Brewery – Golden Road
Beer – Wolf Pup
Style – Session IPA
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 50
Hoppy and refreshing, Wolf Pup is our riff on a Session IPA. Highly drinkable with a wildly aromatic tropical and citrus character, it’s the perfect companion to keep on sippin’ for those long, sunny days.
I have a secret love for the session IPA. It’s easy drinking, obviously sessionable, bright, hoppy… what else is there to want? It’s quickly become one of my go-to summer styles. Golden Road is a fantastic example of what the style can be, too.
It really makes it pretty clear what caught the attention of ‘Big Beer’ when Golden Road was purchased in 2015 – they make some really killer beer. This screams California in a lot of different ways, from the bright summery can design, to the flavors, to the sessionability – it’s almost a no-brainer.
To create this beer, Golden Road took the recipe for their ‘Wolf In The Weeds’ IPA and pulled it all back a bit. Although the hop profile is the same between the two beers, that’s the only thing they share. Wolf in the Weeds is known to sneak up on you a bit, while Wolf Pup is meant to entice you in and welcome you with its delicious cuteness.
My Thoughts on Golden Road Wold Pup
By looks alone, this beer begs to be drank. It’s slightly hazy in the glass, but bright yellow in color with a medium white head on top of the glass.
Aromas are big, with citrus hops to the extreme, and some pineapple and mango flavors swirling in and out of it all.
The flavor is certainly hoppy, but crisp and refreshing too. There is a light cracker-like grain that holds the hops at bay, before a slight bitter finish clears it all off the palate.