Heal The Bay IPA - Golden Road Brewing

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Heal The Bay IPAHeal The Bay IPA

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: gregmoscetti on 05-09-2013

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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out an extremely clear golden straw color. What strikes me pretty quickly following the pour is the lack of head formation. Probably only about 1/8" of eggshell white head forms, which reduces pretty quickly to a white ring around the edges of the glass. The culprit behind the lack of head is definitely the carbonation. Only a bit shows. To sum up, great clarity and color, but a lack of carbonation and head characteristics.

Smell: Pale malts, clean citrus, and florals. Probably the defining characteristic on the nose is the cleanness. Not terribly expressive in any way, but very clean.

Taste: Pale malts make up the backbone o the beer, with perhaps a touch of caramel. Bitter grapefruit rind hits next, followed by florals and some bitterness. More expressive on the palate than on the nose. Still very clean, and quite drinkable as well. Drinks like it's less than 6.8% ABV for sure.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The feel is very light and the carbonation is low for my taste. Finish is mostly just lingering bitterness, but seems empty and a little watery. Overall, I wasn't in love with this beer, but did not hate it either. Good for barbecueing on a hot day due to it's easy drinking characteristics. Borderline sessionable if you enjoy it enought to do so.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw yellow and a wallop of New Zealand hops is my short hand description. This beer has a gorgeous nose of citrus, bubblegum and love. It's a nose that a lot of these kiwi hopped beers have been chasing, but few have achieved. The taste is similar. If this beer had the back bone of Nelson, it would be a force to be reckoned with. Alas it doesn't, which is the only area it falls slightly behind.

That being said,I could crush cans of this in the California sunshine...and allegedly will get to come June.

Goldenroad's Drakesification has been a huuuge win for the home team

Photo of adsomers
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Visiting SoCal from up north & was very pleased to spot this one with a packaging date of two weeks ago. Love all of Golden Road's beers so far so super excited to try this one.

A - Clear & pale, with a lively effervescence.

S - Aroma is the highlight of this beer. Heavy on tropical fruit, citrus and some pine. It has that sweet & slightly earthy smell you often find in Russian River IPAs. In fact on the first whiff I was taken right back to Sonoma--very reminiscent of the younger. Also reminded me of New Belgium / Alpine "Super" IPA. Very delicate and must be had FRESH.

T - The flavor had some totally unexpected characteristics--very grassy & earthy. A bit vegetal and with a lingering onion-like twinge. I was blown away by how the flavor was belied by the aroma. I am not a fan of the grassy/dank side of IPAs and this element is pretty overpowering to my palate.

M - For the style, this IPA is a bit heavy on carbonation, which is something I love to see. Given the evident level of hopping in this beer, I would expect a heavier / stickier mouthfeel. The carbonation level and presumably high attenuation level (due to lack of caramel malts) give this beer a very pleasant dryness that beckons the next sip.

D - The high alcohol content onion quality will keep me from enjoying two of these back to back, but it is a very good IPA overall. This is definitely a beer nerd's IPA and should be tried if you can get your hands on some.

Photo of SierraJosh
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summer IPA, alot of citrus on the nose as i cracked the can. Poured a lager-esque yellow with medium head, the smell is awesome. Light mouthfeel with pine and crisp clean flavors, lingering bitterness which i enjoyed. Great beer for sunny days, easy drinking.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heal The Bay? More like Load Up The 12 Gauge And Shoot A Seagull Into The Bay. Now lets not trip like that; it's drinkable like a Jarritos in Ensenada, but is it your first choice? Gasoline like, and, uh... Yeah, a skid mark that Tony Stewart would be proud of. Don't get Raul wrong, nah, it's pretty bad.

Photo of fab80
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/1/13, drinking on 7/7/13.

A: Very light golden and super transparent. Foam disappears in less than a minute.
S: Fantastic, piney, green, fresh grass, flowers (yep!), grape and tropical fruits at the end.
T: After such a beautiful nose, taste is kind of underwhelming. It's still really good and it pretty much follows the smell, but at first it's more grassy than I'd expect and the tropical thing you get at the end just kills all the other flavors. Super dry body with little to none malt character . Bitterness is very mild but hops are definitely there, don't worry.
M: I was surprised at how fast this one went flat.
O: I am a big fan. I like hops and this one is all about them.

Photo of tzieser
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a nice looking 16oz can into pint glass. (I'm a sucker for good graphic design and the folks at Golden Road seem to have a good team working for them in that regard)

L: Bright golden in color with a fluffy white head that never seems to dissipate. Crystal clear with lots of carbonation. Near perfection in appearance, hence the perfect score.

S: Aromas of lemongrass, oranges and grapefruit. Possibly lots of citra, NZ/AU dry hopping here. Reminds me of a typical session IPA but it's well done.

