Road 2 Ruin | Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
1,226 Ratings
Road 2 RuinRoad 2 Ruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

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!

Added by alexgash on 12-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,949
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,226
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
503
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,226 |  Reviews: 194
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brewery came out of nowhere, at least for me, local brewery making good beers, and suddenly have a ton of them. They probably had these for a bit, then started shipping all of them to MA recently. Either way enjoying them. Bottled 8/13/14, this batch at 7.6% abv

Pours a smaller fizzy bubbly head that sticks around for a while, wafts of lacing, very murky mostly orange slight reddish amber hue.

Nose decent hops, some bright citrus and grapefruit, a bit of a grapefruit pith, candied orange marmalade like, but not very sweet just a bit of a candy amber malt. Quite light overall though.

Taste brings more of the hops, again on the lighter side though, a mild citrus, some grapefruit, a little pith and faint candied orange peel, no sweet marmalade though. Mild amber sweet like malt, little toasty note, but plenty juicy mostly from the hops, which turn a bit spicy and earthy. Mild to fair sweetness, with a little alcohol tasting booze coming on strong on the back end, especially on the drying finish, which lingers with some mild grapefruit rind, a little melon rind very rind like, mild spicy hop too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze mostly on the back end, decent carb.

Overall OK, nothing too special, a decent DIPA, hops are so-so, mostly rind and pith and a mild grapefruit, spicy too, decent malt profile, and nice balance, but everything is toned down quite a bite, pretty light.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of humuloner22
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this on a trade and man is it good! I have no idea why the ratings are so low on this one (when did low mean high 80s, oh well, so it is!).

Appearance: Looks like apple juice, I am changing up my description nice light foamy head lays upon the top as you drink through it. Fairly clear but has a nice reddish gold hue to it.

Aroma: Pretty light but nice tropical fruits and hops are the dominant flavor profile. This one smells like a lot of highly rated beers but is probably much easier to get. I still don't get the lower ratings.

Taste: Nice tropical hops, smooth taste, very reminiscent of Jai Alai or some of those that are more juicy and balanced than bruising hop bitterness.

Overall: I still cannot figure out the lower ratings, this is a very solid beer and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try it. The photo shows a bottle but this one came in a tallboy can! Love that!

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Photo of Torilynn86
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best IPA I've ever had. A must try.

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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 thehyperduck
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO; packaged Oct 23 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours slightly foggy, with a deep golden hue and one finger of loose, frothy white foam that dissipates over the course of the next 2-3 minutes. A bubbly, frothy collar endures, alongside a sponge print-patterned swath of sticky lace. Looks typical for the style, and the aroma is similarly emblematic of a DIPA - rather fruity, with pink grapefruit and orange being immediately apparent. Minor hints of apricot, pineapple, and some floral, herbal, slightly dank hops manage to provide some added depth.

A decent DIPA, though at a 'mere' 8% it does drink a bit more like a standard (albeit stronger than average) American IPA. The pale malt backbone barely even registers - there's some light caramelized malt sweetness, but beyond that it's nothing but hops, with Cascade and Summit hops sitting in the driver's seat - their pink grapefruit and orange citrus flavours are quite potent, overshadowing hints of apricot before leading into an assertively bitter back end. Citrus pith is soon overcome by an earthy, resiny, slightly floral hop bitterness that persists through the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with moderately low carbonation levels that lightly swats at the surface of the palate; it's got a slight bite to it, but still has a relatively smooth texture that makes it easy enough to knock back.

Final Grade: 3.91, a B+. Two Roads' Road 2 Ruin will get the job done... but the DIPA category is a highly competitive one, and I don't think R2R is distinctly better than most of the domestic equivalents. Let me be crystal clear: this is in no way a 'flawed beer'; it just kind of blends into the crowd. At $3.75 per tallboy, there are only a few DIPAs in this province that I would consider to be better value, but none of them require committing to a 4-pack. That being said, Ontario hopheads should still consider this brew to be well worth trying while it's relatively fresh, and with any luck we'll see a few more Two Roads products being brought into LCBOs in the near future. Cheers!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into pint glass. Cost was approximately $3.50 CDN per can.

