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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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very good

437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This IPA is aged in oak foudres for 3 months. Dry hops are added the day after the foudre is filled.

(Beer added by: homebrew311 on 03-18-2010)
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Photo of matttttYCE


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, hazy yellow golden color with a small white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves slight lacing.

Very oaky, woody, sweet, floral and citrusy, malty/doughy, and yeasty in the aroma.

The taste is much of what I'd expect from the smell. Oak and wood notes abound, while sweet floral and citrus hops mix with a pleasant but supportive malt bill that's a bit doughy and some notes of yeast in there that play well on what this beer is.

Light, creamy consistency, medium body, light-medium carbonation, and a finish that is light and a tad dry.

Overall this is nice beer and definitely a nice change of pace from the majority of IPAs out there. As far as oak or wood aged IPAs go, this is one of the better that I have tried, though they aren't exactly abundant. Definitely worth trying if you like IPAs and barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:17:20 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a white head that was small yet still left a fine sheet of lacing.

S - light, sweet & floral.

T - very nice flavors with this beer, sweet citrus fruit, some oak and a hint of yeast before going somewhat dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this beer very much and will be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:35:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange-yellow color. I only could muster about a quarter finger of frothy white head. Retention and lacing are hard to judge given the lack of head.

4.5 S: The oak smells wonderful in this; possibly because this beer was seemingly brewed to meet oak. Earthy and grassy hops dominate with a slight cat piss undertone. The oak makes this super earthy. Clean malts with a bready yeastiness.

4.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Earthy and grassy hops. Super earthy oak. Clean malt and bready yeast. Low bitterness. Incredible complementarity between the hops, oak, malts, and yeast.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess, like some portion had come from a cask.

4.5 D: A stellar IPA that doesn't taste at all like the typical stellar IPA. Love the earthiness in this. Everything works so well.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:40:35 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jdhende


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a 3 Floyd's pint glass

A: Golden orange with a small white head and nice lacing on top.

S: Very floral with nice lemon and citrus notes.

T: Sweet IPA with hints of Orange, grapefruit and lemon. Also a little woody from being aged in the Oak.

M: Medium bodied. Very refreshing overall

O: A nice oaked aged IPA. A pretty decent value as well at $9 a sixer. Would seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:17:01 | More by jdhende
Photo of largadeer


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eorwar for this one. 12 oz bottle into a nonic, best by 5/30/12.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a thin head that settles to a thick collar, leaving behind some webbing.

Smell: Pretty mild aromatically, and more bready and biscuity than outright hoppy. It has some subdued citrus notes along with a touch of oak, but the malt seems dominant. It isn't sweet, nor does it seem heavy on the caramel malt, which is a plus.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is what I'd consider a balanced IPA, for better or worse. The oak is pretty noticeable here, present alongside bready pale malts and a citrus hop profile. The oak does lend something interesting to the mix; mild tannins meld with restrained bittering hops to give the finish a mellow but lingering bite. It would be easy to kill a beer like this by going too heavy on the bitterness and oak, but this does show quite a bit of restraint, and I have to give it a nod for that. Nonetheless, I tend to prefer a more hop-forward flavor in IPAs, and this doesn't deliver much on that level. Style definitions aside, it's a pretty enjoyable beer and well worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 07:18:50 | More by largadeer
Photo of Schneic8


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Drink by date of 2/25/12.

Appearance: Clear golden/orange color with a good amount of carbonation. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell: Nice strong smell that is well blended. I get strong citrus and hop tones. Very appealing.

Taste: Great malty sweetness at the beginning. Has strong citrus flavors, similar to the smell. It ends with a hoppy bitterness that is refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Clean crisp feel with a mild carbonation that sits well. There is a slight bitter after taste which is nice.

Overall: Very good beer. I have tried several two brothers beers and they have all been great, this one as well. This was an easy beer to drink and had a nice flavor. I look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:02:16 | More by Schneic8
Photo of tomserio


4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer by far, it is a beautiful golden IPA. Its heavy on the hoppy side of the spectrum with a great floral aroma and a crisp finish. A great example of an American style IPA. Highly recommended for all the hop heads out there. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 02:32:56 | More by tomserio
Photo of aasher


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied clear and height gold in color with a soapy lacing around my glass. It smells very crisp and clean. The nose I would guess is centennial or cascade hut I could be wrong. The malt bill is light and clean. The flavors too are fresh and light. I'm sticking with my hop varietal prediction. The hop profile is perfect for the body. It's subtly sweet and bitterness is mild. I can't stress enough how clean this beer is. It's perfectly drinkable. Overall this is a really nice IPA and overly sessionable. Try it if its fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:15:46 | More by aasher
Photo of coldriver


