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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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very good

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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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 469
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 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 DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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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 ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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?

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale golden Yellow body with a white head. Sticky lacing cling to side of glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops and pineapple.

Taste: Orange, pineapple, and grapefruit imparting a mild bitterness. Very slight hint of oak. Nice biscuit malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. This is very drinkable and crisp.

Overall: Nice solid IPA, simple and tasty. Alot more malty than i expected, but still balanced.

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Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


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Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes to HosP for this one

A: Pours a tangerine orange color with a thin off white head that quickly faded into a faint film that left thin traces of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of orange sherbet hops and maybe a hint of vanilla.
T: I get notes of orange zest, light acetone nail polish remover, sweet citrus juice, and a touch of lemon and light pale malt. I wouldn't know this was oak aged unless you told me, but it tastes pretty good. Finish has a pretty good dose of bitter.
M: Tingly, bubbly carbonation over a medium body with a soft body. Alcohol isn't warm but there is still that slight acetone flavor.
D: Overall I liked it, but it's not very memorable. Still, it's a good beer with a great flavor. Thanks again Mark for hooking it up.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear light orange, not much carbonation, one finger head with lacing.

S-Very malty, oak, grass, not much in the way of hops.

T-Starts very malty, good deal of oak, still not much hops or bitterness. Honey, pine and grass as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lacking that hop bite.

O-Another disappointing IPA from Two Brothers. Wasn't that hoppy, too much malt.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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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 david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find that Two Brothers made another IPA and equally pleased to drink it. Very well balanced beer with great malt character at a very light, almost straw character. Good hop flavor and bitter aroma without being too extreme in either category. Good carbonation, a little bit of overflow but very goo. Great hop character and a great IPA in general.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Morey
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the experimental cellar - this bottle is 'best by 10/21/10'...what the foudre? Let's see -

Appearance - pours with an absolute rush of foam. Slowed things down but it still took a few minutes to get the last ounce poured. One long tendril of sediment reaches down into the glass and is summarily blasted by the high bead activity going on. The head is so slow to peel back. There's a huge crater in the middle where I poured the last bit in. A solid wall of lace on the glass. The beer itself is a cloudy dull orange/gold.

Aroma - chalky grains, an oak-muted lemony citrus, a little soapy. I would say the oak is more prominent than when fresh.

Taste - the hops have aged out quite a bit. Very little snap left but an orange and lemon bit still remain. The grains have a hard time getting through due to the woody flavors of the oak which display a bright tanginess, playing well with the hops. The aged hops give a hint of barleywine flavor. The swallow and aftertaste is bitter but not at all harsh. Dry, with a low mellow citrus and punchy oak ending. I am a fan.

Mouthfeel - fluffy for sure, even two-thirds of the way through, the bubbles are flowing steadily. Somewhat bolder body, good idea for this one.

Overall - I enjoyed it much more after three years. That doesn't always happen, but I'd try to grab another sixer for 2016.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright copper, stark white full head that stays for some time. Leaves tons of cling. Pretty presentation.

S - Hops up front, backed up by sweet deep malt. Piney in the nose.

T - Grapefruit big time! Sweet malt marries well. I like a little malt in my IPA and this one delivers.

M - Nice balance between malt and hops. Good carbonation. ABV well hidden.

D - Fairly high ABV for session, but I might have to try!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the store today... part of the new Two Brother's J Series. Aged in French Oak Foudres.

A: Pours a brilliant bright copper, crystal clear, dense white head with lots of lacing, good head retention

S: the nose starts with some aromatic hops..not huge on the hop aroma, but definitely there... not quite what I was expecting for a IPA with 70 IBUs. The hops on the front meld into a bready malt profile with a presence of oak. Lots of different notes come up in the aroma, but the malt and oak dominates the end.

T: the hops on the front are bitter and subdued, slightly piney, which then gives way to this strong malty backbone that integrates with the oak pretty nicely, the finish is nice and long with lingering notes of oak

mf: crisp and smooth body with low carbonation

D: this is an interesting brew, something about it isn't quite latching on for me. The oak and malt backbone is nice, but something about the hop profile isn't adding up for me. There is some bitterness, but not that nice fresh aromatic hop profile that you would expect a freshly bottled 70 IBU IPA to have.

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Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a yellow-gold ale with near excellent clarity (hint of haziness). single finger soap sud head falls to shin sheet of the same. Rare and spotty lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, oak, metallic (copper). Not a particularly good smeller, but not bad either.

T: The oak on this is a bit too strong. Sweet ale with domineering citrus hopping and hints of pine and resin. The sweetness is persistent.

M: Medium to high body with medium to high carb. Not impressed. Too much carb for this beer.

O: Well done, not the finest oaked IPA I've had, but quite drinkable. I would likely pick up Great Divide's oaked IPA before this one side by side.

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