1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Resistance IPAResistance IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

464 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 464
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:
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 464 | Reviews: 179
Photo of CMB2012
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz stemless snifter. 70 IBUs; best by date 5/13/2011.

Pours a light orange/golden honey color with a single finger head (not poured vigorously). The all white cap dissipates rather quick and leaves a foamy ring of creamy bubbles.

The nose is hop forward with subtle wood notes from the French oak. The wood melds into the caramel and pale malts which form a dark sweet toffee aroma battling the piney hops.

Starts with a carbonated tingle and bitter hops up front. There is a nice juicy burst at the center of the hop profile which is mellowed out by the oak backdrop. Very nice ending and not too sticky considering how concentrated the flavor is. The brew is strangely reminiscent of a pale wheat ale; I find it refreshing and fulfilling.

The mouth is rough up front, but smooths out quickly. I think the high amount of carbonation works well for this beer. I will definitely get this one again.

Photo of Auracom
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle on February 2nd, 2011 in my Bell's pint glass.

A - Hazy off-yellow/gold with a solid white foam head.

S - Sweetness from honey or caramel, lots of pine and citrus.

T - The oak does come through a little bit. More prevalence of pine, good balance between hops and malt (the honey in the malt is very slight).

M - Medium body (not too thin), proper carbonation, some smoothness (from the barrels methinks).

D - Not mindblowing, but decent. More than worthy of a revisit.

Photo of grover37
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Vintage Estates for $1.99. Split into two tulips.

Appearance (4.5): Slightly cloudy, orange-ish gold body with yellow around the edges. Big fluffy white head - two fingers in one glass and one and a half in the other - which leaves a thick ring and a patchy layer on top. Great lacing where the head was.

Smell (4.5): This may be the best part of this beer for me. A nice, caramelly sweet malt backbone you would expect from a DIPA. Some honey and passionfruit from the hops; reminds me of a toned down Hopslam. A bit of vanilla possibly from the French Oak, but not much there; wouldn't notice it if I didn't know it was oak aged. I finally pick up a faint cedar-like note once it warms up a bit.

Taste (3.5): Caramel malt and a bit of grapefruit up front. Sweetness in the middle but still a bit watery somehow. I feel like this beer should pop right here with big hop flavors; maybe it's an older bottle (picked it up a couple months ago). I really don't taste any oak here, maybe a bit of a vanilla undertone like I mentioned in the aroma; it really takes awhile to come out once it warms up. There's a bit in the initial flavor and it lingers throughout but you really need to look for it. That might be a good thing actually, as I don't like overly oaked IPAs.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Like I mentioned, it's a bit thin despite the sweetness. The hops do coat the mouth and leave a nice lingering floral-ness along with the caramel sweetness though. I would say it's light to medium bodied and the carbonation is pretty low; leaving the flavors a bit flat. There is a bit of a drying sensation after a few moments, which may be a product of the wood.

Drinkability (4.5): Definitely very drinkable at almost 7%. It definitely leaves me wanting some more, especially if I could find it fresh.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of jdisher
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into tulip glass, great head with an incredible hoppy nose, love it, love it. Tastes of orange peel, very sharp, very small amount of oak in the flavor. This is an extremely enjoyable, robust, bright, piney IPA, I enjoyed it considerably, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-08-2010 02:39:22

Photo of oregonskibum
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull, hazy orange. Pours with a white one inch head. Displays good lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, some tropical hop flavors. Some earthy notes. Smells good.

T: More grapefruit hop goodness early in the taste. Some bready malt flavors balance out the flavor mid taste with a pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. In style.

D: This was a nice, easy drinking IPA. Lots of hops up front without being overly bitter. The beer was crisp and quite tasty. Not a top contender in the category, but very enjoyable.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, shinny penny color. Very slight haze to clarity. Thick white ring around edge of glass. Bright, very orange peel citrus aroma. Pick up some of the oak sweetness, but not a ton, quite pleasant aroma. Bright sweetness in beginning. Big orange peel finish, especially on swallow. Pick up some oak in addition to the hops on the dryness in the finish. Aftertaste has a flavor like that of grape skin. Pick up a medium malt character and some subtle metallicness on the back of the tongue. With warmth, honey flavor comes out in full force in the middle to end. Light, somewhat crisp. Not as near as much oak as I was expecting, would like to have has at least a touch more. Sweetness and dryness are pretty well balanced.

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.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a soft two finger head.

S: Smells like soft hops and honey.

T: Smooth hops and the flavours from the barrels shine through. Its surprisingly complex and smooth.

D: Refreshingly crisp and drinkable.

Overall: A great brew. It is smooth and sparkling with a lot of wine-like flavours and a surprising amount of complexity. I heard this was a one-time brew so...get it while the gettin's good!

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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?

Photo of Vdubb86
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

Thanks to tayied for hooking me up with a bottle of this

This beer pours a nice copper color with almost a finger and a half of ecru foam adorning the surface. The smell is not overpowering which is surprising for an IPA. The floral notes that do exist are more of orange blossom and honey than of anything else. The oak that I was told this was made of isn't present to my nostrils though others may claim it contrary. The taste however is pretty good, there is actually a nice balance of both hops and malts. It doesn't go overboard on the bitterness of the citrus hops either. The flavors are most similar to caramel, orange, grapefruit, and finally a little bit of sour from the oak (so it actually is in there). This drinks surprisingly smooth for an IPA, but there is still the inherent bitterness to contend with like in most IPAs, but this one is merciful to my palate. This is a good drinking beer. I would have no problem having it again.

Photo of Bonis
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-ish copper. Half inch of white foam. Nice lacing sticks as the beer disappears. Head stays with it for most of the duration.

