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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 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 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 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 stewart124
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beagle75
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/05/12
001 14:27

A= Pours a pretty hazy orange color with a nice thick finger of off white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= Smells strongly of hops of course with pine and citrus characters. I feel like I'm smelling a little rye or some other unique malt not usually found in an IPA.

T= The taste is again a strong hop character up front and some unique malt character to back it up. A nice pine and citrus character with some roast or rye or something to back it up. Something I can't put my finger on. There is a little bit of sweetness to follow up in the back.

M= The mouth is solid for an IPA.

O= This is a nice IPA. It's a little malty but not bad. It is actually one of the only IPAs I've found with a strong malt character that I actually enjoy. Worth trying and I'll likely actually be buying it again.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange, slightly hazy. A finger of persisted head. Well laced.

Smells of citric, orange hop favors, caramel and biscuit malt, slightly sweet.

Taste is on the sweet side with a substantial caramel, toffee malt base. Some mild elements of hop flavor try to punch through. I'm getting oranges and citric pith, there is hop bitterness midway through the profile, but it's quickly overwhelmed by the malt. It's too sweet for my buds.

A little disappointing from what is usually a strong lineup from the brewery.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, 1.4 inch head and minor lacing.

Smell - Light hops, some apples and grapes. Yeast and malts with some added spices. Grainy, with a little floral note.

Taste - Much like the smell, light, smooth hops mixed with some yeasty sugars and malts. A grapefruit/piney sting aftert first sip. Some added spices mixed with some yeast sweetness balance it out nicey.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets alot of bitter fruits and a nice coat of sugars. Palate gets remaining hops, sugars and a nice nutty malt flavor at the finish.

Overall - A decent easy to drink, light ipa. A nice summer beer thats balanced and smooth. Enough hops for the hopheads to enjoy, but nothing overboard for the rookie or occasion ipa drinker. Soild, nothing special or fancy, a good deal for 8.99 A sixer.

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Photo of yamar68
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can (!!!) to standard pint glass. Best by 10/05/12:

Pours a pale copper gold with a finger of lively, but pretty dense, slightly off white head. Tons of nice, pinpoint beading but no real lacing which surprises me... could be the glass I suppose...

The nose is pretty soft - some nice grassy bits and dingy citrus, a touch of sweet malt, mild honey note, certainly balanced.

Sort of strikes me as more an English IPA. Not a hop whollap, just a nice bitter hop profile that has the full support of a tasty sweet bread malt backbone. I like it.

Highly drinkable. Goes great with pizza. I'd recommend.

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a slight haze. Two fingers of head form and had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Lacing coats the glass as well as a thick ring left at the top of the glass.

Aroma reminds me of orange juice because of the sweet malt and citrus hops combination. There is a bit of alcohol as well.

The brewers definately went with the sweeter IPA as their choice. The hops give citrus flavor but I am missing the pine that the can label claims. Plenty of caramel malt that I do not really like in my IPAs. A little alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. Fairly balanced.

Good body and smooth texture. Could of used a little more carbonation to liven things up a bit at the expense of the smoothness.

A bit surprised that the brewers did not go wild west with this Outlaw. Maybe it is outlaw now to buck the West Coast trend.

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Photo of Mcculler
1.58/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice sticky looking head over a very hazy copper body. Leaves some nice lacing in the glass, but the chill haze signals the flaws in this beer.

Smells of pine, porridge (overcooked grains), band aid, and some mushy nondescript tropical fruits.

Tastes the same.

Wish there was more carbonation to wash the taste away that just sticks to my mouth.

I want to like this brewery considering I see it everywhere. I hate to outright pan a beer and indeed, there was a time I didn't mind this brewery. But the more I come back to Two Brothers (and this happens every time I drink one of their beers, which is rarely these days) I wonder why a beer that tastes like someone's first attempts at homebrewing is on the shelf at my local beer/wine store.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2B tap takeover at Swig on 7/11/12. First beer.

