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Honeyspot Road White IPA - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tigg924 on 12-26-2012

The Two Roads interpretation of this emerging beer style naturally takes a road less traveled. Unlike other versions, ours employs an American ale yeast and no spices. The result is a soft wheat backdrop that accentuates the Pacific Northwest hop character.
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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 48
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Photo of PatrickCT
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint.

a: Straw to golden color. Slight haze. Nice white froth.

s: Citrus and wheat. Very light.

t: Medium body. Light hops. Crisp and refreshing. ( I had this beer a little on the cold side

o: Not a typical tasting IPA. But very nice. Two Roads has better.

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a bright, hazy yellow with some orange highlights and a thin amount of white head with no lacing left on the glass.

The smell is filled with a wheat aroma that has a touch sunflower. There is also a hint of honeysuckle and a slight bit of funk.

The taste has a sweet zing that pops at first sip. The wheat flavor that has some slight touches of lemon and honey. The hops seem to be in the far back of the flavor.The bitterness that is found here is only slight and has the smallest hints of a grassy flavor.

The feel of this beer is light with a nice drinkable feel. There is a bit of aftertaste that hangs just a bit. A decent summer beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, light yellow in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and pineapple

Taste: citrus hops, wheat lemon, light Belgian spices and pineapple

Mouthfeel: light body, bitter with light sweetness, medium carbonation

Overall: Of all the Two Roads beers I have tried, this is the one that I was least impressed with. It is above average if you want a white IPA and this beer gets better as it warms, still there are others that I would go to first.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This white ipa kinda grew on me as I kept drinking. Malty, wheaty, hoppy and a nice spicy peppery finish. I dig it.

Photo of MTLDOG
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy Golden color with a bit of orange. Good solid head and lacing. Smells of citrus, but very light. Not much of a smell, clean. Tastes crisp and refreshing. A little carbonation bite at first but a medium mouthfeel overall. Well balanced with a light grapefruit/citrus taste and a gentle hoppy finish. Flavorful but not spicy. A little dry. Not assertive but very drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy blackish yellow with 1/4 inch white foam. Very clingy. Musty/chalky nose. Taste is wheaty like it wants to go witbier, but no lemon/citrus arrives and so it evolves into a hoppier blend. Bitter lingers long after. Beer warms, and then some citrus shows up. Unique offering for this CT start up. Like what they are doing.

Photo of Boozefox
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A new local Connecticut offering, though the brewmaster apparently has a good deal of experience under his belt. Met an employee at the weekly beer tasting at a local shop in Tolland and sampled this and a few others. Bought some to take home.

A - Aggressive head formation, courtesy of the wheat. Pale and clear like a dry mead or a California Chardonnay. Bubbles still rising after the head has settled.

S - Smells like beer. It's not a strong-smelling brew. Some malty notes, some bright something in there that tells your nose it's carbonated, no hops to speak of, maybe just a wee bit of alcohol.

T - Not what I expect or like from my IPAs, but there's bitterness in there, oh yes. Just not any of the bright, piney/citrusy melodies I prefer my hoppy beers to play. It's got about half-Hefeweizen, probably because of the yeast they're using and the wheat in the mash bill, giving you little flashes of almost-but-not-quite clove, wait-was-that-no-I-guess-not banana, some sharp citrus oil esters... it's kind of lemony, but not in a beer way, more in a fancy imported lemon soda sort of way. The bitterness is a hop bitterness, and it balances what needs balanced, but it will not entice your inner hophead to go full werewolf and start telling your buddies all about that time you walked into a pub and they had DFH120 on tap. Which is what I'm usually prowling for in an IPA these days, honestly, but sometimes it's nice to drink something a little more classic, restrained.

M - Intense, explosive carbonation, like if a Sprite wasn't all thick and gooey in the mouth; it's that punchy. It's thin on the front, probably because with that amount of carbonation I'm expecting a thick syrupy soda experience, but it's thicker and more coating on the end of the swallow. It almost foams up on you in your mouth. This beer really just saturated with carbonation.

Overall, it's good! It's kind of different. It makes one hell of a shandy with Simply Lemonade, about 3:2. Also, as I just discovered, a bottle of it works quite well over 3 oz of fresh orange juice. It would probably be an excellent beer lightly chilled in the middle of July, or used to top up classic gin+lemon+sugar+beer Skip and Go Nakeds or Beer French 75s. The (assertive? excessive?) carbonation would make it an excellent interest-adding substitute for Champagne or even soda water (or, with some simple syrup, Sprite/7-Up) in any mixed drink or punch.

tl;dr: Interesting! Good "IPA-feweizen", not for your hophead fix; light, brightly carbonated, this beer plays well with others. Mix it, experiment with it, or just drink it.

Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack at Table and Vine in West Springfield. Served in a pint glass.

The drink had a straw-yellow, cloudy appearance with a frothy head and patchy lacing. I could smell the honey flavor with some orange citrus and a wheat bread aroma. Taste was a malty sweetness mixed with a bready-lemon flavor. Medium body with a decent carbonation. Overall, a sweet IPA.

