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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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very good

449 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-21-2011 22:45:07 | More by KC9LDB
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2011 19:48:04 | More by thewimperoo
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-21-2011 18:52:20 | More by mctizzz
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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
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-16-2011 03:21:38 | More by Chrisbracken420
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 21:51:59 | More by bpfrush
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-15-2011 21:35:15 | More by TrentW
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 20:34:16 | More by sgoro
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 01:56:05 | More by thebouch01
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-15-2011 01:48:20 | More by KingBiscuit
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 23:07:35 | More by DocDownUnder
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-14-2011 16:10:33 | More by savagepanda
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 15:49:25 | More by sbricker
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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.


Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:04:57 | More by woosterbill
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise THIS was. I received this as a local extra in a trade with RC0032. Thanks a ton for this one boss. This is the kind of IPA I can slug all damned day. This is the epitome of a session beer. The hops are fabulous, without burning out your palate. I gave the appearance a 4, but I have to admit, I drank this from the bottle. I did not rate the appearance until I completed the other ratings however, and tried to grade it at the average of the other scores. This is one of my top 10 IPA's by far at this point. This review is taking forever to type out because I can scarcely blow out a sentence before having to pick the bottle up again. Highly recommend this little gem from Two Brothers. The fact only 3 people have this on their Want List simply means the word isn't out on this. Believe me...you WANT this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:26:33 | More by Retail1LO
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1.88/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The only resistance was trying to get it down.

On draft at the brewpub:

This beer really had no hop aroma or flavor, leaving only the bitterness to qualify it as an IPA. The oak seems to manifest as a sharp, acrid and acidy character in the beer. It was difficult to choke this one down. I really think they should reevaluate this one.Thankfully, the food arrived and made it a little easier to drink. I don't get these guys; Hop Juice is a good IIPA, so they know how to make an IPA. Yet, the rest of there beers that claim to have some serious hop qualities do not (ie bitter end).

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 21:37:35 | More by cpz28
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recievd this as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks to my many trading partners.

Poured into my crate and barrell sniffter

A-Haxy light amber color. Small white head with slight lacing

S-wonderful citris smell. Smells like grapefruit. Best part of this beer is the aroma

T-nice flavor in front and midle a little bite of the hops on the back end the taste isnice but a little off balance

M-nice overall but a bit thin

O-very nice IPA would like to have gotten more from the aging in the french oak foundres but I get very little

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:22:35 | More by rwinzing
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 03/14/2011

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip. The body is a yellowish copper color, crystal clear. A single finger of bone white head formed during the pour and quickly dissipated, leaving behind very little lace.

Hmm...the nose caught me a little off guard...but after reading the label, explained. I was expecting a normal "IPA hop bomb", but this one has subtle oak aromas that mix with the floral hops and sweet malts.

Just as the nose indicates, the hops and oak flavors are detectable in the taste. Nothing really dominates this one...pretty much an even mixture of hops, oak, honey, caramel malts and grass.

Medium bodied...moderate carbonation. Slick up front with a drying finish.

Pretty decent offering...I would like something to take over though...either more hops for a bigger, bitter pop or age it longer for a deeper, oak finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 18:52:44 | More by mgbickel
Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.