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.
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.
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.