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Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 39 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: alexgash on 12-21-2012)
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xacidx

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-18-2013 00:21:14 | More by xacidx
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

07-16-2013 01:59:04 | More by DonFrap
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s35keith

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-14-2013 18:55:34 | More by s35keith
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FroggieMercury

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-13-2013 16:52:24 | More by FroggieMercury
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Kerrigankyj

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-12-2013 03:26:04 | More by Kerrigankyj
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 23:30:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-08-2013 12:08:54 | More by garuda
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Danpisco12

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2013 18:19:28 | More by Danpisco12
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-05-2013 16:07:58 | More by Atomicskis5
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-05-2013 13:13:57 | More by AJ01923
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:18:46 | More by Roguer
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack the top and pour a brew of glowing sunset orange into our tasting snifters. It holds a two finger head of creamy bubbles the color of angle’s food cake, showing nice retention. A chill haze permeates clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma is fresh with apricot and strawberry fruitiness, brightly grapefruity and floral hoppiness, salted caramel, soft booziness, black pepper, pale and lighter toffee malts, lemon tea tannins, brown sugars, sticky honeys, and light phenolic chemicals. Our first impression is that the hops are nice and bright, giving enough flavor to match the deeper, sweeter malt bill. As we sip, the taste opens with green, soapy, resiny, and grapefruity hops, pale malt with light toast, lemon rind sourness, Saltine crackers, and light vinegar acidity. The middle peaks with sticky resiny hops, tannic puck, juicy yeastiness, dried apricots, lemony cleaning wipes, soy sauce saltiness, toffee sweetness, and light floral grassiness. Washing through the finish are notes of lemon flesh and rind, grassy and bitterly herbal hoppiness, sulfuric mineral, bark, moss, dusk and musk, raw honey, apricot and red apple sugars, faint metallics, baker’s yeast, and white sugars. The aftertaste breathes of clovey depth, pale malts, gravel, pencil woodiness, tannins, plastic chemicals, plant-like resins, herbal and piney hops, biscuity and bready pales, wheat crust, and powdered pollen. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip, with a foamy coating left around the mouth. This drips into wet salivation, with only soft puck of bittered hops. The lips are left sticky at their corners. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is high.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was its taste and its drinkability. The hops through the flavoring are fresh, bittered, and powerful, giving bright notes of grapefruity and earthen grassiness. This, coupled with the light tannic qualities of the grain, aided in ease of drinkability, with was great for a beer of this robustness and abv. The nose compares nicely, but was much more to the malty side. This is a great local DIPA from an interesting local brewery, and will definitely keep you refreshed and happy on one of these brutal summer days.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 23:37:29 | More by TheBrewo
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2013 16:20:50 | More by jaxon53
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opwog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2013 21:56:39 | More by opwog
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Cleaver35

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-17-2013 01:08:01 | More by Cleaver35
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Juice-O

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-15-2013 23:06:01 | More by Juice-O
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-05-2013 01:37:34 | More by PEIhop
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-02-2013 19:09:20 | More by NEhophead
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 14:38:57 | More by KTCamm
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-31-2013 00:43:35 | More by zekeman17
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neil2me

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2013 02:14:32 | More by neil2me
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LPJones

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-26-2013 16:05:13 | More by LPJones
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hit728

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-26-2013 01:50:51 | More by hit728
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:32:40 | More by BTVflatlander
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lostinfla

Florida

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:40:25 | More by lostinfla
Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.