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Point The Way IPA - Golden Road Brewing

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Point The Way IPAPoint The Way IPA

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 441
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 30.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ehammond1 on 10-17-2011

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Reviews by seanpierceCEO:
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited the family this past weekend...so while the ladies went out shopping for dresses (I'm getting married in a few months) I decided to make the 10 minute shlep to Golden Road's pub.

Point the Way has had a bit of hype behind it: being that Golden Road has really pushed itself out there for being such a young brewery and having garnered a lot of support from the local community.

The pub was a great place to try this out: I ordered it with the pretzel and spicy mustard.

My glass was very enjoyable:
- Appearance wise, PTW poured a slight amber hue. Not golden yellow like many classic West Coast IPAs. This color lent itself more to the IPAs or the East Coast and England.

- The aroma again went against the typical West Coast IPA. While there was a definite presence of hops there, citrusy and juicy, the heft of typical West Coasters was not there. Although I enjoy incredibly hoppy beers, this was a nice refreshing change of pace.

- Taste wise I got exactly what I wanted: a crisp bitterness balanced out by a smooth malt backbone. Easy drinking and perfect for the hot day.
At around 5% ABV this borders on sessionable and I could easily see myself drinking several of these with some BBQ. This might even make a great conversion beer for the non-craft drinkers.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

A little dry, but nicely balanced between the bitter and aroma hops. Very drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening Party
Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, CA

Clear orange and amber with a medium-sized eggshell-white head. Decent retention and lines of lacing left down the glass.

An incredible aroma, especially for such a low-ABV IPA. There's lots of hop character leaping form the glass: pungent grapefruit, tropical orange, and a hint of pine. There's a bit of sweet caramel and pale malt as well.

The taste is just a touch disappointing after such a nice aroma. Moderate bitterness with a bit more bready character than I would have assumed, though there's still a decent amount of grapefruit and pine hop presence.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

A very nice, niche-filling, low-ABV IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Blue Palms a few months back. Standard looking west coast ipa territory here, a lighter orange appearance without more than 1/2" of head to it. Aroma was fairly hoppy, nothing to blow you out of the water, but for a sessionable ipa like this is was decent enough.

The taste and body of the beer takes on kind of a heavier feel, although I have no idea where it comes from, because its not like the beer has a lot of malt, roasting, heft, alcohol, caramel etc. . . it just isn't as lively or light on the tongue as I thought it was going to be. You can momentarily get notes of pine and grapefruit from it, but its kind of sad the way you drink more and more of it, it just kind of fades away and leaves this neutral mouthfeel drag on the tongue. Not a bad beer, maybe it would be better with higher carbonation.

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Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.