Heal The Bay IPA
Golden Road Brewing

Heal The Bay IPAHeal The Bay IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,522
Ranked #15,385
3.91 | pDev: 10.23%
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Heal The Bay IPAHeal The Bay IPA
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

June 24th, 2015 - I'm not in LA, but whatever the eco-project behind the naming of this can, I am sure it is a good cause (though it is unclear if profits from this beer go towards that same cause.) Coming from a can, it pours a chipper canary yellow, and billows with a nice foam that just ekes over the top of my glass. While light in color, the aroma is dank and just a little weedy. It's got that tell-tale marijuana note, but also a little fruitiness in preview. The flavor is also lovely with a lighter body but a whole heap of booze and pineapple throughout. It's also quite sweet, with a lemon zest that pairs very nicely against the booze. I've been down on Golden Road lately, but this IPA is encouraging.

Sep 06, 2018
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AleManDan from California

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: hazy yellow, decent white head

Smell: bright herbal and citrus aromas, mellow lemon zest

Taste and mouthfeel: peppery bright dry hopped smallish IPA. Mouth is medium bodied with a dry finish.

This is a bright, lighter IPA (big and resinous to the new comers) and one I would buy again for a grill or fishing session.

Jun 02, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Golden Road Heal the Bay at Yards in Long Beach. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is floral with hints of pine and citrus. The taste is also floral with touches of mint and citrus peel. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and certainly worth a try.

Sep 13, 2016
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retry4z from California

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pint can poured into a Dogfishhead goblet, served at slightly below room temperature.

A: Yellow straw color with an orange tint. Very cloudy for an IPA. Large 1.5-inch head that lasts. Minimal lacing.

A: Mango, grapefruit, pine, getting some good citrus notes, some nutmeg.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, minimal bitterness upfront. Medium maltiness, some toasty bread. Lingering bitterness.

M: Slick on the tongue. Medium body with high carbonation. Hard to hold down, lots of regurgitating. Puckering teabag sensation.

O: not a fan of the high carbonation or the unfiltered appearance and the lingering bitterness. Tastes like a lemon bar sprinkled with dried tea leafs. Drinkable but flavor profile is not my cup of tea.

Aug 28, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Pale straw color with a creamy white head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom, on the cloudy side.

A: Mango, grapefruit, pineapple, getting some good citrus notes, slight malt notes on the back, it has that onion, garlic aroma to it, smells pretty good.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit flavors, some bitterness, finishes dry, some earthy pine notes as well.

M: Medium mouthfeel with decent amount of carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Great aroma and appearance, great flavor, definitely heavy on the citrus aromas and flavors, if you like a punchy IPA with a light malt backbone this IPA is for you.

Jul 21, 2015
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a nice looking 16oz can into pint glass. (I'm a sucker for good graphic design and the folks at Golden Road seem to have a good team working for them in that regard)

L: Bright golden in color with a fluffy white head that never seems to dissipate. Crystal clear with lots of carbonation. Near perfection in appearance, hence the perfect score.

S: Aromas of lemongrass, oranges and grapefruit. Possibly lots of citra, NZ/AU dry hopping here. Reminds me of a typical session IPA but it's well done.

T: Not surprisingly the hops come through first, with lots of aforementioned citrus flavors. A bit of grape shows up here as well with a light, cracker malt backbone to help balance the flavor profile.

M: Prickly and carbonated. Pleasantly dry finish.

O: An excellent west coast IPA that packs a good amount of citrus hop flavor and a clean finish. My only gripe with this one is that it's a bit too close to a typical session IPA you can get for much less than the ~$15 a 4 pack of 16oz cans. I would give this a D or F for value but without looking at the price it really is an excellent beer and I do not regret purchasing it. Went down nicely after another hot AZ day.

Jun 20, 2015
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BenwayPHD from California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a three finger white, fluffy head.ot has quite a nice nose to it. Pine, resin, papaya, mango, lemon, yeast, cracker malt. The flavor is quite bitter upfront but it gives way to a crisp, tropical sweetness. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, but that is acceptable in this style. I like this beer more than the other folks on here.

