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Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Descender IPADescender IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

313 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NWer on 09-14-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

brentk56, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Knapp85, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

largadeer, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful creamy head on the orange-tinged amber brew. Just a little lacing in the Duvel tulip. Mild but distinct aroma of apricots and flowery hops. Quite spritzy on the tongue with a mineral flavor. Light, sudsy mouthfeel.

Quite a friendly and pleasant brew overall. The hops are quite fragrant but not very bitter until you've had half a glass. Some sweet and roasted malt gives it a mellow mood. Pleasantly fruity with mango, a touch of grapefruit peel, and a little orange marmalade.

One of the more drinkable IPAs. Tangy, though, and a more than a little sharp. After suffering too many San Diego tongue bucklers, this is a pleasant change-up. I'd argue for an Oregon style to be added to the informal categories (e.g. West Coast IPA)-- mellow and drinkable. From the 22oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene. Also tasted this from the 12 oz can bought at Hondo's Brew & Cork in Astoria.

mactrail, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

oriolesfan4, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pured a nice golden color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap, bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Instant orange peel, light grapefruit ut very pungent

T: Starts with orange peel, som grapefruit and hop oils, turns a bit resinous with additional citrus and finished somewhat clean with a nice bitterness

M: Well carbonated, medium body, loads of flavor to keep the palate happy

O: Pretty darn good overall.

barleywinefiend, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

LXIXME, May 09, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdaschaf, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a glass at Growler Nation on the way home last night.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this IPA, showcasing considerable orange citrus, light pepper, noticeable pine and light dank weed. The flavor profile is more of the same, with the beer well balanced and showing good bitterness on the finish. The beer has some nice juicy tropial fruit on the mid palate, but it's not over done, and the finish is dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, finish is long and lightly bitter, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a really nice beer, and fortunately it's pretty easy to find around the Eugene area as well.

John_M, Jul 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dmorgan310, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

PEIhop, May 05, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the COOP tonight for about $5... Poured into my slim tulip.. Good looking foamy white head has great retention and lacing ... the brew is fairly clear pale orange.

Nose shows tangerine zest and tropical fruity hoppiness... slight pale malt presence.

Flavor is nicely dry... expected for a PNW IPA... light bitterness up front melts in a fruity hoppiness mid-palate that lingers forever...

Good body for the style... nice carbonation.

Surprisingly good.. very refreshing... I should have taken advice and hit GoodLife when I was in Bend recently.... Will certainly make the stop next time.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orange-yellow color with 1/2 inch of off-white head that had low retention and good lacing.

The aroma was a relatively subdued blend of citrus and pine hops, with just a bit of base malt showing through. On the tongue, the situation was the same, mostly those hops, with just a bit of malt, not enough for balance.

The body was a bit on the the light side, again, a lack of malts, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was good, I finished my pint easily enough, but was ready to move on after it. Overall, an OK example of the style, average. Probably worth a shot if you see it, but probably not worth seeking out.

beertunes, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Derek, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle and opened on 8.3.12.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mango, orange, pine, some sweet malts.

T - Sweet malt, bitter pine.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body. Bitter finsh.

O - Average, The smell was great, but the taste just didn't quite deliver.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

chippo33, May 29, 2014
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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
91 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.