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 Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +11.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +6.9%
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 -9.8%
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 +1%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.8%
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 +16.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -12.9%
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 +13.6%
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 -4.1%
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color in the glass.
Piney aroma with a touch of citrus. Straight forward piney with orange peel hop character, drying sticky finish. Easy going, all around solid.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden with a frothy head; nice retention and some lacing, to boot

Smell: Piney, herbaceous and slightly grassy

Taste: Just a bit of honey in the malt to underpin the bitter hops and bitter they are; piney, grassy and herbaceous right through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer that amps up the bitterness but lacks the complementary fruit aspect; decent but not really my style

Thanks, danwho, for the opportunity

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Photo of markgugs
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean, half-transparent golden yellow, frothy white head leaves ropy lacing. Earthy, floral nose but the beer shines once you actually drink it. Bright, citrusy, floral hoppiness with a fantastically sweet bready element. Reminds me of Carton's 077xx. Totally hidden ABV and the finish is tasty and long. Very solid beer.

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Photo of jooler
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really great double ipa. Very hoppy with very distinctive hop taste. Kind of like the Maximus ipa from lagunitas but lighter and crispier

Edit: pretty damn noticeable alcohol taste

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can. Golden yellow with a tiny bit of head. More orange or lemon citrus aroma than pine. Really clean and crisp. Little to no bite back of metallic ipa. Just smooth and clean. Came as an extra in a trade. Liked it very much.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Hazy amber with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Tons of flowery hops!

Taste: Fairly bitter right up front, but well balanced in the middle. Leaves a mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and creamy.

Overall: Very good IPA/DIPA (somewhere on the border). Very aromatic hops, bitterness is definitely there but kept in check.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

A: Light, golden straw pale color with a thick white head and minimal retention. Looks like Alpine's Nelson.

S: Nose is really nice. Very clean, fresh lemon, lemon peel, some exotic tropical fruits, dry spice and resin. I'm thinking centennial and Nelson, but its columbus, simcoe, chinook and cascade.

T: Lemon, some grapefruit, a bit of pine, chewy/earthy resin, bitter/spice in the back end from the hops and the rye. Not any caramel sweetness, which I really appreciate.

M: Light-Medium body, light-medium carbonation

O: A fantastic IPA. Kind of reminds me of Alpine's Nelson but not as much tropical fruit or as well polished (and no Nelson hops). There is a bit of lite beer urine funk the first few sips but then that disappears and your left with a very easy drinking, 8%, delicious, smooth, citrusy SoCal IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful straw color with a white head and active carb. Nose is a little muted but it's pretty straight forward citrus. Maybe mango and tropical fruit. The flavor is soft and delicate. Citrusy flavors dominate the palette with some light hints of pine showing through. It's very easy to drink and medium bodied. Carb keeps it light and refreshing.

A solid offering. Dangerous to drink as it goes down way too easy.

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Photo of BGW17
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%


Served on tap in a tulip, I actually really liked this one. My nose perked up from this on as it was handed to me. I enjoyed ever sip of it

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

Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint mason jar. Dated 03/04/14

A - Hazy but bright yellow-amber. Leaves only a thin foam collar and sparse patches of lacing.

S - Musty, funky, fruity, herbaceous...sort of a medium zone between bright and dank.

T - The bitterness hits hard when sipping but doesn't linger, paving the way for the fruity, weedy, grassy, pinesap-esque flavors to dominate. Mild-medium malt backbone. This one's a toughy to nail down but is still quite flavorful. Finishes fairly dry.

M - No alcohol burn. It's a bit heavier feeling than most IPA's, but the carbonation keeps it from being really thick and chewy. Gets smoother as you keep drinking.

Overall - This one drinks real easy if you're an IPA kind of guy. It's a really interesting middle point between the crisp, clean, floral DIPA's and the dark, rich, syrupy flavored ones. Wolf among Weeds is an appropriate name, as its flavor is quite reminiscent of weed, in both the invasive plant and medicinal plant meanings.

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Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Torrey Pints in Whole Foods, in La Jolla for breakfast at about 1045.

My first impression of this beer was, it looks luscious. The strong smell of pine and hops also helped me come to that conclusion. The smell is also sweet and floral. The body was a hazy, light orange. The head was thin and white. Just how I like them. The smell was of pungent hops and pine. It smelled like weed. The taste of this very good IPA was of hops, weed, and pine. Juicy, sweet, and flavorful. It had a nice classic West Coast IPA taste, with weed as the dominating flavor. It had medium carbonation and medium to light density.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer coming out of LA. I will keep my eye out for this in the future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bright golden body pours into a nonic pint with no problems. Head is off white layered and luscious forms nicely above the glowing golden body. Aroma hops explode on the nares what a great smell, herbaceous herbal, citric hops, with big juicy ripened pineapple. Flavor full of juicy resinous hops, citrus peel, pineapple juice, even mango with tropical fruit. This is something else really drinkable with incredible hop notes, nothing like this exists on the east coast. Mouthfeel is oily and resinous bringing the dank hop oils with the tropical fruit to soften the blow of the hop bitterness, a bit of alcohol warmth but nothing that is too hot for the palate to enjoy this fine creation. Overall, I'm a huge fan of this beer since my first sip yesterday during a sampling session with wvsabbath to this full pint glass full of all the west coast hop glory.

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Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
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