May 20, 2015
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jooler from California

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting. Hoppy, crisp, and refreshing ipa. I really can't put my finger on it but there is a really interesting initial note that I like. Also has a slight alcoholic taste like an imperial ipa.

Taste better when older, not fresh

Jan 04, 2015
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TheMarkE from California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a huge head of foam and generous lacing. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and just a hint of malts.

Taste: Citrus, pine, citrus, malt, pine, and citrus. In that order.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a big hop bite in the finish.

The Verdict: Very good. Not as good as their 2020 IPA, but still pretty darn good. Not for the timid, there’s a ton of fresh hop flavor attacking the tongue.

Jun 11, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L Growler, filled 9/8/13, drank 9/19/13

A: Pretty thin clear pale yellow orange color. Still carbonated. Full two fingers of bright white fluffy head. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Big grapefruit and citrus. Pineapple. Astringent piney hops. Smells thin on the malts which I like.

T: Nice punch of hops right up front. Big pine and grapefruit astringency. Thinner malt bill than I was expecting which normally I enjoy, but here it just kind of falls flat. Finish is dry and clean. Easy drinking.

M: Thin medium bodied.

Sep 20, 2013
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RaulMondesi from California

3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heal The Bay? More like Load Up The 12 Gauge And Shoot A Seagull Into The Bay. Now lets not trip like that; it's drinkable like a Jarritos in Ensenada, but is it your first choice? Gasoline like, and, uh... Yeah, a skid mark that Tony Stewart would be proud of. Don't get Raul wrong, nah, it's pretty bad.

Aug 31, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pint can 7/8/13 bottling date. teku glass.

pours a paler than normal yellow with a nice head. smell is huge with tangerine and pineapple notes. taste is similar, very hoppy and filled with tropical fruits. real great. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall an exceptional IPA. very impressed.

Aug 28, 2013
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SierraJosh from California

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summer IPA, alot of citrus on the nose as i cracked the can. Poured a lager-esque yellow with medium head, the smell is awesome. Light mouthfeel with pine and crisp clean flavors, lingering bitterness which i enjoyed. Great beer for sunny days, easy drinking.

Aug 15, 2013
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CA_brewster from California

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured some into a glass and drank the rest from the can. The brew is a bright golden yellow, very clear with a white head that disappeared quickly. Carbonation is visible but light.

S: This is not a particularly aromatic brew but i could pick up some hops nonetheless. Sweet and fruity hops.

T: This beer goes down very easily and i found it rather delicious. This is a very refreshing IPA. It's hoppy but without being too resiny or excessively bitter. Reminded me more of an AMerican Pale aLe than an IPA definite hop characteristics but this is contrasting a relatively mellow malt backbone so nothing crazy going on. This is a pretty tame beer.

M: As I've mentioned it goes down easy and it's very refreshing. Also not too bitter but leaves just enough hop resin behind in the aftertaste to make you want another sip

O: I enjoyed this beer as something tasty to throw back but it is not particularly sophisticated and perhaps not worth the premium price but im digging that a portion of the proceeds go to Heal the Bay.

Jul 31, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's Point the Way,
And Heal the Bay,
All made in LA,
Hay Hay Hay Hay!

Golden Road offers another IPA for the market, one that hits the common 6.8% ABV mark. From a 16 ounce can, on to the beer:

Based on color, this IPA could be mistaken as a pilsner with its bright golden color and clean body. On top sits a small head which splashes thin layers of lace around the glass. The aroma is soft yet succulent, featuring cantaloupe, honeydew, white grape, clean pine. Here we go again with the Kiwi hops.

