Point The Way IPA - Golden Road Brewing
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a gorgeous, glowing apricot. Stunningly clear and even-hued; there's little to no shading or color shift in the glass, which is creepy at first, and then, frankly, just impressive. A big, blowsy, lumpy shaving cream head soon settles down to a thin cap (the only thing keeping this from a 5), but it leaves lovely, delicate webs of lacing on its way down.
Aroma is an absolute knockout. It's so incredibly hard to get good aroma from a bottled/canned product, particularly with IPAs; the moment it leaves the brewery, the smell of most beers starts to fall apart. Not this. Even as I type, I can smell it across the desk. Orange blossom honey, ripe papaya (including a bit of that great, sweaty funk), honeydew melon, lychee -- an absolute riot. Masterful.
. . . and then there's the taste. What's in the glass just doesn't hold up to the sweet, gushing odors that pervade from the glass before you sip. Immediately on the tongue, there's the sensation of licking marble, a mineral quality that seems out of place. This carries through the swallow, as a heavy alkaline presence -- it's not bitterness, it's not hops -- beats the palate further into submission. At the finish, the bitterness halfheartedly shows up, a few blades of grass peeking from up under a field of baking soda.
Mouthfeel is fine -- a little sparse, but hardly offensive. The bubbles rise up anyway to tickle the gums.
How do you solve a problem like Maria? Never have I had a beer that talked such a big game on the nose, and then fell so short. I don't want to be harsh; there's so much potential here, and so many things going on that I like -- a low ABV IPA! Yes! In cans! Yes! Affordably priced ($2.00 per 16 oz. tallboy)! Yes!
If you're reading, brewers: Take this one back to the skunkworks, check on the water you're using to brew, and iron things out. You're so freaking close. Keep up the good work.
***Final Note: I finished my glass with a few slices of a lovely Pizza Margarita. Pairing with food ameliorates some of the taste issues, but it's still not ideal. Like I said -- tons of potential here. Keep an eye on the folks over at Golden Road.
Serving type: can
01-19-2012 07:08:22 | More by ithacabaron
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3.71/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice citrus smell. Easy.
The taste is bold but balanced. Lots of lemon and grapefruit bitterness with a touch of pineapple.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a tasty IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
06-20-2014 02:53:22 | More by Fatehunter
3.59/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
A: Light amber coloring and a slight head.
S: Bitter, piney -- not overwhelming at all, but it's there.
T: Citrus and pine, but very nicely balanced. Not at all over-powering with hops or malt.
M: Medium body with a slight bitterness at the end; some mild carbonation as well.
O: A nice, light IPA that possesses some pleasant hoppy bitterness. Not a brew that overwhelms with flavor, but an enjoyable drink day or night. Don't turn this one down, especially lately. New recipe implemented in the past year has really allowed this beer to help itself out in the market.
Serving type: can
06-15-2014 04:54:36 | More by JohnCassillo
Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.