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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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very good

437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%

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 woosterbill


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
Photo of Retail1LO


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
Photo of cpz28


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
Photo of rwinzing

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
Photo of mgbickel


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
Photo of beergod1


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

Cloudy deep amber colored body with a fluffy tan head. I get smells of Oak, vanilla and a hit of pine. It's dry and woody taste gives way to grapefruit and Pine. I like how the spice and pine in the hops works perfectly with the woody notes from the oak. Some malt balances it out. So far Two Brothers is impressive, Now to find the others I haven't tried yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 23:27:34 | More by beergod1
Photo of srandycarter


4.13/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 20:07:08 | More by srandycarter
Photo of beagle75


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with over one finger of off-white foam head that collapses to a large and lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. A scary, wispy-looking mass of gelatinous yeast solids lurks, submerged, just under the foam cap. A trickle of fine bubbles rise through the column in a slow-moving strand.

S: Malt is decidedly vinous in the nose, smelling like oaked chardonnay and lesser yeast esters, offset by some green pine needles.

T: Begins dry, with refined toasted grain, restrained bright fruit, and a hint of lactic tartness that is complemented by mild herbaceous, floral, and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Precocious bitterness develops toward the middle, but does not overpower. Oak becomes more assertive in the middle, as hop flavors recede, but never becomes a dominant quality. The wood reveals considerable depth of flavor as the beer starts to warm, lending an overall air of maturity to the drink. The finish is moderately bitter, with a ramp-like herbaceous savoriness that is just another piece of the overall puzzle.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and astringent on the palate at times, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While lacking some of the most intense qualities of a West Coast IPA, this beer develops a much more unique and refined portfolio. Wood finds itself in balance with ale features here, but the suggestion of muddled and confused flavors that such a description may conjure is never realized. Instead, it projects the flavors with purpose; crisply and cleanly. If Russian River aged their eponymous draft-only IPA on oak, this is what it might taste like.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:05:44 | More by beagle75
Photo of Tballz420


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colored brew with a mild haze, fairly big pillowy white head, lots of lace. Scent is a sweet malt with a fair amount of floral hops. Sweet malt start, some bittering and floral hops finishing it off. A bit biscuity, just a touch of alcohol. Fairly full bodied, smooth mouth. Certainly not bad or anything, a fine beer, but so far their biere de garde and dortmunders have been the highlights of their line for me

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:57:01 | More by Tballz420
Photo of titosupertramp


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy honey color. Finger of white head that leaves behind lots of soapy lacing.

S: Subtle pine and citrus hops with sweet malts. Has something that reminds me of honey, but not sure.

T: This is a nice tasting beer. The bittering of the hops is perfectly balanced by the sweet malts. The piney hops, to me, are a little more present than citrus, but overpowering.

M: Buttery and rich.

O: This is a really good beer that I'd love to have more of. Very easy to drink almost to the point where you have to remind yourself to slow down.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 01:56:56 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of BeerLover99


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: tan/rust body, 2 finger white fluffy head, good lacing

S: peach/mango, vanilla, mild oak, hint of spices

T: peach, mango, pine, malt, slow subtle oily bitter finish

M: light/med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: I think this beer has great potential. If the
body was a little heavier, perhaps the entire beer would
go from good to VERY good.


Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 17:31:26 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of domtronzero


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange copper colored with an average lasting whitish head. No lacing.

S - Big sweet bready malts, and a touch of caramel. Light alcohol and a moderately noticeable hoppiness, piney and a touch of citrus.

F/M - Mostly malt-forward, big caramelly malts, bready and a little sweet. Light oaky flavors. Moderately firm bitterness. Moderate citrusy/resinous hop flavors take a back seat to the malts. Dry finish, moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Ok, but a little out of balance for an IPA. The wood aging is noticeable, but detracts from the hoppy notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:09:28 | More by domtronzero
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:16:58 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Redrover


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass, the beer is a medium gold with a slight chill haze. There is a sticky off-white head.
The beer smells of pine and tropical fruit. I swear there is some mango lurking in there somewhere.
There is lots of pine sap and more tropical fruit. It reminds me of really fresh Wrigley’s gum with pine. Citrus emerges about at the ¼ mark. There is some caramel malt as well. Is that wood in the finish or some more malt??

The mouth is coating but the carbonation helps keep it at bay. The mouth is borderline hefty. This beer is a winner. I really like this one, well done Brothers!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:29:08 | More by Redrover
Photo of DrDemento456


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
Photo of alleykatking


2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden orange color. One and finger white head shows light retention. Some light specks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops are light in the front with sweet caramel malts. Light oak hints toward the middle with vanilla. Caramel malts in the ending with light sprinkled earthy hops. Hints of alcohol in the final part of the aroma.

