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Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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91
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77 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
434
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.2%
 
 
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Descender IPADescender IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NWer on 09-14-2011

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with 2 inches of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is the aroma is citrus and tropical hops with some floral notes. The taste is floral hops with a good deal of toasted malts. Some tropical fruits at the end, namely guava with light pine notes. Tons of carbonation. Overall, decent but nothing special.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head retention. I gave this a vigorous pour and had to wait several minutes in order to top off the glass.
Chill haze, light aroma with a slightly sweet note atop a candied citrus taste. Easygoing sixer, nothing stands out as spectacular.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. The beer is cloudy, and a deep orange/amber color. Beautiful, creamy head that settled into a substantial film. The aroma is very nice, one of the best aspects of this beer in my opinion. Lemon and passion fruit come to mind. The taste is also very good. A well balanced beer, the big NW hops style bitterness is accented with the sweeter malt and make for a smooth ride. Citrus, fruit, and pine, with a pepper finish. Juicy and resinous is the mouthfeel. The aftertaste makes you want another sip. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date found on the can but it smells and tastes fairly bright and fresh. Random can find in VT.

A- 12oz can reveals a slightly hazy deep orange brew into my snifter. An unnecessarily large cap forms to over four fingers with a very thick frothy texture with massive bubbles and great retention. Thick lace forms as the head falls with extremely thick blankets forming on the glass.

S- Citrus hops invade the nose with intense, semi-harsh zesty grapefruit and orange notes. A touch of pine resin, floral and herbal character joins that but the warm-weather fruits are beyond front and center. A tiny hint of sweet malts.

T- A very similar overall balance and hop character as the aroma but the fine details shift around a bit with piney resinous hops taking on a medium-strong presence below the strong orange, grapefruit citrus tones. Medium overall sweetness with a slight touch of caramel flavor but not enough to perturb the intense hops.

MF- Extremely creamy and ultra-highly carbonated mouthfeel. The carbonation is even a bit too much as it ends up being foamy and close to effervescent. Moderately sharp bitter citrus pith finish.

Citrus zest/pith in your face IPA with a light sweetness and malt backdrop. The hops are especially intense with sharp bitterness but plenty of bright, fresh flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and fermented pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with pineapple, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and pineapple hop characteristics.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange amber body color, good clarity, with an excellent glow, and large amounts of roaring fine carbonation from the bottom. Excellent head formation off the pour, with big clumping and retention, some swiss cheese like appearances, and big bubblebath foaming white character. Great looking IPA.

Juicy hop front nose, with a hint of dank and soft earth quality. Mild pine softness coming out, and a thick malt depth that gives a good sugar maple like sweetness but not too large. Slightly weedy and spicy, but the sweet sugar notes really balance it out nicely.

Palate comes a little more simply, but nice. Light bodied chewy feelings, but a bit of juice and quenching quality for feel. Mid palate washes with a very light caramel, even almost powdery, but then zips into thick hop airy musty weed and earth. Smokey like aftertaste, with a bit of pine softness not unlike expected from the nose. Malt action is kind of neutral, and stays out of the way to make the hops take front stage, but also doesn't add much else to the flavor.

Overall a solid mild dank angle for an IPA with a good memorable quality. Good decent IPA brew.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange copper colour with a white soapy head of good retention and some lacing. Nose wafts a blend of pine resin and rind. Taste is more lemon and rind with a decent bitterness on the swallow and only slight linger. Medium bodied with fairly sharp carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, another cool memento (and drinkable at that!) from quality time spent at the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint, Idaho.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, aggressively foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy rising cloud pattern lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of sharp citrus rind (orange, lemon, and underripe white grapefruit), a less than certain tree bark woodiness, subtly spicy yeast, grainy pale malt, an ethereal suggestion of caramel sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready, faintly crackery pale and caramel malts, pine resin and needle forest representation, acrid, if well-blended citrus pith, a small hardy stoniness, and more leafy, herbal, and pleasantly floral hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite lively in its boisterous and probing, fizzy and frothy double barrels (not the aging kind, duh), the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, those pesky hops stepping on more than a few toes here. It finishes trending dry, the malt trying to hold onto the bottom falling out, while the hops develop a hint of smug in their demeanour.

A tasty, vibrant, and a bit wild (in manner, not in yeast profile, in case y'all were scratching yer heads) American IPA - maybe it's the zesty hops, maybe it's the sneaky 14-proof alcohol, whatever, I'm liking this, and now feeling wistful about a trip to Bend a few years ago that still lingers in my mind, for beer and many other reasons.

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Photo of Mollyrae27
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous hazy look - color resembles an orange cream soda when held up to the light. Poured from a can - quite carbonated and foamy, but the head has a nice texture and feel to it. Fruity citrusy aromas, light mouthfeel with a piney finish. Crave-able taste - this has easily become one of my favorite beers, a bummer since I can only find it in VT 3+ hours away! Obsessed.

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Photo of Roby923
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favourites out of Bend. Always super hoppy with excessive pine notes. Pure North West. Canned from TJs in Bend, seemed to be super-carbonated. Prefer the larger bottle.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a medium to light amber with generous frothy head with nice retention.
Smells good, sticky hops, some spruce in the nose too.
Taste is insane. HUGE flavor, tropical fruit upfront that washes to sprucey resin on the finish with hints of black pepper and wintergreen. Nice bitterness too.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall, this was a unique and very flavorful beer. I'm impressed!

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Photo of founddrama
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressed. Really floral hop nose and the finish is nicely balanced, though predictably on the bitter side. Bright. Lovely.

