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Wolf Among Weeds - Golden Road Brewing

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88
very good

337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012)
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

KimenTshom, Oct 19, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

gandalfcat, Jun 23, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

HRamz3, Nov 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

BrettHead, Mar 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Amos917, Jul 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

od_sf, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of lsummers
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought some can's straight from the brewery. It poured a golden red brown with a nice head that left some nice lacing.

Smells of a fresh cut hay field mixed with toffee.

Taste is interesting, I get a little fresh cut hay field with a majority of it being toffee and sweetness. I do get a lot of the hops in there which add a lot of piney sweetness.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it is a higher percentage so I would expect it to be a sipper and the syrupy feeling helps with that.

Overall, I'm just not as impressed. There are some flaws I can taste right away. It's just that feeling you get when you know something is just not right. I feel bad, because it's not a bad beer, it's just trying to stand out in a market that has soo many great ones.

lsummers, Aug 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

drepreciado, Nov 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

hopup, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

NathanJoyce, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"India Pale Ale." 8.0% ABV confirmed. 16 fl oz aluminum can with detailed but bland label acquired at a local Vons grocery store as part of a cardboard 4 pack and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of no real cream. Disappointingly thin. Retention is above average (~4 minutes) for the ABV. Body colour is a pale vibrant yellow. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here. No overt flaws.

Sm: Floral character. Grapefruit citrus fruit ester hop character. Pale malts. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasant grapefruit citrusy esters up front. It's great for the first act, and then we hit the pale malt body. Problems emerge as untamed bitterness surges at the midpoint and takes until the late third act to die. Not real creamy. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. The pale mount foundation is unobtrusive but also somewhat weak. Lightly nectary. Its biggest flaw is by far its lack of balance. Built decently otherwise. Far from impressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit biting. Overcarbonated. Thin up front and too tick towards the back end. Bad presence on the palate. Lightly oily. Not well suited to the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable for the decently hidden high ABV, but its severe lack of balance really holds it back. The problems get much worse as it warms. Serve this one very cold. It's not bad, but I wouldn't get it again unless it was the only good option at a bar.

Low C+

kojevergas, May 01, 2013
Photo of charlzm
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the brewery on March 20th, 2013. Reviewed from notes. This is the "new recipe" version.

Beer is a clear coppery-orange with a two-finger head. Crown recedes to a small white cap and provides very sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is unfortunately sulfuric (sewer-like). There's also an earthy, grassy note.

The beer is thick with a strong caramel malt character up front. Fairly sweet. Hops are balanced with the malt. Somewhat resiny, piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and creamy. A little parching as well.

A respectable strong IPA, but a double/imperial? Not quite ready to play in that bracket.

charlzm, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Rick778, Oct 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

bmmortale, Jul 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

bsuedekum, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

mmulebarn, Mar 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

EdTheEdge, Jan 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 26, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Birmz, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A different shade of bright yellow in the Crooked Line tulip. Plenty of suds with a coarse carbonation and below average retention. Big hoppy nose with great aromatics. Light bodied in the mouth.

Brewer claims 80 IBUs and lists a bunch of hops: Galena, Warrior, Cascade, Zythos, Simcoe. Overall the flavors are more tropical fruit. It's quite malty as well as fruity, with a nice spicy tang.

Not very drinkable even for an IPA, but hardened West Coast hop fiends may appreciate the hop overload. It's seems to start out less bitter but learns fast. Thin and quaffable. Crisp and sharp, though it gets overly acidic after some sipping. It's more of a Pale ale that got way out of control. From the 16 oz can bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego for $3.19.

mactrail, Jun 19, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

ArrogantB, May 07, 2014
Photo of ADZA
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A canned offering from Cellarbrations Carlisle and pours a non see through very hazed apricot hue with a dense two finger creamy head that's hanging around and nice clingy lacing,soon as I put my nose to the glass it's strong pineapple,paw paw and mangoes with also barley sugar and pears,the mouthfeel is overcarbonated and medium bodied and the tastes are abit of a one sided hopfest with no malt backbone and overcarbonation which is dissapointing the tastes I do get are just a tropical fruit salad and there really is no levels or stages its just all one way which is really dissapointing and overall even though it's not offensive it's just not what I seek out in my AIPA's cheers.

ADZA, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of dannydetox
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

my first experience with the latest canned offering from golden road, and i'm still in the weeds as it was. there are qualities i like about this brew, and i certaintainly enjoy some of the folks that work at the tasting room. i'm not totally sold on this as an outstanding representation of the style. pours a hazy orange from the can to pint, but has very little carbonation. i like some of the fruity, floral notes from the hop blend, but it seems to be lacking in the citrus dept. malts start to come through across the palate, offering significant sweetness to the blend; i find this abundance of caramel a bit overpowering for a west coast ipa. finishes with a duel between the malts and some dryness on the very back end. the texture is creamy, and the low carbonation is a turn off to me, personally.

in the end the beer feels a bit sticky for an ipa, even as a double.

dannydetox, Aug 30, 2012
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Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.