Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
471
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 471 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of coylefoto
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Chrisbracken420
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TrentW
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of savagepanda
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DAllspaw
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly clear and somewhat light golden color, a bit of amber as well, but notably clear, could read a paper through it. Moderate head and good lacing, very tiny bubbles dancing near the surface.

Smell is more malt than hops a bit subdued frankly. Taste is actually quite nice, a velvety smooth character and a bit of vanilla that comes through, certainly picking up something different, so my naive palate will attribute to the oak barrel, being a novice on barrel aged beers.

I like it, not sure what to expect from IPA Oak aged, but gives it a mellow character, especially in the mouthfeel and aftertaste.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...light colored body with a decent straw head. Not out of this world so far. Smell has a good malt back of heady hops bitters and some woodiness. Taste is even better, it brings the hops qualities to the front and the wood is nice. Mouthfeel is fine. I recommend trying this one, it's solid. Price is not too bad either.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light orange color. Two finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Well blended. Citrus and caramel. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and orange zest.

T: Sweet upfront and throughout. Big mango. Other light citrus, grapefruit and some apricot. Very sweet IPA, but very good.

M: Medium light body. High carbonation. Slick. Pretty refreshing.

O: Pretty good IPA considering how sweet it is. A nice Illinois local.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Picadilly in Champaign, IL.
Best by 9/10/11.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a decent >1cm head of slightly off white bubbles, mostly small in size. Not necessarily creamy or meringue-looking. Head decreases to a ring around the glass, leaving minimal lacing. Body is a medium-dark, transparent copper color.

Aroma of apricot, citrus (orange, light grapefruit), and general hop resin. This rests on top of a noticeable base of malt sweetness; not quite caramel-rich, sort of like a mild brown sugar flavor. Really enjoying the smell of this beer.

Taste opens with comfortable malty sweetness that's followed very closely by citrus and apricots. Pine flavors are more muted, but noticeable on the back of the palate. Ends with hop bitterness and some sweet malt flavors that are from the honeyed malt. Aftertaste is balanced: gently bitter and malty.

Medium-bodied with similar carbonation. Quite easy on the palate, pleasant. Finish is dry.

Sampled next to the Ballast Point IPA, this was the more enjoyable of the two for me. Apricot, more discernible citrus, good balance between hops and malt, and honey malt flavor as opposed to the heavily toasted flavor in Ballast Point. This was a really enjoyable IPA, one I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of Morey
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "Best By 11/5/11" stamped on the back label.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper-orange color with an inch of off-white colored head that had settled to a thin layer after several minutes. Lacing being left behind with each sip.

A bit of a woody/earthy aroma, but not over the top. Piney hops also being detected.

Taste- Pretty balanced flavors between the oak, hops, and malts. Hop bitterness and bit of oak flavor linger on the back end.

Surprisingly light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I like this quite a bit. Probably my favorite Oak Aged Ipa to date.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is quite good. I've tried others within the style, and the oak is just too much, and I didn't get nearly enough in the way of hops. Not so with Resistance. Super drinkable too!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mix of pine and citrus hops, with a nice oaky presence. In the taste, just like the aroma, a mix of pine and citrus hops and a mellow oakiness in the end. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine/ citrus hop in the aftertaste. Oak in mostly in the nose, and mellow hops, enjoyable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Resistance

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of pine and citrus. In the flavor, pine, grapefruit, and a touch of wood which is from the french oak. Mostly bitter, citrus rind with a mild malt sweetness to balance. Medium to light bodied feel. Overall, a nice ipa, smooth and easy drinking.

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of an in-person trade at DLD, into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with friends.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of fine white foam. Ok retention, delicate lace. Solid.

S: Mellow vanilla oakiness, caramel malt, and floral hops in the background. Pleasant, but less than entirely memorable.

T: Sweet up front: light oak, moderate vanilla, and solid caramel malt. Clean bitter finish. Not much in the way of actual hop flavor (especially for an IPA), but it's still a very tasty beer.

M: Medium, creamy body with light carbonation. Not quite enough life to balance the sweetness.

O: I enjoyed this one, but I was hoping for a more dynamic interplay between hops and oak; as it was, the oak melded nicely with the crystal malt, leaving the hops entirely in the background. I'd gladly drink it again, but there are better oak-aged IPAs to be had.

