Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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 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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Photo of pmccallum86
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden colored body with a super thick bubbly head that dissipates extremely slowly.

Smell is of hops, oak, and light malts.

Taste is great, lots of bitterness followed by oaky barrel flavors and bready malts. Very interesting tasting beer, delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated, great beer.

Very drinkable, the oak barrel flavors really come through great,

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Photo of marcobrau
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with just shy of too much carbonation. Barely any lace, but a persistent head. Smells lightly of citrus, namely sweet orange and maybe a bit of pineapple. The taste is wonderfully spritzy with oranges, a hint of pineapple and white pepper. Malt merely supports the hops and soon enough all the flavors give way to a assertively bitter, slightly tart and quite dry finish. A slight bit of tannin detracts somewhat from the enjoyment of this ale, but the latent bitterness washes over the palate and the flaw is a distant memory. Almost shockingly dry, this could almost be considered a very assertively hopped saison. Overall, quite delicious and a great summertime IPA.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a golden-orange hue, with less than a finger of white, average retention, and average lacing. Certainly smelled of orange/apricot/lemon citrus, but somewhat wilted; almost sour, when taken into consideration with some earthy/woody tones. The taste revealed tones of overripe citrus fruit, with a more pronounced oaky/vanilla note, and a semi-sweet finish. The balance in the flavor seemed a little off-kilter. Modestly carbonated, medium feel. Wasn't a huge fan of this one.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is a bubbly two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, herbs, grapefruit, and orange. It isn't the strongest aroma I've experienced in an IPA, but it is quite complex. The taste is fruitier than the aroma. There is a lot more citrus in the sip with the pine and herbs coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice IPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of theteej77
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy with beautiful lacing with a great head. Orangey/amber/gold colored beer.
S: Citrus/hoppy/piney
T: Almost exactly as it smells. First a sweet citrus (orange/grapefruit) then then a hoppy bight, next a note of pine.
M: This beer feels thick but not overbearing.
D: Decent. One is not enough. Wouldn't drink all night.

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

A: Pale orange gold with lots of bubbles and a nice two finger head that has lots of texture. The beer is pretty clear, though a slight haze is detectable. The head seems to have pretty good retention. 4.5

S: "Smells like an IPA" ~wife. Grapefruit and pine dominate, very little if any malt character present. Maybe a little fresh cut wood, though I suppose that's pine. It's not overwhelmingly strong or complex, just a nice gentle aroma. 4.0

T: Slightly more citrusy and less piney, still no malt flavor. It's not a resiny hoppiness at all, which is nice. Definitely more in the Midwest/east coast style. Much more citrusy bitterness, though not intense and tempered with some light pale malts. Maybe a little closer to a Pale Ale in America though. 4.0

M: Lighter and crisp, a very refreshing IPA. 4.0

D: Again, refreshing, light, not overly hoppy or resiny. 4.5

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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 tempest
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While I was certainly intrigued by the aging (a foudre is a big oak cask if anyone is wondering), I was a little disappointed by how this beer turned out. There's clearly a fine, rich citrusy IPA that can hold it's own. But there's an added tart, lightly puckering feel from the oak that I though detracted from the beer. I expected something a little smoother (maybe incorrectly) and found a sharp IPA that didn't sit well.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden body, nice white head. I really wanted to like this beer. It has an interesting combinations from plentiful hops and barrel aging, but I get pick up a melted plastic off taste to it that I have encountered in other beers. Great malt character, but this is a real distraction from what the beer does right. Maybe I just got a bad sample?

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Photo of DaveonBA
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a white head that doesn't stick around for long.

Smell is of citrus and some slight vanilla. Not bad.

Taste is quite nice. There is a big oak/vanilla component that works really well with the citrus.

Light on the palate with great carbonation, and a very refreshing finish.

This is quite a nice beer, and has become one of my most frequently purchased 6 packs this summer.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was recommended this beer while visiting Root Cellar. I didn't know it was a wood aged IPA until I got home. Generally, I don't care for IPAs that have been aged in wood, though I do like IPA's and other styles of beer that have spent time in wood.

Pours an attractive cloudy amber at the top which turns to a lighter shade of peach at the bottom. Surprisingly active carbonation stemming up from the bottom of my pint glass, all aggregating to a nice foamy 1/8 inch head atop.

First out of the gate is hoppy citrus and pine aromas, immediately followed by honey-like sweetness in the malt side.

Taste reflects the nose with hops on the forefront. After taking a few sips, the wood character is barely noticeable. I have a feeling that the wood qualities become more evident after allowing the beer to warm.

Overall this was a nice and mildly complex beer. I can drink it again, but it wasn't stellar to me in any way beyond the appearance...

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