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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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301 Ratings

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenrod with a modest head that leaves a few splashes

Smell: Vaguely bready and vaguely hoppy; a rather grainy aroma

Taste: Bready, up front, with a bitter, grainy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather unusual for a West Coast IPA as there is no citrus or floral character; the hops add bitterness but little flavor

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

07-30-2012 00:21:40 | More by brentk56
Photo of flexabull


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a bright and somewhat hazy gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of light citrus, slightly sweet malt grains, and some pine.

Taste is just like the nose. Light citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon, some malty sweetness, and a crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with pretty good carbonation.

Overall a pretty good IPA. Kind of like an "IPA Light". Pretty good flavors, refreshing, and drinkable, but nothing overly special.

07-27-2012 16:35:27 | More by flexabull
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-21-2012 23:31:30 | More by bsuedekum
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Hazy burnt orange color with a one finger tan head. Some subtle lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of juicy grapefruit hops, caramel malt, orange and a good deal of pine.

T: Definitely a very approachable IPA. A good balance of bready malts and peppery citrus hops with a lot of grapefruit. Towards the finish, I get a slightly off flavor of soaked bread, but it's replaced on the end with some grapefruit pith and a touch of aspirin.

07-11-2012 01:33:45 | More by notchucknorris
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-09-2012 03:46:13 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-08-2012 19:05:04 | More by kylefurlong
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3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

Fresh can from K&L.

Pours a slightly hazy copper. Two fingers of head rise and sustain pretty nicely.

Nose is heavy on caramel malts, orange flesh, grapefruit and bread. Surprisingly malty for the modest ABV, and a bit yeasty too, with a slight bubblegum note.

Palate offers more of the same. An even mix of caramel malt, breadiness, citrus (primarily orange), and offputting yeast flavors. Was this fermented with Belgian yeast? It's slightly phenolic and estery, and there's a distinct bubblegum flavor.

Overall this is pretty weak stuff, but not terrible in any particular way. Just a mediocre recipe.

06-23-2012 00:46:10 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-21-2012 18:58:27 | More by Beermazter310
Photo of Nugganooch


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Tallboy into a standard pint
*Notes taken on 06-15-12

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden amber color with a great big stack of bone white soapiness. Rocky peaks that display some awesome stay power and provide a nice cling all the way down.

S: Smells of dank weed and pine needle with some underlying sweetened pale malts. Pretty nice and floral IPA aroma. Quite hempy.

T: Tastes of earthy hemp as well. Real danky stuff. Slightly sweetened 2-Row with a dash of caramels lend to a sugary cracker base. Floral and woody with some evergreen notes. Moderate bitterness levels. No real alcohol noticeable. Sort of one note with not much by way of any fruity citrus character that others have reported. Perhaps this is an older can? Pretty tasty none the less with again that pronounced resinous hemp note.

M: Lighter body with a nice sticky-icky mouthfeel. A bit watered down but with a real dry lasting crisp finish.

D: A good sessionable IPA to crack some cans poolside. Not very diverse in flavors but still tasty and herbalicious.

Reminded me of lightened up version of Ska’s Modus Hoperandi. Would definitely have more of these.

06-21-2012 13:36:12 | More by Nugganooch
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

06-19-2012 03:39:46 | More by Jaldama
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

06-15-2012 07:49:17 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-15-2012 07:30:22 | More by USChuy
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Pint can into pint glass
A- Light straw, dense 3 finger white head.
S- Nice sweet citrus smell, very good.
T- Some malt, a bit of the citrus hops that were in the nose, some wierdness, sort of rye-like, almost wheaty?
M- Good carbonation, right consistency.
O- Pleasantly surprised, but still not a spectacular beer. Got this in a BIF and glad I tried it, but if I lived in SoCal I would have a hard time buying this will all the other options available.

06-15-2012 07:11:38 | More by Steasy66
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

16oz can poured into tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a golden yellow with orange hues. Thick white head fades out quickly, leaving a collar of film and light, dotted lacing on the glass.