Photo of fank2788
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pale yellow gold in the glass, quite a bit lighter in color than one would expect for an IPA, the head is full and thick and nearly pure white. The smell is of wheat bread, lemony and citrus hops and belgian yeast, it's quite a mix again a clear departure from whats standard for the style. The citrus hops come out to the front in the taste behind that there is further bitterness with a more herbal hop flavor. The grain is present also, this beer avoids some of the darker caramel malts and opts for a cleaner malt profile of pales and wheat. The finish is peppery and that is where the belgian ale yeast character is most noticeable. It is rather highly carbonated and that combined with the hop bitterness make it lively on the tongue. The alcohol content is moderate for an IPA and as a result the drinkability is pretty good as well. This is a rather unique beer, it has the IBUs of a lower end IPA but the wheat and belgian yeast separate it from standard IPAs while it has too much citrus character to be classified as a belgian ale. It's a bit unconventional but I like it.

Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled 08/09/13

A - It is pale yellow in color and hazy. A meager pour yields less than an inch of white head.

S - The smell is lemon and grapefruit. I can tell there is wheat in it.

T - The taste has some bitterness from the grapefruit flavor. Of course, I taste grapefruit and the lemon is there, as well.

M - Medium with some chalkiness.

O - I picked this beer up on vacation in CT. I thought it was pretty good. Now with a fresh palate I am not as impressed. It is decent. I generally like white IPA's and would drink this again.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light yellow and very hazy in color with some fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemon and citrus hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional notes of wheat followed by strong notes of spicy hops towards the finish. It has a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The wheat malts really help to lighten up the body of this beer and make it seem a lot hoppier than you would expect for a beer of this strength, as the bitterness approaches the level you would expect in an Imperial IPA. If you can handle the strong amount of hops, I would consider it to be sessionable.

Photo of BillyGam
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer from an amazing brewery

Photo of JonAdams
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for a white IPA. Timid, but with some body to give it a bit of spine.

Happened across this brewery this morning on the way to my worksite, came back in the late afternoon and found it to be a very nice place to try some craft beers. The woman behind the bar wasn't very communicative, like she'd done all this before, but to a newcomer the experience of finding a new brewery and a new experience is important.

Poured in a flight of 5 beers, the White IPA, the Road to Ruin Double IPA, the Rye 95 (play on I-95), a double bock, and one that was aged in rye whiskey barrels. Of all of them the Double IPA was the solid champion, but each was good in its own way.

The White IPA was quite pale, barely straw color, no particular nose, but a nice citrus-malt taste to it. Was the lightest of the bunch, so I made sure I drank that before moving on to the rest. Very mild brew. But not, like the night before at the Southport Brewing Company in Milford, where the bartender described an SBC beer to a customer, "its like a Miller Lite, but way better". This is a beer with character, but not in your face. I'd probably have this again if I ever find my way back here.

However, the Double IPA was outstanding, and with its relatively low alcohol content, enjoyable beyond the first few sips.

Tommy Noonan, retired cop from Bridgeport, came over and interrupted my reverie of beer, but it ended up being an excellent conversation, and I now have an appreciation for Connecticut history that I didn't know before. I mean, I know of Ely Whitney and the cotton gin, the field-serviceable firearms, but for some reason I'd associated Mr Whitney with the southern states, and Mr Noonan corrected my misassumptions! We had a great time, enjoyed many different ales, and made me realize that coming back to Two Roads was a must-do. I'll have the White IPA again, and certainly the Double.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from cask at coalhouse in Stamford. Nice murky blonde color with thick creamy head. Lots of bready biscuit and bitter citrus hop aromas. Same flavor. ..very bready and super piney and bitter with a tad finish of citrus. Its a bit over bitter but an easy drinker. ..a bit un balanced but decent overall and somewhat unique. Worth it on cask but with the usual $10 sixer there are usually better options on the shelf.

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, lemony, refreshing. Solid white IPA

Photo of Plequerre
5/5  rDev +39.3%

I love this beer. Its grapefruit taste is awesome.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild for the style but works well for this particular beer and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of the White IPA segment of the style. This is a good beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newish brewery nearish me, my first real beer from them, with the other review being the raspberry wheat thing that I don't really count. Some attempt at a date, printing isn't the best, I think it says 3/23/14, but hard to tell.

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy 1 finger head, fades fairly slowly with nice soapy sticky lacing, super hazy golden yellow sun color.

NOse is pretty decent, esp for a white IPA, with some mild citrus and orange rind, a little bitter orange peel, nice orange flesh and juice, mild clementine and even a touch of tangerine. Behind that is a nice creamy wheat, a little orange creamscicle note, little floral hop note.

