Lil' Heaven - Two Roads Brewing Company

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-13-2014

A session IPA in a can. Made with four exotic hops - Azacca, Calypso, Mosaic and Equinox. Taste is of tropical fruits, specifically passion fruit, grapefruit and apricots. Finishes with just enough toasted malt character to balance.
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Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by plaid75:
Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Poured a light brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The snell featured a juicy soft citrus and light doughiness.

The taste offered upfront citric and herbal hips with shots of pine and white pepper as well. A nice smooth malt rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was typical of the session IPA with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a very tasty and über hoppy session.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouff
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp. Citrusy, light hop profile. Lacing like 1840's French whore. Definitely a weekend starter. Certainly grilling companion. Surprisingly, a functional pallet cleanser.

This is an all purpose session that should be part of your warm weather beverage curriculum. It's also awesome this brewery is down the street from my old educational institution, St. James. One day I may have to enjoy some ice cold Lil Heaven on Academy Hill and reminisce about that time Mrs. Jordan berated me in front my 4th grade peers for not knowing we were going to an early lunch (due to my bathroom visit during the earlier announcement).

Photo of weiserr
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a session IPA, this one has a pretty remarkable appearance. Blood orange, hazy, and two fingers of frothy white head. The last time I saw this much lace, I was rummaging through Kate Upton's lingerie drawer with Justin Verlander. I digress. The nose is a bouquet of tropical fruits, with a predominant whiff of orange peel. Taste follows suit delivering a wide array of grapefruit, lemon and mango notes. It's balanced on the back end by a grainy malt characteristic that allows the passion fruit to take center stage, without being overwhelming. This is surprisingly drinkable, and highly crushable, as the can suggests. It feels light-to-medium bodied, and were I drinking it blind, I wouldn't guess such a low ABV. A smidgen of prickliness on the tongue and I'm reminded that the session is almost (or far from) done. Seeing as how there's plenty of football left to watch, I think I'll have another. Two Roads' interpretation of the session IPA is definitely worth a try. Cheers.

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.31/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

When stopping at 2 roads I was severely underwhelmed by every beer I tasted. Their facility was very nice, their beers were sub par imo.

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can.

Pours heavily hazed tangerine amber, wispy off white tiny bubble head. Leaves nice fine sheeting.

Super fruity and tropical nose. Lots of melon and lime. Nice

Tropical fruit again on the palate. Plenty of citrus and pepper. Well done. My kinda beer.

Hope they make a lot of it

Photo of rdilauro
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasting another session beer. I am really beginning to like these beers, especially during the warmer weather.
This one did not disappoint me. It had a nice citrus grapefruit nose that I would expect from a hoppy beer. The taste demonstrated all the hops and dryness you get out of a big hoppy beer.
Only this one is low in alcohol.

Liking it very much

Photo of Roguer
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice, easy drinking session IPA. Lemon and citrus focused on hops, but a decent enough malt backbone (slightly bready and biscuity) to tie it all together. Definitely not an over-hopped session IPA; drinks like a solid APA.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this from a pint glass- pours a clear golden orange with a two fingers of white head, doesn't retain well, and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is a little lackluster- faint citrus hop notes and a little grain.

Tastes great however. Lovely hop profile; some pineapple, some earthy bitterness, some herb, balanced against a nice mellow grain canvas.

Mouthfeel is just right- light body, modestly carbonated and a little resiny. Long finish. This is one of the better ones. Needs to be dry hopped and then it'd be perfect or damn close.

Photo of fank2788
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a pint glass
Dark yellow to gold in color with a decent head of white bubbles that falls to a thin layer. Bright and citrusy hop aromas make it clear this is a hop focused beer. There is only a faint suggestion of caramel malt in the nose. All of the citrus and fruity hops come through in the taste as well. While this has a great hop flavor the bitterness is only moderate and the malt base tends to be a bit thin. This is a light bodied but refreshing in the mouth especially when cold. Overall a very nice beer and a great one to have available in cans. Full of flavor but highly session-able makes for another great option from Two Roads

Photo of Hos
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I found this one surprisingly refreshing. Not for everyone but the taste for me was great and enjoyed drinking a few nice ice cold ones.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of tropical fruits—passionfruit seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of mangos. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and more importantly both aromatic and flavorful. I wouldn't have any problem having several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

Photo of CHickman
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank it out of the can. Aroma was citrus fruit, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, grains and bread/malt. Hops were not very strong, but the grapefruit bitterness showed through the most. Tastes of grapefruit, floral hops, lemon, citrus hops, malt, light caramel, herbs and very mild floral spices. Subdued hop flavor which seems to match the session IPA style, but it had enough flavor to make it sessionable and relatively tasty. Mouthfeel is very light, crisp and almost watery, with a light body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish with hints of grapefruit that trails off dry. Not as much flavor as the Founder's All Day IPA or Firestone Walker Easy Jack, but a decent beer that's perfect for drinking at a summer party. I drank 4 of these tonight, it's a definite session beer and easy to drink.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/18/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some hops, light caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness follows. The hops presence is a bit subdued even for the “Session IPA” sub-style, but there is still a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent poundable IPA to drink for a while but there are other beers I would choose first to fill that role.

