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Wolf Among Weeds - Golden Road Brewing

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 466
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 30.85%
Wants: 22
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
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Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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Photo of lsummers
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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+

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Photo of charlzm
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of W_Des
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Piney nose and piney medium bitter body. The nose was bit subdued. An ok DIPA from a state with some fantastic DIPA offerings. I would try it again on tap to see if I missed anything.

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Photo of ADZA
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a tulip glass]

I: This is one of two beers I had the pleasure of reviewing at Bar Level 2 (Whole Foods Pasadena). I don't believe I've had any brews from this brewery, to be expected since I've rarely heard the name uttered. Note: I usually prefer to review beers at my home because it's a more controlled environment. Occasionally beers are served too cold at bars, but it just means I have to wait longer.

B: Not Applicable in this scenario.

A: A hazy/amber body with hardly any transparency, a fluffy though small white head, and decent lacing.

S: Sweet malt and piney hops are dominate with citrus and grass presence as the latter.

T: Spicy grapefruit, sweet malt followed by caramel, west coast hops, and an earthy sense throughout.

M: crisp/slight slick finish, medium bodied, low carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not overbearing).

O: Well it was decent/good I must say. Though it felt unbalanced. The biggest problem is that it doesn't have any traits to make it stand out and for that it will be easily forgotten. That said, I wouldn't turn down a free one and would recommend a one time taste, but don't go out of your way. Savor Good Beer!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color with an off-white head. Nose is somewhat grassy, but good citrus peel, pine, and floral notes. A little bit woody, actually. Some sweet caramel and toffee, which I’ve come to expect from Golden Road. The flavor is lightly bitter with toast, caramel, and toffee malt flavors. Some citrus fruit and peel, light pine, and grassy hop flavors. Not a big fan.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 7/30/12.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of earthy, herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with some slight onion flavors and an alcohol presence. There is a fairly mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is really earthy and herbal in the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 16oz can

A - a cloudy blah orange with one finger super white head and little to no lacing

S - Peach, Pineapple, very floral, a very slight cracker like yeast, fruity hops, sweet malt, slight wheat/barley grain (maybe a tad toasted) and something somewhat synthetic smelling

T - Pine, pineapple, peach, dried flowers, hops are more bitter than anything, slight malt, slight grain, crisp water and quite refreshing

M - Medium body, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation, okay balance, okay complexity and a semi sweet to biting hop finish

D/O - Very refreshing, the taste isn't even close to the lovely smell and not quite as hoppy or malty as one would expect -- though the color does ready you for the taste. Worth a try for sure but it isn't anything special or something to get to excited about.

Final thoughts - At $2-3 per 16oz can isn't bad at all and the 8% ABV was awesome for the price -- however you the nose and taste profiles lack any booze kind of note.

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Photo of hmph
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in Bridging the Gap BIF from RobL , thanks a ton for the awesome west coast goodies!

A - a reddish brown with a small crisply white head.

S - a rustic citrus with some heavy sweetness to it, smells inviting

T - Sweet, a very earthy taste (think plow to pint style), a good bit of bitterness, with a lingering almost spice kick to it. Yet there is a strong sense of malty sweetness throughout, a burnt caramel or toffee taste

O - Pretty good, not the most outstanding DIPA (Imperial IPA) but a very good beer, very drinkable and easy to finish but there is a very earthy/rustic feel to it

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this can into a tulip glass. There was about two fingers of foam which stuck to the glass really nicely. The coloring is darker, like you may find in some DIPA's.

Off the top I get funk, citrus, and a little more malt than I would like. The flavor is a little unbalanced as well. The hops don't really work properly in this one.

Overall this is a decent DIPA. I would pick up a can, but don't go out of your way to get a hold of one.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy burnt orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of pine. Taste is bitter, hoppy, pine, a bit of citrus, pretty good but not overwhelming. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of retry4z
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled from a can into an AleSmith elongated tulip glass.

Golden yellow color with a respectable persistent head and minimal lacing; slightly fuzzy, medium transparency.

Smells of pine, delicate hops, woody, and moderate maltiness, and some musty aroma.

Tastes only slightly bitter, with hop flavor ranging from grapefruit to smoked wood. Medium body and carbonation.

Notes: This was my first LA beer, bought on the recommendation of a store clerk, so I didn't know what to expect (I didn't know they even made beer). This is also my first canned IPA. The $3 price tag seems reasonable for one pint of canned IIPA.

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Photo of flexabull
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the SF Toronado.

Pours a very light yellow/gold color, hazy, with a small white head. Almost looks like a wit beer.

