Resistance IPA | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.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

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182
Ratings:
470
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 470
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 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 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 harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a yellow-gold ale with near excellent clarity (hint of haziness). single finger soap sud head falls to shin sheet of the same. Rare and spotty lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, oak, metallic (copper). Not a particularly good smeller, but not bad either.

T: The oak on this is a bit too strong. Sweet ale with domineering citrus hopping and hints of pine and resin. The sweetness is persistent.

M: Medium to high body with medium to high carb. Not impressed. Too much carb for this beer.

O: Well done, not the finest oaked IPA I've had, but quite drinkable. I would likely pick up Great Divide's oaked IPA before this one side by side.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: tan/rust body, 2 finger white fluffy head, good lacing

S: peach/mango, vanilla, mild oak, hint of spices

T: peach, mango, pine, malt, slow subtle oily bitter finish

M: light/med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: I think this beer has great potential. If the
body was a little heavier, perhaps the entire beer would
go from good to VERY good.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

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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 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 emmasdad
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass this one appears a nice golden-amber color, with a nicely developed white head. Piney hops are present on the nose, but not as prevalent as one would think based on the IBUs in this one. On the palate, there is a lot of sweet malt, which is nicely balanced by the aforementioned piney hops. Finishes with just a hint of the advertised oakiness. Crisp, nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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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 BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/10/11. 12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a light shiny golden, transparent for the most part, not much haze. Decent head and lacing, but nice color. The aromas are nice, but faint.. the hops aren't in your face. There's also a nice sweetness in the aromas. This IPA is on the sweeter side.. it's bitter, but once again not over the top. Lots of sweet fruits in the mix.. pear, apple, pineapple and mango are definitely there. The oak is noticeable, but not over the top. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. There are hints of vanilla. Finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is nice, right amount of carbonation, medium-bodied, extremely crisp. I'd definitely revisit this one, it's pretty enjoyable. Great beer for spring/summer.

This is a pretty unique IPA.. it's subtle, but bold; slightly sweet. Once again, the oak isn't extremely noticeable, but it's presence is known. Very nice IPA which should be respected, recommended.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool bottle received from pochman recently. Huge thanks, Ed!

Poured into a pint glass. Best by 10/19/10 printed on the side. Must be fresh. "Ale aged in French Oak Foudres" also printed on bottle. Historically used for aging wine [per the web]. May be my first of this type of aging. Let's see...

Pours a very cloudy dark orange/gold. An enormous off-white head grows on top. Looks superb. Great lacing and sticky lace all over the glass. The scent is what I can describe as husky and chalky. From the oak? Dry wood shavings, perhaps? Some light citrus notes, but I can't get over the dry scent. Can't say as I can place that specifically.

The body is firm. Good carbonation presence. Mellow finish. This beer is a little more tart than I would like. Expecting more of fresh hop presence, I'm instead greeted by tart lemon, a little funk, and mellowed hops. The oak-aging played a part, no doubt, but it still leaves me wondering. The finish is like green apples. I don't think I could, or would have another one of these right after the other.

This was interesting. I like that it's different, but it's not my favorite.

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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 hosehead83
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Burnt-orange in color, with a huge cloud deck of rocky, creamy foam. Nice looking beer.
Aroma-Piney citrus, subtle oakeyness
Taste-Piney citrus hops, tart oakiness, and some honey sweetness, all balanced very nicely without one flavor overpowering the other. Tasty and interesting, crisp and pleasant, a nice melding of flavors: Hop bitterness, tangy oak, and a subtle honey sweetness. Nicely done!

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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 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 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 sholland119
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Pony Bar, 6/24/10.

A-Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head and some good sticky lacing.

S-Lots of sweet malt, rather light on the hops.

T-Much like the nose, there is plenty of caramel malt through, with some light earthy hops peeking through in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with some light bitterness.

D-This one was just ok for me. Rather short on the IPA characteristics.

HV

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Photo of ONUMello
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear golden color with a 1/2 finger head that quickly settles to a fine lacing
S: Nice grapefruit & light malt notes. Simple but elegant.
T: Also light & elegant with clean grapefruit/malt notes.
M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean. Doesn't show its nearly 7% ABW in either weight or viscosity.
O: This is the perfect example of a beer that shows an IPA doesn't have to be in your face and bold to be well-made. Simple, clean, elegant and refreshing.

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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 Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a crystal clear yellow-orange with dense fluffy head and sticky lacing.

It's not very aromatic, but with hints of grapefruit and a touch of vanilla.

Taste is a lot of citrus hops and a little pine resin. The oak adds a mellowing vanilla and there is also a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fresh, and clean. Finish is slightly bitter and lingers.

Good dinkability. The first time I had this I was not very impressed, but after getting through a sixer I've gained more of an appreciation for the mellowing nuances of the oak. Most of Two Bros IPAs tend to be on the piney side, but this one strolls on the citrus side.

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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 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 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 Ryan011235
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/13/10

Best by 10/21/10

Amber-hued with highlights of tangerine; moderate density. I started with an average pour then had to dial it back - the foam filled the snifter with over three fingers of billowy foam. Porous along the inside of the glass, it settles inward leaving an island of meringue-esque foam. Lacing is decent; drippy strings. Retention is thin & the lace dries out.

Resistance IPA smells an awful lot like other Two Brothers IPAs I've tried. It's certainly balanced, if not tipping the scale toward malty. Caramel notes are in no short supply; it actually smells fairly sweet. While the aroma suggests floral & piney hints; the hops are more citric than anything: mostly lemon zest with some orange pith. Subtle oak overtones drift about.

Spicy citrus & pine immediately crackles o'er the tongue - zesty lemon & orange assisted by some dry grapefruit hints. With each sip, this initial moment of brilliance fades into murkiness. It seems to lose something by the finish (maybe the overactive carbonation has something to do with it). Toasted malts & caramel round it out, though aren't as prominent as in the aroma. I have to admit, I''m not getting too much of an oak flavor.

Whoa; way to much carbonation going on here, in my opinion (especially on the first few sips). I'm all for ample carbonation accenting spicy notes but here it distracts from the flavor of the beer, which is a definite downfall, considering it's supposed to have the subtleties of being aged in oak foudres. Medium bodied, otherwise. Finished pretty dry with some lingering lemon zest.

The aroma made me nervous, suggesting the only thing this IPA is resisting are hops. Thankfully, that isn't the case. However, the over-carbonation makes it all but impossible to enjoy any complexities this beer offers. It's a shame; this possibly could have been the best Two Brothers IPA.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must say I like the new artwork and logo! Pours into my glass a clear brilliant tangerine-orange with an inch of bright white foamy bubbles on top. Aromas creep out of the glass with a nice mix of citric and pine resin hops. Sweet caramel backbone with a touch of cotton candy. Slightly woody as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a hop kick upfront with citrus, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Smooth caramel backbone flows into a nice touch of oak. Bitterness kicks in on the way down along with a lingering hoppiness. Finishes smooth with just a touch of dryness from the oak.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Goes down easily and makes for a refreshing IPA. The oak is a nice twist and I enjoy the fact that it is not overdone. Overall, a solid addition to the Two Brothers lineup.

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