Two Roads Brewing Co., which has only been open for a little over two years, has quickly become one of the largest breweries in the state of Connecticut.

Part of this is due to their location, just a few blocks from I-95 in Stratford; part of it is due to its facility, which is in a beautifully repurposed factory building1 that use to be home to a company that made metal presses. This allows Two Roads to do contract brewing, currently it is brewing Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine DIPA, among others. And they have a fantastic tasting room, on the second floor overlooking the brewing operations. But they have also been producing some good beer since the beginning, and their Road 2 Ruin Double IPA is one of their original brews that doesn’t disappoint.

Two Roads Road 2 Ruin DIPA bottle

The double IPA, a West Coast innovation that doubles the amount of hops, then adds malt for balance, invariably creates a beer with a higher alcoholic profile. Road 2 Ruin clocks in at hefty 8 percent ABV, but the expected alcoholic burn is muted by the hop flavor.  This is one of Two Roads’ year-round brews and has been a popular beer for them them since it was introduced.

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle, which is dated Dec 14, 2014, into appropriate IPA glassware, there is a thick, off-white head that provides good lacing as the beer is consumed. The body of the beer is  slightly opaque, light amber in color.  The aroma is a reminder of a walk thru a glen of spruce, piney freshness with a hint of orange blossoms.

Two Roads Road 2 Ruin DIPA

The first sip reveals that resiny flavor, but with plenty of sweet citrus notes, along the lines of a tangerine, followed by mild bitterness imparted by the combination of the American varieties of  summit, palisades, cascade and magnum hops. Road 2 Ruin finishes cleanly, with a bit of the bitters lingering on the back of the tongue.

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Two Roads Road 2 Ruin DIPA
BREWERY: Two Roads Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Stratford, Conn.
ABV: 8 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $1.99
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce bottles
This is not the DIPA that will blow your socks off, but Two Roads has produced a very drinkable version of what is now considered a American classic beer style that has seen it's popularity soar in the past five years.
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