Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 778
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 251 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Excellent Double IPA. Great taste and smell. Smooth going down. Medium to Dark looking. Picked this up at a local store in CONN. I have found it locally also. The name says it all. Drink a couple of these and you better pick the correct road. (250 characters)

Photo of doremite
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very piney and overly abrasive IPA. Enamel remover and really not a pleasant hop blend. Found it too big with all hop punch and little balance. Could not drink much of this but perhaps preferred by those who really like big pungent piney dub IPAs. Miss for me. (260 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite what I was hoping for could have been a bit more hoppy. Not a bad Imperial IPA just was hoping for more bite and more of a bitter taste at the end. Was hoping for so much more from this beer. (201 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, smells great but stop right there. I expect to be overwhelmed by Hoppy heaveness, but it just wasn't there.it is a good beer, better than average. (158 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (616 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of adapt313
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,846 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Hernard
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
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? (219 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (901 characters)

Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs I have ever tasted if not THE best. Hoppy and fruity, yet on the light side. Update...the gf and I both did a blind taste test and both choose this beer over Hedy topper by the slimmest ....and I mean slimmest of margins. Later found out from the bartender that this a contract beer from Lawsons finest liquids...no wonder it tastes so darn good. The people rating this beer clearly do not know a good ipa when they taste one. They must be budweiser fans. (479 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into willy glass. Pours clear golden-yellow with a finger of tight, pure white head. Nice citrus and pine in the aroma. Piney and dank combined with herbage and citrus in the taste, plus just a bit of malty sweetness. Mouth is dry and refreshing, with perfect carbonation. Overall, a really nice and fairly priced DIPA. (349 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild golden hue with a white head into my glass. I haven never had anything from this brewery before.

Old-school pine bitterness upfront with a touch of citrus.

Extremely tasty. Balanced citrus/pine notes work well with a pronounced grassiness. Light and crisp.

Finishes very clean with lingering citrus/pine notes.

This one doesn't hit you over the head with a citrus hammer. (390 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a large head that disappears rather quickly.

Smells of piney hops and maybe a feint hint of citrus.

Tastes of piney hops and a strong malt backbone. Not a very bold DIPA, but a very balanced one. Had I not sampled this one before, I may have been let down as the bottle says "Temptingly Hoppy Double IPA" and "Plenty of Bite" which would lead one to think there's hops over the top when there just isn't. Still rather enjoyable in flavor despite not being balls to the wall with hops.

Feels more carbonated and thicker than most DIPAs.

A very balanced DIPA. If you like Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, then you will like this. It's not quite as balanced, but a little bit bolder -- overall fairly similar. (744 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip/goblet glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice not quite hearty golden amber color. It has the slightest haze to it to the point where you can see through it. Has a slight orange glow when held up to the light. A hard pour gave it a big head with medium and large bubbles coming up. Not much in the way of lacing, a little bit of glass retention coming down from each sip. The head goes away fairly quickly leaving a ring around the sides.

Smell is pretty good. Not an aggressive hoppy aroma, but still strong. This has a strong, very solid malt backbone as well. Citrus notes of orange and tangerine, there are also hints of pineapple some pine as well as the slightest hint of dill at the end. Some nice toasted grains, toffee, and a bit of crusty bread.

Taste is a wee bit of a letdown if you're a hophead. I'm not the type of person that needs my pallet destroyed by hops in a double IPA, but this bottle literally says "temptingly hoppy Double IPA" and "Plenty of bite." There's a snake and a cartoon drawing of what looks like Adam and Eve and it says "...it would be a sin to resist" so maybe they were going for some type of theme here, but if you're gonna do that, have it a little more hoppy. I digress, let's just say I was expecting a little more because of what I was seeing. Still not bad by any means. Still the same above mentioned citrus and tropical fruits, a bit of the same earthy flavors too sort of a leafy tea flavor in there. Again the grain bill is pretty big there's a good sweetness to it very grainy and bread like flavors as well as some toffee and caramel from the malts. Good, just like I said a little misleading.

Mouthfeel is good, it's a nice full bodied beer with some slight lingering flavors. Moderate carbonation level that suits the flavors of the beer quite well. Best part about this beer is the balance. It's got a good blend of sweetness to bitterness so the malt/hop combination works for it and it's something you can pair with a lot of different kinds of food safely. Good balance of sweet and smooth with a bitter finish that's not quite dry or juicy but it's clean. Good drinkability, a nice safe double IPA. Nothing to really love about this beer but certainly nothing not to like. I expected a little more out of a $13ish six pack, but worth trying. (2,362 characters)

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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?) (297 characters)

Photo of MikeHBerk79
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A tasty DIPA. Fresh, this beer has a nice hoppy bite up front, but for my tastes too little fruit/malt tones on the back side. The beer is smooth but if you're looking for big, complex taste after the first gulp, I was unable to find it. The beer I drank was bottled on 12/18/2014, just about a month old. (305 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Portsmouth brewery snifter.

The color is a hazy orange with three fingers if foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a pleasant citrus flavor with some hints of tangerine. There is a green leafy aroma that is earthy with a grass-like aroma. The floral aroma comes out here and mixes well with a slight dough aroma.

The taste of this beer is sweet at first with a citrus flavor that turns into a earthy floral flavor. There is a tangerine flavor that leads into a flowery bread flavor. The bitterness is present but lays onto the taste buds with a scratchy wet hop flavor that holds the bitterness back from getting harsh at the end but let's it stay in the aftertaste and really finished things nicely.

The beer is medium bodied with a nice drinkable feel. There is a great smoothness to this beer since the bitterness seems to hold the flavor in instead of overpowering it and just becoming a bitter bomb. (973 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong lemon peel aroma, good strong citrusy hops with a nice bitter kick at the end. Could have used a little more alcohol in the nose and flavor with the abv(7.8%). Otherwise, excellent. (189 characters)

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.