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Resistance IPA - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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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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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great off the pour. Nice balance on the profile with a significant malt base. This is subtle, to a degree, and almost English in its interpretation. Doesn't get overly boisterous with the hops, but uses them appropriately. Aging has probably smoothed this out in a nice way. I am only guessing about that l, honestly, since it's a process I am not intimately familiar with. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:09:43 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of AmitC


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

Appearance: Poured with about one finger thick head that has excellent standing. Decent to good lacing. Orange amber color that is hazy and translucent. Good number of bubbles.

Aroma: Very subdued hop presence. A good amount of malt that is mixed with piney and citrus hops. Oily aroma.

Taste: Bittering hops upfront with a tail of slight malt. A good balance that tilts towards malts overall. Could have used more hops. Finish is dry. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation. Some mild oily feel in the mouth. Hop derived astringency that is normal for an IPA.

Overall: Try it once. Nothing wrong with this one. Could just have improved on aroma a little. Other aspects, it does its job without doing anything outstanding.

Style Rate. 4
Personal Rate: 4

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:12:32 | More by AmitC
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New York

2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light haze on an auburn orange body. White, mixed bubbled head. Nice lace and retention.

S - Light orange and peach nose.

T - Sharp, bitter opening with a touch of malt. Wet grass center. Residual honey, broccoli, and bitter greens on the backend. Something might be up with this batch.

M - Light body. Smooth, but really lacks on carbonation.

O - The green vegetable flavors are definitely off. Unfortunately this probably has more to do vendor's tap lines where I got the growler than anything Two Brothers Brewing did wrong. Sorry guys, I wont use that growler station again.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2012 15:08:44 | More by vfgccp
Photo of ONUMello


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear golden color with a 1/2 finger head that quickly settles to a fine lacing
S: Nice grapefruit & light malt notes. Simple but elegant.
T: Also light & elegant with clean grapefruit/malt notes.
M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean. Doesn't show its nearly 7% ABW in either weight or viscosity.
O: This is the perfect example of a beer that shows an IPA doesn't have to be in your face and bold to be well-made. Simple, clean, elegant and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 02:06:23 | More by ONUMello
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:46:44 | More by macrosmatic
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 04:07:42 | More by BEERchitect
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2.15/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is hazy straw. Decent head and lacing.

Smell is of sour vinegar. This beer must be bad.

Taste is more intense vinegar mixed with some bitter hops and sweet malt. They are trying to break through but the sour vinegar totally overpowers the profile.

Mouthfeel is astringent.

I have had good samples of Resistance but this entire six pack was sour. Not the first time I have had a bad sixer from Two Brothers (one of my favorite brewers). They need to improve their quality control.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:20:17 | More by 312HopBomb
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New York

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

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage in Yorktown, NY. Pours near clear, almond amber, slight off white heat, that leaves nicely coating fine sheeting all the way to the top of the glass.

Just a touch of grapefruit and sawdust on the nostrils.

Super dry brew, with notes of grapefruit peel. Not really getting any wood character on the palate. Tasty, citric and enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2012 01:57:56 | More by Billolick
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:43:27 | More by smakawhat
Photo of matttttYCE


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

Light, hazy yellow golden color with a small white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves slight lacing.

Very oaky, woody, sweet, floral and citrusy, malty/doughy, and yeasty in the aroma.

The taste is much of what I'd expect from the smell. Oak and wood notes abound, while sweet floral and citrus hops mix with a pleasant but supportive malt bill that's a bit doughy and some notes of yeast in there that play well on what this beer is.

Light, creamy consistency, medium body, light-medium carbonation, and a finish that is light and a tad dry.

Overall this is nice beer and definitely a nice change of pace from the majority of IPAs out there. As far as oak or wood aged IPAs go, this is one of the better that I have tried, though they aren't exactly abundant. Definitely worth trying if you like IPAs and barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:17:20 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:35:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:40:35 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jdhende


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a 3 Floyd's pint glass

A: Golden orange with a small white head and nice lacing on top.

S: Very floral with nice lemon and citrus notes.

T: Sweet IPA with hints of Orange, grapefruit and lemon. Also a little woody from being aged in the Oak.

M: Medium bodied. Very refreshing overall

O: A nice oaked aged IPA. A pretty decent value as well at $9 a sixer. Would seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:17:01 | More by jdhende
Photo of largadeer


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

Thanks to eorwar for this one. 12 oz bottle into a nonic, best by 5/30/12.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a thin head that settles to a thick collar, leaving behind some webbing.

