Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 776
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 19
Gots: 247 | 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 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. (864 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A show dog of a beer, with the copper liquid showing off a massive head; very nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel forward, with the piney hops building in bitterness from the moment they arrive until a crescendo in the aftertaste; underneath, the caramel flavors build, too, bringing a lot of malt into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Overall: Stickier than I like my DIPAs, this is still quite a decent beer (510 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with caramel and fruity citrus flavors followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time. (701 characters)

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. (1,418 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head but there's superb blanketing lace. The liquid is dark gold with decent clarity.

Fresh hop plug aroma. Low malt.

Strong grapefruit swallow, which leaves a long peppery aftertaste. Not much malt base. High effervescence but solid starting body. This is a bit of a two-dimensional beer with the hop dominating the flavor profile. (342 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I recently made a day trip up to NYC to (finally) meet the wondrous JenRay, with whom I have made many, many CAN Trades and since she was east for work, it was decided that I should come up so that we could hang out. She took me to a Whole Foods, among many other places, which is where I got this.

From the bottle: "Temptingly Hoppy"; "Plenty of Bite"; "The Road Less Traveled"; "Temptingly Hoppy Ale"; "A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite. It would be a sin to resist."; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!" The verbiage does not do it justice, however,as a snake with a hop cone entwined in its tail and Adam & Eve with strategically-placed hop cones are all pictured! Ha.

Once again, following my popping of the cap, a heavy-handed pour ensued. When I use a goblet, vice a shaker glass, the pseudo-cascade is more difficult to discern, but it happened. This resulted in two, dense, creamy fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was mad citrus, yo! Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya. Oh, man, after what I had been drinking today, I was starting to jones and in no small way. One sip and I was gone, baby! I mean, sent., dig? The way the beautiful hops just laid it on my tongue like they were old friends was just beautiful. Man, I was seeing a psychedelic light show and it was still light out! The tropical fruit number was gone, man, like outta sight. I was grooving and there was no stopping me now. This is how The Woodman gets his kicks when The Old Lady isn't around. Wow, what a gas! That Eve chick came over and sat in my lap while her Old Man, Adam-ski, goggled the whole show for his own groovy kick. What a scene, man. I looked over Eve-baby's shoulder at the lacing in my glass and all of a sudden, I saw my monkey crawl down from the ceiling and take up his rightful position on my back. It suddenly dawned on me that beer this wild should be illegal. I mean, what if some non-hophead type were to lay claws on a bottle? Dig, Daddy-O? Man, that cat would be in outer space with no hope of reentry. My reentry happened when the air seemed to suck out of the back of my throat and Evey-doll had to give me mouth-to-mouth, no tongue action, this time. Dry? Hell, yeah, man! No wonder they used crazy verbiage like "ruin" and sin". This beer will take you place you ain't coming back from. Proceed at your own risk. In the meantime, I'm lookin' to score and then the three of us are gonna have a jazzy menage a trois, dig? (2,544 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that falls apart slowly.

Smell: pine and grapefruit are most notable.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, and a sharp woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, less crisp and very dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice hearty flavored DIPA. Refreshing and easy to drink. (391 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, orange-caramel coloring with a low profile, clingy, off-white head. Very thin head, but with some staying power. Aromas of roasted caramel, grapefruit, and pine resin. Balanced nose, but robust and rich. Flavors are roasted forward, with a tangy sweet and bitter blend immediately following. Caramel notes, both rich and roasty, support a dry hop characteristic with pepper spicing and grassy characteristics. Tart grapefruit characteristics become more present at the end of the palate, and build as you drink. The scales tip to the malty side slightly, but the spicing keeps it clean and crisp. Smooth and robust in mouth, the beer has a pepper and oregano spice laden aftertaste, with the malty sweet backbone remaining to balance. Clean, smooth finish with a slightly cloying linger. Solid beer, and one of the more drinkable DIPAs with a lower than most ABV. Solid brew. (939 characters)

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. (399 characters)

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. (525 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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 Durge
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper color with a nice eggshell colored fuzz on top and lots of healthy lacing. The nose picks up a skunky grain and citrus hop. Not bad and apparently fairly hoppy. The flavor includes a similar skunky, citrus idea with a thick grain and grass theme which has just a hint of cloying sweetness. The hops are very nicely pronounced here. It's got plenty of bite yet it's also nicely blended with a heavy grain profile. This medium-plus bodied and has a smooth, amply carbonated feel. This is nearly sessionable but is definitely a pleasing DIPA entry from this new Connecticut brewer! (593 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear burnt orange hue. Head is well-formed. It is very frothy and stands with respectable height. Leaves walls of thin lacing. No haze or sediment to speak of.

