Honeyspot Road IPA | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

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.

Added by tigg924 on 12-26-2012

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74
Ratings:
510
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
34.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 510
Photo of ShamasUVA
1.34/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap about five miles from the brewery. Cloudy white with a fizzy head, looks ok. Aroma is devoid of hops and any sort of fermentation esters, but sulfur notes abound, becoming greater as beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Flavor is neither hoppy, spicy, or wheaty, just sort of bland generic beer. Was this brewed with a lager yeast?

If this beer was described as an American wheat ale, it would be an ok example. As a white IPA, it is an abject failure.

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Photo of Thads324
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow, almost like hoegaarden but clearer and maybe lighter. Fizzy white head turns to just a ring of fizz on the edges.
Nearly no aroma. Faint malt and very mild earthy, grassy hops. No bitter or fruity smells at all.
Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Mostly water. Mild wheat malt and a tangy hop bitterness followed by a mixture of pineapple and pine hops. None of the flavors are super overpowering, but the hop bitterness and flavor increases as I drink more of the glass. There's a bit of yeasty flavor in the back end.
Mouthfeel is very light, heavily carbonated. Blown away that this is 6%

Not much going on here. Damn near a drain pour but I plowed through it. The flavor is weak and there's an odd lingering feel similar to real ginger beer, but not in a good way. I'll try it again of they change it up, since this brewery is very new, but otherwise I'm steering clear of this.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A: Hazy Pee Yellow, perhaps a 1/4 inch of head, but was not privy to the pour. no lacing(can't speak to the purity of the glass)

S: Soft lemon scent but not much in the nose.

T: sort of clean and bright but not bright or interesting enough to hold your attention, again maybe some soft lemon notes but that's about it.

M: Pleasantly carbonated and easy drinking as I assume it is meant to be.

O: Ok, considering what was available, but I certainly wouldn't pick up at store. Unfortunately Two Roads year-round options have been uninspiring and this is no exception.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from The Lazy Dog
Slightly hazy deep straw color with a frothy white head that persists. Lemony spicy earthy aromas with bits of citrus hops Light sweet maltiness. Bready sweet malty flavor with bits of cereal malt and light citrus hop flavor. This is a pretty tasty beer, but its not an IPA. hell its not much of a wheat beer either. the carbonic bite is the most bitter thing in this beer.

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Photo of JonAdams
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for a white IPA. Timid, but with some body to give it a bit of spine.

Happened across this brewery this morning on the way to my worksite, came back in the late afternoon and found it to be a very nice place to try some craft beers. The woman behind the bar wasn't very communicative, like she'd done all this before, but to a newcomer the experience of finding a new brewery and a new experience is important.

Poured in a flight of 5 beers, the White IPA, the Road to Ruin Double IPA, the Rye 95 (play on I-95), a double bock, and one that was aged in rye whiskey barrels. Of all of them the Double IPA was the solid champion, but each was good in its own way.

The White IPA was quite pale, barely straw color, no particular nose, but a nice citrus-malt taste to it. Was the lightest of the bunch, so I made sure I drank that before moving on to the rest. Very mild brew. But not, like the night before at the Southport Brewing Company in Milford, where the bartender described an SBC beer to a customer, "its like a Miller Lite, but way better". This is a beer with character, but not in your face. I'd probably have this again if I ever find my way back here.

However, the Double IPA was outstanding, and with its relatively low alcohol content, enjoyable beyond the first few sips.

Tommy Noonan, retired cop from Bridgeport, came over and interrupted my reverie of beer, but it ended up being an excellent conversation, and I now have an appreciation for Connecticut history that I didn't know before. I mean, I know of Ely Whitney and the cotton gin, the field-serviceable firearms, but for some reason I'd associated Mr Whitney with the southern states, and Mr Noonan corrected my misassumptions! We had a great time, enjoyed many different ales, and made me realize that coming back to Two Roads was a must-do. I'll have the White IPA again, and certainly the Double.

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Photo of BWED
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Hazy, yeasty golden yellow. White head retains okay.

S- Citrus, pine, wheat tang.

T- Pale malts. Mild dull citrus and fresh pine. Not many notes of a Witbier, just wheat.

M- Smooth and wet. Mild twang. Easy drinker.