T: Not surprisingly the hops come through first, with lots of aforementioned citrus flavors. A bit of grape shows up here as well with a light, cracker malt backbone to help balance the flavor profile.

M: Prickly and carbonated. Pleasantly dry finish.

O: An excellent west coast IPA that packs a good amount of citrus hop flavor and a clean finish. My only gripe with this one is that it's a bit too close to a typical session IPA you can get for much less than the ~$15 a 4 pack of 16oz cans. I would give this a D or F for value but without looking at the price it really is an excellent beer and I do not regret purchasing it. Went down nicely after another hot AZ day.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned at 4:49am today, 6/25/15. Never had a beer on the same day it was canned.

L - Poured into a Modern Times tulip glass, Heal the Bay IPA pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a billowing head of white, sticky foam. Great retention on the drink down, in the form of thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S - The smell is bursting with citrusy and tropical notes of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple along with dank, herbal notes of pine sap and onion stem. A sweetish malt profile and clean ale yeast provide a nice backdrop to the myriad of fresh hop aromas.

T - Immediate waves of intense bitterness blanket the palate. The bright citrusy and tropical notes of the aroma hit the palate first, leading to some of the more pithy and earthy pine flavors before the sweet, lightly-bready pale malt backbone takes over. The finish is clean and very dry, leaving behind a pleasant citrus rind bitterness between each sip.

F - The texture is thick, viscous, slick, and slightly oily. Interestingly, this feels like a DIPA on the palate. The carbonation is fairly pronounced, yet provides some necessary balance to the hearty texture.

O - An excellent California-style IPA brimming with fresh notes of citrus fruit and pine, evoking some of the signature characteristics of California. Seek this out.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 16 ounce can, bottom dated 7/1/13. Clear pale yellow with a 1" white head which clings to form rings and spots of lace.

N: Juciy citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine), tropicals (passionfruit), floral fragrance.

T: More piney than citrus with a mild biscuity malt balance. Onions and faint herbal garlic.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, bitter and oniony finish.

O: Enjoyed.

Photo of CA_brewster
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured some into a glass and drank the rest from the can. The brew is a bright golden yellow, very clear with a white head that disappeared quickly. Carbonation is visible but light.

S: This is not a particularly aromatic brew but i could pick up some hops nonetheless. Sweet and fruity hops.

T: This beer goes down very easily and i found it rather delicious. This is a very refreshing IPA. It's hoppy but without being too resiny or excessively bitter. Reminded me more of an AMerican Pale aLe than an IPA definite hop characteristics but this is contrasting a relatively mellow malt backbone so nothing crazy going on. This is a pretty tame beer.

M: As I've mentioned it goes down easy and it's very refreshing. Also not too bitter but leaves just enough hop resin behind in the aftertaste to make you want another sip

O: I enjoyed this beer as something tasty to throw back but it is not particularly sophisticated and perhaps not worth the premium price but im digging that a portion of the proceeds go to Heal the Bay.

Photo of pete2823
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

For Golden Road, which I commonly feel to be a bit weak and mild in general, this is a great summer American Pale Ale, even though they're calling it an IPA.
Reminds me of The Cold Hop from Boulder Beer though not as crisp.

Color is good to great, not as much effervescence as maybe an IPA should lean both in flavor and/or simply carbonation.

Taste is sweet, yet hoppy. Goes farther than Point the Way yet avoids the bitter side of Wolf Among Weeds.

A bit frothy but a great choice from them if you like hops. Also their packaging and art is always well done, so points there.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 fl oz aluminum can with detailed label art acquired as part of a 4 pack at Golden Road's taproom a couple days ago. 6.8% ABV confirmed. Cost was around $10 USD plus (L.A.) tax for the 4 pack. Expectations are low given the brewery. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

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

A: Pours a three finger wide white colour head of soft smooth complexion. Decent creaminess and frothiness. Pretty good (~6-7 minute) retention. No lacing or "legs" as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. Average vibrance. A bit paler than expected. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for the style. Nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Fairly heavy floral and piney hops. Heavy handed. Pale malts. Some light grapefruit zest and accompanying bite. Maybe a dash of caramalt. Naked hop bitterness is apparent. I suppose it's a biteen oniony. Somewhat grassy. I suppose some might call it herbal. An unnecessarily aggressive aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Aggressively hoppy for no apparent reason and with no regard whatsoever for balance. I get biting grapefruit, muddled pine, and floral character. Generic pale malts comprise the foundation. Some oniony notes throughout; if this bothers you you won't like this beer. If you appreciate subtlety and/or balance, you also probably won't like this beer. No yeast character comes through, but some alcohol does creep in. Unchecked hop bitterness is unwelcome. No real complexity here. Imbalanced. Why brew this? It's definitely in the "let's dicksize with our hop content/IBUs" camp of IPA brewing.

