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.

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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 MusicaleMike
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing clarity on this IPA, with an excellent creamy top white head that has very good retention and leaves cobweb laces on the glass. Head is supported by an abundant amount of carbonation.

Smells of gentle honeysuckle and pine.

Perfectly creamy smooth head greets the lips followed by a cool bitterness up front, a soft, medium bodied sweetness mid palate, and a pleasant lingering hop bitterness mixed with an oaky quality. Notes of pine, citrus, honey, and just a hint of oak in the finish.

Any IPA fan would enjoy this beer. It's pretty safe in the American IPA category. It has just the right amount of bitterness and a very popular hop profile, not to mention that they are doing something slightly different than the pack by maturing their IPA in Oak vats.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour into a pint glass

A-Honey colored

S-Honey, malt, earthy, pine, but not too strong.

T-Sweet up front then instant earthy and oak taste. Not too strong of an IPA would be a great IPA to introduce someone to the style

M-Medium carbonation.

0- Very good IPA by 2 Bros. Not too strong, not too bitter such as Outlaw. This used to be brewed year round but was replaced by Outlaw in a can. I think two brothers should switch them back. It's simple, sweet, and good. A nice change up, I recommend getting a 6er of this brew.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL, served in a shaker pint

It pours a clear medium amber with little to no head. A medium amount of lacing coats the glass.

The nose is pretty muted with just a little bit of pine type hops and crystal malts.

The taste is where this beer came alive to me. Huge amount of pine and grassy hops with a firm bitterness. To me the oak is very present and actually cuts through the bitterness well. I don't know if it's because this is the first beer out of the foundres but the oak is strong and I really like what its bringing to this beer. There is some crystal malt sweetness to it as well.

It finishes pretty dry and the oak helps with that. The carbonation is on the higher side. It's quite drinkable and I really prefered this over the Heavier Handed. I hope this beer sticks around for a while.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: One finger head, with good retention. White nose and a hazy golden body. Good lacing.

S: Fresh hops, with a slight hint of malt. A hint of oak is also present.

T: A bold start that shows a blast of hops. Finishes with a oaky, malt balance. The lingering tastes are dominated by the oak. Good balance of hops and oak. Not too heavy on the wood, and a great hop bitterness.

M: Good medium body and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Fresh hop bitterness, shows for a good balance of flavors between the hops and the oak. A bit thicker on the way down, but the balance of flavors makes this beer pleasing to the palate.

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

The Color was a nice clean amber with a thick and sticky tan head, good lacing.

The smell was spicy, almost lemon peppery, with some nice citrus hop notes.

The taste was very classic of an American Style IPA, a nice toasted malt body, very bready, with a big fresh Citrus Hop Finish.

The mouthfeel was very crisp and carbonated with a long dry finish.

Nice and drinkable, I didn't really notice anything special coming from the french oak other than maybe the extra dry mouthfeel.
Good None the Less.

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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 mryuk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the experimental cellar - this bottle is 'best by 10/21/10'...what the foudre? Let's see -

Appearance - pours with an absolute rush of foam. Slowed things down but it still took a few minutes to get the last ounce poured. One long tendril of sediment reaches down into the glass and is summarily blasted by the high bead activity going on. The head is so slow to peel back. There's a huge crater in the middle where I poured the last bit in. A solid wall of lace on the glass. The beer itself is a cloudy dull orange/gold.

Aroma - chalky grains, an oak-muted lemony citrus, a little soapy. I would say the oak is more prominent than when fresh.

Taste - the hops have aged out quite a bit. Very little snap left but an orange and lemon bit still remain. The grains have a hard time getting through due to the woody flavors of the oak which display a bright tanginess, playing well with the hops. The aged hops give a hint of barleywine flavor. The swallow and aftertaste is bitter but not at all harsh. Dry, with a low mellow citrus and punchy oak ending. I am a fan.

Mouthfeel - fluffy for sure, even two-thirds of the way through, the bubbles are flowing steadily. Somewhat bolder body, good idea for this one.

Overall - I enjoyed it much more after three years. That doesn't always happen, but I'd try to grab another sixer for 2016.

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

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass, the beer is a medium gold with a slight chill haze. There is a sticky off-white head.
The beer smells of pine and tropical fruit. I swear there is some mango lurking in there somewhere.
There is lots of pine sap and more tropical fruit. It reminds me of really fresh Wrigley’s gum with pine. Citrus emerges about at the ¼ mark. There is some caramel malt as well. Is that wood in the finish or some more malt??

The mouth is coating but the carbonation helps keep it at bay. The mouth is borderline hefty. This beer is a winner. I really like this one, well done Brothers!

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

I had this fresh and, thankfully, have just finally found my notes...

