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Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 643
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 30.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Florida9 on 05-16-2009

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 643
Photo of ferrari29
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with nice pumpkin orange colored body; bit hazy and not very bubbly; frothy creme colored head forms at the top, holds well, and is about one finger thick; lacing is very good

S - Moderately roasted malt; deep sweet caramel smell; touch of acidic fruit; slightly floral, rose; bread; maple syrup

T - Sweet malt taste; pine and mild flavors of citrus comes up well after every gulp; caramel; touch of scotch; bitter hops; maple syrup

M - Bitter aftertaste; creamy consistency holds throughout the entire drink; mildly carbonated

D - Very easy to drink; definitely a try for any American IPA fan; good blend of malt of hop flavors

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Photo of JamesMN
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this a few years ago on tap when it was a brewpub only, and didn't think much of it then, well see about this new batch.

Translucent in color, light orange, finger of head.
Aroma is rather biscuit like is the first thing i thought, mandarin oranges, citrus in general.
Flavors come out with a tiny bit more tropical notes on top of the citrus, adds a nice extra dimension, not up to the 4th spatial dimension, but just a nudge into the 2nd.
Medium-full body for the style, should be dryer. should always be dryer.

Heavy Handed is still the best Two Brothers IPA.

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a solid finger of slightly off-white foamy cap; fairly clear, light burnt orange color. Pretty decent head retention

S - Fruity citrus hop flavors; faint whiff of grain

T - Hops are mugged by a sweetness factor that I really just didn't enjoy that much; some fruity hoppiness slides in; sweetish malts and cereal/grain like flavors took over

M - Thinner to medium MF; lightish carbonation

D - Not that great for me in the style; wasn't expecting a hop bomb or anything, but just got some cloying sweetness with the sample that I had

Overall, not a bad brew, but just not a great example in the style.

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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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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lively orange/copper with a thick and fluffy head more orange than any I've ever seen before. Settles nicely into the glass leaving an ample amount of lacing clinging to the glass. Nice clarity.
Smells of pine sap, grapefruit pith, sweet malty grains and light touches of pineapple and caramel. Not amazing depth or even anything that really stands out, but for a regular IPA, it's very nice.
Tastesjust like the nose hints at. Nicely piney, fresh cut citrus, splashes of caramel, mango, fresh cut grass and sweet malt grains.
Really nice blend of citrus, grassy pine and grainy sweetness. Nothing really special but very nicely done.
If you're looking for yet another over the top IPA, this isn't it. What it is a fantastic drinking IPA with nice balance and depth. An awesome cookout brew at a touch over 6%.

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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 blackcompg
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their new 12oz can...

Appearance - Pours a finger or so of lite golden eggshell head, color is a gorgeous, slightly hazy light bright orange, rich golden accents at the sides of the glass. Lacing is on the lighter side, but still coats the glass.

Smell - Light citrus, touch of tropical pineapple, and baked bread.

Taste - Really nice complexity here - light tangerine citrus, touch of lemon, nice malt sweetness, biscuit and light breadcrusts, a lot of floral hops towards the end, dry breadcrust, and a touch of grapefruit pith and white pepper. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, crisp and refreshing, carb is medium with lots of edges, very cleansing and bright. Very thirst quenching, and very drinkable. Smooth, but not silky or creamy.

Overall - This is really a very flavorful and quenching beer. I absolutely agree with another reviewer that a bit more citrus would make this fantastic, but this is still a very good beer. I like this alot and would purchase it again. Highly recommend, very interesting flavors, give this one a try.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this from a can and on draught. This is a brilliant beer from a brewery that I originally didn't give too much credit, after having Domaine DuPage.

The can opens, and ambrosia descends to a pint glass, two and a half fingers of tawny head, and a ruby red hue is underneath this crest. The carbonation is mild.

The smell is of spicy, earthy hops, and alcohol.

The taste is of hop: apricot, pine, and dry finishing hops with a spice. This beer provides a great journey, and I would argue that it is one of Two Brothers' best.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but thick

Overall, this is a beer for an IPA lover, and someone who appreciate the hop for it truly is our grape.

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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 vic21234
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Bottom of can reads "Best By 08/23/12.

A- Pours with a very typical look to an American IPA. Color is a light/medium orange with some cloudiness to it. About a finger's worth of initial head fades to some sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Mostly citrus aromas come about; sweet grapefruit and maybe some mango. I don't get any pine aromas in the smell.

T- Well, I thought the pine was nonexistent in the smell but it's there in the taste. Drinks nice with a piney, bitter back end.

M- Light, thirst quenching, bitter.

Outlaw is Two Brothers newest year-round IPA. I like the idea of distributing it in cans, as cans seem to be the new experiment in craft beer as of late. Outlaw overall is a nice IPA that I would buy again if I want something good that I can drink a few of during the day. The lower ABV almost makes it sessionable.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 MillRat
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Two Brothers Tap House for about 5 bucks. Arrived in a TBBC nonic, rddish amber with a firm white head that wasn't going to hang around longer that the beer underneath. A nice bready malt aroma was in a rather pitched battle with a small merciless gang of hops, Chinook, Palisades and Ahtanum, according to Gabe Nanni, the restaurant manager.

This beer follows the brothers' usual formula of a hanging a very interesting hop profile on a solid malt backbone. This is an IPA that strikes a fine balance between the malt with a quite proper English biscuity profile and the American Olympic hop team. The hops help keep the palate refreshed and ready for another round, but the malt toughs it out and leaves a slight sweetness behind so the hops can't wear out their welcome. This beer finds the middle ground between the brothers' Bitter End IPA and their Hop Juice IIPA. A great example of putting in the work with the malt in the mash tun so one can play with the hops in the kettle and still produce a very drinkable ale.

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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 JuniperJesus
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


for being an easy sipping, hop-n-malt bang bang, laced with subtle traces of floral kush. Highly evasive and easily transported across borders and stadium security in crimson 12oz coyote cans. With an innocuous carbonation designed to insidiously carry and distribute the citrus and pine Molotov, this Outlaw should be considered armed and dangerous, mostly due to the penetrating effects of both its malt-bomb attack and devilishly charming drinkability. Consider yourself compromised if you’ve had more than one. Call your posse for backup. Do not confront alone.



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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 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 312HopBomb
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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 RunForYourBeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange color with visible bubbles and a good sized white head.

S: Pine and Citrus hops with a hint of bready malt.

T: Starts with some malt sweetness before the hops kick in. They bring some pine and citrus flavors and a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: I like this. It reminds me more of an English IPA then an American one with the subtle yet assertive hop bitterness. It is well balanced and a good drink.

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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 Lunny777
3.63/5  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.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On my fourth, and my opinion keeps floating between ok.... to a really solid 6.3% abv and 60 ibu's. Bitterness upfront, than some tropical fruitiness , and a splash of sweet. Overall, I think it's pretty good, and balances on the line of sessionsable and more powerfull IPAs.

(Note: 2Bros Roundhouse does not have on tap, it only comes in 12-oz cans right now. On the positive side each beer was only $4.)

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Photo of oN3xM
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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