O- Okay, but not much Wit characteristics. Just seems to be a wheaty IPA.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: July 9, 2016... OCCASION: Celebrating our family's reunion... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... quite hazy, bubbly, sallow yellow body that sports a creamy snow white head that builds into small coral mountains... lemon and bright citrus offer a thin, singular aroma... light hay and honey mingle as secondary scents... the body is without weight, a rinsing, cleansing, thin body that refreshes with a dry finish.... not much of an experience, outside of its swift finish... the lemon is its most overt offering... otherwise, a nondescript softly hopped ale that drains easily and encourages seconds and thirds... slightly high alcohol for its profile... tough for me to sing its praises or curse its shortcomings...

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Photo of mikeg67
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, perfume hops, bready malt and green apples. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Not the best brew in the variety pack.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint.

a: Straw to golden color. Slight haze. Nice white froth.

s: Citrus and wheat. Very light.

t: Medium body. Light hops. Crisp and refreshing. ( I had this beer a little on the cold side

o: Not a typical tasting IPA. But very nice. Two Roads has better.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not like a 6.00% IPA at all. Very sweet and delicate due to the wheat. It says no spices but I swear it must be the yeast or something giving it a dry crispness. The hops are there, but you have to search for them. A little herbal and grassy with some resin but not in any way hop-foward. Lighter body yields to its drinkability, but not convicing enough to have another.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a two roads snifter.
Bottled on valentines day so 2 months old.

a - brew pours a cloudy straw yellow. Has the look of a hefe. Nice frothy head that didn't hang out streaky lacing on the glass.

s - nose is soft tropical fruit. Floral and wheaty.

t - taste is soft honey lemon and light citrus. Fairly floral and wheat like.

m - a bit watery. Feels very light and soft, finishes a bit bitter.

o - aside from the bitter finish I would say that this is not an IPA. Even at 2 months post bottle really lacks the hop happiness required for the style. Comes across as a lemon and honey wheat ale. Not bad, not my thing. Too soft and fluffy.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a bottle of Honeyspot Road on a whim as it is not one of my normal drinking styles. Naturally, it made its way to the back of the fridge and sat for a bit before I popped it open to complete the review. It poured with a pale yellow color with a generous, foamy head. I first got the smell of fresh citrus as well as faint banana and clove. As I tipped it back I got a brief rush of hoppy notes that were quickly lifted by a yeasty finish. I'm not sure if it is because I didn't drink it at the peak of its freshness but I experienced much more of the traditional wheat-beer characteristics than other reviewer. It even gave me a mouthfeel that can only be described as "doughy". All in all this beer was serviceable and quelled my craft craving in a pinch. I won't run back to the store for more of this one but it was a solid offering that gets average marks from me.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in a can glass. Pours a straw gold hue with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders. Clarity is hazy and lacing is thin and spotty. Nose expresses citrus zest and a faint herbal quality. Taste consistent with nose with a noble hops and grainy quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright, assertive carbonation and mild acidity. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the white IPA style and this one as fair to middlin'.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When poured, it's a little flaky, but given that I'm not generally big on IPAs, I rather enjoyed this because its floral tones aren't as prominent as most others like it. It's brewed with grapefruit, and it can be smelled and tasted.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a hazy yellow /orange color with a bit of head that fizzes quickly. Smell of bread with some citrus on the end. The flavor was very good and surprising from an underwhelming smell. Full of citrus and mild fruits like banana make its way into the beer. Very refreshing beer, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a whitish-golden hue with a huge frothy white head into my glass.

Sweet and slightly fruity upfront. The use of wheat is most obvious at this point.

Drinks as a hoppy wheat beer would.

Sweet, buttery and hoppy finish.

An interesting cross of styles that couldn't be further apart.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a fluffy, clingy, white head. Steady flow of carbonation in the body, with some sediment floating around in there. Aromas of coriander, toasted grains, subtle pepper and grassy hops, banana, and a bready backbone. Flavors are fruity and spiced forward, with notes of banana, pineapple, and melon balancing with pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Bready backbone, lingering through to the aftertaste with the spice blend. The body is full, but light and crisp. The finish is effervesced, crisp, and clean, with a subtle spice linger. Interesting brew.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3 weeks old. Tastes more like an IPL with a bit of pilsner sprinkled in. Not much hop flavor. The malt drives this brew, but it's not sweet. Dry. Crisp and drinks light. Not bad.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks to James for getting me this nice and fresh.

