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Honeyspot Road IPA - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Honeyspot Road IPAHoneyspot Road IPA

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 428
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

The Two Roads version of this traditional beer style takes a road less traveled. It’s unfiltered and uses wheat as the dominant malt backbone. The result is a slightly cloudy, pale IPA with a softer mouthfeel that accentuates the citrusy Pacific Northwest hop character.
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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 428
Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The pale goldenstraw liquid sports a nice head that leaves some squiggly lacing behind

Smell: Floral and grainy, with citrus fruit and a hint of honeysuckle

Taste: Bready, up front, with the floral and citrus flavors arriving in the middle; the hop profile dominates the back end, bringing a bit of honeysuckle with it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Overall: My favorite beer of the night from Two Roads; nice take on the style

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Roads Brewing Co. "Honeypot Road White IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 07/09/15"

I wasn't quite sure of what a "white IPA" was. The label states that it's an "India pale ale with wheat", and it certainly looks like a wheat beer. It's a cloudy yellow-gold beneath a full head of frothy bright white foam, and I can clearly see proteins in suspension. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves thick rings of lace with each sip.

The nose is solidly hoppy, and it certainly smells like an IPA with lots of citrus. It's refreshing and lemony over a wheat-like sweetness and chalky yeastiness.

The flavor delivers both the wheat and the citrus found in the nose with a little bit of a tropical twist: apricot, papaya, and melon. It's solidly bitter, but not overdone, and really quite perfectly balanced to let a little of the sweetness combine with the fruitiness. It finishes fruity, and then dry with some residual chalky yeastiness.

Impressive. An amped up American wheat ale that heads into IPA territory but also utilizes citrusy and tropical hops for an interesting twist. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a can of this. Poured into a snifter the brew appears a hazy yellow color with yeasty chunks. A white soapy head rests atop.

A fruity herbal nose with floral hop notes. A nice set of hop aromatics from start to finish without going over the top.

A fruity hop taste somewhat floral with slight sulfur carbonics and grain essence to balance. This brings a nice interplat of wheat and hops without becoming too sweet.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall nice stuff, worth trying.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 ...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DrJay
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours slightly murky. Quite like a Wit. I can see right through the body, but it is quite milky. Head is bleached. Head is thinner but it retains quite well and laces with an artistic flare.

S-Tropical fruit hops and honeysuckle. Sweet hops. Sugared pine resin. Pineapples? Maybe pina colada? A nice mixture of Belgian fruitiness and fruity hoppiness…I dig it.

T-A bit spicier. Fruity hops. Flavors are interesting. A wheat and cereal-grain and grassy hop finish. When it is still quite cold the flavors are muted to a certain degree; there is more of an unexpressive hoppy bitterness. As the beer slowly warms it begins to show its complexity. I enjoyed the nose more but as the beer warms, the more I get the best parts of the nose in the flavor.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Pretty bitter. Solid drinkability. Creamy feel.

O/D-My second offering from the new kids on the CT block. Both beers by two roads have been unique at very least. This is a solid initial offering from Two Roads. Its memorable and unique. It really becomes a different animal as it warms. So far, so good, Two Roads.

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Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a straw color, hazy at the end of the bottle.

The aroma offers pine, resin, grapefruit rind, lemon.

The flavor follows with zesty yellow grapefruit, lemon, onto medium floral qualities, onto some piney bitterness. The wheat moves the beer along, offering a touch of creaminess.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe glass

A pale yellow body with a foamy, borderline creamy cap that rose two+ fingers to fill the glass and fell slowly. Some chunks of lace cling to the glass.

The nose is of damp wheat, flowers, lemons, grapefruit, melon, and a little but of mustiness. Nothing overly assertive, just a nice well-rounded nose.

Musty damp wheat mixed with fresh cracked grains up front before a rush of flowers and citrus fruits. Melon, grapefruit, and lemons mostly. Some bitterness from the hops is trying to take control but is buoyed by the grains on the low end.

Light bodied, smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

This is a very simple, delicate beer. Very approachable with some good flavors swirling around. Well crafted.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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 woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 alexgash
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.

Pale lemon. Slightly hazy, with some particulate matter. Tall, billowy, bright white head. Great lacing. Nose is a mix of yeast, bread, and herbal hops. Some dank. Yeast is definitely of a Belgian nature. Light powdered sugar and lemon/citrus.

Toasted malt and citrusy hop bitterness up front. Cracker malt fills in with some mild sweet notes. Spicy yeast mixes with light fruit flavor (orange and mango). More citrus hop bitterness in the finish, with lingering Belgian yeastiness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Not bad, but I feel like the flavors were a little out of sync with each other.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12oz can: this one pours a cloudy, straw yellow color. There was a bit of a frothy white head that left some lacing. The nose is decent, even though a little subdued. Citrus and wheat are the main notes. A slight spiciness. The taste is good. Just a bit of a citrus hop bite, with a little wheat in the background. Slightly spicy and peppery. A nice beer!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Honeyspot Road IPA from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.