1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Descender IPA - GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

Not Rated.
Descender IPADescender IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

249 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 249
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chippo33
chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-29-2014 05:11:58 | More by chippo33
Photo of rudzud
rudzud

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 21:41:18 | More by rudzud
Photo of maximum12
maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-06-2014 16:34:17 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of bpfrush
bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-03-2014 02:20:45 | More by bpfrush
Photo of strongaf
strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-09-2012 00:57:08 | More by strongaf
Photo of Reidrover
Reidrover

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Photo of twelveinches
twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-02-2012 07:04:48 | More by twelveinches
Photo of ehammond1
ehammond1


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of harrymel
harrymel

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12JUN13

Turbid amber ale with a soapy yellowed eggshell sheet. Smells of pine, resin, some mint, some other herbs. Flavor is nice and grapefruity, with sweetened lemon zest, some resin, some Vitamin C character and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with zippy, but lower carb and a watery finish. I like this beer. It's like a smaller version of Ruination - which is probably my go to IPA honestly.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 07:18:32 | More by harrymel
Photo of flexabull
flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of StJamesGate
StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of ste5venla
ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-04-2014 05:16:55 | More by ste5venla
Photo of Dope
Dope

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:43:09 | More by Dope
Photo of jera1350
jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-22-2013 02:35:08 | More by jera1350
Photo of petermethot
petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-04-2014 01:46:58 | More by petermethot
Photo of LoveStout
LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-14-2014 20:04:44 | More by LoveStout
Photo of millerbuffoon
millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-05-2013 00:55:28 | More by millerbuffoon
Photo of shelby415
shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-31-2012 05:35:18 | More by shelby415
Photo of Rutager
Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:50:02 | More by Rutager
Photo of ThePorterSorter
ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-11-2013 16:17:11 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of KTCamm
KTCamm

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a perfect pint glass. 12/2

Foam emerges upon the cap being lifted. Pours light to medium dark amber with thick full white foam. Grassy meadow nose. Lemon pepper. Flowers. Taste is a mellow malt with a nice peppy bitter. Soft before the bitter. Crisp finish. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 20:56:22 | More by KTCamm
Photo of CoryR
CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-02-2012 00:13:25 | More by CoryR
Photo of bumchilly25
bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-16-2012 02:24:57 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of Kopfschuss
Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-14-2012 01:39:45 | More by Kopfschuss
Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
90 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.