Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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Reviews by Kendo:
4.11/5 rDev +2%
A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is orangey-amber that is more bright orange when backlit. Small (half-finger) whitish head on top. No real lacing, but some occasional "legs" of foam on the glass.
S: Not as strong in the nose as I was expecting. Some sweet malt and a touch of juicy, citrusy hops.
T: Fairly sweet malt foundation, then citrus - juicy oranges and sweet clementines. Finishes with lemony pine bitterness. Some spice noted - likely from the alcohol. Warmth from the alcohol is noted in the belly after a few sips. Lingering modest bitterness offsets the general sweet impression somewhat.
M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest, leaving a slightly slick feel at times.
O: I like this as a departure from the normal 7% IPAs you come across. Sweeter than expected, with more of a juicy, orange-ish citrus as opposed to grapefruit. Reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA; think of it as a little sibling to that East Coast DIPA with the orange color and flavors. Easy drinker for 7% ABV.
07-21-2013 01:05:21 | More by Kendo
More User Reviews:
4.66/5 rDev +15.6%
Served at their initial release at the brewery.
Beautiful golden appearance.
Estimated at 80 - 85 IBU, this IPA Is every bit of that. Strong citrus and pine notes suggest this is borderline imperial IPA. A home run!
I grabbed a growler to go to savor the memory.
update 9/25/11 tapped into growler - second impression every bit as impressive as the first.
09-14-2011 03:42:56 | More by NWer
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Acquired via trade
Slightly hazed dark orange. Moderately-sized near-white head. Incredible lacing. Beautiful IPA.
Bright orange and tangerine zest and flesh with just a hint of pine. Some simple grain and bread accompanying.
Moderate bitterness, citrus zest and flesh, tiny bit of pine, and very little malt sweetness though there is some accompanying bitterness. Very drinkable.
Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.
Before I knew it, my beer was gone and I was looking for another! This was delicious!
06-01-2013 04:47:54 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Light amber, good clarity, with a few small floaters. Thin head with low retention.
S: Very floral hops and sweet malt, with a tiny hint of mango. Aroma is a little muted.
T: Floral hops up front mingles with the malt background well, then pine and fruit make an appearance. Finishes with a smooth bitterness; pine lingers on the tongue.
M: Smooth, pleasant finish, nice.
O: I've not been too impressed with the flood of hoppy Oregon beers showing up in VT but this one is a winner. Extremely well balanced hop bitterness and flavor, nice malt backbone, dangerously drinkable at 7% ABV. Well done!
12-29-2013 12:31:50 | More by skivtjerry
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Picked up a bottle to try, great price at $4.25 for a bomber.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large, foamy head - about two fingers in height. Sort of a beige color. Nice head retention, leaving a good sized cap on top and nice lacing down the sides.
S: Nice and juicy aroma, filled with tropical fruits - orange, orange rind, and a bit of grapefruit. There is a little bit of caramel and toffee malt mixed in.
T: In your face hoppy. Most citrus fruits, pineapple grapefruit, orange, and plenty of zest. A hint of pine in the middle with some caramel and a slight malty sweetness as well.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice bitterness on the finish.
O: A solid IPA from GoodLife, look forward to trying more of their offerings.
11-11-2012 23:23:17 | More by mdaschaf
4.48/5 rDev +11.2%
appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, clear dark copper body, thick white foam - solid retention
smell: tangerine, orange peel, fresh and clean
taste: fantastic ipa - really beautiful orange and tangerine zest flavors, a touch of pine, cracker malt, touch of mango. Lots of promise for GoodLife
mouthfeel: on point, moderate bitterness, great flavor profile
overall: solid solid stuff
09-16-2012 02:34:59 | More by dirtylou
3.56/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours three fingers of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is pine and orange. Pretty nice.
The taste is quite piney, a solid dry bitterness throughout. It has a good malt backbone.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a good IPA.
01-17-2014 02:05:37 | More by Fatehunter
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.