Lil' Heaven
Two Roads Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,746
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #21,287
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 9.84%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
686
From:
Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  23
Gots
  248
SCORE
87
Very Good
Lil' HeavenLil' Heaven
Notes: Named for a secret room in out century-old factory building turned brewery where workers once snuck away for clandestine "breaks." Lil' Heaven is brewed with three American grown hops that result in an intensely flavorful IPA with tropical notes of passion fruit, grapefruit and lychee.
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RUSSRGR from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can it is a nice hazy orange amber color. Citrusy with distinct floral aroma. The taste definitely follows. The floral hints come on the back end. Finish is slightly dry.

Jan 29, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can marked PKGD DEC02 20

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a bubbly fluffy off white head. After the head drops my tulip glass is coated in fluffy lace.

Nose is soap, floral, citrus and bread.

Taste is citrus, grapefruit, pine and some mild earthy bordering on oniony hops. Bready malt.

Mouth is substantial especially considering this is a sub 5% ABV.

Really an excellent lower alcohol IPA.

Jan 09, 2021
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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat transparent and orange in color with a sea foamy head on top. Little bit of resin and pine in the aroma with a tropical note under that. Modest pop of sweet tropical notes and a light malt bill, with a little zing of bitterness from the hops to balance. The body is light, leading to a watery mouth feel that also lacks the needed zip of a dry finish. Added to that is an odd unpleasantly bitter aftertaste. A hint of being interesting in the middle with some different hop flavors going on, but the overall experience leaves you wanting a better low abv experience, something that adds a little body or at least a few more interesting notes.

Upon further review, this can is 6 months old. I will have to seek out a fresher can and give it a try. That said, the score reflects my experience today.

Nov 29, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber gold with a two finger foamy head with good retention. Visible carbonation and good lacing. The aroma is tropical citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, orange and some non-citrus tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, papaya, mango. Taste is bitter all the way, there is almost no detectable sweetness. Flavor is primarily grapefruit pith, with notes of non-citrus tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with rough carbonation. Finish is dry. If pithy bitter IPA's are your thing this is the beer for you. Myself, I like them as part of a varied rotation.

Oct 30, 2020
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

can packaged on 2 JUL 20:
beautiful pour with fluffy white head with good retention that is left clinging to the sides; sweet but very mild on the nose with tropical and citrus notes; taste of a little watery but some good bitterness and pineyness at the back after some mild tropical flavors -- definitely missing some maltiness, but in these session styles that's to be expected; med-light body with good carb; pretty good as far as these session ipas go, but suffers from some of the common watery flaws.

Sep 14, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can a couple of cans of this beer from a mixed 12pck that I bought at my local Meijer store. It poured a clear copper with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had slightly dank bitter fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle bitter citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Aug 10, 2020
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JoKo from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange color with inch thick white head that dissipated quickly, moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is hoppy, pines, citrus. Taste is hops, citrus notes up front, mild maltiness. Easy drinkable, very good hot summer beer, light in body.

Jul 20, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled 02/05/20.
A: Pours a hazy, amber color with golden caste, a one to two finger, short lived, white head, rim retention, and broad bands of short lived lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, and barley.
T: More semidry than semisweet. Flavors a melange of the nose, but with an emphasis on the caramel. Mild bitterness provides balance.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate effervescence. Easy drinking.
O: Rare among the "session" IPAs, this is a winner. Dry with just enough flavor, just enough body, and just enough bitterness to hold to the style and satisfy. Nice.

May 27, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: A shade darker from your typical pale ale, clear, and frothy head. Doesn't really lace.
S: It smells soapy to me. Bright and fresh, but not distinguished in anyway. Tropical fruits, maybe,
T: This beer follows the same characteristics of its smell. It tastes clean, with sharp bitterness and some soft citrus. But it's mediocre.
F: It also fails where all other big-market session IPAs fail, too; it's super light bodied. Carbonation is light to medium bodied.

This beer is average. It's aight. Beats any light lager you put in my face, but falls short to other session IPAs. Founders still holds that crown.

Apr 14, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks good in a pint glass. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Aggressive pour yields a very small white head. Nose is citrus, faint touch of hops, sweet, and a green pepper/celery note. Taste is more of the same. Lemony, sweet, but I'm getting that weird vegetal note of green peppers and celery. Maybe some romaine lettuce. Light mouthfeel and is well carbonated. Goes down smooth. Little hop presence in this one.

I've never had a session IPA that I've liked, and this one is more of the same vein.. They all seem to have that green vegetable note. This can was part of a variety pack. I wouldn't bother with this one anymore. I'll drink the other two cans, since I paid for it and it's nowhere near being a drain pour. Mediocre beer, at best. The pale sweet malts pretty much saved this one for me.

Aug 20, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color. The aroma is of orange zest & floral on the nose. The taste is the same along with a sour note shows itself leaning towards the finish. There is a packaged on date by the way so I know that we're within range. Cheers! B

Aug 18, 2019
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "heavenly brew" pours a nice hazy light amber gold color with a decent white foam along with strong lacing.
The aroma has alot going on here...it has malts, grains hops, and fruits. A wonderful mix of everthinng you want in a "heavenly brew".
As for the taste, it follows the aroma with all mixing wonderfully...the fruits, hops, and more to sample on the palate. With nothing really over powering the other. NICE
The feel is crispy smooth pleasant feel with nice carbonation that gives it some tang to it. Very enjoyable, like potato chips...can't just have one.
Overall a must try "heavenly brew" the hints all the right notes for this session IPA.

