Wolf Among Weeds | Golden Road Brewing

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Wolf Among WeedsWolf Among Weeds

Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey gold with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Rich breadyness, mangos, a little onion

T: Follows the nose, pomelo, dryness, & a little lemongrass up front. Mango, dryness. grapefruit & a little onion as this warms. Finshes bready with grapefruit & mango

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, good effort, but there are better local options

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Photo of jkblr
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz canned 1/11/17 poured into IPA glass at fridge temp. Beer is golden turning to yellow in the light. Head is off white and long lasting with fair lacing. Smell is fairly faint tropical. Taste is citrus, citrus rind and earth. Pleasant bitterness on the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is dry, sharply carbonated with some resin stickiness as well. Overall, good, not great. I can buy in state independent beer for $3/16 oz can, so I wouldn't choose this at the same price.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow color, medium white head. Floral, tropical citrus aromas. Taste matches, with plenty of hops of course. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nothing out of the ordinary, but still nicely done. Pairs nicely with fish tacos.

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Photo of PSanger
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I don't get the reviews on here. This beer isn't very good at all. This beer is heavy without any nice flavor. I don't get the fruity flavor only the alcohol. Do not recommend.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9/22/16 - Drinking 1/13/17 Almost 4 months old at thispoint . . . I normally wouldn't have purchased this ipa having been canned months ago but it was recommended to me by a trusted source at my local shop so I gave it a shot.
Really nice golden appearance with decent head and retention. Aromas are herbal, grassy and the malts have taken over the nose. Flavors are earthy, floral, herbal, honey and citrus. Malts have taken over the taste as well. Feel is medium bodied, crisp and clean. Overall I think 2-3 months ago tbis,was drinking very nicely. I'm not dissapointed with this considering the age of the beer. I'll have to look for a fresher can for sure. Recommended ipa from me. Perhaps if I had a fresh can I think this would be a solid
4.0-4.25 ipa

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Photo of h0wdy
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- A clear yellow and orange mix that you can clearly see through with a white head to the top of it.

Smell- Mostly mango and there is some pine. Overall this is a nice blend in my nose.

Taste- Very similar with the smell when talking about the pine and there is also a wide variety of fruits detected here.

Feel- The alcohol certainly does leave a kick in my mouth but it is an enjoyable feeling.

Overall- A little too fruity for my taste buds, at the end of the day this is an alright beer.

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Photo of sma1032
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear golden color with a slight head. Hop aroma comes off with a floral scent. At first you get the upfront bitterness with a crisp carbonation. Then after the bitterness settles away you taste a blend of malt with a hint of spiced rye. The finish leaves you with a subtle bitterness that dissipates.

I've always been a fan of the West-Coast for its IPA's and this one definitely falls in that category. Enjoyable and easy to drink with hop bitterness. I recommend it to those fellow IPA seekers!

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Photo of HipCzech
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Pub at Golden Road (Atwater Village), poured in a flight glass. Clear, deep but pale gold with a good cap of white foam and gentle layer of intricate lace. Visibly carbonated. Resinous hop aroma with hints of citrus and slight dank. Multigrain bread underpins a light, malty body with spicy, herbal, earthy hops. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Surprisingly light for a DIPA, especially given its ABV. Easy and drinkable without much excitement.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/27/16. Candlewyke

Pours yellow orange with minimal head and very little retention. Looks ok

The smell is sort of nondescript. Not much hops and has a sort of grainy smell. It really isn't bad but it really isn't much of anything.

The taste is a little bit different Doran IPA. Kind of dank with more bitter hoppiness than fruit. Actually almost all bitters but it's not too overdone. It does fit well and it's drinkable but not something I can see myself reaching for.

Overall, an ok beer. Kind of beer that doesn't leave much of an impression.

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tall can, this golden beer is clear, with a moderately sized white head. The aroma has a bit of sweetness, some fruit and peppery spice. The taste is semi-dry with pale malt and lots of alcohol warmth. Bitter and firm. Full in body and intense.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Pale orange/yellow color with great foamy head and beautiful lacing, leaves a ring around the glass with every sip.
S/T - Pine, melon and heavy mango and a hint of rosemary. Fruit juice beer with a nice piney and bitter finish.
F - Medium body, well carbonated.
Good beer - feel like it's missing just a little something to push it over the edge to a great beer. It does a nice job of not just being another juice bomb though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, straw yellow coloring, with a foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and dried grass. Very sweet and balanced nose. Flavors are juicy and sweet forward, rich in lime, lemon, and grapefruit, followed by a solid hop profile of dried grass, pine pitch, and subtle evergreen. Smooth, slick bodied, with a grassy and herbal hop heavy aftertaste, with some subtle pepper spice coming through. Slick, crisp, and dry finish.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy to the point of white hues in the straw colored liquid. Nice starting head which provides many rings of lace with beautiful streaks in between.

Strong grapefruit rind nose. I also get pineapple and mango.

Thinner body than I expected with an above average carbonation level. This starts with paler malt that gets overwhelmed by the strong white pepper hop flavor. The bitterness creates a long lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single 16oz can from Don Quiojte $3.29
Light golden color
Citrus smell
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Little bitterness, fairly clean citrus taste
Overall just ok. I was expecting it to have a much bolder taste based on the type and the high alcohol, but the light color was a good indication that this is not that type of beer. Kind of disappointed. Would not buy again.

