Road Jam Raspberry Wheat Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ograd001 on 04-14-2014

A wheat ale fermented with real red and black raspberries and accented with fresh lemongrass. It has a stunning red color and mouth-watering berry aroma. Fruity and refreshingly dry.
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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by DrJay:
Photo of DrJay
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear and bright red with essentially no head, just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. Earthy and grassy aromas, citrus, a bit fruity, mild tart raspberries. Mild bitterness with red fruity sweetness, a combination of lemongrass and tart raspberry, slight breadiness with a hint of spice in the finish. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation, dry. Decent, but the lemongrass seemed to hide some of the raspberry character.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AlcheyAl
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One look at the color and thought I'd be drinking some wine coolers. To my surprise I was completely wrong. 2015 release exceeds the previous . well balanced fruitiness without being sickly sweet. Great for those hot summer days we are all waiting for

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, red-brown in color, hazy

Smell: raspberries and fresh garden

Taste: raspberries, blackberries, and sour tartness

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour, light in body, prickly medium-high carbonation

Overall: I will give Two Roads credit. Most of the non-Belgian raspberry beers I have had tend to be lagers with raspberry syrup. This one is more tart. Nice summer brew. I had this on tap fresh at the brewery and had saved a couple bottles for a few months. I do like this with a bit of age a bit better as I think the flavors meld better. That said, I enjoyed this and will pick up more.

Photo of Nfiorini513
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I love the after taste.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Prime 16. Was looking like a delicious beer for the warm days. Poured a lovely pink color with effervescent bubbles. Smelled like some sweet fruit, very juicy. Taste was mediocre, a quick blast of sweet and sour raspberry that was too sweet followed by an abrasive grain bill. Was quick and clean, but not desirable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two Roads Brewing Co. "Road Jam"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 04/20/15 18:37"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

There's nothing really new here as raspberry wheat beers made with real fruit have been popular since the early nineties. It's solidly made though, and well balanced. I'm not sure what the lemon grass is contributing, but I get the sense that it's helping to balance it alongside the modest bitterness. The berry flavor is fuller in the flavor than it is in the nose, and it's quite pleasant. A solid offering.

Photo of JoyJer
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The appearance if the beauty was like seeing a beauty queen at night Barb. After your 20 drinks. Then you go home and you wake up with you find out that she's 84 years old with no teeth and like. I don't know why I did that. But I guess it was fun.

So there's beer looks good at first. I have an okay Melfield. It goes down alright. But it after I wouldn't really go get it again at the bar on purpose.

But everyone's case is different. Go ahead and roll the dice and try it

Photo of Houley
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great summer beer around the pool.

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear ruby red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemongrass are present in the nose along with some notes of raspberries.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of wheat and notes of raspberries. The finish is dominated by flavors of lemongrass and these linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The name of this beer is deceptive because the taste seems to have just as much lemongrass as it does raspberries. Nonetheless, it is easy to drink and doesn't seem overly fruity or sweet.

Photo of BillyGam
2.22/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Did t really care for this

Photo of GearHaiku
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

real raspberry tart
a crisp summery effort
fruit without the sweet

Photo of gonzo000
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Underwhelming - little fruit flavor. Berry red in color, not much on the nose. Teste was lacking much of any flavor. A bitter aftertaste followed. Just a miss for me.

Photo of cbutova
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First brew from this New England brewery that just hit MA shelves.

A- Red, somewhat hazy body with a half-finger off-white, pink head. The head forms and falls down just as quickly to a foamy ring. Lacing hard to come by as the head fully dies eventually.

S- Fruity berry notes make up most of the aroma. Raspberries with a slight accent of lemongrass and wheat. Jam most certainly comes to mind.

T- Lemongrass opens up but the jammy, berry fruit strength carries over from the aroma. Raspberry and the lemongrass come together to remind me of an herbal tea. Fairly strong fruit flavor without much sweetness. Light cracked grains and wheat crust.

MF- Light body supported by a somewhat creamy and frothy texture. Carbonation is silky and at a high level.

Somewhat hard to rate here. I could easily go in different directions. Somewhat-soda like due to the intense fruit flavors and high carbonation but these fruit flavors are very authentic and refreshing for me. I gotta give this one credit because too many brews fail at trying what this does.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color, with a medium pinkish-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raspberries, light caramelized malts, some wheat and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with tart raspberries as you would expect. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s very little sweetness, very little hops presence and very little balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, does not go down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is not a very good beer even for a fruity wheat beer.

Photo of jhavs
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One can poured into pilsner tasting glass.
A= Pinkish hue, very mild haze, some bubbles cling to side of glass.
S= Some raspberry, lite aroma, can't sense the lemongrass in the scent.
T= For what it is, I found it quite tasty. Raspberry flavor tasted fresh and not artificial. The berry flavor was not overpowering and not sweet/syrupy.
M= Lite on the tongue, good carbonation level. Easy to drink, not syrupy.
O= I could drink this on a sunny day. I typically choose IPA,DIPA, porters or stouts but have been partial to a shandy at the beach on a warm day. I could interchange this with shandy's in that situation. Fresh berry flavor. I would choose out of a can in a stupid coozy as my vessel of choice.

Photo of jlindros
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably not the best beer to start with from this new brewery, but this is a good end of the night when I've already had quite a few.

