Wolf Among Weeds
Golden Road Brewing

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Golden Road Brewing
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,144
Ranked #13,804
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Jun 24, 2021
Aug 07, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Gold in color, this full-bodied IPA is a balanced showcase of the majestic hop species, in Latin, Humulus Lupulus, which translates “Wolf Among Weeds”. At 8%, Wolf will sneak up on you from behind the dank earthy hop notes and subtle rye spice.

Malts: 2-Row, Malted Rye
Hops: Bravo, Simcoe, Chinook, CTZ
75 IBU
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3.69 by Eychung from New York on Jun 24, 2021
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
4 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MeanMotaScootah from California

Pours a nice straw golden color. The aroma is a bit underwhelming, looks like there's not much in the way of "late hops" additions. Taste is surprisingly light given the 8% abv. There is a slight resiny - piney flavor present but nothing over the top in terms of bitterness. The overall taste is hoppy pine with some malty caramel notes. I am not sensing any citrus flavor or tropical flavor in terms of the classic West Coast style but regardless this is a solid IPA with lots of hop bitterness so anyone who loves IPA's should definitely check this one out.

May 30, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hophead723 from California

Brewed 5/6/20, drank 16 days after it was incarcerated in light-proof cans to preserve the dankness. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look: Pours a lightly hazed yellow-gold color that shines like hidden treasure. Noticeable amounts of carbonation cling to the sides of the glass, with more steadily rising to feed the aromatic head. The haze is 100% due to dry hopping.

Smell: The aroma is very ripe and outrageous. Juicy cantaloupe, red mango, baby pineapple, Hawaiian punch, soft pine, pink grapefruit, kaffir lime, and lemon zest erupt in this incredibly juicy and intense citrusy fragrance. It genuinely stands out and is flawlessly executed. The classic hop varieties Bravo, Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe were used to make this striking aroma. Genuinely juicy on the nose!

Taste: A heavenly blast of juicy cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, Hawaiian punch, soft pine, and pink grapefruit ends with clean crackery caramel malt for balance. The bitterness is extremely fruity and flavorful, but with just the right amount of bite that is tongue-tingling and lingering. The lingering bitterness yields flavors of dank grapefruit so much so that at times in the aftertaste, it literally tasted exactly the same as eating bitter juicy grapefruit. Completely hidden alcohol and superbly clean drinkability make this one a sneaker at 8%.

Overall: I love how they use only classic 2-Row Pale Malt to stand up to all of the hoppiness, giving a clean slate for the hop flavors to fully shine. Extremely well done! These other larger brewers out there are going to have to step up their game.

Note: On the Golden Road website it only lists 2-Row Pale Malts being used and not malted rye as this Beeradvocate post suggests. I will suggest an edit to fix this posting.

May 21, 2020
1 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 05, 2020
3.85 by Armotekma from California on Jan 24, 2020
3.85 by btbcolo from Colorado on Oct 06, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

Thin head. Light golden color. Slight floral/citrus aroma. Rather thin bodied. A bit of Darjeeling tea flavor and in finish.

Sep 24, 2019
4 by grahuba from Connecticut on Sep 14, 2019
3.81 by michiganmatt from California on Jul 21, 2019
3.5 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 25, 2019
3.78 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jun 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a fresh white head. Smell is dank with citrus and fruits . Taste is floral ,tropical with notes pf mango,citrus,peach and pineapple very nice. Mouth feel was hoppy with some bitterness but not so much WC style it was just a good IPA.

May 04, 2019
3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Mar 26, 2019
4.56 by alexsanvic from California on Mar 24, 2019
4.16 by CCutch from Minnesota on Feb 18, 2019
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4.86/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Hecklermtbr from California

In my humble opinion one of the best ipa’s I’ve ever tasted. I only wish it still came in a 16oz. can.

