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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 | website

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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 1,027
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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Photo of alpinebryant
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright nearly neon orange with a massive overflowing fluffy whitish orange head. Lacing all over the glass.

S: Aroma of a very bitter ipa. Not an overwhelming mass of citrus or pine, just bitter. Smell of some caramel and apple.

T: Bitter DIPA here, not a surprise, but slightly let down on the floral notes. Yeah its bitter, but its not refreshingly great to drink. Its more or less an English DIPA to me as the hops are not so much Citrus or pine as they are melon and apple from what I can pick up over the bitterness and caramel flavors.

M: Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

O: Slightly let down on my expectations as I thought their Honeyspot Road IPA was great as was their Saison which was very bitter. I think this is a letdown only because it is in the large format bottle and had me expecting more for a $5 bomber. Either way, still worth the $5 and hoping that they round this out a little better in the next few batches that they crank out and the recipe changes a bit to adjust the flavor here.

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Photo of openmind
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I am a huge dipa fan. I've been seeing this brewery around lately and thought I'd try their dipa a try

I got a moderate citrusy note on the nose. The beer pOured a nice orangey color. The white head was about a finger and a half and collapsed quickly

The beer was not as advertised as it seemed more malty than dipay.
I got some ruff malt with basic bitterness from the hops with little other hop flavor.

Like a bitter amber to me
Drinkable though.

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Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear apricot colored with an inch high head of rocky beige foam that leaves craters and lingers long. Inviting aroma of tangerine and red grapefruit, slight orange rind note. Bright flavor of citrusy hops, orange rind pith, tangerine, and pine. Great citrusy hops flavors all around. Moderate to sharp bitterness, good balance to the honied malt flavors riding beneath, but make no mistake - this one's all about the hops. Moderate mouthfeel, slightly dry, piney finish. Great beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange with sediment floating around and an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a sweet mix of hops. Sweet citrus and floral hops. The taste is a nice amount of floral hops upfront followed by some bitter citrus peel. Not super hoppy but a good amount of bitterness throughout. Some cut grass and floral hops towards the end. At 7.2% this one falls in that grey area of the IPA vs. Imperial Ipa. Regardless, its a solid beer. Medium amount of carbonation. Easy drinking beer for sure. Overall, nice to see a new(er) CT brewery make a solid IPA. I will be buying more of this.

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

This was a total surprise. We had just brought this beer along with a few others from Two Roads.
I really didnt know what to expect. It was really nice to see we are making better and better beers in Connecticut.

I had this beer at the start of Super Bowl 45. The pour was somewhat of a dirty amber. Didn't look real clean, but there was nothing foggy about it. Just to me, the color was strange.

The aroma was so very nice. Boy, do I love to put my nose inside a glass of super IBU IPAs.

At the first sip, my nose didn; let down my palate. This beer had all the typical bouquets of a fresh IPA, the citrus, grapefruit and perhaps apple/melon. Once the beer hit my tongue it started to bounce around my mouth. Sort of my built in reaction to hoppy beers. It was close to a perfect nose/taste that I've had, especially in a beer I really didnt know about.

The after taste was just as rewarding as the first taste. My bomber size of Road 2 Ruin was finished almost before the Ravens built up a strong lead.

A gem in CT

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear burnt orange hue. Head is well-formed. It is very frothy and stands with respectable height. Leaves walls of thin lacing. No haze or sediment to speak of.

S-Lacks upper-echelon intensity. There are modest notes of grapefruit, grass and even marijuana. A dried vegetal component as well. Lighter tropical hop notes. Well, caramel-dipped bready malt. The overall aroma is pretty good but it lacks power.

T-The flavor is better than the nose. Juicy, coarse citrus flesh and oily pine hops. Finishes with a tongue-curling, bitter grass note. Hops overpower the malt. Finishes with a lingering sweetness that pleasantly tiptoes behind the respectable bitterness.

M-Feels more like an IPA than a DIPA. Body is medium. A hybrid DIPA/IPA. PLenty dry and plenty bitter. Alcohol is elusive. Drinkability is quite high.

O/D-A very drinkable brew with enough hops to keep me interested. I can definitely see myself grabbing sixes of this whenever I can't find something new to experiment with. When compared to Connecticut's stalwart DIPA (Gandhi Bot) this one is quite overmatched. However, it has a place in both my stomach and fridge for now.

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

Poured from a just purchased 12 ounce bottle into a Lagunitas Large Mouth Glass.

A--An orange/copper color with a 1 finger frothy heady. Looks very nice in the glass with good carbonation and solid lacing
S--Definite citrus/pine notes present. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple dominate along with a delicious hop aroma

T--That wonderful IPA taste of grapefruit, pineapple, and hops all blended with a delicious caramel malt. Some bitterness, but bitterness is not significant. Good hop finish with hints of pepper left over

M--Easy to drink with good carbonation and a medium body

O--A very, very nice job for Two Roads' first foray into the IPA world. A very nice, hoppy DIPA. The alcohol content makes this DIPA eminently drinkable. Glad I purchased as 6 pack, as am already reaching for another. Cheers!!!

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Photo of nebula1999
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from a good friend. Thanks C-Rad.

Dark copper color with off white head.

Aroma is amazing. Piney resinous oily goodness. Grapefruit citrus acidity with an overwhelming bloom.

