Golden City New England IPA
Down the Road Beer Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
45
From:
Down the Road Beer Co.
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  21
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Mysterious and cloudy as the garúa fog of coastal Peru, this juicy New England style IPA explodes with mouthwatering El Dorado and Bru-1 hops. Bright, tropical notes of pineapple, melon and stonefruit beckon you to cast off and embark on a new adventure in hops!
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint can bottom: 2/19/19
Opened on 4/24/19

A cloudy copper and golden color, lots of life, with a sticky white and Lacy foam, rises high and drops very slow.

The aromatics are a bit odd for this style. Effervescent grains, sweet red fruits, sweet tart candies, pineapple and very floral. The hop mix here sure has an interesting nose.

The mouth feel starts out crisp, levels off fast and is pretty thin, yet juicy in the finish.

The taste is all hop fruitiness, but a bit odd...with bright red fruits, tropical melon, carrot juice and white grapes. Smooth vanilla sweetness and slickness goes on &on. The mix of El Dorado and Bru-1 hops creates a bright and juicy pallet for sure. Gone is any hint of earthiness, bitterness or the "green" side of the hops. The malt flavor is seriously light, leaving little balance but allowing these hops to totally dominate.

Odd, unique, weird but kinda charming.

Apr 24, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent fizzy head, no lacing, hazy slight murky blond color

Nose citrus, juicy tangerine and orange juice, pineapple tropical, melon rind, little apricot stone fruit.

Taste little cracker malt, wheat, fizzy carbonation, orange rind, pineapple, zest, faint melon rind, spicy hops on the back end, little yeasty almost alcohol phenol note.

Mouth is med but thinner bod, fizzy distracting carb, little warming booze, not really creamy

Overall meh, some decent characters but doesn't seem to really hit what NEIPA should be, esp on the mouth

Sep 25, 2017
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Greenlabel from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can with an attractive shrink-wrap label. Verbiage on the can stresses the impact of El Dorado hops in producing a juicy New England Style IPA. I don't know much about El Dorado hops but, in this instance, it appears they have produced a lightly sweet IPA with a pleasant pineapple/melon emphasis in the taste. I was surprised to see that the ABV was 7% as it was barely noticeable during the tasting. All in all, a fine presentation - probably rates as the best of the products I've tasted from this brewery.

Sep 04, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this beer!

A - Hazy yellow light orange color with creamy white lacing.

S - Pineapple and melon.

T - Pineapple and melon from start to finish with light tropical lingering spiciness.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - Love the pineapple personality of this beer.

Aug 29, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully sculpted from the maxim of El Dorado and Bru-1 hops, the underpinnings of the juicy New England styled recipe provides a rich and fruity taste with a malty balance and a clean bitterness for balance. But that's just the beginning...

Hazy gold and crowned with a dense white froth, the ale carries a lemony appearance across a citrusy scent of citrus, tropical fruit and a peppery tingle on the nose. Lightly doughy and pastry-like, the beer's malty upstart is sweet with honey and thin caramels ahead of a biscotti creaminess.

The sweetness drifts slowly away whille the hops build into a juicy, fruity, herbal lather. Honeydew, orange, lemon and grapefruit capture a bright citrus taste while a follow up on mango, apricot and pineapple round the session with a rich, succulent and tangy fruit punch character. Finishing with herbal teas, peppercorn and fragrant sassafras woodiness, the session round into a lightly winey, bitter verbena finish.

Medium bodied but trending lighter, the beer's body yearns for a west coast type of dryness yet retaining a juicy taste and texture. It smooth bittering is grassy, fragrant and herbal to celebrate the citrusy crispness of freshly zested lemon and grpaefruit, fresh cut grass and lemon pepper in a moderately long aftertaste.

Aug 29, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Game of Thrones long thin tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a two plus finger sticky white head that leaves gobs of lace lace behind.

Smells is mango, biscuit, pineapple, floral, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical upfront, biscuit and slightly floral with a sharp hit of grapefruit in the slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, plenty of life, slightly sticky but not dry, and always frustrating when you don't know the ABV, but drinks easy enough.

Overall this is a nice IPA, not overly juicy but tasty.

Aug 27, 2017
Golden City New England IPA from Down the Road Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 45 ratings