Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 236 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 12-21-2012

A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!
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Ratings: 757 | Reviews: 105
Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Spiegelau tulip. Body is a nice glowing orange when modestly backlit. A 2-finger fluffy, foamy white head sits on top - and sits, and sits, and sits. . . . lots of staying power/retention on that head.

S: Sugar-cookie cookie dough and modest caramel malt foundation. Light tropical fruity hops afterwards.

T: Very, very pleasant. Not earth-shattering, but quite tasty, with a lot going on. Sugar cookie dough again, a lot of caramel malt, and then a nice hoppiness that's predominantly tropical fruit and modest citrus. Finishes with nice lemony bitterness. I'm tempted to bump up the score here.

M: Good creaminess, close to full in body.

O: A very good DIPA.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a great looking beer and smells nice, too. But when you drink it the hops just aren't as much as expected. It reminds me a lot of Sixpoint's Resin. All body and malt but no hops, there is a slight hop note in the back that is herbal and piney but that's it. It also feels heavier than 8%, too, which is not a good thing. A nice fall/winter beer but more of a slightly hoppy barleywine than a DIPA. Had this fresh in a 16oz can, too.

Photo of TBonez477
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A more resinous Sip of Sunshine. Stick with the originator.

Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered orange in color with a murky appearance. Poured with a billowy, soft, soapy white foam with good retention. Medium hop aroma for a DIPA. Fresh orange peel, tangerine and a light boozy note. Very light malt aroma. Medium bodied and smooth, with medium carbonation. Despite the booziness this isn't solvent. No astringency. Medium high hop flavors and medium bitterness for a DIPA. Intense citrus orange and tangerine flavors through the middle tapering to herbal, lightly spicy flavors. Finished dryly with a burst of citrus hop flavor followed by lingering pine hop bitterness. A pleasant warming booziness at the finish. A well balanced DIPA that is easy on the bitterness allowing more of a hop flavor showcase. Very smooth and easy to drink despite the booziness. Not the typical bitter taste bud crushing DIPA.

Photo of satagajr
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle, caramel color, nice foamy head.

Strong hop flavor, heavy, full bodied beer.

Photo of weiserr
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass. Canned on 4/27. Produces a darker pour than most IPAs; burnt copper with hints of gold when held to the light. I'm getting a touch of sugary grapefruit in the nose, and ample doses of pine. The taste offers more of the same with some lemon zest and grassy undertones. Mouth is very prickly and lives up to Two Roads' claim of "Plenty of Bite." I like this beer, but I wish it were better. What does that mean? It means it's a solid DIPA, but it doesn't really have any one feature that separates it from an ever-growing market of really awesome IPAs. Love supporting local breweries, and I really dig the artwork on the can, but that's not reason enough to buy this on a consistent basis. Maybe they'll tweak the recipe, or maybe they'll brew another DIPA, perhaps seasonal-only? One can hope.

Photo of Craigs1beers
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really nice double IPA. Bite it!!!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shadrach's at The Heritage in Southbury, CT.

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass, this brew is crystal clear and purely golden in color with a white, half finger width head. Decent retention, then breaks down to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

S - Citrusy with a dank pine undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Equal parts citrus and pine dank. Light caramel/bready malt backbone. Orange oil turns pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth going down before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Very good, solid DIPA. A little too much pine for me to love it completely, but I could drink it quite often.

Photo of Whitley
4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although, it is not a Heady or a Sip of Sunshine, it is a close 2nd and a very worthy DIPA !!

Photo of Mmart802
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly bitter, subtle citrus flavors, nice finish.

Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Gold with 2 fingers of creamy head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Dank greens, wintergreen, pine sap, orange citrus, pineapple, papaya, and candy sugar.

Taste
Dank greens, wintergreen, and pine sap. Lighter notes of papaya, orange citrus, and grapefruit zest. Light caramel and candy sugar malt backbone. Finishes with some florals and pine needles.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, oily, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Overall
Dank, juicy, and candy-like with a light bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff!

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.34/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | 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 WillisTouri
4.98/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite IPA! Super tasty and bold. CT brews all the way!

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Ever so slight haze. White head fades quickly leaves little lacing.
S - Nice hop resin, bitter grapefruit.
T - Light caramel interrupted by hop resin pine which lingers until a boozey sweet malt takes control.
M - Medium/thick body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - I like most brews from 2 roads but this is just an average DIPA. Give it a shot, but I won't rush back unless I find something super fresh.

Photo of jmlschlee
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer! So fruity.

Photo of adapt313
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer smelled very nice, like pommello, mango, and pithy grapefruit, all of whoch came across in the taste, balanced by a nice, sweet maltiness. The taste was coupled with a copper-like off flavor that combined with a linger citrus rind bitterness to overstay it's welcome. The feel seemed to really coat the mouth with sticky sweet malts butbit still couldn't cut the bitterness.

Photo of mynie
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled after a bottle of my middling homebrew. Best thing you can say about that homebrew is that it is drinkable. The second best thing you can say is that it exists. Meaning, it's taking up space in my office, and there will be no drinking of commercial beers until you have some homemade stuff first.

"But Dad!"

No buts, young man. You drink your homebrew like a good boy!

So what I'm getting at is that the table was set for me to be blown away by Road 2 Ruin. My pallet's been teased by harsh imperfection, and even a moderately well-crafted beer would be a godsend right now.

First off, why the name? Is this like with that NES game that was called Gunsmoke.? You notice I put a period before the question mark, which is not how punctuation typically works, but it works in this case because the makers of Gunsmoke. the game did not have permission to from the makers of Gunsmoke, the TV show, so they said "fuck it, add a period." This is like that but with the Ramones record, maybe? Are the Ramones suing people these days? I think they're all dead.

Anyhow, the can is cool-looking, the pour is regular looking. The beer smells great. Yeasty background, medium-strength malt, well balanced hop profile of a strong intensity without any bad nodes. Quite nice.

But it tastes... weird, man. Good up front, earthy malt and citrus hops. But the back is just off. Off in a new way. Tastes kind of like the bubble gum that used to come in baseball cards, like if you bought a pack that was several years old and still ate the gum because you were me, and you were a disgusting monster. It tastes like a combination of pepsin, waxpaper, and dust. I think they were going for something fruity and they missed the mark, and while I get used to it after a few sips the start the beer never comes together like it should.

Photo of jooler
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank to shanem12
It's pretty good, it's like wolf among weeds but a lot heavier on the bitterness.

Photo of Archdale74
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, good color, smell and flavor

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a clear medium amber color with 1.5 fingers of head.
Smells insane. Huge hoppiness in the nose with tons of tropical fruit.
Taste is delicious. Tons of fruit, sweetness, good bitterness that lingers. A good deal of malt that is reminiscent of west coast IPA, but this has way more hop profile.
Finishes a bit sweet from the malt.
This beer I feel is underrated on BA. This is delicious.

Photo of cjelden
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A CT local. Smells great. Taste good. A standard local go to DIPA!

Photo of Elguaponacho
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that took me by surprise with a great flavor and a kick with the alcohol.

Photo of Hernard
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA has a delicious grapefruit/pine profile with a body that's heavy enough to carry its strength. It is my current favorite and, happily, produced about 10 minutes from my home. Is CT the new home of the best IPA?

Photo of Torilynn86
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best IPA I've ever had. A must try.

Photo of ForbiddenDonuts
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as hoppy as I had hoped.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
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