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Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 840
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 28.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 285 | 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 openmind
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I am a huge dipa fan. I've been seeing this brewery around lately and thought I'd try their dipa a try

I got a moderate citrusy note on the nose. The beer pOured a nice orangey color. The white head was about a finger and a half and collapsed quickly

The beer was not as advertised as it seemed more malty than dipay.
I got some ruff malt with basic bitterness from the hops with little other hop flavor.

Like a bitter amber to me
Drinkable though.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased in CT in late 1/13 (no birth date), poured into my tasting 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/12/13 over ~one hour.

A: 3.5 - amber-brown coloration, moderate clarity for a DIPA with little hop haze, whitish frothy 1 finger head that lingers into an attractive rim lacing, imperceptible alcohol legs

S: 2.5 - herbal/spice/floral notes with bready/toffee malt backbone, very little of the classic PW hop aroma that I've come to expect from an imperial IPA, suspect that it's not dry hopped and could certainly benefit from more at flame out too, unfortunately below average for style

T: 3.25 - surprising pop of bitterness on the anterior tongue, bitterness, citrus/grapefruit flavors (likely Cascade and Summit) on the posterior tongue and in the aftertase, moderate alcohol notes

M: 3.5 - medium body, moderate carbonation

O: 3 - Two Roads markets this as an imperial IPA, but, clocking in at 7.2%, it's really a single IPA, and, as much as I want to support new breweries in CT, I just wasn't impressed with this offering,. For the price, there are better single IPAs from breweries on both coasts. It's certainly drinkable, and I think that this would have been a good IPA ten years ago. Now, unfortunately for Roads 2 Ruin, there is just too much competition out there for this beer to be relevant for an IPA lover. There is not enough hop/aroma flavor for the unpleasant amount of bitterness on the anterior tongue and in the aftertaste for me to want to buy another bomber.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first "double ipa" !
Poured from bottle to a Sam Adams Glass.
Great fluffy head and beautiful dark amber, almost red color.
Smell was very light until the beer warmed a bit and then the piney notes came out.
Had a solid taste and smooth mouthfeel, but the overwhelming, lingering bitterness after the swallow darkened the overall experience.
The beer definitely improved as the temperature came up, but the bittnerness remained.
Just not my cup of brew...

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Photo of doremite
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Toemas
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Connecticut's Headdy...

Real nice Beer, however it did have a Lagunitas smell which I associate with "Generic Hop Juice" concentrate. The taste made me forget about the "stoopid" other smell.... It did have a certain VT beers root with its own style at the end , and it had no chunks!.... oh it was pricey. Wanted to buy the 12 pk cans of the mosaic session, but balked at the 23.99 price.

This 6 came in at 12.99 ( nothing wrong with that for the DIPA, but 12 is usually my limit regardless) with 2 of the Jam beers as subs for the missing 2 DIPA's...

Look for em and give em a run....Solid

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a short whitish cap that left a fair bit of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, grapefruit mostly, with some earthy hops and caramel sweetness. Malty sweet up front followed by growing bitterness in the finish. Grapefruit appears mid-palate and it ends with a bit of grassiness and alcohol spice/warmth. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, almost sticky in texture. A decent big IPA.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this guys before, figured I'd give it a try. 12.99 a six pack.

More of a 1.5 IPA than a double ipa.

Its pretty classic northwest hops I get. Some pinecones, some grapefruit. Probably a lot of the C hops. Aroma is strong but not particularly interesting. Some earthy dank, spiceness too. Legit malt backbone makes this a little syrupy and rich. Its packs a decent flavor, but its rather run of the mill. For that type I'd rather a Larry IPA, theres better deals out there. Its not bad, but very run of the mill.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright nearly neon orange with a massive overflowing fluffy whitish orange head. Lacing all over the glass.

S: Aroma of a very bitter ipa. Not an overwhelming mass of citrus or pine, just bitter. Smell of some caramel and apple.

