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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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285 Ratings

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

05-24-2012 02:36:20 | More by wbillw
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 04:57:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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-

Serving type: on-tap

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: can

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
Photo of Zorro


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-26-2012 03:47:29 | More by Sicem99
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3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a good beer. Beer is amber and hazy with an off white head, looks OK.

Beer smells like citrus and malt syrup.

Beer is medium in body, super sweet, grainy on the back end, moderately hoppy, mild citrus in the midpalate, not a very good IPA. It is too malty, too sweet, not enough hops, no way to tell if this was an old can but I won't repeat it.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 17:29:49 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-16-2012 03:08:39 | More by ralphw56
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden and bubbly and clear with a 1.5 inch foamy white head; lacing is decent

S: This smells fresh: tropical fruits, floral aromatics; lots and lots of yummy pineapple, mango, and grapefruit; a slight burnt bready undertone

T: Not as hop forward as aromas indicated and though its rather refreshing the hops fade to a fairly thin and watery finish; some bready malty undertones but also fairly muted in general

F: Quite thin and a touch over-carbonated; this is probably the most disappointing aspect of this beer

O: A decent hop forward IPA and I do love those tropical and fruity IPAs but it's thin and doesn't quite finish like I would hope

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 20:20:20 | More by dbossman
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-10-2012 23:15:14 | More by TCJosh
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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PretzelCity for this one, my first from the brewery, and maybe my first from L.A. Gotta love cans, esp tall boys!

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly, hints of lacing, over mostly clear slight chill hazy orange golden color.

Nose has plenty of fruit hops, hint of pine and some resinous fresh wet hop aromas, light grapefruit and tangerine, bit of citrus, little mango, maybe even hint of passion fruit, fluffy hops, and the slightest hint of malts pushing the hops upwards.

Taste starts with light hops, somewhat resinous with more fresh hop flavors, juicy hops all around with nice fruity flavors, tropical fruits with hints of grapefruit and passion fruit again, bit of tangerine citrus, hint of orange peel but not much, and a slight pine. The malts just fall off the stage, barely any malts to be seen, or tasted, and the body falls with it it seems. The hops deliver a nice bitter punch, but with no sweetness or malty body to anchor it the hops just shoot off into space. And I do like the west coast style IPAs, but this just goes a bit to far with the lack of malts. Finish is dry, little oily hop resin, with a decent bitter kick, hints of pine and resinous hops with bit of tropical fruit all lingering for a while.

Mouth is flat, fairly light, decent carb though.

Overall not bad, it has a nice hop character but the malts are so non-existant the hops have no platform to lay on and make the beer fall a little flat. If the malts were a bit bigger, or maybe higher final gravity it would feel a bit better and balance a bit more.

Serving type: can

03-28-2012 22:04:48 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into two pint glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for bringing a 6er of this back from Cali!

Canned on: 02.27.2012

A: Pours with a perfectly hazed clarity. A smallish, just off-white layer of foam quickly disappears and leaves a thin collar in its' wake.

S: Big blast of piney hops when it's being poured. As it settles in, it takes on a strong orange/tangerine/clementine aroma.

T: The taste follows the smell very closely. Interestingly enough, it also features an almost hefe-like yeastiness. Odd, but not unwelcome.

M: Slick and oily with sub-bracing levels of bitterness. Finishes bold and fruity with a nice level of spiciness.

O: A nice new player on the LA scene. Hopefully H & T will see fit to send more our way!

Serving type: can

03-24-2012 18:24:50 | More by GbVDave
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-19-2012 01:35:32 | More by claaark13
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger cream colored head. Thick, with big bubbles, two minute long retention. Pale gold-orange color, superb clarity.

S- Pungent hops, some wheatiness as well. Light and floral hoppiness, but big smell.

T- Mild hops with a fruity, citrusy sweetness to it. Very drinkable, but not very developed.

M- Medium bodied and a dry finish.

O- This isn't great. But boy is this drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day. Not sure what I'm missing that everyone gave it a low score, but quite tasty.

Serving type: can

03-15-2012 06:59:51 | More by Murrhey
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-14-2012 22:53:17 | More by OscarO67
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruery Provisions did well to "point the way" of this IPA. Reasonably priced at $2.49 for the 16 ounce can, and it's an IPA from Los Angeles. So, on to the beer:

Into a Stone imperial pint glass, the beer has a lighter bronzed color with hues of pale yellow and orange. The head on top is rocky and reasonable retention and solid lace. There are fun aromas coming out of the beer. I'm sensing that some New Zealand hops were used here, as it smells like a fruit bowl. Research from the brewery's webpage confirms this, and also some California varieties are used as well. It has a kick of rye too.

It's a fine beer, although it doesn't come out to have a mind a blowing taste. A little rye and kiwi hit first, then a vague witbier-like fruitiness. Are those gooseberries I'm tasting too? And trickles of metal and veggies. The beer is almost medium, a bit lighter at that, with tight carbonation, and this is one IPA that is quite drinkable.

This is a more than fair beer out of Golden Road. IPA, pale ale, whatever you wanna call it, it's good drinking.

Serving type: can

03-13-2012 05:28:20 | More by DoubleJ
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2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer at best damn beer shop in SD for $10. Never heard of the brewery but I liked the packaging, and bonus! 16oz tall boys. Poured a "sculpin like" hue, good so far. Nose, hmmmm I really get belgian yeast. I'm not a fan, tastes like a lighter hoppy Belgian. Man, I really wanted to like this but it's definitely not a west coast ipa. I agree with a previous reviewer; this Brew is so close, I love the idea a low abv ipa but this is not the answer. I'll look for more options from this brewery though.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 06:12:19 | More by noahfree
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-07-2012 03:09:53 | More by Diomede
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-03-2012 20:09:58 | More by leodarko
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-02-2012 23:20:09 | More by TeamUgly
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-01-2012 02:34:12 | More by Rollzroyce21
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-25-2012 05:05:24 | More by CummingsK21
Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.