Friday, December 20, 2013

Anniversary Ale

I can't tell you how much it's means to me having a brewery in my home town.

It was just over a year ago when I got a chance to visit Two Roads before they opened their doors to the public (read about it here). I was amazed at the scale of the brewery and the beauty of the the tasting room.

Little did I know that Two Roads would become a place where I would spend many hours enjoying a variety fantastic brews and meeting so many great people in a comfortable, relaxing environment. I kind of hate to make the comparison, but I feel like it's become my own little version of Cheers.

When Two Roads opened it's doors last year, it was already the largest brewery in the state. The growth I've seen throughout the past year is staggering; new tanks, a canning line, and so many new beers.

I've tasted and reviewed every beer they've brewed. Although I admit that I have not loved them all, each and every one is well crafted by brewers who clearly have a passion for creating good beer. Anyone can spew out a bunch of different styles of beer. But to make consistently good beer is an impressive feat. Good job with that Two Roads.

Anniversary Ale (4.8% ABV), a session IPA, pours a golden amber with a big white head that leaves behind nice lacing.

The aroma is of bright citrus and earthy hops.

The taste is wonderfully bitter with tart citrus and juicy fruits dominating and dank earthy hops teasing the palate. There is a good solid malt base to compliment and balance out the hops.  The finish is clean and crisp. Bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue begging for more.

The mouth feel is medium with tingly carbonation.

Two Roads Anniversary Ale is a great accompaniment to their already impressive line-up of beers. It is a flavorful, smooth, and quaffable brew.

Overall: very good

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