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Honeyspot Road IPA | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Honeyspot Road IPAHoneyspot Road IPA

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Two Roads version of this traditional beer style takes a road less traveled. It’s unfiltered and uses wheat as the dominant malt backbone. The result is a slightly cloudy, pale IPA with a softer mouthfeel that accentuates the citrusy Pacific Northwest hop character.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned March 1st 2016.

Pale lemon colored, and a hazy unfiltered body appearance, but with some degree of clarity as some fine carbonation can be seen easily reaching up to the top. Head creation is a big frothy chunk. Easily making a controlled four fingers, bleach white in color, with thick soapy cling and a soft creamy top. Very nice looking pale IPA brew.

Real nice aroma. Whispy pine and citrus notes roll right off, with a good sweetness to match. Slightly hits tropical, but with far more oily citrus zest in the aroma as well. Chewy sensing malt depth hinting with soft grains. Very inviting.

May the hopped up wheat ale goodness continue. Chewy and rich dough like mouthfeel, brings out a fantastic juiced and rich body. Tropical light pineapple with a good mix of melon and citrus juicy flavors in the mid palate. Creamy sweet finish and flavor on the aftertaste, nearly hints at vanilla with a good pineapple sundae flavor.

Pretty impressed for a solidly 3 month old IPA, this is really delivering, just delicious.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Simply delicious! Pours foamy and light gold, the way you'd expect a white ale to look. The combination of flavors in here was truly masterfully done, and based on this and their pilsner, I'd say Two Roads is a brewery I'm excited to try more beers from
The smell is fresh and crisp with some lemon, lightly citrusy hops, and a hint of sweetness. The taste works the lemongrass flavor in nicely, but more noticeable is the honey and light, fruity flavors like peach and nectarine. The hops are juicy and pleasant, with hardly any bitterness and fruity without being sweet. It was really hard not to drink this whole thing in one go. Perfect for summer or any time of year.

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Photo of Beglane
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pale yellow cloudy pour into a chilled Sam Adams glass on a 90 degree day. I enjoy the wheat backbone of this easy drinking IPA, my new summer go to.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer. Smell the sweertness and goes down smooth. Wish it was a little more hoppy. But I will drink again.
Two roads continues to impress.
Would've great with Waldorf Salad, chicken or around the BBQ!!

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Photo of ravisingh
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: One inch frothy and bubbly bright white foam. Reduces to not much after about 15 - 20 seconds. The color is more akin to a wheat beer with a very light straw color that is cloudy and hazy and looks like some medieval elixir. There is a good amount of visible carbonation activity. I would give this a definite 3 on the SRM chart.

S: Very much a scent like a California orange mixed with grapefruit. Very nice. Some peach there too. So the hops and ester characters are poppin off nicely in the aroma. There is also a little bit of pine a sweetness and maybe a little floral. No alcohol really present in the aroma.

T: Hops iz kickin, B! Piiiine - that's the first thought. The hops character is definitely medium high as should be for an IPA - with an emphasis on high! Then there are definite tangerine notes and that pine might be mixed with some grapefruit adding to that kick/bite. Now don't get me wrong, this tastes good. I only wish I was sitting in a tap room with a plate of some gud pub grub sittin in front of me! There is a sweetness underneath that hops punch tho. The bitterness resinous flavor lingers mildly, but that is just the perfect compliment to some gud pub grub.

F: This has a medium to medium high thick body and id had descent carbonation on the medium high side as well - a little fizzy. There may be some mild astringency but as with the resinous flavor it is perfect for the pub.

O: This is a great beer. They sought to introduce a wheat beer type flavor and character to this beer and I think they weer successful. Good job, I would recommend this one, especially with some food with salt! Cheers.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head which settles to bountiful stringy web lace. Very pale color--straw. Appears clear.

Very nice fresh hop smell despite the full bar pour. No notable wheat nose.

Not very wheaty. I'd describe this as an IPA first and foremost. Lightly biting white pepper aftertaste. Body neutral, carbonation elevated but in a good way. Overall, this is very easy to drink with lots of fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be completely honest I thought this tasted more like a session and the session tasted more like an IPA. Both were good beers though. This had a solid hop presence with citrus hints.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The pale goldenstraw liquid sports a nice head that leaves some squiggly lacing behind

Smell: Floral and grainy, with citrus fruit and a hint of honeysuckle

Taste: Bready, up front, with the floral and citrus flavors arriving in the middle; the hop profile dominates the back end, bringing a bit of honeysuckle with it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Overall: My favorite beer of the night from Two Roads; nice take on the style

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was up to NYC a little over a month ago to visit the wondrous JenRay while she was in town for work and we happened upon several bottles at a Whole Foods Market where I picked up some of Two Roads' offerings.

