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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 469
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: homebrew311 on 03-18-2010

This IPA is aged in oak foudres for 3 months. Dry hops are added the day after the foudre is filled.
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a clear golden copper body with a gentle carbonation of bubbles. A rigorous pour produces a thin film of white head that is soon a ring.
S- The aroma of hops have a green herbal aroma to them with a slight sweetness of malt supporting them.
T- this beer has a green hop flavor that gives way to a stinging hop bitterness that stains the tongue and lingers after each sip. There is a honey malt flavor that is nice with a slight buttery quality to it but that is soon covered up by the bitterness as the beer opens up. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a hop flavor that is all bitterness and that covers up all the other flavors. I love hops flavor but there is very little depth to the hops and the aroma and flavor of hops and malt are buried.

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Photo of Prostman81
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery color with minimal head. Not much aroma at all in the nose, more of a regular PA than IPA aroma.

Taste is about the same as it smells. Definitely not enough hop flavor or aroma, but the bitterness is there. Very underwhelming. Again, its charateristics are much more like a Pale Ale instead of an IPA. Beer feels a little watery with not enough body or malt backbone. Just doesn't stand up to other IPAs in my opinion, considering the price point it is at. Another mediocre beer from Two Brothers.

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Photo of copyguyadam
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received via trade with jkblodge as an extra. Thanks!

A - Real nice gold and orange hue. Great looking 1" head with lacing.
S - I smell grapefruit and something else pleasant and sweet.
T & M - The oak is barely there, but still really nice. Great tasting IPA and lighter on the booze than most I've had lately.
D - Nice, easy drinking IPA. I wish I could buy this locally.

I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Great job on this IPA!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big vibrant light orange appearance. Great carbonation, lacing not so much, but I haven't really seen lacing out of a beer that touches wood, so maybe its no thing. Great aroma, smells hoppier than expected. Good grapefruit and oak resin (very light) aspect.

Taste, a mix of ipa, belgian and imperial esb. Very bitter, even more than the 70ibu claim on the bottle. But not a hoppy feel to the bitterness. Dry. Hides alcohol extremely well. Nuances of the oak, has just a tinge of that chardonnay vanilla to it. Very unique, in a good way. Got more enjoyable throughout it, some dry hopping (or more) would be phenomenal in the oak barrels.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday, Midwest Style!

Appearance - Pours into my sniffer with a relatively clear copper color. I obtain about a finger and a half of white head that dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - A rush of bitter grapefruit, pine resin, hops, and a slight malt backbone. The more I smell the aroma the less bitter the grapefruit smell becomes and the more malty/passion fruit citrus aromas become present.

Taste - Somewhat a surprise from the nose. Malty up front with a definite hop kick right behind. Less citrus presence than I assumed there would be because of the nose. Despite there being some flavor, I'm not going to lie but i seriously get an almost "watery" characteristic to it. Seems the flavors separate about halfway through the sip and it becomes very bland.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - I would say pretty drinkable but only because there is little body and not insane amounts of flavor that would make it suffer after a few beers (think bitter D/IPAs). Not bad, but not that "unique" to make me buy it again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a crystal clear yellow-orange with dense fluffy head and sticky lacing.

It's not very aromatic, but with hints of grapefruit and a touch of vanilla.

Taste is a lot of citrus hops and a little pine resin. The oak adds a mellowing vanilla and there is also a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fresh, and clean. Finish is slightly bitter and lingers.

Good dinkability. The first time I had this I was not very impressed, but after getting through a sixer I've gained more of an appreciation for the mellowing nuances of the oak. Most of Two Bros IPAs tend to be on the piney side, but this one strolls on the citrus side.

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Photo of jdklks
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beersis81 for this extra!

pours a cloudy amber gold with a frothy off-white head. smell is of hops, grapefruit, orange, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, but not very strong. So far an average ipa.

Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting, but it still has a bitter sweet bite in the end and finish. too sweet all the way through though, especially with the sugary apple flavor. some of the oak aging is there, but I think it has dulled down the flavors a bit instead of adding to them. not a bad beer, not a good ipa.

Mouthfeel is easily the best part of this one. Thick, nectar like, and the carbonation is well-done. Drinkability would be better if it tasted better, or if I was in the sun on a hot day, but right now, another part of the beer that is just average.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- bright amber with two fingers of rocky beige head. Sticky lacing.

Smell -- grapefruit rind, pine sap, bread, caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Big hop bittering up front with big citrus notes and more than a little resin. Caramel malt rounds out the end, with lingering grapefruit rind. Dry, resinous finish with a little bit of cut lumber from the oak foundres.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability -- After trying their reguar IPA, Bitter End, I wasn't expecting much, but this one really impressed me. great hop flavor. If you've ever been disappointed by a Two Brothers beer, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It'll surprise you.

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Photo of JToad
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange copper, minimal lacing.

Smells of biscuit malt and hops. Very understated, not in your face.

First taste is bready. Hops on the back end. Very well balanced. Relatively thin mouthfeel, with more malts then hops. Not your typical American IPA.

Very drinkable for 6.9% Tastes more of an amber ale with hops than an IPA. A solid brew, but not my fav from Two Bros.

