Point The Way
Golden Road Brewing

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,946
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
82
Ranked #45,025
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
528
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Golden Road Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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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
Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 528 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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osheamatth from New York

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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
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dethomp from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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
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Gavage from Nevada

3.42/5  rDev -5%
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
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Shark_Mandro from Canada (BC)

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp. Best way to describe this 'lite' IPA.

Easy drinking at 5.9%ABV, with heavy carbonation so it pairs well with greasy food. A bit unbalanced though - bitterness first then bubbly then hops. I like getting it all in one and having a tough time discerning what's what.

Overall a tasty brew, good for sculling on a patio afternoon.

Feb 03, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at the Quick Stop on 10-1-16 for $1.50. Canned on 5-3-16 but suspect it has been refrigerated the whole time.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose was subdued citrus.

Taste was a subdued but nice blend containing citrus with a touch of peach over a lighter primarily pale malt body.

Mouthfeel was light to medium and pretty refreshing.

Overall this was a nice nearly sessionable IPA that i would not hesitate to have again.

Dec 14, 2016
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crimsonfloyd from California

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden with lots of white head. Smells of lemons and orange. The taste basically follows the smell. More lemon than orange, perhaps a bit of mandarin in there as well and a hint of cracker in the malts. The taste is fairly typical for an IPA but a little on the weak side. Overall, decent but nothing special.

Oct 08, 2016
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mklmcgrew from California

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden color, with a solid 2-finger head that dissipated to moderate lacing.

S: Solid aroma with pine and citrus hints.

T: Fairly well balanced with pine and citrus to match the aroma, and a little malt presence. Not overly bitter.

F: A little dry and thin. Notice the hops in the finish, but not overpowering.

O: Decent IPA. Wouldn't be my first choice, but it gets the job done, and is very portable in the 12 oz. cans.

Jul 10, 2016
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 4/15/16 and poured into the classic hotel plastic cup.

Color of the pour and the head itself are awesome, with a medium, deep golden color and a thick, creamy, and dense head that hangs around forever. On the nose there is a ton of honey presence that leads into a lightly piney hop bitterness. The end of the scent has just a touch of citrus bitterness.

On the tongue, the beer lends itself to the same flavor profile as the scent, starting with a light sweetness and moving towards a piney bitterness. The bitterness ramps up the longer the drink goes, but still retains a bit of the honey quality from the initial portion of the drink. As far as feel goes, it is somewhat light and thin on the palate, but still easily drinking.

Overall, this is a decent IPA with a somewhat unique hop profile. The honey-like flavor is unique and different, but there isn't quite the hop bitterness punch that a true hop head would want. That being said, this is still a pretty decent brew.

Jun 09, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought 19.2oz can from Don Quiojte $2.50
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smooth and not overly bitter
Overall a nice beer, but not an exceptional one

Feb 04, 2016
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oldsailor from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't expecting too much from this one based on the reviews; however, I feel that this is actually a pretty decent IPA and was happily surprised when it was clean and refreshing. Not the best IPA ever, but rather a very worthy option.

Jan 24, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lighter orange and yellow color. Aroma was grassy hops. Enjoyable, sessiony-strength hops.

Lots of carbonation, still remains grassy, bitter, not a lot of crystal or caramel here. Some grapefruit like bitterness. I can't describe why this one would go heavy at times, and then mega carbonated. Just a weird mouthfeel as it got warm, one that kind of defies my understanding of beer. Overall, a grassy hopped pale ale essentially with lots of carbonation.

Jan 19, 2016
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orange with 1.5 fingers of white head. Nice carbonation.

I get some nice pine, florel hops, and tons of grapefruit rind and juice.

Taste is pretty boisterous despite the sessionable abv. Its more pine, grapefruit citrus, and an almost blueberry-like fruitiness. Not very bitter, nor very strong but very good for something sessionable.

Overall, this is an easy drinking IPA. It's light, but still packs a nice punch. One of the better session IPA's. It pairs well with gnocchi in a Gorgonzola cream sauce. It gets a 82/100.

Oct 08, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can, Hazy light orange pour, bubbly snow white head. Aroma pine, citrus, grapefruit.Taste pretty much the same as the aroma along with slight malt. West coast this baby. Very nice.

Oct 04, 2015
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youcantmakeme from California

2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my first review so here it goes. I will not be buying this beer again, to me it taste like it's not well done. The flavor is very raw and rough (very malty).The bitterness is abrasive and the finish taste like bu rnt rubber.

Aug 24, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Orange, amber color with a nice bright white head that poured creamy but disappeared after a few minutes, hazy, average lacing, decent amount of carbonation.

A: Pine, citrus, grapefruit, sweet malty, bread notes.

T: Pine, citrus, grapefruit notes, medium bitterness, a light malty flavor aftertaste, alcohol is not noticeable, expecting a bit more after the aroma, it wasn't there.

M: On the thin side, bitter dry finish.

O: Looks good, decent aroma and taste, nice balance with the malts, light mouthfeel, nothing impressive, nothing stands out, an average shelf IPA, easy drinking, could crush a few of these while grilling.

Jul 21, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Ok IPA but hard to distinguish from all the other similar IPAs out there as well as all the world class IPAs available. I wish I got more from the nose. It was lightly fruity and a little bready. The body had a nice medium bitterness to it and a malt backbone.

May 27, 2015
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SensorySupernova from California

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a smooth white head that faded to a sheet of lace.

Smell: Subdued hops - mainly citrus, a little fruity and resiny.

Taste: Moderately bitter up front, continues with the mainly citric hop taste, balanced well by the malt backbone - wheaty. Not too much residual hop taste, but enough to remind you you’re drinking an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with lots of fine carbonation.

Overall: Good relaxed IPA, offering plenty besides just hops.

May 26, 2015
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MpVpRb from California

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer..not great either

Tony (the brewery owner) loves IPAs, but also tends to cater more to the mass market

Golden Road is the first major Los Angeles craft brewer

Los Angeles has been a bit late to the craft beer party..San Diego and Nor Cal breweries set the standard of excellence

This is a "teaser" or "gateway" beer.

It's designed to be sold in supermarkets and to give the BudMillerCoors drinkers an alternative that's not too extreme or scary

Its an OK beer, will do in a pinch..but by no means a great IPA

..and..BTW..Golden Road's "special release" IPAs are amazing. They know how to brew a killer IPA, but for now, have decided to play the game this way

I wish them luck and success

Apr 17, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extra from Orthodoxkardia.

16oz can pours a semi hazy golden orange color with an inch of creamy head. Tons of lacing.The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Orange, mango, pineapple and tangerine with some light floral notes. Toasted malts as well. The taste is more floral and piney than the aroma indicated. Some mango and tangerine as well as a good amount of malts. Piney hop finish with some tangerine. Minimal alcohol presence. Medium bodied. Overall, a pleasant surprise and a pretty solid IPA.

Mar 12, 2015
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SierraFlight from Virginia

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with a finger of head and good retention. Pine, passion fruit, and a brassy citrus note on the nose. Flavors are muted citrus, bread, bitter hop finish that lingers. Crisp champagne carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Feb 25, 2015
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