Wolf Among Weeds
Golden Road Brewing

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Golden Road Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,121
Ranked #14,126
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Jun 24, 2021
Aug 07, 2012
Very Good
Wolf Among WeedsWolf Among Weeds
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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Rated: 3.69 by Eychung from New York

Jun 24, 2021
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by MeanMotaScootah from California

3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by hophead723 from California

4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 1 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 05, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Armotekma from California

Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by btbcolo from Colorado

Oct 06, 2019
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Rated by Pivopijak from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Thin head. Light golden color. Slight floral/citrus aroma. Rather thin bodied. A bit of Darjeeling tea flavor and in finish.
Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by michiganmatt from California

Jul 21, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Mar 26, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by alexsanvic from California

Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by CCutch from Minnesota

Feb 18, 2019
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Rated by Hecklermtbr from California

4.86/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
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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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 2.93 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
$ 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
Rated: 2.41 by DannyBigs from California

Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by Oysterhaven from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 3.22 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by Zanico from Ohio

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by SargeC from California

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by Nathan419 from Ohio

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.5 by Whatuptho from California

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by garrusthegreat from California

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Snift_the_juice from Kansas

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by AleManDan from California

4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.44 by osocave from California

Jun 04, 2018
Rated: 3.26 by Try-em-all from Missouri

May 25, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by markjarema11 from Alabama

May 22, 2018
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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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Reviewed by ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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
Rated: 3.68 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2018
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