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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

449 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very light and nice white simple head is produced, but very tiny off the pour barely more than a finger in size. Nicely settling, slowly falling on to a opaque very pale amber body. No visible carbonation, sort of lifeless in appearance.

Nose has a sweet malt character to it, faint dark brown sugars, not particularly hop forward. Graham cracker sweet more than anything. Smells pleasant, but not like much of an IPA.

A good hop punch of pine, mixing much of that chewy biscuit graham on the end. Sweet malty milky finish much like the sensation on the nose. Small sharp finish and lingering, but sticking. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, nice tolerable carbonation also.

Overall, looking at this bottle it mentions oak. Not getting this what so ever, but I like this malt angle and hop pine finish. Kind of different but easily enjoyable. I could have this beer again, so the other bottles I have will get used up.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:43:27 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-24-2014 16:20:43 | More by Latarnik
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Kelp

New Hampshire

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

Small head to the beer. A nice yellowish hue and a tiny white head.

Smells of grassiness, citrus, pine, and oak.

I gotta say right off I don't like A/IPA's normally because of the aftertaste, so this one changes everything for me. It has all the full flavor of an IPA the pine and citrus, but the finish is a nice sweetnees from the oak aging. It doesn't have the usual grapefruit/bitter aftertaste.

A nice smoothness to the beer and a nice clean crisp finish.

I could have a few more of these on a regular day, and if it was a warmer day I could drink this all day. I want another one right now, which is unbelievable cause it is an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:50:06 | More by Kelp
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 05:18:57 | More by scruffwhor
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ccrida

Oregon

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

12 oz bottle served in a small goblet, Crooked Tree IPA is orange with and a white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is fairly robust pot and cat pee hops, a little on the compost side, not super vibrant, a touch of sherry perhaps.

Taste is ok, this is on the hoppy side, but has a softness, almost like it's heavily fresh hopped. The oak provided a tannic note, that combines with the sweetness of the malt and the hop oils to hint at wine. There's a bit of a bit to this, not the cleanest alcohol.

Mouthfeel is oily but a bit dry, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is okay, I don't get a lot of depth from the oak, perhaps a bit of vinousness. Mostly, like any other oak-aged IPA, I find it just leads to a staling of the hops. They countered that by using foders and only aging for 4 weeks, but with that kind of treatment, what's the point?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:17:11 | More by ccrida
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 17:45:34 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-12-2013 23:15:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

A - Copper/amber colored beer with a big white head that left behind a nice ring and some decent lacing.

S - A sweet bit of citrus, almost pineappley. A decent grassy/floral hop profile with a little bit of bitterness all wrapped around a caramel malt backbone.

T - Grassy, with a slight bitter hop presense and mostly some caramel malts. Slight bit of honey, I think this is a little overly sweet and not hoppy enough.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy kick of carbonation, you can feel fine bubbles throughout the drink.

D - Pretty drinkable, did two. It's unoffensive and doesn't taste bad. Not a great beer by any means, and not a particularly good take on an IPA, but it's enjoyable an easy enough that I don't mind drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 19:07:19 | More by AgentZero
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having loved Burton Baton I have high hopes for this one. If anything it will drink like an oak aged pale

A - A nice clear amber with orange hues head was a nice two inches but turns to a sudsy ring with sticking lace throughout.

S - Hops are there but kind of faint which is understandable with oak aging. I do get subtitle notes of french oak which smell like a newly cut pool deck and notes of vanilla.

T - Wow all I can say is balanced. You start with a bit of sweet orange and lemon hops which turn to a sweetness of the barrel and touches of vanilla and finishes kind of grain like with notes of lemon hops which linger on the tongue for a good 10 seconds.

M - Surprising for the abv the body is light to medium. Hoppy but balanced

Overall I kid you not I enjoyed this more than the Kane and Ebel offering which was kind of eh. If I could find this in PA it would be my favorite session ale but I would need to travel to Ohio to get some more. With a 1.99 price tag its totally worth the 12 dollar sixer (might want to find a case) Subtle, hoppy, and with a nice sweetness this beer is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 20:18:49 | More by DrDemento456
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 4/15/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark yellow with a slight amber tinge and half a finger of bubbly off-white head.

S - Bitterness up front with pine, grapefruit and orange peel. A sweet caramel malt backbone rounds it out. No real discernible oak barrel notes.

