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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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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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Photo of d0nald
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of my new favorites! Sampled from tap, bottle and can, truly wonderful ! Best out of a pt can. Just started to see this in my area and hope it stays around...won't dissapoint ipa fans!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark orange slight brown color with a thin white head.

smells like spicy fruit hops. very nice aroma.

first taste is spicy hops. then some fruit shines through. very piney and spicey, but also has some nice fruitiness to it.

very smooth, leaves a piney flavor at the end. but goes down easy! not too thick or clean.

overall this is a pretty good dIPA. it was brewed on 9/8/15 as well. a piney dIPA rather than a fruit bomb. not that that is bad but it is somewhat different. would definitely get this again but of course there are much better dIPAs out there.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden/honey color, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Pineapple, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine.....very inviting!
Taste - Grapefruit, pine, onion/chives, herbaceous, pineapple, some citrus

Overall - Beer was super fresh and super enjoyable! Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is def a game changer. First time I had this brew I was amazed. Awesome flavors, amazing drinkability, and consistently excellent. One of my favorite go-to brews.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/19/15 Stirling Hotel

Pours burnt orange with a nice foam white head. Ok lacing.

The smell is a little light but citrus and floral comes through.

The taste is pretty good. Lots of citrus up front and throughout. Some pine builds at the end that sort of takes away from it all a little. Love the citrus but the pine is ok.

Overall nice beer. I would definitely buy a six of this.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The cascade and summit hops come across nicely in this beer in a recognizable way - punctuated by some more unusual hop notes that I'm not used to. Definitely piney and floral, with hints of tropical fruit - but also herbal and bitter in a way that seems to combine English IPAs with West Coast IPAs.

Carbonation was a little too present.

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

-spiegelau ipa glass. Can dated 05.09.15. Consumed 09.03.15.

A: Dark coppery orange, dense clarity with a vibrant display of effervesce. Proud standing 3 finger oatmeal colored white head easily breaches the rim and holds for an lengthy amount of time. Large soapy pockets with a small lacing.

S: Fresh wet citrusy orange, sweet pine, nicely aromatic with a, good awareness level that lingers on a bit. A sweet frutiness with some cantelope and fresh wet tropical leafs.

T: Mango fruitiness, tropical fruit of pineapple is consumed by a semi-dry citrus and lime touch. Grassy hops move in as well a toasty malt background. Beautiful tropical alcohol sense, citron with a bit of apple skin and light grassiness on the finish.

M: Fairly light for 8%, slippery texture, the carbonation lightened up a bit, small mineral feel.

O: Drinks very well, the abv of 8% is very well hidden, the hops are flavor forward, not at all bittering with the exception of a small dry hopping of grassy pine indication. High drinkability rate increases the enjoyment here with a nice blend and flavor of hops. Scores a very good 88 with me.

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Photo of ElevatorNYC
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing for duration. Nice beer overall. Leaves mouth pretty well beaten, but not a game ender. Malt finish may actually stick around longer than hop finish.

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

12oz bottle brought from Manhattan by @mr-jj. Clearly, readably, and noticeably dated bottle tells me this beer was bottled on 06/22/15, so it's ~2.5 months old. Borderline for DIPAs, in my experience. Some are still awesome, and some are not. So we shall see. Poured vigorously, so most sediment made it into the tulip.

Pours hazy light amber with a small head and medium carbonation. Smell is piney hops with a little citrus.

Taste is a nice strong malt-bomb honeysuckle sweetness with a nice strong pine bitterness. Straightforward double IPA, balanced nicely. Not exceptional, but quite good.

Mouthfeel is medium and clearly effervescent. Overall, not exceptional, but quite good.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.
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