S - Mostly citrus hop aromas hit you right away with a touch of piney resin. The oak comes out in full, and there is a touch of vanilla. A sweet maltiness peaks in as well.

T - A nice citrus bang to start mixed with a slight hop bitterness. Not as hoppy and bitter as most IPAs, which is probably why I like it so much. I get a nice toasted malt backbone and notes of apple cider and oak. A nice clean finish, no bitter qualities linger in the mouth. This is a finely balanced beer. I'm really digging this one. I'm not real wild about IPAs... Most people who claim IPA as their favorite style may not agree with me, but this tastes awesome.

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Not as full as many IPAs, then again it doesn't leave all of those bitter qualities in the mouth like some IPAs. It is crisp and pretty refreshing.

D - At nearly 7%, I could drink this one on the regular. Behind Columbus IPA, this is definitely my favorite American IPA. It is a beer that I will seek out many times in the future. I'd recommend this to craft drinkers who are interested in moving into IPAs, but like I said, seasoned IPA drinkers may not be wild about it.

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.

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.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/21/10

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a fingers worth a nice white head that falls
fairly slowly, with decent lacing left on the glass

S:Smells of real flavorful citrus and piney hops that make the tongue start to water. Also
a hint of sweet malt in there as well

T:Starts of pretty mellow at first contact and then a kick of that citrus hop flavor
follows it up, ending up with a sweetness on the end that lingers on the palate.
You can definitely get a taste of the oak and honey that was put into this

M:Good medium body to this with solid carbonation through out, palate is left a little dry

D:A really decent and session-able brew sitting in at 6.8%, has a nice kick of bitterness from the hops but to just overstep the malt balance a little bit, but it is a IPA so you don't want it to be completely balanced. Another nice offering from Two Bros.

Photo of Duff27
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.

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

pours a very nice copper color with a fresh beige head with nice lacing..i smell grass and biscuits with grapefruit and wood tones with some pine and malts..taste is hops/grapefruit with some wood and bread flavors finish it off with some sweet malts and its real tasty..mouth feel is medium with hops at the forefront with oak and grass .. it very drinkable and tasty ...recommended

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.

Photo of Kelp
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Jips
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA's aren't my favorite, but it is summer (time for lighter beers) and I do love me some oaky flavor in my whiskey.

~1 finger of thin bubbly head, nice amber tan body

Dominant grassy smell, pine, some citrus and floral action.

Right carbonation, nice medium body that glided down to my gullet.

Taste: great hop bite combined with juicy bitter grapefruit. Tang and Five Alive come to mind too. These play second fiddle to mellow oak in the aftertaste. Love that slight burn, reminds me of sipping whiskey. Just when I thought all IPAs tasted the same...

Damn this is great, love the oaky finish. Could sip a few of these all day.

Photo of Cresant
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by date: 10/4/10. The body was honey-orange with a distinct haze. The minimal fine white head sank to a film leaving only a film.

The aroma was out of this world! Very nice. Grassy, piney, bread and flowers. No noticeable alcohol in the smell. Wood shavings and vanilla. Honey and wild onions. I'm not being poetic, there was lots going on in this beer.

The taste was juicy sweet up front with a drying bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit rind and caramel malts. Alcohol is evident in the taste. The distinct components work well together in this beer.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

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

Another Great Two Bros. product, wish I had More access to this one!
Looked beautifully mucky golden,decent hesd with lots of lacing!
Smell was somewhat weak but with everything there just low key,mostly sweet malt,faint hops!
Wonderfully complex and balanced, you taste the hops now subdued by the malts slight oak/vanilla undertow with a touch of smokiness(i think?)
Mouthfeel is total joy, lots of stuff going on all good!
drink is very nice,complex but not mind boggling like stated earlier wish I could get this more often,VERY SOLID breath of fresh air!

Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6.9% abv, best before 11/5/10. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a slight copper hue. Great looking rocky head. Great retention and lace. Certainly what an IPA should look like.

Aroma of citrusy, piney hops, honey and some oak. Earthy notes as well.

Smooth, sweet cracker malt up front. Some fruity notes. Piney, citrusy hop bitterness followed by some drying oak. Bitterness lingers.

Medium body, ample carbonation. A slight hint of heat. Pretty enjoyable. I like how the oak adds something here.

Photo of CBlack85
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose big beer balloon glass.

Pours a clear copper/orange-ish color with a huge white frothy head that slowly recedes, leaving behind a spectacular amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly more biscuity/bready and sweet caramel malts than it is the citrusy and spicy hops that seem to linger in the background. There is also a hint of vanilla that becomes more noticable as the beer warms.

The taste features the hops much more prominantly than the aroma, but I am still left wanting a little in the hop dept. I would love to have seen a bigger hop bite, maybe some dry hopping would have done the trick. The malt backbone is sweet and bready, really very nice. There is a slight hint of fruityness that is quite pleasant. I get just some subtle hints of the oak barrels, nothing overwhelming. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Finishes slightly dry and is easy to drink.

This is not your typical in your face, palate wrecking, uber hoppy IPA. It is a bit more refined, while still remianing within the IPA style guidelines. This is a very good, well balanced beer.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice cloudy orange, not much of a head but leaves nice lacing.

S - Smells a bit like a pale ale but it is hop forward with piney citrusy hops. Does allow the malt to come through

T - Bitter hops up front with a fruity taste that soon follows. The oak imparts a unique richness to this brew.

M - Creamy and thick for an IPA, very nice.

D - Very much so. Sets itself apart from the IPA crowd with the oak aging.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.