Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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4.48/5 rDev +10.9%
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
4.48/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
06-16-2013 22:48:02 | More by RJLarse
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
From a 22 oz. bomber from Franklin's Bottle Shop in Salem, OR. Paid $6.00. Recommendation of the proprietor was worth the extra cost over price in other locations. A very trustworthy recommendation.
A-Pours a gorgeous golden-orange color with a two+ finger, egg shell white head with exemplary retention and copious, sticky lacing. Beautiful appearance.
S-Floral and citrus hops are wonderfully fragrant with some resinous pine aroma. The aroma is very pronounced and pleasant. Centennial, Cascade are noted, but this is the first time I have knowingly had a beer brewed with Galaxy. Chinook (bittering mostly I suspect) and Warrior complete the hop bill. Very well done.
T-Very well balanced yet complex. Grapefruit and piney hops are seemingly subtle and aggressive at 70 IBUs but are blended beautifully by delicate malt sweetness from an interesting and varied grist. According to the website the grains are: NW Two Row, Bonlander Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal 60, Carafoam. First time I have seen Carafoam. As have other reviewers, I too note an intriguing creaminess that makes this PNW IPA stand about from the crowd. I know some brewers have been adding Victory malt to IPAs (odd in my opinion), but GoodLife has come very close to a home run with this. Cliche's notwithstanding.
M-A tad light and thin and perhaps under-carbonated, which is odd since the CO2 release upon cap removal was quite pronounced. Otherwise an exceptional beer.
O-Very drinkable, and reasonably priced. Seen offered in Salem for as low as $3.99.
This may be the best Oregon brewed IPA I have drunk. If others agree, this is quite an accomplishment for a young brewery. Very well done GoodLife.
09-08-2012 06:47:17 | More by velosuds
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
09-30-2012 05:43:09 | More by Dope
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
4.39/5 rDev +8.7%
Wow, was I surprised. You had to get up close but the smell was fine. everything about this beer is outstanding but i am not sure why the after taste is so short? Everything is right up front and center, very nice IPA. It drifts off quickly though.Either way I am impressed with GoodLife....lots of good brews/IPA's coming from Oregon!
09-11-2013 01:42:40 | More by ssteakley
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
A: Had on tap @ concordia in Portland. Poured a nice orange color big head with great lacing.
S: very citrusy a bit of caramel too
T: slight caramel sweetness with big time citrus punch.
M: medium body finished dry
O: glad I tried this was a very good ipa!!
11-17-2011 01:39:47 | More by loren01
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
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
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
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
90 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.