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Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

Descender IPADescender IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%


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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jdense

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle obtained from The Beer Mongers PDX, shared with neighborhood beer buddy 9.12.12.

Deep gold body, multiple streams of rising bubbles under two finger pure white head, medium dissipation with good lacing. Citrus and tropical notes in the nose, clean malt bill. Taste mirrors nose, good amount of not too assertive bitterness on back end to keep your attention, fruitiness more pronounced as it fully warmed, very well balanced. Mouthfeel medium, fairly dry finish, above average effervescence. Extremely drinkable. Nice job by one of Oregon's emerging young brewers, Curt Plants, will stand up against the best of NW IPAs. Worth seeking out, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 13:58:27 | More by jdense
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very appealing medium amber with the perfect amount of foamy off-white head and great retention. Familiar citrus hops, with some pine and floral hop as well. Malt doesn't really show well in the aroma, but there is a slight caramel and bready tone. Taste follows with a whack of hops, citrus, pine and floral. Citrus takes on a tangerine pineapple character. Very bitter (bottle says 70 IBU), would like to see the comatose. Malt shows better here, but the hops rule with an iron fist. Mouthfeel is puckering and bitter, but smooth other than that. Overall a fine IPA, although I usually don't go for things this hoppy, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 04:25:39 | More by IllNate
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velosuds

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 06:47:17 | More by velosuds
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:55:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:20:24 | More by Reidrover
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coastiefish

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into an imperial pint glass

A - A nice inch of big bubbled frothy head with nice carbonation in a hazy orange/amber color. Inviting and playful

S - Smells are great. Tropical, orange zest, tangerine, touch of sweet candy

T - Very forward hop profile, big in the front, mellows out quite quickly. Sweet sugary finish. Big pine, hop flower taste. Except for the bittering hops, doesn't hang around long much. Gets a tiny bit boozy after sitting for a bit.

M - Creamy and carbonated with a dry finish

O - The nose on this is awesome. I like that the malt lays down a foundation, but doesn't make its presence known. It's a big fun hop-fest filled beer, but perhaps that (sugary -candy) sweetness is just a a bit too much to drink a couple pints of this is a sitting.
I'd suggest this to a friend who digs IPAs for sure as its a good one to try.
And I'd love to find it on tap sometime, I would give it a go for sure.

Edit: It gets better through a good long time with the 22. (just bumped up the overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 06:51:58 | More by coastiefish
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flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a large white head.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of pine, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste is hoppy, bitter and dry. Starts out with some notes of grapefruit, then settles into a bitter, pine like bite. Finish is really dry, and a touch of hard candy sweetness creeps in.

Mouthfeel is snappy, crisp, and dry. About right for an IPA.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It's quite bitter, almost puckeringly so, but I like it a lot. Not quite up to Boneyard quality when comparied to other Bend IPAs, but not too far behind. Plus the price was very fair at $4 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:30:02 | More by flexabull
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CascadiaGrokker

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22oz bottle in Salem, Oregon and poured into a tulip.

A- Dark orange/amber color. Kind of cloudy or hazy with a 1 inch off white head. Sufficient lacing and retention.

S- Citrus, pine, cotton candy, tropical fruit. Smells freaking delicious!

T- Fantastic hop flavors similar to the smell. Started off with the pine, moving to grapefruit/citrus, then onto tropical fruit flavors before finishing where it began with more sweet pine.

M- Not oily. Not dry. Smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable Oregon style IPA. There are an assortment of flavors, all delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:49:48 | More by CascadiaGrokker
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hop-hazed sunset gold topped by a billowy white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Instant hops, pretty massive grapefruit aromas with plenty of peach, mango and other tropical fruits, sweet orange, citrus peel, pithy as well with an herbal edge...faint pine too. Minimal malt presence.

T: In line with the nose, with a good medium bitterness level and sticky dryness...grapefruit, orange rind, sweet pine, herbal hops, hop oil, hemp seed, lingering dryness.

MF: Great body, not too dry or too bitter, moderate feel, lingering dryness, smooth carbonation.

O: Hop profile is exactly what I like. Bought this on a recommendation and don't regret it at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 18:38:36 | More by Scotchboy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 05:54:50 | More by JohnGalt1
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 06:12:53 | More by HuskyinPDX
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StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:58:17 | More by StJamesGate
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Hendry

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy amber,1 finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

Aroma is citrus and pine, malts in the mix but less noticeable cold.

Good citrus and pine hop blast, but as it warms the malt becomes more prominent and sweet, typical of a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel was light medium ,slightly thin, good carbonation.

This one is good, but seems more impressive if consumed quickly rather than savored. I found the upfront hoppy character fading as it warmed, and that slight butterscotch sweetness became more pronounced. Worth trying if you enjoy a hoppy IPA.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 03:41:40 | More by Hendry
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 02:05:37 | More by Fatehunter
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber, good clarity, with a few small floaters. Thin head with low retention.

S: Very floral hops and sweet malt, with a tiny hint of mango. Aroma is a little muted.

T: Floral hops up front mingles with the malt background well, then pine and fruit make an appearance. Finishes with a smooth bitterness; pine lingers on the tongue.

M: Smooth, pleasant finish, nice.

O: I've not been too impressed with the flood of hoppy Oregon beers showing up in VT but this one is a winner. Extremely well balanced hop bitterness and flavor, nice malt backbone, dangerously drinkable at 7% ABV. Well done!

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 12:31:50 | More by skivtjerry
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Spikester

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Good amount of splotchy lacing.
Smell is floral hops tropical fruit and minor bread dough.
Taste is piney bitter hops with enough tropical fruit and bready malts to back up the hops.
Mouthfeel is just right carbonation is just enough. Nice medium bitter and fruity finish.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking IPA from Bend, OR. I'm starting to think about relocating to Bend.

Serving type: can

10-30-2013 08:11:20 | More by Spikester
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im tired of having to write out the required this and that of beers and filling out the required space for writing reviews. If I could write short and concise write ups of these beers I would give all beers their due time in the rating process…After all I use this site for personal recollection more than anything...

ANYHOO…

I LOVE THIS BEER…Ive drank WAY more beers than Ive reviewed on this site. That being said, I see that Heady Topper is the end all be all of beers. Living in Vermont I know this to be some sort of phenomenon regarded as true. Im not here to tell you HT is a bad beer. Far from it. Its amazing. But is it overhyped? YES.
I honestly and 100% believe that this beer is the best APA in a can, dollar for dollar with HT. And best of all you can enjoy it at anytime because you don't have to hunt it down and wait hours in line for it.

What can I say? This 802 kid LOVES North-Left Coast hops.

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 11:59:12 | More by SpasmWaiter
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 01:58:00 | More by maximum12
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snaotheus

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass. No markings for canned or best by dates that I can see.

Pours pretty golden color, slightly hazy, with a very nice fluffy head, heads fades and leaves heavy curtains along the sides of the glass. Smell is fresh morning grass, a little bit of lemon or citrus. A little honey, maybe some clover.

Taste is a nice pineapple sweetness with a cloying, oily bitterness. They don't mesh together very well, they're distinctly separated. But there's a little citrus acidity that helps a little bit. It makes for an interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is oily but soft. Overall, this is nice.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 03:23:23 | More by snaotheus
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 15:58:00 | More by johnmichaelsen
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JReites

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 01:39:48 | More by JReites
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flagmantho

Washington

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 23:36:34 | More by flagmantho
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ehammond1


4.1/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 04:47:54 | More by ehammond1
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beertunes

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 19:23:08 | More by beertunes
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 12:28:51 | More by barleywinefiend
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
90 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.