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Take Two | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pschul4 on 07-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of benfairbank
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RickS95
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale orange. Very clear. The head is a fairly bright white, a finger thick at best, but lacks significant retention. Decent lacing as the head falls and the beer warms.

Pilsner malts are mostly what I pick up. There's a slight floral scent, but it's mostly the pils malt and some lager yeast.

You can almost taste the different yeasts fighting each other. The boring lager yeast and pilsner malts give you that ho hum taste, but then the ale yeast gives sharper edges and some actual flavor that make the lager worth drinking. Very peppery, with a caramel malt finish.

It's got some sharp spicy notes from beginning to end. Faint floral, earthy feel. Crisp with slight sweetness. Some carbonation in the end, mild bitterness.

It's a much better beer than I expected, but very strange. Easy to drink, very easy actually. More or less a session beer with crisp flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, lemon zest, herbal, grass, pepper, bread, and wheat. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of lemon zest, pear, orange, pepper, floral, bread, wheat, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, bread, wheat, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager hybrid beer. Nice amounts of flavor with good balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really quite enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with a testing group, this beer was poured into a sampler goblet. Showing a golden yellow color, the beer had a bright white head. I was not sure what to make of this one since it is a hybird of styles. There was not much of an aroma present. With scent playing such a role in the experience, this was a bad sign. The initial taste was a smooth carmely note. It was not particularly sweet, so it was far from overwhelming. A malty backbone blended into the carmel notes, but demonstrated little contrast. In this sense, the beer was one-dimensional. The malt faded before disappearing quickly amid the carbonation in the aftertaste. I expect a little more bang for a special release beer. There really is nothing special about this one.

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Photo of beagle75
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a small pokal glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles rise unhurriedly in the column.

S: Grain is pale and toasted, with faint lime peel that adds refinement.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with light malt that is slightly biscuity. Early hop aromatics are understated, with just a hint of floral quality present. Acidity is low into the middle where some weak bright fruit is detected. A fairly sharp mineral edge contrasts all other qualities toward the finish but then drops abruptly, yielding to some late but determined bready malt.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Wow, the Two Brothers sure know how to party... To celebrate their 15th anniversary they selected a variety of recipes from their past for re-release. An ambitious plan, but their choices have been mostly puzzling ones thus far. Perhaps none are more puzzling than this beer: despite the gimmick behind it, there is nothing memorable or particularly worth repeating here. It is nice to look at, and the textural qualities really do impress, but the backbone of it turns out to be American-brewed helles lager/ale/whatever.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden yellow color, clear body. No lacing and minimal head retention.

Grainy and grassy smell, not much else.

Grassy taste with a slight buttery tone. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and a little under carbonated.

It's a safe but completely unexciting beer.

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Photo of McCranky
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bashiba
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bright golden with lots of carbonation running through it. Has a big pillowy white head, good retention and nice lacing.

The smell is light and grainy with a touch of grassy hops.

The flavor is very pedestrian light bit of sweet grain with a touch of grassy hops. Not much else.

The mouth feel is light with good carbonation.

Pretty boring special release. The only thing that would be at all slightly different in this so called hybrid beer would be the two yeasts of which I don't taste either.

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Photo of RichH55
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of olafphysics
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from 15 beers for 15 years series - #5

Pours golden, excellent clarity, foamy white head holds good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are biscuity grain, grassy, lager yeast, slightly fruity - apple or grape juice perhaps. Flavors are mild, with notes of toasted grain, yeast, grassy, faint apple, dry grape juice. Body is medium, while being smooth, and crisp. Overall, it is what it is. Not much to compare it to that I can think of as far as the style goes (ale/lager hybrid), but it's very well executed.

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Photo of illini4x4
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Shiner Wild Hare shaker pint glass at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods.

For whatever reason, I was surprised to see this on-tap, especially at WF. Hey, who am I to argue, right? It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light grass, mineral-laden water (really hard water, I guess you could say...), and light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with bolder greens and an ever-so-slight hint of what seems to be mint. It's this last bit, along with some brighter hops, that keeps my tongue from being bored to tears. The body is a decidedly light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda crisp finish. Overall, I suppose this is a solid beer for a quasi-steam, but it's nothing that will bowl you over. I'll have another if it's offered to me, but I doubt I'll pay any money for any more.

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Photo of JimGlonke
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Weyerbacher pint.

A- pours a light straw color with a 2 finger white head. Spider webs of lacing remainon the glass.

S- sweet malts and some fruit aromas.

T- follows nose closely with sweet pale malts and an almost vinous flavor. Very slight hop bitterness.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight slick but not too thin.

O- my least favorite of the anniversary beers but not a bad beer. Has some nice flavor for a light beer. I could easily drink a bomber of this very quickly on a hot day.

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Photo of gpawned
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pirmannt1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright orangey yellow. Forms a small foamy white head. No lacing. Mild aroma of Grains and pale malt. Flavor is just as unexciting consisting of little more than some pale malts, farina, a touch of honey, and just the faintest bit of citrusy hops. Body is on the heavier side of light. Very mild bitterness.
In the end this beer is just further evidence of 2 Brothers portfolio of unexciting, craft beers designed for mass appeal.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled: None, but arrived at the store on 7/5/12.
Glass: US pint glass

Pours a 0.75cm head of clean, white foam that settles quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass with very modest spots of lacing. Beer's body is a transparent, light, yellow-gold color, with light bringing out bright yellow hues. Carbonation is occasionally visible flowing to the surface: this is a very "still" beer.

Aroma is primarily of pale malt, generic graininess, and some leather-like notes.

Tasting opens up with some pleasantly bitter noble hops on the front of the palate, tapering to some grain and pale malt with mild esters from lager yeasts by mid-palate. Back of palate finds the hop bitterness reasserting itself, with some cut leaves or grass hop essences as well. Closes with a satisfying flash of noble hops and subtle grain, leading to an aftertaste of mild, pleasant hop bitterness and lesser sweetness.

The beer is medium-light in weight, with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation. The result is a crisp, relatively quick-drinking beer. Finishes dry and taught, making another sip desirable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a bright pale gold color to it, with a high level of sharp clarity. Foam rises to a convex dome above the rim momentarily, then sinking to a soapy collar soon after. A couple stray trails of tiny bubbles rising in the center. Some lace sticks to the edges of the glass.

Honey and crackers, lager yeast, nondescript and pretty mild in aroma, even as it warms up.

Crisp feel, light bodied with a light hoppy bitterness. Honeyed cracker pils malt in the middle with a hint of citrus, dry finish. Nice and clean, the lingering hop bitterness keeps interest. It's pleasant and drinkable despite the overall simplicity. The duality of the concept isn't really apparent in the end product, regardless its a decent beer.

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Photo of pschul4
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting premise for a beer. 1 lager yeast and 1 ale yeast. Lets so how this goes.

A- Light like a pale ale with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Not getting a lot here. Some pale malts I guess but mostly bland

T- More of the same. Takes the average qualities of both ales and lagers and combines them into 1 beer. Pale malts and the tiniest bit of hops come through with some lager yeast on the end.

M- Decent mouthfeel. Nice and light which goes well with the hot weather

O- Very average beer. Probably won't seek out again but wouldn't turn 1 down and it might be worth looking into

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Take Two from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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