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Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Color was a nice clean amber with a thick and sticky tan head, good lacing.

The smell was spicy, almost lemon peppery, with some nice citrus hop notes.

The taste was very classic of an American Style IPA, a nice toasted malt body, very bready, with a big fresh Citrus Hop Finish.

The mouthfeel was very crisp and carbonated with a long dry finish.

Nice and drinkable, I didn't really notice anything special coming from the french oak other than maybe the extra dry mouthfeel.
Good None the Less.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best by 8/13/10

A: Pours a crystal clear, orange-y gold color with two full fingers of sticky off-white head on top that retained for ages and left a lot of lace stuck to the glass. Decent amount of carbonation, too.

S: Not floored by the smell. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, a hint of pine, honey, dried flowers, and caramel.

T: Follows the smell closely. Didn't really notice any "oaky" flavors. Piney hops pop out a bit more as it comes up to temp.

M: Starts off pretty smooth and sweet and then the door swings the other way and this turns quite dry and bitter during the middle and long finish.

D: Very nice drinker, almost sessionable. Maybe the Bros. will tweak some batches in the future with more hops?

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Photo of Aguirre
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review.

Poured into a nonic pint, this brew is copper colored, clear and has a nice thick head.

The smell doesn't knock me over, it's hoppy sure, but I can't pick out any specific notes...it smells good, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing special.

The taste is better than the smell, it's smooth and rich and well balanced. I get a little bit of the woodiness from the oak barrels, but not much, which is a little disappointing. Not a massive hop bomb by any means, but bitter. There's a lingering aftertaste that I don't find unpleasant.

It's a smooth drinker. You can taste the alcohol, but it's not overwhelming (especially for 6.9%) and I like the level of carbonation.

This isn't my favorite IPA, but there's something interesting about it that I'm not yet well-versed enough in beer to describe. Keep an eye out for it, it's worth a try!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a pint glass at Revolution.

The beer is a medium clear orange with a nice head that has tons of retention and unreal lacing. The lacing fully coats the whole side of the glass as it falls and the head stays at least ten minutes.

The best thing about this beer is the look, the aroma and taste are nothing special, a little citrus, a little hops, easy to drink but nothing to write home about. I'd drink it again probably, but wouldn't search it out.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must say I like the new artwork and logo! Pours into my glass a clear brilliant tangerine-orange with an inch of bright white foamy bubbles on top. Aromas creep out of the glass with a nice mix of citric and pine resin hops. Sweet caramel backbone with a touch of cotton candy. Slightly woody as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a hop kick upfront with citrus, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Smooth caramel backbone flows into a nice touch of oak. Bitterness kicks in on the way down along with a lingering hoppiness. Finishes smooth with just a touch of dryness from the oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Goes down easily and makes for a refreshing IPA. The oak is a nice twist and I enjoy the fact that it is not overdone. Overall, a solid addition to the Two Brothers lineup.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden-amber with a thick soapy head.

Aroma is caramel malt and clean citrus hop. Mild and fruity.

Taste is bready pale and caramel malt up front. Light fruit character from the nose comes on as pineapple and orange notes. A mellow woody quality brings some complexity. Piney and citrus hop brings an orange peel bitterness in the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A very balanced, easy drinking IPA. I thought it was surprisingly sweet for an American IPA, but this allows the malt character to mellow out the hops and bring a pleasant fruit quality. Worth a try.

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Photo of Sallerj
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a little light when it comes to aroma. It smells like fruity American hops and maybe a touch of the oak, though that might be a resiny kind of hop aroma.

The toasty oak and citrusy hops blend really well together and there's a nice complex finish with oak, bitterness, and caramel maltiness. The finish is more more intriguing than the initial taste, which is a little thin and could use a bit more body to back up the bitterness.

This beer would be amazing cask-conditioned. Maybe at the Great Taste?

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Super clear copper color with nice bubling compared to most IPA's I've had. The head could use some tooling up though.

Toasted biscuits and Wonderbread, citric and piney hops, plus the faint nuance of oak and a ittle vanilla in the aroma. This is a very smooth smelling beer. Very nice!

Light oily txture combined with sweet oak and biscuits upfront. The middle has some earthen covered citrus fruit peels mixing with said biscuits, but less oak and vanilla flavors. The finish is a slow resin of bitter citrus peels, faintly sweetend by tasted caramel malts and oay vanila.

This isa great Ipa worth trying while its still available. Not a hop heads bitterness bomb, but a complex and balanced version of the style.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More from the Two Brothers oak aged series and an IPA no less.

12oz bottle poured into the trusty New Belgium tulip.

A: Beer is pretty. Little ropes of bubbles twist up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass and hold up an bright and loosely foamy one inch head. Color is clear, soft glowing peachy gold.

S: A delicate aroma on this one. Hops are there to be sure but it doesn't come at you like a that blast of heat you get from a big red wine, or for a better comparison, like that blast of bitter fruitiness and pine that you get from something like a Surly Furious or other such beers. Aroma is more restrained with drops of honey mixed in with the traditional citrus and pine aromas that appear here. Malt presence is also stronger here than in similar beers of this style, sweeter with maybe a touch (that's stretching it I think) of barrel character.

