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Wolf Among Weeds - Golden Road Brewing

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 55
Photo of GAMB1T
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Long Beach Airport waiting for a flight back home. Pretty decent beer and way more than I was expecting last min at an airport. Really nice foamy head. Very citrus smell and taste. Piney for sure, which I like. I'd get this again for sure.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keg of wolf among weeds drank.

Photo of weiserr
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent interpretation of the style. The sugary malt might be a bit much for my liking. There are enough decent features from American hops that run the gamut, from tropical to piney, but they are bouncing around the house like a bunch of unsupervised toddlers. Golden Road has untapped promise. @MegGill, please reach out to me.

Give it a try.

Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color in the glass.
Piney aroma with a touch of citrus. Straight forward piney with orange peel hop character, drying sticky finish. Easy going, all around solid.

Photo of Bobraines
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not for the faint of heart or whimpy. Strong pine and hops. Delicious.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff but not too special.

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden with a frothy head; nice retention and some lacing, to boot

Smell: Piney, herbaceous and slightly grassy

Taste: Just a bit of honey in the malt to underpin the bitter hops and bitter they are; piney, grassy and herbaceous right through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer that amps up the bitterness but lacks the complementary fruit aspect; decent but not really my style

Thanks, danwho, for the opportunity

Photo of SebZeb
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The best beer from the brewery, but still lacking depth.

Photo of markgugs
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean, half-transparent golden yellow, frothy white head leaves ropy lacing. Earthy, floral nose but the beer shines once you actually drink it. Bright, citrusy, floral hoppiness with a fantastically sweet bready element. Reminds me of Carton's 077xx. Totally hidden ABV and the finish is tasty and long. Very solid beer.

Photo of jooler
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really great double ipa. Very hoppy with very distinctive hop taste. Kind of like the Maximus ipa from lagunitas but lighter and crispier

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can. Golden yellow with a tiny bit of head. More orange or lemon citrus aroma than pine. Really clean and crisp. Little to no bite back of metallic ipa. Just smooth and clean. Came as an extra in a trade. Liked it very much.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: Hazy amber with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Tons of flowery hops!

Taste: Fairly bitter right up front, but well balanced in the middle. Leaves a mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and creamy.

Overall: Very good IPA/DIPA (somewhere on the border). Very aromatic hops, bitterness is definitely there but kept in check.

Photo of MARSERdesigns
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

pretty solid IPA

Photo of vitALEity
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

A: Light, golden straw pale color with a thick white head and minimal retention. Looks like Alpine's Nelson.

S: Nose is really nice. Very clean, fresh lemon, lemon peel, some exotic tropical fruits, dry spice and resin. I'm thinking centennial and Nelson, but its columbus, simcoe, chinook and cascade.

T: Lemon, some grapefruit, a bit of pine, chewy/earthy resin, bitter/spice in the back end from the hops and the rye. Not any caramel sweetness, which I really appreciate.

M: Light-Medium body, light-medium carbonation

O: A fantastic IPA. Kind of reminds me of Alpine's Nelson but not as much tropical fruit or as well polished (and no Nelson hops). There is a bit of lite beer urine funk the first few sips but then that disappears and your left with a very easy drinking, 8%, delicious, smooth, citrusy SoCal IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful straw color with a white head and active carb. Nose is a little muted but it's pretty straight forward citrus. Maybe mango and tropical fruit. The flavor is soft and delicate. Citrusy flavors dominate the palette with some light hints of pine showing through. It's very easy to drink and medium bodied. Carb keeps it light and refreshing.

A solid offering. Dangerous to drink as it goes down way too easy.

Photo of dontmentionit
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

big fan of this local beer

Photo of BGW17
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Illinois


Served on tap in a tulip, I actually really liked this one. My nose perked up from this on as it was handed to me. I enjoyed ever sip of it

Photo of Hophazzard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

This is a really good beer. Creeps up on you too. My only complaint about this brew is consistancy. From can to can I'm getting different tastes. Maybe it wasn't stored properly. Some have a little skunk in them but definetly worth a try. I'm sure if it was fresher it would be worthy of a higher rating.

Photo of DannyS
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint mason jar. Dated 03/04/14

A - Hazy but bright yellow-amber. Leaves only a thin foam collar and sparse patches of lacing.

S - Musty, funky, fruity, herbaceous...sort of a medium zone between bright and dank.