T: Bitter DIPA here, not a surprise, but slightly let down on the floral notes. Yeah its bitter, but its not refreshingly great to drink. Its more or less an English DIPA to me as the hops are not so much Citrus or pine as they are melon and apple from what I can pick up over the bitterness and caramel flavors.

M: Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

O: Slightly let down on my expectations as I thought their Honeyspot Road IPA was great as was their Saison which was very bitter. I think this is a letdown only because it is in the large format bottle and had me expecting more for a $5 bomber. Either way, still worth the $5 and hoping that they round this out a little better in the next few batches that they crank out and the recipe changes a bit to adjust the flavor here.

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Photo of mentor
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger lightly-tanned head over a clear light golden liquid. Nice lacing left on the inside of the glass. Smells of pink grapefruit, grassy, pine, lemon, tangerine, tropical fruits.

Tastes piney and hop bitter. Strong rough grassy, baby aspirin, iron, oranges, nectarine. Very drying, astringent acidic, and grass itchy in the mouth. Waxy dry bitter persists deep into the aftertastes and is not enjoyable.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle poured to a snifter with a fairly hazy, orange body. A white head builds to about one finger high with a creamy, frothy thick texture. Retention is pretty good. Lacing has some thick sheets at the top and webs follow down the glass.

S- Pungent citrus rind and juice with a resinous pine alongside that. Slight stone fruit and tropical notes. Hops are dominant but there is some grainy malts and caramel backing them.

T- Hops once again provide a bulk of the beer's character with bitter orange peel, citrus juice, tangerine pith, grapefruit, resinous pine, floral and stone fruit notes. Light sweetness with a slight caramel malt, biscuit base. Slight alcohol, too much for only 7.6%.

MF- Fairly thick body with a creamy, slightly chewy feel. Carbonation in the medium range. Heavy bitterness bites the palate in the finish.

I like a IIPA with a bite but the bitterness and alcohol combine here to distract from a really well done hop profile. Just doesn't sit as smoothly as others and it is only 7.6%. This could be great with some fine, small adjustments.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Translucent gold with a finger of foamy white head, lots of tiny bubbles, some scattered patches of lacing.
S - Lemon, orange juice, large astringency, some pine, sweet malt backdrop.
T - Lots and lots of sugary sweet candy malt, some mild citrus flavors, big biscuit flavor. Medium on the bitterness. Definitely some hop resin making its way in here.
M - Very sticky, and chewy, coats your palate.
O - Its a very sweet double IPA, not really for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brewery came out of nowhere, at least for me, local brewery making good beers, and suddenly have a ton of them. They probably had these for a bit, then started shipping all of them to MA recently. Either way enjoying them. Bottled 8/13/14, this batch at 7.6% abv

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly head that sticks around for a while, wafts of lacing, very murky mostly orange slight reddish amber hue.

Nose decent hops, some bright citrus and grapefruit, a bit of a grapefruit pith, candied orange marmalade like, but not very sweet just a bit of a candy amber malt. Quite light overall though.

Taste brings more of the hops, again on the lighter side though, a mild citrus, some grapefruit, a little pith and faint candied orange peel, no sweet marmalade though. Mild amber sweet like malt, little toasty note, but plenty juicy mostly from the hops, which turn a bit spicy and earthy. Mild to fair sweetness, with a little alcohol tasting booze coming on strong on the back end, especially on the drying finish, which lingers with some mild grapefruit rind, a little melon rind very rind like, mild spicy hop too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze mostly on the back end, decent carb.

Overall OK, nothing too special, a decent DIPA, hops are so-so, mostly rind and pith and a mild grapefruit, spicy too, decent malt profile, and nice balance, but everything is toned down quite a bite, pretty light.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer was a little lighter than most DIPAs. On the initial pour, there was a massive white head, which left white lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was largely that of fresh cut grass. It leaned more toward sweet than resiny.

