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Burning Bush - Golden Road Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 10-18-2011)
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
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Halcyondays

California

2.3/5  rDev -37%

Pint can,

A: Pours amber with a moderate white head, leaves some good lacing. Classic IPA look.

S: Grapefruit, some melon, ethanol, very light hint of smoke.

T: For a beer that claims to be partially a smoke beer, I really can't find any of it. Fairly light hop character, dominated by an astringent grapefruit, bitter melon, and green tea with some noticable ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, very oily, astringent, fair.

O: Not a fan of this. Wish it'd given me some smoke like it promised.

12-25-2012 22:51:41 | More by Halcyondays
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gregmoscetti

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-01-2012 00:08:57 | More by gregmoscetti
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SuperbikeShaun

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-31-2013 01:02:14 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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dogfishandi

New York

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%

Thanks to APreacher for the extra!

16 oz. can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Canned on 9.27.12" stamped on the bottom (making it roughly 4 months old). Smoked IPA... Yes please!!

Pours out deep orange color, reminiscent of a fire, with a bit of haziness. A small layer of off white head that has some decent retention and lots of nice sticky lacing.

Not a whole ton of hops in the aroma, maybe a bit woody hops. More malty than anything. A bit of light caramel malt with a bit of a campfire like smokiness. As it warms the smokiness becomes more and more and seems to take over leaving any sign of hops a faded memory. Also a bit of alcohol becomes present as it warms even further.

Some woody pine hops with a light citrus note balanced nicely by caramel malt and a subtle, but nice campfire like smokiness. Finishes with a nice lingering hop bitterness and a bit of the smoke.

Medium bodied, feels solid for an IPA.

What an interesting beer. The IPA side of things isn't tremendous, but the addition of a little bit of smoke compliments the beer so nicely. I thought the 2 flavors might've clashed, but that wasn't the cause at all. I'd drink this again if I had the opportunity.

02-05-2013 23:23:47 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


3.25/5  rDev -11%

On Tap

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

Dark copper with golden auburn edges with a thin white head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass.

Very mild pine hop aroma mixed with lots and lots of smoke and a slight woody (cedar?) character. Interesting and certainly unique, though the hops completely take a back seat here.

The flavor isn't quite as accessible or enjoyable as the aroma. The smoke is dominant and reminds me a lot of campfire. The hops are hidden by the smoke, though there's a touch of sweet caramel pressing up against the smoke. While interesting, I would never want to drink more than a few ounces of this.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A bad idea, in my opinion, executed very well--I just don't see a smoked IPA catching on. For Golden Road's sake, I'd happily be wrong.

10-18-2011 01:44:11 | More by ehammond1
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

Can poured into a FFF tulip

A - Copper with an orange tint. Clean body with sight reflective. Nice two finger head comprised of small carbonation bubbles. Leaves nice lacing down the sides as it settles to a small layer of foam on top.

S - Smells pine, lemon, slight grassy, light cedar and small dose of smoke.

T - Light orange up front before the smokiness comes in. This tastes like the cedar smokiness you'd find in pork or kielbasa, not the charred smokiness you find in some matter beer. It actually does taste like kielbasa and reminds me of the ham on rye beer that FFF did. The beer is als slightly salty in the middle. The finish is slight hop bitterness that does not linger.

MF - Low carbonation with a slightly thick body. Leaves a slight resin layer that remains in the finish. Finish is rather short

O - This is an interesting beer to say the least. The flavor profile with the kielbasa smokiness is rather unique and I'm not sure if I like it or not. One sip and I think that it is too salty and a bit off while another and I think it is a good tastin, albeit different smoked beer than I'm used to. I'm going to go with the latter and I'd recommend trying it if you come across it.

12-31-2012 01:20:16 | More by jeonseh
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JasonFromLA

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

03-31-2013 18:41:30 | More by JasonFromLA
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-30-2013 17:04:20 | More by ste5venla
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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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jegross2

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

Reviewing Burning Bush from Golden Road Brewing out of Los Angeles, California. The can informs that this beer as a "smoked IPA."

Score: 77

Canned on 09/27/12. Served in a regular ol' glass with a tulip-style opening at the top and enjoyed on 02/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles to thin dusting atop the brew. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Smoke, caramel malt, orange peel, stale piney hops. Smells like an old IPA with a good malt backbone and a nice smokiness. 3.5/5

Taste: Tastes just like the nose, but with more of a "stale IPA" flavor and less of the "good kind" of malt. Lots of stale, orangey malt. The smokiness shines in the finish, but it's not strong enough to overpower the maltiness. There seems to be a little oakiness present too, but maybe that is just my brain playing with my associative memory. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lower carbonation than expected. Very malty with a little sweetness. Nice smokey prickle on the tongue. 3/5

Overall: The uniqueness of this IPA does not save it from it's stale IPA character because the maltiness is not akin to something like Double Crooked Tree. The smokiness is a nice unique quality, and I would like to try to revisit this fresh. For now, however, I will stick to the Cedar Aged Jai Alai if I want a stale IPA with a grace-saving uniqueness.

Cost: $8.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

02-22-2013 05:54:55 | More by jegross2
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Australia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-16-2012 00:25:09 | More by joecast
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Zorro

California

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Not sure why this isn't considered a rauchbier.

Clear orange colored beer with a tall off-white colored head. This is decidedly "IPA Orange" in color.

Smells hoppy and smoky, It has the scent of an IPA stirred with a strip of bacon, not a bad thing at all. Strong citrus with a decidedly orange aroma to it. Little bit of wood and strong tea.

Starts out smoke! The smoke is mild in the smell but not the taste. Mildly sweet this tastes like a barbeque. Ample hop burps lets you know this is also an IPA. The flavor is all smoke and strong tea without the slightest hint that this puppy is 8% strong. Decidedly on the border of DIPA land. Still this is restrained in the bitterness department.

Mouthfeel is about right.

Overall a great barbeque beer. Somewhere between Rauchbier and DIPA.

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California

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charlzm

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Consumed at the brewery on January 15, 2012.

Beer is a slightly hazy medium amber with a two-finger, off-white fine head.

Aroma is hoppy; herbal and grapefruit notes.

Flavor starts off ashy: not as bad as licking a charcoal briquette, but more than a little smoky. Resiny, piny hops emerge form the smoke in a few moments. Notably bitter on the finish. As the beer aged in the glass for a little while, the ash character faded and the beer became more like an Arrogant Bastard offspring, though far more muted than that storied brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily but otherwise unremarkable.

Not a huge fan of this one.

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California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Burning Bush from Golden Road Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.