Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 841
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 29.04%
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 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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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 scotorum
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Nearly clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Moderate to intense citrus and pine.

t: Strong citrus to resin hop bite over a nice smooth malt base. Bitterness stings the sides of the tongue. Dry to bitter finish.

m: Moderate to full with great body. Very smooth, approaching silky.

o: A really fine DIPA with everything going for it. As good as almost any of the far more popular versions out there. My first Two Roads will not be my last.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Nice golden orange color with 2 finger head. Head flattens quickly. Some lacing.

s. Pineapple, pine, hoppy, some floral on pour.

t. Pine, pineapple, honeysuckle when cold. Nice flavors when first poured.

m. Could use more carbonation, but very good.

o. It is rare to find a beer that 'breaks down' so quickly - the slight change in temp on a 75 degree day caused this beer to go from borderline outstanding when poured from the bottle, to funky smelling, flat beer less than 10 min later. IF you can drink this beer quickly, you will like it. If you tend to let a beer linger, you will wonder if you are drinking the same beer. That being said, the taste is on the out of the bottle cold rating. The overall takes the time laps into account. Drink this quickly.

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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.

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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 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

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

A: medium amber and clear, thick head fat-as-ya-want-it

S: grassy and floral, honey-drizzled hops; piney dark notes with citric highlights

T: fresh malty caramel, crisp and clean; bitter hops bring lots of herbal and resinous character, with hits of citric pith and woodier/earthier notes

M: medium-chew and body, some heft for a 7.6 abv, nice bitterness; slight tack and coat

O: a nicely made DIPA without any particularly distinctive characteristics. Leans toward the IPA end of the DIPA spectrum.

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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 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.

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Photo of fank2788
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear and pale gold in color with a slightly off white head that quickly settles to a fine layer of bubbles. The smell is dominated by piney resinous hops with some fairly standard caramel malts to provide a base. The taste starts out with the pine hops which are followed by a strong kick of the standard citrus and then finished with some more grassy herbal hop flavors. Bitterness is quite strong throughout but overall the beer is moderately sweet and there is enough caramel malt to not quite balance but at least rein in the hops. Relatively thick bodied and sort of sticky as the carbonation level is low to medium, the finish leaves a long lasting bitterness that is a bit dry and definitely calls for another sip. Overall quite a good DIPA that is an above average representation of the style without being so big that it is tough to drink.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 1/27/14

Hazy golden brown; good head retention. I like the hop combination which provides a nice mix of floral, citrus and pine aroma and flavor. Very dry. There is a nice bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, which works with the creamy, active carbonation and dry finish. This is more of an IPA rather than a IIPA but that is just fine with me. Very sessionable. Well done.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Not the best looking dipa. Light brownish color with thin off white head and lacing.
S: Great smell. Very fruity mostly grapefruit with a bit of pine
T: Very bitter lots of grapefruit come through but no real balance. Is bitter until the very end where it leaves quite a bitter aftertaste.
M: good mouth not to heavy or thin

This beer has great ratings for everything except the most important, taste.

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Photo of MJCF26
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first brew from Two Roads. A very good IPA. Subtle hop aromas, crisp taste, with a slight bitterness on the finish. A little light to be considered a Double IPA - I did expect a bigger hop bouquet. Nevertheless, a great first impression and I look forward to tasting more of Two Roads.

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Photo of trentbent
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer sent me into a tizzy of researching hop strains. It's Summit, Palisade, Cascade, and Magnum. The appearance is a mild orange, smell is citrus, slight grapefruit, floral. The taste, as advertised, has bite, and kick; I get an interesting piney mix of floral with some citrus overtones that I think come from the combination of the Palisade and Summit hops, respectively. The mouthfeel is just where it should be to let you taste the flavor profile without too much carbonation. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer in more ways than one: I bought a six pack of something else and a couple bottle of this were in there; a happy mistake.

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Photo of Edin88
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy light copper color. head dissipates into a very thin white layer. not much lacing at all

S: Nice balance of fruity/citrusy hops and piney/dank hops. The fresher the beer is the more you get the flowery/citrusy hops. Slight malt sweetness to the smell

T: Pine and lots of citrus character, backed up nicely by a malty backbone

M: Medium, standard for an IPA of this size

O: A VERY good beer from two roads. I've had this a few times before from a bottle and I was sort of disappointed because I love what Two Roads is doing and I love their Workers Comp and No Limits Hefeweizen. But then I had a sip from one my friend got on draft at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford and I did not believe him when he said it was road2ruin. It was an absolutely different beer, WAY better than I had remembered. Like with so many IPAs it's a sin not to drink this as fresh as you can - the one I'm having now is a week hold and it is fantastic. If you can't try this beer fresh you're missing out!

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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 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 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.

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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