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Honeyspot Road White IPA - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Honeyspot Road White IPAHoneyspot Road White IPA

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 411
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 37.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 135 | 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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Photo of ShamasUVA
1.34/5  rDev -63.3%
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.

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Photo of Thads324
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A: Hazy Pee Yellow, perhaps a 1/4 inch of head, but was not privy to the pour. no lacing(can't speak to the purity of the glass)

S: Soft lemon scent but not much in the nose.

T: sort of clean and bright but not bright or interesting enough to hold your attention, again maybe some soft lemon notes but that's about it.

M: Pleasantly carbonated and easy drinking as I assume it is meant to be.

O: Ok, considering what was available, but I certainly wouldn't pick up at store. Unfortunately Two Roads year-round options have been uninspiring and this is no exception.

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Photo of JonAdams
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not like a 6.00% IPA at all. Very sweet and delicate due to the wheat. It says no spices but I swear it must be the yeast or something giving it a dry crispness. The hops are there, but you have to search for them. A little herbal and grassy with some resin but not in any way hop-foward. Lighter body yields to its drinkability, but not convicing enough to have another.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a bottle of Honeyspot Road on a whim as it is not one of my normal drinking styles. Naturally, it made its way to the back of the fridge and sat for a bit before I popped it open to complete the review. It poured with a pale yellow color with a generous, foamy head. I first got the smell of fresh citrus as well as faint banana and clove. As I tipped it back I got a brief rush of hoppy notes that were quickly lifted by a yeasty finish. I'm not sure if it is because I didn't drink it at the peak of its freshness but I experienced much more of the traditional wheat-beer characteristics than other reviewer. It even gave me a mouthfeel that can only be described as "doughy". All in all this beer was serviceable and quelled my craft craving in a pinch. I won't run back to the store for more of this one but it was a solid offering that gets average marks from me.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in a can glass. Pours a straw gold hue with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders. Clarity is hazy and lacing is thin and spotty. Nose expresses citrus zest and a faint herbal quality. Taste consistent with nose with a noble hops and grainy quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright, assertive carbonation and mild acidity. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the white IPA style and this one as fair to middlin'.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a hazy yellow /orange color with a bit of head that fizzes quickly. Smell of bread with some citrus on the end. The flavor was very good and surprising from an underwhelming smell. Full of citrus and mild fruits like banana make its way into the beer. Very refreshing beer, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a whitish-golden hue with a huge frothy white head into my glass.

Sweet and slightly fruity upfront. The use of wheat is most obvious at this point.

Drinks as a hoppy wheat beer would.

Sweet, buttery and hoppy finish.

An interesting cross of styles that couldn't be further apart.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a fluffy, clingy, white head. Steady flow of carbonation in the body, with some sediment floating around in there. Aromas of coriander, toasted grains, subtle pepper and grassy hops, banana, and a bready backbone. Flavors are fruity and spiced forward, with notes of banana, pineapple, and melon balancing with pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Bready backbone, lingering through to the aftertaste with the spice blend. The body is full, but light and crisp. The finish is effervesced, crisp, and clean, with a subtle spice linger. Interesting brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks to James for getting me this nice and fresh.

A: A straight pour yields two fingers of pillowy, persistent white head atop a hazy yellow-orange body. As great as the retention is, though, the lacing leaves a little something to be desired. Lovely.

S: Rather dull herbal hops alongside somewhat brighter wheat spice. A bit of coriander and vanilla. Not bad, but just okay.

T: Follows the nose - flavorful but boring. Moderately hoppy up front, with sweeter vanilla-tinged malt, spicy wheat, and fruity esters toward the end. Decent bitterness on the finish ends things quite cleanly. Nothing off, but it could be so much more.

M: Frothy, ebullient effervescence in a light-to-medium body. Fun, but a little much.

O: I love the idea of a white IPA, and there are moments where this shows signs of real promise, but ultimately by trying to do so many things at once it fails to do any one of them particularly well. Perfectly drinkable, but that's about all the praise I can muster.


