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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: 654
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

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Beer added by: Florida9 on 05-16-2009

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 654
Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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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 J1mmyB09
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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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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Photo of Fcolle2
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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

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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 WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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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 Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear copper color with a bubbly white head on top. The lacing is moderate, the retention is decent. The smell of the beer is malty with a hint of hops on the nose. The taste is more malt forward than hoppy, just not enough bitterness I my opinion. The mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer, but not much for an IPA.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper/gold in color, with an airy two-inch head of foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Toasted malt, piney hops and an underlying white grapefruit-rind bitterness that carries to the finish. Nice flavor and convenience in a can.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Outlaw is a solid IPA from Two Bros. The beer pours a clear copper with thick frothy head which is leaving a nice lace on my pint glass. The smell is ok...not nearly as sussinct as the SideKick. There is malt and faint hops. The taste is a good balance between malt and hops...I would really like to do a taste test between this and the bitter end. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer and can be sessioned...easily.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seen this brewer at the craft beer outlet so I thought I give it a try. I was pleasently surprised at how good it was.
B/B 6/29/13
As soon as I popped the can a pleasent hoppy bouquet greeted me. Citrusy with oily hop resin and a desent malt bill. A great nose.
Appearance was nice to, I was looking forward to drink it. It was welcoming. The color was amber with a loose structured white head on top.
Taste was sweet to begin, and had a good hoppy bite. Hops were citrusy like in the nose but was a bit muddled too. Malts balanced out nicely to make this a fresh easy drinking beer with a slightly bitter ending.
My first from Two Brothers and hopefully noit my last. Go get some.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with bottom of the can reading best by 05/13/2013. Excited to try this again, drank a couple of these straight from the can last summer, and I'm a fan of what Two Brothers does.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a pretty clear dark orange copper color with two fingers of thin doughy bubbly white head on top. Thin, scattered lacing.

S - Pale biscuity malt smell, with the vaguest hint toward piney hops. Not terribly attractive smelling.

T - The taste is comprised of a pleasantly subdued resinous pine hoppiness, paired with some good toasted bready malt backbone. Remarkably well-balanced. I remember thinking this beer extremely bitter with all the hops last summer, but a year later I find it to be more tame. Light, fruity, and somewhat sweet in the finish. Approaching more into APA territory, as some others have noted.

M - Sweet, resinous hops. Some green apple sugars leftover. A clean, pleasant feeling beer.

Overall, not breaking any spectacular new ground here, but it is a nice addition to the Two Brothers portfolio, and a nice change from their hop bombs like Two Brothers Hop Juice or Two Brothers Heavy Handed, with the Two Brothers Outlaw IPA offering a more tame and malty IPA. Better than I remembered it being, so I am definitely glad I gave it another shot! Moderate 6.30% abv, so you could definitely throw a few of these back.

Two Brothers Outlaw IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Flattish copper. Not my favorite.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine. Could use a bit more of each. I like the smell overall though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour pine and grapefruit. A decent flavor, but not the most assertive. Would work well at a BBQ. Mouthfeel is definitely average, especially for an IPA.

Overall Drinkability: Not my favorite, but I can see it becoming fairly popular. An easy-to-drink IPA.

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Photo of Kendo
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best-by date on the bottom of the can says 5/15/13. Consumed on 3/9/13, so it's certainly within the Two Brothers' recommended shelf life. . . .

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is clear golden-honey with a half-finger whitish head. Nice drapes of lacing down the glass.

S: Toasty, bready malt with a touch of citrus and a hint of pine. Not terribly strong in the nose, and for an IPA it's surprisingly more malt-centered than hop-centered. Smells more like an American Pale Ale or an English IPA, perhaps, than an American IPA.

T: First impression: I'm leaning towards an American Pale Ale profile in the taste too. Bready and caramel malt provide a solid malt foundation. Citrusy hops (think oranges with some lemon at the back of the sip) follow. Finishes clean with a nice lingering bitterness offsetting the sweeter malty tastes. This is not a palate-shredding bitterness, however; it's more muted in bitterness and cut by some sweetness underneath.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is fairly light, making for a slightly slick feel - but it's an easy drinker.

O: I like this beer, but I think it's mischaracterized as an American IPA. Maybe I'm just used to the hoppy palate-wreckers, but IMO, this comes in closer to an APA, perhaps residing somewhere in that grey area between the two styles. Easily drinkable, though, and I'm not at all disappointed with the overall taste and structure of this beer - it's just that it's a bit more balanced in the hop/malt dynamic than I'd expected.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by date stamped on the bottom; I approve of this. I approve very much.

Looks great on the pour. Very strong pine tones on the nose. Flavor is great. Nice hoppy presence with woody and earthy tones and a generous portion of pine. The problem is that the flavor profile drops off so fast. Way too soon. Especially with such a great lead in.

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Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with the best by date stamped on the bottom. $1.67 each at Binny's.

The beer poured a honey gold color with a half-finger of white head. The head only lasted about a minute, but lacing was good.

The beer has a citrus/pine aroma full of tropical fruits like orange and pineapple.

Whereas the smell had more citrus than pine, the taste has more pine than citrus, but both are present. Pale malts add sweetness to the piny, orange rind, grapefruit flavor. Bitterness is medium at 60 IBU's.

Surprisingly thick and creamy. I loved the mouthfeel.

Not a beer that bowled me over, but decent enough to get a B+ grade.

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Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As bold as the name suggests but as friendly as the masked man. comes our first adventure into the world of cans. this IPA is full of citrus and pine hop character and aroma. the hop flavors play off the pleasant malt complexity like a good sidekick. Giddy-up.

A: Amber color, when sat still you can almost say it looks like honey. inside glass seems to be very calm, yet foam however was not fully white and creamy, had slight brown strides too it.

S: Very distinguishable smell, probably could pick it out just by its smell from 100 different beers. has a heavy pine smell too it, alongside malt and a little oak too it. all i can say is it makes me wonder what it taste likes?

Taste: heavy entrance too it, seems to fit its style with some slight alters, maybe a little to much malt in the batch. only because that does seem to be a dominating factor in this beer. i would not consider this too be a light beer defiantly has a bitter aftertaste. Don't hate it.

M: I actually can say it does have a smooth body too it, but am not gonna leave out the fact that it is very heavy in a piney stale taste to its entrance.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clean fermentation character with lemon zest, orange rind, and pine all hitting the nose.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with a moderate white head that retains well.

Flavor: Pine-like hop flavors up front followed by some lemony sweetness. Just a touch of sweetness that is quickly subdued by the American citrus hop flavors. Balance is firmly to the hop. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily, and medium carbonation. Slight warming in the back of the throat. No astringency.

Overall impression: I forgot that I had this in August of 2012 and I can only assume I had an old batch. Glad I forgot about it and picked it up again b/c "Wow!". I'll make sure it's fresh but I'll get it again for sure.

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