Providing a solid malt base with doesn't overshine, Kiwi hops can do wonders to a beer. Case #5104 is Heal the Bay IPA. The flavor isn't going to explode in your mouth, however it does leave a party in your mouth. Break out the cantaloupe, melon, fresh pine, a bit of resin, kiss of cracker malt with is kissed again with caramel. The smile on my face grows wider with every sip. Yes, I like this. Not going unnoticed is the mouthfeel, which is medium bodied yet quick in the mouth and paired with gentle carbonation.

Heal the Bay is like its brother Point the Way, but all grown up. If you're looking for a good alternative to Alpine's Nelson, Heal the Way might be the first thing which pops in my mind.

Jul 25, 2013
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wethorseblanket from California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 16 ounce can, bottom dated 7/1/13. Clear pale yellow with a 1" white head which clings to form rings and spots of lace.

N: Juciy citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine), tropicals (passionfruit), floral fragrance.

T: More piney than citrus with a mild biscuity malt balance. Onions and faint herbal garlic.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, bitter and oniony finish.

O: Enjoyed.

Jul 21, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

More on the golden side of amber. A brief head poured in the St. Bernardus globe. Very fragrant with flowery and piney hops, even more than the flavor would suggest. This is one of the benefits of cans-- pull the tab and you get that jet-powered puff of hop oils right up the nose.

Light bodied and fairly refreshing, if you're looking for a bitter quaff. More grapefruit than anything else. Quite bitter aftertaste. This seems to be the standard powerfully hopped IPA style, whatever coast or brewing hot spot you care to name. Malt is insignificant. It's just a really big Blonde with a resiny and pine-soaked mane. From the 16 oz can bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Jul 19, 2013
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zhanson88 from California

3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out an extremely clear golden straw color. What strikes me pretty quickly following the pour is the lack of head formation. Probably only about 1/8" of eggshell white head forms, which reduces pretty quickly to a white ring around the edges of the glass. The culprit behind the lack of head is definitely the carbonation. Only a bit shows. To sum up, great clarity and color, but a lack of carbonation and head characteristics.

Smell: Pale malts, clean citrus, and florals. Probably the defining characteristic on the nose is the cleanness. Not terribly expressive in any way, but very clean.

Taste: Pale malts make up the backbone o the beer, with perhaps a touch of caramel. Bitter grapefruit rind hits next, followed by florals and some bitterness. More expressive on the palate than on the nose. Still very clean, and quite drinkable as well. Drinks like it's less than 6.8% ABV for sure.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The feel is very light and the carbonation is low for my taste. Finish is mostly just lingering bitterness, but seems empty and a little watery. Overall, I wasn't in love with this beer, but did not hate it either. Good for barbecueing on a hot day due to it's easy drinking characteristics. Borderline sessionable if you enjoy it enought to do so.

Jul 18, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 fl oz aluminum can with detailed label art acquired as part of a 4 pack at Golden Road's taproom a couple days ago. 6.8% ABV confirmed. Cost was around $10 USD plus (L.A.) tax for the 4 pack. Expectations are low given the brewery. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide white colour head of soft smooth complexion. Decent creaminess and frothiness. Pretty good (~6-7 minute) retention. No lacing or "legs" as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. Average vibrance. A bit paler than expected. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for the style. Nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Fairly heavy floral and piney hops. Heavy handed. Pale malts. Some light grapefruit zest and accompanying bite. Maybe a dash of caramalt. Naked hop bitterness is apparent. I suppose it's a biteen oniony. Somewhat grassy. I suppose some might call it herbal. An unnecessarily aggressive aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Aggressively hoppy for no apparent reason and with no regard whatsoever for balance. I get biting grapefruit, muddled pine, and floral character. Generic pale malts comprise the foundation. Some oniony notes throughout; if this bothers you you won't like this beer. If you appreciate subtlety and/or balance, you also probably won't like this beer. No yeast character comes through, but some alcohol does creep in. Unchecked hop bitterness is unwelcome. No real complexity here. Imbalanced. Why brew this? It's definitely in the "let's dicksize with our hop content/IBUs" camp of IPA brewing.

