Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA

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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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a soft two finger head.

S: Smells like soft hops and honey.

T: Smooth hops and the flavours from the barrels shine through. Its surprisingly complex and smooth.

D: Refreshingly crisp and drinkable.

Overall: A great brew. It is smooth and sparkling with a lot of wine-like flavours and a surprising amount of complexity. I heard this was a one-time brew so...get it while the gettin's good!

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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 Vdubb86
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

Thanks to tayied for hooking me up with a bottle of this

This beer pours a nice copper color with almost a finger and a half of ecru foam adorning the surface. The smell is not overpowering which is surprising for an IPA. The floral notes that do exist are more of orange blossom and honey than of anything else. The oak that I was told this was made of isn't present to my nostrils though others may claim it contrary. The taste however is pretty good, there is actually a nice balance of both hops and malts. It doesn't go overboard on the bitterness of the citrus hops either. The flavors are most similar to caramel, orange, grapefruit, and finally a little bit of sour from the oak (so it actually is in there). This drinks surprisingly smooth for an IPA, but there is still the inherent bitterness to contend with like in most IPAs, but this one is merciful to my palate. This is a good drinking beer. I would have no problem having it again.

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Photo of Bonis
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-ish copper. Half inch of white foam. Nice lacing sticks as the beer disappears. Head stays with it for most of the duration.

S - Mostly citrus hop aromas hit you right away with a touch of piney resin. The oak comes out in full, and there is a touch of vanilla. A sweet maltiness peaks in as well.

T - A nice citrus bang to start mixed with a slight hop bitterness. Not as hoppy and bitter as most IPAs, which is probably why I like it so much. I get a nice toasted malt backbone and notes of apple cider and oak. A nice clean finish, no bitter qualities linger in the mouth. This is a finely balanced beer. I'm really digging this one. I'm not real wild about IPAs... Most people who claim IPA as their favorite style may not agree with me, but this tastes awesome.

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Not as full as many IPAs, then again it doesn't leave all of those bitter qualities in the mouth like some IPAs. It is crisp and pretty refreshing.

D - At nearly 7%, I could drink this one on the regular. Behind Columbus IPA, this is definitely my favorite American IPA. It is a beer that I will seek out many times in the future. I'd recommend this to craft drinkers who are interested in moving into IPAs, but like I said, seasoned IPA drinkers may not be wild about it.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of SuperNova777
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/21/10

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a fingers worth a nice white head that falls
fairly slowly, with decent lacing left on the glass

S:Smells of real flavorful citrus and piney hops that make the tongue start to water. Also
a hint of sweet malt in there as well

T:Starts of pretty mellow at first contact and then a kick of that citrus hop flavor
follows it up, ending up with a sweetness on the end that lingers on the palate.
You can definitely get a taste of the oak and honey that was put into this

M:Good medium body to this with solid carbonation through out, palate is left a little dry

D:A really decent and session-able brew sitting in at 6.8%, has a nice kick of bitterness from the hops but to just overstep the malt balance a little bit, but it is a IPA so you don't want it to be completely balanced. Another nice offering from Two Bros.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden, almost orange. HUGE frothy head that stays until the last sip. Lacing aplenty.

S- Smells sweet, fruity.

T- Hops are more muted than I remember this when I had it fresh. Some grapefruit, hints of the oak aging.

M- Plenty of carbonation. Smooth.

D/O- This (and the appearance) is probably this beers strongest point for me. For the high ABV (for the style), this sure could drink well beyond one or two. Saw the French oak foudres on the Two Brothers tour I took back in February...and well liking what they did with them. If this is truly a limited release I can't believe it's still on the shelves 6 months later.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very nice copper color with a fresh beige head with nice lacing..i smell grass and biscuits with grapefruit and wood tones with some pine and malts..taste is hops/grapefruit with some wood and bread flavors finish it off with some sweet malts and its real tasty..mouth feel is medium with hops at the forefront with oak and grass .. it very drinkable and tasty ...recommended

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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 Kelp
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small head to the beer. A nice yellowish hue and a tiny white head.

Smells of grassiness, citrus, pine, and oak.

I gotta say right off I don't like A/IPA's normally because of the aftertaste, so this one changes everything for me. It has all the full flavor of an IPA the pine and citrus, but the finish is a nice sweetnees from the oak aging. It doesn't have the usual grapefruit/bitter aftertaste.

A nice smoothness to the beer and a nice clean crisp finish.

I could have a few more of these on a regular day, and if it was a warmer day I could drink this all day. I want another one right now, which is unbelievable cause it is an IPA.

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Photo of Jips
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA's aren't my favorite, but it is summer (time for lighter beers) and I do love me some oaky flavor in my whiskey.

~1 finger of thin bubbly head, nice amber tan body

Dominant grassy smell, pine, some citrus and floral action.

Right carbonation, nice medium body that glided down to my gullet.