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Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pounder Can > Snifter Glass

A - Perfect clear yellow gold with a finger of fizzy white head, medium lacing.
S - Big pine, hop resin, grass, very earthy and herbal hop tones coming from this, mild notes of citrus, slightly dank , some pepper as well.
T - Follows the aroma perfectly, slightly similar to a west coast style, but way more of the earthy, herbal vegetal aspects of the hops are really coming through, very light crackery pale malt in the back.
M - Alcohol is hidden really well, you get no burn, the bitterness is there, but its not dominating, pretty intense, but still well balanced in feel.
O - I was honestly blown away by this beer, not what I expected it to be. I dont care who owns the company, this is a heck of a good IPA

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Light sunset orange, some haziness, and a good dose of effervesce. A crowning weathered white head is foamy and porous, standing 2 inches proud with a very sturdy rate of retention. Soapy air pockets line the sides of the glass.

S: Nose of semi-dry tropical pineapple-orange, with some wet citrus.

T: Citrusy tart flavor of pineapple. Pine hops, with a grassy finish. Nice level of hoppiness, sour citrus on the swallow with some dry grapefruit grind and dry bittering hop finish.

M: Crisp tingly carbonation factor, creamy malt texture, alkaline, dry with a sour like hopping leave.

O: Overall decent drink-ability, well hopped, tangy and tart tropical hops with some resinous oils that is very good overall.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA. Reminds me a little of Stone IPA. Clear and quite pale. Smells like light sweet malts, pine, apple. Taste is smooth piney wih a touch of sweetness and then a long bitter finish. Hop forward and strong. nb

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Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color with a very light haze. Poured with a thick, frothy, white foam that reduced to a soapy cap with good retention. Medium high citrus hop aromas, orange zest, lemon, with light, earthy pine hop notes. Medium malt aromas. Medium bodied with a light creaminess, medium light carbonation and boozy warmth. Medium citrus and lemon zest hop flavors up followed by herbal spicy hoppiness. Medium high, tangy hop bitterness through the middle followed by pine hop bitterness and boozy heat to the end. Medium light malt flavors beneath. Finished semi-dryly with a piney hop bitter ness that slowly fades. Balance tips to the hoppy side, more so on the bitterness than the aroma. Aromas were fresh, subtle, and pleasant. Bitterness was assertive, but did not linger or fatigue the palate.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Pours a translucent pale golden color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is a blend of dank and floral hops with some light pineapple and grapefruit. The taste is dank and floral hop bitterness at first followed up by fleshy mango. Lightly toasted malts and floral hops at the end. A bit of a soapy aftertaste. Light mouthfeel. A decent enough Imperial IPA but nothing I couldn't go without.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

surprised to hear folks digging this so much, i thought it was well done but pretty generic on the hop side of things. i always enter things a little skeptical after the recent business deal and such, hard not to have a slightly negative view of it, but even with a fully objective approach to this beer, it tastes like just another ipa, maybe not something quite worthy of the national distribution they are obviously pushing for here. i wonder if its like when everyone says the alpine stuff went downhill after green flash started making it, but i just am not getting the awesomeness here. its pretty crisp as they go, very clean throughout without a ton of bitterness. more on the citrus side of the hops spectrum, but thats nothing new. its obvious the quality is there though, awesome mouthfeel and texture to it, especially for a bigger ipa, its crisp for what it is, not too much malt here at all, and a little bit of late fruitiness besides citrus. im not sure the one i had was the freshest, so i am very open to revisiting this, but i am not overly sold on this beer just yet...

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not too shabby. Pine, dank hop character. Clean. Perfectly balanced. More of a perfect IPA, then a dipa but fuck labels anyway. Pine, citrus and dank.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with two inches of creamy tan to off white on top. Moderate lacing. I'm getting a nice floral to faintly tropical hop aroma. The flavor is very floral hop forward with some piney hops in the mix. The mouth is very dry and resinous with a light stickiness.

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Photo of Ahypercube
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of tall boys, $11.99, so a bit above what I like to pay, but I was looking for something new to try.

L: Great looking can, with the photo of downtown LA behind the native flora. Good amount of color in the liquid itself as well.

S: Comes off smooth, approaching with a sharp, clear pine scent-canvas that persists, filling with apricot and (more so) grapefruit, then unmistakably, pineapple, followed by a softer mango-tinged pear. Very nice. Alcohol is pungent and noticeable--almost as much as the pineapple.

T: Grapefruit leaps to center stage, apricot and plum that are now very obviously unripe dance on the sides, while pineapple and mango do a little waltz in the background. Sharp and bitter throughout. Tastes cleaner than a mountain stream. If I had never heard of beer and someone handed me this, I would drink it. I would assume it was a healthy herbal beverage of some sort.

F: Good for an IPA. They always feel a little soapy to me. I generally prefer a maltier beverage.

O: An exemplary showcase of West Coast hops in a comprehensive beverage. Tastes like SoCal chillin.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up randomly while visiting family in the LA area. I liked the name to be honest but had never heard of it before.

Pours a golden hue with a slight head. Nice enough, but noting special, The nose, however, caught my attention with a strong malty aroma blended nicely with aromatic hops. Lots of pine here with notes of vanilla, citrus and sugary bread. The taste is quite nice. Strong up front with sweet maltiness, followed by a subtle hop infusion and a pleasant bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Sessionable IPAs are for suckers. If you want flavor, try a DIPA. And you could do worse than to start with this one.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3-10-16 - Served from a tall boy can at our hotel lobby bar in San Francisco. 16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Nice and tasty double IPA that I'd like to try again sometime. Good beer with Brendan and Carm....then Cap called and we joined up with him.

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