Tap 79 India Pale Ale | Golden Road Brewing

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Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by alwaysplayin on 06-07-2014

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by Sorcerer:
Photo of Sorcerer
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Here it is, a new beverage at TraderJoes. An irresistible did on a hot Sunday afternoon.

A little background:

A contract brew from Los Angeles, this golden IPA, originates from "Golden Road Brews", or as the packaging coyly declares, "Ol' Burro Brewery". The packaging, like the ale itself, refreshes. Bright Yellow, festooned with cartoon, the four sixteen oz. can box pack depicts a beach scene, BBQ, surfing, bare feet, and my favorite part, what appears to be a 67' Ford Econoline, with a seagull and a bulldog.

On to the beer.

16 oz. can pours into my Bass pint tumbler with a one inch head of thick foam, careful and slow. The head has some taupe color to it, it seems to me, or is the light, or the heat that affects my vision.

The ale froth is pleasant. Faint whiffs of water crackers, dessicated pine needles, and then weed whacked green weeds...herbal. My second serving, before me now, timidly decanted, yeilds less foam. When I crack a beer, I like to sniff the gas that escapes. This one smelled good. Smells hop forward, herbally. A vague mettalic, or copper-like odor underlays the effect, almost as though there is electricity here . Remembering tasting an English penny? 9 volt battery on the tongue?

Looks good. Clear filtered. Orange-gold....evocative of the California Poppy. Obtains persistent lacing. Records each quaff. For divination purposes, perhaps not enough.

Mouth feel, is one of low carbonation! Surprised. My ales are poured unless it is an impromptu celebration, because I prefer less gas. In this case, the can could be a good drinking vessel. In other words, this beer is not flat, but if you neglect you serving, it soon will be.

Flavour, instantly gratifying! Big bitterness. Packet describes 60 IBU. Good balance for my preferential priority...more hops, malt hang on, and give me some booze. At just 6.5% ABV this ale is right in the pocket. I have to say, there is/something going on here that brings Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to mind, no not Torpedo, and far far from Ruthless... Maybe just the idea of those hot fields around Chico California and the chilly Feather River flowing through. Very good, refreshing, with a taste that rewards intense analysis as it warms, or satisfies completely when glugged with reckless abandon.

Overall, as I wash down half a pizza (my own recipe) with this stuff, I honestly must give this a generous rating. The appearance, package and pour, promised a lot. With delight I discover a good beer. The flavor changes with the temperature. At nearly ice cold, this starts out like a session IPA, that new "lightweight" category. As it warms, it opens up, and quickly goes flat, revealing a complexity of flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber liquid with a lasting beige cap. Sticky lacing, superior retention.

Delicate citrus aromatics with a hint of evergreen, rosewater, and cotton candy. Simple, bright, and inviting.

An undercurrent of syrupy sweetness keeps rising up without providing balance to the mild bitterness. Citrus, a hint of pine, and grapefruit seed lead into a medium-dry almost minty finish. Peppery bitter-sweet aftertaste...could be a little cleaner.

Medium-light bodied, with a touch of astringency.

A decent value, though like Golden Road's main line of IPAs, I find something missing - a certain inescapable flatness to the flavor profile (possibly the water?)...

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of terpinsd
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh 16 oz. can from Trader Joe's, this a new contract brewed IPA from LA. We'll see in time if a new brewery designation is relevant but this appears to be brewed by Golden Road for T-Joes vs. a third party. Pours a medium golden with a touch of chill haze into a pint glass and shows a bit of short lived foam.

Nice hoppy aroma of those 'new' hops as soon as I cracked the can. Mosaic or maybe Colombus who knows, but bright and cheerful and along the bloodlines of the 'onion' like hops, yet not nearly in a negative way, being subtle and clean. Pleasant yet one sided and especially so given the light carbonation and said ability to throw volatiles forth.

Taste is a bit subdued vs. aroma. Not much modified grain in the mix and not much bitterness either. Seems quite forward with aroma hopping only. Feel is thin as a result and offers only a hint of caramel sweetness to compensate a citric and lightly oily finish and a light background grain oarseness. Smooth finish and with no bite or bitterness and yet no sense of ABV either. Silky is not a term I would generally apply to an IPA, yet is exhibited here below I would guess 50 degrees, firming up slightly with warming beyond that.

Clean and simple with some redeeming hop aromas. Otherwise, I await Tap 80 as this one won't be flying off the shelves after the initiation period. No negatives yet few positives.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of leodarko
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BG24
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Tap 79 India Pale Ale from Golden Road Brewing
3.57 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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