canary dog (774) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2016 RERATE: Delicious and vibrant. A super dry and super hoppy Pils. This may be a little bit more hopped than a typical Pils, but who cares? The hops they use appear to be Noble, and not the type of hops one would associate with a west coast IPA (which many American craft-brewers do with their versions of Pils). Very lingering but not overpowering bitterness. Dry. This is a very fine attempt at a German Pils, something I have rarely encountered with other attempts from American brewers. Perhaps the best American Pils I have had, even better than the slightly over-hyped Heater Allen. Bravo to this Connecticut brewer. I will have to try more of their brews, because if you can make a great Pils, then you can make anything. squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2013
New brewery. Old mastermind. Give him some flowers and seeds and a tank and let him work his magic. Immediate grand achievements in the "pale beer with depth and finesse" category -- pilsner, saison, and white ipa. Here with an Ol’ Factory Pils 12oz bottle. Right up there with Victory, Lagunitas, Oskar, or Sly Fox, with the hops being a shade less on the flavor factor and a shade greater on the drying factor. Wonderful slightly creamy center tapers long and lean to an unobtrusive clean herbiness. Guzzle in June. Bathe in July. Bitterending (11) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Overall great beer good hoppy flavor and drinks really smooth and has you wanting another definitely not a one and done beer ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Authentic pilsners are quickly becoming some of my favorite beers to drink. It’s hard to believe beers of this general style have been around for centuries. It’s not surprising that American brewers would make minor, but noticeable changes such as Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils which appears to be brewed with both German and American hops as well as a little rye. Spicy and bitter for sure, but still flavorful and interesting as well as crisp and refreshing.
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. It was canned on 4/6/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful pure golden color with crystal clarity and visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: One of the most aromatic pilsner I’ve encountered. Strong spicy aroma from, presumably Noble hops as well as some citrus character from American hops.
Taste: You know you’re drinking a good pilsner when the flavor jumps out at you immediately. In the case of this beer it’s a strong spicy/bitter sensation, akin to rye or maybe just a lot of Noble hops (which tend to be quite spicy). Lot of pale malt base here, but with a little more nuance and character than your average pilsner (macro, craft or otherwise). Strong spicy flavor on the back end that seems to light up the palate as it goes down. A hint of lemon or other citrus/fruity flavor emerges briefly on the finish, but eventually fades away to a dry, rye bread-like taste. Overall, one of the most unique and interesting American pilsners I can recall having.
Drinkability: I’m glad this beer is available in cans, because its palette lends itself to the container. The mouthfeel is light, but in no way “thin” or watery. Plenty of carbonation, but always contained. Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils is refreshing while in the mouth, though I would probably prefer a cleaner aftertaste. At 5% ABV it rides the fence as far as being a session beer (though I could see it easily working as such in the summer).
Pale golden color, good head. Grassy hop aroma with some malt in the nose. Tasty American Pilsner. Good malt flavor with some hop bitterness. Clean finish.
rjmc64 (36) - Deer Park, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Pours a light gold, somewhat hazy with a huge white head. Earthy, herbal nose. Mouthfeel is medium, perfect for the style. Flavor is smooth and juicy, the clean pilsner malt is a great backbone for the earthy German hops. Braudog (6781) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Draft at the Hartford airport. Classic pilsner visuals and a bountiful, perfumed aroma start this one off right! Crisp and snappy with a great continental hoppy bite. One of the better pilsners I’ve tried in some time. (#4919, 1/17/2013) Lisowczyk (87) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Barwa złota, piwo klarowne. Piana obfita, drobna, biała, bardzo trwała, mocno oblepia szkło. W aromacie słód, amerykański chmiel (cytrusy, kwiaty) i leciutkie miodowe utlenienie. Smak to słodowość, nuty chmielowe: kwiaty, słodkie cytrusy, lekkie miodowe utelnienie. Goryczka jak na styl wysoka. David_87 (125) - - FEB 2, 2015
Pours golden with slight haze. Aroma is some light floral hop. Taste is more of the same. VERY nice and drinkable pilsner with a bit more character than the usual suspects of it´s style.
Bottle from SB. drhino1 (2) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2017 does not count
Solid local brew....My favorite Two Roads product. Beer is smooth going down and not too bitter.