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pale amber with quickly dissapating head. Aroma is light citrus, toffee, oak, and cotton candy. Sweet malt backbone is very present, good pine and citrus hop profile, but not as intense as you would expect from an IPA. Mouthfeel is a little tepid with wet finish. This one is okay, but I don't think I would seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:21:18 | More by coldriver
Photo of match1112


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: crystal clear yellowish orange body with a half finger of white head. the head quickly settles to a ring leaving lots of lacing behind. very good looking beer.

s: very floral with highlights of pine and citrus hops. a very well balanced malt body compliments this beer with notes of honey and oak.

t: plenty of hop flavor with out being overly bitter, the aging in french oak foudres helps to soften the edges. a nice sweet honey malt body rounds this out.

m: medium body with good carbonation. this beer goes down easy with a crisp finish that lingers. if you wait too long between sips you can feel your tongue getting dry and thirsty.

o: for an ipa i feel this is as good as any, it doesnt have the bigger bolder in your face style of iipa's that everyone seems to be craving, but this is a nice smooth flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 14:42:09 | More by match1112
Photo of jayhawk73


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah - thanks Matt!

Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head. Very clean and clear in appearance. Good lacing on the side of my tulip glass. The nose is very floral, with some caramel and citrus notes as well. Oak in there as well. A little on the tame side, but pleasant. Taste follows the nose profile, very smooth and easy to drink. Vanilla and oak in the aftertaste. Feel is light and smooth with low carbonation. I'd like a little more hop presence in this beer. Overall, an enjoyable easy to drink IPA with a few flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:52:35 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is completely transparent with a quarter inch of white head that fades hastily, leaving random lacing on the snifter.

The aroma offers apples, hops, oak, pears, light alcohol, white wine.

The flavor is a blend of hop bitterness, not too assertive, and a lightly tannic, fruity quality. Pretty good and well balanced, though nothing really jumps out at me and implores me to keep drinking.

The body is light, even thin, with moderately low carbonation. Lingering notes of dry oak, floral character, and mild hop bitterness.

Overall, decent, interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:52:13 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of soze47


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles of this beer at Binny's in December, 2011. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with slight orange tones. Nice head at first, dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Almost corn-malt sweetness in a good way. Some great grassy hop smells too.

Taste: Very Balanced. Sweeter than most IPAs, but the hop bitterness and woody dryness give the brew some great complexity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, but well carbonated. Dryness from wood helps finish off the sweetness.

Overall: Nice effort by Two Bros. on this one. Not a bad option to have on hand, but not one that is a candidate to be in my rotation regularly.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:29:09 | More by soze47
Photo of TTAmod


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy light orange with a one finger white head. Okay retention and thick lacing.

S: Smells really fruity (passion fruit?) with some dank hops.

T: This is a really fruity IPA. The hops are not biting, but they're rather quite subdued. Passion fruit, orange, banana, and a bit of orange cream dominate most of this brew. I'm really liking the whipped cream taste that floats around the middle of the palate...it's really nice. After taste is more cream and a bit of pine hops. I'm guessing the cream flavor is from the malt? Very interesting taste.

M: Medium-thick, creamy, smooth. Not a lot of carbonation that's being picked up.

O: A really interesting, yet quite good IPA. I don't know if it's from the supposed aging in the french barrels or what, but the taste profile is quite different. This is not a hop-bomb at all. There is a huge amount of different flavors going on. Most IPAs fall into the trap of not being complex and end up being a huge hop or malt bomb. This one manages to be complex, yet assertive.

I thus conclude that this is one of my favorite regular IPAs. Congrats, Two Brothers =)

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:16:48 | More by TTAmod
Photo of crossovert


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

12 oz bottle. "BY" 3/15/12.

It pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that recedes to some pretty nice lacing.

The smell is real nice. There is plenty of oak which makes it unique but it doesn't override the hops which still are there despite the aging process. It is like orange blossom, grapefrit, and vanilla in a a way.

The flavor is good. Not a bitter IPA, and not a malty one. But a good round flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:08:07 | More by crossovert
Photo of champ103


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

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grassy, floral, lemony hops. I very nice hop aroma. Toasted, grainy malts for balance. Slightly bready w ith a bit of caramel sweetness.
T: Follows the nose with plenty of floral hops. Herbal and grassy with some fruity flavors. Lots of balance with toasted malts and bread/biscuit. I like it.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp. Clean, dry and refreshing. Very easy to drink. I can put a few away without a problem.

A very nice IPA. Like everything else I have had from Two Brothers, something I would recommend, and something I always look forward to when I visit the family in Illinois.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 04:25:40 | More by champ103
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was curious about this beer so I put it on my wants list and mrcalrizian sent me a few, thanks. I am not generally a fan of wood aged IPAs but there seems to be a lot of them these days. Here goes everything.

