Better Weather IPA - Golden Road Brewing

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Better Weather IPABetter Weather IPA

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ithacabaron on 11-03-2013

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

quick note: whatever happened to writing up a full review on BA? Hopefully this is a little more comprehensive than the other reviews:
Appearance: light golden/orange with 1 finger head

Aroma: slight orangey hops, malts and alcohol heat also present

Taste: hoppy on the front end but not overly bitter. Nice malty backbone however the alcohol is slightly noticeable but given that it's 9.4% it's still very drinkable. A great tasting DIPA.

Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation.

A nice DIPA - surprisingly light yet also nice and hoppy. I would buy this again.

Photo of Giesch
1.81/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Ive had better IPAs. 9.4 ABV

Photo of Jree261
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Amber with eggshell foam out of a 16 ounce can.

Smell-Grass, Strawberries, Raspberries, Bitters.

Taste-Follows the nose with a light cream on the end palate. Sort of like a strawberry creamsicle.

Mouthfeel-Nice weight for an IPA. Heavy but not overwhelming. Finish is a good length.

Overall-I wasn't expecting much but I think this is my favorite I've had from Golden Road. I love the shift to a light mouthfeel on the finish. Nicely done.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Christmas Day and a Better Weather IPA.

Pleasantly surprised on this one, my peeps. A decent amount of juice, the bitterness was ripe like a guava picked from the equater... Hell, Raul is diggin' this like the government is digging into your pension!

I wouldn't exactly say that I am "feelin" in, but I'm into it well enough.

Photo of largadeer
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly heavy and malty mouthfeel. Resinous hop profile that doesn't impress much. Not bad, somewhat generic.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Rock & Brews, El Segundo, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the pine resin hops seem to stand out a little more in front of the citrusy hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the contrasting citrusy and piney hops in the beer as the smell and taste seemed like mirror images of each other.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sixteen ounce can dated 10-26-13.

A: Pours a clear orange with a solid 1.5-inch slightly off-white head which fades to a thin cap and yields spots and splotches of lace.

N: Citrus (mainly grapefruit) dominates here. Floral with some herbal and caramel malty notes.

T: Citrusy with some sweet caramel malts. Perhaps I should have checked the can date more closely.

M: Medium body and semi-full carbonation. Mildly bitter and dry finish. ABV is noted but fairly well hidden.

O: A good and balanced Impy IPA.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells very floral with a crisp subtle mint, maybe some eucalyptus and some underlying fruitiness. The taste is very smooth and sweet with the hop flavors described in the smell all melding together. Slight bit of alcohol to let you know its a double ipa. The more and more I drink this beer the more I get complexities from the hops used. I had this and a two hearted back to back and this one is winning in my opinion. Perhaps its the better mouthfeel because of the double IPA but I just like this taste better. Anyways, solid beer that leaves just enough bitterness to let you know it means business.

Photo of Beermazter310
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer tasty aromatic and flavorful

Photo of santomark
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours this mild apple juice appearance, head is off white, about 2 fingers, disappears very quickly, nice lacing.

Smell - I've had several of their other brews and this one is not very aromatic. Mild pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, grassy, but definitely the biggest aspect is the boozy notes. Not very well hidden.

Taste - Very boozy, actually to reiterate, extremely boozy tasting. This is reminiscent of taking a shot of hard liquor. A tad sour, not very sweet, mild pine finish. The caramel notes do add this unique body throughout drinking, reminds me of a Black IPA in this sense.

Mouthfeel - Silky, little carbonation, refreshing, dry at the end. My only complaint about the mouthfeel is the way this thing goes down. You can feel it go down the throat like a shot of liquor, warming, boozy.

Overall - This seems like a typical Golden Roads Brew to me, very one dimensional. The main characteristic of this is the Caramel notes, this makes a great cold day brew, but other than that, it was very boozy and mild in characteristics of what makes a DIPA such a great style. I'm still waiting for a nice piney, sweet, citrusy, dry finish brew from these guys. However, this was very disappointing. One dimensional. I think of this beer as if Eric Clapton played with some mediocre partners. Great on guitars, but the other band members need work.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/28/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a bit muted in terms of hop qualities in the aroma and flavor for a DIPA.

