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Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 838
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 29.04%
Wants: 22
Gots: 285 | 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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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Hernard
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
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?

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Photo of humuloner22
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of fps_dean
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of doomXsaloon
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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?)

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Photo of clake
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 9/8/15 poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a golden amber with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates to a small ring leaving good lacing.

Smell of grapefruit and sweet citrus.

The palate follows the nose with the addition of a piney finish. Some nights it tends to be a bit milder and other nights this beer can really pack a wallop of piney goodness that makes you really believe their "not for the timid claim".

Moderately carbonated with a nice dry finish.

Overall it's a solid Double IPA. It's a fun beer that seems a bit different each night depending on the state of your palate. Some nights it seems to be a big piney beer, which I like, and other nights it seems to be a lot more balanced which everyone likes.
(Reviewed 9/23/15)

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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 Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of jbredbeard
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of BBugsyy
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third Road2Ruin in 2 weeks, after never having it before. I only rate my first beer of the evening. The taste is very consistent.

It pours a cloudy Golden, but with a Wonderful full head which endures for the duration.

This is a very tasty beer, if you like hops. It leaves a slight aftertaste of hops rattling around like a pin ball ringing a few extra bells on its way down.

This beer would pair well with hearty meat like a steak or ribs. It would hold up well outdoors in the cold, like when tailgating in December or January or hot tubing at the slopes.

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

LOOK: Hazy Golden Color IPA with Fill 1 inch White Foamy Head, Plenty of Lacing

SMELL: Moderate Hoppy Scents with Definite Pine and Citrus Notes, Malt and Bready Grains also Evident

Taste: Quality Full Bodied Hoppy Flavor, Mild Bitterness through-Out the Sip that Mellows after the Swallow.

FEEL: Mild Carbonation that works well with the Flavors

OVERALL: I Enjoyed and would Recommend this Quality IPA.....Well Done Two Roads

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%

A great pick from a local brewery. This beer pours almost amber with a nice head that trails the glass. The smells are mostly pine and citrus from the amount of hops in the beer. The taste is full and thick, with pine sap almost coming to mind. This beer is definitely for hop enthusiasts but seems to remain just levelheaded enough to be drinkable by everyone. If you're looking to get into more bitter and intense beers,

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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 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 HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger white head that receded slowly; really nice lacing;

S: pine is predominant; a bit of floral in back ground;

T: follows the nose; light bitterness until a few seconds after the swallow when it ramps up a bit;

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O; I wish there was a bit more bitterness, but this is still a solid beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Has a deep semi-hazy body that comes off a natural amber color slightly gold. The (white) head itself was about a notch below a finger's length dropping quickly with perfect even lacing.

Smell: Citrus skin, and hops...let it warm up a bit and the smell just either improves or dilutes.

Nice heavy piney feel, plus a slight sweet dose of grapefruit. Has a little bit of everything, citrus sweet with a floral bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouth: Little bland for such a powerful taste. Not as sticky as you would like. Has a sour after-taste that I am not too keen on.

Overall: Good beer, definitely the type you like to keep around your fridge. Grab a glass and hope you enjoy...during this hot humid heat, it's a blessing. Salud!

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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?

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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 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 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 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.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.