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Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy; pale straw in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: a little restrained; citrusy hops, bready, what's there is nice;

T: a touch of bread, then tart grapefruit comes in; light to moderate bitterness starts at mid-palate;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; refreshing; moderately dry finish;

O: tough to score this one; if I'm in the mood for an IPA, I'm never choosing this - it's a very nice beer, but a slightly different category;

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Photo of DrJay
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear and pale yellow with a thin, fine, white cap supported by a constant stream of bubbles. Some sticky lacing. Citrus aroma, white grapefruit and lemons, mild malt sweetness with some spice. Moderate bitterness with a bit of fruity sweetness and slightly sharp citrus (lemon and grapefruit pith), a bit of tangerine. Light bodied with lively carbonation, a bit dry. Solid overall. I enjoyed the citrus character in this one.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain, tumbler pint glass.

A: Pale, lemon-yellow color with a slight, yeasty haze and a frothy, two-finger head of bone-white foam which leaves some chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Bright, spicy and herbal with some citrusy, fruity esters thrown about the lemongrass and peppery effervescence.

T: Mild, twangy citrus and wheat malt pang off the palate, setting up for a herbal, peppery and bitter hop bite mid-palate. The grassy lemon and hop characters blend so with a sharp bitterness that leads me to think of this brew as having more Belgian qualities than American. The hopped out Belgian wit finishes dry and citrusy with a sharp, bitter and spicy wheat bite.

M: Medium-bodied brew with plenty of carbonation and a sharp hop profile keep it very drinkable but somewhat difficult to make return sips too soon.

O: Perhaps it's my interpretation of White IPAs, but I'd hope this brew would be a bit softer with more fruitiness and a lingering, juicy hop bitterness. Overall, I'd say this 6% IPA is more Belgian in nature, and seems a bit like a re-hashed American wit, but it's still pretty decent nonetheless. I'm not rushing back for more, but it's an interesting option.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.79.

A: Lemon yellow with 1-finger cap of foamy white head with below-average retention and rare lace spots. A lot of floaties.

S: Lemon and herbal almost onion hops aroma, some grapefruit and orange citrus too. Also some honeydew melon. The malts are very light in aroma, mainly crackery.

T: The flavor seems most like an extremely clean and light IPA with melon, grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus on a very plain crackery malt base. There are some honeysuckle notes too. There is very little bitterness. The finish is slightly sweet with a lot more honeydew melon flavors, with the tangy sweetness owing to the wheat malt component I imagine.

M: Very crisp and clean all the way around with a light body and even, higher-than-average carbonation that works well with the lean body.

O: A good beer that is more manageable than the 4-5 other white IPAs I have tried. I really don't think Belgian IPA is the right style as there is little to no yeast character in this beer.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

NOT your standard IPA....this very Light, Crisp and Refreshing IPA...almost taste like a summer session ale....Not usually a LBIG fan of beers with too much Lemon & Citrus but I found this quite refreshing and would recommend HONEYSPOT during a hot summer day.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, resin pine, pale malts, bread malts, and floral.

Taste: Same as the aroma, but light characteristics with mild hop bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and slightly chewy.

Overall: A nice refreshing wheat IPA. Simple and light. Ale yeast with all this wheat is a bit tough.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Pours a pale light golden color with a large pillow of white head. Plenty
of carbonation. Above average retention and lacing.

S: Yeast, sweet fruits, wheat, some hops. A little spicy, Subtle but nice.

T/M: Spicy yeast, floral hops, wheat, nice juicy fruits, mellow citrus and some
possible honey. The malts are also mellow. Crisp with good carbonation feel.
Refreshing and pretty clean on the aftertaste. Oh and light bodied.

O: Another solid brew from Two Roads Brewing. This one has great drinkability
but does lack in the hop bite, which is something I would want in a White IPA.
Otherwise it is right on for me. I would say this is a nice warm weather beer.


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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a very light golden with a small head. A bit of citrus in the nose, with the hoppiness and wit coming through in the mouth. A bit different, but decent! Enjoyable!

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Honeyspot Road White IPA from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.