2020 IPA - Golden Road Brewing

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2020 IPA2020 IPA

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BierGiek on 02-06-2014

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 23
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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very malty might of been an old can almost undrinkable

Photo of dannydetox
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Four pack of 16 oz cans dated 2/13/14. Initial aroma was stronger fruity hops, with notes of apricot and passionfruit in front of light caramel malt. copper in color, this minimally carbonated can leaves a faint white head that is all but gone the next minute. second whiff offers less hop qualities - perhaps faint lemon - and more malt. on the palate i find this brew to be balanced between the tropical hop attack and the backbone of the malt. full mouthfeel, but the lack of carbonation is disappointing; that explains the penalty in that category. as the beer warms up it gets stickier, although the finish has the bitterness i'd expect from an IPA; i think i'd have to drink the first '14 custom quickly.

Photo of trubeernick
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours from can to pint glass. The beer is darker then expected with a sweet smell to it maybe a bit fruity. The taste is a little too malty forward for me as IPA "s go. Overall mouthful is decent though. I like how these guys r experimenting with their IPA though. Overall I think I would try again, maybe on tap since I'm not to far from the brewery.

Photo of BierGiek
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can (canned on 1-24-14) served in Golden Road pint glass.

A - A beautiful beer, really. Copper, finger white head with decent retention, nice lacing.

S - Pine predominates, with citrus in the background. Also pick up on some earthiness. Alcohol intrudes on what is otherwise an incredible aroma.

T - Similar. Pine and resin upfront, with some earthy sweetness to finish out and balance the lingering bitterness. Alcohol is a little heavy.

M - Medium bodied. Perfect for the style.

O - A good IPA (red IPA?) that delivers for the most part. In all, my only complaint with this beer is that the alcohol is fairly apparent and, while not overpowering, is not entirely pleasant.


Photo of RaulMondesi
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of like my first date with my baby mama, Raul wasn't exactly expecting all that much, but he became pleasantly surprised.

Malty, coppery, slight caramel... It's smooth enough and doesn't have an oil slick of syrup, so Raul is into that.

Now, in the long run, ol' BM blossomed like a Monarch butterfly; and although 2020 may never get out of its cocoon, it is still decent enough.

Photo of 1424IpA
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Distributor stopped in dropped off a can. Called it a red ipa. Pours darker than a pale but im not impressed with its smell, taste or feel. Another average beer from golden road. Blue can for a red ipa...really smart.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottom dated 1/24/14.

A: Pours a clear amberish orange under a 1-inch thick off-white head which fades leaving splotchy lace.

N: Citrus (grapefruit, orange), pineapple, floral.

T: Mildly sweet malts, grapefruit, slightly dank, herbal with resiny pine notes.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Mildly bitter and herbal finish.

O: Another nice one from GR.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brown/red hue that left amazing lacing the whole beer down. Very fruity hops and very sweet malt almost reminds me of a light barleywine. It starts out very sweet and malty and ends with a crisp fruity hop bitterness. It turns into a piney hop taste on the aftertaste. A plus beer.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Surprisingly dark, bronze coloring and a minimal head. Little-to-no visible carbonation.

S: Tangy, hoppy, sweet citrusy notes, mixed with the typical piney hops you'll typical find in a Golden Road offering.

T: Stays true to the aroma -- the piney and citrusy notes come through strongly, with a boozy finish that completes each sip nicely.

M: Warm and filling, while possessing an interesting amount of carbonation (considering that you can't really see it upon pouring).

O: Beyond the noble cause buying this beer goes toward (restoring a stretch of the L.A. river), this is a delicious and rewarding drink. If you're accustomed to Golden Road's offerings, this one should not surprise you -- it's the natural progression from Wolf Among Weeds to a Session IPA. If it's your first, it's likely to have you coming back for more.

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Handsome dark orangey-amber, almost a coppery color in the Duvel tulip. Foam doesn't rise up very far, but this is plenty carbonated and quite spritzy on the tongue. A whiff of resiins and pineapple.

This has a maltier sensation than a lot of IPAs, which I personally like. It's not so sharp and thin, but it's not really sweet. It just has more heft to counteract all the hop acidity. This is still plenty sharp, but it is mellowed some. There is a very pleasant touch of mango and apple that reminds me of cider (but not the bad homebrew cidery taste).

Quite a bitter aftertaste. Well, plenty bitter from start to finish. From the four-pack of 16 oz cans purchased at Beverage Warehouse near Marina Del Rey.

Photo of santomark
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a very deep bronze, reddish hued, dark body. Very nice 2 finger head, nice retention.

S - Massive fruit hop profile, peach, mango, pineapple is a big one in this, beautiful citrus smell, mild pine. This is a wonderfully smelling WIPA!

T - Very nicely balanced, this is very complex in terms of hops, you get a splash of the tropical citrus flavors, first up is pineapple that very subtle tartness, then a sweetness that reminds me of peach or mango, a very nice pine ending with a mild malt body. Finishes with the aroma of the tropical notes.

M - Medium body, silky, soft, nicely dry finish.

O - This is their most solid IPA to date in my opinion. This is a fusion of two great beers, you get the aroma profile of Wolf Among Weeds, with a great Heal The Bay aroma and taste. The mouthfeel, is something of it's own. I wish this was in their normal rotation, this is a damn good IPA and you're crazy if you're passing this up. It's a solid WIPA and has everything I love from a WIPA plus some other unique features. I will be stocking up on this!