Taste is bitter going in and bitter on the back end (undersides of the tongue). Malt to balance, but it is really a bitter brew. Boozy but not too intense. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is right on. Full and sharp.

Outstanding beer. Everything I look for in an IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.79.

A: Gentle orange-amber with 1-2 fingers of oatmeal colored frothy head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Plenty of hops aroma with pineapple, pine, grapefruit, orange, and floral aromas. There are some light caramel and biscuit aromas on the malt side as well.

T: Flavor is a good reflection of the aroma profile with pineapple, grapefruit, and pine all meeting a light caramel and mildly grainy backing malt profile. Moderately bitter and pretty flavorful.

M: Medium body and light-medium carbonation leave a fairly smooth easy to drink brew. Maybe a touch hefty for the Am IPA group where it belongs.

O: I was pleasantly surprised given I didn't have much for expectations on this one. It is not really a DIPA however at 7.2% -- this one belongs in the American IPA group, and in that group, it fairs very well with big flavor in a smooth package. I would like to see the brewers take the crystal down a notch, replacing with two-row or very light crystal or Munich or possibly even a little sugar to dry the beer out some more. ALl in all though, this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Thads324
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter:

Pours a clear orange with big frothy white head. Slow dissipation. Looks inviting, decent webbed lacing.

Smells of orange peel, faint grapefruit, and guava like goodness. No malt aroma to speak of.

Flavor starts very watery, transitioning into a mild bitterness. Accompanied by very pleasant hop flavors of tropical fruits and slight pine. A very sweet bready malt undertone throughout. finishes sharp and easy.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Extremely drinkable and just enough carbonation, a bit slick on the tongue after swallowing from the resinous hops.

Great look and amazing aroma. Severely lacking in the flavor department. There is no depth to the beer, and no girth. It's a very tasty hop profile but in the end is just hoppy watery that is bitter for the sake of name alone. Very drinkable, and a pleasing head. I would buy it again maybe, since this brewery is still very new.

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

A clear copper color with a nice eggshell colored fuzz on top and lots of healthy lacing. The nose picks up a skunky grain and citrus hop. Not bad and apparently fairly hoppy. The flavor includes a similar skunky, citrus idea with a thick grain and grass theme which has just a hint of cloying sweetness. The hops are very nicely pronounced here. It's got plenty of bite yet it's also nicely blended with a heavy grain profile. This medium-plus bodied and has a smooth, amply carbonated feel. This is nearly sessionable but is definitely a pleasing DIPA entry from this new Connecticut brewer!

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Photo of Genuine
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amidst picking up supplies for the snow storm we're having in CT, I decided to also stock up on some brews. My local package store just put this out on the shelves and the labeling caught my eye, enough for me to read the packaging. Saw they made a double IPA and CT brewed so I had to give it a try, glad I did. Here's the review:

Poured from the bottle into my nonic pint glass. Upon opening the bottle I could immediately detect that wonderful piney, citrusy aroma. The pour left a slight off white head that produced some thick lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - They hit the nail on the head for the Aroma - Very complex, a lot of deep pine, citrus and grapefruit resins.

Taste - The taste follows through with the nose - the hops balance out the malt, which isn't overly sweet and has a nice hop bite with a dry finish. The Flavors coat the palate quite nicely!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation for the style. The carbonation brings out the flavor and bitterness quite well.

Overall - There's only certain CT breweries I'll purchase beer from, and now Two Roads Brewing is my next favorite. What you have here, folks, is a solid IPA. I could imagine sitting down and having a few of these. It's going very well with the snowfall that we're having and the ABV provides some nice warming notes to ward off the chills.

Great job!

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

Tried all the new Two Roads offferings last night loved the amberish color and nice aroma nothing overpowering, tasted a lot of hops up front but hops were balanced some malty mouthfeel 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 or Drinking a Founders Red Rye first. Good beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with caramel and fruity citrus flavors followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of bmwfan1987
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: good thick head, great lacing on glass.

S: pine resin, nectarine, and pineapple among others. Wow.

T: the nose doesn't lie, very juicy tropical like flavors, with the pine more in the background.

M: it's got a medium body. Nice feel.

O: GREAT new beer from a CT brewery. Great balance, flavors, and aroma. This beer can hang with the big boys from the east to the west. I'm proud. Very proud.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at their tasting room.

Appearance: One inch head, amber in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and toasted malt

Taste: sweet biscuit and caramel start, citrus hops dominate the middle with piney hops jumping in at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, light bodied, medium, carbonation

Overall:This one packs a punch. A solid double IPA. I kind of see Troeg's Nugget Nectar as comparable to this although it has been several months since I last had one. This is a good a juicy double IPA. I would get this again.

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy, sediment-laden, orange copper body. Tall, rocky, light beige cushion of foam. Nice lacing. Fresh hop nose, with notes of pine sap, lemon zest, resin funk, and herbal goodness. Lean sugar cookie malt hides.

Toasted grain quickly gives way to pungent herbal and resinous hop flavor and bitterness. Sugar cookie and tropical fruit malt background. Mango and pineapple mid-palate. Resinous, piny, dank hop bitterness increases into the long, hoppy finish. Lingering caramel and fruit malt. Medium-bodied with a creamy, lightly carbonated (caskish) mouthfeel. Very nice and a welcome addition to the Connecticut beer scene!

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
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