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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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:
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a white head. The nose brings a bit of citrus and grapefruit as well as some mild oak. The taste really cuts back on the hops in favor of some light oak and a bit of caramel. Slightly dry feel with a decent body. I have yet to find a really well executed oak IPA. Maybe I'm just "bitter" right now. Horrible joke.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away but left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops as well as oak in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the hop flavors are more balanced with the malts, the latter of which contribute some sweetness to the initial taste. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it has a good balance between the hops and malts.

metter98, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive."

--Thomas Jefferson

Coppery orange with more bubbles and a much larger crown of ecru colored froth than expected. The head is shrinking slooowly, even though the carbonation has quieted considerably. Stickiness leading to pretty good lace is good to see.

The aroma isn't gangbusters aromatic. The hops are flowery and tangy-fruity, probably a mixture of American and English varieties. Not much oak yet, but it's early. For those who are unaware, beer in the 'J' Series (this one and Long Haul Session Ale, so far) is aged for a minimum of 4 weeks in French oak foudres.

Resistance IPA is almost able to overcome its flaws with a solid smack of hoppiness. A reported 70 IBUs right after bottling is pretty impressive and shows that the brothers aren't messing around. That said, so-called flaws are in the eye (and on the tongue) of the beholder.

As with Long Haul, there's a tartness and a phenolic quality to this offering that seems out of place. It certainly shouldn't be coming from the oak casks. More likely, something other than a typical (read: bland) ale yeast is responsible. Again, hops do a pretty good job in their attempt to dominate.

Flavors include very lightly toasted malt, lemon juice, grapefruit zest, pine and pepper. This ale is almost akin to a highly-hopped farmhouse ale or wild ale (that doesn't use Brettanomyces). Oddly enough, oak is still in the background... if it's there at all.

The mouthfeel is slightly light for the style and is too zestily bubbled. Either too much CO2 was added or we have a bottle-conditioned brew that has been in the bottle slightly too long, despite the fact that the 'best by' date has not yet arrived.

The 'J' series beers might be flying off the shelves in Chicago and its environs, but I'm not impressed so far. Two Brothers is capable of good-very good beer on occasion. Too bad this one, while acceptable, doesn't make the grade. Bottom line: Resistance IPA is resistable.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Borrowing inspiration from traditional English hopped up ales. High caramel character, earthy hops, and estery fruits all emphasize the footprint of India pale ale's historic journey in one single taste.

Hazy and with a burnish gold color, the beer releases a dainty but creamy white head that shows firm density but displays the softer carbonation in cask-like appearances. Only moderate in retention and lace, the foam eventually dissipates and leaves the beer looking relatively still.

Grass and grapefruit pull through with dedicated aromas forming complexities of zest, earth, and piney. Firm caramel notes behind are straight out of Worther's Originals' playbook. Fragrant wood, bruised peaches and apples play off of the caramel with a sweeter and fruitier tone.

Sweet for an IPA, the caramel and honey flavors are all malt, but weave in a sweeter tone that seems like candied peaches and apples. As the beer progresses, the taste of mulled grass, pine, and earthen woods rise and almost taste like freshly pulled tobacco here and there. Fruit and malt fade in finish, leaving the hop flavor to morph into resiny, acidic, and earthy bitterness, seemingly mostly of hops but partly of wood.

Medium bodied, the beer's low-lying carbonation keeps the malt hugging the tongue for greater impression of weight and richness. Residual malt sweetness and wood complexities further suppress the hops to deep in the finish where a broad hop dryness and mild wood astringency play out in a long lingering aftertaste.

The overall taste of the beer allows the malt sweetness and body hang around, preventing the hops from garnering command as is expected with IPAs. Lacking the life and vibrancy of fresh, zesty, and lively IPAs with personality, I rather enjoy the more balanced flavor that's accented with oak.

BEERchitect, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark amber color, clear with lots of carbonation visible streaming up toward the surface. Nice rich head of white caps the top gracefully and settles down with a good bit of lacing sticking to the sides and the bottom of the glass. Rich aroma of sweet orange hops, very well balanced with a good earthy feel to it. Buttery and thick the aroma seemed to hang in the air. Warming made this only more apparent. Nice thick feel as it crosses over the palate of the tongue. Rich citrus hops, not biting but more mellow and relaxed come at you with a sweet buttery taste mid palate that really does wonders to balance it out. Light dry finish and a smooth, almost caramel like taste a few moments after the last sip. Very nicely done.

Overall a very solid and very well done IPA.

mikesgroove, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to taiyed for this bottle!

Grabbed one o' these during the initial stages of brewing today. It pours a slightly hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, lemon, melon, flowers, and smooth toffee. The taste runs very similarly, with slightly less toffee (that's right, folks, even more hoppy goodness!) and a touch of cedar in the background. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, very hop-forward without really stinging the tongue, and the wood really works in a nice, subtle way.

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold fading into orange, with sparkling white suds on top. Spotty bits of lace here and there.

Grassy, soapy, floral hop aroma. Mildly herbal, not too pungent though. Not picking up on the oak in the aroma at all.

Honeyish pale malt, some drying bitterness, and leafy hop character. Floral traces hinting at spice. Where's the oak? Not getting any at all. Just a dry, bitter IPA. Overall not bad, worth sessioning, but don't expect much wood.

emerge077, Mar 20, 2010
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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.

largadeer, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great off the pour. Nice balance on the profile with a significant malt base. This is subtle, to a degree, and almost English in its interpretation. Doesn't get overly boisterous with the hops, but uses them appropriately. Aging has probably smoothed this out in a nice way. I am only guessing about that l, honestly, since it's a process I am not intimately familiar with. Nice one.

RblWthACoz, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed copper orange hue with an off white head. fine even lacing left behind. Aroma has citrus/floral/more grapefruit/peach pit tones. Sugar coated malt layers going round and round here with hints of french oak, slight bark and herbal tones. Flavor has a buttery/oak, citric/floral hops note. Really rides those flavors well together gets a little bit heavy on perfume type notes. Overall drinkability is incredible the body doesn't outweigh anything but the oily texture could possibly weigh me down, strange combinations of flavor and feel. Drinkabiliy overall is decent a bit of alcohol burn making through to my palate, but I'm not sure what should be flying.

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While I was certainly intrigued by the aging (a foudre is a big oak cask if anyone is wondering), I was a little disappointed by how this beer turned out. There's clearly a fine, rich citrusy IPA that can hold it's own. But there's an added tart, lightly puckering feel from the oak that I though detracted from the beer. I expected something a little smoother (maybe incorrectly) and found a sharp IPA that didn't sit well.

tempest, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage in Yorktown, NY. Pours near clear, almond amber, slight off white heat, that leaves nicely coating fine sheeting all the way to the top of the glass.

Just a touch of grapefruit and sawdust on the nostrils.

Super dry brew, with notes of grapefruit peel. Not really getting any wood character on the palate. Tasty, citric and enjoyable IPA.

Billolick, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice golden with a thin swirly head. Smells somewhat grainy with a nice hit of sweet, citrusy hops. The taste is similar, with a bit of grain followed by a big but short hop profile that is leafy, piney, and a bit citrusy, but the hops fall off and it becomes grainy again toward the end. Fairly spicy in the mouth, and a bit thick, but pretty pleasant. Overall, a pretty nice beer.

Georgiabeer, May 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -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.

rhoadsrage, May 26, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ejimhof, Feb 07, 2014
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.