Taste: great hop bite combined with juicy bitter grapefruit. Tang and Five Alive come to mind too. These play second fiddle to mellow oak in the aftertaste. Love that slight burn, reminds me of sipping whiskey. Just when I thought all IPAs tasted the same...

Damn this is great, love the oaky finish. Could sip a few of these all day.

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Photo of Cresant
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by date: 10/4/10. The body was honey-orange with a distinct haze. The minimal fine white head sank to a film leaving only a film.

The aroma was out of this world! Very nice. Grassy, piney, bread and flowers. No noticeable alcohol in the smell. Wood shavings and vanilla. Honey and wild onions. I'm not being poetic, there was lots going on in this beer.

The taste was juicy sweet up front with a drying bitter aftertaste. Grapefruit rind and caramel malts. Alcohol is evident in the taste. The distinct components work well together in this beer.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another Great Two Bros. product, wish I had More access to this one!
Looked beautifully mucky golden,decent hesd with lots of lacing!
Smell was somewhat weak but with everything there just low key,mostly sweet malt,faint hops!
Wonderfully complex and balanced, you taste the hops now subdued by the malts slight oak/vanilla undertow with a touch of smokiness(i think?)
Mouthfeel is total joy, lots of stuff going on all good!
drink is very nice,complex but not mind boggling like stated earlier wish I could get this more often,VERY SOLID breath of fresh air!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6.9% abv, best before 11/5/10. Pours a cloudy golden color, with a slight copper hue. Great looking rocky head. Great retention and lace. Certainly what an IPA should look like.

Aroma of citrusy, piney hops, honey and some oak. Earthy notes as well.

Smooth, sweet cracker malt up front. Some fruity notes. Piney, citrusy hop bitterness followed by some drying oak. Bitterness lingers.

Medium body, ample carbonation. A slight hint of heat. Pretty enjoyable. I like how the oak adds something here.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose big beer balloon glass.

Pours a clear copper/orange-ish color with a huge white frothy head that slowly recedes, leaving behind a spectacular amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly more biscuity/bready and sweet caramel malts than it is the citrusy and spicy hops that seem to linger in the background. There is also a hint of vanilla that becomes more noticable as the beer warms.

The taste features the hops much more prominantly than the aroma, but I am still left wanting a little in the hop dept. I would love to have seen a bigger hop bite, maybe some dry hopping would have done the trick. The malt backbone is sweet and bready, really very nice. There is a slight hint of fruityness that is quite pleasant. I get just some subtle hints of the oak barrels, nothing overwhelming. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Finishes slightly dry and is easy to drink.

This is not your typical in your face, palate wrecking, uber hoppy IPA. It is a bit more refined, while still remianing within the IPA style guidelines. This is a very good, well balanced beer.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice cloudy orange, not much of a head but leaves nice lacing.

S - Smells a bit like a pale ale but it is hop forward with piney citrusy hops. Does allow the malt to come through

T - Bitter hops up front with a fruity taste that soon follows. The oak imparts a unique richness to this brew.

M - Creamy and thick for an IPA, very nice.

D - Very much so. Sets itself apart from the IPA crowd with the oak aging.

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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 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 innersanctum
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big shout out to Jim-E who generously offered me a bottle from his private stock!

Long Haul, also from 2 Bros J series, has made a few enjoyable appearances in my cellar but this was a first with Le Resistance. This is a nice looking brew, a finger or two of head, generous lacing, and a pine bouquet. This differs from a traditional IPA in its initial rounder and mellower mouthfeel, yet a definitive IPA finish; it is somewhat lighter than most IPA's on the market but it clearly has more hops than a pale ale.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a cloudy golden-orange with a thick, sticky white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy -- pine, citrus, and a bit spicy. Additionally there is a noticeable vanilla/oak character with soft, sweet malt. The flavor is moderately hoppy -- citrus and a bit soapy with medium-high hop bitterness. The beer finishes slightly dry with some bittersweet malt and a earthy/oaky character. The body is medium and carbonation moderate. Overall a tasty, unique IPA. Not pushing the hoppy envelope for an IPA, but not every IPA needs to. I wonder if this is how an IPA from America would have been if the beer was being brewed and shipped in oak barrels circa 1800. Quite enjoyable, could use some more hop in the nose IMO.

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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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Photo of brewdoc75
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Opaque orange with hints of amber. Lackluster head retention takes this one down a notch. Carbonation is lower than most IPAs.

S: Citrusy and fruity. Maybe a slight bit of oranges. Mild malty sweetness. Not really that powerful. I don't get any oak character either.

T: A sharp hoppy bite greets the tongue at first. Following this I get various citrus fruits. Nothing really seems to stand out though. The malts supply some subtle caramel and honey notes. I do get some oak character with hints of berries and some sourness in the end. It doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the beer though. The bitterness is right on however.

M: Light to medium bodied. Undercarbonated for the style. Finishes slightly sticky in the throat.

D: Overall, an average IPA. The oak doesn't seem to add a lot. Not one I'd kick to the curb, but I'm not gonna chase it down either.

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Photo of tapman
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.
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