Beer is amber, mostly clear, white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is thin, sweet with a mild oakiness and some sulfury and earth hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, mildly bitter with a relatively dry finish. Bitterness is medium, the oakiness of this beer feels clunky and really detracts from the IPAness of the whole thing. It is fine. I'll drink the others I have but after that I think I'm done with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:40:30 | More by drabmuh
Photo of coylefoto


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

first review, so bare with me.

warm orange/copper color, clear - reminds me of my shades. the color that jumps into mind when i regularly think, "beer"

lots of citrus when it hits my nose. definitely grapefruit, a little orange. dig it.

taste is great. bitter as expected, but not too far out. not punching me in the mouth, but still something else. after it goes down, the taste hangs out for a little bit, and i'm welcoming it.

feels pretty good. not a thick beer, but not a light beer either. i feel like there could be a little more carbonation, but it goes down easy.

overall, i feel like i could drink a lot of these. i say that a lot, but all things considered, an awesome beer from a great brewery.


Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:01:31 | More by coylefoto
Photo of DAllspaw


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly clear and somewhat light golden color, a bit of amber as well, but notably clear, could read a paper through it. Moderate head and good lacing, very tiny bubbles dancing near the surface.

Smell is more malt than hops a bit subdued frankly. Taste is actually quite nice, a velvety smooth character and a bit of vanilla that comes through, certainly picking up something different, so my naive palate will attribute to the oak barrel, being a novice on barrel aged beers.

I like it, not sure what to expect from IPA Oak aged, but gives it a mellow character, especially in the mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:26:15 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...light colored body with a decent straw head. Not out of this world so far. Smell has a good malt back of heady hops bitters and some woodiness. Taste is even better, it brings the hops qualities to the front and the wood is nice. Mouthfeel is fine. I recommend trying this one, it's solid. Price is not too bad either.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:20:03 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of doughanson78


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light orange color. Two finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Well blended. Citrus and caramel. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and orange zest.

T: Sweet upfront and throughout. Big mango. Other light citrus, grapefruit and some apricot. Very sweet IPA, but very good.

M: Medium light body. High carbonation. Slick. Pretty refreshing.

O: Pretty good IPA considering how sweet it is. A nice Illinois local.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:22:11 | More by doughanson78
Photo of falloutsnow


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Picadilly in Champaign, IL.
Best by 9/10/11.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a decent >1cm head of slightly off white bubbles, mostly small in size. Not necessarily creamy or meringue-looking. Head decreases to a ring around the glass, leaving minimal lacing. Body is a medium-dark, transparent copper color.

Aroma of apricot, citrus (orange, light grapefruit), and general hop resin. This rests on top of a noticeable base of malt sweetness; not quite caramel-rich, sort of like a mild brown sugar flavor. Really enjoying the smell of this beer.

Taste opens with comfortable malty sweetness that's followed very closely by citrus and apricots. Pine flavors are more muted, but noticeable on the back of the palate. Ends with hop bitterness and some sweet malt flavors that are from the honeyed malt. Aftertaste is balanced: gently bitter and malty.

Medium-bodied with similar carbonation. Quite easy on the palate, pleasant. Finish is dry.

Sampled next to the Ballast Point IPA, this was the more enjoyable of the two for me. Apricot, more discernible citrus, good balance between hops and malt, and honey malt flavor as opposed to the heavily toasted flavor in Ballast Point. This was a really enjoyable IPA, one I look forward to trying again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:26:05 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Morey


4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "Best By 11/5/11" stamped on the back label.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper-orange color with an inch of off-white colored head that had settled to a thin layer after several minutes. Lacing being left behind with each sip.

A bit of a woody/earthy aroma, but not over the top. Piney hops also being detected.

Taste- Pretty balanced flavors between the oak, hops, and malts. Hop bitterness and bit of oak flavor linger on the back end.

Surprisingly light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I like this quite a bit. Probably my favorite Oak Aged Ipa to date.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is quite good. I've tried others within the style, and the oak is just too much, and I didn't get nearly enough in the way of hops. Not so with Resistance. Super drinkable too!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:13:57 | More by Morey
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mix of pine and citrus hops, with a nice oaky presence. In the taste, just like the aroma, a mix of pine and citrus hops and a mellow oakiness in the end. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine/ citrus hop in the aftertaste. Oak in mostly in the nose, and mellow hops, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 12:47:06 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Resistance

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of pine and citrus. In the flavor, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of wood which is from the french oak. Mostly bitter, citrus rind with a mild malt sweetness to balance. Medium to light bodied feel. Overall, a nice ipa, smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 18:16:05 | More by Stinkypuss
Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.