Burning Bush | Golden Road Brewing

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Golden Road Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ehammond1 on 10-18-2011

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2.36/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pint can,

A: Pours amber with a moderate white head, leaves some good lacing. Classic IPA look.

S: Grapefruit, some melon, ethanol, very light hint of smoke.

T: For a beer that claims to be partially a smoke beer, I really can't find any of it. Fairly light hop character, dominated by an astringent grapefruit, bitter melon, and green tea with some noticable ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, very oily, astringent, fair.

O: Not a fan of this. Wish it'd given me some smoke like it promised.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 fl oz aluminum can acquired at the Cap N Cork nearby me gaff and served into a New Belgium goblet in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Served within an hour of purchase. Expectations are average; this brewery has disappointed me in the past. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and good thickness. Retention is good for the ABV. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Colour is an understated dark clear copper. Looks pretty good for the style. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Biscuit malt, caramel, caramelized malts, floral hops, and maybe a hint of pine. An average strength aroma. Not great for the style. Surprisingly malty, actually.

T: Caramelized amber malts and biscuit malts. Floral hops. Pretty middling and noncommital. No yeast or cream comes through. Little alcohol is detectable. There's some emergent hop bitterness - mainly manifested via an oily hop character - but the overall hop presence is surprisingly limited. The balance is decent, but the build is mundane. Nothing unique or special here.

Mf: Crisp, a bit oily, bitey, somewhat sharp, a touch overcarbonated, wet, and coarse or smooth depending on which part of the structure you examine. Doesn't really suit the flavours all that well.

Dr: Mundane. Another disappointing brew from Golden Road. Alcohol does come through a biteen. I really want to support my local breweries; I just wish they weren't so utterly shite. Would pair well with spicy food, I guess. Fans of the style, move along. Sculpin's probably on the same shelf.

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Photo of jegross2
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing Burning Bush from Golden Road Brewing out of Los Angeles, California. The can informs that this beer as a "smoked IPA."

Score: 77

Canned on 09/27/12. Served in a regular ol' glass with a tulip-style opening at the top and enjoyed on 02/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a finger of off-white head that settles to thin dusting atop the brew. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Smoke, caramel malt, orange peel, stale piney hops. Smells like an old IPA with a good malt backbone and a nice smokiness. 3.5/5

Taste: Tastes just like the nose, but with more of a "stale IPA" flavor and less of the "good kind" of malt. Lots of stale, orangey malt. The smokiness shines in the finish, but it's not strong enough to overpower the maltiness. There seems to be a little oakiness present too, but maybe that is just my brain playing with my associative memory. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lower carbonation than expected. Very malty with a little sweetness. Nice smokey prickle on the tongue. 3/5

Overall: The uniqueness of this IPA does not save it from it's stale IPA character because the maltiness is not akin to something like Double Crooked Tree. The smokiness is a nice unique quality, and I would like to try to revisit this fresh. For now, however, I will stick to the Cedar Aged Jai Alai if I want a stale IPA with a grace-saving uniqueness.

Cost: $8.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

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Photo of charlzm
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed at the brewery on January 15, 2012.

Beer is a slightly hazy medium amber with a two-finger, off-white fine head.

Aroma is hoppy; herbal and grapefruit notes.

Flavor starts off ashy: not as bad as licking a charcoal briquette, but more than a little smoky. Resiny, piny hops emerge form the smoke in a few moments. Notably bitter on the finish. As the beer aged in the glass for a little while, the ash character faded and the beer became more like an Arrogant Bastard offspring, though far more muted than that storied brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily but otherwise unremarkable.

Not a huge fan of this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a FFF tulip

A - Copper with an orange tint. Clean body with sight reflective. Nice two finger head comprised of small carbonation bubbles. Leaves nice lacing down the sides as it settles to a small layer of foam on top.

S - Smells pine, lemon, slight grassy, light cedar and small dose of smoke.

T - Light orange up front before the smokiness comes in. This tastes like the cedar smokiness you'd find in pork or kielbasa, not the charred smokiness you find in some matter beer. It actually does taste like kielbasa and reminds me of the ham on rye beer that FFF did. The beer is als slightly salty in the middle. The finish is slight hop bitterness that does not linger.

MF - Low carbonation with a slightly thick body. Leaves a slight resin layer that remains in the finish. Finish is rather short

O - This is an interesting beer to say the least. The flavor profile with the kielbasa smokiness is rather unique and I'm not sure if I like it or not. One sip and I think that it is too salty and a bit off while another and I think it is a good tastin, albeit different smoked beer than I'm used to. I'm going to go with the latter and I'd recommend trying it if you come across it.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

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

Dark copper with golden auburn edges with a thin white head. Spots and lines of lacing left down the glass.

Very mild pine hop aroma mixed with lots and lots of smoke and a slight woody (cedar?) character. Interesting and certainly unique, though the hops completely take a back seat here.

The flavor isn't quite as accessible or enjoyable as the aroma. The smoke is dominant and reminds me a lot of campfire. The hops are hidden by the smoke, though there's a touch of sweet caramel pressing up against the smoke. While interesting, I would never want to drink more than a few ounces of this.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A bad idea, in my opinion, executed very well--I just don't see a smoked IPA catching on. For Golden Road's sake, I'd happily be wrong.

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