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Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

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.

Added by homebrew311 on 03-18-2010

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469
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3.83
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of soze47
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden-amber with a thick soapy head.

Aroma is caramel malt and clean citrus hop. Mild and fruity.

Taste is bready pale and caramel malt up front. Light fruit character from the nose comes on as pineapple and orange notes. A mellow woody quality brings some complexity. Piney and citrus hop brings an orange peel bitterness in the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A very balanced, easy drinking IPA. I thought it was surprisingly sweet for an American IPA, but this allows the malt character to mellow out the hops and bring a pleasant fruit quality. Worth a try.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass this one appears a nice golden-amber color, with a nicely developed white head. Piney hops are present on the nose, but not as prevalent as one would think based on the IBUs in this one. On the palate, there is a lot of sweet malt, which is nicely balanced by the aforementioned piney hops. Finishes with just a hint of the advertised oakiness. Crisp, nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an orange blossom honey color with a thick, two finger head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates.

S-Light pine, pineapple, some orange, and light malt notes are present.

T-Nice bitter pine charge upfront with some light caramel malt and vanilla/woody notes with a decently dry and bitter finish.

M-Drying mouthfeel with a light to medium body and it has medium carbonation that scrubs the palate.

D-A pretty interesting IPA although I'm not the biggest fan of the really dry finish IPA's. Overall though, a pretty solid beer that I wouldn't mind trying again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of plfahey
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium to deep gold, quite clear, Moderate off-white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Resin and Pinesol, with a hint of lemon. So hoppy its almost chemical, like dry erase markers or white out (could be a phenolic note or something, it's very unusual). I can't decide whether or not I like it. Woody, fresh oak aroma (dissimilar from a barrel aged aroma). Woody alcohols as well. Malt is almost entirely imperceptible underneath the hop onslaught.

Flavor-Flavor is much more manageable. Sweet, honey and bready malt creates a foundation for citrusy (lemon and orange), piney hops. Oak character doesn't make much of an appearance in the flavor, maybe as a slight young wood note in the finish, but I don't think I would have perceived it as such if I hadn't been looking for it. Finishes semi-sweet, with moderate hop bitterness, much less than I was expecting after the searing aroma.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with medium high, prickly carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. No astringency from hops. Finish is a little bit sweet, though not quite cloying.

I was expecting more, but this beer was just okay. The strange chemical hop aromas were a big turn-off for me. The flavor was pretty damn good except that the finish was a hair too sweet, which didn't leave me thirsting for more.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: nice pour, orange/tan color, big white head. good retention.

S: smells more like pine than other IPA's. The pine dominates, but floral, herbal, and spicy notes are there as well.

T: tastes like the smell with the addition of lots of sweet bread-like malts reminiscent of honey. This is actually not as hoppy as expected. I think I can taste some character from the casks the beer was aged in, but I cannot put my finger on it to describe it.

M/D: Feels bubbly at first then it fades to a creamy swallow and aftertaste. Decently drinkable.

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Photo of drewba
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S- very pleasant aroma.

T- Extremely piney and citrusy hops flavors with a very mellow, muted malt flavor. Highly bitter finish.

M- Low to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

D- Though I do enjoy this beer, it doesn't blow me away in terms of drinkability and doesn't even compare to a Heavy Handed (to those who are Two Brothers drinkers).

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a clear golden copper body with a gentle carbonation of bubbles. A rigorous pour produces a thin film of white head that is soon a ring.
S- The aroma of hops have a green herbal aroma to them with a slight sweetness of malt supporting them.
T- this beer has a green hop flavor that gives way to a stinging hop bitterness that stains the tongue and lingers after each sip. There is a honey malt flavor that is nice with a slight buttery quality to it but that is soon covered up by the bitterness as the beer opens up. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a hop flavor that is all bitterness and that covers up all the other flavors. I love hops flavor but there is very little depth to the hops and the aroma and flavor of hops and malt are buried.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold fading into orange, with sparkling white suds on top. Spotty bits of lace here and there.

Grassy, soapy, floral hop aroma. Mildly herbal, not too pungent though. Not picking up on the oak in the aroma at all.