T - Bitter piney hops with some faint citrus notes coming through as well. Sweet caramel malt backbone. Some light flavours of oak are evident in the background but may be unnoticeable if I wasn't looking for them.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:12:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-04-2013 00:47:56 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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vfgccp

New York

2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light haze on an auburn orange body. White, mixed bubbled head. Nice lace and retention.

S - Light orange and peach nose.

T - Sharp, bitter opening with a touch of malt. Wet grass center. Residual honey, broccoli, and bitter greens on the backend. Something might be up with this batch.

M - Light body. Smooth, but really lacks on carbonation.

O - The green vegetable flavors are definitely off. Unfortunately this probably has more to do vendor's tap lines where I got the growler than anything Two Brothers Brewing did wrong. Sorry guys, I wont use that growler station again.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2012 15:08:44 | More by vfgccp
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champ103

Texas

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
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

This beer is worthy to be tried. It is orange copper color with white head that laced down the pint glass. The smell and taste include pine and citrus marvales with an interesting kick of vanilla/oak push. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonaiton. Overall it is a taste ass beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 00:43:17 | More by WoodBrew
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-04-2011 22:37:29 | More by barnzy78
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Duff27

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden, almost orange. HUGE frothy head that stays until the last sip. Lacing aplenty.

S- Smells sweet, fruity.

T- Hops are more muted than I remember this when I had it fresh. Some grapefruit, hints of the oak aging.

M- Plenty of carbonation. Smooth.

D/O- This (and the appearance) is probably this beers strongest point for me. For the high ABV (for the style), this sure could drink well beyond one or two. Saw the French oak foudres on the Two Brothers tour I took back in February...and well liking what they did with them. If this is truly a limited release I can't believe it's still on the shelves 6 months later.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:04:33 | More by Duff27
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2013 00:56:16 | More by ROGUE16
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-14-2012 20:55:01 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of an in-person trade at DLD, into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with friends.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of fine white foam. Ok retention, delicate lace. Solid.

S: Mellow vanilla oakiness, caramel malt, and floral hops in the background. Pleasant, but less than entirely memorable.

T: Sweet up front: light oak, moderate vanilla, and solid caramel malt. Clean bitter finish. Not much in the way of actual hop flavor (especially for an IPA), but it's still a very tasty beer.

M: Medium, creamy body with light carbonation. Not quite enough life to balance the sweetness.

O: I enjoyed this one, but I was hoping for a more dynamic interplay between hops and oak; as it was, the oak melded nicely with the crystal malt, leaving the hops entirely in the background. I'd gladly drink it again, but there are better oak-aged IPAs to be had.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:04:57 | More by woosterbill
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Brenden

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this fresh and, thankfully, have just finally found my notes...

This beer pours out a clear coppery orange with lots of activity, forming a soft but sense white head that maintains itself well and leaves moderate lacing behind.
There's a nice addition of toasty. biscuit-like malts on the nose to counter the strong floral and citrus hops. There's a touch of very vanilla-like sweetness on the end and a hint of earthiness.
The earthiness translates in the flavor to more of an earthy/woody flavor (which now I might attribute to the oak aging since when I tried it I wasn't privy to that aspect), and the backbone is a pure leaf hops flavor with balancing malts and a touch of sweetness. Hops flavors are, as in the nose, a variance of citric and floral with an herbal leaf undertone.
The mouthfeel begins crisp and never flattens, smoothing out on the palate for a creamy finish that is also fairly dry. The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate.
This is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 13:26:52 | More by Brenden
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aasher

Indiana

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
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-10-2013 02:53:18 | More by pathman
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is a bubbly two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, herbs, grapefruit, and orange. It isn't the strongest aroma I've experienced in an IPA, but it is quite complex. The taste is fruitier than the aroma. There is a lot more citrus in the sip with the pine and herbs coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice IPA that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:20:45 | More by KarlHungus
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChadQuest for the interesting treat!

Hazy golden orange pour, with a billowy white finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing that doesn't stick.

Aroma is slight, but noticeable. Pungent citrus fruits, notes of bitterness, some oak, and malty sweetness.

Taste much more nicely pronounced. The start is rather tart, mixed with citrus fruit and bitterness. There's some underlying malt sweetness, though lesser than the aroma. The finish is bitter, but moves more oaky/champagne/tart. Very interesting, but I'm enjoying it.

Feel is medium in body, sort of creamy textured, nicely carbonation and overall feels good.

Though I really enjoyed the tart/citrus/hoppy mashup, as a newbie to anything remotely sour, it would be somewhat of a chore to down any more than one. But, the one was a breeze!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:11:09 | More by EgadBananas
Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.