Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Outlaw IPAOutlaw IPA

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 629
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 5.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | 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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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (702 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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, (166 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of MNJR
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
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. (196 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (187 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of JonAdams
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of wmaloy35
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of babaracas
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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 (1,353 characters)

Photo of 57md
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. (362 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
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. (611 characters)

Photo of 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. (295 characters)

Photo of BobZ
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. (365 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of brentk56
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 (699 characters)

Photo of Lunny777
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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. (897 characters)

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Outlaw IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.