Feb 10, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Served on tap in a pint glass
Apperance- The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a tiny white head. The head fades super fast to leave trace lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is big of tropical fruit smells with tons of papaya, tangerine, mango, and pineapple. Along with the fruit smells come aromas of grapefruit and a bit of pine.
Taste- The taste begins as oneay expect from the nose, with lots of tangerine, mango and papaya. Along with these flavors are tastes of a slightly doughy and citrus hop taste. The citrus is moderate upfront and grows stronger and stronger as the taste advances. These tastes are joined by some dank pine and herbal hop flavors to leave a citrus and dank, but lightly sweetened taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick with a carbonation level that is average. For the dank and citrus hop the thick but still livly feel is great!
Overall- A good brew with lots of citrus and a nice dank hop.

Feb 01, 2019
2.93 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Jan 12, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 4.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.25/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 11/26/18.
“PKG on 08.15.17” on bottom of can. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Light yellow, hazy, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), white, low density froth, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a zero to 10 mm jagged ring and a thin partial layer reminiscent of pond scum. Multiple pieces of torn lacing remain as the head retracts.
Lacing – Good. As the level drops, a complete ring of tiny to small bubbles remain.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Aroma – 4 - Citrus flowers.
Flavor – 3.75 - Begins surprisingly bitter with a bit of orange or tangerine. The malt backbone is obvious, probably because of the age. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 - Despite being over a year old, this is still a decent IIPA. One can only wonder how much better it was when fresh.

Nov 26, 2018
2.41 by DannyBigs from California on Oct 26, 2018
4.36 by Oysterhaven from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2018
3.75 by Winston3737 from Michigan on Sep 04, 2018
3.22 by kkazemi from New York on Aug 18, 2018
3.59 by Zanico from Ohio on Aug 12, 2018
3.85 by SargeC from California on Aug 06, 2018
4 by Nathan419 from Ohio on Jul 30, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: pineapple and peach;

T: floral and peach up front; pineapple and peach build from the middle and dominate the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; no hint of alcohol;

O: frightenly smooth; not special otherwise; light bodied for the style;

Jul 29, 2018
4.5 by Whatuptho from California on Jul 20, 2018
3 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania on Jul 14, 2018
4 by garrusthegreat from California on Jul 04, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Snift_the_juice from Kansas

When pouring I was surprised at how it looked. Thought I got hosed and it was miller lite. But as soon as I went to take my first sip the smell of citrus punched me in the nose real quick and followed up with a little dank smell. The taste is strong and piney, but light for an 8% which is great. Easy drinker, great taste, and comparably priced. I'll be getting this one again for sure.

Jun 22, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by AleManDan from California

This is a true go-to ale for me. It’s big on everything I love about an IPA and although it’s technically an Imperial IPA, it drinks like a very strong single IPA.

Look: golden, yellow, glowing in the glass.

Smell: lemons, orange, apricots, creamsicle, piney/dank. A burst of West Coast fruity, bitter flavors. However, strangely all of these elements are muted and integrated and no single entity stands out. Truly a balanced but hoppy experience.

Taste: follows the nose with sweet, tingling juiciness upfront and a soft middle of the mouth followed by a dry but smooth yet bitter finish. Not overly sweet or malty like some (most) IIPAs. Simcoe gives it that earthy grassy dankiness which I personally love. This beer is both hoppy and complex but also balanced and easy to drink at the same time.

Overall: this is one of the best IPAs out there and it uses a variety of hops to get this amazingly complex hop aroma and flavor. Truly a standout in my opinion and for about $11 a six pack for me here near LA, it’s truly a go-to.

Jun 19, 2018
4.44 by osocave from California on Jun 04, 2018
3.26 by Try-em-all from Missouri on May 25, 2018
3.75 by markjarema11 from Alabama on May 22, 2018
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3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by izraelc from New York

Pale yellow color. Lighter than I thought for an imperial IPA. Nothing about it is overwhelming. Slight hoppy citrus flavor. Alcohol finish. It'll go down fast and smooth.

Apr 29, 2018
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3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by ExtraStout from Massachusetts

Had this on tap at Boston Burger Company. Very pale amber color. Smelled like grass or fresh cut hay. You can taste the hops making it a too Earthy for me. The mouth feel is pretty good but leans toward the thin side. Overall, I'm just not as impressed. There are some flaws I can taste right away. It's just that feeling you get when you know something is just not right. I feel bad, because it's not a bad beer, it's just trying to stand out in a market that has so many great ones.

Apr 28, 2018
3.68 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2018
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