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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Two Juicy by Two Roads Brewing Co.

December, 2019

Two Juicy

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Two Juicy by Two Roads Brewing Co. is an Unfiltered Strong Double IPA (BJCP Style 22A). It weighs in at 8.2 percent ABV. Hello, Mr. Hoppy! The aroma smacks you in the face like sticking your head in a bag of freshly pick hop cones! It is intense, to say the least. I know there is malt in there somewhere, but you’re going to have to wade through the hop river to get to it! As a self-confessed hophead, I approve this beer! Lots of hop bouquet, no off-aromas, and a hint of malt. The color is pale straw, probably exaggerated by its extreme haziness. This beer looks like a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with a head on it. The head sports a nice lacy texture, and the retention is excellent. The characteristics from the bouquet carries through into the taste. There is some hop bite, to be sure, but not a lot, especially considering the amount of hops you would need to balance the malt required to achieve the high ABV. The flavor is “hoppy,” but not bitter, with some lingering hop goodness and just enough malt sweetness for balance. As one might expect for a beer of this strength, the body is medium-full to full. It is well-carbonated. There is no noticeable alcoholic burn in the finish, a little surprising given the strength. The only characteristic I didn’t care for was the texture. It was almost “gritty,” which is common in these extreme, mega-hop late addition hazy IPAs.

In short, this is a well-executed New England-style Hazy Double IPA. Two Roads has somehow fiendishly masked this beer's true strength. Very smooth and potentially very dangerous! If you crave the haze, you would do well to seek this one out. Perhaps it would be wise to invite a friend over to split this 16-ounce can!