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816. Two Roads Brewing Road 2 Ruin

Two Roads Road 2 RuinTwo Roads may be best known as the place that contract brews Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2  but they also have a pretty solid line up of their own beer. I have also heard that it is a great place to visit so if you find yourself in Connecticut check them out.

Road 2 Ruin is their double IPA and I purchased a 4-pack of cans on a recent trip to Vermont. Their beer is also available in Maine and may even be in New Hampshire now. Appearance is a deep slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma has some floral and pine but is not as pungent as many other DIPAs. Taste has a sweet start, a little pine and then a huge bitter finish. The bitterness seemed to dull down a bit as I drank the beer, not sure if this was me getting used to the beer or a change as the beer warmed.

The can says “Plenty of Bite” at the bottom and that is certainly true.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Two Roads Brewing
Brewers Description: A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!

656. New England Brewing Gandhi-Bot

New England Brewing Gandhi BotI’ve been trying to get my hands on this beer for a while. Every time someone I knew was heading south of Mass I would ask if they were going through Connecticut to buy some Gandhi-Bot. All of my attempts failed and then I turned into “that guy”. You know the one that comments on the Facebook picture of a nice beer haul asking if there were any “extras”. It happens to me all the time when I post pics of my trips to Vermont and as much as I didn’t want to be “that guy” I really wanted to try this beer. Fortunately the person I messaged was nice enough to part with a can of Gandhi-Bot in exchange for a can of Heady.

It is probably unfair to compare a packaged IPA (either in bottle or can) to those purchased directly from the brewery in a growler or an IPA consumed on draft. Almost all of my highest rated IPAs, DIPAs and hoppy Pale Ales were purchased in growlers and someday I will take the trip to NEBCO to try this one straight from the source but until then here is my review.

Gandhi-Bot looks like many other DIPAs with a nice orange color and bright white head. Aroma has a little bit of everything when it comes to hops; citrus, pine, light floral lots of good stuff happening. Taste for me was the weak link with that same mix of floral, pine and citrus, certainly a top notch IPA but it just doesn’t compare to some of my favorites from Hill Farmstead.

Some day I will amend this review to include Gandhi-Bot fresh from the brewery as I expect it does lose something in the packaging and distribution. 
Pros:
Three distinct hop flavors; floral, pine and citrus
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: 
Brewers Description: 
Gandhi-Bot is an intensely hopped double India pale ale with a blend of three varieties of American Hops. Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-Bot is an ideal aid for the self-purification and the seeking of truth and love.

97. Cottrell Old Yankee Ale

I had never heard of Cottrell brewing but came across this one at at The Good Beer Store and since I like ales thought I would give it a try. I was impressed with the color and head after the pour and the beer did not disappoint. Solid aroma with lots of different fruity smells. The beer was smooth and easy to drink as you would expect from a 5% ABV ale. This one went down so smooth it is hard to review as it was gone before I knew it.
Pros: Smooth, color, aroma
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 26
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Cottrell Brewing
Brewers Description: A medium bodies Amber Ale this World Class Beer has an A+ Rating from the founders of Beer Advocate. Brewed and bottled in Connecticut for the past 13 years “Step Into New England” with this outstanding session beer!!

67. Guinness Black Lager

Not a lot going on with this beer good or bad. My 2.5 star rating is generous but the color, head that lasts and slight lacing on the glass make it a good beer to look at. The taste is nothing special but it is easy to drink and with a low alcohol content you can certainly have more than one. If you want to impress your friends that are drinking the Miller, Bud or Coors Lite by drinking lots of dark beer this would be a good choice for you. If you enjoy truly good beer try something else.
Pros: Color, Easy to drink
Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★½☆☆
Brewers Website: Guinness
Brewers Description: Introducing a true original. New Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley for a refreshing lager taste like no other. Your first sip will surprise you.