Point The Way IPA | Golden Road Brewing

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ehammond1 on 10-17-2011

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Reviews:
82
Ratings:
472
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
30.83%
 
 
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22
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Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of reviews have criticized this IPA for not being an over-the-top hop monster; I say that there are already enough of those on the market, and Golden Road purposely went ahead and made a balanced, session IPA that isn't trying to take the enamel off of your teeth. West Coast IPA's are known to be ridiculously citrusy in their character but this offering blends herbal aromatics with the citrus hops, giving a multi-dimensional character to the hop profile that's much better than its being given credit for. A piney, resinous flavor is layered with the grapefruit and citrus tones; I'm guessing their hop blend is a mixture of Citra and Chinook, among the normal addition of "C" hops. My biggest criticism would probably be that, given that this is a regular American IPA with a 5.2 ABV, there is definitely room for more dimension in the malt profile and Golden Road still chose to keep the malt flavors fairly one-dimensional and straightforward. I would have liked to see a more bready, toasty, flavorful malt profile shine through. Be as it may, this American west coast IPA is better than most other offerings you'll see on your grocery store shelf, but not the crowning achievement that the greatest IPAs are. My favorite is still Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, but this offering is far from a disappointment.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

A little dry, but nicely balanced between the bitter and aroma hops. Very drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening Party
Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, CA

Clear orange and amber with a medium-sized eggshell-white head. Decent retention and lines of lacing left down the glass.

An incredible aroma, especially for such a low-ABV IPA. There's lots of hop character leaping form the glass: pungent grapefruit, tropical orange, and a hint of pine. There's a bit of sweet caramel and pale malt as well.

The taste is just a touch disappointing after such a nice aroma. Moderate bitterness with a bit more bready character than I would have assumed, though there's still a decent amount of grapefruit and pine hop presence.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

A very nice, niche-filling, low-ABV IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Blue Palms a few months back. Standard looking west coast ipa territory here, a lighter orange appearance without more than 1/2" of head to it. Aroma was fairly hoppy, nothing to blow you out of the water, but for a sessionable ipa like this is was decent enough.

The taste and body of the beer takes on kind of a heavier feel, although I have no idea where it comes from, because its not like the beer has a lot of malt, roasting, heft, alcohol, caramel etc. . . it just isn't as lively or light on the tongue as I thought it was going to be. You can momentarily get notes of pine and grapefruit from it, but its kind of sad the way you drink more and more of it, it just kind of fades away and leaves this neutral mouthfeel drag on the tongue. Not a bad beer, maybe it would be better with higher carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.
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