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Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Resistance IPAResistance IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrosbrew.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
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
470
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
19.06%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
For Trade:
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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 470
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 Bierlerner
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Liquid gold. 2 finger head. Very nice layers on the lacing.

S- Nice. Bits of wood, vanilla, grapefruit, and citrus. Not bad at all. Different.

T- Again, nice and smooth. Vanilla and grapefuit. Oak and citrus. Nice balance of hops through out. Not too hoppy though. Kinda mild. I like.

M- Creamy and smooth. So smooth. Clean and wet finish. Wow. Little carbonation. This is excellent.

O- I want more. Great stuff. Another great beer by Two Brothers.

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

dark amber color, clear with lots of carbonation visible streaming up toward the surface. Nice rich head of white caps the top gracefully and settles down with a good bit of lacing sticking to the sides and the bottom of the glass. Rich aroma of sweet orange hops, very well balanced with a good earthy feel to it. Buttery and thick the aroma seemed to hang in the air. Warming made this only more apparent. Nice thick feel as it crosses over the palate of the tongue. Rich citrus hops, not biting but more mellow and relaxed come at you with a sweet buttery taste mid palate that really does wonders to balance it out. Light dry finish and a smooth, almost caramel like taste a few moments after the last sip. Very nicely done.

Overall a very solid and very well done IPA.

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Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle (Best by August 13th, 2010) poured into my Piece pint glass...

Pours a nice golden color with some amber appearance depending on the light. This beer has some great clarity and a nice two finger soft white head which leaves a bit of lacing and a nice little cap of haze on top of the beer...honestly, this looks like a crisp, clean lager...

Decent floral hop presence in the nose balanced by a bit of sweet bready malt. There is a bit of an oaky character here, but it is very subdued...

A good amount of bitter earthy hop flavor upfront, pretty drying to begin with. The oak character shows through in the taste much more than the nose and works with the hops to dry out the taste even more. A bit of a malt background to balance things with a very quick burst of citrus, but pretty light on that aspect. More of a drying characteristic than an overall bitterness, but there is actually more of both the oak character and bitter hops than I was expecting...

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking compared to the other aspects of the beer. Pretty thin, light bodied with a good carbonation level. The oak character kind of lingers in the aftertaste keeping my palette pretty dried out...

Pretty solid offering by Two Brothers. Really didn't know what to expect when I cracked this one open but I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing earth shattering, but overall a very decent, easy drinking, borderline light IPA with a unique oak characteristic...

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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 ruckus232
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with sticky white head.

Smell: Citrus hoppy smell with a little bit of a juice sweetness.

Taste: Upfront there is a citrus hop bitterness that fades into a bread like malty sweetness. Neither flavor is overpowering leaving a pretty good taste balance.

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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 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 Kylito87
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big vibrant light orange appearance. Great carbonation, lacing not so much, but I haven't really seen lacing out of a beer that touches wood, so maybe its no thing. Great aroma, smells hoppier than expected. Good grapefruit and oak resin (very light) aspect.

Taste, a mix of ipa, belgian and imperial esb. Very bitter, even more than the 70ibu claim on the bottle. But not a hoppy feel to the bitterness. Dry. Hides alcohol extremely well. Nuances of the oak, has just a tinge of that chardonnay vanilla to it. Very unique, in a good way. Got more enjoyable throughout it, some dry hopping (or more) would be phenomenal in the oak barrels.

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

This beer is worthy to be tried. It is orange copper color with white head that laced down the pint glass. The smell and taste include pine and citrus marvales with an interesting kick of vanilla/oak push. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonaiton. Overall it is a taste ass beer!

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

A: A glowing orange amber color with a nice large white head. The beer is slightly hazy.

S: Very nice hop aroma. Tropical fruits, pine, and citrus. Some sugary sweetness in the finish. Nice. Not a lot from the oak though.

T: Nice bite from the hops right off the back, piney with some citrus notes. A hint of sweet caramel, and perhaps the faintest touch of oak. The bitterness really lingers.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch high for me. The bitterness really lingers with a mouthfeel that coats as you finish it.

O: Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, but I am missing the oak character. Good, but I want more.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find that Two Brothers made another IPA and equally pleased to drink it. Very well balanced beer with great malt character at a very light, almost straw character. Good hop flavor and bitter aroma without being too extreme in either category. Good carbonation, a little bit of overflow but very goo. Great hop character and a great IPA in general.

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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 crossovert
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. "BY" 3/15/12.

It pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that recedes to some pretty nice lacing.

The smell is real nice. There is plenty of oak which makes it unique but it doesn't override the hops which still are there despite the aging process. It is like orange blossom, grapefrit, and vanilla in a a way.

The flavor is good. Not a bitter IPA, and not a malty one. But a good round flavor.

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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 champ103
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grassy, floral, lemony hops. I very nice hop aroma. Toasted, grainy malts for balance. Slightly bready w ith a bit of caramel sweetness.
T: Follows the nose with plenty of floral hops. Herbal and grassy with some fruity flavors. Lots of balance with toasted malts and bread/biscuit. I like it.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp. Clean, dry and refreshing. Very easy to drink. I can put a few away without a problem.

A very nice IPA. Like everything else I have had from Two Brothers, something I would recommend, and something I always look forward to when I visit the family in Illinois.

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Photo of grover37
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 ferrari29
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Resistance IPA from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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