Taste - My initial reaction was that this is far too sweet for a DIPA. The taste begins with big notes of sweet malt. Then the hops make their presence felt. The hops are not overwhelming, but quite noticeable. The hops would best be described as lemon , leaning toward lemon rind. For a DIPA, the taste finishes rather light, almost apologizing for trying to be potent.

Mouthfeel -The DIPA has a mouthfeel that is more emblematic of a single IPA, not a DIPA. In other words, it is noticeably thin.

Overall - I tried it. I probably don't need to try it again. It is a low-average DIPA.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of adapt313
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy, sunburst orange with a nice fat head of slightly off-white, creamy bubbles. When splashed against the glass, the head leaves sticky strands of lacing on the sides of the glass with a healthy lasting-time. In body, the beer is slightly hazy, but clean of any particles with some translucence. On the nose, the beer smells of a classic DIPA. Pine needles, sweet citrus, slight mango, distinct spicy booze, dank weed, and even some mellowing caramel malt which is helping to accentuate the tropical fruit notes. It’s a touch boozy in the nose for my tastes, but has some nice classic hop scents. This is not a game changer, but plays to the style well. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially sweet with citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and bready malt. This eventually is balanced out by a healthy shiver of hoppy bitters, which spike high and mellow into a smooth, balanced finish, carried along by a boozy bite that sometimes seems strong and sometimes is perfectly fine. Acidity makes a slight play in the mouth, but only around the edges of the hop notes. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet caramel bread, mango, and other indistinct tropical fruits. This is mellowed by the strong wash of aspirin, pine resin, and lighter dank weed, which roll into the middle of the sip and provide some nice balancing bitter wash. As the sip moves towards a close there is a huge fusel alcohol note that is quickly washed away in the rich hops and malt, but does briefly poke its head a little too far into the flavor. The aftertaste is of sweet pine and mango. As the beer warms I start to sense slight apricot and peach notes on the middle of the sip, along with golden raisins and sticky toffee malt. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a middling carbonation that provides a nice pillow on the tongue. Mouthfeel for this beer is thicker, yet pillowy, which allows for a touch of crispness, and decent drinkability. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left deceptively dry and resiny, begging for more sips. Overall, this is a DIPA of classic stock. Pine, citrus, and sticky sweet malt play a nice game on the tastebuds, though the booze is a little too pronounced in both the smell and the taste. It’s reminiscent of Donkey Hote from Throwback, for me, but with more booze and citrus, and less pine. A nice DIPA with year-round status, making it ideal to stock up fridges regularly. Easy drinking hop-wash that will not blow you away, but won’t disappoint either.

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Photo of mynie
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a nice creamy whitish head that fades to patches of splotchy lacing.

S: Strong hop character on the nose with notes of citrus, pine and some leafy hops. I get grapefruit, orange and some sweet malts as well.

T: Pine, orange, grapefruit and lots of citrus character. Some sweet caramel from the malt but this is more subdued by the hops and resinous taste.

M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a solid crisp bitterness. The hops come through and the malt doesn't dominate, but plays a secondary role to the hops.

O: I'm very impressed with this one, as it is a nice hop-forward IPA. Maybe not quite a "double IPA" by today's standards but a damn good beer fresh. Absolutely worth a try and I look forward to drinking some more from Two Roads!

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Photo of mnrider
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. No date.

A: Typical deep amber with a large off white head. Nice lacing and good retention.

S: Sweet malt. Hops. Citric. Not as strong as I expect from this style. More fruity less
hoppy. Still nice.

T/M: Sweet malts, sugar, citric hops. Has a solid bite. Earthy malts and grains. Solid
balance, smooth, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Aftertaste is clean with a
faint sweetness. Overall more juicy than hoppy, but does have enough bitterness to
keep me happy.

O: It has great drinkability but lacks in the hop bite that is needed to make
a great DIPA. It reminds me more of just a plain IPA. Still a must try.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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