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Point The Way IPA | Golden Road Brewing

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Point The Way IPAPoint The Way IPA

Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ehammond1 on 10-17-2011

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -24.7%
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-

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Photo of bfellows
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of noahfree
2.6/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1116th Review on BA
Can to HF Pint
16 oz Pint can

Canned 2/01/12

App- Rich and deep amber and bronze colored with a very quick receding 1/2 in head that fell to only a couple lines of cling and maybe a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A mix of hop oils, yeast, wheat and lemons. Very pecuilar like a IPA, Saison, APA all mixed together. Very smooth on the nose.

Taste- Paired hops bitter with a good backing malt flavor with a soft citrus and bit of celery seed flavors. Not offensive, just a bit soft and easy drinking.

Mouth- A soft medium body with a medium carbonation. A lot of residual bitter and hop oil.

Drink- A pretty good start to open a brewery with a soft but solid IPA offering. Slight bitter with some good hops and decent citrus.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with an impressive white head, thick lace.

S: Lots of tropical fruit, passion fruit and pineapple, inviting.

T: Lemon and tropical fruit, some sweeter grapefruit as well. Not as impressive as the nose, but a solid flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, nice crispness.

O: At 5.2% it's tough to call this an IPA, more of a pale ale and the flavour is more like that. Good beer, not completely to style, but an enjoyable effort. My first from this new LA County brewery.

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Photo of seanpierceCEO
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/30/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Samantha --

Dated: First Batch - 1/12/12

*It should be noted that unlike the tallboy of GR's Hefe I'd ticked moments prior, this can was filled with the proper amount of beer.

A: Clean 24k gold. A standard pour yields a two finger white head. Nice, thick gobs of lacing rim the walls of my glass.

S: Mildly hoppy. It's not extreme in any way, as there's a good amount of slightly off-dry breadiness to it. Minor hints of tropical fruit appear here and there.

T: I'd have told you this is an APA, not an American IPA. The malt, though properly balanced with the hop profile, is a bit to brash. It tends to overwhelm what should be (I assume) a lower ABV west coast IPA. Instead, the hops aren't overly "west coast", as I'm getting signifigantly more of a pine resin quality then tropical fruit.

M: Killer bod. Finding a session beer that's this rich in texture and weight is not something you often encounter. Well done.

O: Golden Road has "Pointed the Way" to an above average, sessionable APA. Yeah, yeah so they call it an AIPA. Sorry folks, but it ain't.

What it is though is damn drinkable, a session beer with body, character and flavor. I could see myself knocking back a sixer of this on a warm summer Sunday. Although there are better options out there, I wouldn't shy away from this one, and I certainly recommend checking it out.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can extra included in trade from jodan--thanks!
Bottom stamped "First run 1/12/2012".

Dark orange/amber elixir poured into DFH glass.
Nice full white head, plenty of bubbles, lacing throughout.

Piney hops, pepper, malt.

Front loaded hop bitterness, honey, malt.

Well carbonated, smooth throughout.

This is a nice brew, not my idea of an IPA, though. The Golden Road website calls it a "mild, low alcohol IPA". That about sums it up.

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Photo of jsanford
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Nosignsofpain. Thanks Sam!

A - Pours a clear light copper with a soapy white head that settles to a frothy cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing in its wake.
S - Easily the most tropical-smelling IPA I've ever encountered, this smells like it was fermented with passion fruit juice (this is not a bad thing, I love passion fruit). Pineapple, peach, and mandarin orange round out the nose, along with a touch of sweet malt.
T - While still fairly pungent and tropical, the taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose. Still getting some passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, and orange peel, but no where near as intense as the nose. Lightly toasted caramel malt provides a nice backdrop. Man, so close...
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable, I could easily have a couple of these.
O - A really nice IPA, if only the taste lived up to the phenomenal nose! This may be a brewery to keep an eye on!

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Photo of PicoDeGallos
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a great starter IPA. If you have a friend that is not "in to" IPAs then this is the one to get them on the right path. It points the way to the beautiful world that is hoppiness. I am fortunate to work a mile from this brewery and I am hooked. Now that their canning system is up and running I definitely stop by to take some home.

It is not a Pliny or Mongo but it does have a flavor that makes it best when eating. I find the subtle floral aroma and smooth taste please the palate nicely.

Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.


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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Can shared by Charles, thanks!

A: Transparent dark orange with a white head.

S: Bread and caramel with resinous pine and grapefruit. I get a lot of orange flesh.

T: The flavor exhibits balance between malt and hops. Bread, orange flesh, grapefruit, and a soft bitterness.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: Seems like a Pale Ale to me and not really West Coast in style as is advertised on the can, but it's enjoyable nonetheless and props on the cans.

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Photo of RexF
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at the brewery at their grand opening event on Sunday.

I tried a bunch of beers while I was there and this was my favorite.

The cans are 16oz which is nice.

The beer is exactly what it is billed to be. A west coast style india pale ale with less booze but lots of flavor.

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Photo of charlzm
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the brewery January 15, 2012.

Beer pours a clear light golden/peach with a splotchy head that reminds me of a petri dish culture. Plenty of carbonation.

Aroma smells like a cat litter box. Simcoe hops? Also, herbal with grapefruit and pine.

Flavor has a sharp pine needle attack up front with thin moderate bitterness on finish, followed by a strangely pleasing grapefruit aftertaste. Slightly drying on the finish. Very little malt character.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable for the most part, though the beer feels a little more wet than water: sort of like apple juice.

Refreshing and light, but not in the same bracket as something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Firestone's Pale 31.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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