Mf: Biting and overcarbonated. Aggressive, even abusive to the palate - without any pleasant flavour to justify this. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile well. Lightly coarse. Wet. Too thick. Unrefreshing. Unpleasantly oily - and I usually love well executed oily hop character in an IPA. Poor presence on the palate. Lackluster execution overall.

Dr: Another dud from Golden Road. I don't know what I expected; I mean this is the brewery that brought us the hideous mess that was Burning Bush. Overpriced crap that's testament to how behind L.A. is on local brewery quality. Definitely wouldn't touch it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Disregard. It's downable, but I struggle to think of an IPA that isn't better at or below this price point. Please don't support this brewery - at least not when they brew this.


Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite Golden Road Beer! Very sweet yet bitter and well balanced. Highly underrated in my opinion.

Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

More on the golden side of amber. A brief head poured in the St. Bernardus globe. Very fragrant with flowery and piney hops, even more than the flavor would suggest. This is one of the benefits of cans-- pull the tab and you get that jet-powered puff of hop oils right up the nose.

Light bodied and fairly refreshing, if you're looking for a bitter quaff. More grapefruit than anything else. Quite bitter aftertaste. This seems to be the standard powerfully hopped IPA style, whatever coast or brewing hot spot you care to name. Malt is insignificant. It's just a really big Blonde with a resiny and pine-soaked mane. From the 16 oz can bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of ScottJJ
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA from the heart of Los Angeles. Probably the best thing Golden Road was making at the time. Too bad it was a limited release.

Photo of TheMarkE
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a huge head of foam and generous lacing. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and just a hint of malts.

Taste: Citrus, pine, citrus, malt, pine, and citrus. In that order.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a big hop bite in the finish.

The Verdict: Very good. Not as good as their 2020 IPA, but still pretty darn good. Not for the timid, there’s a ton of fresh hop flavor attacking the tongue.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with onion and garlic hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's Point the Way,
And Heal the Bay,
All made in LA,
Hay Hay Hay Hay!

Golden Road offers another IPA for the market, one that hits the common 6.8% ABV mark. From a 16 ounce can, on to the beer:

Based on color, this IPA could be mistaken as a pilsner with its bright golden color and clean body. On top sits a small head which splashes thin layers of lace around the glass. The aroma is soft yet succulent, featuring cantaloupe, honeydew, white grape, clean pine. Here we go again with the Kiwi hops.

Providing a solid malt base with doesn't overshine, Kiwi hops can do wonders to a beer. Case #5104 is Heal the Bay IPA. The flavor isn't going to explode in your mouth, however it does leave a party in your mouth. Break out the cantaloupe, melon, fresh pine, a bit of resin, kiss of cracker malt with is kissed again with caramel. The smile on my face grows wider with every sip. Yes, I like this. Not going unnoticed is the mouthfeel, which is medium bodied yet quick in the mouth and paired with gentle carbonation.

Heal the Bay is like its brother Point the Way, but all grown up. If you're looking for a good alternative to Alpine's Nelson, Heal the Way might be the first thing which pops in my mind.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pint can 7/8/13 bottling date. teku glass.

pours a paler than normal yellow with a nice head. smell is huge with tangerine and pineapple notes. taste is similar, very hoppy and filled with tropical fruits. real great. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall an exceptional IPA. very impressed.

Photo of SierraFlight
2.61/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.25

On tap at rockn brews el segundo. Lots of grapefruit aroma with grassy flavors. Decent.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L Growler, filled 9/8/13, drank 9/19/13

A: Pretty thin clear pale yellow orange color. Still carbonated. Full two fingers of bright white fluffy head. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Big grapefruit and citrus. Pineapple. Astringent piney hops. Smells thin on the malts which I like.

T: Nice punch of hops right up front. Big pine and grapefruit astringency. Thinner malt bill than I was expecting which normally I enjoy, but here it just kind of falls flat. Finish is dry and clean. Easy drinking.

M: Thin medium bodied.

Photo of alisadk
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First sip at Golden Road Brewery Glendale 2013 with Andy.

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a three finger white, fluffy head.ot has quite a nice nose to it. Pine, resin, papaya, mango, lemon, yeast, cracker malt. The flavor is quite bitter upfront but it gives way to a crisp, tropical sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, but that is acceptable in this style. I like this beer more than the other folks on here.

Photo of jooler
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting. Hoppy, crisp, and refreshing ipa. I really can't put my finger on it but there is a really interesting initial note that I like. Also has a slight alcoholic taste like an imperial ipa.

Taste better when older, not fresh

Heal The Bay IPA from Golden Road Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.