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: 85 | Ratings: 495
Photo of Shark_Mandro
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.

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Photo of arizcards
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.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
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.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
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.

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Photo of Troy-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

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Photo of oldsailor
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of DaverCS
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
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.

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Photo of youcantmakeme
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
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.

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Photo of W_Des
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.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
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.

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Photo of MpVpRb
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

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Photo of PicoPapa
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Light citrus hops, maybe a hint of pineapple, a little fruitiness, and some light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, light grapefruit, tangerine, a little lemon grass, some fruitiness, maybe even a hint of tropical fruit, a touch of pine, and some light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty light easy drinking IPA. Not bad, but nothing special either.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows herbal, piny and spicy hops along with slightly sweet biscuity malt.
Pretty hoppy flavours, mainly sticking to piny and spicy hops. Some soft clean malt in the background.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

a: super clear staw colored with some dark orange notes. head is solid, frothy & white

s: smells better than i was expecting. mango, passionfruit, pineapple - pineapple is dominant. a faint caramel-syrup presence in here as well

t: flavor is a bit of a let down from the aroma. the flavor kind of punches you with bitterness, but not from any of the tropical fruits i was hoping for. i can't even really put my finger on something to associate with the bitterness besides it being bitter. there is that light caramel malt in here as well, but its overshadowed

m: light mouthfeel, well carbonated

o: aroma and mouthfeel are good but flavor is way too one-dimensional in its bitterness. no depth in here…maybe i have a bad keg or something? based on what i have in front of me, you're much better off going with another option

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Photo of HobbNobber
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Had a pint of this in LAX while waiting for a flight. Pours a 1" head. Nice lacing throughout session. Slight hop grapefruit aroma. Nice balance to this beer. Malt backbone is there and not overwhelmed by hops and bitterness. Good body and mouthfeel as well. Bitterness on the palate after. Overall good IPA.

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Photo of Dwkasper
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

A: light golden, little head, not much carbonation

S: dank ness, a very little tropical fruit, a little fresh cut grass

T: honestly not much taste when having it in draft. A little hop bitterness, fairly smooth

M: not much carbonation

O: honestly don't know anything about golden road but not impressed with this IPA. Hopefully this was a fluke, I was not impressed

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice citrus smell. Easy.
The taste is bold but balanced. Lots of lemon and grapefruit bitterness with a touch of pineapple.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a tasty IPA.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Light amber coloring and a slight head.

S: Bitter, piney -- not overwhelming at all, but it's there.

T: Citrus and pine, but very nicely balanced. Not at all over-powering with hops or malt.

M: Medium body with a slight bitterness at the end; some mild carbonation as well.

O: A nice, light IPA that possesses some pleasant hoppy bitterness. Not a brew that overwhelms with flavor, but an enjoyable drink day or night. Don't turn this one down, especially lately. New recipe implemented in the past year has really allowed this beer to help itself out in the market.

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Photo of costanza46
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color from a can nice color.

Smells almost soapy with some fruitiness in there too.

Taste is pure bitter with little to no hop flavor. This beer is very dry but lacks the fruity flavor I expect in an ipa. Some late hop additions would help to add hop character without abrasive bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Pleasant on a hot day.

Overall this was a drain poor for me. This beer would probably be a decent Pale ale but is massively out classed with all the competition out there today. I want to like this brewery but I feel marketing is their main concern with the beer a close second. Nice packaging though....

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Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
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