Point The Way IPA - Golden Road Brewing
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Reviews by seanpierceCEO:
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Visited the family this past weekend...so while the ladies went out shopping for dresses (I'm getting married in a few months) I decided to make the 10 minute shlep to Golden Road's pub.
Point the Way has had a bit of hype behind it: being that Golden Road has really pushed itself out there for being such a young brewery and having garnered a lot of support from the local community.
The pub was a great place to try this out: I ordered it with the pretzel and spicy mustard.
My glass was very enjoyable:
- Appearance wise, PTW poured a slight amber hue. Not golden yellow like many classic West Coast IPAs. This color lent itself more to the IPAs or the East Coast and England.
- The aroma again went against the typical West Coast IPA. While there was a definite presence of hops there, citrusy and juicy, the heft of typical West Coasters was not there. Although I enjoy incredibly hoppy beers, this was a nice refreshing change of pace.
- Taste wise I got exactly what I wanted: a crisp bitterness balanced out by a smooth malt backbone. Easy drinking and perfect for the hot day.
At around 5% ABV this borders on sessionable and I could easily see myself drinking several of these with some BBQ. This might even make a great conversion beer for the non-craft drinkers.
Serving type: on-tap
02-14-2012 08:21:00 | More by seanpierceCEO
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4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Ah yes, it is time again for New Woody's CANned Beer Sunday (Week 0005?) being as how I was disinvited from the original thread by threat and force. As such, I am inclusional and welcome others to join me in an impassioned quest to review CANned beers on The CANQuest (TM), a misguided effort to review all CANned beers.
From the CAN: "At Golden Road Brewing, we love the hoppy goodness of today's Californian IPAs. When I asked Meg and Tony to taste a pilot batch that captured those flavors with a 5.2% alcohol content, they immediately responded, 'Point the Way.' Cheers, [undersigned] John Carpenter".
What a loud Crack! I may be more penetrable (as opposed to impenetrable) than usual, following a tough day of real ale.
I held an inverted Glug much closer to my laptop than I should have, following an aggro pour that partially went into my keyboard and rendered me (and it) inoperable for an extended period. It was actually a blessing in disguise as I got a new keyboard and a buncha memory from my tech and this baby is flying! I plan to make up for lost time as a result.
I ended up with a finger of dense, tawny head that looked like the top of a soft-serve hervanilla ice cream cone. Apparently, the current mayor (not for much longer, if I have anything to do with it) got a noise ordinance passed that prohibits Mr. Softee from playing his truck's music after 8 PM. Me = sad. I was brightened up by the oh-so-slightly-hazy deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) ale in my glass, however. Nose smelled of pine forest, which was curious, since the CAN depicted palm trees. I spent over half of my naval career in Cali and not once did I get a scent from a palm tree! There was also a nice caramel presence underlying the hops and when I looked over, my left arm had been miraculously tied off with my belt.
Did I mention that I am not just a hophead? I am a self-avowed hops junkie, albeit on a maintenance program. I ran down the rabbit hole, following that hot little blondie named Alice, a while back and soon found that there was no coming back. The raging, screeching monkey on my back has subsided, but I CAN no longer experience hoppy beers in the same nonchalant way as I used to.
Pulling the needle from the vein and the glass from my lips, I sat back, breathless. Oh, man. Jeez, Louise, it's a gas when I geez. The mouthfeel was soft and pillowy, caressing my tongue like the gentlest of lovers with my genitals. Schlitz used to talk of "Just a kiss of hops", but this was like a French Kiss! It rolled around on my tongue like a new girlfriend on high thread count sheets, languoring and rubbing around. This would be in stark (naked) CANtrast to some AIPAs that came on like gangbusters, kicking my teeth in, scrubbing the enamel off of them and then setting to work on my poor, bruised tongue with jackhammers. Speaking of jackhammers, I looked over at the now half-full (optimist) glass and the lacing that had formed was going to take a jackhammer to remove!
Coming from L. A., I began to hear Jim Morrison singing to me. Point (me) The Way to the next AIPA ... Oh, don't ask why.
Man, if I had known that I was going to be spiking it tonight, I would never have dropped a quarter-tab on my way home. This wasn't a beer, it was a happening. I called my babes-in-waiting, Gayle and Emma, and upon arrival, they set to work. They dig my action, just the way that I was digging this beer. The finish was earthy, which was mind-blowing, thanks to its being unexpected. Remember, kids, it's only kinky the first time. The ladies were likewise earthy, as expected and only kinky to the uninitiated.
Wow, this beer made me want to revisit L. A. and I don't know that I have ever said such a thing. Maybe I'll give fellow Stiller fan Snoop a ring-a-ding and see what his gig is like. I know that he is an herbalist. Onward!
Serving type: can
10-20-2013 06:19:27 | More by woodychandler
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Point The Way IPA from Golden Road Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 191 user ratings.