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Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA
BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
471 Ratings
Resistance IPAResistance IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,139
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
471
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
26
Trade:
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Ratings: 471 |  Reviews: 182
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away but left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops as well as oak in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the hop flavors are more balanced with the malts, the latter of which contribute some sweetness to the initial taste. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it has a good balance between the hops and malts.

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3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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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3.63/5  rDev -6%
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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

This beer is worthy to be tried. It is orange copper color with white head that laced down the pint glass. The smell and taste include pine and citrus marvales with an interesting kick of vanilla/oak push. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonaiton. Overall it is a taste ass beer!

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 471 ratings
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