Good head -- effervescent, with nice lacing throughout.

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Photo of FFreak
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a 6 pack of 12oz cans for ~$12 at the Beer Cellar in Waterbury. Poured into a willy glass. A hazy copper orange with a huge, creamy head that dies down but persists and leaves some huge lace. Tangerine, pineapple and pine in the nose. Taste is of orange juice and grated orange peel, combined with pine and with a bracing, almost overwhelming bitterness. Mouth is medium bodied and silky with persistent carbonation. Overall, a bit different that what I'm used to as hop bitterness is the dominant character in this beer, but still an enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderfully balanced IPA - pours with a strong head, evoking a sweet/citric aroma immediately. Taste is fabulous - perfect balance of bitter and citrus hops with a super clean refreshing finish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; golden colored; a steady stream of bubbles; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: pineapple with a hint of pine in the background;

T: a combination of pineapple and pine all the way; grapefruit rind bitterness comes in at mid-palate and ratchets up at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation

O: everything you want in an IPA;

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great creamy head, very good lacing, aggressive, hop bitterness. I've not had that many brews that use Galaxy hops, but I think I'm now a fan. Very nice example of the style; not overtly boozy on the palate, but a joyful, worthwhile beverage. And great value for money! Try it ....you'll like it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours very hazy in the deep orange-golden body. A big head forms and retains forever with good lacing as well. The haze and color really a good looking beer in the glass.

S- This IPA's dominant scent is, of course, hops bitterness. This smell starts with a touch of pine, but quickly moves toward citrus and more fruity notes. Not terribly bitter on the whole, this scent is balanced with some sweeter scents underneath the predominantly bitter qualities.

T- Starts off with the piney hops profile, same as the scent. Bitterness ramps up a little bit after the pine flavor subsides a little bit. The citrus flavors kick in after the pine flavors and then both flavor profiles intermingle with each other. No malt is detectable in, around, or under the hops bitterness. Lingering flavor is strong bitterness, mostly of the pine flavor from the beginning of the drink.

M- Kind of thin, but medium carbonation, making it fairly smooth. Easy to drink for the 7% ABV, but the hops do make their presence well known on the palate.

Overall, a good and standard everyday IPA. Very west coast in style with high levels of bitterness and little to balance it out; this is a hop heads dream standard IPA.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

With such greatness this IPA grabs the benchmark for the style and raises it a bit. Very refreshing to run into and American IPA that does overuse the usual “trendy” hops but rather finds a perfect blend. Goodlife without a doubt nailed it here from first whiff to the last drop.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Clear copper hue, excellent froth

SMELL: Fresh hop resin, birch bark, tobacco, evergreen, grapefruit, bready, marmalade

TASTE: Medium bodied, biting smoothness, full hop jacket, ample bitterness, earthy, leafy, tobacco, mustard seeds, citrus rind, sticky, bready underneath, slightly warming, faint peaches

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Served cold from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint. No date stamp on the can.

Descender is a slightly hazy golden amber color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with candied citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

Flavor is sweet up front with pale malts, caramel, and toast. Bitterness is at a good level for an American IPA. Pine is more dominant in the flavor than the aroma with the citrus playing a smaller role.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good Pacific NW IPA and worth seeking out.

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Photo of CameronMcDonald
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Great floral IPA! Hints of pine and nice citrus. Malt background not as intense as double IPAS consumed earlier this outing, lighter in color w/very fragrant hops. Will drink again!

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color capped by several inches of foam; nice retention and some streaks of lace appear

Smell: Kumquat, mango and lemon/lime

Taste: A touch of biscuity malt and the hops take over, bringing the unusual tones detected in the aroma; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, with the lemon/lime and pith flavors dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer disappeared in the back of my fridge for several months so I am drinking it six months after the bottling date and that likely had an impact on the flavor profile; still, a decent IPA that I would like to try when fresher

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-122014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Foam gushed from the can when I popped the tab, leading to a very tall white head. Beer is clear and a light amber color. Good lacing follows the head, which has excellent retention.

S: Smells of floral hops mainly, with some light citrus and tropical fruit aromas as well.

T: Moderately bitter in taste, with a nice balancing act between hops and malts.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and clean on a light body. The beer finishes bitter and somewhat dry.

O: Overall a very nice IPA that seems perfect for the season as we head into warmer weather.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall - Descender IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a huge soapy head that retains well and leaves a great amount of excess lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some juicy citrus but primarily pine hops. Good hop/malt balance.

Taste - Hops take the lead form the start, juicy citrus with pine almost equal proportions. Ends more towards pine/floral.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Zero booziness, for 7% this brew floored me with the drinkability.

Overall - This is a great Northwest AIPA, it has great hop proportions and goes down insanely smooth. I enjoyed this for sure.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Double Dragon, Portland

Amber gold with a finger of white froth.
Big OJ, pine, and fruit nose.
Peach Danish, then orange, pine, and children’s Bayer hops.
Papaya finish and powdery linger.
Lt-med, crisp, slightly chewy.

Big, bitter, PNW IPA. Enough fruit, but cuts pretty hard with the IBUs. I could stay on this one.

Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior - “Hop-bursted” - does that help?

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber with a decent white head that sticks around

Smell is pine and citrus, with a bready malty backbone to balance it out

Taste is mostly malty with highlights of pine and citrus, pineapple, mango, and gold raisins.

Feel is lightly carbed

Overall a nice IPA that I can say is almost on par with union jack.

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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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