Aromas are much nicer than the appearance. Bright citrus, floral hops, and some pine notes.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Bright citrus, some grapefruit bitterness that is pretty strong, and a background of light cracker and hard candy sweetness. Finish is quite dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is full enough, with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty nice DIPA. It's a bit different, really bitter, and kind of weird looking, but I was pretty pleased with my glass.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head. Distinctly IPA Orange.

Smells extremely hoppy with lots of citrus aromas. Strong grapefruit and orange with some strong tea aromas. Very much a hophead beer this beer is anything subtle. No subtle scent this is just balls to the wall hops.

Starts out mildly sweet with an Earthly flavor as a start, pretty must the taste of taste buds carpet bombed with hops. Bittersweet flavor with an earthy after taste, the hops level is at the ragged edge of too much.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall what you have here is an IPA made just about as strong as you can make it before becoming just too much. Really this is a brew adored by Hopheads and feared by those whole don't like hops.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small to maybe medium sized slightly off white head settles to a quarter inch or less of froth covering a thick but not cloudy honey golden colored beer.

Light but very evident citrus style hops aroma.

Light citrus hops with maybe grapefruit coming through more so in the taste, also seems to be some light fresh grasses in the taste as well.

Dryish aftertaste with some of the citrusy lemon tastes hanging around with this lighter medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting, nothing overwhelm but it has some definite west coast style hops tastes.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy 22oz can to an Imperial FW Nonic Glass – canned 05/22/13
Notes taken on 08/24/13

A: Pours a light golden blonde hue with some visible hop haze appearance. My pour produced a fluffy cloud two+ fingers high of bone white that floated for a few minutes and never fully residing. Impressive head is what she said. Swaths of lace paint the glass after each sip.

S: Smells forward with piney hops followed by some sticky green herbs and a touch of grassy florals. There is some underlying sweetness by way of the pale malts to an otherwise hoppy nose. Pretty nice for a 3 month old IPA.

T: Tastes very clean and crisp with a nice hop presence yet restrained bitterness. Pine mixes with tangerines, grass, cedar, and dank herbs. There is a slight bready cracker like maltiness coming through to balance. Overall bitterness is low and the beer is not very resinous with alcohol kept well in check. All in all a nice smooth and hoppy brew.

M: Moderate body leaning towards the lighter side given the smooth and creamy consistency. Carb is almost on the low side it seems. No sharp bitterness nor super dry but with a nice crisp finish and very clean ending.

D: This is a nice DIPA with some very smooth and balanced flavors. Good dank hoppy flavors with no harsh bitterness. Smooth and nice to have but probably does not live up to its own price tag.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's ok. It's a bit hot and spicy - though not good "hot and spicy" like Raul's first date with his baby mama. Nah, it's more hot and spicy like your bathroom at 4 AM after a 12 pack of Keystone and a few too many Doritos Locos tacos.

Now, don't get Raul wrong. Like the main man said, it's ok. I'd recommend any playa to try it on their own to form they own opinion. But overall, like That 80's Show, this sucker ain't going into sindication.

Update (10-3-14)

This beer has been revamped and it has highly been improved like Ashlee Simpson post nose job. That jet fuel has been toned down to basic unleaded, while juice has been added making a more pleasant, smooth beer.

Not outstanding, but very good.

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Photo of yeatsvisitslinco
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a pint can into a pint glass

L - Pale and clear with a fair number of bubbles and a good head.
S - Not as strong as a smell as I would expect for a DIPA, a little hops and florals come through, but very weak.
T - Lots of flavor right up from. Piney hops, a little more alcohol forward than I usually like. Malt comes in a little later.
F - Light for the most part, a little syrupy in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is good, but I don't think I'll be seeking this out on a regular basis.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden Road goes down the Double IPA road. One pint from the can should be adequate. On to the beer:

The color borders on light orange to a darker shade of yellow. With a change of lighting, the color could swing in either direction. The head on top is modest, retaining at a passible rate and leaving a little lace around the glass. That aroma is very delightful! I smell the milder yet succulent New Zealand hops calling out with ripe melon, juicy passionfruit, fresh grass, honeydew.

Tasty IPA with one major flaw. There's little argument of the quality of the flavor; I'm a sucker for these hops. Juicy, bursting passionfruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, a modest spicy bitterness towards the end. So, what's wrong? Despite its 8% alcohol, the effect feels more that you would expect of double digits. Lots of solvent alcohol cuts through the great flavor of the beer, and makes the drinking of the beer a little slower. It's a full bodied beer that doesn't back down, with gentle carbonation, and some of that alcohol disrupting the peace.

Good IPA as it stands with room to grow. I felt that the alcohol could have been hidden better for its size, and if it were, I imagine some of the score would rate higher.

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Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
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