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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%
 
 
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12
Gots:
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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 470
Photo of jdhende
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a 3 Floyd's pint glass

A: Golden orange with a small white head and nice lacing on top.

S: Very floral with nice lemon and citrus notes.

T: Sweet IPA with hints of Orange, grapefruit and lemon. Also a little woody from being aged in the Oak.

M: Medium bodied. Very refreshing overall

O: A nice oaked aged IPA. A pretty decent value as well at $9 a sixer. Would seek this out again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Lagunitas Mason

A - Pours a nice Gold color, fizzy 1 finger head, moderate lacing.
S - This had a moderate oak kinda aroma to it, nice floral and earthy hop scents, some fresh squeezed orange juice and a pinch of pine.
T - Sweeter malts with a smoother aged oak kind of texture to it, nice juicy hop flavor mid mouth, and finishes on the drier side.
M - Lots of flavor here, medium bodied, and definitely chewy in texture, and a tad bit of burn.
O - Not bad, definitely something different, I'm not totally sold on the barrel aging, but for some it might work, very chewy texture, and the alcohol burn isnt so great, but its a decent try.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear light orange, not much carbonation, one finger head with lacing.

S-Very malty, oak, grass, not much in the way of hops.

T-Starts very malty, good deal of oak, still not much hops or bitterness. Honey, pine and grass as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lacking that hop bite.

O-Another disappointing IPA from Two Brothers. Wasn't that hoppy, too much malt.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very clear light orange. A one finger foamy head.

S: A good amount of citrus. Very grassy and little floral. sour malt with just the smallest hint of caramel. slight vanilla. Very faint smelling.

T: Very floral hops. Lemon grass, lemon zest, sweet caramel. Not a ton of oak but a slight bit of vanilla. Pine in the finish. Sweet honey on the finish. The best way to describe the hops are sticky.

M: Lots of carbonation give this a light body and make it refreshing and drinkable.

O: This is a nice IPA. i wish the oak would shine a little more but its a very nice earthy forward IPA with some nice malt sweetness. /85

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Photo of GbVDave
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best by 8/13/10

A: Pours a crystal clear, orange-y gold color with two full fingers of sticky off-white head on top that retained for ages and left a lot of lace stuck to the glass. Decent amount of carbonation, too.

S: Not floored by the smell. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, a hint of pine, honey, dried flowers, and caramel.

T: Follows the smell closely. Didn't really notice any "oaky" flavors. Piney hops pop out a bit more as it comes up to temp.

M: Starts off pretty smooth and sweet and then the door swings the other way and this turns quite dry and bitter during the middle and long finish.

D: Very nice drinker, almost sessionable. Maybe the Bros. will tweak some batches in the future with more hops?

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Photo of schoolboy
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's hard for me to not like an IPA, so I like this one. But it is not at one I would seek out again. The taste is a tad dark, like a scottish ale or something. I am drinking it a bit warm, so that may color my opinion, but the smell is also undistinguished.

The brewery is new to me, so I wonder if all their brews are like this. I have a few of these to drink, so I also wonder if I will ike them better very cold.

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Photo of UncleRico
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- golden orange with a nice off white head that stuck around
S- very light scent of fruit
T- pine, malt, oak, and sweet fruity aftertaste
M- light but rich, and a little sticky
O- I think it's a very good ipa for being light bodied, very pleasant, definitely worth a try at $9 for a 6 pack.

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Photo of copyguyadam
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received via trade with jkblodge as an extra. Thanks!

A - Real nice gold and orange hue. Great looking 1" head with lacing.
S - I smell grapefruit and something else pleasant and sweet.
T & M - The oak is barely there, but still really nice. Great tasting IPA and lighter on the booze than most I've had lately.
D - Nice, easy drinking IPA. I wish I could buy this locally.

I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Great job on this IPA!

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Abright amber colored beer with a thin white head that is fizzy in it's departure.
Carbs are light. Nothing to cheer for here.
Aroma has a dank and wet hop smell with no standout flavor.
Taste is mostly malty and really not very hoppy. To be quite honest I'm not getting any oak characteristics but perhaps a thin dryness.
Not really much here it's average at bestb but still pretty good I guess.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the store today... part of the new Two Brother's J Series. Aged in French Oak Foudres.

