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Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Descender IPADescender IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 393
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 18
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NWer on 09-14-2011

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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 (686 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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 pleasant 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 get 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. (1,560 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (621 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Nice aroma of piney hops, bready malt, citrus and pineapple. Flavor follows with pine and citrus hops supported by a nice malt body, citric and hoppy finish. Medium bodied with some creaminess, nice mouth feel. This is a very nicely made IPA and one that I will return to. Possibly one of the best deals out there for a $4 bomber. (468 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -26%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam with moderate retention. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a little oxidation-type character and a fresh bouquet of grassy hops with just a little bit of berry character thrown in. Very smooth and approachable; I like it.

Taste: plenty of sweet malt with a subdued hop presence. Hops are similarly grassy and fruity, but with a little bit more citrus character thrown in. Bitterness is strong but relatively smooth toward the end. A good IPA, if a little on the malty side of things.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation and a great creaminess; one you don't usually see in an IPA. Love it!

Overall: this is a darn good IPA. The finish really lingers on the tongue; the bitterness isn't harsh but it sure is durable. Definitely worth a try. (911 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a blonde hue and a huge, frothy head into my glass. I liked the one other beer that I found from this brewery and I figured I'd give this a try.

Lots of pine and citrus notes in the nose. The bitterness is definitely there and as with any good IPA, the malt knows its' place and stays in the background.

The bitterness hits my palate like a nail gun, with pine resin and a touch of grapefruit. The malt is there, adding some butteriness to the overall profile.

The best part is the lingering bitterness, which is mainly pine resin. It warms the palate going down and reminds you that that it's all business.

As cliched as my thoughts are, this is an excellent IPA for those who love to smack their lips after a sip and savor the bitterness itself. It could be tamed with more of a malt presence but why bother? Just pick it up. (857 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 1/22/13

A - Pours a nice lazy dark orange/gold with a two finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Very nice aromas here. Very good grapefruit notes with some light pine as well. Good caramel notes here and malty sweetness. Pretty straight forward, but well executed.

T - Like the nose, this is straightforward and well executed. Faint, faint bready yeast, light caramel malt sweetness, more of the bitter grapefruit peel and hints of pine. Not too bitter on the finish either. Very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice and crisp. Nice carbonation here, works super well for the style/balance.

O - Overall, was pleasantly surprised by the beer. I LOVE getting fresh IPAs, just love it. This was a solid representation of the style and was very well executed. (891 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

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 (407 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flexabull for this can in a box full of hops...& a new brewery to boot. Always happy to sample the new goods. 12 oz. can split with my wife in our little mini-Friday tasting.

Pour is a clear, filtered light orange with plenty of head, if you're into that, & it's all clingy. Oranges, mango, perhaps a touch of grapefruit are tracked into the nasal passages, perhaps best to just say floral & tropical. Understated. Or dignified. You choose.

Descender IPA is a balanced IPA. While that may be a complement in some quarters, it's not in this household. Clean, light malt is complemented by light, floral hops. Breadiness intrudes on the midsection, but a decent oily, resiny bitterness also arrives, albeit late, & tamely, though it builds. Smooth, dry finish is nice; ends much better than it arrives. But again, splitting the can with my wife does me just fine.

Everybody & their brother is making an IPA these days, almost literally. While this one is nice, it's gentle & doesn't make much of an impression either way. Pretty good. (1,048 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1%

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 (710 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with two fingers of pale yellow tinted head.

Smell. Sweet oranges, grapefruits, mango and papaya. Some toasted malts in the back, but mainly getting the signs of a citrusy hop bomb.

Taste. Grapefruits, oranges and tropical fruits along with a bit of cedar and sweet toasted malts. Some grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly sticky, medium (or slightly lower) carbonation.

Overall. A fine IPA with lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Diggin' it. (531 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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? (421 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in S.Salem,Oregon $3.99 Typical orange body for an IPA but with a very large thick and bubbly creme coloured head. Fine and strong hop aromas spicy,fruity and pine like..very nice. Taste typical deep ,dank PNW style..but has an intresting creaminess just below the surface.Thats makes this less a hop monster and more approachable and even balanced. Nice palate though i think this could have used more carbonation. Odd IPA at once typical then very untypical in that the creaminess makes this so easy to gulp. I liked it though maybe on my next trip to Bend i can taste it at the source (618 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with a nice big effervescent white head adorning it. Fades slowly with excellent head retention (nice island floating around forever). Fluffy bits of lacing all over the place.

S: Wow, nice pungent and juicy hop aroma up front. Tropical fruit abound. I get some orange, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Mild caramel malt helps sweeten it up a bit.

T: Again, strong west-coast style hops right in your face. I get a ton of resin along with the tropical fruits mentioned in the aroma. Maybe even some mild pine towards the middle once the caramel kicks in. Nice sweet caramel malt prevents this from becoming an over-the-top hop bomb. The caramel fades towards the finish, leaving lots of resin and some mild juicy tropical fruit. Long lasting lingering resin bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slick and oily. Lots of lingering hop oils for sure.

O: Stunning IPA from a brewery I've never even heard of. Nice variety and strength of hops. Not ridiculously bitter but it's still quite a nice punch. Borderline DIPA in my opinion. Absolutely wonderful IPA though, definitely seek it out if you have access to this one. (1,167 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (264 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with many of the usual characteristics in an IPA (okay retention, good texture, nice patchy lacing on the glass). Pretty standard IPA appearance.

S: The hops bring both a good deal of grapefruit peel/flesh, and permutes into a piny, peppery aroma after opening up some. Caramel malts provide the backbone. Very good, especially considering it seems to be a typical "crystal malt and pine hops" IPA I'm oh-so-used to on the right coast.

T: I'm really enjoying the grapefruity hops that open the palate up. As the flavor progresses, it shifts from grapefruit to bright, piny qualities on the finish and aftertaste. The malt profile helps to keep things in check without overpowering. While it doesn't really have any standout qualities to it, the finesse and refinement of the execution is what makes this a great IPA.

M: It's thick and creamy, yet dry all at the same time. Hop resins accumulate on the palate to a very pleasant level. There's just something about it that gives an incredibly 'bright' feel to it.

O: It's not particularly unique, but the execution here is top-notch. The beer of the month club I got this from has been WILDLY hit-or-miss so far (emphasis on miss), so I'm finally glad to receive a really good beer from them. (1,354 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

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! (547 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12JUN13

Turbid amber ale with a soapy yellowed eggshell sheet. Smells of pine, resin, some mint, some other herbs. Flavor is nice and grapefruity, with sweetened lemon zest, some resin, some Vitamin C character and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with zippy, but lower carb and a watery finish. I like this beer. It's like a smaller version of Ruination - which is probably my go to IPA honestly. (419 characters)

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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.