Smell: Pretty mild aromatically, and more bready and biscuity than outright hoppy. It has some subdued citrus notes along with a touch of oak, but the malt seems dominant. It isn't sweet, nor does it seem heavy on the caramel malt, which is a plus.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is what I'd consider a balanced IPA, for better or worse. The oak is pretty noticeable here, present alongside bready pale malts and a citrus hop profile. The oak does lend something interesting to the mix; mild tannins meld with restrained bittering hops to give the finish a mellow but lingering bite. It would be easy to kill a beer like this by going too heavy on the bitterness and oak, but this does show quite a bit of restraint, and I have to give it a nod for that. Nonetheless, I tend to prefer a more hop-forward flavor in IPAs, and this doesn't deliver much on that level. Style definitions aside, it's a pretty enjoyable beer and well worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 07:18:50 | More by largadeer
Photo of Schneic8


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

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Drink by date of 2/25/12.

Appearance: Clear golden/orange color with a good amount of carbonation. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell: Nice strong smell that is well blended. I get strong citrus and hop tones. Very appealing.

Taste: Great malty sweetness at the beginning. Has strong citrus flavors, similar to the smell. It ends with a hoppy bitterness that is refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Clean crisp feel with a mild carbonation that sits well. There is a slight bitter after taste which is nice.

Overall: Very good beer. I have tried several two brothers beers and they have all been great, this one as well. This was an easy beer to drink and had a nice flavor. I look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:02:16 | More by Schneic8
Photo of aasher


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

This beer pours a light bodied clear and height gold in color with a soapy lacing around my glass. It smells very crisp and clean. The nose I would guess is centennial or cascade hut I could be wrong. The malt bill is light and clean. The flavors too are fresh and light. I'm sticking with my hop varietal prediction. The hop profile is perfect for the body. It's subtly sweet and bitterness is mild. I can't stress enough how clean this beer is. It's perfectly drinkable. Overall this is a really nice IPA and overly sessionable. Try it if its fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:15:46 | More by aasher
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:21:18 | More by coldriver
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: crystal clear yellowish orange body with a half finger of white head. the head quickly settles to a ring leaving lots of lacing behind. very good looking beer.

s: very floral with highlights of pine and citrus hops. a very well balanced malt body compliments this beer with notes of honey and oak.

t: plenty of hop flavor with out being overly bitter, the aging in french oak foudres helps to soften the edges. a nice sweet honey malt body rounds this out.

m: medium body with good carbonation. this beer goes down easy with a crisp finish that lingers. if you wait too long between sips you can feel your tongue getting dry and thirsty.

o: for an ipa i feel this is as good as any, it doesnt have the bigger bolder in your face style of iipa's that everyone seems to be craving, but this is a nice smooth flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 14:42:09 | More by match1112
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:52:35 | More by jayhawk73
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District of Columbia

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

Bottle gifted by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is completely transparent with a quarter inch of white head that fades hastily, leaving random lacing on the snifter.

The aroma offers apples, hops, oak, pears, light alcohol, white wine.

The flavor is a blend of hop bitterness, not too assertive, and a lightly tannic, fruity quality. Pretty good and well balanced, though nothing really jumps out at me and implores me to keep drinking.

The body is light, even thin, with moderately low carbonation. Lingering notes of dry oak, floral character, and mild hop bitterness.

Overall, decent, interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:52:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:29:09 | More by soze47
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy light orange with a one finger white head. Okay retention and thick lacing.

S: Smells really fruity (passion fruit?) with some dank hops.

T: This is a really fruity IPA. The hops are not biting, but they're rather quite subdued. Passion fruit, orange, banana, and a bit of orange cream dominate most of this brew. I'm really liking the whipped cream taste that floats around the middle of the palate...it's really nice. After taste is more cream and a bit of pine hops. I'm guessing the cream flavor is from the malt? Very interesting taste.

M: Medium-thick, creamy, smooth. Not a lot of carbonation that's being picked up.

O: A really interesting, yet quite good IPA. I don't know if it's from the supposed aging in the french barrels or what, but the taste profile is quite different. This is not a hop-bomb at all. There is a huge amount of different flavors going on. Most IPAs fall into the trap of not being complex and end up being a huge hop or malt bomb. This one manages to be complex, yet assertive.

I thus conclude that this is one of my favorite regular IPAs. Congrats, Two Brothers =)

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:16:48 | More by TTAmod
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. "BY" 3/15/12.

It pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that recedes to some pretty nice lacing.

The smell is real nice. There is plenty of oak which makes it unique but it doesn't override the hops which still are there despite the aging process. It is like orange blossom, grapefrit, and vanilla in a a way.

The flavor is good. Not a bitter IPA, and not a malty one. But a good round flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:08:07 | More by crossovert
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was curious about this beer so I put it on my wants list and mrcalrizian sent me a few, thanks. I am not generally a fan of wood aged IPAs but there seems to be a lot of them these days. Here goes everything.

Beer is amber, mostly clear, white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is thin, sweet with a mild oakiness and some sulfury and earth hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, mildly bitter with a relatively dry finish. Bitterness is medium, the oakiness of this beer feels clunky and really detracts from the IPAness of the whole thing. It is fine. I'll drink the others I have but after that I think I'm done with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:40:30 | More by drabmuh
Photo of coylefoto


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
Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.