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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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 1,067
Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 2/4/16. Pours a light orange with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind some attractive lace.

Smell is pine, mango, tangerine, lemon peel, and grapefruit.

Taste follows noticeably more aggressive light tropical tangerine and mango upfront and a large hit of pine, lemon, and grapefruit in the lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, medium amount of carbonation, a tad dry, and excellent drinkability if you like aggressive DIPA'S.

Overall this is very nice, I like nice bitter DIPA'S and how fresh it is helps. First beer from this brewery, impressed.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I found this to be disappointing. It just was not interesting. Nothing unique or unusual to it the balance was not even solid. It felt bitter for bitters sake. I am a little sad about the whole thing.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Great amber color, bubbly and quickly dissipating head with moderate lacing.
Smell: Nose was very faint comparatively to other DIPA's, hints of citrus and pine.
Taste: Not bad, but not great. Flavor seemed very one dimensional and lacking complexity. The bitterness is there but none of the hops really shine, malt flavor seemed so far in the background it could have been brewed with any old sugars.
Feel: Carbonation was a little above perfect, smooth and not overly dry. Probably the best aspect of this beer.
Overall: Far too one dimensional for my liking.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. A careful pour yields a clear orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Nice streams of carbonation rush up the glass in neat lines.

Aroma is a nice mix of tropical fruit hoppiness. Pineapple, mango, and lemon rind mostly. Flavor delivers what the smell promised - a nice hoppy, bitter beer with a sweet malt backbone. Nicely balanced between malt and hops, this is more of a "East Coast" style DIPA than straight up hop bomb, and that balance is done well.

This is a nice winter IPA, as the sweet body help create full-bodied sipping beer rather than a summertime guzzler. Would buy again.

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Photo of illpass78
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little tasting glass at Bier Cellar in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a rusty amber.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, citrus.

Taste: Follows the nose. Nice and juicy.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard. Good malt backbone as the ad copy suggests.

Overall: Nice DIPA. Worth seeking out a full pint.

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Photo of CommonSense
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can into glass. Wish I knew for sure that this was old or fresh. Either 2 months old or 2 months past expiration. How hard is it to print BB or Born On? This is not to pick on Two Roads. Quite a few breweries are not clear in communicating the meaning of the printed date. I just don't get it. My guess is that it was Born 2 months ago because all 4 cans have different times printed.

Pours a pure amber (orange gold). Not copper (red brown) as the 2 latest reviews have said. I know we're beer geeks, not painters, but come on folks. Solid inch of head with not much retention. Lacing stays throughout its life. For the reviewers that claimed not much head.... it wasn't poured appropriately.

Aroma is rather weak for a "temptingly hoppy" DIPA. Smells primarily of malt. Hmm.

Taste is balanced nicely. Good but not great flavors in this one.... smoky caramel to toasted bread to a piney bitterness composed of 7 different varieties of hops (BA description incorrectly states 4). Some citrus coming through. As it warms, the alcohol is still never tasted. Definitely a highly drinkable DIPA. 4 oz left and have sneezed 6 times so the hops are definitely there. However, the hop flavor is not superior. Burps taste delicious.

Respectable feel. Perhaps a tad over-carbonated.

Worth trying. Slightly above average DIPA with the majority of the flavor coming from the delicious malts.


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Photo of Beers-es
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, pours a clear copper with almost no head and little lacing. Smell is mostly sweet malt, hardly any hops detectable. Taste is unremarkable, with a tiny bit of citrus and pine offsetting the malty body. There is a lingering bitterness, but it is oddly disconnected from any kind of flavor.

Feel is on the thin side for a IIPA. Overall it's pretty bland honestly. Take a big IIPA where everything is turned up to 11, then dial it back to 6 and you have this beer. The best I can say is there's nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lark in E. Northport, pours copper color with a small off white head that faded and left minimal lacing. Smells of graham cracker, piney hops, grapefruit, toasted grains, citrus hops, caramel and brown sugar; very basic and well balanced but a little light on the hops for a DIPA. Tastes just like it smells but with more toasted malt, biscuit, wheat bread toast and light smoky notes. Like the nose the flavor lacks any real hop punch for a DIPA, but it does hide the ABV quite well. Overall decent but it did not stand out in any way.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Twisted Vine and Tap in Delmar, NY.

This one pours a light amber color, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pine, caramel, grapefruit, and grassiness. The aroma is slightly muddled and not that strong.

This is definitely a drinkable IPA, but it feels undefined and slightly boring. It's got the requisite grapefruit and pine, but it feels a bit dirty and kinda boring.

This is medium bodied, pretty crisp.

Not all that impressed but I enjoyed being able to try it.

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Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Try 24!
Surprisingly original and powerful hoppy DIPA from CT.

A: "A show dog of a beer" as a BA Carolingian wrote. On a hazy copper body it builds medium head, with nice retention and lacing that lasts.

S: Sticky caramel and pine. Resinous, sensuous. Better as it warms, a bit of earthy fall leaves and catty gardens.
T: Candy caramel forward, with the piney hops building in bitterness wave; underneath, the caramel flavors balance adding malt and candy body. Complex back flavors that are earthy and fecund.