This is a clouded amber-copper brew. The nearly white head on top is impressive, particularly on tap, not for its size (since it's cut down anyway), but for that fact that the inch or so of head on it sticks around for a while and especially how it clings to the glass as the beer falls.
The aroma is a beauty, offering a balanced hoppiness that's complex, with citrus, tropical fruits, floral and pine notes and an even malts presence that lets it stand out complemented by that sometimes-mentioned sweet, candied orange (marmalade) note that just works in this beer. The flavor is interesting in that it's not as potent or as enticing as what's on the nose, ending up being a good-tasting beer that needs as much flavor as it has aroma.
The feel offers a rolling smoothness from a light crispness underneath in a medium body and is fairly creamy.

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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 Duff27
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch white fluffy head on a dull light amber body. very good head retention and lacing going on.

S- Mild citrus aromas. Grapefruits, tangerines.

T- Caramel malt and citrus from the hops. Bready malt aftertaste. Drinks less than 6.5%abv.

M- Creamy mouthfeel. Medium to medium-low carbonation for the style, I like it.

D/O- Nice easy drinking IPA here. Is it out of this world? No. But I don't think Two Brothers were going for that here. Top ten sessionable beer I've had this summer.

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Photo of Etan
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a straight brass with a minimal white head.

S: Soft caramel malts and not much else.

T: Nice dose of piney bitterness followed by a big malt backing. Caramel, fresh bread, a bit of citrus rind, pleasant grain in the finish. Crisp and dry.

M: Small tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Crisp and refreshing, but not great.

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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 scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze in color with good bubbling. Two finger head that recedes to a solid film of foam.

Sweeter orange marmalade hop aroma. Then to a more bitter pine resin. Biscuit, caramel, toasted malt scents.

Toasty malt unpfront. This leads to a resiny orange peel and pine tar bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. Sweet upfron and bitter on the finish. Not a bad IPA.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into nonic pint.

A slow but rough pour (read: I didn't tilt the glass) yielded a big fluffy 3 finger head atop an orange clear body. The retention seems solid but the lacing is weak.

Smells like biscuity and bready malt, just a touch of sweetness, and some hops-- a light refreshing citrus note with some floral character too.
The flavor is EXACTLY as I expected from the nose but adds a slight tropical fruity note... I think this beer is too malty. Make this drier, go easier on the floral hops, and kick up the citrus notes and we would have a winner. In fact, try to make this beer EXACTLY like Zombie Dust, only in cans. That would be awesome.

As it stands, this isn't too bad. It is certainly the best hoppy offering from 2Bros... Though the field of competitors is pretty weak.

The body is a bit light, but I can live with it as is.

Overall-- if I find this on tap I'll try it again, and I'm not opposed to buying more cans either. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come from the Warrenville crew.

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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 homebrew311
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance is bright orange with goldish hues, sparse white head which dissipates quickly. Quite a bit of white sticky lacing left behind. The aroma features melon and citrus hops up front with a considerable grain presence, mainly comes through in form of white bread. The taste is somewhat sweet to start and becomes very bitter with notes of pine, grapefruit, and graham cracker. Decent flavor, balance is a bit skewed. The mouth feel is moderate with high carbonation. Not a bad IPA from Two Brother, definitely better than the Resistance IPA, decent hop presence and good drinkability.

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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 TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd crack a can o' this stuff whilst watching my ChiSox try not to fail again. We'll see... It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mandarin orange, very light leek, light cilantro, caramel, and a touch of apricot popping up every now and again. The taste maintains the fruitiness from the smell, as well as the caramel (which comes through bolder, sweeter now), and adds a decent amount of pine sap. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that maintains a strong, fruity hop character without sacrificing balance one lick. Good times. (Note: Drinking straight from the can brings a slightly fruitier flavor. Just sayin'.)

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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 barnzy78
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one maybe 3 years ago at the Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville, nice to come back to it again.

12oz can, pours amber in color with a thin, foamy white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are both malty and fruity, floral hops. Toasted grain and grapefruit mainly. Tastes seem to be a bit muted. Notes of sweet grapefruit, pine, caramel, and toasted grain are well balanced, but does not offer much else as expected from the big "Outlaw" name. Mouth-feel is on the thinner side of medium, while being smooth, but sharp and slightly bitter on the finish with that pine I mentioned earlier. Overall, nice balanced American IPA, but probably not one I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus, hop oils, and crackery malt. Flavor of some of the same crackery malt and citrusy hops. Overall, I found this to be very drinkable and delicious.

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