Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
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
08-14-2014 23:12:19 | More by brentk56
3.94/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-12-2013 06:22:14 | More by mactrail
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
08-19-2012 12:28:51 | More by barleywinefiend
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-19-2013 15:58:00 | More by John_M
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
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
08-05-2012 05:54:50 | More by JohnGalt1
3.08/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
03-07-2013 19:23:08 | More by beertunes
3.73/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-12-2013 17:28:49 | More by Brad007
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
08-04-2012 06:12:53 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.