostly mango with a strong caramel tone. The flavor is surprisingly pine and resin forward, with a touch or tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not syrupy. The bitterness is pronounced here, very pleasant. Overall this is a nice IPA - not showstopping - but good.

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Photo of bwood06
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - Reddish copper in color and clear. Khaki head that foams up tall and dissipates slowly. Light carbonation. 4/5

S - Light hint of dark stone fruit. Licorice. Herbal hops. Peat moss. Very earthy. All aromas are somewhat muted, all are hints with nothing really standing out. 3.25/5

T - Dark stone fruit right up front. Transitioning to an earthiness and leather followed by peat moss and herbal hop bitterness. Slight hint of licorice mixed in with herbal hops. Bitterness lingers but not long. Interesting layering going on here. Flavors are not like any other pale ale that I have had. 4/5

M - Light but somewhat creamy. Coats the mouth nicely then disappears. Very little in the way of carbonation. 4/5

O - Very interesting pale ale. Nice taste layering. Aroma was very difficult to discern what I was smelling. Aromas were all somewhat muted. Other than the aroma, very nicely executed. 4/5

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper tinted amber, 2” foam cap, dissipates to thin film, good lace. S: initial nose is melon then malt and citrus. T: malt, hop citrusy melon, hop suggests citrus or grapefruit rind F: Very creamy, medium body, just below medium on the carbonation O: An IPA with a very big melon presence.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] Dark golden colored beer. Forms a head that is just under 1 finger. The head is tight and white. The head recedes uniformly. The can lists the best by date (11/01/15). It lists the ABV (6.3%) and for a bonus it lists the IBU (60).

S: [2.75] Honestly the first scent I got was earthy to the point of smelling like a vegetable. Maybe a little cracker aroma under that smell. Not a typical IPA profile for sure.

T: [4.25] Does not follow the nose. Very sweet and malty. Great malt backbone all the way until the finish where it yeilds to a mild hop bite.

M: [4.00] Medium body and a slightly dry finish.

O: [4.00] The nose threw me off at first. It has a weird aroma for an IPA. But getting into the taste the 60 IBUs sounds right. There is not a crush of bitter anywhere. The malt profile is really nice leading to a sweet and malty beer. There are some hops to close the deal at the end. I think this beer is really good and I would drink more. They did not go the typical hops are tops route and I enjoyed that.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass, swirl by 9/28/15

A- pours a clear amber color with a one finger creamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, eventually leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- sweet doughy malt up front mixes with hop aromas of citrus and pine, sweet caramel on the close

T- big bready malt flavors follow the aroma up front with notes of caramel, underlying piney & citrus hop barely pokes through, sweet and malty finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a chewy creamy finish

O- way too malty for an IPA, it drinks more like a malt forward pale ale or an amber ale. It isn't a bad beer at all, but they should market it as a pale ale

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer -- not a standout but well balanced and a pleasure to drink. Not sure why Dale's Pale and Antihero rate higher -- I'd put this one right on par with the,

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date states it just passed about a week ago. Poured the can from the fridge right into my pint glass.

L: Pours a warm amber with about an inch of eggshell head that falls pretty quickly but leaves good cling. Slightly hazy with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Fruity notes in the nose: apricot/stone fruit and citrus are most prominent.Some sweet caramel malt and a touch of corn coming across, as well.

T: Caramel malts at the front--sweet and bready--along with some very subdued citrus hop notes. These flavors continue to the middle, where the hops gain bitterness but not much more in the way of flavor. There's tartness that emerges toward the back, and the finish is more of the same with bitter that lingers for a bit. Not too impressed with the muted flavors on this one.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Smooth and effervescent at the front, brighter in the middle, and fairly clean-finishing with that bitter that hangs on for a short bit. The whole thing feels a bit too watery.

O: This is my first try of a Two Brothers beer. It's very possible that a fresher can would yield better results. But I found the flavors of this one too bland to warrant another try.

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Photo of MNJR
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very average IPA, from a brewery that usually does much better. What is the deal with this "just OK" entry into the crowded IPA market from a respected brewery? I don't get it. Their Sidekick Pale Ale is very good, better than this IPA.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- hazel yellow cloudy color with a great sticky white head
Smell - floral citrus hop smell
Taste - similar to taste but with faint fruit taste and odd bitter aftertaste
Feel - medium heavy carb with pretty big body
Overall - ok but nothing special

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This was just offensive in every way imaginable. I've tried after I keep being told these guys make great hoppy stuff. No longer trust anyone that says this. Really sub par beer from Two Brothers.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3/19/15 (Can) - Amber pour, minimal head, mild carbonation. Pleasant hops and citrus scent and taste, with good balance. Beer went down smooth, mild kick, and overall solid beer offering.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Swirl by date of 2/12/15" is about a month past. Nice amber color with a fingernail of of beige head resting on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is a blend of citrus hops and light malt. The flavor is citrus hop forward with a presentable amount of light malt to nearly hold the flavor in balance. The mouth is moderately carbonated,dry,and slightly chalky.

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Photo of JonAdams
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Scottsdale outlet into a standard pint glass.
Pale straw yellow, a bit of head, lace sticks around for a long time. No haze, very clear.
Mouthfeel is very effervescent, remains so even 10 min after the pour.
Citrus/pine note which remains strong, no malt.
Fine IPA, solid bitterness, good bright hoppy finish without any other cloying flavors.
Would recommend to anyone who likes IPA.

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Photo of wmaloy35
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A friend sent me 2 of the IPAs Two Bros brews. Outlaw IPA most fits the IPA style as I know it. Pouring a light, clear copper,
with a steady 1/4" stark-white head. It's decently balanced w/ what I thought was a citrusy nose and a slightly alcoholic finish. Overall, and enjoyable, nearly sessionable ale.

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Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -18%

Poured a rich, slightly cloudy amber body with a thin cap of head. It looks very much like most other IPAs, pleasing but not amazing. Scents of orange flesh, sweet malt, very light levels of pine resin and hints of tropical fruit. Overall impression of aroma is of a very light and sweet aroma for an IPA. Not unpleasant, but lacking a full aroma profile that is key to the style. Flavor begins lightly bitter with notes of orange zest and a pleasantly sweet malt backbone and a light level of pine resin. This moves into a medium bitter middle with pine resin, orange zest and some spicy hop flavors with a lot caramel malt backbone. Finish is medium bitter with notes of pine resin, orange zest, light orange flesh and a caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste is medium bitter with notes of pine resin, caramel, and light indeterminate citrus peel. Overall impression of flavor is of a decent IPA flavor profile that is pleasant, but lacks the complexity of some other examples. It is simple and nice, but a bit standard. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a smooth, slick, slightly resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is very nice. A true to form IPA. Overall this is a fairly standard IPA. It doesn't do much to stand out in any way, but it is pleasant and rather well executed, if a bit simple. Good overall, but in a crowded IPA market it does little to stand out.

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Photo of babaracas
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Swirl by 6/20/14... OK. Pours a solid orange with fluffy offwhite colored head, decent retention and rings of lace for a few inches. Smell: faded apricot, vegetal, mild sweet citrus, steely. Really? It's in a can that's lived in a cooler since it got to the store... is it this badly faded a month before their best by date or is it starting from a bad place to begin with? Taste: too much caramel, metallic, peach tea, mild pine and citrus peel. I might retry a guaranteed fresh can, but this is pretty bad.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of BobZ
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Outlaw IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.