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Two Roads and the Bahn Less Traveled

Your faithful correspondent has been very slow to report on a tasting of Two Roads Brewing Company, from Stratford CT.

2-NoLimitsCan2No Limits Hefeweizen

Pours a beautiful cream gold from the can, the nose gives classic yeast and malt with a hint of clove, and these carry through on the palette. Some bubblegum comes in on the finish, which remains dry rather than sweet. Others at a recent tasting got the bubblegum right away. 5% ABV. This stands up nobly against the German originals. This was the first beer from Two Roads that I tried, and for that matter my first canned craft beer. I learned right there that excellent beer may come from a can. Did I like it? Did I put it in the header image of my blog?’

Worker’s Comp Saison

2-Roads_Saison_Final2This sessionable saison arrives with a nice slightly sour yeasty nose with lots of fruit and spice. It’s a good sipper with a slight zing, not as sour as some saisons and I prefer it this way. We heard that this is brewed from seven different grains described as like “what’s laying around farmhouse.” This starts off with the classics: barley, wheat, oats, and rye, but spelt was also mentioned. I can’t say that I’ve spent time in European farmhouses, but I don’t think too many of them have spelt! The result of all this is like a hearty stew of malts and a lot of mouth-filling complexity for 4.8% ABV. All this wraps up on the finish with hints of tropical fruit and perhaps even pepper.

2-RoadJamLabel2Road Jam Raspberry Wheat

Continuing the theme of relatively low alcohol (5.2% ABV), this wheat beer is made with red and black raspberry purée and has lemongrass added. Very pretty in the glass (put it in a flute), it gives firm raspberry like a lambic with citrus coming behind. I’ve been very sluggish reviewing this, so this summer seasonal may be nowhere to be found, but if you like fruit beer perhaps you can grab a straggler.

Road 2 Ruin Double IPA

2-Road2RuinOK, enough of the low alcohol stuff. This pours a pretty apricot with a mild head. On the nose it leads with strong musty fruit and pine. The hops dominate the palette but on a structure of malt. I wouldn’t call this balanced, but I don’t think that’s the point. The hop mix continues on the finish. 8% ABV.

Rye 95

2-Final Rye Label - CroppedWrapping up with a Rye Tripel, this starts as a nice Belgian style then picks up a little twist from the rye. It’s complex fruity malty yeasty, with some fruit and spice coming in with the hops. 9.5% ABV. This isn’t a favorite of mine, but it’s not the slightest bit bad. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by other tripels or maybe rye isn’t my favorite here. On further thought, maybe the Rye 95 suffered after the heavy hitting hops of Road 2 Ruin.

This reminds me how important sequencing is during a tasting or even during an evening at home. Light to heavy, low ABV to high, low bitterness to high . . . and sometimes these are going to conflict. Rye 95 was higher alcohol heavier mouth feel, but Road 2 Ruin was higher in IBU. I think my preference is to wrap up with the hoppiest beer. After all, Ballast Point Palette Wrecker and Stone Ruination IPA are not designed as a gentle segue to anything else.

Anyway, sometime soon I’ll have to head over into Connecticut and find a road that leads to Two Roads.

Images courtesy of Two Roads Brewing Company

 

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The Two Roads Less Traveled

This Growler & Gill tasting was of Two Roads, from Stratford CT, presented by Emily their Marketing Manager and Joe from Accounting. They claim they’re the “B Team” but they showed the flag proudly.

2R nolimitslogoWe started with No Limits Hefeweizen, nice and creamy with some fruitiness, a hint of clove and some bubblegum on the finish. Others got gum right away, for me it came along later. As I said in a prior review, this stands up to German originals. 5.0% ABV.

 

 

2Roads_Saison_FinalThe next was Worker’s Comp Saison. This leads with a nice slightly sour yeasty nose. It’s a good sipper, not as sour as some saisons and I prefer it this way. They say it’s brewed from 7 grains described as like what’s laying around farmhouse but also mentioning spelt. Not many farmhouses with spelt, methinks! This is quite fruity but not citrusy, with some nice spice on the finish. 4.8% ABV, so continuing a sessionable trend.

 

 

2R roadjamOn to Road Jam Raspberry Wheat. This is their summer seasonal, made with raspberries and black raspberries and lemongrass. The pour is very pretty. This gives a solid raspberry aroma and flavor, a little less sweet than the lambic I just had, and a bit of citrus follows the raspberry, with a light spiciness. 5.0% ABV.

 

2Roads_DIPA_FinalChanging to a hoppy gear, Road 2 Ruin Double IPA leads with strong musty fruit and pine. This continues on the palette with a complex blend of hops. I don’t get much malt, so this is not necessarily balanced, nor is it intended to be, I think. 8.0% ABV, and they said that value has risen from year to year, probably as competing doubles come in at high levels.

 

2R rye95labelfrontWe wrapped up with a Rye 95 Tripel Blonde Ale. (I must say I’m getting tired of having spell check “correct” me from “Tripel” to “Triple.” However, I was surprised to discover that my iPhone auto-completes “Hefeweizen” as soon as I type “Hefew.”) Anyway, this is a nice Belgian style ale with a little spicy twist from the rye. I think this suffered after the hops of Road 2 Ruin, which I think masked the fruitiness that I would expect, though I got hints of it. Whatever hops it has were likewise masked by the earlier, stronger hops.

To test this theory I followed up after a few minutes with another taste, and then I found it to be malty, fruity, and yeasty, so we had a sequencing problem like at a wine tasting when you put something like a Zinfandel in front of a Pinot. With beer, it’s easy to lead off with a Pilsner or a Saison, but then it gets tricky sequencing Double IPAs and Big Belgians and Stouts and so forth. A challenge to the presenter!

The evening was a nice trip down the side roads of Connecticut.

Prior to the Two Roads tasting, I had a pint of Jack’s Abby Aussie Rules APL. Coming off tasting a forgettable pale ale, this hit firmly with hops in the nose and on the palette, herbal and flowery with significant bite. Hops carried the finish as well. This went very well with a pair of hot dogs and spicy mustard.

Lager and hot dogs, what an unusual combination! OK, really good Lager and hot dogs; that’s a less common combination. This reminds me that I just read that the Yankees were ranked last in a list of “best beer at the stadium.” Seattle ranked first, which is not the least bit surprising! I’ll be at Yankee Stadium in a few weeks, so I’ll have to see what’s available.

Jacks3While we’re on the subject of Jack’s Abby, at home I had one of their Hopstitution Extra Pale Lager. Poured into my IPA glass I got a almost a 3″ head, or almost half the height of the glass! I didn’t *think* I was pouring incautiously. The nose was nicely hoppy and didn’t show me lager yeast. I probably would have thought IPA rather than EPL. Nice gentle malt with a bit of yeast and a sort of toffee trace. Not much hops on the middle, but then they strengthen on the finish, more of the herbal sort than piney or citrusy.

I look forward to doing a tasting sometime of Jack’s Abby…now that I know how to spell it.

Two Roads images courtesy of Two Roads Brewing Company

 

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