Wolf Pup Session IPA | Golden Road Brewing

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Wolf Pup Session IPAWolf Pup Session IPA
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3.85/5
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315 Ratings
Wolf Pup Session IPAWolf Pup Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States
goldenroad.la

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy and refreshing, Wolf Pup is our riff on a Session IPA. Highly drinkable with a wildly aromatic tropical and citrus character, it’s the perfect companion to keep on sippin’ for those long, sunny days.

Added by PretzelCity on 01-27-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,237
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
315
pDev:
8.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of acurtis
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as much as i think the jury is still out (at least the jury in my head) on the wold among weeds, this wolf pup session is pretty awesome. very pale in color, straw yellow and with a very tall white head on it, creamy and thick, looks rich and robust for a session beer. amazing fresh pineapple nose to it, lots of citrus, limey more than lemons or grapefruit, zesty and fresh, quite a bit going on. it almost has a nitro mouthfeel to it, creamy and fluffy for something so light, taking this element to the extreme, its great. the hops do actually pack some bitterness, but this one appears to be all about the citrusy middle, so bright and clean, with just enough pils type and pale wheat malt character to make it still taste like a beer. this is like a creamier punchier all day, i was quite stoked on it, and it makes me want to revisit their other hoppy beers that i have found less impressive. lots of hops here for such a low alcohol beer, great for what is left of summer here, and one i will be happy to locate on tap again!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit candy 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, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 5/30/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lime, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lime, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lime, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a great session IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very vibrant and fairly dank hops; with a nice malt backbone for the ABV. Very flavorful and never watery feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine and roast malt. Nice sweet caramel flavor with citrus and pine.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon zest, and tropical/mango hops over the top of a light aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of cereal grain malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon zest, and tropical/mango hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable - perfect for hot summer days or when you are cooking out. Not as weak in the mouthfeel as some of the session IPAs and a really enjoyable combination of hop flavors + aromas. I'd happily put down a couple of these in a session/afternoon.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can served in a Tervis at the 2017 Fall ASMF.
Lively carbonation leads to a large foamy head.
Moderately biter but strong flavor for a session IPA.
Fruity and faintly floral with a hint of pine.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/13/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by a strong fruity citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink pound down for a while.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light gold color. Modest starting head which settles to rim bubbles. A couple of streaks and spots for lace.

Mild pale malt base nose. The aroma is mostly citrus rind and peppery spices.

Hoppily bitter. The base shows up late and light. The swallow is lip-smackingly astringent and yet I would not put this into the extreme category. Solid body, particularly for a session beer. Good carbonation. I love session beers like this -- there's nothing lacking in the taste.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine just sent me a sixer to share with my weekly tasting group. The CANQuest (tm) thanks the Alli Cat & promises to return the favor in the very near future.

From the CAN: "Refreshingly hoppy with a wildly aromatic citrus character".

The Crack! got me a little spritz across the fingers, followed by some light foaming through the vent. Once it calmed, it revealed itself to be another brimful craft CAN. An inverted Glug brought forth two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was very citrusy with notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon as well as a light biscuitiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more tropical fruit-like than outright citrus. I was still getting tangerine, but now also commingled with guava, passion fruit, papaya & mango. My only knock is that the flavors lacked any real Oooomph! It was a long day at work & I want something that really brings a lingering taste. Finish was dry, but the flavors seemed to vanish as quickly as I swallowed. Oh well.

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a thumb of beige colored head. Minimal head retention, zero lacing

S: Mango & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, pomelo & light breadyness up front. Dryness & pomelo as this warms, some dryness too. Finishes with tangerine & mango

MF: Light carbonation, medium body, decent balance

Drinks easy, but not complex enough to really hold your attention for more than two beers

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at the Beer Hunter in La Quinta, CA. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had touches of bitter hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a slightly bitter beer that finishes clean.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can on May 26, 2017.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus hops, resin, grapefruit, and pine hops, but not bitter.

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Wolf Pup Session IPA from Golden Road Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 315 ratings