Burning Bush | Golden Road Brewing

Burning BushBurning Bush
70 Ratings
Burning BushBurning Bush

Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ehammond1 on 10-18-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden amber color in the New Belgium snifter. Tangy with a flavor that makes me think of a rye beer. The aroma is baffling at first, but the hint of smoke is nice mingled with the aromatic hops. Medium body with some sharp acidic IPA notes.

Malty and on the sweet side with the hint of barbecue. You can argue whether this is an IPA or a Rauchbier, but it's an interesting and totally drinkable brew. Definitely worth a try, especially at a reasonable price in the big cans. From the 16 oz can purchased for $3.19 at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this isn't considered a rauchbier.

Clear orange colored beer with a tall off-white colored head. This is decidedly "IPA Orange" in color.

Smells hoppy and smoky, It has the scent of an IPA stirred with a strip of bacon, not a bad thing at all. Strong citrus with a decidedly orange aroma to it. Little bit of wood and strong tea.

Starts out smoke! The smoke is mild in the smell but not the taste. Mildly sweet this tastes like a barbeque. Ample hop burps lets you know this is also an IPA. The flavor is all smoke and strong tea without the slightest hint that this puppy is 8% strong. Decidedly on the border of DIPA land. Still this is restrained in the bitterness department.

Mouthfeel is about right.

Overall a great barbeque beer. Somewhere between Rauchbier and DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of jegross2
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to APreacher for the extra!

16 oz. can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Canned on 9.27.12" stamped on the bottom (making it roughly 4 months old). Smoked IPA... Yes please!!

Pours out deep orange color, reminiscent of a fire, with a bit of haziness. A small layer of off white head that has some decent retention and lots of nice sticky lacing.

Not a whole ton of hops in the aroma, maybe a bit woody hops. More malty than anything. A bit of light caramel malt with a bit of a campfire like smokiness. As it warms the smokiness becomes more and more and seems to take over leaving any sign of hops a faded memory. Also a bit of alcohol becomes present as it warms even further.

Some woody pine hops with a light citrus note balanced nicely by caramel malt and a subtle, but nice campfire like smokiness. Finishes with a nice lingering hop bitterness and a bit of the smoke.

Medium bodied, feels solid for an IPA.

What an interesting beer. The IPA side of things isn't tremendous, but the addition of a little bit of smoke compliments the beer so nicely. I thought the 2 flavors might've clashed, but that wasn't the cause at all. I'd drink this again if I had the opportunity.

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3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Burning Bush from Golden Road Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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