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Canned 29-Jan-15
- Drank out of can on 16-Feb-15

Photo of TheMarkE
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark caramel colored with a moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus. Very nice.

Taste: Pine, citrus, a hint of pineapple, malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good hop bitterness.

The Verdict: Delicious. Subtle hop flavors provide some depth, while there are enough hops to give it balance. The citrus has way more zest than you usually find in an IPA. This beer makes my tongue happy.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/23/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the carbonation level leaves something to be desired.

Photo of slugman
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got to love Golden Road. They just keep giving it to us and increase their distribution at a fair price. I picked up 2020 in a sampler pack at Costco. Actually bought it for Wolf Among Weeds which is a favorite. Popped this one first to compare, no comparison. The head on this lasts forever, dark amber color, citris hops but complex and "thick" with flavor. This is a real winner.

Photo of Sumdeus
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can.

A: Light amber and clear, decent 3 finger white/off-white head.

S: Pines, some citrus but not as strong as the pine.

T: Like a fresh picked juicy pine tree. Tasted pretty malty too.

M: Going well with the juicy pine tree flavors, it has a good mouthfeel too, like a thick stout it feels like it is solid.

O: A solid piney IPA in a saturated IPA market. Its good, but its so hard to stand out as an IPA. Would love to have again, but wont go out of my way for it, at least its readily available and reasonably priced.

Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark caramel color.
Slightly piney, slightly dank, with a lightly tropical undertone to the aroma that comes through more and more as it warms. It's drying with a piney dank flavor and a hint of the tropical notes. I can see this growing on me.

Photo of lespaulrocka
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bright reddish copper hue with an off white head that dissipates.

Smell: piney, citrusy and floral aroma.

Taste: A bit disappointing as it's not hoppy as I anticipated it would be. Upfront on the hop bitterness .. very round in flavor and has a nice hint of caramel taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice medium body and goes down smooth.

Overall: It's okay .. but considering it's 7.4% abv I expected a lot more kick from the hops. I await the upcoming custom IPAs from Golden Road for the remaining of 2014 and see if they'll create something interesting each batch. Not a spectacular IPA especially for those who are hop enthusiasts but definitely enjoyable to have.

Photo of rawfish
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours surprisingly dark, deep amber with a wispy half finger of whit head. The retention is average, even slightly below yet it manages to slather a nice coat of lace onto the glass.

Citrus and a strong backing of pine. Caramel malts are pretty deep providing an exceptional backbone of sweetness to the moderate west coast hopping. Alcohol sticks out a touch. Not much variety here, your typical well balanced west coast IPA.

Caramel malts are tightly bound not giving up much grainy imperfections. Grapefruit rind then it swings heavy to the dank pine/resin field. Bitterness is medium and attempts to dry away the sticky malt. Pine and a breathy alcohol finish.

Moderate body and average carbonation. Alcohol is checked by plentiful malt and the mouthfeel is bitter and resinous rather than clean and drying.

Golden Road puts out alot of IPAs and while I appreciate this one being balanced and alcohol in check, it's only a dime a dozen, standard west coast hop profile with more malt thrown up on it. Shallow and yet satisfying.

Photo of Uanof
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber almost red with hues of burnt orange, semitraslucid, big persistent frothy head with decent lacing and about 1/2 finger of foam.

S: citric, dry, cedar, fruity, resinous, woodshop.

T: vinegar, bitter, oil.

M: medium to full bodied with a resinous dryness, no lingering flavors, it goes easier then it comes.

O: probably the best experience lied in the pleasent forest aromas, but the flavor profile wasn't on the same page and it went faster than the time it took to explore the beer.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.91 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Stone Ruination pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: 2.88
Purchased: March 1, 2015
Consumed: March 8, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 28, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.

Poured an auburn, lighter brown, murky color with three fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Couldn’t see any bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Uneven, layered, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. A good-looking beer. (Sight - 4.25)

Very nice on the nose. Got wet Cascade, pine, rye, sugary powdered iced tea, honey grass, herbal, menthol and some peach. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted a lot like what I got in the nose. That powdered Nestle iced tea really leads the way. Also wet Cascade, earthy rye, pine, sharp Citra, honey, herbal and menthol. Doesn’t taste anywhere near 7.4 percent, even tasting a bit like a earthy pale ale. (Taste - 3.88)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Longer finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a pretty good IPA. I’d love to have it again. (Overall - 3.88)

3.91 | 88 | B+

Photo of kflorence
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber with hints of orange and copper and a small head that fades quickly and leaves scant traces of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks mild. Particulates are visible. Decidedly dark for an IPA.

S: Floral hops and pineapple with a strong dark fruit and malt presence. There's an underlying earthiness with a bit of pine.

T: Bitter, piney hops up front giving way to a caramel malt and herbal center and finishing bitter with apple and pine resin.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation and a bit of stickiness, but a bit thin overall. Finishes bitter but not dry. Not overly drinkable.

O: A decent IPA. A tad more malt forward than I'm used to, but quite tasty. This is my first brew from Golden Road and it didn't dissapoint although its also nothing to write home about.

Photo of jooler
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks bloody red. Smells like deviant dales. Taste is also sort of like deviant dales but alittle better. Pretty alcholic and malty. Not too hoppy. I love golden road I don't really like this one that much.

2020 IPA from Golden Road Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.