Wolf Among Weeds - Golden Road Brewing

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 20
Gots: 84 | 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 charlzm
3.13/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
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+

Photo of ummswimmin
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of MEsoJD
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

Photo of dannydetox
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of hmph
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Photo of lsummers
2.93/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
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