Honeyish pale malt, some drying bitterness, and leafy hop character. Floral traces hinting at spice. Where's the oak? Not getting any at all. Just a dry, bitter IPA. Overall not bad, worth sessioning, but don't expect much wood.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper/amber colored beer with a big white head that left behind a nice ring and some decent lacing.

S - A sweet bit of citrus, almost pineappley. A decent grassy/floral hop profile with a little bit of bitterness all wrapped around a caramel malt backbone.

T - Grassy, with a slight bitter hop presense and mostly some caramel malts. Slight bit of honey, I think this is a little overly sweet and not hoppy enough.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy kick of carbonation, you can feel fine bubbles throughout the drink.

D - Pretty drinkable, did two. It's unoffensive and doesn't taste bad. Not a great beer by any means, and not a particularly good take on an IPA, but it's enjoyable an easy enough that I don't mind drinking it.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head that has great persistence and is laced with hop resin. It's a mountain of frothed resin atop golden fluid which oddly hollows out, leaving a layer of foam along the edges of the glass. A warm aroma of grapefruit and citrus rind. It's not as bright as a fresh IPA, but it's a bit muddled and subdued (but I mean that in a good way). Crystal clear and golden. Starts with big notes of grapefruit and hop bitterness, sticky resiny moves into a pine-like quality as it all mellows. There is a moment of clarity as the malt comes through, and then the hop bitterness comes back, with a poignant, citrus rind bitterness. The finish is lingering citrus bitterness with a nice wooden quality to it. It has a great viscosity to it!

Overall, very nice. The aging means the hops are more subdued than you would expect (they are not as bright), but they are still quite bitter. I prefer my hops the other way around, but the addition of the wood characteristics makes this still pleasant.

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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?

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- You cant pour this beer softly enough. No matter what you do you will get a crazy huge head that sticks up above the glass like meringue. It leaves wild lacing thats more like pieces of the head just being torn off by the glass. The beer is a honey colored one with some chill haze and plenty of rising bubbles.

S- Honey sweet, citrusy, oakiness and caramelized malts. I cant really get a whole lot of stuff through the insane head.

T- Lots of orange at first. Then TONS of lemongrass. There is a flash of honey just before hops come in with a bitter pineiness which lingers slightly.

M- Buzzy carbonation, Slightly dry and a touch on the light side.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that has great retention and also a nice lacing.

S - Excellent mix of both hop and malt. The hops are reasonably strong with a malty sweetness that balances well. More of a pine hop aroma than a citrus one, but also a caramel sweetness.

T - The hop character is more subdued than in the smell but there is plenty of it. The taste is skewed more to sweet instead of hoppy. The hops are quickly taken over by the malt and a bit of oak in the aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full and rich with just a slight bite. Very drinkable IPA and might be perfect for somebody who wants a solid introduction to the style.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must say I like the new artwork and logo! Pours into my glass a clear brilliant tangerine-orange with an inch of bright white foamy bubbles on top. Aromas creep out of the glass with a nice mix of citric and pine resin hops. Sweet caramel backbone with a touch of cotton candy. Slightly woody as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a hop kick upfront with citrus, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Smooth caramel backbone flows into a nice touch of oak. Bitterness kicks in on the way down along with a lingering hoppiness. Finishes smooth with just a touch of dryness from the oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Goes down easily and makes for a refreshing IPA. The oak is a nice twist and I enjoy the fact that it is not overdone. Overall, a solid addition to the Two Brothers lineup.

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Photo of Patchmaster
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am yet to be able to get behind the Two Brothers beers. I am always intrigued by their brewing creativity and appreciate the new take on the old styles of brewing. The bottle states "why did we continue to resist an IPA?" It was a valiant effort, but didn't completely blow me away.

A - Here we go this looks good. Nice amber color with a decent amount of had

S - Smells good some orange and maybe pineapple scent. The smell is pleasing.

T - This is where I can't get behind it. It seems to be dull. I haven't had any beers brewed in French Fourdes. This didn't give off a distinct flavor though.

M - A little dry stickiness to the finish.

D - This has all the potential until the taste. I'm glad I tried it and will continue to be lured in by The Brothers. I'm ready for the WOW. Not just the oh that was interesting.

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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.
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