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Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Road 2 RuinRoad 2 Ruin

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BA SCORE
88
very good

674 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 191 | 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: 674 | Reviews: 94
Reviews by PicoPapa:
Photo of PicoPapa
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange with sediment floating around and an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a sweet mix of hops. Sweet citrus and floral hops. The taste is a nice amount of floral hops upfront followed by some bitter citrus peel. Not super hoppy but a good amount of bitterness throughout. Some cut grass and floral hops towards the end. At 7.2% this one falls in that grey area of the IPA vs. Imperial Ipa. Regardless, its a solid beer. Medium amount of carbonation. Easy drinking beer for sure. Overall, nice to see a new(er) CT brewery make a solid IPA. I will be buying more of this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of humuloner22
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this on a trade and man is it good! I have no idea why the ratings are so low on this one (when did low mean high 80s, oh well, so it is!).

Appearance: Looks like apple juice, I am changing up my description nice light foamy head lays upon the top as you drink through it. Fairly clear but has a nice reddish gold hue to it.

Aroma: Pretty light but nice tropical fruits and hops are the dominant flavor profile. This one smells like a lot of highly rated beers but is probably much easier to get. I still don't get the lower ratings.

Taste: Nice tropical hops, smooth taste, very reminiscent of Jai Alai or some of those that are more juicy and balanced than bruising hop bitterness.

Overall: I still cannot figure out the lower ratings, this is a very solid beer and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try it. The photo shows a bottle but this one came in a tallboy can! Love that!

Photo of Torilynn86
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a small grower I filled from a fresh and local keg a few hours ago....

Pours hazed almond amber, sturdy light tan head, stays forever and leaves rich sheeting and fields of frothy stick.

Resin, pine, leafy hops on the nose

Citric hops in place, plentiful grapefruit, lime, and pepper, over a base flavor profile of resiny and quite dry hops. Rich layers of hoppy goodness. This is a very solid DIPA. Nice to try a brew from one of Connicticut's newer breweries.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at their tasting room.

Appearance: One inch head, amber in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and toasted malt

Taste: sweet biscuit and caramel start, citrus hops dominate the middle with piney hops jumping in at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, light bodied, medium, carbonation

Overall:This one packs a punch. A solid double IPA. I kind of see Troeg's Nugget Nectar as comparable to this although it has been several months since I last had one. This is a good a juicy double IPA. I would get this again.

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear apricot colored with an inch high head of rocky beige foam that leaves craters and lingers long. Inviting aroma of tangerine and red grapefruit, slight orange rind note. Bright flavor of citrusy hops, orange rind pith, tangerine, and pine. Great citrusy hops flavors all around. Moderate to sharp bitterness, good balance to the honied malt flavors riding beneath, but make no mistake - this one's all about the hops. Moderate mouthfeel, slightly dry, piney finish. Great beer.

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Way better than I expected... Doesn't quite have the "assertive hop bite" that it promised; I was indeed looking forward to it! Label also says "not for the faint of heart;" it's really not a beast, just a very good East Coast IPA! (Hmm, maybe they splash a lil Sip of Sunshine into every bottle?)

Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a total surprise. We had just brought this beer along with a few others from Two Roads.
I really didnt know what to expect. It was really nice to see we are making better and better beers in Connecticut.

I had this beer at the start of Super Bowl 45. The pour was somewhat of a dirty amber. Didn't look real clean, but there was nothing foggy about it. Just to me, the color was strange.

The aroma was so very nice. Boy, do I love to put my nose inside a glass of super IBU IPAs.

At the first sip, my nose didn; let down my palate. This beer had all the typical bouquets of a fresh IPA, the citrus, grapefruit and perhaps apple/melon. Once the beer hit my tongue it started to bounce around my mouth. Sort of my built in reaction to hoppy beers. It was close to a perfect nose/taste that I've had, especially in a beer I really didnt know about.

The after taste was just as rewarding as the first taste. My bomber size of Road 2 Ruin was finished almost before the Ravens built up a strong lead.