Slightly sweet, juicy hop bitterness in the nose with orange and grapefruit. Hints of tangerine and bready tones. Soft malts with barely any alcohol.

Dry, bitter hops up front with some citrus peel. Touches of tangerine and grapefruit with a hint of sweeter pineapple. Lighter breaded malt backbone with a touch of biscuit and grain. Finishes dry and bitter.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. This is a pretty tasty beer, especially since it's more on the "sessionable" side of IPAs. If it was available, I'd have it again.

06-13-2012 01:48:53 | More by xnicknj
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-03-2012 19:05:36 | More by MrVonzipper
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

05-29-2012 00:57:39 | More by CEDAMA
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

05-24-2012 02:36:20 | More by wbillw
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured from a pint can into a smaller glass at the Courtyard Marriott in Culver City, Calif. Less than an inch of head. Color was honey amber. Light gray lacing that dissipated very quickly except some light thin spots. Very little film on the side of the glass, just a slight haze.

Really dug the smell. Got a sweet orange citrus flavor up front and then walloped with hops on the back end. Seemed to be some caramel in there. In fact, together it reminded me a bit of the original Sparks.

Surprisingly the opposite of the smell. Got a bitter hops taste right away, giving way to a smooth, orange/tangerine finish. Really digging the taste as well.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Really liked this beer. I love how the orange, tangerine and citrus hops coincide with the bitterness. Want to take some home with me.

05-23-2012 04:57:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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2.7/5  rDev -24.6%

Served on-draught into a stange at a hotel bar. Expectations were low given their other draught offerings. The cost was something ridiculous even during happy hour; I think it might have been $6.00 or thereabouts. It was this or American macroshite.

Paired with spinach and artichoke dip.

A: Pours a one finger head which is quite thin, of beige colour, with bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average retention. Colour is a clear dull copper. Not at all vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bittering hops. Somewhat stale. Dryness; hints of fruit. Some pine. Seems imbalanced. A mild strength aroma.

T: Imbalanced, as predicted. Some indistinct fruit and bland hops (mainly bittering). The bitterness is covered only by clean malts and water, creating a weak empty body. Boring and bland. Uninspired. Quite simple. Built generically and badly. No layering or subtlety here, lads. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with hints of coarseness. Watery and a bit thin. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't suit the flavours very well, but it doesn't outright run against them. The mouthfeel is certainly not tailored to the taste.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable and boring. There's nothing special here; move right along. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it - even to fans of the style. Quite underwhelming.

Wouldn't age well.

Might pair well with spicy food.

Drank just fine out of a stange.

High C-

05-20-2012 22:31:14 | More by kojevergas
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-17-2012 13:53:29 | More by mhaugo
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4.68/5  rDev +30.7%

A nice light IPA with a big IPA nose.

a - copper with a thick white head

s- hops all the way, chinook and cascade, maybe some simcoe

t- hop driven over a nice toasted maltiness

m-a little thinner than i expected but a great chugger

o- very easy to drink and delightfully hoppy

05-10-2012 05:44:48 | More by bfellows
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-06-2012 01:51:59 | More by emaciated
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Clear amber colored beer with near no head formation. This is decidedly IPA Orange.

Smell is very hoppy with a biscuit malt aroma. Citrus hop scent with some tobacco and wood. Good aroma but not super strong.

Starts out more savory that sweet at first with a salty aftertaste. Quite dry malt wise and the sensation of salt continues. The slight saltiness of a biscuit in your mouth not a saltine. Hops are grapefruit and pine, but more like Pale Ale strong not IPA Strong. Still it certainly is easy to drink and easy on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is decidedly light.

Overall an OK beer that meet their goal of creating a more session AIPA.

Still this does give up some flavor to be mild in flavor and alcohol levels. Pretty much a Light Beer AIPA.

05-06-2012 01:41:42 | More by Zorro
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2012 10:57:18 | More by Reagan1984
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-26-2012 03:47:29 | More by Sicem99
Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
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