Taste starts with creamy wheat initially but that is quickly washed with clementine, orange juice and flesh, a nice citrus hop note with a little floral hop character as well. Creamy wheat with the orange juice bring a nice orange creamscicle as well, into mild zest bitter note but light overall bitterness, a hint of tangerine and orange peel, fairly juicy and light creamy feel adds a nice touch. Finish is dry, bitterness kicks in a bit more, hops turn a little spicy with more orange peel bitterness, and a touch of creamy wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice creamy feel, creamy carbonation too.

Overall pretty nice, not usually a big fan of White IPAs, but this was a nice blend if light creamy wheat, orange juice and flesh, little bitter orange rind, clementine, etc. It didn't try to do too much, no over spices, no toasted in your face wheat, no crazy heavy hops that clash with wheat typically, pretty well done I think, esp for a 90 degree day.

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was up to NYC a little over a month ago to visit the wondrous JenRay while she was in town for work and we happened upon several bottles at a Whole Foods Market where I picked up some of Two Roads' offerings.

From the bottle: "White IPA That Hits the Spot"; "Take a Direct Route to Hoppyness!"; "The Road Less Traveled"; "India Pale Ale with Wheat"; "Honeyspot Road White IPA is at the intersection of soft wheat character and bold, fruity hops. Honeyspot Road also happens to be the [highway] exit that leads to our 100 year old factory-turned-brewery [Exit 31]."; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!"

Once again, I began with a heavy-handed pour, only to have to take my foot off of the gas to avert an overflow. I watched patiently as the three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head slowly fell, becoming liquid. Color was a hazy, very pale lemon-yellow (SRM = 2). As a previous reviewer noted, there were a good bit of floaties in evidence. Nose smelled strongly of lemon zest and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the immediate taste was of freshly squeezed grapefruit! I really liked the way that the wheat tempered some of the inherent intensity of the hops, retaining the flavor, but taking some of the edge off. I am a hophead and an AIPA fan, but sometimes the hops can be overwhelming. This is a perfect example of why I m a fan of this offshoot stye as opposed to its Black/Cascadian IPA brethren, which I disdain. In that style, the black/dark malts overwhelm the hops, while here, the hops are enhanced. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to the wheat, which took some of the edge off of the hops. Man, I could drink more of this, if only they would put it in CANs ...

Photo of Thads324
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow, almost like hoegaarden but clearer and maybe lighter. Fizzy white head turns to just a ring of fizz on the edges.
Nearly no aroma. Faint malt and very mild earthy, grassy hops. No bitter or fruity smells at all.
Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Mostly water. Mild wheat malt and a tangy hop bitterness followed by a mixture of pineapple and pine hops. None of the flavors are super overpowering, but the hop bitterness and flavor increases as I drink more of the glass. There's a bit of yeasty flavor in the back end.
Mouthfeel is very light, heavily carbonated. Blown away that this is 6%

Not much going on here. Damn near a drain pour but I plowed through it. The flavor is weak and there's an odd lingering feel similar to real ginger beer, but not in a good way. I'll try it again of they change it up, since this brewery is very new, but otherwise I'm steering clear of this.

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head which settles to bountiful stringy web lace. Very pale color--straw. Appears clear.

Very nice fresh hop smell despite the full bar pour. No notable wheat nose.

Not very wheaty. I'd describe this as an IPA first and foremost. Lightly biting white pepper aftertaste. Body neutral, carbonation elevated but in a good way. Overall, this is very easy to drink with lots of fresh hop flavor.

Photo of ShamasUVA
1.34/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap about five miles from the brewery. Cloudy white with a fizzy head, looks ok. Aroma is devoid of hops and any sort of fermentation esters, but sulfur notes abound, becoming greater as beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Flavor is neither hoppy, spicy, or wheaty, just sort of bland generic beer. Was this brewed with a lager yeast?

If this beer was described as an American wheat ale, it would be an ok example. As a white IPA, it is an abject failure.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a two roads snifter.
Bottled on valentines day so 2 months old.

a - brew pours a cloudy straw yellow. Has the look of a hefe. Nice frothy head that didn't hang out streaky lacing on the glass.

s - nose is soft tropical fruit. Floral and wheaty.

t - taste is soft honey lemon and light citrus. Fairly floral and wheat like.

m - a bit watery. Feels very light and soft, finishes a bit bitter.

o - aside from the bitter finish I would say that this is not an IPA. Even at 2 months post bottle really lacks the hop happiness required for the style. Comes across as a lemon and honey wheat ale. Not bad, not my thing. Too soft and fluffy.

Photo of TrishParry
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Great beer - I'm not usually an IPA person, but the esters of the wheat beer really balance out those usually hardcore American hops. Yum.

Photo of EternalCask
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- clocks in about 6 on the srm... Very beautiful deep straw hue

S- definitely has a pleasant herbal funk.

T-hops charge up in onset then fall away to notes of grapefruit and cilantro

M- although light and bouncy, there is a slight diacetyl silk

O- a hybrid that balances fun and intrigue

Poured in Belgian style tulip glass.

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Honeyspot Road White IPA from Two Roads Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.