Road 2 Ruin | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Road 2 RuinRoad 2 Ruin

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Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange beer with an off white head that leaves a few gobs of lacing behind. The aroma has citrus fruit and pine with some sweet caramel and floral notes in a supporting role. The taste is a little bit of malt and caramel with bright, tart citrus followed by a nice pine bitterness. The finish is dry and clean. Really good and tasty beer.

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Photo of KingOfHearts13
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably my newest favorite beer, although I have been drinking it for well over a year now. Locally we have been seeing very fresh bottlings on the shelves. (30-40 days old) and the flavor increases greatly because of it.

Not boozy at all, but the high abv is definitely there after a few are knocked back. Pairs well with Highland Park 10yr SMS.

Bear with me here, as we don't get a huge selection of West Coast IPA in my neck of the woods, so I can't compare to Pliny or the like, but these "fresh bottlings" definitely boost this DIPA from my top 5 IPA's to #1, over the likes of Flower Power, Hop Stoopid, and Dogfish 90min IPA, and leaves anything I've had from Sierra Nevada in the dust. BUT...bottle date matters with this brand...anything outward of hitting the 90 day mark and it's back down to just average.

30 day mark and I'm picking up more than just run of the mill citrus...getting some mango up front and the crispness factor doubles IMO.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.25] The bottle lists the ABV (8.0%). I could not find any date info. The beer is a hazy apricot color and it fors 1 finger of white head.

S: [3.50] Prickly orange, Pineapple, grassy notes and some tart lemon rind.

T: [3.50] Really striking flavor. Bitter orange rind, pine, lemon rind. Some sugary sweetness to balanace out the backend.

M: [3.75] Above medium body. Good carbonation. There is a bit a a pucker factor due to the citrus (like Sour Patch Kids).

O: [3.50] This is not my favorite DIPA. It is decent and I'd drink more but it is not a huge standout. There is quite a bit of citrus but not the bright side - the dark side! Pith and rind. It is not a bad way to go just a twist on the flavor profile.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer! Very hoppy yet very smooth and drinkable. This beer hides the alcohol quite well, It tastes more like a 5.5%-6%. Great tasting beer and I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of GHow
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer from Two Roads was my first introduction to a Hop DIPA. Its rating here on the BA seems somewhat slighting....RTR has a great aroma and a great hop-malt mix taste. As I grade the lacing , it doesn't leave a lingering ring in your glass so I give it a SLIGHT deduction. BUT it has a golden color to go with the the smooth hop flavor and kick make it a great Friday after work "settling in" brew. It is Two Roads number ONE seller.and is now available in grocery stores as well as shops in CT so there is always fresh RTR on the shelves. The Road 2 Ruin is always in my fridge mix.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish tulip. Cool can artwork. Love the snake.

L: Medium golden semi-opaque pour. Two fingers of off-white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Pine and resin... light citrus.

T/F: Grainy malts form the backbone of the beer. Lots of pine... peppercorns. Citrus and grapefruit... more noticeable in the taste than the smell. It's got a little herbal something as well. Nice and resinous. Moderately bitter but balanced. Goes down far too easy for its ABV. Finish is sticky and with a touch of citrus.

O: A pretty solid DIPA. A bit ahead of the pack, and nice flavor profile. Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of pro45
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 01/26/17. Three weeks old. Pours a golden orange color. Smell is hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, pear, and even some apricot. Taste is very bitter up front with a hop blast and underlying citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit and orange peel are predominant here. Very sticky, but dry. Goes down smooth. I've had this beer before, perhaps 4 or 5 years ago, but I can't remember it being this good. This was extremely fresh and that might be why my first go round was not so memorable. I'll definitely pick up some more. Very good DIPA. If you see it, pick some up.

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Photo of dave_ivan
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I really liked this one. It was similar in many ways to Melvin Brewing's 2x4. I only had one bottle in a restaurant somewhere in rural CT. Very enjoyable, a nice balance between hops and malt, and it did not taste overly hot or alcoholic.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a quickly reducing white head. HUGE citrus flavors and a nice astringency feel. It's a dangerous beer as very quaffable despite the 8% ABV. Nice beer

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Photo of sinclairbeergarden
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pretty middle of the road DIPA on this one. lots of citrus on the nose, some dank floral on the palate. comes in light for 8% but you notice the booze on the after taste. all in all pretty good. would be happy to drink but wouldn't search it out at all.

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Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty golden color with a semi dense & soapy head. Settled into a light cap with a thick ring.

The aroma is sweet with tropical fruit notes and a honey caramel malt. Pepper and pineapple hop notes, perhaps some onion.

