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 MichaelT86
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better D.IPAs I have easy access to (living in Connecticut has very few advantages, this is one) nice and distinct without being over-powering. If you're looking for something like a Six Point's Resin it'll be flat by comparison, but it's a bright, and still assertive IPA.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from pint can into a pint glass, about 45 degrees. Pours a nice orange tint amber color with a 1 finger off white foam head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing. Smell is of really sweet malt its what you first smell, then some pineapple, and some slight overtones of grapefruit. Taste is of the pineapple and grapefruit most notabely but also hints of lemon come through towards the end. The hops taste like mostly simcoe variety though I could be wrong. Mouthfeel is a little more watery from some of the better dipa's ived had but carbonation is just about right. Overall it is a decent beer and good availablity at stores at least here in eastern maine. Overall 4.2/5.

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Photo of Jbats
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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 h0wdy
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Certainly a cloudy beverage with a thick amount of head to it.

Smell: To be honest, the smell didn't feel that strongly to my nose. As I say that I did detect some hoppy tree action there.

Taste: A decent amount of hops for your taste buds with each sip.

Feeling: Enough carbonation to notice it and not have it being unpleasant. The best way to explain this is that it's a drink that you can put down quickly to enjoy and you can also savor each sip.

Overall: I can recommend this if you're not as much geared toward the flavor of a drink compared to the feeling of it. With that being said I am not feeling all that impressed with it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Roads Brewing Company "Road 2 Ruin Double IPA"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "12/01/15" on 04/10/16

Appearance: Cloudy deep-gold amber beneath a creamy head of white that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lacing behind.

Aroma: Sweetish grainy malt, soft pine, citrus ring/soft grapefruit. Not particularly bold, but full.

Flavor: Mirrors the aroma, and again, not bold, but full. "Temptingly hoppy" with "plenty of bite", but also well balanced. It's very East coast, and I'd imagine, not rated very well as it's far from outrageous - there are standard IPAs available that deliver in the same way, or even bolder flavor-wise; and at 8% ABV it's not even that much more stronger than many others.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning medium-full and smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Overall: A solid double IPA, although I think given the "extra" you're getting out of this one I'd rather just have two servings of a standard IPA - even their own "Honeypot Road IPA" (which I should also note is entirely different, this is not just a bumped-up version of that).

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle, about 2 weeks old. Sweet malt, pine resin and some fruitiness. Grapefruit pith. Virtually no balance. Think a slightly maltier, heavier and drier Two Hearted.

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Photo of mickyge
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't get much of a s
Smell except for some pine. It was pretty bitter almost seemed too bitter because that's all I got out of it. Not sure if I would get this on again. Maybe I was expecting something different

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Photo of Bierman9
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sitting out on the back deck in near 60°F weather.... enjoying a couple of bottles from a six-pack I bought last week ($11.99).

Poured into a small tulip, it is a deep golden color with a touch of haze. Carbo is scattered and slow, and the head is a creamy dollop of stark white foam. Lacing is decent, all in all. Aroma has a hint of sweetness but is mostly bitter hoppyness. Body is a solid medium, with a fairly smooth feel.

Flavor is light on the malt and any semblance of sweetness, imo. It is quite bitter from the get-go. There's some piney action, grapefruit, lemon peel, and lots of pithy, rindy notes. Finish is on the dry side. The hopping is solid and gives it potential but the lack of balance doesn't quite do it for me. Still rather tasty, though. Prosit!

3.87/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orange, one finger of head dissipates soon. Smell hoppy,as is the taste. Bitter but not too much, at least for my taste. Otherwise not very complex. Overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from a Lazy dog
Just a touch of haze in the golden body with a frothy bubbly white head that persists forever. Fruity toffee and candy sugar is what I find on the nose. The flavor is quite sweet with a caramelized sugary feel some sweet fruitiness and bitter earthy hops to counter. Bit of alcohol flavor especially in the finish. Maybe I'm spoiled from all the great double IPA's I've had lately, but this is really malty and lacks enough hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -15.3%
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 -6.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +1.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 -6.6%
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 -10.2%
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 -4.3%
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 +4.8%
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 -15%
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 +1.8%
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 -8.7%
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%
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 +12.5%
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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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,108 ratings.
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