T- Light citrus hops in the front get quickly masked by a caramel malt sweetness. The oak in the middle comes out a little more and throws off the beer I thought. Hints of vanilla in the backend with caramel malts coming through once again. Piney earthy hops linger in the ending along with a medicinal alcohol flavor.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts, hints of oak, and earthy hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is caramel malts, piney hops, medicinal alcohol, and a strange vanilla flavor. Flavors were not really balanced and a little watery at times. No off flavors were present while drinking this one. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- The flavors were a little under what I thought it was going to IPA but would have made a better pale ale personally. Can't win them all Two Brothers!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 05:28:18 | More by alleykatking
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours light orange and has a decent foamy head and good lacing. The smell is very hoppy and citrusy. The flavor was shockingly hoppy and grapefruity. I even taste pineapple. There is a nicely combined bitterness and sweetness. I feel like this beer is a breath of fresh air; it takes that craving that you seek in a really citrusy IPA and maximizes it. I hate to say it…it’s almost too fruity, making it hard to identify any malt. However, this is a great beer with a peculiar tanginess. I haven’t had a lot of Two Brothers, but from what I’ve tried so far, I’ve been blindsided by their approach to uniqueness. I am looking forward to the Long Haul Session Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 18:51:13 | More by beerdown77
Photo of Bierlerner


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Liquid gold. 2 finger head. Very nice layers on the lacing.

S- Nice. Bits of wood, vanilla, grapefruit, and citrus. Not bad at all. Different.

T- Again, nice and smooth. Vanilla and grapefuit. Oak and citrus. Nice balance of hops through out. Not too hoppy though. Kinda mild. I like.

M- Creamy and smooth. So smooth. Clean and wet finish. Wow. Little carbonation. This is excellent.

O- I want more. Great stuff. Another great beer by Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:11:17 | More by Bierlerner
Photo of ChugginOil


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one live on hand-pull @ the brewery.

This one pours a translucent gold color and has two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves mass webs of lacing all over the glass.

The nose is a wonderful blend of hops and caramel malt. A sweet buttery malt starts it off and turns to a grapefruit and mango dessert.

The taste is sweet and biscuity up front with the hops working their magic immediately after. The balance achieved here is delightfulfuly tasty. A bit of vanilla is noticed in there as well which is nice.

The mouthfeel is what I noticed first with this beer. So damn smooth in your mouth and going down. A low amount of carbonation is present as expected.

Overall, I thought this brew was great when I had my first bottle, better when I first had it on tap, and even better out of the cask! So smooth!

Serving type: cask

05-14-2011 20:46:10 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 07:50:44 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 20:45:19 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ruckus232


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with sticky white head.

Smell: Citrus hoppy smell with a little bit of a juice sweetness.

Taste: Upfront there is a citrus hop bitterness that fades into a bread like malty sweetness. Neither flavor is overpowering leaving a pretty good taste balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:25:11 | More by ruckus232
Photo of steve8robin


3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a recent BIF. 12oz bottle, best by 01/02/11, eh, let's see...

A: A nice honey color with a small white head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: A citrus malty sweetness upfront with some pineapple in the middle and some earthy hop on the backend. Decent.

T: A mild citrus hop with a hint of watery sweetness in the middle and some water on the backend. A watery IPA.

M: Light body with a great carbonation. A clean finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is not a good example of an IPA. It's balanced, but more along the lines of a light pale ale. Try if you do not like IPA's, but are looking for a good segway brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:46:14 | More by steve8robin
Photo of CPeterson


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- An orange hued golden brew that pours to a two finger off white head that leaves thick bands of lacing down the glass.

S -- Huge notes of citrus peel, tropical fruits, hints of pine and spruce, a slight sweetness, and a touch of earthiness.

T -- Heavy spruce notes backed by earth and grass, a hint of light grains and vanilla tones with a bitterness that carries for a while without being overpowering.

M -- Medium to mid-heavy in body, a bit resinous, drying, and mild carbonation.

D -- Strong offering, great beer to pair for palate cleansing or just to experience on it's own. Very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:21:10 | More by CPeterson
Photo of BB1313


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/10/11. 12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a light shiny golden, transparent for the most part, not much haze. Decent head and lacing, but nice color. The aromas are nice, but faint.. the hops aren't in your face. There's also a nice sweetness in the aromas. This IPA is on the sweeter side.. it's bitter, but once again not over the top. Lots of sweet fruits in the mix.. pear, apple, pineapple and mango are definitely there. The oak is noticeable, but not over the top. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. There are hints of vanilla. Finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is nice, right amount of carbonation, medium-bodied, extremely crisp. I'd definitely revisit this one, it's pretty enjoyable. Great beer for spring/summer.

This is a pretty unique IPA.. it's subtle, but bold; slightly sweet. Once again, the oak isn't extremely noticeable, but it's presence is known. Very nice IPA which should be respected, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:24:12 | More by BB1313
Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.