The taste is more earthy. The malt is more toasted than sweet and the hops are more piney. The hops still hit with a sweet pineapple but are quickly offset with pine and pepper. Noticeable onion as well.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has a good bitter offset. Finishes fairly clean for a DIPA. A touch boozy.

Kind of an old school east coast IPA. Some dank and tropical notes.

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Photo of Holderness
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pale orange with a slight haze and a three finger, foamy, bone white head that sticks around, but leaves little lacing on the glass. Lively carbonation
S -- Mostly floral hops, with a citric kick. Notes of honey and a caramel breadiness
T -- Yeasty/doughy sweetness upfront, reminiscent of a tripel. Followed by earthy and floral hops, honey, and a mild maltiness
F -- Big flavors and sweeter than most DIPAs, which balances the heavy hops
O -- I'm a big fan of this one: Drinks and tastes like a session beer, but with the ABV of a heavy hitter

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Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very piney, a nice classic dipa. Gorgeous appearance, clear with great retention and lace. Hoppy bracing and slightly medicinal aroma. Full bodied, grapefruit citrus pith, pine sap, and a crisp biscuit malt. Some red berry notes, it's quite lively, nice hop forward flavor w lots of pine. Delicious

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable all around, it pours a slightly hazy with a finger of off-white foam that reduces quickly to a ring. Aromas are tropical fruits and citrus. Flavor is consistent through the sip with a bit of mango surrounded by a ton of grapefruit. Never too much bitter bite, despite the commercial description, and I'm glad for it. Finish is slightly dry and mildly lingering bitter. Not bad.

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Photo of Ada_Ace
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Second time I have enjoyed this brew, first time reviewing.

For a DIPA this is a strong choice for its drinkability at 8%. Overall I would choose others due to the overpowering citrus flavors and someone lingering aftertaste of the beer. All in all a good DIPA and even better if you enjoy citrus/grapefruit characteristics.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color with an inch of creamy light tan resting on top. Light lacing. The aroma is a burst of aggressive citrus hops with some underlying light malt as a background note. The taste is a burst of citrus hops. I had to do a double take. No, this isn't orange juice. There's light malt at the back of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated, lightly sticky, and resinous.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a coffee mug. Bottled 28 April 2016.
Malty, translucent orange-brown with creamy head.
It smells delightfully rich and hoppy, presaging the malty body, but with such pungent and pleasant aroma.
Almost too sweet / strong, but hey, you signed up for a DIPA didn't ya? Loads of hops, mostly of the earthy and piny variety. Endtaste is full, robust, not dry.
Overall, a solid if not differentiable or stunning DIPA. Would have again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at GSA. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Nuances of fresh pine and hops apparent in both the nose and on the tongue. Easily drinkable. Decent stab.

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Photo of zshaft
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours golden with nice sudsy head. not clear but slightly transparent. nose is bready malt and pineapple. taste is typical middle of the road ipa. some bready malt with herbal and floral hops. im not impressed. very typical middle of the road ipa. pass.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Domed sun gleaned copper tone. Aroma is malt biscuit and citrus with overripe pineapple. Fresh pine cone forest. Taste is biscuity with just enough malt, hop and citrusy. Mouthfeel is creamy and hop sniping in. Spider lacing sticking. I really dig the lighter side of this DIPA as most tend to be syrupy and "thick". I always say tap beats a bottle anyday. Paired this up tonight with Buzzard Bay Ma oysters. Would definitely get again. Solid pick.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a slightly murky , hazy orange color with a thin ring around the glass and patchy lacing. Nice aromas of piney hops with a little sweetness to it, maybe honey? Taste follows the nose with a hoppy citrus flavor with a light bitter aftertaste. I found this beer very drinkable. The mouthfeel gave it a somewhat light, but not too watery texture, especially with the heavy hop characteristic. Overall, I found this beer very enjoyable, especially thanks to its mouthfeel dimension.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great nose but a little thin for a dipa. Bittering is spot on but finishes a little off. Could be because it was six months old , otherwise a good regular beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange golden color with a one finger white head that sticks around for a while. There is some spotted lacing as well. The taste and smell of this beer are the same. Too heavy on the sweet caramel malt in my opinion. There is a lot of floral and some citrus and piney hops as well, but the malt is too overpowering to really appreciate the hop flavors. Feel is medium and slick. Overall a decent beer, but I'm glad I only got a single bc I would not buy this again.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a copper color with a light head. The smell is light tones of floral and earthy hops, and the taste follows suit. For an 8 percent beer, it was easy-drinking.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Misto! in Kittery.
A bright gold color. Small white head with a little lace.
Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and sweet malt.
Taste followed the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, and caramel.
Balanced and smooth.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
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