Honeyspot Road White IPA - Two Roads Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +16.6%
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 ...
06-17-2014 22:31:46 | More by woodychandler
3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-13-2014 02:22:45 | More by metter98
3.34/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
05-20-2014 02:59:25 | More by cosmicevan
3.59/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-11-2014 17:52:03 | More by DrJay
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-05-2014 05:09:50 | More by Flounder57
2.99/5 rDev -16%
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.
05-02-2014 01:21:10 | More by JonAdams
Honeyspot Road White IPA from Two Roads Brewing Company
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