Point The Way IPA | Golden Road Brewing

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Point The Way IPAPoint The Way IPA

Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States

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 by ithacabaron:
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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous, glowing apricot. Stunningly clear and even-hued; there's little to no shading or color shift in the glass, which is creepy at first, and then, frankly, just impressive. A big, blowsy, lumpy shaving cream head soon settles down to a thin cap (the only thing keeping this from a 5), but it leaves lovely, delicate webs of lacing on its way down.

Aroma is an absolute knockout. It's so incredibly hard to get good aroma from a bottled/canned product, particularly with IPAs; the moment it leaves the brewery, the smell of most beers starts to fall apart. Not this. Even as I type, I can smell it across the desk. Orange blossom honey, ripe papaya (including a bit of that great, sweaty funk), honeydew melon, lychee -- an absolute riot. Masterful.

. . . and then there's the taste. What's in the glass just doesn't hold up to the sweet, gushing odors that pervade from the glass before you sip. Immediately on the tongue, there's the sensation of licking marble, a mineral quality that seems out of place. This carries through the swallow, as a heavy alkaline presence -- it's not bitterness, it's not hops -- beats the palate further into submission. At the finish, the bitterness halfheartedly shows up, a few blades of grass peeking from up under a field of baking soda.

Mouthfeel is fine -- a little sparse, but hardly offensive. The bubbles rise up anyway to tickle the gums.

How do you solve a problem like Maria? Never have I had a beer that talked such a big game on the nose, and then fell so short. I don't want to be harsh; there's so much potential here, and so many things going on that I like -- a low ABV IPA! Yes! In cans! Yes! Affordably priced ($2.00 per 16 oz. tallboy)! Yes!

If you're reading, brewers: Take this one back to the skunkworks, check on the water you're using to brew, and iron things out. You're so freaking close. Keep up the good work.

***Final Note: I finished my glass with a few slices of a lovely Pizza Margarita. Pairing with food ameliorates some of the taste issues, but it's still not ideal. Like I said -- tons of potential here. Keep an eye on the folks over at Golden Road.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JDUB
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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Photo of gregmoscetti
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of G_Shoe
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of RDW
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 506 ratings
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