Foray Belgian Style IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Foray Belgian Style IPAForay Belgian Style IPA

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 04-20-2014

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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 10/15/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style IPA aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, pepper, and funk. Huge aroma of tropical fruits with hints of mango juice, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Also some big hints of green apples and pear. Also some subtle earthy hops. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, and cracker. A very nice juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a very fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian IPA taste with a big presence of citrus fruit and spice. Upfront Belgian yeast with some notes of funk, clove, and pepper. Big juicy taste of tropical fruits with notes of mango, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Also a big taste of green apple and pear along with slight banana. Subtle notes of earthy and piney hops. Soft malt presence with notes of grains, straw, wheat, and cracker. A very nice taste that is fairly tart, sweet, and drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly spritzy. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style IPA. Good mix of fruit esters and spice with a citrus presence that almost tastes like straight mango juice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - yellow almost clear with bobbley white head
Smell - crisp citrus fruity hop smell maybe lemon
Taste - similar to smell but with a good malt backbone
Feel - medium lite carbonation with a medium body
Overall - great citrus ipa but more of a session ipa then a belgium ipa

Photo of bsp77
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with sticky, clingy white head and lace.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, pear, tropical notes, as well as some spiciness and breadiness.

Taste: Bready backbone with layers of orange, grapefruit and pear. A lot more spiciness than in the aroma along with a titch of clove. Light bitterness with lingering citrus.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation over a relatively light body for the 6.4% abv. Very dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: I often have mixed feelings about Belgian IPAs as sometimes the yeast and hops don't seem to get along. I found this beer to be very well integrated and balanced and it was hard to tell what flavors were imparted by the hops vs. the yeast. This is a massive win for the style. However, the taste is slightly muted vs. some other examples, so I guess that was the trade off. Regardless, I really liked it.

Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Nose: Light biscuit, citrus, some vanilla and a hint of banana.
Pours hazy stray under a 2” moussey, very creamy white foam cap that produces very clingy lace.
The palate starts with light fruit such as pear and then the malt shows up foreshadowing a big hop finish.
Medium body. The above average carbonation is a little harsh for the style.

Photo of moundbz
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, feel it after a few, great bitter after taste.

Photo of BaroomHero
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent little IPA but having a hard time IDing Brussels in there...

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of 10/15/14

Appearance - Pours hazy and pale yellow with an off-white, near two-finger head. Fair retention, leading thin layer of suds with clumpy patches and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Vague Belgian aroma along with some orange and lemon peel

Taste - Hmmm. Touches on some citrus hop character as well as a vague Belgian yeast flavor, but it's all pretty well muted. Opens a bit more on the citrus side as it warms, but still lacks the promise of the label, as Belgian notes are still hard to pull from the profile.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Overall - I can't help but be disappointed by this one. Pretty weak flavor; much less flavor than the Paulaner Hefe I had before this. Frankly, when your IPA is getting outflavored by a hefeweizen, you might wanna go back to the drawing board.

Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber served cold. Best before 10/15/2014.

Foray is a pale hazy yellow color with thin white head. It's doesn't have good retention or lacing.

Aroma is full of tropical fruit, both from hops and the Belgian yeast. Apricot, peach, mango, and banana.

Flavor is a little less fruity and bit more malty than expected. Pale malt, maybe pilsner, with a bit of hop bitterness, and a little tart and funky from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. It's balanced and enjoyable on a warm summer night.

Overall a good beer but not bitter enough or hoppy enough to really be a Belgian IPA.

Photo of Retroman40
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Not exactly what I was expecting but very good. Somewhat golden in color with a good persistent head. I was expecting the Belgian style yeast to dominate, but instead both the taste and smell were a good combination of fruity hops and rich malt flavor with the yeast working in the background. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and the finish good. I'm glad I gave this one a try.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Foray is probably one of the best Belgian style IPAs that I've had. The beer poured a slight hazy yellow with floaties and white head that left a spotty lace. The scent carried Belgian yeast and sugar mixed with pine like hops. The taste followed suite....started like a white Belgian then finished like a west coast ipa. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a good ipa and worth a shot.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours two fingers of head on a slightly hazy light straw body.
The aroma is bright fruits: pear, orange, apple and grapefruit.
The taste is mostly a dry lemon bitter all the way through.
The texture is crisp.
It smells wonderful and the taste is good too.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BBD 10-14-14
Pours a lovely & effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention (5.0)

S: Lighty breadyness, perfumy hops, faint pineapple & grapefruit (4.25)

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness, pears, & white grapes up front, some grapefruit. Dryness, grapefruit, & pears as this warms. Finishes dry, with grapefruit, light breadyness & melon (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance (4.0)

Super drinkability, not overly Belgian, but enjoyable (4.0)

Photo of larryarms847
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light yellow in appearance, definitely a refreshing looking brew on a hot summer day.

Smells of melon, citrus, and piney hops, very enticing.

Tastes of cantaloupe and slight mango(?), definite piney hop presence, tastes like the Northwest Coast ;)

Mouthfeel is bright and refreshing. Perfect balance of hop and sweet.

Overall another damn tasty brew from Deschutes, they never really disappoint!

