Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Resistance IPAResistance IPA
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Resistance IPAResistance IPA

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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 EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChadQuest for the interesting treat!

Hazy golden orange pour, with a billowy white finger of head that leaves a bit of lacing that doesn't stick.

Aroma is slight, but noticeable. Pungent citrus fruits, notes of bitterness, some oak, and malty sweetness.

Taste much more nicely pronounced. The start is rather tart, mixed with citrus fruit and bitterness. There's some underlying malt sweetness, though lesser than the aroma. The finish is bitter, but moves more oaky/champagne/tart. Very interesting, but I'm enjoying it.

Feel is medium in body, sort of creamy textured, nicely carbonation and overall feels good.

Though I really enjoyed the tart/citrus/hoppy mashup, as a newbie to anything remotely sour, it would be somewhat of a chore to down any more than one. But, the one was a breeze!

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Photo of plfahey
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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 cocogan
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Visual: Pours 1 finger head into pint glass. Gold with orange hues. Lacing left uniformly on glass.

Aroma: Honey, grass, citrus

Taste: I seem to agree with the taste description on the bottle. Definitely a sweet honey malt backed with a citrus/pine hopping, also complemented with some oaky taste. Very good. Hops are present but not overpowering, the slight hop bite at the end is a pleasant reminder that you are drinking an ipa.

Mouth: Light-medium, beer-like.

Drunkability: Well-balanced ipa that would provide for a nice session beer. Beer dinner.?..Yes please.

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Photo of mryuk
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered golden yellow.very little head that dissipates.

smell is very piny hops. very fresh.

taste has the piny hops of the smell carry through with a good level of bitterness.

mouth is very light and refreshing.

very good ipa but not quite equal to their seasonal ipa heavy handed. it is nice that two brothers has a year round ipa.

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Photo of Kylito87
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my stemmed tulip. Heres We Goes!

Appearance- Hazy golden yellow with two fingers of foamy white head that hangs around for a bit and then falls into a bubbly ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell- Bright citrusy hops and some faint wood tones. A slight biscuit malt and alcohol note.

Taste- A big bold juicy citrus hop whack at first. Then it goes to a sweet malt middle with a oaky smooth mellow finish. There are some slight honey notes and some sweet vanilla from the oak. Maybe a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Very ample carbonation with a medium body. Oily texture with a nice clean smooth dry finish. Somewhat sticky.

Drinkability- Dangerous! This is one of those beers that you don't want your glass to empty. A six pack doesn't last too long around here. I have one more in the fridge and 3 in my brew closet for next week. One of the more complex IPAs that I have drank that don't fit into the Imperial Double IPA category. This beer is a rock solid example of the American IPA category. Overall this is in my favorite IPA category. The french oak adds a smoothness that makes this beer go down way to easily.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes to HosP for this one

A: Pours a tangerine orange color with a thin off white head that quickly faded into a faint film that left thin traces of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of orange sherbet hops and maybe a hint of vanilla.
T: I get notes of orange zest, light acetone nail polish remover, sweet citrus juice, and a touch of lemon and light pale malt. I wouldn't know this was oak aged unless you told me, but it tastes pretty good. Finish has a pretty good dose of bitter.
M: Tingly, bubbly carbonation over a medium body with a soft body. Alcohol isn't warm but there is still that slight acetone flavor.
D: Overall I liked it, but it's not very memorable. Still, it's a good beer with a great flavor. Thanks again Mark for hooking it up.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Mug

A - Beer has a copper colored body to it; low amount of carbonation; one finger white head and holds very well in the glass

S - Citrus hops hit your nose first then its followed up by a subtle-oak scent and pine notes; well-balanced

T - Citrus hop taste; floral and pine hop tones; some subtle oak flavors; malt-biscuit backbone finishing with a hop bitter aftertaste

M - smooth flavor (from the oak aging); slightly effervescent and tickles the tongue; crisp and leaves lingering flavors in the mouth

D - Very good drink and a great IPA; right level of IBU's for an IPA (70); good balance of flavors and scents; this beer is definitely worthy of another visit

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Photo of CMB2012
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz stemless snifter. 70 IBUs; best by date 5/13/2011.

Pours a light orange/golden honey color with a single finger head (not poured vigorously). The all white cap dissipates rather quick and leaves a foamy ring of creamy bubbles.

The nose is hop forward with subtle wood notes from the French oak. The wood melds into the caramel and pale malts which form a dark sweet toffee aroma battling the piney hops.

