Lil' Heaven
Two Roads Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,450
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,807
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.1%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
657
From:
Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Lil' HeavenLil' Heaven
Notes: A session IPA in a can. Made with four exotic hops - Azacca, Calypso, Mosaic and Equinox. Taste is of tropical fruits, specifically passion fruit, grapefruit and apricots. Finishes with just enough toasted malt character to balance.
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Photo of Beertsipper
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.

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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of HellsRanger
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.

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Photo of cbutova
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.

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Photo of WildernessMonk
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!

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Photo of whatthehull
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
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.

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Photo of ordybill
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
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.

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Photo of ThePold
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.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
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.

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Photo of JayQue
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.

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Photo of Spike
2.87/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz can.
L: Murky, orange/brown, head disappears in an instant.
S: Tropical fruit, stewed tea.
T: Orange up-front, very bitter finish.
F: Slightly watery mouthfeel, negligible carbonation, very drying.
O: Maybe I just don’t get the concept of light IPAs? Bitter hops without the rich, sticky body is just too harsh. For 4.8%, reach for a regular pale ale.

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Photo of TheChairman
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.

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Photo of keith40
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rock Harbor Grill. Gold color with a touch of amber. Citrus mostly grapefruit nose. Grapefruit flavor with a touch of apricot sweetness. Easy drinking with only a touch of grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Smcavoy
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a session ipa, this beer is well balanced. It reminds me of founders all day ipa but with a sweet/malty aftertaste. I would drink it again for sure

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/13/17
Clear orangey-amber with light white head, and moderate lacing.

Aroma is tangerine,freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, an undefined fruity smell, and a solventy(a word? : )-floral smell. (Turpenes, in part? Peppers?). Overall, it just smells "fresh".

Taste red grapefruit, tangerine,lemon, ripe peppers, mango & grass, finishing with moderate bitterness.

Feel is medium-oily, with ample,medium-textured carbonation, that adds some lingering tingle on the finish. If I didn't know what it was, I would assume 6-7% abv. It doesn't feel as light as it is. A plus in my book.

Overall quite good, and I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent IPA, but seemed way too heavy for a session-style beer. I know it's only 4.8%, which is how they can call it a session beer, but it felt like much more, and the hops really dominated the beer. I'm not sure, even if I really enjoyed IPAs, that I could have a bunch of these in a night. It was a nice hop blend, getting a bit of citrus mixed in with the grassy notes, but I just thought there was too much of everything for a beer that was supposed to be so light.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow. White head
Smell of lemon, green pepper, slight mango. Taste is all lemon, some sweetness, very subtle mango. Not much passionfruit. Green peppers again. Feel is light and super clean.

Over id drink again. But fresher i feel would be better. Still has plenty of bite but id like to see more tropical flavors in the profile as the can states.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can with a packaged on date of 8/15/17; into a pub glass.
Appearance- unfiltered gold with swirling carbonation bubbles. Head is a thin, quickly fading white that leaves lackluster lacing.
Smell- grapefruit and fresh mown grass with a dab of oily hops!
Taste - grapefruit juice and a tinge of herb!
Feel - this does not have the watered down feel of most sessionable IPA's; feels much stronger than 4.8 and the aggressive hop bitterness stacks up against many regular strength IPA's!
Overall - wow, I did not expect much, but this may be my new fav in the sess IPA category!

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Photo of VinumSabbathi
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This ones an always in the fridge kind of session ale for me, very nicely done IMO and is probably the most hop forward in their lineup that I've had.

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Photo of Kayakguy
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into pint glass. Pours nice golden color with nice foamy head. Great citris aroma.
Mouth feel is light bodied with a nice finish. One of the better Session IPA's that I have tasted.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really stoked to see these guys selling beer in colorado now. i sure hope it lasts and isnt one of those blast in and blast out situations, and that the local market here can support them well enough to keep them around. i have not at all known them for their hoppy stuff, and have instead been more interested and impressed by their saison types, but have not seen those here yet. this is a great session ipa though, with an overtly mosaic forward hop profile in nose and taste, and a relative simplicity that i find very appealing in the style. couple that minimalist grain front with the dry and effervescent mouthfeel from the tap, and the juicy fresh hops, and youve got a real drinkable no fuss beer that makes an instant fan out of me. clean citrus, fresh pale malts, a drying but essentially irrelevant yeast strain, and a gorgeous balance, this is summer beer, but also all season crushing beer, beer geeky to some extent, and leagues better than many of its peers right now. i fear this may get lost in the shuffle here, but its great beer and worthy of some stoke from the folks who should be sick of mediocre beer in the style here in colorado. i enjoyed this one quite a lot, and hope the more heavy hitting two roads stuff makes it out as well!

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 657 ratings