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Wolf Among Weeds | Golden Road Brewing

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Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 555
Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -10.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -5.4%
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 -4.8%
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
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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 -4.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 +5.4%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From can, Pours a light hazey golden yellow with a small head. Aroma sweet malt and tropical fruit. Taste apricot, peach, mango and pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, very tropical and stone fruity. Very nice.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is bright citrus with an earthy background.
The taste is moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness, a little sweet note, then dank pine finish.
The texture is thicker.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems we have a wolf among weeds, a git amongst the pigeons, three bob short of a ten quid note, a turd in the hamper*, etc... So yeah, pop-culture reference out of the way yet another American Double IPA to win me over with a bag of hops and a humulus lupulus grin on its vast green face. Boy am I not getting tired of hoppy beers [no, really I love them!] however my point of reference in this sea of hops is making it difficult for me to bring to mind the best DIPAs from the masses. Lucky then I keep detailed notes and scores on almost every beer I drink, yay.

Poured from a 473ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale jonquil body with a 2 cm white head that soon dies down leaving some impressive lace on the side of the glass, good head proteins there. 9/10.

S: Sweet pineapple, piney, citric notes on the nose. There is a touch of a herbal cannabis note in the background as well - Wolf Among The Weed may have been as appropriate a name as its current appellation. The aroma is quite juicy and moreish, however it could benefit from a tad more complexity, but I’m splitting hairs here - it’s still pretty damn good. 8/10.

T: Quite grassy and herbal towards the front, mixes in some light tropical and juicy fruit chewing gum mid-palate, and finish is a medium herbal bitterness. It’s all very restrained given the style and the 8% ABV, I could see myself knocking back a few of these cans. Flavour hints at some dry-hop torpedo action, in fact it reminds me a little of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Hunter (aka my mixing of SN’s Torpedo IPA and Hop Hunter). Tasty drop this! 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, hop oiliness abounds, with a light and dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: Would. Buy. Again. Another thing I noticed while drinking it was a spicy ginger touch in the aftertaste, this is a DIPA that manages to swim to the surface in the sea of hops and make itself known, and that is a tall order when it comes to the American IPA scene - IPAs are dime a dozen these days and this one goes down a treat. Problem is getting it here in Australia, Sierra Nevada get a few of their brews down here but this Golden Road was somewhat more difficult to acquire, looks like I’ll be sticking with my Torpedo Hunters for a while yet. 9/10.

Food match: Spicy Thai/Indonesian cuisine is your best bet here.

*If you can guess this obscure sketch show reference I will actually leave a turd in your laundry hamper.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light colored golden. Smell pine, resin, lots of pine needles, a little citrus rind. Taste is rich in pine and grapefruit, not much malt apparency. Mouthdmfeel is light-medium. A good summer ipa, bbq, or pair with spicy foods.

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Photo of scootny
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy heavy straw gold with a nice white head and good lacing. Light carbonation streaming up. Solid appearance.

Wow! What a nose! Pineapple, mango, citrus. Light sweet malt and a touch of pine forest. Tropical heaven meets Christmas. Nice.

Taste is platform for the hopping. All the players from the nose show up in force just as you sniff them. Malt shows an almost Belgian like complexity. Light sweet, bready, with a sophisticated sweetness to balance the prominent and long bitterness that is so well done in this beer. The long refers to how the hops just stay from the front of the beer to the swallow. Then it is a refreshingly short and dry finish. Just a touch of astringent hop oil and crackers mixed with pineapple and mango. No trace of alcohol and given the light and drinkable personality of this beer, hiding 8 percent is a tribute to the brewers skills.

Feel is solidly medium hiding the original gravity nicely. Smooth carbonation and a crisp refreshing overall quality makes for a pleasing engagement with my mouth time and again.

