Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Golden Road Brewing - Point The Way IPA
Point The Way IPA pours a hazy burnt orange color with a nice looking one finger tan head. As soon as I started pouring the beer, I smelled a ton of juicy grapefruit hops. When I smelled it a little more, I got some notes of caramel malt, orange zest and a pretty substantial amount of pine. Not bad at all.
The taste was a pretty nice balance of bready malts and peppery citrus hop notes. I got a good amount of grapefruit throughout with a slightly off-putting flavor of waterlogged bread in the middle. Luckily, that flavor was short lived and was followed by a dry finish with notes of grapefruit pith and aspirin. At 5.2% ABV, this isn't close to being one of the bigger IPAs out there, but the low ABV coupled with the refreshing prickly mouthfeel make this a really approachable and drinkable IPA. If there's such a thing as a "Summer IPA," this is it. It's not exactly mindblowing, but this is a solid beer and a definite step in the right direction for beer in LA.
Final Grade: B+
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