A: Pours a brilliant bright copper, crystal clear, dense white head with lots of lacing, good head retention

S: the nose starts with some aromatic hops..not huge on the hop aroma, but definitely there... not quite what I was expecting for a IPA with 70 IBUs. The hops on the front meld into a bready malt profile with a presence of oak. Lots of different notes come up in the aroma, but the malt and oak dominates the end.

T: the hops on the front are bitter and subdued, slightly piney, which then gives way to this strong malty backbone that integrates with the oak pretty nicely, the finish is nice and long with lingering notes of oak

mf: crisp and smooth body with low carbonation

D: this is an interesting brew, something about it isn't quite latching on for me. The oak and malt backbone is nice, but something about the hop profile isn't adding up for me. There is some bitterness, but not that nice fresh aromatic hop profile that you would expect a freshly bottled 70 IBU IPA to have.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden yellow with a subtle orange hue.

Was expecting oak/woody notes but not getting anything of the sort. Mainly citrus and some subtle piney resin.

Still not getting any notes of oak, definitely citrus, pine, and light resins.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrusy, slightly resinous, dry.

Overall, was not what I was expecting, but decent.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday, Midwest Style!

Appearance - Pours into my sniffer with a relatively clear copper color. I obtain about a finger and a half of white head that dissipates slowly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - A rush of bitter grapefruit, pine resin, hops, and a slight malt backbone. The more I smell the aroma the less bitter the grapefruit smell becomes and the more malty/passion fruit citrus aromas become present.

Taste - Somewhat a surprise from the nose. Malty up front with a definite hop kick right behind. Less citrus presence than I assumed there would be because of the nose. Despite there being some flavor, I'm not going to lie but i seriously get an almost "watery" characteristic to it. Seems the flavors separate about halfway through the sip and it becomes very bland.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - I would say pretty drinkable but only because there is little body and not insane amounts of flavor that would make it suffer after a few beers (think bitter D/IPAs). Not bad, but not that "unique" to make me buy it again.

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Photo of Aguirre
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review.

Poured into a nonic pint, this brew is copper colored, clear and has a nice thick head.

The smell doesn't knock me over, it's hoppy sure, but I can't pick out any specific notes...it smells good, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing special.

The taste is better than the smell, it's smooth and rich and well balanced. I get a little bit of the woodiness from the oak barrels, but not much, which is a little disappointing. Not a massive hop bomb by any means, but bitter. There's a lingering aftertaste that I don't find unpleasant.

It's a smooth drinker. You can taste the alcohol, but it's not overwhelming (especially for 6.9%) and I like the level of carbonation.

This isn't my favorite IPA, but there's something interesting about it that I'm not yet well-versed enough in beer to describe. Keep an eye out for it, it's worth a try!

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Photo of kshankar
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily one of the most annoying pours of my life. Even the gentlest of pours yields a massive foam. Then I have to wait for it to recede a little so it won't overflow. I mean, once I finish pouring the thing about 2 hours later, it looks spectacular. But still. Really, though. This thing looks great. Sticky, rocky foam that just doesn't seem to go away, tons of lacing.

Aroma is slightly mild relative to other IPA's, but what is there is the fairly typical citrus and pine scent

Taste is pretty good, nothing spectacular. Solid offering. Notes of pine, citrus and hop bitterness with a slight malt backing which keeps it somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, carbonation is okay, and the drinkability is moderate, but isn't really the purpose of an IPA anyways.

Pretty good.

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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 scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head.

Scent of light oak, sweet, juicy hops, citrus, grass, and a hint of caramel. The oak character is nice and balanced here.

Taste of cereal, malts, light sweet sugars, honey, subtle hops, and sweet oak. The bitterness is nice, but the beer falls just shy of being great. It's a bit like eating Honey Combs with an IPA poured over them.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good, smooth carbonation.

If this is a sign of things to come, I cannot wait to drink more of the Two Brothers oak aged beers.