Pours a nice fizzy pinkish purple-blue fizzy 1 finger head that fades quite quickly with large bubbles popping, bit of lacing, the beer is just as purple and reddish blue, which I guess would be uhhh purple, shut up! Somewhat clear.

Nose decent generic berry fruit, some black and red raspberries, an almost blueberry like, well I guess generic berry would cover it. A little sweet sticky malt underneath, hint of wheat like, a hint of a lemony note too, and bit of lemongrass, although the fresh raspberries start to show through, with a little raspberry syrup.

Taste starts a bit meh, with a little syrupy malt, wheat like but light despite being a bit stick and sweet, a little grainy note, very light malt base. Then fruits, sticky berry jam and berry syrup, a little raspberry but not a lot, generic berry again, as well as a mild bitter rhubarb like fruit note, interesting but not so great, and a bit of a lemongrass, but not much, also starchiness. Finish is a bit sticky but drier, little berry lingering, bit of wheat, etc.

Mouth is lighter bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall meh, pretty much what I expected for a berry wheat based beer, syrupy, jammy, little wheat, some decent fruit but fake fruit too, but not too bad, nothing really off just meh.

Photo of Buzogine
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Good. Not my fav. Lambic?

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ruby amber color with a mild haze. Decent head for the style. Good blanket and lines of lace.

Very mild smell. A touch raspberry. No wheat.

Quite dry for this style. Almost astringent. Very short aftertaste. Rich body and moderate carbonation. Rather innocuous and easy to drink.

Photo of KornWallace
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 7/25/14
Location: Astoria Bier & Cheese (Ditmars)
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: No carbonation. Lightish rose in color, even lighter at the edges. Crystal clear.
Aroma: The fruit leads the way as the raspberries and lemon grass are at the fore front. It's very sour to the nose. The wheat plays a secondary note and is extremely mild.
Taste: The raspberries and lemongrass again are very bittering. The wheat is slightly available in the backend.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean mouthfeel. The wheat in the background is slightly courser but hardly noticeable.

Notes: Bottled 4/22/14

Photo of gcamparone
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversize snifter. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

Pours a magnificent cherry-maroon slightly hazy body with a slightly fizzy light pink head that reduces to leave a little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aroma is slightly muted at first but after warming for ~30 minutes the berries are very present - a burst of blueberry/blackberry but almost too juicy, like you're smelling fruit juice.

The taste is very juicy as well, tons of berries, slightly sweet, followed by a pale malt taste. The body is light and refreshing with medium-high carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall not bad, I could crush a few of these.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a two roads snifter.

a - brew pours an awesome pink color and a bubbly head that didn't last but never fully dissolved.

s - nose is a touch medicinal but berry in yo face. Ripe and fresh, ocean spray anyone?

t/m - soft raspberry wheat, a bit watered down in flavor and body.

o - refreshing raspberry brew, but missing some oomph.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: So, does red and pale yellow combine to make a bluish ruby color. For this beer it does. Shades of pink in the 1 finger head. Pretty poor retention, though it was a pint glass. The appearance is dead on for letting you know that you'll be tasting a fruit beer.

S: Raspberry bushes, thistles, the fields of hay surrounded said raspberry bushes. Slight sweetness.

M: Very light bodied, medium carbonation.

T/O: It tastes like a raspberry fresh off the bush. Thankfully no artificial flavor. I actually like the underripe, tart feel, which combined with the carbonation, actually tricks you into thinking you can taste the fuzz of the raspberry. You get a green woodiness as well. Slight lemongrass also keeps the sweetness in check. Solid representation of what I picture an alcoholic raspberry bush to taste like. Tastes like summer to a tee. Excellent session beer, but with nice subtle complexities that change with the flavor in your palate (i.e. drink it after eating spice and it will be sweeter),

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great light and flavorful summer time kind of brew.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First and foremost I want to commend Two Roads for trying. I know that doesn't sound nice, but they swung for the fences and came a little short. There's no shame in that. The beer pours a bright red and the smell is sugar sweet with raspberries. The taste is that of raspberry or cranberry mixed with beer. There's no subtlety to this beer. The fruit and the sugar from it are full force and it was a little too fizzy for me. If you're a fan of fruit centered beer this may go great for you. Not for me though.

Photo of ZedMeister
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not usually a fruit beer kinda person, but I like to try everything so I went for a full glass of the Road Jam.

It was described as "dry" so I went in with that mindset. It came ice cold out of the tap and as I was talking while i was drinking it took me an hour to finish it. This is a highly fizzy beer that holds its feel over time. The flavor changes considerably as it warms, which is important as it is marketed in the warmer months. It tasted dry and not sweet when it was cold, but the berry qualities came forward as it warmed up considerably.

Also it was said to have "lemongrass" flavor that I was looking forward to, which came out in more when it was cold and not so much as it warmed.

This beer was less full-bodied than some of their other offerings -- it's in the more "quaffable" categories with their Maibock and and White IPA.

I get the feeling from this beer that it's missing something... can I say... heart? Drinking these guys' Anniversary IPA and even their crazy recent short-release sours, one thing you can say is that when the brewers decide to make something, they just go for it.

This beer is well-crafted and it tastes like it, but it feels like it is missing the key ingredient I love in Two Roads' beers -- passion. You'll enjoy this beer, especially if you are a non-IPA lover, but on the next go-round, the brewers gotta-wanna dig down deep to find the raison d'être for fruit beers, the way they did with their weirdly wonderful saison.

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Road Jam Raspberry Wheat Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
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