Photo of morimech
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pale golden color with one finger of dense, white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Complex aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, herbal and grassy notes, and spicy Belgian yeast notes.

Not quite so enamored by the taste of this beer. Tastes a little astringent or maybe the NW hops do not play well with the Belgian yeast. Sort of an artificial/plastic taste. Mildly bitter.

Feels like a light bodied IPA with nice spritely carbonation. Good texture.

Did not dig the flavor and one of the very rare Deschutes letdowns.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours gold with a large white head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols, grassy and herbal hops, soft light malt.
Flavours include more spicy hops with some phenolic notes derived from the yeast. Some soft booze in the finish.

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A large billowing slightly off-white colored fluffy pillow like frothy goodness comprised of big (read: huge) chunky bubbles... World class retention... The color is an exceedingly pale lemony yellow... A slight to moderate bit of carbonation some of which moves in streaks and some of which sticks to the sides of the glass... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The nice is mild yet quite complex... To start there are Belgian yeast, euro hops and lemon zest in near equal proportions... A slightly musky funkiness... Some overly ripened fruits... A hint of white pepper... The flavor profile is near identical to the aromas detected, but the white pepper notes are dialed up a notch or two... Medium bodied... Starts brisk before turning a bit juicy on the finish... Sharp carbonation... A slight it of stickiness... I'm fairly certain that Deschutes does not make bad beer... This is just another rock solid offering and a pretty good bargain given the price point...

Photo of cferg88
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

I thought that this was very similar to Zombie Dust.

Photo of ThaCrax
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing. Citrus. The balance of flavor and carbonation were very good. Nice white foam at the top.

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep apricot yellow, even with some glowing hinting green color. Somewhat clear, a bit cloudy, but with a nice creamy and soapy bright white bleached topped head. Standing two fingers and clumping in thick retention, some nice ring lacing, and a very faint tiny thin rising column of carbonation in the middle.

Real nice notes of pear juice and yellow juiced apples. Herbal and floral hop notes a little bit with a degree of subtlety. Not much sweetness, but a very impressive fruit angle. Wow just like the bottle says, nice one.

Palate comes with a real nice crispness, and hop mild sting. Finishes with hop dryness that comes off a little earth and almost peppery saison quality. Lots of green herbal aromatics on the finish, lots of sage, and good earthy hop bitter quality to go. Good pear juiced body and apple, a real good complimentary set of flavors to match. Good coating, and full and lush.

Overall just another great beer from another great brewery.

Photo of Absolut
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells and taste is of pears and citrus

Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending this my way

Consumed 11/24/14

A: Pours very clear and very gold - medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Impressively fruity and floral, especially considering this is slightly past its suggested date - esters from the Belgian yeast meld nicely with the hops - mild orange and grapefruit flesh, pineapple, fresh apples, pears - flowery - hints of banana, clove, pepper, and phenols - lightly spicy and earthy - malts are pale and barely noticeable - lots going on, but mild overall

T: Not as interesting as the aroma, but still nice - an array of light fruits, with orange and grapefruit zest, lemon, pear, apple, and underripe peach - floral hops - light hints of banana, clove, and pepper - light touches of grass - pale malts, light biscuits, toast, and crackers - finishes very dry and clean

M: On the light side of medium, nice carbonation, smooth and very clean and dry

O: Foray? For yay

Deschutes seems to have played it safe on this one by creating what tastes more like a Belgian-influenced IPA than a Belgian IPA. And it works. The non-aggressive Belgian yeast works well with the fruity, floral hop profile. Worth drinking again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Very good carbonation on this one well over two inches that settles to a great lace ring and tons throughout the glass. Color is a bright golden yellow.
S - Yeasty fruit sweetness, husky grains, and citrus hops mostly.
T - Hops and yeast are balanced giving way to a fruity taste, slightly bitter, and dry finish. Balanced and mildly grainy.
M - Light to medium in body very drinkable due to the lower ABV.

Overall a very good buy for just 6 bucks for the bomber. Try it!

Photo of Zorro
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mildly chill hazed sunny yellow colored beer with a almost large puffy white head.

Smells bitter with lots of coriander. Scents of willow tree and pine.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong bitterness. Strong coriander and the bitterness abates a lot after about 3 sips. Spicy with a slightly soapy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a middle of the road Belgian IPA.

Photo of Brodie
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

It pours almost a neon yellow color, and slightly hazy. Aromas of apple and pear hit the nose, with a hint of banana. The hops are very gentle here, but strong enough to twist the yeast to an awesome cooperation. It tastes bright and fresh, with citrus and fresh cut grass. Overall I think this is awesome. A mixing of styles thoughtfully done to complement one another.

Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber BB 10/14
A-pours a hazed lemon yellow color with a fresh white head nice lacing and collar thru-out looks fresh
S- lemon bread yeast and slight apple and pear some citrus
T-sweet fruits with some citrus hops a bread and grain taste with some malts
M-well carbonated sweet and dry a touch pf bitter citrus hop
O-tasty sweet and drinkable reminds me a little of chainbreaker an easy drinking brew

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Foray Belgian Style IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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