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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 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 Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, resin pine, pale malts, bread malts, and floral.

Taste: Same as the aroma, but light characteristics with mild hop bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and slightly chewy.

Overall: A nice refreshing wheat IPA. Simple and light. Ale yeast with all this wheat is a bit tough.

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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 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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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 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 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 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.


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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 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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Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy blackish yellow with 1/4 inch white foam. Very clingy. Musty/chalky nose. Taste is wheaty like it wants to go witbier, but no lemon/citrus arrives and so it evolves into a hoppier blend. Bitter lingers long after. Beer warms, and then some citrus shows up. Unique offering for this CT start up. Like what they are doing.

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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 EternalCask
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- clocks in about 6 on the srm... Very beautiful deep straw hue

S- definitely has a pleasant herbal funk.

T-hops charge up in onset then fall away to notes of grapefruit and cilantro

M- although light and bouncy, there is a slight diacetyl silk

O- a hybrid that balances fun and intrigue

Poured in Belgian style tulip glass.

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Photo of Boozefox
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A new local Connecticut offering, though the brewmaster apparently has a good deal of experience under his belt. Met an employee at the weekly beer tasting at a local shop in Tolland and sampled this and a few others. Bought some to take home.

A - Aggressive head formation, courtesy of the wheat. Pale and clear like a dry mead or a California Chardonnay. Bubbles still rising after the head has settled.

S - Smells like beer. It's not a strong-smelling brew. Some malty notes, some bright something in there that tells your nose it's carbonated, no hops to speak of, maybe just a wee bit of alcohol.

T - Not what I expect or like from my IPAs, but there's bitterness in there, oh yes. Just not any of the bright, piney/citrusy melodies I prefer my hoppy beers to play. It's got about half-Hefeweizen, probably because of the yeast they're using and the wheat in the mash bill, giving you little flashes of almost-but-not-quite clove, wait-was-that-no-I-guess-not banana, some sharp citrus oil esters... it's kind of lemony, but not in a beer way, more in a fancy imported lemon soda sort of way. The bitterness is a hop bitterness, and it balances what needs balanced, but it will not entice your inner hophead to go full werewolf and start telling your buddies all about that time you walked into a pub and they had DFH120 on tap. Which is what I'm usually prowling for in an IPA these days, honestly, but sometimes it's nice to drink something a little more classic, restrained.

M - Intense, explosive carbonation, like if a Sprite wasn't all thick and gooey in the mouth; it's that punchy. It's thin on the front, probably because with that amount of carbonation I'm expecting a thick syrupy soda experience, but it's thicker and more coating on the end of the swallow. It almost foams up on you in your mouth. This beer really just saturated with carbonation.

Overall, it's good! It's kind of different. It makes one hell of a shandy with Simply Lemonade, about 3:2. Also, as I just discovered, a bottle of it works quite well over 3 oz of fresh orange juice. It would probably be an excellent beer lightly chilled in the middle of July, or used to top up classic gin+lemon+sugar+beer Skip and Go Nakeds or Beer French 75s. The (assertive? excessive?) carbonation would make it an excellent interest-adding substitute for Champagne or even soda water (or, with some simple syrup, Sprite/7-Up) in any mixed drink or punch.

tl;dr: Interesting! Good "IPA-feweizen", not for your hophead fix; light, brightly carbonated, this beer plays well with others. Mix it, experiment with it, or just drink it.

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Photo of mnrider
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Pours a pale light golden color with a large pillow of white head. Plenty
of carbonation. Above average retention and lacing.

S: Yeast, sweet fruits, wheat, some hops. A little spicy, Subtle but nice.

T/M: Spicy yeast, floral hops, wheat, nice juicy fruits, mellow citrus and some
possible honey. The malts are also mellow. Crisp with good carbonation feel.
Refreshing and pretty clean on the aftertaste. Oh and light bodied.

O: Another solid brew from Two Roads Brewing. This one has great drinkability
but does lack in the hop bite, which is something I would want in a White IPA.
Otherwise it is right on for me. I would say this is a nice warm weather beer.


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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 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 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 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 ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe glass

A pale yellow body with a foamy, borderline creamy cap that rose two+ fingers to fill the glass and fell slowly. Some chunks of lace cling to the glass.

The nose is of damp wheat, flowers, lemons, grapefruit, melon, and a little but of mustiness. Nothing overly assertive, just a nice well-rounded nose.

Musty damp wheat mixed with fresh cracked grains up front before a rush of flowers and citrus fruits. Melon, grapefruit, and lemons mostly. Some bitterness from the hops is trying to take control but is buoyed by the grains on the low end.

Light bodied, smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

This is a very simple, delicate beer. Very approachable with some good flavors swirling around. Well crafted.

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Photo of alexgash
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.

Pale lemon. Slightly hazy, with some particulate matter. Tall, billowy, bright white head. Great lacing. Nose is a mix of yeast, bread, and herbal hops. Some dank. Yeast is definitely of a Belgian nature. Light powdered sugar and lemon/citrus.

Toasted malt and citrusy hop bitterness up front. Cracker malt fills in with some mild sweet notes. Spicy yeast mixes with light fruit flavor (orange and mango). More citrus hop bitterness in the finish, with lingering Belgian yeastiness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Not bad, but I feel like the flavors were a little out of sync with each other.

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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 argock
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.79.

A: Lemon yellow with 1-finger cap of foamy white head with below-average retention and rare lace spots. A lot of floaties.

S: Lemon and herbal almost onion hops aroma, some grapefruit and orange citrus too. Also some honeydew melon. The malts are very light in aroma, mainly crackery.

T: The flavor seems most like an extremely clean and light IPA with melon, grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus on a very plain crackery malt base. There are some honeysuckle notes too. There is very little bitterness. The finish is slightly sweet with a lot more honeydew melon flavors, with the tangy sweetness owing to the wheat malt component I imagine.

M: Very crisp and clean all the way around with a light body and even, higher-than-average carbonation that works well with the lean body.

O: A good beer that is more manageable than the 4-5 other white IPAs I have tried. I really don't think Belgian IPA is the right style as there is little to no yeast character in this beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours slightly murky. Quite like a Wit. I can see right through the body, but it is quite milky. Head is bleached. Head is thinner but it retains quite well and laces with an artistic flare.

S-Tropical fruit hops and honeysuckle. Sweet hops. Sugared pine resin. Pineapples? Maybe pina colada? A nice mixture of Belgian fruitiness and fruity hoppiness…I dig it.

T-A bit spicier. Fruity hops. Flavors are interesting. A wheat and cereal-grain and grassy hop finish. When it is still quite cold the flavors are muted to a certain degree; there is more of an unexpressive hoppy bitterness. As the beer slowly warms it begins to show its complexity. I enjoyed the nose more but as the beer warms, the more I get the best parts of the nose in the flavor.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Pretty bitter. Solid drinkability. Creamy feel.

O/D-My second offering from the new kids on the CT block. Both beers by two roads have been unique at very least. This is a solid initial offering from Two Roads. Its memorable and unique. It really becomes a different animal as it warms. So far, so good, Two Roads.

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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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Honeyspot Road IPA from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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