Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 630
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 630
Photo of dmaneve
1.36/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

really not good for an ipa especially when factoring the numbers. 60 ibus with 6.3% abv. theres a split second of hop followed by water, alcohol, and fizz. pretty much sums up two brothers acoss the board. well below average. bottom line there are dozens of ipas much more worthy of your money (293 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
1.58/5  rDev -56.5%
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. (754 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 beagle75
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of BB1313
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (967 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 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 Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (635 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (692 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a medium bodied tarnished, dark copper in color with a very soapy two finger, off white head. The nose is light and right in the middle of balanced between hops and malt. It's citrusy but not in a fresh, citrusy hop character kind of way. The flavors echo that sentiment. The flavors are malty with slight hoppiness, yet very citrusy. It drinks more like a citrusy pale than an IPA. It's decent, but not on par for the style. It drinks light and smooth, certainly built for a can. If you needed a beer for the pool, a concert, etc. this wouldn't be a bad option assuming you don't expect a hoppy or dry IPA. (623 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of J1mmyB09
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (329 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 scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (509 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 Etan
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,371 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 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 mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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 (1,425 characters)

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