Mf: Biting and overcarbonated. Aggressive, even abusive to the palate - without any pleasant flavour to justify this. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile well. Lightly coarse. Wet. Too thick. Unrefreshing. Unpleasantly oily - and I usually love well executed oily hop character in an IPA. Poor presence on the palate. Lackluster execution overall.

Dr: Another dud from Golden Road. I don't know what I expected; I mean this is the brewery that brought us the hideous mess that was Burning Bush. Overpriced crap that's testament to how behind L.A. is on local brewery quality. Definitely wouldn't touch it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Disregard. It's downable, but I struggle to think of an IPA that isn't better at or below this price point. Please don't support this brewery - at least not when they brew this.


Jul 16, 2013
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fab80 from California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/1/13, drinking on 7/7/13.

A: Very light golden and super transparent. Foam disappears in less than a minute.
S: Fantastic, piney, green, fresh grass, flowers (yep!), grape and tropical fruits at the end.
T: After such a beautiful nose, taste is kind of underwhelming. It's still really good and it pretty much follows the smell, but at first it's more grassy than I'd expect and the tropical thing you get at the end just kills all the other flavors. Super dry body with little to none malt character . Bitterness is very mild but hops are definitely there, don't worry.
M: I was surprised at how fast this one went flat.
O: I am a big fan. I like hops and this one is all about them.

Jul 08, 2013
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pete2823 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

For Golden Road, which I commonly feel to be a bit weak and mild in general, this is a great summer American Pale Ale, even though they're calling it an IPA.
Reminds me of The Cold Hop from Boulder Beer though not as crisp.

Color is good to great, not as much effervescence as maybe an IPA should lean both in flavor and/or simply carbonation.

Taste is sweet, yet hoppy. Goes farther than Point the Way yet avoids the bitter side of Wolf Among Weeds.

A bit frothy but a great choice from them if you like hops. Also their packaging and art is always well done, so points there.

Jun 21, 2013
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adsomers from California

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Visiting SoCal from up north & was very pleased to spot this one with a packaging date of two weeks ago. Love all of Golden Road's beers so far so super excited to try this one.

A - Clear & pale, with a lively effervescence.

S - Aroma is the highlight of this beer. Heavy on tropical fruit, citrus and some pine. It has that sweet & slightly earthy smell you often find in Russian River IPAs. In fact on the first whiff I was taken right back to Sonoma--very reminiscent of the younger. Also reminded me of New Belgium / Alpine "Super" IPA. Very delicate and must be had FRESH.

T - The flavor had some totally unexpected characteristics--very grassy & earthy. A bit vegetal and with a lingering onion-like twinge. I was blown away by how the flavor was belied by the aroma. I am not a fan of the grassy/dank side of IPAs and this element is pretty overpowering to my palate.

M - For the style, this IPA is a bit heavy on carbonation, which is something I love to see. Given the evident level of hopping in this beer, I would expect a heavier / stickier mouthfeel. The carbonation level and presumably high attenuation level (due to lack of caramel malts) give this beer a very pleasant dryness that beckons the next sip.

D - The high alcohol content onion quality will keep me from enjoying two of these back to back, but it is a very good IPA overall. This is definitely a beer nerd's IPA and should be tried if you can get your hands on some.

Jun 18, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with onion and garlic hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Jun 03, 2013
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gregmoscetti from California

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw yellow and a wallop of New Zealand hops is my short hand description. This beer has a gorgeous nose of citrus, bubblegum and love. It's a nose that a lot of these kiwi hopped beers have been chasing, but few have achieved. The taste is similar. If this beer had the back bone of Nelson, it would be a force to be reckoned with. Alas it doesn't, which is the only area it falls slightly behind.

That being said,I could crush cans of this in the California sunshine...and allegedly will get to come June.

Goldenroad's Drakesification has been a huuuge win for the home team

May 09, 2013
Heal The Bay IPA from Golden Road Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 266 ratings