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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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Photo of movingtrain
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from "The J Series" sampled from a small snifter.

Slightly less than aggressive pour yields a mammoth head, and it's not going anywhere. Beer is copper in color, and seriously carbonated. Thick, creamy, three-finger depth head on top.

Aroma gives off some standard IPA notes, citrus, pine, but goes a bit further, offering hints of grape, wet grass, plum, and oak.

Tart flavors up front...bitter apple and spicy hop notes. Flavor is very cidery, and pops on the tongue. That head is still sticking around...light and fluffy. Other flavors of astringent hops and pepper.

The carbonation may be too much here. However, it does allow for an interesting play on the palate. There are some rich flavors here, and I like the playful take on the IPA (aged in French Oak Fourdes).

Overall, this is a good beer...perhaps could use some time to cool down in the bottle...although, age may make this resistance all that more aggressive.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy orange gold with a thin white head

S-fresh orange and some light hops. good strength

T-comes in with a fresh flavor of orange, it builds and becomes stronger and then comes a slight bitterness. has just a faint herbs flavor to it. very refreshing.

M-medium creamy carbonation with creamy finish

O-tastes more like a mix between orange juice and beer than an average IPA. it's definitely a good flavor, it's very drinkable, but unfortunately I can't recommend this to someone who loves IPAs. it's definitely not something i'll get again unless I'm looking for a beer to drink on a hot summer morning.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice golden with a thin swirly head. Smells somewhat grainy with a nice hit of sweet, citrusy hops. The taste is similar, with a bit of grain followed by a big but short hop profile that is leafy, piney, and a bit citrusy, but the hops fall off and it becomes grainy again toward the end. Fairly spicy in the mouth, and a bit thick, but pretty pleasant. Overall, a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours light orange and has a decent foamy head and good lacing. The smell is very hoppy and citrusy. The flavor was shockingly hoppy and grapefruity. I even taste pineapple. There is a nicely combined bitterness and sweetness. I feel like this beer is a breath of fresh air; it takes that craving that you seek in a really citrusy IPA and maximizes it. I hate to say it…it’s almost too fruity, making it hard to identify any malt. However, this is a great beer with a peculiar tanginess. I haven’t had a lot of Two Brothers, but from what I’ve tried so far, I’ve been blindsided by their approach to uniqueness. I am looking forward to the Long Haul Session Ale.

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Photo of JToad
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange copper, minimal lacing.

Smells of biscuit malt and hops. Very understated, not in your face.

First taste is bready. Hops on the back end. Very well balanced. Relatively thin mouthfeel, with more malts then hops. Not your typical American IPA.

Very drinkable for 6.9% Tastes more of an amber ale with hops than an IPA. A solid brew, but not my fav from Two Bros.

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

More from the Two Brothers oak aged series and an IPA no less.

12oz bottle poured into the trusty New Belgium tulip.

A: Beer is pretty. Little ropes of bubbles twist up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass and hold up an bright and loosely foamy one inch head. Color is clear, soft glowing peachy gold.

S: A delicate aroma on this one. Hops are there to be sure but it doesn't come at you like a that blast of heat you get from a big red wine, or for a better comparison, like that blast of bitter fruitiness and pine that you get from something like a Surly Furious or other such beers. Aroma is more restrained with drops of honey mixed in with the traditional citrus and pine aromas that appear here. Malt presence is also stronger here than in similar beers of this style, sweeter with maybe a touch (that's stretching it I think) of barrel character.

T/MF: Not hugely bitter, not enamel stripping with a back hand of pine sap and pineapple. Instead this beer is a bit more restrained: orange blossom and honey are mixed in with a citrusy/piney profile. Malt character is also more pronounced with a caramel sweetness working its way into the fold. Feel is another story though. Filling though the middle with tiny pin pricks of carbonation filling the mouth like a blanket than leaves without much fanfare.

D: Again, I would like to see what the barrel does to this beer and beers like it down the road, maybe it needs to get broken in a bit as I don't seem to be picking much up in the way of oakiness that I'm used to from barrel aged beers. Still, this beer remains an interesting change of pace from the IPAs I'm familiar with.

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