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Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

Not Rated.
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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Photo of Whale
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Whale, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

polishkaz, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Rheaume17, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Brad007, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of EJS
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

EJS, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BKotch, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of snohojimbo
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

snohojimbo, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

tubeman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of JReites
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a 7venth sun tulip glass.

A: hazy deep oranges color with about a finger of tan head. Nice hue for an IPA.

Smell: Fresh piney hop smell. Very clean and smooth smelling.

Taste: Piney and citrusy hop flavor. Not overly hoppy. Bitter up front with a smooth finish. Seems to be a good, balance IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth flavor and a mild creaminess. Very nice for an IPA.

Overall: This is a very good IPA. It is very smooth and drinkable. Would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for an easy drinking IPA. Does not taste like a higher ABV beer.

Serving type: can

JReites, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of luvbier
4/5  rDev -1.2%

luvbier, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

nygannon, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, dated 4/30/2013.... so about 2 month old.

$3.99 at Total Wine. Great price!

A: orange body with one finger head that disappears fairly quickly.

S: not much smell surprisingly. but what I do pick up is great. citrus, grapefruit, orange, biscuit.

T: very nice. It lacks a bit of punch but its nice and refreshing. hoppy but not overpowering. balanced with biscuit like malt.

M: I think this bottle is quite flat. this is the most disappointing part of the beer. maybe i just got a wrong bottle (UPDATE - I got some cans of this brew this time and carbonation was just fine). Changing my rating on this to 4.25.

O: solid and will be revisited. hopefully fresher bottle next time.

sukwonee, Jul 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

ryser2k, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jmarsh123, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

durlta, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dmorgan310, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of DrDaves49
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A. medium hazy orange, I knew this was going to be good.

S. very citrusy , orange, lemon, and grap
efruit were the prominent aromas.

T. aroma matched the taste...lemons and grapefruit a hint of orange.

M. I gave this a 5, oily, lots of sticky resins,...fairly heavy bodied....just the way I like it.

O. This was one was a great surprise! I had never heard of it, my wonderful, intuitive wife picked it out at the grocery store.

After opening I always have her pick out what aromas that come to her and then to taste....I Always get the turned up nose and "it's to bitter". This time I thought I was going to have to go to battle. She loved it!!!! Hence my score. Would I buy again? You betcha , so would she, and she did the next day.

Finally, a beer my Wife likes, and she doesn't drink beer at all.

This will be one of my go to beers. It just left me wanting more, unfortunately it was my only bottle.

DrDaves49, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

gdub, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

BESTIALEX, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jera1350, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pous a slightly hazy orange/copper color w/ a loose, sudsy head, some patchy lacing.

Aroma is a bit juicy burst of tropical fruit with plenty of sticky hop resin. Orange, grapefruit, peach. Mouth-watering.

Taste is equally juicy and drinkable; on the sweet side with a sharp hoppy bite. Outstanding balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, refreshing. Can't stop drinking this.

Overall, yes. This is very good.

draheim, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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.

flagmantho, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Descender IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold/amber color, slightly hazy, with thick creamy head. Also in the appearance category I'll note the bottle. Nice silk screened artwork on the bottle instead of a paper label.

Smell is a string and sweet lemon blossom and pine aroma. Very nice and strong on the nose.

Taste is a subdued citrus and sweet bread flavor up front, with a stronger fruit flavor through the middle, and then back to a bread and bitter pine flavor on the finish. Three very distinct flavors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, with a silky mildly carbonated texture, and a fairly clean finish, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. I know where to get more of this, and I will definitely get some more this summer.

RJLarse, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Jun 15, 2013
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
91 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.