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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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BA SCORE
81
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 10-17-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dominic4beer, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Perfero
2.1/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

* Poured from a can into a pint glass

* Golden color, slightly cloudy appearance with about a 1" head

* It had a generally pleasant smell but lacked the typical hop aroma of most West Coast IPAs. Somewhat bready on the nose.

* Very bland. Much more hop-forward most IPAs and the smell, with its lack of hop aroma, gave way to a beer that seemed noticeably devoid of hops. Honestly one of the weakest IPAs I've ever had.

* Relatively smooth, hard to enjoy when you're not enjoying the beer though.

Generally just not a great brew. I'm open to trying something else from these guys - especially since I like a good, canned beer - but I can't imagine ever purchasing this again.

Perfero, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of runner440
3.25/5  rDev -9%

runner440, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Sark
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance- light orange copper, nice and transparent

Smell- citrus and floral aromas are immediately present and complement all aspects of this IPA

Taste- nice hops on the front without much maltiness until you get to the back

Mouthfeel- light but without too much watery feel.

Overall- nice lighter abv IPA good for sessions, not very filling very still satisfying with hop characteristics. Good craft beer to convert those who havent seen the light of micros. Will get another.

Sark, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of LuauLarry
3.5/5  rDev -2%

LuauLarry, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of seanmoto
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought at a retailer. I was really looking forward to trying this beer. I've heard alot about this brewery.

Poured a nice color fairly golden-orangey. Decent aroma. The flavor is where it fell short. Being west coast I was hoping for the powerful citrus, piney experience. Instead I got an almost ham after taste. Weird!

I probably won't try this beer again, but I'm open to trying more styles from this brewery.

seanmoto, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of shagal
3.25/5  rDev -9%

shagal, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

jgluck, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery 11/30
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose ismajor piney hops, earthy tones and a touch of citrus.

T: Taste is pine, pine, pine all up in the forefront. Grassiness with a mingle of more breadiness come in and quell the pine flavoring. The finish is a nice, balanced grapefruit citrus flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily body.

O: Goes down easy, not too filling, nice kick, very nice representation of style. I'd never heard of this brewery - went for a visit in LA and a friend who knew my affinity for craft beer made sure it was on my radar. I wasn't disappointed.

Jayli, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

BeerBeast, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of bostonpat6172
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured it from a can in to a perfect pint glass. It was a nice deep yellow with a thin head that went quickly. I really like the flavor profile the hops are nicely balanced with the malt creating a nice citrusy beverage that is not off putting to newbies of the style.

With that out of the way this is a session IPA. The ABV is relitively low in comparison to say a Stone IPA. The hops play better with the malts. A True California IPA it is not but for a beer that bridges the gap for hardcore beer drinkers and new craft enthusiasts this is up there with the best. To attest the drinkability of it I bought a 4 pack of pint cans and easily drank them in about 2 hours. To top it off I had my wife try some and she even liked it . I say give it a try I will again.

bostonpat6172, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

beerpadawan, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Gden Road Brewery on 11/4/12.

Pours a very clear amber, almost copper metallic color with a thin layer of white head. Not much lacing to speak of. The nose starts with lots of grapefruit, lemon, and light citrus notes. I get a little bit of almond nuttiness in the malt but not much else. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in brute force. Taste starts somewhat nutty with wheat bread flavors. The hops are soapy and aggressively bitter, especially for the amount of malt in it. It's grassy and reminiscent of summer in a bright flavor kind of way. Feel is balanced, finish somewhat dry.

This is a really solid IPA. It has a lot of the bitterness and hop aroma & flavor that imperial IPAs have, with a fraction of the malt to counter it. Really impressive.

Philousa, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

profondo, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

CelticAleMan, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, grassy, and pine hops with some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, the pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and a bit of bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and piney hops with some resiny bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice resiny hop profile and good bitterness.

ngeunit1, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

kevgod, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

dlello2, Oct 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

scottiethebody, Sep 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

marine1975, Sep 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

PretzelCity, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge foam-up in the Stella glass. Like whipped cream, every pour. Nice flowery hop aroma. Light bodied.

A little bready flavor with some sweetness. Slightly resiny. Some earthy taste, but just enough to be interesting. Rather bitter as you sip, and seems to intensify at the finish. Not in hop overdose style, and more of a session beer. A touch of plastic, or maybe buckwheat in the aftertaste. Tastes almost like there is some rye in the brew.

I might like it better if it was just a little cleaner and crisper, but this seems to follow a mellower path. A worthy gulp, beery and drinkable enough. From the 16 oz can.

mactrail, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

DonFisco, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

kendellmarie, Aug 11, 2012
Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.