Since the Overall category used to be Drinkability let me digress. This beer SCREAMS drinkability. At an abv of 8 percent this is bordering on criminal. I can session this beer like a hooligan and love every moment of recklessness. My tastebuds are doing the happy dance and I'm groovin' on the LA vibes from this exceptionally drinkable IIPA. Lovely

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Photo of whatthehull
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 16oz can

A - a cloudy blah orange with one finger super white head and little to no lacing

S - Peach, Pineapple, very floral, a very slight cracker like yeast, fruity hops, sweet malt, slight wheat/barley grain (maybe a tad toasted) and something somewhat synthetic smelling

T - Pine, pineapple, peach, dried flowers, hops are more bitter than anything, slight malt, slight grain, crisp water and quite refreshing

M - Medium body, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation, okay balance, okay complexity and a semi sweet to biting hop finish

D/O - Very refreshing, the taste isn't even close to the lovely smell and not quite as hoppy or malty as one would expect -- though the color does ready you for the taste. Worth a try for sure but it isn't anything special or something to get to excited about.

Final thoughts - At $2-3 per 16oz can isn't bad at all and the 8% ABV was awesome for the price -- however you the nose and taste profiles lack any booze kind of note.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Light tropical fruit, a bit dank, some citrus, a little spicy, and a touch of light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, passion fruit, hints of pineapple, citrus, tangerine zest and lemon lime, pine, earthy, some herbal notes, and a little light caramel malt sweetness.

M: A bit on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty drinkable.

O: For a DIPA this super drinkable. Not too sweet or heavy, the alcohol is well hidden, and the hop choice keeps things crisp and refreshing. If it wasn't 8% this would make a great summer session brew. Sip it slow and it hits the spot.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late May for $3.99. Canned on 3/25/15. Received at TW on 5/7/15.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is hanging around.

Nose is tropical and juicy, quite nice!

Taste is mango and passion fruit, with light pine lingering in the aftertaste. Finish is not as clean as hoped.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a solid beer, one i could do again. At $12/4 pack of tall boys it is a tad bit pricey in a genre that has many great alternatives. Give it a shot at least once, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange, white head that did not last long, hazy, cloudy, not getting much carbonation, good amount of lacing.

A: Passionfruit, pineapple, mango, slight onion/garlic aroma, some pine, earth, herb notes, smells pretty good.

T: Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lots of citrus forward flavors, piney notes, slight sweet malt backbone, good amount of bitterness, dry finish, lingering grapefruit rind aftertaste.

M: Chewy, juicy, not much carbonation, more than a medium mouthfeel.

O: Pretty good, this is how I like my IIPA, citrusy, chewy mouthfeel, some IIPAs have big malt backbones, this one doesn't, malt is there, but the citrus notes are more prevalent.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Awesomely good IPA! The first can I ever had was really fresh, less then 2 months, and easily a 5 star beer all around with hop flavor and aroma so pungent you could chew on it! The can I have now is a little less then fresh but still holds up pretty well. All and all a great double IPA I most say!

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Photo of yeatsvisitslinco
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a pint can into a pint glass

L - Pale and clear with a fair number of bubbles and a good head.
S - Not as strong as a smell as I would expect for a DIPA, a little hops and florals come through, but very weak.
T - Lots of flavor right up from. Piney hops, a little more alcohol forward than I usually like. Malt comes in a little later.
F - Light for the most part, a little syrupy in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is good, but I don't think I'll be seeking this out on a regular basis.

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Photo of W_Des
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Piney nose and piney medium bitter body. The nose was bit subdued. An ok DIPA from a state with some fantastic DIPA offerings. I would try it again on tap to see if I missed anything.

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Photo of GAMB1T
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Long Beach Airport waiting for a flight back home. Pretty decent beer and way more than I was expecting last min at an airport. Really nice foamy head. Very citrus smell and taste. Piney for sure, which I like. I'd get this again for sure.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent interpretation of the style. The sugary malt might be a bit much for my liking. There are enough decent features from American hops that run the gamut, from tropical to piney, but they are bouncing around the house like a bunch of unsupervised toddlers. Golden Road has untapped promise. @MegGill, please reach out to me.

Give it a try.

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