Thursday, March 13th 2014
(Golden Road Brewing)
2020 IPA is Golden Road Brewing's fourth release in their Custom IPA Series. I'm sure we speak for all of the hopheads out there when we say, "keep 'em coming". This LA brewery has done a fantastic job with these seasonal IPAs and we'd love to see them expand the series and bring on a few more varieties of the most popular style of craft beer in America. Cheers!
From the Golden Road Brewing site:
"For the Spring 2014 Release in our Custom IPA Series we’ve partnered with the LA River Revitalization Corp to brew 2020 IPA—a dark red IPA, with a rich pine aroma, light roast, all balanced by a hearty hop bitterness. 2020 IPA celebrates the Greenway 2020 Project, which will connect 51 miles of the LA River—transforming it from a neglected, concrete riverbed to a connected, public green space by the year 2020."
Here we go...
Pour - pours a dark amber with plenty of reddish highlights and hues and a great looking inch of off-white head on top. The grains used really give this beer a great look when out of the can and into a glass.
Aroma - resiny, sticky hoppy goodness combines with a solid amount of malt sweetness - has a faint aroma of sweet Hawaiian bread. Love the deep citrusy notes, blood oranges and ruby red grapefruit.
Taste - the first sip brings a mouthful of maltiness and hoppiness fighting for supremacy. Ultimately the hops are the victor and wave of cirtrusy and pine floods the palate. The bready, toasty malt flavors provide this IPA with some distinct character while the hops remind us that this one comes from Southern California.
Overall - there may not be a Red IPA category but if there was this would be an excellent example of the style. This is a very well-balanced beer with a solid malt backbone but evened out by an aggressive hoppiness. We really enjoyed this one and look forward to whatever comes next from Golden Road.
Note - Golden Road Brewing's Custom IPA Series so far includes four different beers to correspond with the four seasons. They include Heal the Bay IPA, Burning Bush IPA (a smoked IPA which we found amazing), Better Weather IPA, and now 2020 IPA.
Posted by Russ
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