A gem in CT

Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful orange color; pulpy. About a 1 1/2 finger head, decent perseverance, nice lacing.

S - Sweet grapefruit and mango. Citrus. Fairly subdued; bright, but not overly powerful.

T - Bitter, citrus peel, very hoppy aftertaste, with caramel malt coming in last.

M - Very dry aftertaste. Very smooth body, however; medium-light mouthfeel overall.

O - This isn't a bad IPA, but it's a little boring for a DIPA. I really would put it more on par with an average IPA. I'd drink it again, but it's nothing special.

Photo of WillisTouri
4.98/5  rDev +27.7%
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 Edin88
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy light copper color. head dissipates into a very thin white layer. not much lacing at all

S: Nice balance of fruity/citrusy hops and piney/dank hops. The fresher the beer is the more you get the flowery/citrusy hops. Slight malt sweetness to the smell

T: Pine and lots of citrus character, backed up nicely by a malty backbone

M: Medium, standard for an IPA of this size

O: A VERY good beer from two roads. I've had this a few times before from a bottle and I was sort of disappointed because I love what Two Roads is doing and I love their Workers Comp and No Limits Hefeweizen. But then I had a sip from one my friend got on draft at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford and I did not believe him when he said it was road2ruin. It was an absolutely different beer, WAY better than I had remembered. Like with so many IPAs it's a sin not to drink this as fresh as you can - the one I'm having now is a week hold and it is fantastic. If you can't try this beer fresh you're missing out!

Photo of ScottieD
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a just purchased 12 ounce bottle into a Lagunitas Large Mouth Glass.

A--An orange/copper color with a 1 finger frothy heady. Looks very nice in the glass with good carbonation and solid lacing
S--Definite citrus/pine notes present. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple dominate along with a delicious hop aroma

T--That wonderful IPA taste of grapefruit, pineapple, and hops all blended with a delicious caramel malt. Some bitterness, but bitterness is not significant. Good hop finish with hints of pepper left over

M--Easy to drink with good carbonation and a medium body

O--A very, very nice job for Two Roads' first foray into the IPA world. A very nice, hoppy DIPA. The alcohol content makes this DIPA eminently drinkable. Glad I purchased as 6 pack, as am already reaching for another. Cheers!!!

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle in a pint glass. Mix a six pick up at Total Wine in Norwalk CT.

Pours orange hazy with white foam. Strong malty nose. Lots of foam. Sticky to the side. Strong pine taste, firm, blends in and then drops off. Next round gets tougher. Real hoppy. Lighter on the carbonation. Much going on.

Photo of trentbent
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer sent me into a tizzy of researching hop strains. It's Summit, Palisade, Cascade, and Magnum. The appearance is a mild orange, smell is citrus, slight grapefruit, floral. The taste, as advertised, has bite, and kick; I get an interesting piney mix of floral with some citrus overtones that I think come from the combination of the Palisade and Summit hops, respectively. The mouthfeel is just where it should be to let you taste the flavor profile without too much carbonation. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer in more ways than one: I bought a six pack of something else and a couple bottle of this were in there; a happy mistake.

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped BTLD: 10/17/13. Sampled on February 3, 2014.

It has a hazy golden-pale yellow pour with a tremendous cream-colored head that is soft, soapy and puffy and lingers all the way through.

Pine and floral hops greet the nose with a boom followed more distantly by a caramel or toffee maltiness.

Medium to full body but also on the smooth side.

Quick caramel malt flavor comes forward first. Big bitter finale that coats the back of the throat with earth, pine, and citrus. A nicely done DIPA.

Photo of fank2788
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear and pale gold in color with a slightly off white head that quickly settles to a fine layer of bubbles. The smell is dominated by piney resinous hops with some fairly standard caramel malts to provide a base. The taste starts out with the pine hops which are followed by a strong kick of the standard citrus and then finished with some more grassy herbal hop flavors. Bitterness is quite strong throughout but overall the beer is moderately sweet and there is enough caramel malt to not quite balance but at least rein in the hops. Relatively thick bodied and sort of sticky as the carbonation level is low to medium, the finish leaves a long lasting bitterness that is a bit dry and definitely calls for another sip. Overall quite a good DIPA that is an above average representation of the style without being so big that it is tough to drink.