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with a Packaged On Date of 05/15/14. Pours a semi hazy yellowish amber color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple with some mango and sweet grapefruit. Light bready malts. The taste is grapefruit followed by some floral hops. Toasted malts. Finishes with some tropical fruits and grapefruit. Slightly floral aftertaste. Light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a fairly good Session IPA that is perfect for summer.

Photo of beer_junkie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite session beers.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/20/14 so not too old, yay cans!

Pours a super large fizzy fluffy bubbly like head that fades fairly slowly, hits more than two fingers and rises above the rim but doesn't overflow, hazy sediment laden reddish orange color.

Nose is loaded with fresh hops, bright and aromatic at first, with mild tropical notes, fruity guava like and mild citrus fruit, mild stone fruit, very dank and musty, little resin, that all fades to a faintly sweet reddish malt.

Taste brings more sweet malt out front, candy like copper slight reddish malt, little sweetness balances with a fair bitterness that continues to increase. Hops bring a dank resinous slight piney flavor, with faint fruit, grassy and earthy. The hops get a bit pine forest floor and quite dank. Finish is semi sweet sticky, little malt note bit as it dries it gets very bitter and almost spicy like hop, quite dank.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, I wouldn't quite call it a session ipa as it was too malty at first then way too bitter on the finish. Still enjoyable.

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid session IPA that has a good malt backbone.

Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles; leaves spots on the glass. A bit of haze with a dirty copper color.

Hoppy but earthy aroma. It smells "chewy".

Overall, a very dry beer, but yet it is still smooth. Solid malt start but the bitterness is strong enough to take over. Low carbonation which enhances the richness of the liquid.

Photo of brianmandell
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 6/12/14

Hazy yellow golden pour with good head retention. Light, sweet fruity aromas of orange citrus and mango with a background of pine. Very pleasant fresh hop taste that is a nice combination of citrus, floral and pine. There is a nice bitter bite on the back end but still very light. The only off flavor is a bit of soapiness. Very light mouthfeel on the watery side. Light but creamy carbonation. This is excellent for a "session" IPA. The can says its crushable and does not lie. It may be watery and even a bit soapy, but it offers excellent fresh hop flavors in a lower alcohol, pleasant and easy drinking beer.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes:
Poured into a 4oz taster a clear golden yellow with a thin head that dissipated rapidly to a ring of lace around. Has a mildly hoppy nose...that is matched by the taste...not overpoweringly hoppy, very well balanced and mildly citrusy. Well carbonated and pleasant to drink. Very enjoyable session IPA, could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of BeerEsquire
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What a deliciously drinkable ipa! I don't get the fruit character that others taste, maybe a hint of apricot sweetness but that's it. Well balanced hops with a smooth malt finish.

Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pored from a 12oz. can into an IPA glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy in the nose with tangerine and grapefruit. There is a slight dankness here that is sticky in the aroma and smells like a wet cloth that was used to wipe up hop juice and then wrung out.

The taste is hoppy with a slight stingy bitterness but pulls back before really getting bitter and then the fruity flavor washes in and lets out some tangerine flavor that is really nice. There is a slight orange flavor here in the middle as the bread crust flavor comes in and even things slightly. The end starts a rise of bitterness but it only eases in and then is gone.

The smooth feel of this beer makes for a really great drinker for many occasions. There is an easy feel to this beer that lets you drink it down and not have to feel a high ABV set in. Session IPAs are great for social events

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can poured into a tulip shaped pint. The brew appears a light golden color with white froth that starts 2+ fingers and collapses to a finger leaving webby lace.

The smell is floral, herbal and grassy. A lil bit pine and garden appeal to this. A nice nose, nothing too boisterous about it just easy going and enjoyable without flaw.

The taste includes plenty of hop flavors without much bitterness. A slight biscuit grain sweetness before fruity and floral hoppiness.

This is medium to light bodied with a crisp carbonation. By all regards this is very pedestrian. Its easily approachable and effortlessly drinkable. Its slightly heavier in the feel than most "session or fractional" ipas which I liked but collectively their pils has more of a wow factor than this.

Photo of RBrenchak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer from Two Roads. Light, citrusy. At 4.8% ABV very drinkable.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden orange color with good clarity. Head settles to a thin crown. Lacing leaves a thin and delicate collar.

S: Zested tangerines and ruby red grapefruit. Pomegranate and passion fruit. Floral. Candied lemon peel. Thin whiff of caramel.

T: Gummy citrus candies crusted with sugar. Passion fruit and pomegranate. Tangerine. Melon rind. Hops go a bit dank and earthy down the line. Bitterness is modest. Thin caramel malt base. Juicy fruit gum. Trifling earthy hops on the finish.

M: Light bodied. Soft and fluffy/airy feel. Gently scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not half bad. Lots of hop character, but it's reigned in enough that it doesn't go too bold for the lighter body. As far as session IPAs go, this is one of the better options.

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Lil' Heaven from Two Roads Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.