If you’re anywhere near Chicago, you’ve heard of Two Brothers. They make beer. And good beer. And they’ve been involved in the craft brewery movement for what seems like forever. (Note: that means 1996, according to the Two Brothers website. Or 1993 if you choose the date they first formed the co-op.)
If you are wondering whether or not they have the coolness street cred thing going on, they’re the types of people who host concerts with bands that are huge in Canada.
We digress: let’s talk about one of their Seasonal Ales, the Two Brothers Resistance IPA. We scored this six-pack at Whole Foods, where the very knowledgeable beer steward said, and I quote: “This just got here, I haven’t had it yet.”
(To her defense, and she knows her stuff, they have a lot of beer at Whole Foods.)
To the review!
Two Brothers Resistance IPA Review
I know what you’re thinking…”Resisting Resistance is Futile.” At least that’s what I was thinking after the first sip.
Hop. This has got Hop. And Hops.
6.9% ABV, so it packs a wallop. But, as IPAs go, this is really worth your attention.
We went back and forth on the review: were we too quick to give other IPAs an “A-?” Does this one deserve such a high rating, or is it a notch below?
We think that could be a very healthy debate; but, sadly, due to distribution vagaries, only Metasippers in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Minnesota, and Ohio can take advantage of Two Brothers’ stuff.
It’s got that combo of bitterness and hoppiness that you’re looking for in an IPA. Not too much spice – like you’d find in a Trippel or something that has some spicy kick to it.
As we mentioned, 6.9% ABV. So more than one and you’ll want to pace yourself. 70 IBU.
We paid $8.99 at Whole Foods for a six-pack. $1.50-ish a bottle.
Metasip Grade: B+
Yeah, like we said, back and forth on whether or not this was “A-minus-worthy.” Talk us out of it if you’ve had this: weigh in below.