From the bottle: "White IPA That Hits the Spot"; "Take a Direct Route to Hoppyness!"; "The Road Less Traveled"; "India Pale Ale with Wheat"; "Honeyspot Road White IPA is at the intersection of soft wheat character and bold, fruity hops. Honeyspot Road also happens to be the [highway] exit that leads to our 100 year old factory-turned-brewery [Exit 31]."; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!"

Once again, I began with a heavy-handed pour, only to have to take my foot off of the gas to avert an overflow. I watched patiently as the three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head slowly fell, becoming liquid. Color was a hazy, very pale lemon-yellow (SRM = 2). As a previous reviewer noted, there were a good bit of floaties in evidence. Nose smelled strongly of lemon zest and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the immediate taste was of freshly squeezed grapefruit! I really liked the way that the wheat tempered some of the inherent intensity of the hops, retaining the flavor, but taking some of the edge off. I am a hophead and an AIPA fan, but sometimes the hops can be overwhelming. This is a perfect example of why I m a fan of this offshoot stye as opposed to its Black/Cascadian IPA brethren, which I disdain. In that style, the black/dark malts overwhelm the hops, while here, the hops are enhanced. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to the wheat, which took some of the edge off of the hops. Man, I could drink more of this, if only they would put it in CANs ...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, unfiltered (yay) straw-gold color. Light, fuzzy white foam dissipates quick.
The aroma of wheat and mildly citric hops white bread in the malt.
Seriously enjoy the addition of wheat to an IPA. The combo makes for a seriously crisp, jazzy feel and flavor. The hops are basically earthy and dry. The wheat is a stand out, with crispy yet sour notes. Excellent depth, but above all, very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - super hazy lemon color, with a thin white quickly dissipating head, massive amounts of sediment strengthens the lemon description by invoking images of lemonade

S - subtle floral hop notes, yeasty breadiness from the wheat ingredient, definite lemony citrine aromas as well

T - floral hops are wonderful, flavorful and poignant without being overwhelming. Halfway through the hops melt away into a mellow citrine sweetness that contrasts and yet complements the previous hop profile splendidly

M&D&O - Two Roads continues to impress, such a well crafted IPA, an amazing contrast of flavors and elements. I am looking forward to more from Stratford!

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Photo of lic217
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: light yellow with a little haze, quick fading head, a little lacing
Smell: Citrus hops, maybe just a hint of malt
Taste: Starts slightly sweet, but Finishes with a nice citrus bitterness. Both lemon and orange, with a touch of pine. Very hoppy, not much malt
Feel: Prickly carbonation, a little thin
Overall: The feel and finish on the taste of this beer works very well together. Two roads has some really nice beers at solid prices. Just bought their variety pack. The Pilsner is really good, the session IPA is as good as a session IPA as I have ever had, and this beer is very nice. I am excited to try the Rye Tripel.

Month old can

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Roads Brewing Co. "Honeypot Road White IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 07/09/15"

I wasn't quite sure of what a "white IPA" was. The label states that it's an "India pale ale with wheat", and it certainly looks like a wheat beer. It's a cloudy yellow-gold beneath a full head of frothy bright white foam, and I can clearly see proteins in suspension. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves thick rings of lace with each sip.

The nose is solidly hoppy, and it certainly smells like an IPA with lots of citrus. It's refreshing and lemony over a wheat-like sweetness and chalky yeastiness.

The flavor delivers both the wheat and the citrus found in the nose with a little bit of a tropical twist: apricot, papaya, and melon. It's solidly bitter, but not overdone, and really quite perfectly balanced to let a little of the sweetness combine with the fruitiness. It finishes fruity, and then dry with some residual chalky yeastiness.

Impressive. An amped up American wheat ale that heads into IPA territory but also utilizes citrusy and tropical hops for an interesting twist. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of fank2788
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pale yellow gold in the glass, quite a bit lighter in color than one would expect for an IPA, the head is full and thick and nearly pure white. The smell is of wheat bread, lemony and citrus hops and belgian yeast, it's quite a mix again a clear departure from whats standard for the style. The citrus hops come out to the front in the taste behind that there is further bitterness with a more herbal hop flavor. The grain is present also, this beer avoids some of the darker caramel malts and opts for a cleaner malt profile of pales and wheat. The finish is peppery and that is where the belgian ale yeast character is most noticeable. It is rather highly carbonated and that combined with the hop bitterness make it lively on the tongue. The alcohol content is moderate for an IPA and as a result the drinkability is pretty good as well. This is a rather unique beer, it has the IBUs of a lower end IPA but the wheat and belgian yeast separate it from standard IPAs while it has too much citrus character to be classified as a belgian ale. It's a bit unconventional but I like it.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle brought back from New York City a few months ago. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with finger-width white head with decent retention and leaves lacing. Aromas of wheat malt as well as pineapple, pine, lemon & hints of spice. Tastes has a medium texture, with many of the same flavours present and well as grapefruit & citrus. The finish is dry and hoppy with a nice medium bitterness.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Six pack from a friend! Poured aggressively into a pint glass producing a two finger foamy head. Cloudy lemony yellow color and many streams of carbonation. Head goes down slowly to leave slight lacing around the glass. Wheat and hops aromas. Slight sourness. Light wheat beer flavor backed by some hop bitterness. Easy-drinking, not overbearing. A great session beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newish brewery nearish me, my first real beer from them, with the other review being the raspberry wheat thing that I don't really count. Some attempt at a date, printing isn't the best, I think it says 3/23/14, but hard to tell.

