Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
This was a pleasant find in furtherance of the CANQuest during my annual visit to Binny's (South Side Loop) in Chicago on my way home from the Great Taste of the Midwest. I have been a fan of Two Brothers B.C.'s beers for a while and since this is their first foray into CANning, I am doubly excited.
from the CAN: "A Whole Family of Great Beers (even if one is an outlaw)!"; "Drink. Crush. Recycle. Repeat."; "As bold as the name suggests but as friendly as the masked man comes our first adventure into the world of [CAN]s. 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."
Previous reviews seem to indicate that fresher is better. Mine read "Best by: 10/05/12". I'm still in the window.
I got a loud Crack followed by an inverted Glug which resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. In falling, it left some nice sticky lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-amber. I really got the pine hops on the nose, initially, followed by some sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste commingled the sweetness of the caramel malt with the pine hops on the tongue. Finish presented a slight grapefruit citrusiness, but had it not been mentioned on the CAN, I might have glossed over it. It begs the question of a) when it was CANned and b) what they imagine its shelf life to be. It finished semi-dry and was a good, if not great AIPA. I was satisfied but not enough to rave about it.
09-18-2012 00:28:43 | More by woodychandler
2.8/5 rDev -22.7%
Best by 11/28/12. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent burnt orange, huge chunky white head that sticks around, great sticky lacing and great retention. The aromas are full of orange zest and orange peel. Pine needles are in the mix too. There's alot of caramel malts present in the nose as well. The flavors are dominated by fresh orange and pine resin. The caramel malts are there in a big way giving this a strong breadiness. The flavors are bittersweet. The bitterness lingers for a second, but fades quickly. The flavors are very one dimensional, and lacks true complexity. Mouthfeel is nice, somewhat lacks carbonation and feels thin, but it's smooth enough and actually enjoyable. Alcohol goes unnoticed.
Not really feeling this one. I've never been a fan of this hop profile to begin with, and this is really no exception.
Two Brothers' other IPAs like Resistance and Heavy Handed are WAY more enjoyable than this, in my opinion.
09-16-2012 22:56:28 | More by BB1313
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured into a perfect pint.
4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left.
4.0 S: Heavy tropical citrus with earthy hop undertones. Mango and papaya lead the pack with pineapple and orange to follow. Earthiness and flowers give complexity. Clean maltiness underneath that is slightly grainy and slightly bready. Light crystal maltiness.
4.0 T: The taste is much, much, much, much maltier than the nose. I dare say the malts stand out more than the hops. Bready overall with a ton of caramel and a "peachy maltiness." Hops are again mainly of the tropical nature, but they don't stand out as much. Same fruits though. Low bitterness. Tasty.
4.0 M: Medium to slightly heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess going on here and super smooth.
4.0 D: Solid, malty IPA. Good balance and plenty of flavor.
09-15-2012 04:37:39 | More by DavoleBomb
4/5 rDev +10.5%
poured into pint glass from barkeep at the oasis micro pub in rockford, IL.
reviewed from notes taken 9/8/12.
Appearance: yellow bodied beer with one fingeer of white head.
Smell: a touch of citris and pine. A mildly sweet malt profile and a bit of oak. Nice balance in the smell.
Taste: The malts actually take the show on this IPA. I get some biscuits and honey from the malts. A mild hop compliment to the malts of citrus, pine, eathy, and floral hops. A touch of oak from the cask.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation.
Overall: havent had the non casked version of this beer, but I have heard good things. Solid cask beer for sure!
09-09-2012 17:47:03 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5 rDev -17.1%
Served this 12 oz. can in a Sam Adams glass. Best by 9/28/12. The body was slightly hazy and apricot colored. The head was frothy and off white. It left a film on top and some lacing down the glass.
The smell was bready and then mild citrus.
The taste was big on caramel malts. Some grapefruit bitterness tries to muscle in without much success. I drank this one more than a month before the "best by date" but I think maybe its best days were behind it. This drinks more like an APA than and IPA. Very muted bitterness and a prominent sweetness. Rather dull overall.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with tight, zippy carbonation.
09-08-2012 17:03:46 | More by Cresant
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/15/12
Best by: 11/30/12
Dense amber and scorched orange in color with a good deal of cloudiness. The head is massive, billowing up to over three fingers. However, the lofty foam doesn't last long, eventually dropping to 1/8th inch clump of bubbles. Scattered lace is left up top, but I would have hoped for better.
The aroma showcases a pretty nice hop display: pine, lemon, tangerine, peach and herbal hops. Sweet cracker malts make a formidable balance. The aroma isn't overly potent; it has density, but it seems stunted to me, lacking expressiveness.
The taste is right in line with the aroma, if tilted more toward lemony hops and citric tones. Pine is in a supporting role, adding an unassuming bitterness. Dry bread and crackers make up the malt backdrop. Fairly dry with modest juicy sweetness.
The body is medium and fairly juicy, though it seems more robust than it is, what with resin and oily hops. Carbonation is on the high cusp of average, but it's appropriate for the beer. Sticky resin and hop residuals build on the finish.
Considering I haven't been very impressed with Two Brothers' IPAs in the past, I figured I'd give them the benefit of the doubt with Outlaw. All told, this is probably their best IPA. That said, it doesn't stand out in the crowd. I reckon it's a contender for trips where cans are essential.
09-05-2012 04:34:22 | More by Ryan011235
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
Thanks to WoodyChandler for this one. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a slightly hazy coppery-gold color with about a half-inch of light khaki colored head that had very good retention and good lacing.
The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts with some pine and citrus hops in the background. The taste was pretty much the same, sweetness in the front and middle, some pine in the towards the back and some citrusness on the end.
The body was s bit fuller than most examples of the style, which is something I appreciate. Drinkability was OK, nice and easy. Overall, a fairly middle-of-the-road example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it, probably not worth a lot of effort to obtain.
09-02-2012 21:28:42 | More by beertunes
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
09-02-2012 13:25:41 | More by JuniperJesus
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-31-2012 22:32:12 | More by RunForYourBeer
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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
08-26-2012 02:41:16 | More by ferrari29
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
Light amber in color with a fine misty of off-white head that leads to some beautiful lace.
Some fruity esters in the nose to go along with pine and a clementine citrusy note.
It's safe to say that my mouth is watering. Medium bodied and the taste doesn't disappoint. Plenty of carbonation with a hoppy spice. Some peppery notes and a hefty background bitterness. Caramel characters soothe the tongue with a slight residual sweetness. There is a good grain bill that adds to the depth of this American IPA.
Really nice complexity to this beer. Each sip brings a new sense of vanilla, apple and pear esters to go with just a great dose of hops. Lingering pine bites the tongue and coats the throat. Quite good and something to keep in mind when cans are a necessity.
08-21-2012 23:48:55 | More by stewart124
2.78/5 rDev -23.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.
A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Medium lacing remains on the glass.
S: Grain is caramelized and husky, while hops are piney with some lesser semi-dark citrus. Other mixed fruit qualities reinforce heartiness of the malt.
T: Begins very off-dry, with chewy caramel malt and equally robust hop aromatics that match the smell well. Acidity is mild into the middle where citrus qualities darken before bitterness is quick to replace other hop-derived flavors. Bitterness becomes pronounced by the finish, where a mineral edge is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, resinous and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This beer's qualities are intense for its strength--it's 6.3% abv (as listed on the package) is the only feature that clearly separates it from the majority of beers from Lagunitas or Oskar Blues. As an IPA it is rather unremarkable, although the smell and flavor are closely tied.
08-18-2012 19:03:39 | More by beagle75
Outlaw IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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