Outlaw IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Outlaw IPAOutlaw IPA

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 629
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 5.51%
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: 629
Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, off white head of foam. Some sticky lacing.

S - Smelled of pine and orange.

T - Piney with a citrusy bitterness. A burnt toast maltiness with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Medium bodied.

O - This is a good canned IPA. Never let down by a Two Brothers beer. (337 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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... (616 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 OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (389 characters)

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 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 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 pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color and a light coating of white froth.

S: Fruity orange and guava aroma with juicy grapefruit and light honey malt.

T: Not as juicy as the nose. More of the pine and resiny bitterness. Some sour grapefruit and light orange. Some warming alcohol which is unusual for the ABV listed. Finishes with lingering bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium carbonation with some alcohol bite which is not well hidden.

O: I recall this as being much better the first few times I tried it. Didn't get to check the freshness date before my wife took the can out to recycle. Maybe a bit dated sample. I will re-review this again. (631 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 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 RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outlaw India Pale Ale has a thick, soapy, off-white head and a clear, orange-gold appearance with some splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is citrus, pine resin, malt, and sugar. The flavor is of hops up front, with bitterness and pine. There is a malt backbone to it and also some sweetness. Mouthfeel is rather light, but it has some ale softness. Outlaw IPA finishes mostly dry and easily drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I hope you’re able to sample it.

RJT (496 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 BierStein711
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this from a can and on draught. This is a brilliant beer from a brewery that I originally didn't give too much credit, after having Domaine DuPage.

The can opens, and ambrosia descends to a pint glass, two and a half fingers of tawny head, and a ruby red hue is underneath this crest. The carbonation is mild.

The smell is of spicy, earthy hops, and alcohol.

The taste is of hop: apricot, pine, and dry finishing hops with a spice. This beer provides a great journey, and I would argue that it is one of Two Brothers' best.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but thick

Overall, this is a beer for an IPA lover, and someone who appreciate the hop for it truly is our grape. (672 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 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 DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (899 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (673 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 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 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 JuniperJesus
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

***WANTED***

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.

***REWARD***

definitely. (614 characters)

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (446 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 stewart124
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (768 characters)

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