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy 1 finger head, fades fairly slowly with nice soapy sticky lacing, super hazy golden yellow sun color.

NOse is pretty decent, esp for a white IPA, with some mild citrus and orange rind, a little bitter orange peel, nice orange flesh and juice, mild clementine and even a touch of tangerine. Behind that is a nice creamy wheat, a little orange creamscicle note, little floral hop note.

Taste starts with creamy wheat initially but that is quickly washed with clementine, orange juice and flesh, a nice citrus hop note with a little floral hop character as well. Creamy wheat with the orange juice bring a nice orange creamscicle as well, into mild zest bitter note but light overall bitterness, a hint of tangerine and orange peel, fairly juicy and light creamy feel adds a nice touch. Finish is dry, bitterness kicks in a bit more, hops turn a little spicy with more orange peel bitterness, and a touch of creamy wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice creamy feel, creamy carbonation too.

Overall pretty nice, not usually a big fan of White IPAs, but this was a nice blend if light creamy wheat, orange juice and flesh, little bitter orange rind, clementine, etc. It didn't try to do too much, no over spices, no toasted in your face wheat, no crazy heavy hops that clash with wheat typically, pretty well done I think, esp for a 90 degree day.

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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a bright, hazy yellow with some orange highlights and a thin amount of white head with no lacing left on the glass.

The smell is filled with a wheat aroma that has a touch sunflower. There is also a hint of honeysuckle and a slight bit of funk.

The taste has a sweet zing that pops at first sip. The wheat flavor that has some slight touches of lemon and honey. The hops seem to be in the far back of the flavor.The bitterness that is found here is only slight and has the smallest hints of a grassy flavor.

The feel of this beer is light with a nice drinkable feel. There is a bit of aftertaste that hangs just a bit. A decent summer beer.

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Photo of talkingpoints
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the last beer I drank in my Two Roads tasting and decided to keep an open mind on what to expect. That said the beer was good.

The beer had the cross affect of a Belgian Ipa meets hoe garden feel to me it reached out an appeal to both drinkers but creating it's own nitch. I drank something which wasn't sweet enough to be dismissed as just summer fare or not complicated enough to match a Belgian it was of more weigh than Allagash white which I have a couple of times a year. It was a good offering that I will have to finish my six pack to give some final thoughts.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, fruity citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild for the style but works well for this particular beer and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of the White IPA segment of the style. This is a good beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a straw color, hazy at the end of the bottle.

The aroma offers pine, resin, grapefruit rind, lemon.

The flavor follows with zesty yellow grapefruit, lemon, onto medium floral qualities, onto some piney bitterness. The wheat moves the beer along, offering a touch of creaminess.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lingering speckled to somewhat spider web lacing roamed around the glass. The smell started off with some white pepper leading on to a sly little bit of citrus (lemon and clementine, mainly). The taste was moderately sweet with a light spice from the white pepper adequately sliding in for the balance. The aftertaste was moderately sweet with a nice white pepper finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable crisp spicy feel clinging to my tongue. Carbonation is fairly light allowing the spices to hit appropriately. Overall, what a nice white ipa. I'd have this again and would think this would go well with a nice New York strip steak with crumbled bleu' cheese on top.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Fruity and lightly spicy yeast combines with some citrusy hops and a bit of wheat

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some of the citrusy hops and fruity yeast. Bitterness hits off the bat, but isn't all that intense. Wheat and spiciness comes in mid-way. Finishes with lingering yeasty notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Could be a touch softer

O: A solid wheat-based IPA that has good drinkability and makes for a good niche beer

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of 2/10/2016. Sampled on Feb 19, 2016. Can't argue with 9 days old!

The pour looks like pineapple juice with its slightly cloudy pale yellow color under a short-lived head.

The aroma has a keen pineapple note to it and a roasted pale malt under current.

About a medium body.

Toasted pale malts quickly erupt into a flavor of pineapple and a modest bitterness that lingers briefly. I can taste the freshness.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a glowing hazy lemon yellow with a half finger of fluffy white head that lingers for some time.

Nose is bright and simple, lemon and grass.

Taste is decent for the style. Note of bright, light citrus, predominantly lemon and orange. Follows with notes of straw and grass. Very soft dry hop on the end for balance.

Feel is medium light, but a little to acrid and acidic with all the citrus.

Not a beer for my personal tastes, but a great example of the style from a new brewery. Would be excellent on a hot summer day on the water.

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