F: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; quite sticky if you like 'em that way.

Try 24. (my highest rating).

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Photo of emount91
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had this one a million and a half times but never reviewed it. pours orange, no haze whatsoever. head is decent and foamy, lingers a while too. smell is balanced between resin/pine/a tad of citrus and the malt backbone this brew has. taste matches the smell almost identically, except in my opinion not as intense or promising as the smell. much more focused on the resin and malt than the pine and citrus with the taste. the mouthfeel was standard, exactly what you would expect from a decent beer without a "wow" factor. overall an alright beer. this is the brew i go for at a restaurant when their selection is slacking, this or their white IPA (Honeyspot Road) has to be on tap at at least 90% of CT restaurants at all times now, so you can always count on it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice ring of lace

S: Nice citrus and pine up front with a solid malt presence. Nice and fruity/juicy

T: Follows the nose. Citrus and pine up front with undertones of fruity and earthy tones. Malt balances nicely. Finishes with light bitterness and a bit of fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid and quite crushable DIPA. Nothing overwhelming or in your face, with a very well hidden 8%. Certainly worth picking up at least a 4-pack of pounders

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Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A piney and resinous DIPA. Medium plus malt in the middle tries to balance out the bitter hops. Hints of alcohol pop at the back of the palate as the beer warms on its way down. Drinks around its ABV or, even higher.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some stringy lacing sticking to the glass. The smell had a big sweet burst of citrus rind and pulp over top of floral features and gently allowing a light caramel malt delicately balancing. The taste was mainly bittersweet citrus hops and giving off a nice dry bitter citrus rind - like aftertaste. There's no finish in this one. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. The bitterness level is there and good as a DIPA. Overall, I like this one as a DIPA and definitely recommend for DIPA fans.

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a tulip glass at the Iron Abbey in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a golden semi bright yellow color with an amber tint, it has a medium sized white head. The aroma is really good with hops and citrus. The flavor is a smooth citrus and hop experience.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a sweet citrus smell and tasets much the same. I get sweet up front in the taste with a more pine finish. The bitterness is storng on the first sip or two but mellows as I drink the beer. This my first from this brewery, I look forward to trying other styles from them.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden to orange color with a huge foamy white head. There is quite a bit of a soapy lacing. The odor for me is powerful, tropical fruits, peach, orange, apricot, pineapple, resin, pine, grassy, herbal, grapefruit, floral. The taste for me is bitter, grapefruit, resin, pine, slight lemon, slight orange, herbal, spice. There is a lasting bitterness in the backend.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a four-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney, citrus nose and flavor follows - piney, almost grapefruit hops balanced with caramel malt. $2.89 for a 16oz can from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of mhs413
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is pretty pleasant and I like the toasted flavor. It is my first Two Roads beer, so I had no idea what to expect. I may buy it again, I may not. I certainly do not regret buying it today.

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

A clear orange amber color with a nice thick layer of white head. Malty backbone with some floral and citrus hops. Much more pine flavor and citrus than the aroma suggested followed by a malt caramel backbone finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall pretty drinkable with nice flavors. Somewhat older bottle and would love to try this fresh.

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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 brewandbbq
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 6/11.

Pours hazy gold with a short head of white. A partial skim coat with errant dots of lacing for the duration.

Pine, grapefruit, and sweet, somewhat stale malt in the nose. Shades of toffee and cardboard.

On the syrupy side of medium bodied. Tacky and chewy.

Sweet malt and piney, bark-like hops start the palate. Bitterness follows along with wet cardboard.

Finishes with stale malt and pine bark.

This beer is stale and shame on me for buying a 4 pack with no canning date on the packaging. Next time I'll have to rip open the packaging first and look for dating on the bottom of the cans. That being said, the impression I'm getting from this beer is that is more malty than I prefer in a IIPA and the hops are pretty one-dimensional.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The brewery keeps on impressing me. Nice citrus IPA. Taste of pineapple sweetness. Packs a punch at 8% ABV but drinks last me a 6.5%. Clean look, fresh bite and nice taste.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 16 oz can: poured into a tall pint glass, color is opaque gold, head is off white with small to medium sized bubbles. no real lacing on the glass.

Smell is very enticing, nice big punch of hop aroma, mainly pine, then some lighter citrus which leads to a solid toast and light biscuity malt aroma.

Taste is similar with the hops presenting upfront with pine forward then more floral and fruity presence; malt is present and flavorful with toast and light biscuit.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, likely from the heavy pine bittering hops but as the beer warms this becomes less of a downside.

Overall, a nice solid DIPA, i like the piney forward hop flavor and pleasant malt profile.

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

I enjoyed this from the can purchased at craft beer cellar in Waterbury, enjoyed in tulip chilled.

The color is dark amber with thick white head with fine bead. The smell is almost all malt with a nice floral herbal hop compliment. The feel is balanced but more malt than is necessary for this style.

The taste while not bad is a little too balanced between malt sweetness and alcohol with the hops when in my mind you need to have a hop dominant flavor to be great. The taste is tangy and lightly astringent but mild bitterness. Overall this is decent but nothing I was seek out.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
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