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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

463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 9
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:
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 tapman
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy caramel colored body with a light 1 finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin small/medium sized bubble lacing. Unfiltered or full of dry-hop detritus? Above average.

Floral, citrus hops mingled with a soft earthiness which I assume is from the oak aging, the malt seems to support the hops in that it sweetens and rounds the citrus opposed to smelling too raisiny. Hints of tart berries come out in the nose which I may not care for in the taste.

I really taste the oak with its dull vanilla and tart earthiness, that coupled with bitter American hops that produce a light piney flavor. Malt is really light and I could use more maltose to support the oak.

Too dry for my taste.

A fine IPA from a great company, but for my money there are far better ones. I am not a fan of the oak aging, though I could see how some people would really go for those flavors. I like my IPAs a little cleaner

Photo of coldriver
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pale amber with quickly dissapating head. Aroma is light citrus, toffee, oak, and cotton candy. Sweet malt backbone is very present, good pine and citrus hop profile, but not as intense as you would expect from an IPA. Mouthfeel is a little tepid with wet finish. This one is okay, but I don't think I would seek it out.

Photo of smakawhat
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.

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: This one pours a clear gold with a small white head. Mid-range visible carbonation.

S: A bit more blah than I expected - sweet malts are forward, slightly boozy, and slight fruity hops.

T: Seems muted - malts, no particular hop flavor I can find but does have hop bitterness. There is some woody dryness.

M: Thinner mouthfeel than I want. No alcohol burn but still leaves a slightly boozy impression.

O: Nothing off-putting, but nothing particularly good. Wouldn't go out of my way for this one again.

Photo of jwinship83
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of sometime in august 2010 drank out of a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a bright orange colored body with a finger and a half of foamy white head. the head fades quickly leaving behind small spots of lacing.

S- sweet honey and caramel malts and herbal hops are the main attractions here. the oak which they brag about on the bottle is hard to find, if its in the nose at all. a very mild smelling IPA.

T- the start is a decent amount of sweetness. honey stands out, as do caramel malts. after that comes a bit of an herbal taste which i believe is the only hint that this has seen any sort of wood. a nice hoppy finish rounds this one out. well balanced.

M- medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- i was expecting more from this one, and my hometown brewery. its not a bad brew, but with so many truly great IPA choices out there for about the same price i dont think ill find myself picking this one up often at all.

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Borrowing inspiration from traditional English hopped up ales. High caramel character, earthy hops, and estery fruits all emphasize the footprint of India pale ale's historic journey in one single taste.

Hazy and with a burnish gold color, the beer releases a dainty but creamy white head that shows firm density but displays the softer carbonation in cask-like appearances. Only moderate in retention and lace, the foam eventually dissipates and leaves the beer looking relatively still.

Grass and grapefruit pull through with dedicated aromas forming complexities of zest, earth, and piney. Firm caramel notes behind are straight out of Worther's Originals' playbook. Fragrant wood, bruised peaches and apples play off of the caramel with a sweeter and fruitier tone.

Sweet for an IPA, the caramel and honey flavors are all malt, but weave in a sweeter tone that seems like candied peaches and apples. As the beer progresses, the taste of mulled grass, pine, and earthen woods rise and almost taste like freshly pulled tobacco here and there. Fruit and malt fade in finish, leaving the hop flavor to morph into resiny, acidic, and earthy bitterness, seemingly mostly of hops but partly of wood.

Medium bodied, the beer's low-lying carbonation keeps the malt hugging the tongue for greater impression of weight and richness. Residual malt sweetness and wood complexities further suppress the hops to deep in the finish where a broad hop dryness and mild wood astringency play out in a long lingering aftertaste.

The overall taste of the beer allows the malt sweetness and body hang around, preventing the hops from garnering command as is expected with IPAs. Lacking the life and vibrancy of fresh, zesty, and lively IPAs with personality, I rather enjoy the more balanced flavor that's accented with oak.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah - thanks Matt!

Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head. Very clean and clear in appearance. Good lacing on the side of my tulip glass. The nose is very floral, with some caramel and citrus notes as well. Oak in there as well. A little on the tame side, but pleasant. Taste follows the nose profile, very smooth and easy to drink. Vanilla and oak in the aftertaste. Feel is light and smooth with low carbonation. I'd like a little more hop presence in this beer. Overall, an enjoyable easy to drink IPA with a few flaws.

Photo of soze47
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles of this beer at Binny's in December, 2011. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with slight orange tones. Nice head at first, dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Almost corn-malt sweetness in a good way. Some great grassy hop smells too.

Taste: Very Balanced. Sweeter than most IPAs, but the hop bitterness and woody dryness give the brew some great complexity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, but well carbonated. Dryness from wood helps finish off the sweetness.

Overall: Nice effort by Two Bros. on this one. Not a bad option to have on hand, but not one that is a candidate to be in my rotation regularly.

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 Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of OttoBomb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 1, 2010). "Best By 8/12/2010" is printed on the rear label.

A local brewery with a good reputation. This is an IPA "aged in French oak foudres". I'm going to assume these french oak containers weren't user for wine prior to beer aging. I've been meaning to try this for a while, so here we are.

Eyes: Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of whitish head.

Nose: A softer nose than expected. Soft spice, citrus, some sweet malt/dry fruit.

Tongue: A relatively sharp, grassy bitterness with some muted malt. I can really taste the hops oils here, but they don't overwhelm which is nice. This is a bit more malty than other IPAs, but the oak aging doesn't seem to reduce the bitterness or have a massive impact on the flavor that I can tell. I would be interesting to know how long this is aged in oak.

Mouth: Medium body with good carbonation.

Libation: Not a bad IPA. I really like the oak-aged concept, but I'm not too sure what it brings to the table here. This is a bitter IPA with a potent aftertaste, but not a smashing hop assault. I get the feeling that this is a still evolving beer for Two Brothers, and I'll be returning to this in the future to see if it does in fact evolve/improve.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.