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Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Descender IPADescender IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

271 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

03-30-2013 01:50:02 | More by Rutager
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Big_V

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-28-2013 18:08:03 | More by Big_V
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deanhead

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-27-2013 10:33:34 | More by deanhead
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switzer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-27-2013 03:35:25 | More by switzer
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herman77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-17-2013 04:05:08 | More by herman77
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brinkdeer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-16-2013 23:07:27 | More by brinkdeer
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-09-2013 21:00:28 | More by woemad
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beertunes

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -23.8%

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
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

03-03-2013 21:41:18 | More by rudzud
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

03-01-2013 23:29:11 | More by ThisWangsChung
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theveganbrewer

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-26-2013 05:01:26 | More by theveganbrewer
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Coldsnack

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-25-2013 21:28:19 | More by Coldsnack
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-20-2013 19:36:51 | More by chugamugofsud
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throwerbri

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-19-2013 01:48:40 | More by throwerbri
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

02-11-2013 03:50:50 | More by virinow
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy orange color with some visible carbonation, big fluffy white ice cream like head that left tons of chunky, dense lace

S- Lots of bitterness in the aroma, strong pungent grapefruit, some citrusy and piney hops,

T- Lots of orange citrus and pine, some pungent grapefruit, little bit of tropical hops, some caramel malt. Big hop bite and bitterness to this one. The hops and bitterness linger longer after the sip, which I enjoy a lot in an IPA

M- Very dry, moderate to high carbonation and still very very smooth. Great mouthfeel

O- This is a really solid IPA that is really unlike any I have had recently. This is a lot more bite and bitterness than a lot of the sweeter and fruity IPAs dominating the market as of late. Tons of hop flavor in this one.

02-05-2013 04:59:22 | More by Hoptometrist
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.96/5  rDev -2%

22oz, no date
Riedel tulip

A: Pretty much clear orange color. With aggressive pour I got about a finger of slightly off white head. Faded pretty quickly into just a collar of bubbles. Some lacing sheeting.

S: Smells pretty darn good. Good amount of mango and citrus like hops. Some of that orange marmalade character. Light balance from malts behind it.

T: Up front you get a sharp pinch of bitterness from the hops. It actually faded out quickly. Tasting those fruity hops in the mid palate for balance. Definitely some pine and that orange marmalade. Finish is dry with some hop carry over.

M: Medium bodied.

02-04-2013 18:16:32 | More by inlimbo77
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%

From 22 oz bottle, shipped from Letspour. Poured in Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a dark gold color...big head of various size bubbles.
Aroma of pine, plain scones, citrus hops, grass.
Significant carbonation...bold mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich malts and hops...slight citrus, white grapefruit, sourdough bread, white and black pepper, slight cream of tartar, minerals, peppercorn, rosemary, alcohol. Slight mouth puckering bitter bite, rich malts, slight sweetness, dry finish. Good, but not something I would crave...it could well taste a bit different if sitting at the brewery tasting room.

02-03-2013 03:21:01 | More by DenverLogan
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MacHeadBeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-30-2013 22:10:07 | More by MacHeadBeer
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OMsweetOM

California

4/5  rDev -1%

01-24-2013 06:12:04 | More by OMsweetOM
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irishgreensoda

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

01-22-2013 00:20:53 | More by irishgreensoda
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-14-2013 00:08:07 | More by Hopmodium
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510a

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-12-2013 17:54:52 | More by 510a
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honkduh

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1%

01-09-2013 05:05:48 | More by honkduh
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-03-2013 21:26:56 | More by bluckbeyes
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
90 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.