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Road 2 Ruin | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Road 2 RuinRoad 2 Ruin

Brewed by:
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: 149 | Ratings: 1,056
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 there.it 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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Photo of lic217
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: slightly hazy, nice lacing, copper color
Smell: pine, slightly tropical and dank, a little malt
Taste citrus and pine, ends with a nice bitterness
Feel; perfect, thick, resiny
Overall; people chase gbot at $13 a four pack, chase SOS at $15 a 4 pack (16oz), this is $10-12 a sixer. It's half the price, easy to find, and damn good.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shadrach's at The Heritage in Southbury, CT.

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass, this brew is crystal clear and purely golden in color with a white, half finger width head. Decent retention, then breaks down to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

S - Citrusy with a dank pine undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Equal parts citrus and pine dank. Light caramel/bready malt backbone. Orange oil turns pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth going down before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Very good, solid DIPA. A little too much pine for me to love it completely, but I could drink it quite often.

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

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Gold with 2 fingers of creamy head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Dank greens, wintergreen, pine sap, orange citrus, pineapple, papaya, and candy sugar.

Dank greens, wintergreen, and pine sap. Lighter notes of papaya, orange citrus, and grapefruit zest. Light caramel and candy sugar malt backbone. Finishes with some florals and pine needles.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, oily, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Dank, juicy, and candy-like with a light bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice looking light Amber color, however, for some reason I did not get much head and it quickly disapated. No lace either.
In the aroma there are some subtle tones of tropical fruit and caramel malt. I would describe the taste as slightly more malt forward and sweet in character due to the caramel malt. Yet, there is some citrusy hops presence that keeps it IPA like, though certainly not a hop bomb.
The body is on the high side of medium and almost chewy yet very drinkable.

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

A - Ever so slight haze. White head fades quickly leaves little lacing.
S - Nice hop resin, bitter grapefruit.
T - Light caramel interrupted by hop resin pine which lingers until a boozey sweet malt takes control.
M - Medium/thick body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - I like most brews from 2 roads but this is just an average DIPA. Give it a shot, but I won't rush back unless I find something super fresh.

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Photo of adapt313
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer smelled very nice, like pommello, mango, and pithy grapefruit, all of whoch came across in the taste, balanced by a nice, sweet maltiness. The taste was coupled with a copper-like off flavor that combined with a linger citrus rind bitterness to overstay it's welcome. The feel seemed to really coat the mouth with sticky sweet malts butbit still couldn't cut the bitterness.

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Photo of mynie
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled after a bottle of my middling homebrew. Best thing you can say about that homebrew is that it is drinkable. The second best thing you can say is that it exists. Meaning, it's taking up space in my office, and there will be no drinking of commercial beers until you have some homemade stuff first.

"But Dad!"

No buts, young man. You drink your homebrew like a good boy!

So what I'm getting at is that the table was set for me to be blown away by Road 2 Ruin. My pallet's been teased by harsh imperfection, and even a moderately well-crafted beer would be a godsend right now.

First off, why the name? Is this like with that NES game that was called Gunsmoke.? You notice I put a period before the question mark, which is not how punctuation typically works, but it works in this case because the makers of Gunsmoke. the game did not have permission to from the makers of Gunsmoke, the TV show, so they said "fuck it, add a period." This is like that but with the Ramones record, maybe? Are the Ramones suing people these days? I think they're all dead.

Anyhow, the can is cool-looking, the pour is regular looking. The beer smells great. Yeasty background, medium-strength malt, well balanced hop profile of a strong intensity without any bad nodes. Quite nice.

But it tastes... weird, man. Good up front, earthy malt and citrus hops. But the back is just off. Off in a new way. Tastes kind of like the bubble gum that used to come in baseball cards, like if you bought a pack that was several years old and still ate the gum because you were me, and you were a disgusting monster. It tastes like a combination of pepsin, waxpaper, and dust. I think they were going for something fruity and they missed the mark, and while I get used to it after a few sips the start the beer never comes together like it should.

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

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a clear medium amber color with 1.5 fingers of head.
Smells insane. Huge hoppiness in the nose with tons of tropical fruit.
Taste is delicious. Tons of fruit, sweetness, good bitterness that lingers. A good deal of malt that is reminiscent of west coast IPA, but this has way more hop profile.
Finishes a bit sweet from the malt.
This beer I feel is underrated on BA. This is delicious.

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Road 2 Ruin from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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