Point The Way
Golden Road Brewing

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Golden Road Brewing
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,662
Ranked #27,062
3.59 | pDev: 12.81%
Sep 22, 2022
Oct 17, 2011
Point The WayPoint The Way
Notes: Point the Way IPA is our ode to the hop-crazed residents of LA. Its light malt body is the perfect canvas for the pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit notes from our generous dry hopping. At 5.9%, this balanced West-Coast IPA is classically SoCal.

Hops: HBC-342, Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe

56 IBU
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Rated: 3.62 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 3.3 by fthegiants from California

Nov 16, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color - too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits and grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has dank flavors of tropical fruits and grapefruit with a light amount of bitterness. There are hints of pine in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Only a light amount of crispness is present.
O: This beer is a lot lighter in body compared to what I would have expected from all of the hop flavors in the taste. As such, it is rather sessionable.

Serving type: can
Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by AndrewTobias from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. can - Best enjoyed by 10/26/2019 stamped on bottom. (Had it it just in time!)

Pours slight hazed golden yellow with a foamy head that becomes a bubbly island with some bubbles of lacing.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Classic traditional American IPA aroma. (Just about hits a 4 in my opinion.)

The taste is of citrus and pine with slightly caramelized bread/grain backing. It has a slightly spicy/leafy finish. Some bitterness lingers. Some alcohol shows throughout.

It hits medium-bodied in a slightly watery way. Slightly/sharp astringent. The body holds together well enough. Some bitterness stays on the palate.

I wouldn't put it in a West Coast hop bomb category, but hop-forward enough to fit a more "old school" interpretation of the style. Not particularly unique, robust or complex, but nice enough to work well.
Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by thesidewayz01 from California

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by nmwhitehead from New York

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by Toynk from Illinois

Aug 24, 2019
Rated: 3.45 by atesus from California

Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 4.85 by barley from California

May 24, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by alexsanvic from California

Mar 24, 2019
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Reviewed by osheamatth from New York

3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On draft at the brewery in Glendale. Nice well balanced with just a little funk to it that could have upped this to a 4 rating. Piney, citrusy and bone dry.
Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Brian_Pheiffer from California

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by evanwoertz from California

Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 3.72 by TryThemAllOnce from California

Aug 23, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by SargeC from California

Aug 06, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
A: moderately hazy; deep gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; very little lacing;

S: pine and citrus;

T: a hodgepodge of flavors that don't come through as anything coherent; pronounced bitterness toward the end - a little harsh;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the flavor was not all that pleasant;
Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by Whatuptho from California

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jun 01, 2018
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Reviewed by dethomp from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft at LAX.

Basically no head.
My sense of smelling is bad.
More dense appearance than I prefer.
My way to determine overall rating is, “Would I have I have a 2nd one right now?” and, “In another new place would I have it again?” Answers are “yes.”
Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by garrusthegreat from California

Apr 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: orange with a 1" head that produces some mild lacing.

Smell; very light citrus aroma.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, some mild pine, and a late biting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and slightly dry at the finish.

Overall: middle of the road IPA that comes across a bit unbalanced for me.
Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 3.16 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by Johnnyrafer from California

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by DJTOBY from California

Oct 23, 2017
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had canned version. Drinkable session like despite almost 6% ABV. Would drink again/not turn down as summer beer. Unfortunately there are so many other IPAs in same class, and probably won't circle back. Still a decent beer.
Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by ruzzal from Texas

Sep 17, 2017
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Reviewed by tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can poured into pint glass

L - Pours a hazy orange color with a white, foamy head that dissipates down to an inch and leaves a good lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, orange zest, not the strongest nose to it.

T - Bitter rind, slight lemon citrus, piney, slightly sweet honey, a strong hoppy bite at the end.

F - Very drinkable, sessionable IPA with an astringent carbonation. Light, crisp, slightly dry finish.

O - A solid, drinkable west coast IPA worth the price. Just about what you can expect from a balanced brew.
Sep 15, 2017
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Rated by Jortonsbeer from California

2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by frasergrove from California

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by coreypegram from Arizona

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by G_Shoe from California

May 31, 2017
Rated: 4 by trocketsauced from New York

Apr 18, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by Kamahl16 from Nevada

Apr 15, 2017
Rated: 2.96 by timjg14 from California

Mar 30, 2017
Rated: 3 by RHF711 from Canada (ON)

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by gr8fulbeerhead from California

Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by aasher from Indiana

Feb 14, 2017
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