S-Lacks upper-echelon intensity. There are modest notes of grapefruit, grass and even marijuana. A dried vegetal component as well. Lighter tropical hop notes. Well, caramel-dipped bready malt. The overall aroma is pretty good but it lacks power.

T-The flavor is better than the nose. Juicy, coarse citrus flesh and oily pine hops. Finishes with a tongue-curling, bitter grass note. Hops overpower the malt. Finishes with a lingering sweetness that pleasantly tiptoes behind the respectable bitterness.

M-Feels more like an IPA than a DIPA. Body is medium. A hybrid DIPA/IPA. PLenty dry and plenty bitter. Alcohol is elusive. Drinkability is quite high.

O/D-A very drinkable brew with enough hops to keep me interested. I can definitely see myself grabbing sixes of this whenever I can't find something new to experiment with. When compared to Connecticut's stalwart DIPA (Gandhi Bot) this one is quite overmatched. However, it has a place in both my stomach and fridge for now. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample at Beervana and was pretty impressed so here goes the full review. 12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Pours slightly lighter than unpasteurized cider with a consistent clarity. Head is half an inch, butter-colored and creamy in texture. Head eventually disperses into a frothy skim with swaths of lacing revealed as the beer is consumed. Nose is malty sweet and expresses citrus rind and an earthy/spicy quality (I feel like it reminds me a bit of Ruination). Taste consistent with nose; however, less sweet and more of an earthy/medicinal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a prickly carbonation and a trace of oiliness. Overall, not exactly as I remembered it (then again, I had quite a few samples that night), but a promising beer from a relatively new area brewery. Looking forward to exploring some of their other styles. (858 characters)

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

This beer always felt a little outdated to me so I was happy to hear they switched up the recipe. The new version is bursting with hoppyness. Juicy citrus, pine sap, and some tropical fruit. Good mouthfeel, even carb. This hits the sweet spot. A marked improvement. (265 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two roads road2ruin from notes

Picked up locally bottle dated 2/21/2014
enjoyed in a two roads snifter

a - brew pours a transparent orange with a finger of head and spotty lacing. Some visible carbonation. 4

s - nose is a nice blast of citrus. Not too bitter, not too sweet...just right. Smells fantastic. 4.75

t/m - the citric blast from the nose hits my palate first and is then immediately washed over with bitterness. Really nice IIPA but a touch too heavy on the bitterness. As my palate adjusts I overcome the bitterness and experience that wonderful fruitiness. Medium bodied and a bit chewy. Bitter aftertaste 4.25 3.75

o - overall I am fairly impressed with this beer. A very worthy IIPA 4.25 (706 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (579 characters)

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. (1,846 characters)

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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy, sediment-laden, orange copper body. Tall, rocky, light beige cushion of foam. Nice lacing. Fresh hop nose, with notes of pine sap, lemon zest, resin funk, and herbal goodness. Lean sugar cookie malt hides.

Toasted grain quickly gives way to pungent herbal and resinous hop flavor and bitterness. Sugar cookie and tropical fruit malt background. Mango and pineapple mid-palate. Resinous, piny, dank hop bitterness increases into the long, hoppy finish. Lingering caramel and fruit malt. Medium-bodied with a creamy, lightly carbonated (caskish) mouthfeel. Very nice and a welcome addition to the Connecticut beer scene! (646 characters)

Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.79.

A: Gentle orange-amber with 1-2 fingers of oatmeal colored frothy head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Plenty of hops aroma with pineapple, pine, grapefruit, orange, and floral aromas. There are some light caramel and biscuit aromas on the malt side as well.

T: Flavor is a good reflection of the aroma profile with pineapple, grapefruit, and pine all meeting a light caramel and mildly grainy backing malt profile. Moderately bitter and pretty flavorful.

M: Medium body and light-medium carbonation leave a fairly smooth easy to drink brew. Maybe a touch hefty for the Am IPA group where it belongs.

O: I was pleasantly surprised given I didn't have much for expectations on this one. It is not really a DIPA however at 7.2% -- this one belongs in the American IPA group, and in that group, it fairs very well with big flavor in a smooth package. I would like to see the brewers take the crystal down a notch, replacing with two-row or very light crystal or Munich or possibly even a little sugar to dry the beer out some more. ALl in all though, this is a very nice beer. (1,227 characters)

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. (307 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy copper color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Faint citrus, pine, resin, floral bouquet, pale malts, toasted malts, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear. Alcohol is not even noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, mild bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid double IPA. I will definitely have another. (614 characters)

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.