May 29, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Can into a tasting chalice with a very slightly hazy, very pale golden body and a two finger frothy head. Fairly good head retention and thick webs of lacing at the tops. Spotty lacing beneath that.

S- A balanced hop aroma that is a mix of stone fruit, tropical fruit, soft citrus and floral hop notes. A touch of cereal and base barley beneath mango, tangerine, apricot, pineapple and mandarin.

T- Loses some of the depth the aroma had but that is common in the lower ABV IPAs and IPAs in general. Shades towards the citrus with grapefruit, orange peel and tangerine strongest on the palate. Hints of cracker, cereal and bread as well as floral, herbal, mango, apricot and pineapple hops. A touch of sweetness.

MF- Very light bodied with a high level of carbonation and a crisp feel on the palate. Texture is just a bit fluffy and puffy and it ends with a moderate citrus zesty bitterness.

Middle of the road session IPA which has a nice depth of tropical and citrus hops in the aroma and a lot of citrus on the palate. A bit thin compared to the best session IPA textures.

May 23, 2019
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WildernessMonk from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good session IPA. Has everything your looking for in an IPA except the high ABV... which isn’t a bad thing. 8% has its place...but not everyplace. Cheers!

Jan 02, 2019
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whatthehull from California

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12oz can

A - A cloudy golden copper, half finger white head and a bit of lacing

S - Wow, the dry and toasted/roasted malt/grain is out of control, passion fruit, pitted fruit/s, lots of yeast funk, bright hops and lots of citrus and their rind

T - Dried apricots, citrus rinds, baked dry malt/grain, lots of hop, baking yeast, slight floral and tropical fruity

M - medium plus body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity and, medium to medium plus carbonation.

D/O - I really like session IPA's and at the same time I don't. It has all the hops (sometimes seems like more) that IPAs, DIPAs and the like have but with seems like much less of the malt/grains and sugary boozey goodness. Though they are tasty, easy to drink and you can have many more with out much or any of the buzz you get from the others. This one was nice with an In N Out Double Double, for sure. Next time, animal style.

Final thoughts - No price, it was a gift, below 5% is not my favorite, but doesn't change how awesome it tastes. Not my cup of regular tea, but can definitely appreciate this genre.

Sep 19, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/5/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, green pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, green pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great hop profile as expected. Great mix of juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy hop complexity; with a nice bready Munich malt backbone for the ABV. Minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Sep 01, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is tropical fruits - predominantly orange but with some grapefruit and a touch of earthy dankness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is somewhat bitter and dry. Not bad, but not the best Two Roads offering.

Aug 19, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a lightly cloudy dark golden amber with a large white head. The aroma is mostly hops but has some citrus and malt. The taste follows the nose.

Jul 15, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can packaged May 4, 2018. Sampled on July 6, 2018.

The pour is copper-yellow with a slight haze and a fading white head. Decent carbonation.

The aroma emits a definite hop character of fruit and herbal notes. Maybe some orange and maybe some cantaloupe. Grainy barley note beneath that.

Medium and smooth texture.

The hoppiness does not seem as vibrant in the taste as it was on the nose. I still get a fruity sensation but I also get an herbal, sweet breadiness. Seems kind of dank in the end. Short finish.

Jul 07, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wing craft, Atlantic City, NJ. Regular old pint glass.

Clean with clarity golden copper color with an amber highlight. 1F pure white cap, good lacing. It Had a "summer tea" look.

Citrus, tropical fruits, caramelized malts.

Grapefruit and a mix of tropical fruits, some berries. Caramelized malt for support.

It's a light IPA, just what I was looking for. Hop tang, toasted malt backbone.

Hoppy and Light with just enough malt for support. Plus the "summer tea" look, I liked it.

Jun 30, 2018
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ThePold from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh can into a glass. I bought this because I wanted a good session beer and this fit the bill. A bit pricey, but they are 16 ouncers. Pours a clear gold, with not a lot of head and minimal lacing. It strikes me as an East Coast IPA, not as much hops as a Stone, but a good choice when you can't get Ripper.

Apr 29, 2018
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 2/18. More on the amber side of orange in color, mostly a chill haze as it the other side of the glass is barely visible. Nice off-white head that fades to a nice ring of foam around the glass, modest lacing. Smell is a good mix of citrus and pine with a nice punch of sweetness. Taste is heavier on the pine side but did get some citrus rind and what i would describe as a bit of oakiness. Well carbonated with a hop bite, smooth finish, on the low end of ABV.

Mar 30, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Session IPA. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. First pour produces a fairly clear light copper/yellowish color with a small fizzy white head. Head retention is less than average...fades fast. Subsequent pours produce a more cloudy yellowish color and a somewhat longer lasting fizzy/slightly frothy head. Aroma and taste include citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and a little passion fruit. There is a little tobacco like flavor in the finish. Bitterness level is very good for such a low .abv beer. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and nicely bitter. Some balancing malt too. I wouldn't call it outstanding, but this is a pretty solid session beer.

Mar 27, 2018
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Spike from England

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can.
L: Hazy amber with a creamy, long-lasting head that leaves rings of lacing.
S: Tropical fruit, stewed tea.
T: Orange up-front, bitter resinous finish.
F: Slightly watery mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, very drying.
O: Personally, if I’m looking for 4.8% ABV, I reach for a regular pale ale. But if you need your bitter hops in a crushable form, this is one of the better session IPAs.

Mar 13, 2018
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TheChairman from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I don't like session IPAs, so maybe it's unfair to review this one, but I drank it so what the heck. Hops without the alcohol content just doesn't work for me, it's too much. I would much rather drink a cheap ale.

Feb 13, 2018
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 686 ratings