Photo of markgugs
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper, approaching amber, dark for a DIPA. Very clear though. Enormous, fluffy, dirty white head that lasts for days. Nose of warm honeyed biscuits and grass, some pine. Malts are dominant. Flavor is a bit more balanced, though honey is still very present, I guess this is what they meant by a "winter" IPA. Thick, syrupy yet still creamy, all-in-all a decent offering, just not my favorite (for my palette).

Photo of lsummers
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rust orange, not much head but looks really sticky. Subtle lacing and alcohol legs.

Smells of a freshly peeled orange with that great mango/pineapple. Nice grassy note mixed in.

Taste hits with that nice caramel malt loaded citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruitiness. Slight grassy/herbal note. Huge hop bite seems to hit midway. It's a really sweet dipa which I feel helps cut that bitterness and mellow it out with the candy malt notes. After taste is grapefruit hops with some slight burnt brown sugar notes.

It's fairly sticky with a medium body. Feels moderately carbonated which lends to this a nice sipping DIPA.

Overall, I can't wait to try this again, especially canned. I will definitely update this review with added thoughts because right now this is seeming to be a great example of a west coast DIPA with that hop bite.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours with a slightly hazy dried apricot hue; bubbles are big, lazy toad's eyes, clustered on the floor of the glass, and wandering up every so often. A creamy, tapioca-like head gathers on top, pock-marked with holes. Eventually, the entire thing settles down into a thick-skinned cap. Not bad, but not great.

Aroma is more apricots, touched off with under-ripe pineapple, celery, acacia honey, and tangy lychee. Some alcohol buried in there as well. Somewhat "gasoline-like" as well, in the tradition of the IPAs made by El Segundo (but not quite reaching that sublime level). Effusive, but not rambunctious.

Malt forward in the mouth, light and sweet at first. Hints of muscat grapes. As the beer carries along the palate, the bitter backbone of the beer pops out here and there, bringing with it alcoholic gasps. Sugar, booze, and bitterness -- that's your lineup. On the swallow, the tongue is left a bit chalky. Not a lot of nuance here; the hoppiness is one dimensional. That being said, it's gritty and ramrod straight, unlike many of the lo-coho IPAs that seem to glop around all over Southern California these days. Points for that.

Mouthfeel is a bit low. That being said, for a beer of this size, the body is neither too thin nor too thick, so that's something.

Like most of Golden Road's offerings, this is . . . fine. Am I happy they've made it? Sure.

Photo of rawfish
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear and amber/orange with a froth off white head as big as you care to make it. Decent retention leaving spider web lacing on the glass.

Odd mixture of your typical west coast pine resin and orange citrus but I'm also getting alot of herbal mint, bubble gum with a chalky malt sweetness and a whiff of alcohol.

Malt is very mild adding only a bit of simple sweetness before it is overwhelmed by alcohol, pine resin and orange citrus. Overall the hop flavors are rather reserved. Medicinal pine and Robutussin complete the finish with the alcohol bite.

Medium body and quaffable, the carbonation is appropriate. Alcohol is not hidden and really gets you on the finish, long draws of this beer are the way to go to avoid the hard stuff.

Definitely not my favorite beer from Golden Road, the alcohol presence is way too strong here without any of the hoppy rewards. Muted west coast style DIPA flavor, it's a good thing I only got a single.

Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

nice belgian lAce. but feels and finishes heavy and boozy

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.99
Purchased: Jan. 29, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 1, 2014
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 12, 2013

Poured a honey orange mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Above average-to-good amount of semi-layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled sharp bitter citrus hops right away. Also grapefruit, wet Cascade hops, orange rind, pine, floral hops, caramel, lime and tangerine. Very nice on the nose.

Tasted like a toned-down version of the smell. Got citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, floral hops, tropical hops, resin hops and pine. Very bitter.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A very good double IPA. I would definitely try some more.

Photo of jooler
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to love golden road. The smell is pretty hoppy with more hops. There is a sweet backbone. It's kind of like wolf among weeds but with a slightly more alcoholic taste but at 9.4% and well hidden, but I'm not complaining. The only problem is that the finish is very alcoholic and flat

Better Weather IPA from Golden Road Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.