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Heal The Bay IPA - Golden Road Brewing

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Heal The Bay IPAHeal The Bay IPA

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gregmoscetti on 05-09-2013)
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Reviews by zhanson88:
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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

zhanson88, Jul 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%

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

gregmoscetti, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

LakerLeith, Jun 13, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

adsomers, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

SierraJosh, Aug 15, 2013
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3.06/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

RaulMondesi, Aug 31, 2013
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Heal The Bay IPA from Golden Road Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.