Lil' Heaven | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by Tarheel219:
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/18/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains some hops, light caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness follows. The hops presence is a bit subdued even for the “Session IPA” sub-style, but there is still a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent poundable IPA to drink for a while but there are other beers I would choose first to fill that role.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Bouff
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp. Citrusy, light hop profile. Lacing like 1840's French whore. Definitely a weekend starter. Certainly grilling companion. Surprisingly, a functional pallet cleanser.

This is an all purpose session that should be part of your warm weather beverage curriculum. It's also awesome this brewery is down the street from my old educational institution, St. James. One day I may have to enjoy some ice cold Lil Heaven on Academy Hill and reminisce about that time Mrs. Jordan berated me in front my 4th grade peers for not knowing we were going to an early lunch (due to my bathroom visit during the earlier announcement).

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a session IPA, this one has a pretty remarkable appearance. Blood orange, hazy, and two fingers of frothy white head. The last time I saw this much lace, I was rummaging through Kate Upton's lingerie drawer with Justin Verlander. I digress. The nose is a bouquet of tropical fruits, with a predominant whiff of orange peel. Taste follows suit delivering a wide array of grapefruit, lemon and mango notes. It's balanced on the back end by a grainy malt characteristic that allows the passion fruit to take center stage, without being overwhelming. This is surprisingly drinkable, and highly crushable, as the can suggests. It feels light-to-medium bodied, and were I drinking it blind, I wouldn't guess such a low ABV. A smidgen of prickliness on the tongue and I'm reminded that the session is almost (or far from) done. Seeing as how there's plenty of football left to watch, I think I'll have another. Two Roads' interpretation of the session IPA is definitely worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This might be the best session IPA on the market, and I've tried a ton of them! Though it won't get the respect because people seem to not be too high on Two Roads and maybe with good reason.

Huge tropical, citrus pop when you cracked the can. Very complex for a session IPA. Not just bitterness!
There is some bread malt apparent too, not think and waterbury like so many in this genre.
The mouthfeel is much bigger than 4.8% would suggeat.
I dig this much more than Founders All Day.
Overall I belive a two Roads nailed this style. Best of thier regular rotation of beers for sure. These 12 packs can will be a staple in the summer of 16!
Get some.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/20/14 so not too old, yay cans!

Pours a super large fizzy fluffy bubbly like head that fades fairly slowly, hits more than two fingers and rises above the rim but doesn't overflow, hazy sediment laden reddish orange color.

Nose is loaded with fresh hops, bright and aromatic at first, with mild tropical notes, fruity guava like and mild citrus fruit, mild stone fruit, very dank and musty, little resin, that all fades to a faintly sweet reddish malt.

Taste brings more sweet malt out front, candy like copper slight reddish malt, little sweetness balances with a fair bitterness that continues to increase. Hops bring a dank resinous slight piney flavor, with faint fruit, grassy and earthy. The hops get a bit pine forest floor and quite dank. Finish is semi sweet sticky, little malt note bit as it dries it gets very bitter and almost spicy like hop, quite dank.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, I wouldn't quite call it a session ipa as it was too malty at first then way too bitter on the finish. Still enjoyable.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.31/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

When stopping at 2 roads I was severely underwhelmed by every beer I tasted. Their facility was very nice, their beers were sub par imo.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Raff1150
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely flavorful for a session IPA. This and Founders All Day are my go-to session beers at this point. Easy to drink, affordable and not hard to find in my area.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz can into a stemmed pilsner (I've tried it in a basic bar glass and a duvel glass as well, loses a lot in terms of smell and taste). every can foamed up upon opening.

Poured very heady. big three inch head which left a thick one inch of lacing where the head was but not much lacing below that. nice orangy golden color, looks 'crushable'

smells citrusy with some earthyness and a little floral, mostly grapefruit, some orange, a little grass, coriander, cloves

tastes citrussy, grassy, hoppy bitterness, finishes with hints of earth and malt but mostly... water.

feel is light, a little bubbly up front and a little watery at the finish.

overall a nice session ipa that gives you what you want when you decide you can't have it all, very nicely hopped, light, more interesting on the nose but doesn't finish as well as founders all day, and drink it from a pilsner or similar glass, worth the effort more with this than others in it's class

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TTripp725
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Drhall36
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can.

Pours heavily hazed tangerine amber, wispy off white tiny bubble head. Leaves nice fine sheeting.

Super fruity and tropical nose. Lots of melon and lime. Nice

Tropical fruit again on the palate. Plenty of citrus and pepper. Well done. My kinda beer.

Hope they make a lot of it

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Photo of Flyingwasp
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of asuburbanman
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Photo of BranfordBound
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just came off the review of White IPA which was nothing more than mediocre. A bit worried about this one, but let's dig in!

Pours a nice amber color with a white head. Aroma of a little sweetness with a bunch of fresh hops. Hmm we're off to a better start. Taste has a little malt backbone to begin but there is a hefty hop note when fresh. Resinous with some fruits. Fruit notes accentuated by the back end sweetness. Very light body and easy to drink 2 or 3. I'll probably take this over All Day IPA, but would love to do a side-by-side comparison.

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Lil' Heaven from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 634 ratings