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: 157 | Ratings: 1,088
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 bottled 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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Photo of ctjoumas
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with a thin layer of head. Smell is a pleasant citrusy aroma without as much maltiness as I'd expect. Mouthfeel is a very effervescent feel that seems to help clear the lasting taste of the malt, which is a bit much but not unexpected with a double ipa. Upfront taste is a nice clean citrusy flavor which complements the smell and makes up for the maltiness in the end. Nice beer and even refreshing for a double.

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Photo of sprat1960
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Golden in color; transparent. Lots of medium-sized bubbles visible. Pours with a 2+ finger light beige head that dies down quickly leaving a scant trace of foam on the surface of the beer and scant lacing on the sides of the glass. Better than a high quality commercial beer.

Smell: Slight malt smell with nice mild hoppy aroma. Inviting. Nice.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, only more intense. Slight malt flavor combined with delicious mild hoppy flavor.

Feel: Medium body; slightly viscous feel. Mild sensation from the carbonation. Ever to slight dry finish. Very nice.

Overall: A very nice DIPA. Nice flavor. Not too dry; it was refreshing. Great value at $10.25 for a 4 pack of 16 oz cans. I will definitely purchase again. This could be a "go to" beer for me, if I can find it on a regular basis.

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Photo of rjd722
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into my Spiegelau glass, nice orange-golden color and decent foam head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Aroma is mostly piney hops, caramel, and a slightly floral. Taste mirrors the smell with a rush of bitter piney hops and malt. Overall it leaves a mouthfeel that is a little abrasive but it's not deterring. Good brew.

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

Bottle. Excellent Double IPA. Great taste and smell. Smooth going down. Medium to Dark looking. Picked this up at a local store in CONN. I have found it locally also. The name says it all. Drink a couple of these and you better pick the correct road.

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Photo of doremite
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very piney and overly abrasive IPA. Enamel remover and really not a pleasant hop blend. Found it too big with all hop punch and little balance. Could not drink much of this but perhaps preferred by those who really like big pungent piney dub IPAs. Miss for me.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite what I was hoping for could have been a bit more hoppy. Not a bad Imperial IPA just was hoping for more bite and more of a bitter taste at the end. Was hoping for so much more from this beer.

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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 is a good beer, better than average.

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Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Spiegelau tulip. Body is a nice glowing orange when modestly backlit. A 2-finger fluffy, foamy white head sits on top - and sits, and sits, and sits. . . . lots of staying power/retention on that head.

S: Sugar-cookie cookie dough and modest caramel malt foundation. Light tropical fruity hops afterwards.

T: Very, very pleasant. Not earth-shattering, but quite tasty, with a lot going on. Sugar cookie dough again, a lot of caramel malt, and then a nice hoppiness that's predominantly tropical fruit and modest citrus. Finishes with nice lemony bitterness. I'm tempted to bump up the score here.

M: Good creaminess, close to full in body.

O: A very good DIPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a great looking beer and smells nice, too. But when you drink it the hops just aren't as much as expected. It reminds me a lot of Sixpoint's Resin. All body and malt but no hops, there is a slight hop note in the back that is herbal and piney but that's it. It also feels heavier than 8%, too, which is not a good thing. A nice fall/winter beer but more of a slightly hoppy barleywine than a DIPA. Had this fresh in a 16oz can, too.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered orange in color with a murky appearance. Poured with a billowy, soft, soapy white foam with good retention. Medium hop aroma for a DIPA. Fresh orange peel, tangerine and a light boozy note. Very light malt aroma. Medium bodied and smooth, with medium carbonation. Despite the booziness this isn't solvent. No astringency. Medium high hop flavors and medium bitterness for a DIPA. Intense citrus orange and tangerine flavors through the middle tapering to herbal, lightly spicy flavors. Finished dryly with a burst of citrus hop flavor followed by lingering pine hop bitterness. A pleasant warming booziness at the finish. A well balanced DIPA that is easy on the bitterness allowing more of a hop flavor showcase. Very smooth and easy to drink despite the booziness. Not the typical bitter taste bud crushing DIPA.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass. Canned on 4/27. Produces a darker pour than most IPAs; burnt copper with hints of gold when held to the light. I'm getting a touch of sugary grapefruit in the nose, and ample doses of pine. The taste offers more of the same with some lemon zest and grassy undertones. Mouth is very prickly and lives up to Two Roads' claim of "Plenty of Bite." I like this beer, but I wish it were better. What does that mean? It means it's a solid DIPA, but it doesn't really have any one feature that separates it from an ever-growing market of really awesome IPAs. Love supporting local breweries, and I really dig the artwork on the can, but that's not reason enough to buy this on a consistent basis. Maybe they'll tweak the recipe, or maybe they'll brew another DIPA, perhaps seasonal-only? One can hope.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,088 ratings.
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