Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 629
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 5.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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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 vic21234
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow amber color with a solid off-white head and respectable lacing. The aroma offers nutty pine with a slight citrus kiss. There's a bit of sweet vegetable going on and it's generally a very "edible" smell. The flavor brings a more grassy hop bite that dissolves into an evergreen vegetable/herbal hop mix. There's an almond nuttiness but it settles mostly to a mild pine hop sweetness. It's medium bodied with a gentle but frothy carbonation for a somewhat luscious feel. A very balanced blend of bitter grass and sweet pine. An agreeable IPA that might suit the session seekers. (591 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (702 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus. Taste is hops, pine, a good bit of malts, well balanced, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and pretty good beer. (313 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Son of a bitch! I didn't even get it open it and I find a "best by October 9,2012" on the bottom! Means its at least a couple months old...

A - Pours a hazy amber brown (unfiltered like) with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. Seems to have some decent lacing.

S - Smell is fair enough with a dose of subdued pine and citrus hops. At this point it smells more malt forward.

T - I get some bittering pine and a touch of metal at the finish. The flavors are mostly sweet malt pity since this beer had promise.

M - Light to medium easy to finish despite age.

Overall I am kind of pissed at Vintage Estate (Ohio) for keeping this beer over a month beyond it's best buy date. It's sometimes good since I got a 2010 Arcadia Barley wine and Imperial Stout. Might try this again fresh and see if it changed my opinion. (815 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 metter98
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and also left lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness along with some notes of caramel from the underlying malts. Flavors of pine resin stand out towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink and isn't too bitter. There seems to be a nice balance between the malts and hops. (752 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)

Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,545 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 01/23/2013
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers goes for balance, with slight tilt towards fruity hop-influenced flavors and bitterness in their Outlaw IPA. Bringing in pale and amber malt sweetness with a not-too-bitter and rather fruity citrus hop profile, this is an affordable, accessible, somewhat sessionable IPA that would be a fine standard go-to for the style, when wanting something that isn't a blast of hops.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white to beige foam, composed of small-sized bubbles. Retention is slightly above average, lasting a minute-and-a-half, declining to a 0.3cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing left is significant and intricate, strange patterns. Body is an orange-copper color, with light bringing out paler orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy body, vigorous and substantial.

Aroma is kind of like a very mild fruit-salad aged orange, grapefruit, tangerines, and perhaps pears, all in a syrupy broth of pale malt. In general: sweet and fruity, a bit too mild.

Front of palate is of sweet pale malts with some soup-herb-like flavors, as from the hops. Mid-palate is fairly sweet with pale malt syrup-like flavors, some mild citrus (orange grapefruit, tangerine), a hint of pine, and herbal hop components, too. Back of palate picks up increased bitterness, milder citrus flavors with a stronger grapefruit presence, and some herbal hop characters. Aftertaste is spicy from hops, with mild bitterness, citrus, and hints of a sweet pale malt base.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that lightly fizzes across the palate at first, quickly becoming foamy and smooth in transition. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness left clinging to the palate. (1,783 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (844 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 mdfb79
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/19/13 notes. Had a can of this at Lou Malnati's in Chicago. 12 oz. canpoured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grains, some grapefruit. Nice, not super hoppy, but some nice fruit.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hop, grains, wheat, grapefruit. Similar to the nose, little less hoppy.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent IPA. Not my favorite Two Brothers beer but some nice fruit and citrus to it, and easy to drink. Probably wouldn't seek it out again but wouldn't be opposed to having it again. (701 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 homebrew311
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (637 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 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 dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off white head that slowly reduces to a small medium thick patch with a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with a light amount of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness followed by a moderate to strong flavor of pine/resin hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a relatively easy to drink with there being not too much bitterness and is somewhat enjoyable but nothing amazing. (865 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 rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (705 characters)

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