like fruit beers for the most part. Some scoff at them for being too
“girly” or too deviated from what “real beer” is. I scoff at the
scoffers – a tasty beer is a tasty beer regardless of ingredients. Two
Roads Road Jam illustrates what I mean: I does have a jam-like flavor
that’s sweet and a little tart. It’s also highly drinkable, so it does
what it’s supposed to do.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It was bottled on 5/5/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: Same color as red raspberries; nearly opaque but some
carbonation is visible around the edges. Pours to a pinkish/white soapy
head which mostly evaporates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Surprisingly mild aroma with only a hint of raspberry. Otherwise, a generic wheat beer aroma. Unremarkable.
Taste: Mild fruit juice-like taste up front. Slightly sweet with a
distinct wheat character not unlike that of a cracker. Some bitterness
and zestiness through the middle – slightly spicy hops and/or the
lemongrass coming through. On the back end I get a much strong berry
flavor – not quite sugary but definitely sweet with a strong tart
sharpness on the finish. It’s definitely a flavor similar to jelly, but
not nearly as strong. I’m not sure if this beer loses something in the
bottle, but it’s not nearly as strongly flavored as it was on draught at
the brewery’s taproom when I had it recently. Not to say it’s bad at
all, though. I’d probably consider this an average fruit beer.
Drinkability: Fruity wheat beers tend to pair with warm weather – which
is exactly how I drank my bottle of Two Roads Road Jam. Refreshing from
beginning to end with a clean, dry aftertaste (maybe a slight residual
tartness I guess). At 5% ABV it probably could use a little more body as
it feels like something in more overt sessionable range. I could see
this working with salads and any kind of entrée made with a fruit