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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: 643
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 30.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 78 | 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: 643
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 Durge
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 FLima
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a huge thick off-white fluffy head with good retention and leaving laces.
Predominant aroma of pine with toasted malts and a hop citrusy with pepper.
Flavor of toasted biscuit malts, pine, caramels, earthy and citrusy hops, grass and spices. Hints of grapefruits and rye. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with medium carbonation
Interesting IPA, quite unique taste. Very malty, earthy and spicy.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus rind. In the taste, dry orange citrus, quite mellow, with a small malt backing. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and small gingerbread like malt in the aftertaste. A nice hop, big citrus, on the verge of an English beer with the malt, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, a present from Bill Bird of the Green Growler Grocery in Croton on Hudson NY. Best before dating on the bottom of the can...

Pours clear lighter almond amber, off white head, fluffy and loose, leaves a more then ample frothy collar, low sheeting and bands of fine lacing.

Mild nose of some herbal hops and a hint of malt.

Middle of the road IPA, moderate hopping makes this one feel more like a pale ale.

Smooth and easy drinking with notes of mild citrus, pine, and then a malt and smooth finish. Everyday IPA, sessionable, a good IPA for IPA newbs, cuz the hops are not gonna crush your senses...

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper with a nice fluffy white head and nice lace. Slightly hazy.

S - Floral hops, tangerine and orange juice.

T - Slightly sweet at first, moving towards citrus on the back end. Nice malt support for the tangy hops.

M - Medium bodied, solid on the tongue. Finishes a little to bitter .... almost acrid.

This is a really nice IPA, I like the canned package. Easier to recycle and pack into and out of a campsite.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer -- not a standout but well balanced and a pleasure to drink. Not sure why Dale's Pale and Antihero rate higher -- I'd put this one right on par with the,

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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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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 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 BobZ
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can poured into a Ayinger pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a nice 1" head recedes to a cap but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops with a bit of pine.

Taste: A nicely constructed IPA, fruit flavors and pine work well and are balanced against a nice base of malt.

Mouthfeel: Very clean on the palate.

Overall: Very sessionable and tasty 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 Jay_Ulreich
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really balanced solid IPA. Its got some kind of malt that I really really like, I think I taste rye, and I really love that in almost any beer. It matches well with the hops, which I wouldnt be surprised if they were mostly noble/European variety.
A- Golden color, just short of amber, great head retention. Thin white head, with really nice lacing.
S- I love the smell, this one is so balanced, I think it shows skill from the brewer when you get an IPA that you can actually smell the malt in conjunction with the hops. As noted, mostly noble hops on the nose, some pine too.
T- Solid and balanced. I love the rye flavor! It goes so well with what I can only guess is Hallertau (sp?) or something like it. Maybe EKG? IDK enough about hops yet to be sure, but its not your West coast variety. Very drinkable, not too bitter. Not much alcohol so I could drink several hundred of these in one sitting JK. Really like this beer.
M- Its light bodied, but totally sessionable. I love full bodied beers and this could be just a touch thicker/creamier, but Im not complaining.
Overall, I love the freshness you get out of cans, and I used to buy into the stigma that came along with them. Hogwash. Cans are great. This would be a great beach beer or something of that nature. I dont think Ive had anything from this brewery that I didnt like. Cheers

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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 bwood06
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - Reddish copper in color and clear. Khaki head that foams up tall and dissipates slowly. Light carbonation. 4/5

S - Light hint of dark stone fruit. Licorice. Herbal hops. Peat moss. Very earthy. All aromas are somewhat muted, all are hints with nothing really standing out. 3.25/5

T - Dark stone fruit right up front. Transitioning to an earthiness and leather followed by peat moss and herbal hop bitterness. Slight hint of licorice mixed in with herbal hops. Bitterness lingers but not long. Interesting layering going on here. Flavors are not like any other pale ale that I have had. 4/5

M - Light but somewhat creamy. Coats the mouth nicely then disappears. Very little in the way of carbonation. 4/5

O - Very interesting pale ale. Nice taste layering. Aroma was very difficult to discern what I was smelling. Aromas were all somewhat muted. Other than the aroma, very nicely executed. 4/5

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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 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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Photo of fscottkey
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] Dark golden colored beer. Forms a head that is just under 1 finger. The head is tight and white. The head recedes uniformly. The can lists the best by date (11/01/15). It lists the ABV (6.3%) and for a bonus it lists the IBU (60).

S: [2.75] Honestly the first scent I got was earthy to the point of smelling like a vegetable. Maybe a little cracker aroma under that smell. Not a typical IPA profile for sure.

T: [4.25] Does not follow the nose. Very sweet and malty. Great malt backbone all the way until the finish where it yeilds to a mild hop bite.

M: [4.00] Medium body and a slightly dry finish.

O: [4.00] The nose threw me off at first. It has a weird aroma for an IPA. But getting into the taste the 60 IBUs sounds right. There is not a crush of bitter anywhere. The malt profile is really nice leading to a sweet and malty beer. There are some hops to close the deal at the end. I think this beer is really good and I would drink more. They did not go the typical hops are tops route and I enjoyed that.

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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 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 JonAdams
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Scottsdale outlet into a standard pint glass.
Pale straw yellow, a bit of head, lace sticks around for a long time. No haze, very clear.
Mouthfeel is very effervescent, remains so even 10 min after the pour.
Citrus/pine note which remains strong, no malt.
Fine IPA, solid bitterness, good bright hoppy finish without any other cloying flavors.
Would recommend to anyone who likes IPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper color with a finger of white head. The head enjoyed really good retention and left thick layers of lace behind. The nose has both hop and light citrus notes. The flavor profile is very much in the East Coast style – well balanced between malt and hops. There are also some rye notes present in the flavor. The finish is pleasantly hoppy.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

Pours a clear deep golden with a fine, pillowy off-white head. Retains well.

Smells of fresh, grassy malts over a light biscuit sweetness with notable piney hops.

Flavor is of biscuit malt, on the dry side, with piney fresh hop flavor and medium hop bitterness.

Medium body with soft tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very solid IPA with nice flavor and a smooth body. Not exceptional, but above average and worth trying.

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