Starts with a carbonated tingle and bitter hops up front. There is a nice juicy burst at the center of the hop profile which is mellowed out by the oak backdrop. Very nice ending and not too sticky considering how concentrated the flavor is. The brew is strangely reminiscent of a pale wheat ale; I find it refreshing and fulfilling.

The mouth is rough up front, but smooths out quickly. I think the high amount of carbonation works well for this beer. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of Auracom
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle on February 2nd, 2011 in my Bell's pint glass.

A - Hazy off-yellow/gold with a solid white foam head.

S - Sweetness from honey or caramel, lots of pine and citrus.

T - The oak does come through a little bit. More prevalence of pine, good balance between hops and malt (the honey in the malt is very slight).

M - Medium body (not too thin), proper carbonation, some smoothness (from the barrels methinks).

D - Not mindblowing, but decent. More than worthy of a revisit.

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Photo of grover37
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Vintage Estates for $1.99. Split into two tulips.

Appearance (4.5): Slightly cloudy, orange-ish gold body with yellow around the edges. Big fluffy white head - two fingers in one glass and one and a half in the other - which leaves a thick ring and a patchy layer on top. Great lacing where the head was.

Smell (4.5): This may be the best part of this beer for me. A nice, caramelly sweet malt backbone you would expect from a DIPA. Some honey and passionfruit from the hops; reminds me of a toned down Hopslam. A bit of vanilla possibly from the French Oak, but not much there; wouldn't notice it if I didn't know it was oak aged. I finally pick up a faint cedar-like note once it warms up a bit.

Taste (3.5): Caramel malt and a bit of grapefruit up front. Sweetness in the middle but still a bit watery somehow. I feel like this beer should pop right here with big hop flavors; maybe it's an older bottle (picked it up a couple months ago). I really don't taste any oak here, maybe a bit of a vanilla undertone like I mentioned in the aroma; it really takes awhile to come out once it warms up. There's a bit in the initial flavor and it lingers throughout but you really need to look for it. That might be a good thing actually, as I don't like overly oaked IPAs.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Like I mentioned, it's a bit thin despite the sweetness. The hops do coat the mouth and leave a nice lingering floral-ness along with the caramel sweetness though. I would say it's light to medium bodied and the carbonation is pretty low; leaving the flavors a bit flat. There is a bit of a drying sensation after a few moments, which may be a product of the wood.

Drinkability (4.5): Definitely very drinkable at almost 7%. It definitely leaves me wanting some more, especially if I could find it fresh.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 4/15/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark yellow with a slight amber tinge and half a finger of bubbly off-white head.

S - Bitterness up front with pine, grapefruit and orange peel. A sweet caramel malt backbone rounds it out. No real discernible oak barrel notes.

T - Bitter piney hops with some faint citrus notes coming through as well. Sweet caramel malt backbone. Some light flavours of oak are evident in the background but may be unnoticeable if I wasn't looking for them.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jdisher
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into tulip glass, great head with an incredible hoppy nose, love it, love it. Tastes of orange peel, very sharp, very small amount of oak in the flavor. This is an extremely enjoyable, robust, bright, piney IPA, I enjoyed it considerably, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-08-2010 02:39:22

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull, hazy orange. Pours with a white one inch head. Displays good lacing as beer is consumed.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, some tropical hop flavors. Some earthy notes. Smells good.

T: More grapefruit hop goodness early in the taste. Some bready malt flavors balance out the flavor mid taste with a pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. In style.

D: This was a nice, easy drinking IPA. Lots of hops up front without being overly bitter. The beer was crisp and quite tasty. Not a top contender in the category, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, shinny penny color. Very slight haze to clarity. Thick white ring around edge of glass. Bright, very orange peel citrus aroma. Pick up some of the oak sweetness, but not a ton, quite pleasant aroma. Bright sweetness in beginning. Big orange peel finish, especially on swallow. Pick up some oak in addition to the hops on the dryness in the finish. Aftertaste has a flavor like that of grape skin. Pick up a medium malt character and some subtle metallicness on the back of the tongue. With warmth, honey flavor comes out in full force in the middle to end. Light, somewhat crisp. Not as near as much oak as I was expecting, would like to have has at least a touch more. Sweetness and dryness are pretty well balanced.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -5.4%
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 +1.3%
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 +15.3%
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 -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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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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Photo of SuperNova777
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.6%
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 -9.8%
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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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73.7% out of 100 with 471 ratings
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