auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Cask Republic - New Haven, CT. Plain, green, planty aroma. The flavor follows through in a lot of bitterness and coppery malt. Clean, but yellow with raw hoppiness. I canít get into this, it feels like an overly bitter Amber Ale with young flavor hops.
Chad9976 (1297) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thereís definitely a ďNew England-style Double IPAĒ bandwagon that every brewery in the Northeast has been jumping on the last few years. I donít mind the derivativeness of these beers since most of them tend to be somewhere between good and excellent. Once in a while you encounter an outstanding example of the style, like Two Roads Road 2 Ruin Double IPA. This has pretty much everything I want in the style: great taste, amazing drinkability, affordably priced and available in a can. Itís a great substitute for Heady Topper.
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 2/5/15 and cost $3.85 ($0.24 per ounce).
Appearance: Mostly clear shade of orange/dark gold. Pours to a fluffy, white head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Pungent hop aromatics, slightly spicy, but also juicy and citrusy. Seems just a tad bit mild, though.
Taste: Iíve always detected a bit of a garlic and/or onion flavor to some of the more prominent New England-style Double IPAs, but this is the first Iíve seen to specifically mention using Summit hops Ė a variety that is known for that spicy flavor. Not that itís the only taste, of course. Earthy/piney hop flavor is also prominent, especially on the back end. Thereís citrusy fruit concentrate in the beginning as well. Iím impressed at how well these flavors complement each other and work on their own. The malty side is a bit direct, creating for just minor honey sweetness. Itís bitter to be sure, but not too intense; just a minor drying sensation. Not a starter DIPA Ė this is one for the veteran drinkers.
Drinkability: One of the signs of a great beer is when you take your first taste and you canít put it down. Thatís what happened when I initially sipped Two Roads Road 2 Ruin Double IPA. The mouthfeel was just so comfortable with a smooth texture and easy finish. It was actually pretty refreshing while on my tongue, too. At 8% ABV there is some noticeable alcohol warmth, but itís quite gentle and doesnít distract from the palette. Itís not overwhelming, either. I drank this so quickly I really want to open another one immediately.
ineedbeer (968) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 01/07/2015.
Aroma is fairly fruity and hoppy. Medium light citrus notes with a lot of pineapple, mango and peach. Moderate melon notes with light hop resin. Medium light malt notes with light caramel.
Pours a moderately clear, golden orange with a moderately thick, somewhat small, white head that exhibits decent retention as it recedes to a thin film that lingers. Light lacing and medium small legs.
Flavor is somewhat sweet with a definite caramel note and some pale malt notes. Moderately strong bitterness. Moderately strong hop notes but this time more grapefruit and resin. Lighter tropical fruit and stone fruit. Hint of alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low to medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a decent IPA but definitely not my preferred style. A little too sweet and malty without enough hops in the flavor. Onions, that is the aroma I was having trouble describing. This beer is a bit oniony in aroma and flavor; I like it, others wonít.
cbnz (27) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Home in Berlin
Appearance: Dark gold body, small white head
Aroma: Grapefruit, pine resin
Taste: Quite simple, heavy on grapefruit notes, bit of resin, maybe a little honey
Palate: Medium body with dry finish
tricyclist (960) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderate sample pour of bright golden straw with white head. Nose is straw and grassy notes, loads of citrus. Flavor is bright and clean, refreshing, plenty of citrus, lemon peel, dry and resinous. Not bad at all.
gunnfryd (11592) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden -orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, malt. Flavour is orange, malt, pine, alcohol, grapefruit, citrus. Medium body. OK/Nice beer. KōLF 010814.
thornecb (4642) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy gold into a shaker. Bright white head with good retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Dusty resin and grapefruit aromas. Sweet caramel and resin front to back. Dry lasting grapefruit finish.
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice deep orange colour and a floral, honey nose. Taste is nice but nothing great, quite hoppy but not very complex.
vtafro (4057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Straight out of it. Herbal and grassy with some citrus aromas. Similarly citrus flavors, lighter grassy herbal hop tones.
notalush (5125) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - lightly hazy gold - nicely balanced DIPA - not overly bitter-abrasive or overly-sweet like many others tend to be (sometimes both) - starts with a clean, sweet citrus flavor - dries out through the middle, but the hops are very juicy and highly citric - however, they also bring a bright, quenching acidity - might not be too extreme for many fans of the style, but I really like the balance to this one.
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours clear and yellow with a small, creamy, white head. The nose is restrained, but as the beer warms I am finally able to pull a medicinal note and honey malt from the glass. Full-bodied with an abrasive mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Heaps of bitter citrus rinds and piths in the flavor and lingering finish. Dries out a good bit. Bottle courtesy of BriceNice!