T/MF: Not hugely bitter, not enamel stripping with a back hand of pine sap and pineapple. Instead this beer is a bit more restrained: orange blossom and honey are mixed in with a citrusy/piney profile. Malt character is also more pronounced with a caramel sweetness working its way into the fold. Feel is another story though. Filling though the middle with tiny pin pricks of carbonation filling the mouth like a blanket than leaves without much fanfare.

D: Again, I would like to see what the barrel does to this beer and beers like it down the road, maybe it needs to get broken in a bit as I don't seem to be picking much up in the way of oakiness that I'm used to from barrel aged beers. Still, this beer remains an interesting change of pace from the IPAs I'm familiar with.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL, served in a shaker pint

It pours a clear medium amber with little to no head. A medium amount of lacing coats the glass.

The nose is pretty muted with just a little bit of pine type hops and crystal malts.

The taste is where this beer came alive to me. Huge amount of pine and grassy hops with a firm bitterness. To me the oak is very present and actually cuts through the bitterness well. I don't know if it's because this is the first beer out of the foundres but the oak is strong and I really like what its bringing to this beer. There is some crystal malt sweetness to it as well.

It finishes pretty dry and the oak helps with that. The carbonation is on the higher side. It's quite drinkable and I really prefered this over the Heavier Handed. I hope this beer sticks around for a while.

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Photo of jsh420
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by 8/13/10

pours clear bright copper with a big pillowy white head that faded fast to a film but left lacing all over the glass

smells a little watery but i get some floral pine and citrus

taste is just like the smell - yes a little thin and watery but i still like it - reminds me of a lighter founders centennial ipa

mouthfeel - has a very light body with ok carbonation very creamy finish

drinkability - if this beer is really 6.9% abv i might have to watch might myself the 1st one went quick

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Photo of trbergman
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear orange-gold with a half inch of rocky, orange-tinted white foam. Sheets of lace cover the glass with each sip.

S - Not much oak in the nose, but plenty of hop aroma - pine, grapefruit, orange - as well as tropical fruits and caramel.

T - Incredibly smooth and balanced, for an IPA. Tastes of caramel, candied orange peel, and pineapple are met with assertive hop bitterness and some citrus pith and pine hop flavors. Oak sits in the background, rounding out and combining the various flavors into a cohesive whole. Despite the 70 IBU, this beer is quite mellow, forgoing shrill hoppiness for a more stately disposition.

M - Medium body - smooth, almost creamy.

D - I wasn't a fan of Heavy Handed, so I wasn't sure what to expect from Two Brothers with Resistance. It's greatly exceeded my expectations and stands up to repeat tastings. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass this one appears a nice golden-amber color, with a nicely developed white head. Piney hops are present on the nose, but not as prevalent as one would think based on the IBUs in this one. On the palate, there is a lot of sweet malt, which is nicely balanced by the aforementioned piney hops. Finishes with just a hint of the advertised oakiness. Crisp, nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of drewba
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S- very pleasant aroma.

T- Extremely piney and citrusy hops flavors with a very mellow, muted malt flavor. Highly bitter finish.

M- Low to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D- Though I do enjoy this beer, it doesn't blow me away in terms of drinkability and doesn't even compare to a Heavy Handed (to those who are Two Brothers drinkers).

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Photo of Alkiser
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this with the local distributor..

This beer pours crystal clear into the oversized sample glass. Big white foam sits on top releasing tons of aromatic hop compounds. Big pine with a nice citrus background with a layer of sweet malt and oak underneath.

This beer hits the palate without the force you might expect of something that is at 70 IBU's. It tastes much the same of the aroma with a great honey malt character creeping into the picture.

Dangerously drinkable, Wow... Two Brothers thanks for the long awaiting IPA.

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Photo of musashi138
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little under a year ago, when touring the Two Brothers Brewery, my friends and I noticed an oak cask sitting behind a bunch of boxes in the back of the warehouse. When question and answer time came around, we were prompt to ask about it. Jim simply mentioned that it is for something they are working on, and left it at that. Since then, I've been sidetracked with Bare Tree and their Moaten Flemish sour. That beautiful oak cask had long since left my memory. So, you can imagine my surprise when, walking through the local beverage store (I was "just looking around") when I came upon a special display for the J Series oak aged Resistance IPA and Long Haul session.

The bottle and label are pretty standard; with a simple barrel pictured in the center, the earth toned non-flashy art work is just enough to catch your eye.

Upon pouring it into the glass, the aroma is sweeter than expected. The mouthfeel, a little heavier than what I thought it would be, was another interesting surprise. Super smooth, Resistance is smooth upfront with a latent bitter punch on the sides of your tongue. The bitterness then sticks to the back of your throat but dissipates well as you exhale through your nose.

During my first pint, I was barely able to put the glass down as I kept wanting more. Highlly drinkable at 6.9% by volume, this beer can be dangerous, but a sweet danger at that.

Resistance IPA can be enjoyed alone or with a nice dinner, preferably something with a lot of meat. This is a good spring and summer ale.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, so should you.

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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.