A: A straight pour yields two fingers of pillowy, persistent white head atop a hazy yellow-orange body. As great as the retention is, though, the lacing leaves a little something to be desired. Lovely.

S: Rather dull herbal hops alongside somewhat brighter wheat spice. A bit of coriander and vanilla. Not bad, but just okay.

T: Follows the nose - flavorful but boring. Moderately hoppy up front, with sweeter vanilla-tinged malt, spicy wheat, and fruity esters toward the end. Decent bitterness on the finish ends things quite cleanly. Nothing off, but it could be so much more.

M: Frothy, ebullient effervescence in a light-to-medium body. Fun, but a little much.

O: I love the idea of a white IPA, and there are moments where this shows signs of real promise, but ultimately by trying to do so many things at once it fails to do any one of them particularly well. Perfectly drinkable, but that's about all the praise I can muster.

Cheers!

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Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack at Table and Vine in West Springfield. Served in a pint glass.

The drink had a straw-yellow, cloudy appearance with a frothy head and patchy lacing. I could smell the honey flavor with some orange citrus and a wheat bread aroma. Taste was a malty sweetness mixed with a bready-lemon flavor. Medium body with a decent carbonation. Overall, a sweet IPA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly hazy; pale straw in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: a little restrained; citrusy hops, bready, what's there is nice;

T: a touch of bread, then tart grapefruit comes in; light to moderate bitterness starts at mid-palate;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; refreshing; moderately dry finish;

O: tough to score this one; if I'm in the mood for an IPA, I'm never choosing this - it's a very nice beer, but a slightly different category;

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Photo of DrJay
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear and pale yellow with a thin, fine, white cap supported by a constant stream of bubbles. Some sticky lacing. Citrus aroma, white grapefruit and lemons, mild malt sweetness with some spice. Moderate bitterness with a bit of fruity sweetness and slightly sharp citrus (lemon and grapefruit pith), a bit of tangerine. Light bodied with lively carbonation, a bit dry. Solid overall. I enjoyed the citrus character in this one.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled 08/09/13

A - It is pale yellow in color and hazy. A meager pour yields less than an inch of white head.

S - The smell is lemon and grapefruit. I can tell there is wheat in it.

T - The taste has some bitterness from the grapefruit flavor. Of course, I taste grapefruit and the lemon is there, as well.

M - Medium with some chalkiness.

O - I picked this beer up on vacation in CT. I thought it was pretty good. Now with a fresh palate I am not as impressed. It is decent. I generally like white IPA's and would drink this again.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain, tumbler pint glass.

A: Pale, lemon-yellow color with a slight, yeasty haze and a frothy, two-finger head of bone-white foam which leaves some chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Bright, spicy and herbal with some citrusy, fruity esters thrown about the lemongrass and peppery effervescence.

T: Mild, twangy citrus and wheat malt pang off the palate, setting up for a herbal, peppery and bitter hop bite mid-palate. The grassy lemon and hop characters blend so with a sharp bitterness that leads me to think of this brew as having more Belgian qualities than American. The hopped out Belgian wit finishes dry and citrusy with a sharp, bitter and spicy wheat bite.

M: Medium-bodied brew with plenty of carbonation and a sharp hop profile keep it very drinkable but somewhat difficult to make return sips too soon.

O: Perhaps it's my interpretation of White IPAs, but I'd hope this brew would be a bit softer with more fruitiness and a lingering, juicy hop bitterness. Overall, I'd say this 6% IPA is more Belgian in nature, and seems a bit like a re-hashed American wit, but it's still pretty decent nonetheless. I'm not rushing back for more, but it's an interesting option.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from cask at coalhouse in Stamford. Nice murky blonde color with thick creamy head. Lots of bready biscuit and bitter citrus hop aromas. Same flavor. ..very bready and super piney and bitter with a tad finish of citrus. Its a bit over bitter but an easy drinker. ..a bit un balanced but decent overall and somewhat unique. Worth it on cask but with the usual $10 sixer there are usually better options on the shelf.

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Honeyspot Road IPA from Two Roads Brewing Company
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