Road 2 Ruin - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 776
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 19
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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 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! (997 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 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! (788 characters)

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. (478 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 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. (419 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 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 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 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. (518 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (2,341 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 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. (1,592 characters)

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... (460 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange pour with minimal fuzzy white head. Scant lacing.

Nose is pine with orange, some hint of grapefruit

Taste is a quick burst of citrus up front followed by piney dry hops. Not massive, but potent enough to know what you're drinking. Mostly resin and pine, not too much in the realm of complexity.

Feel is medium body with a nice resin stick to it.

A very nice Imperial IPA. Not mind blowing, but for a new local start up's initial offering, really good. Look forward to more good things with more experience! (523 characters)

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. (650 characters)

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. (1,511 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 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. (1,029 characters)

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. (459 characters)

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear apricot colored with an inch high head of rocky beige foam that leaves craters and lingers long. Inviting aroma of tangerine and red grapefruit, slight orange rind note. Bright flavor of citrusy hops, orange rind pith, tangerine, and pine. Great citrusy hops flavors all around. Moderate to sharp bitterness, good balance to the honied malt flavors riding beneath, but make no mistake - this one's all about the hops. Moderate mouthfeel, slightly dry, piney finish. Great beer. (483 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange with sediment floating around and an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a sweet mix of hops. Sweet citrus and floral hops. The taste is a nice amount of floral hops upfront followed by some bitter citrus peel. Not super hoppy but a good amount of bitterness throughout. Some cut grass and floral hops towards the end. At 7.2% this one falls in that grey area of the IPA vs. Imperial Ipa. Regardless, its a solid beer. Medium amount of carbonation. Easy drinking beer for sure. Overall, nice to see a new(er) CT brewery make a solid IPA. I will be buying more of this. (622 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a total surprise. We had just brought this beer along with a few others from Two Roads.
I really didnt know what to expect. It was really nice to see we are making better and better beers in Connecticut.

I had this beer at the start of Super Bowl 45. The pour was somewhat of a dirty amber. Didn't look real clean, but there was nothing foggy about it. Just to me, the color was strange.

The aroma was so very nice. Boy, do I love to put my nose inside a glass of super IBU IPAs.

At the first sip, my nose didn; let down my palate. This beer had all the typical bouquets of a fresh IPA, the citrus, grapefruit and perhaps apple/melon. Once the beer hit my tongue it started to bounce around my mouth. Sort of my built in reaction to hoppy beers. It was close to a perfect nose/taste that I've had, especially in a beer I really didnt know about.

The after taste was just as rewarding as the first taste. My bomber size of Road 2 Ruin was finished almost before the Ravens built up a strong lead.

A gem in CT (1,021 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 ScottieD
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a just purchased 12 ounce bottle into a Lagunitas Large Mouth Glass.

A--An orange/copper color with a 1 finger frothy heady. Looks very nice in the glass with good carbonation and solid lacing
S--Definite citrus/pine notes present. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple dominate along with a delicious hop aroma

T--That wonderful IPA taste of grapefruit, pineapple, and hops all blended with a delicious caramel malt. Some bitterness, but bitterness is not significant. Good hop finish with hints of pepper left over

M--Easy to drink with good carbonation and a medium body

O--A very, very nice job for Two Roads' first foray into the IPA world. A very nice, hoppy DIPA. The alcohol content makes this DIPA eminently drinkable. Glad I purchased as 6 pack, as am already reaching for another. Cheers!!! (814 characters)

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