Photo of GinjaSlice
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Not the best looking dipa. Light brownish color with thin off white head and lacing.
S: Great smell. Very fruity mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine
T: Very bitter lots of grapefruit come through but no real balance. Is bitter until the very end where it leaves quite a bitter aftertaste.
M: good mouth not to heavy or thin

This beer has great ratings for everything except the most important, taste.

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This being my second time trying Road 2 Ruin since it became available in stores, I figured a review was necessary. Poured into a Unibroue pint.

A: Vibrant orange, noticeably filtered with ample head.

S: Hop-heavy, with a bit of malt. It even smells bitter.

T: Very bitter at first--almost too bitter so as to dull the hop profiles--but this recedes into a more pleasant, complex, and mild citrus hop and finally a bit of malt.

M: Standard for a DIPA, very substantial.

O: While Worker's Comp is undoubtedly the best thing coming out of Stratford, Road 2 Ruin is the runner up. However, since there are a significant amount more respectable and widely-available IPAs and DIPAs out there--even in Connecticut--this one has higher standards to live up to than the ever-elusive saison. The natural comparison for me and likely for others familiar with Connecticut beer, is NEBCOs Gandhi Bot. And, while both represent huge leaps for the Connecticut beer scene of late, there is no question as to the superiority of Gandhi over Ruin. That said, this is definitely worth a try being significantly cheaper and more reliably available than its competitor. A very well done, slightly above-average DIPA from Two Roads, just not particularly exceptional.

Update: (6/24/13) After comparing head-to-head with its principal in-state competitor, a certain robot, Road 2 Ruin becomes much more obviously malty than I had initially noticed when tasting it by itself. Not inherently negative, however, it is simply an interesting comparison to be had. In retrospect, it's a tad too malty for my tastes.

Photo of nebula1999
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from a good friend. Thanks C-Rad.

Dark copper color with off white head.

Aroma is amazing. Piney resinous oily goodness. Grapefruit citrus acidity with an overwhelming bloom.

Taste is bitter going in and bitter on the back end (undersides of the tongue). Malt to balance, but it is really a bitter brew. Boozy but not too intense. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is right on. Full and sharp.

Outstanding beer. Everything I look for in an IPA.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: medium amber and clear, thick head fat-as-ya-want-it

S: grassy and floral, honey-drizzled hops; piney dark notes with citric highlights

T: fresh malty caramel, crisp and clean; bitter hops bring lots of herbal and resinous character, with hits of citric pith and woodier/earthier notes

M: medium-chew and body, some heft for a 7.6 abv, nice bitterness; slight tack and coat

O: a nicely made DIPA without any particularly distinctive characteristics. Leans toward the IPA end of the DIPA spectrum.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a lacy webbing of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of apricots.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has notes of tangerines. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Double IPA doesn't seem to have nearly as strong as a malt backbone compared to other beers in the style, but it has an interesting mix of aromas and flavors from the hops and the lighter body nature of this beer makes it rather easy to drink.

Photo of BillyGam
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this double ipa the brewery is local to me and enjoy it on a daily basis with no complaints

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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 gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Nice golden orange color with 2 finger head. Head flattens quickly. Some lacing.

s. Pineapple, pine, hoppy, some floral on pour.

t. Pine, pineapple, honeysuckle when cold. Nice flavors when first poured.

m. Could use more carbonation, but very good.

o. It is rare to find a beer that 'breaks down' so quickly - the slight change in temp on a 75 degree day caused this beer to go from borderline outstanding when poured from the bottle, to funky smelling, flat beer less than 10 min later. IF you can drink this beer quickly, you will like it. If you tend to let a beer linger, you will wonder if you are drinking the same beer. That being said, the taste is on the out of the bottle cold rating. The overall takes the time laps into account. Drink this quickly.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.