This beer pours out a clear coppery orange with lots of activity, forming a soft but sense white head that maintains itself well and leaves moderate lacing behind.
There's a nice addition of toasty. biscuit-like malts on the nose to counter the strong floral and citrus hops. There's a touch of very vanilla-like sweetness on the end and a hint of earthiness.
The earthiness translates in the flavor to more of an earthy/woody flavor (which now I might attribute to the oak aging since when I tried it I wasn't privy to that aspect), and the backbone is a pure leaf hops flavor with balancing malts and a touch of sweetness. Hops flavors are, as in the nose, a variance of citric and floral with an herbal leaf undertone.
The mouthfeel begins crisp and never flattens, smoothing out on the palate for a creamy finish that is also fairly dry. The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate.
This is extremely drinkable.

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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 yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- bright amber with two fingers of rocky beige head. Sticky lacing.

Smell -- grapefruit rind, pine sap, bread, caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Big hop bittering up front with big citrus notes and more than a little resin. Caramel malt rounds out the end, with lingering grapefruit rind. Dry, resinous finish with a little bit of cut lumber from the oak foundres.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability -- After trying their reguar IPA, Bitter End, I wasn't expecting much, but this one really impressed me. great hop flavor. If you've ever been disappointed by a Two Brothers beer, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It'll surprise you.

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Photo of cocogan
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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 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 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 oregonskibum
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 CPeterson
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- An orange hued golden brew that pours to a two finger off white head that leaves thick bands of lacing down the glass.

S -- Huge notes of citrus peel, tropical fruits, hints of pine and spruce, a slight sweetness, and a touch of earthiness.

T -- Heavy spruce notes backed by earth and grass, a hint of light grains and vanilla tones with a bitterness that carries for a while without being overpowering.

M -- Medium to mid-heavy in body, a bit resinous, drying, and mild carbonation.

D -- Strong offering, great beer to pair for palate cleansing or just to experience on it's own. Very solid brew.

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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 veinless
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big shoutout to ChadQuest for this beer, he hooked me up with some awesome Midwest locals in the deal we did. Thanks Chad!

Pours an orange sap color with yellow and tan hints blended into the body. Head is a healthy three-finger lacy beast, with a froth consistency that leaves excellent spotty lacing.

Nose is very much of the tropical mango variety, with plenty of sweetness as well. Only on the tail does any hop bitterness come out, and even then it is weak. There is a slightly odd scent that comes from this here that isn't wood, but I presume came from it, as the bottle says this was aged in French Oak Foudres.

Taste starts with a ton of orange citrus and juice. I LOVE the sheer concentration of the orange as the beer doesn't mess around with any other fruit really. Probably the first orange specific beer I've had, as usually it's blended in somehow with other fruits. As the orange fades, what clearly is wood comes out a bit more to add on to the citrus, offering a very pleasant oak to the palate. A touch of pine adds a morsel of flavor as well. The citrus from the start is actually quite acidic and leaves the tongue wanting for sweetness which it never really gets. I happen to enjoy the minimal sweetness in this beer, as the malt acts to neutralize any bitterness from the hops whole not overdoing it. Finish is half sticky half dry, completing the excellent taste. Nothing really unpleasant about the taste so it's tough not giving it a 5, but I've had better remains the end all to those arguments.

Mouthfeel is acidic and sticky at the end, with intense carbonation at the start of each sip enhancing the acidity greatly. This beer is drinkable simply due to the great taste and balance; the harshness at the start may put some off, but I find it pleasing and crucial to the identity of the beer. Great beer I hadn't even heard of before I got it, thanks for opening my eyes to Two Brothers Chad.

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

Best by October 2013

Pours a hazy honeyed yellow and half inch merengue white crown.

Slight floral pine scent and sweet bready malts. Tropical fruit.

Bitterness well honed into the honeyed malts. Got some pineapple going on. Quite sessionable.

Light to medium bodied brew that finishes crisp and is quenching. Love the bitterness that lingers to remind you that you just had a quality crafted brew. Couldn't really pick out the fact of the oak aging but this IPA is surely set apart for greatness.

Don't know how this eluded me, but had some at a Two Brothers beer tasting at my local liquor store and was initially impressed and got me a sixer. F---ing delicious!

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

This beer pours a light bodied clear and height gold in color with a soapy lacing around my glass. It smells very crisp and clean. The nose I would guess is centennial or cascade hut I could be wrong. The malt bill is light and clean. The flavors too are fresh and light. I'm sticking with my hop varietal prediction. The hop profile is perfect for the body. It's subtly sweet and bitterness is mild. I can't stress enough how clean this beer is. It's perfectly drinkable. Overall this is a really nice IPA and overly sessionable. Try it if its fresh.

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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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