Appearance - pours a clear rich golden color with orange hies. Half a finger of semi frothy white head is poured and modest retention ensues. Not much lacing and plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell - lots of tropical fruit with pineapple and grapefruit being most dominant. Some notes of orange as well. A certain earthy darkness sits underneath.

Taste - similar to these nose, with extra grapefruit and orange peel shining through. Some earthiness here and resin, but a little more tropical overall.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium to heavy bodied, carbonation is middling and overall the beer is just a little bit sticky. Booze noticeable in the back of the throat.

Overall - a solid DIPA that I'm glad was able to try, however it doesn't really set the world on fire. Still a solid offering for a reasonable price.

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

Pours a gold with a touch of honey color with a two finger head that has decent retention. Upon break there is a nice cap and collar and some lacing is evident. The smell is big hops, piney and pithy. There is also a nice malt finish. Taste is like the nose, in that the hops dominate. There is a nice pithy bitterness that comes to me first, followed closely by the pine, and the whole thing is capped off with a nice amount of malts that make for a nice finish. The feel of this beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a nice DIPA. I don't think it sets the world on fire by any means, but is a nice beer that I would happily enjoy again (and again).

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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 BoldRulerVT
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a clear medium amber color with 1.5 fingers of head.
Smells insane. Huge hoppiness in the nose with tons of tropical fruit.
Taste is delicious. Tons of fruit, sweetness, good bitterness that lingers. A good deal of malt that is reminiscent of west coast IPA, but this has way more hop profile.
Finishes a bit sweet from the malt.
This beer I feel is underrated on BA. This is delicious.

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Photo of Jbats
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty mediocre. Nice malty backbone bready caramel and a touch of honey. Bittering is very clean but moderate. Hop flavor and aroma is almost non existent. If I didn't know better I would say it was older and the hops faded but bottled date is about 2 months only.

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Photo of Beglane
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, smells great but stop right there. I expect to be overwhelmed by Hoppy heaveness, but it just wasn't there.it is a good beer, better than average.

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

Pours an auburn infused golden with a lacy white head atop.Resin notes in the nose along with some alcohol dipped overripe tropical fruits,somewhat sweet aroma-wise.Pine and sharp grapefruit hop flavors intertwined with a pretty hefty sweet biscuit and sugary underbelly that actually kinda takes over into the finish.A DIPA par for the course wich isn't really a bad thing,but it gets quite sweet after awhile.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Ciro's in Woonsocket, RI. Tried the new Two Roads offering last night loved the amberish color and nice aroma. Nothing overpowering, tasted a lot of hops up front but hops were balanced some malty mouth feel it was an above average beer and very solid offering, I can't believe how CT beers are starting to evolve and become first class offerings. Two Roads is a great new brewery and looks like the beer matches the crafty names and creative labeling. It had one flaw in it's bitterness didn't seem to match it's hop profile but that's just me being picky.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Much too bitter. Not enjoyable at all.

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Photo of mglenn
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love it. Do not care about the lack of smells. Doesn't smell bad and tastes and feels amazing. I would drink this everyday.

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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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Photo of TTripp725
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fcip78
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GWalk612
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear caramel copper color with a nice head. Good amount of carbonation. Sweet smell of butterscotch and pine. Bitter hops with a similar butterscotch finish, more of an alcohol taste than I'd like. Decent IIPA, I like the butterscotch flavor.

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

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a small grower I filled from a fresh and local keg a few hours ago....

Pours hazed almond amber, sturdy light tan head, stays forever and leaves rich sheeting and fields of frothy stick.

Resin, pine, leafy hops on the nose

Citric hops in place, plentiful grapefruit, lime, and pepper, over a base flavor profile of resiny and quite dry hops. Rich layers of hoppy goodness. This is a very solid DIPA. Nice to try a brew from one of Connicticut's newer breweries.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,226 ratings