Cheers!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise THIS was. I received this as a local extra in a trade with RC0032. Thanks a ton for this one boss. This is the kind of IPA I can slug all damned day. This is the epitome of a session beer. The hops are fabulous, without burning out your palate. I gave the appearance a 4, but I have to admit, I drank this from the bottle. I did not rate the appearance until I completed the other ratings however, and tried to grade it at the average of the other scores. This is one of my top 10 IPA's by far at this point. This review is taking forever to type out because I can scarcely blow out a sentence before having to pick the bottle up again. Highly recommend this little gem from Two Brothers. The fact only 3 people have this on their Want List simply means the word isn't out on this. Believe me...you WANT this beer.

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Photo of cpz28
1.92/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The only resistance was trying to get it down.

On draft at the brewpub:

This beer really had no hop aroma or flavor, leaving only the bitterness to qualify it as an IPA. The oak seems to manifest as a sharp, acrid and acidy character in the beer. It was difficult to choke this one down. I really think they should reevaluate this one.Thankfully, the food arrived and made it a little easier to drink. I don't get these guys; Hop Juice is a good IIPA, so they know how to make an IPA. Yet, the rest of there beers that claim to have some serious hop qualities do not (ie bitter end).

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Photo of rwinzing
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recievd this as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks to my many trading partners.

Poured into my crate and barrell sniffter

A-Haxy light amber color. Small white head with slight lacing

S-wonderful citris smell. Smells like grapefruit. Best part of this beer is the aroma

T-nice flavor in front and midle a little bite of the hops on the back end the taste isnice but a little off balance

M-nice overall but a bit thin

O-very nice IPA would like to have gotten more from the aging in the french oak foundres but I get very little

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Photo of mgbickel
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 03/14/2011

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip. The body is a yellowish copper color, crystal clear. A single finger of bone white head formed during the pour and quickly dissipated, leaving behind very little lace.

Hmm...the nose caught me a little off guard...but after reading the label, explained. I was expecting a normal "IPA hop bomb", but this one has subtle oak aromas that mix with the floral hops and sweet malts.

Just as the nose indicates, the hops and oak flavors are detectable in the taste. Nothing really dominates this one...pretty much an even mixture of hops, oak, honey, caramel malts and grass.

Medium bodied...moderate carbonation. Slick up front with a drying finish.

Pretty decent offering...I would like something to take over though...either more hops for a bigger, bitter pop or age it longer for a deeper, oak finish.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy deep amber colored body with a fluffy tan head. I get smells of Oak, vanilla and a hit of pine. It's dry and woody taste gives way to grapefruit and Pine. I like how the spice and pine in the hops works perfectly with the woody notes from the oak. Some malt balances it out. So far Two Brothers is impressive, Now to find the others I haven't tried yet.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright copper, stark white full head that stays for some time. Leaves tons of cling. Pretty presentation.

S - Hops up front, backed up by sweet deep malt. Piney in the nose.

T - Grapefruit big time! Sweet malt marries well. I like a little malt in my IPA and this one delivers.

M - Nice balance between malt and hops. Good carbonation. ABV well hidden.

D - Fairly high ABV for session, but I might have to try!

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Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with over one finger of off-white foam head that collapses to a large and lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. A scary, wispy-looking mass of gelatinous yeast solids lurks, submerged, just under the foam cap. A trickle of fine bubbles rise through the column in a slow-moving strand.

S: Malt is decidedly vinous in the nose, smelling like oaked chardonnay and lesser yeast esters, offset by some green pine needles.

T: Begins dry, with refined toasted grain, restrained bright fruit, and a hint of lactic tartness that is complemented by mild herbaceous, floral, and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Precocious bitterness develops toward the middle, but does not overpower. Oak becomes more assertive in the middle, as hop flavors recede, but never becomes a dominant quality. The wood reveals considerable depth of flavor as the beer starts to warm, lending an overall air of maturity to the drink. The finish is moderately bitter, with a ramp-like herbaceous savoriness that is just another piece of the overall puzzle.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and astringent on the palate at times, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While lacking some of the most intense qualities of a West Coast IPA, this beer develops a much more unique and refined portfolio. Wood finds itself in balance with ale features here, but the suggestion of muddled and confused flavors that such a description may conjure is never realized. Instead, it projects the flavors with purpose; crisply and cleanly. If Russian River aged their eponymous draft-only IPA on oak, this is what it might taste like.

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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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