Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Roads Road Jam

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1359) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2015
I 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 garnish.

Score: 6/10

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