Wolf Among Weeds
Golden Road Brewing

Wolf Among WeedsWolf Among Weeds
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,448
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,250
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.38%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
751
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Golden Road Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
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
Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 751 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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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hophead723 from California

4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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
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Snift_the_juice from Kansas

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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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AleManDan from California

4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
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
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izraelc from New York

3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
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
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours yellow-gold with a moderately low amount of haze. It has a slightly off white head with moderate head retention.

Smell: There are plenty of citrus aromas. There are stone fruit notes and a low level of pineapple.

Taste: It has hoppy flavors of stone fruit and pineapple with floral.

Feel: It has a moderate body that is creamy. The bitterness is moderate with a slightly sharp finish.

Overall, a fairly decent combinations of hops with the malt being barely noticable.

Apr 08, 2018
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Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wolf Among Weeds, Golden Road Brewing, 8% ABV.
Look: hazey golden, white head, good carbonation, some lacing
Smell: citrus, pine, floral
Taste: citrus, pine, floral
Feel: light, but feels like there is alot going on here
I had this on tap at house of 1000 beers in New Kensington. There cetainly was alot of different flavors going on here. The floral aspects of it were really nice. As others have mentioned the alcohol was well hidden for an 8 percenter. Yah, it was just a nice refreshing beer and you noticed the other flavors more than the booze which is nice. I would certainly have it again if given the chance.

Mar 25, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, served in a pint glass. Pours a medium golden straw body, one finger white head, short retention, bit of lacing. Smell is citrus, a bit of grapefruit, caramel and straw, a bit of pine on the backend. Flavour follows; standard mild grapefruit and pine IPA, slightly resinous finish, lighter carbonation and body, nothing too special although an approachable west coast-style IPA.

Mar 16, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

2018-01-14
16oz can served in a pint glass. Canned on 12/06/17.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is grapefruit and cut greens.

Taste is old hops. This doesn't taste like a six week old IPA. Makes me second guess the year in the canned on date -- it's smudged. Aside from the old hop flavor, there's hay and a little floweriness.

Mouthfeel is nice -- good texture. Moderately light, moderately carbonated, not too heavy, not too light. Overall...I feel a little upset about the taste of this beer. I want to try it again with a can with a clearly legible date.

Jan 14, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass

L: Clear light golden pour with massive foamy head. Loads of sticky lacing.

S: Gentle... juicy... tropical fruit. Citrus and pineapple.

T/F: Light crackery grains form the background. Delicate bitterness if that makes any sense... really fruity/juicy hop character. Pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, and tangerine. A little peppery. Medium in body... warming... finish is more fruit and juice.

O: A surprisingly gentle beer for one called the 'wolf'. Bitter but super accessible and well balanced out by tropical fruit and citrus. Great flavor... super easy drinking, and the 8% creeps up on you a bit... especially in the tallboy cans.

Nov 07, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a huge frothy white head leaving behind creamy lace.

Smell is grassy weed, pine and cornbread.

Taste is brighter lemon, orange, grapefruit, pine, weed and light caramel, with a crisp, sharp froth, round body and semi-dry finish.

Oct 12, 2017
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was tasted from the can in a sampler glass chilled.
The color is golden with slight haze and thin white head with small bead.
The smell is very citrus oriented with a grapefruit tropical scent and subtle malt sweetness in the aroma.
The feel is excellent with moderately high bitterness and light astringency with low alcohol in the feel and moderate carbonation with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is great - lots of citra hops with a tasty citrus and grapefruit-like flavor with a mild malt backing that prevents from feeling like a palate destroyer. the alcohol is there but mild in the taste. I found this to be a very pleasant and hop forward ale which is a good example of the style. I would say it is not the best I have tasted but a solid IPA worth trying.

Sep 25, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit and citrus. Nice toasted caramel sweetness with a piney bite. Some citrusy sweetness, too.

Sep 25, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A slightly hazy gold pour filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles builds a rocky cream to white foam cap with good retention

S: has a faint touch of sulfur, onion and garlic but as it calms down citrus, biscuit and bread crumb aromas with light grassy notes punch through

T: flavors start mildly sweet with juicy citrus, fruit, bread crumb and biscuit. A hint of onion and garlic pops up mid-palate along with a medium hop bitterness that coats the tongue. Tangerine emerges near the finish with some hop derived astringency that helps dry the beer out

F: a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation and mild warming

O: This flavorful, very drinkable Double IPA features hop flavors and bitterness and does it very well.

Sep 05, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So, I really think this is my first review of a beer from LA, America's second largest cty What is up wth that? Get your act together, City of Angels! Pours pale gold with a solid inch of head. Nose is herbal and citrus hops.

Solid IPA flavor, although essentially one sided. I'm certain this beer contains malted barley, but I honestly can't taste any. Plenty of pine and medicinal hops. Not amazing, but delivers what is promised, which is most important. I would try this brewer again.

Sep 01, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 1" head.

Smell: some citrus and pine come through to the nose.

Taste: grainy malt presence with lemon zest, grapefruit, grass, and a bit of pine. Some earthy bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late.

Overall: a decent DIPA that is simple and straight forward.

Jul 23, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Featuring Columbus, Chinook, and CTZ hops, and 2-Row, Golden Promise, and rye malts... Pale gold with a faint haze and a big white head that trailed lots of lacing... Aromas of grain and herb, grasses and pine and citrus... Tasted and felt remarkably light - maybe people don't like that in a DIPA (I do) - subtle fruit impressions, mostly of pale citric pith - and earthy grain and mild pine rounding things off... Solid bitterness, smooth and easy-drinking, with a subdued sweetness and clean finish... Really diggin' it... 4/13/17 canning...

Jun 25, 2017
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jandawil48 from California

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on draft.
Pours a clear straw color. Not a ton on the nose. Pretty faint pine and citrus. Perhaps some tropical fruit.
Taste is pretty one dimensional and a little thin for a DIPA. Punch of Hop bitterness and some lingering pine and citrus notes followed by a slight sweetness. Not a lot of malt. Overall pretty average DIPA...not bad at all, just nothing special.

Jun 10, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned April 1st. Pours clear straw yellow, goodly amount of foam. Tropical fruity nose with bitter hops. Really bitter and dank hop taste that overwhelms any tropical fruit I got in the smell. Big bread notes from the malt. Good enough mouthfeel, perhaps a bit more carbonation. Pretty average DIPA in my book.

May 27, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of perfectly balaced hops and malts. Citrusy and very zesty. Small amount of pine in the aftertaste. Medium amount of hop bitterness. Everything comes together to make a solid IPA

May 27, 2017
Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 751 ratings