T - The bitterness hits hard when sipping but doesn't linger, paving the way for the fruity, weedy, grassy, pinesap-esque flavors to dominate. Mild-medium malt backbone. This one's a toughy to nail down but is still quite flavorful. Finishes fairly dry.

M - No alcohol burn. It's a bit heavier feeling than most IPA's, but the carbonation keeps it from being really thick and chewy. Gets smoother as you keep drinking.

Overall - This one drinks real easy if you're an IPA kind of guy. It's a really interesting middle point between the crisp, clean, floral DIPA's and the dark, rich, syrupy flavored ones. Wolf among Weeds is an appropriate name, as its flavor is quite reminiscent of weed, in both the invasive plant and medicinal plant meanings.

Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Torrey Pints in Whole Foods, in La Jolla for breakfast at about 1045.

My first impression of this beer was, it looks luscious. The strong smell of pine and hops also helped me come to that conclusion. The smell is also sweet and floral. The body was a hazy, light orange. The head was thin and white. Just how I like them. The smell was of pungent hops and pine. It smelled like weed. The taste of this very good IPA was of hops, weed, and pine. Juicy, sweet, and flavorful. It had a nice classic West Coast IPA taste, with weed as the dominating flavor. It had medium carbonation and medium to light density.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer coming out of LA. I will keep my eye out for this in the future.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bright golden body pours into a nonic pint with no problems. Head is off white layered and luscious forms nicely above the glowing golden body. Aroma hops explode on the nares what a great smell, herbaceous herbal, citric hops, with big juicy ripened pineapple. Flavor full of juicy resinous hops, citrus peel, pineapple juice, even mango with tropical fruit. This is something else really drinkable with incredible hop notes, nothing like this exists on the east coast. Mouthfeel is oily and resinous bringing the dank hop oils with the tropical fruit to soften the blow of the hop bitterness, a bit of alcohol warmth but nothing that is too hot for the palate to enjoy this fine creation. Overall, I'm a huge fan of this beer since my first sip yesterday during a sampling session with wvsabbath to this full pint glass full of all the west coast hop glory.

Photo of Mongrel
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pours a hazy, wheaty yellow with nice head and lacing. Looks like one of the new school hazy, unfiltered, farmhouse sort of ales, ala Hills Farmstead and Tired Hands.

S - Nose is hoppy for sure, but in a nondescript sort of way. There's lemon, honey and pine, along with musty wheat.

T - Really crisp and dry, with a touch of rye spice and of course plenty of hops. Hop profile is cool and lemony, with an array of other citrus following it up, along with a hint of tart apple. Honey malt center that's a little boozy, but I don't mind that. Not as big in flavor as say a Heady Topper, which is also 8% ABV, instead it's a little more restrained. I appreciate the honey at the center of this beer the more I come back to it and it may actually be the star of this beer, outshining the hops.

M - Nice cool, soft mouthfeel, with lasting hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a solid, cool, fresh DIPA, as opposed to some of the "danker" versions on the market. Highly enjoyable, but not mind-blowing.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Amber-orange color. Hoppy aroma, bits of pine and citrus. Flavor was maltier than I would like, alcohol, bitter, hops, citrus. Overall I thought this was ok but would probably not revisit it, too many other great California IPA's.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So apparently I like this waaay more than everyone else

A- Pours light honey hazy, two finger head with low retention. White clouds for the head.

S- I am getting a bouquet of citrus. Lemons, grapefruit, nice fluffy hop profile, my kind of malt (minimal)

T- This is a real nice IPA, light and fluffy (sorry). Citrus from above fruit.

M- Great M being creamy, perfect amount of carb.

O- I would gladly, gladly drink this again!!!!

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 16 oz. can into Golden Road pint glass.

A: A brilliant golden orange, that's mostly opaque. There's nothing in terms of head at all.

S: In-your-face hop scents permeate from this one the second you pour and it just continues as you drink. Also possesses some great citrus-y notes -- pineapple, in particular.

T: Delivers on the aromas you get up front -- every sip is a burst of hops and citrus that make it incredibly refreshing.

M: Crisp and clean finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. Despite all the hops, it doesn't feel heavy at all.

O: Wolf Among Weeds has become one of my favorite DIPAs over time. When fresh, it's a relatively light, enjoyable drinking experience that has you craving more. In my opinion, it's the best Golden Road has to offer and a great starting point for those trying them out (or coming back into the fold).

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Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.