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Quail Springs IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Quail Springs IPAQuail Springs IPA

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77 Reviews

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 87
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The finisher for me on 3-8-12

A - Served a light yellowish with a Fluffy light tan to white head. Good retention.

S - So cold that I couldn't smell anything. Sone Citrus lemon finally poked out.

T - Very mild. Some citrus. Lemons and some orange.

D - Good carbonation, light body.

O - Meh, I see why they don't bottle this one anymore.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blast from the past here. The color between gold and bronze. Aroma was lacking in the hop department, big in the woody earthy department.

Sweetness, then wood. Where are the hops? Right, English ipa. So I guess I talk about the balance and the nuances. Well, its still pretty pedestrian, but true to the roots I guess. Not a bad session beer without the heavy hops or bitterness. Since they keep it at a decent price ($7 for 6) its got that going for it.

Enjoyable with spicy food. Sweet spicy counteraction played well.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a frothy white head that faded quick, but left some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with a little sweet malt beneath, and maybe a hint of spice. Welcoming.

Taste: Grapefuit hops up front, light sweet malts to balance. Finishes dry with a slight bitterness on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing. Not as hoppy as some IPA's, but still flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied and crisp. Dry and slightly finish on the tongue.

Drinkability: A good IPA that's a little lighter on the hops than most, but it's balanced well with pale malts. Another good beer from the Deschutes Brewery.

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Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the PDX pub, Quail Springs IPA is clear pal orange with a small, creamy white head leaving very light lace.

Smell is hoppy, damp hay and herbal notes from the (styrian?) goldings. Pretty assertive for the style, but clearly continental.

Taste is very good, a nice hop spice from the goldings, with some citrus ester to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is slick, lighter bodied, with decent carbonation and really nice, soft roundness from the cask.

Drinkability is very good, a fantastic English IPA, especially on cask.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange color, slightly cloudy with a small off white head. Lacing was good.
Floral hop smells upfront. Light malt aroma and a smidge of caramel. Floral hoppiness. Not as intense in flavor as most West coast IPA's, but nicely balanced. More of the English style IPA.
Medium bodied with a light tingly mouthfeel.
Lighter feel and good balance make this highly drinkable.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a less than thrilling beer from an otherwise magnificent brewery.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with a frothy sudsy white head, and nice lacing.

Smell: light dry grassy hop and pale malt aroma. a touch of fruit in an otherwise reserved smell.

Taste: This IPA seemed more like a Pilsner with some indistinct husky bitterness and long dry grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy in the mouth. Maybe I have grown to expect more DIPA status from these beers.

Drinkability: Though the beer did not leave much impression on me it was approachable and easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of variousartists
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark gold color. White lingering head. Great consistency.

S: Cascade hop aroma, with floral traces.

T: Personally not hoppy enough for an IPA, I prefer the Inversion IPA. Good malty character.

M: Good solid medium bodied beer. Good carbonation.

D: Finishes a little sweet, but still a very drinkable beer. An overall solid beer.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of an English IPA as opposed to an American IPA, but still rather tasty. Poured a bright copper color with a one inch head. Nice hop aroma. Excellent hop bitterness. Crisp finish. Solid session IPA. Bad news: looks like Deschutes has removed this from their lineup. Good news: it appears they have replaced this with more of a West Coast version, their Inversion IPA. I guess I'll be drinking as many of these as I can until the replacement starts to stock the shelves. Last note, $5.99 for the six-pack, can't beat that.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour produces a low white head on the rich golden amber, somewhat cloudy beer. The color of this IPA is great.

smell: The moderate hop aroma reminds me of toned down PacNW hops, a little grassy in character. Right along with it are notes of caramel malt and honey. Light hints of candied tropical fruits.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the medium range, and the body is the same.

taste: The taste is very similar to the aroma. At first I find moderate fresh and grassy hop flavors. Then comes a light sweetness of pale malt and honey. Then a moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: A very solid IPA, and refreshing on a hot day. Easy to drink. Great balance everywhere.

Acquired in a trade with loren01. Besy by date of 05/03/06 is printed on the label. I can really tell how this thing is hopped: toned down PacNW? Noble? English? An interesting take on the style and one I really enjoyed.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint gladd about a month before its "best served by" date.

Very nice looking in the glass. A beautiful hazy orange/gold with a small white head. Some lacing.

The aroma was of hops and some malts. The taste was very nice witha alight hops bitterness with a sweet profile. Quite surprising [to me]. Some grapefruit hints. Not the usual West coast IPA. Much milder hops. Seems very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium with moderate cleansing and a nice creaminess. Overall, I was very impressed. I'm not a hophead so I usually approach drinking an IPA with some trepidation. This offering from Deschutes was definitely something I can live with. Nice session beer. Very impressive.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampling at BevMo in a plastic cup. :-(
Poured a nice golden color with a white head that melted to adequate lacing.
Aroma was mostly malts to me....with only a hint of Cascade hops. (I think this brewer must use Cascade in most of their brews...not a bad thing...just safe).
Taste is immediately a sweet hoppy bite from the Cascade hops....followed by a mild dryness.
Aftertaste of grapefuit with light alcohol follows.
A pleasant IPA, but sort of average to me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD was 11/18/05 over 4 moths from the sell by date, decided to review any way since it tastes pretty good and may serve as a benchmark as to how some styles/beers hold up compared to others

Pours light bronze witha a 2 finger+ off white creamy head. Good head retention & no lacing

Smell: Fruitty nose with toffee notes

Taste: fruitty with piney hop notes. Sweet & dry on the finish

MF: Slight fizzy, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinkable, will get freah bottle to try when it comes back around (soon I'd imagine) to compare and contrast. Even when you get an old beer deschutes still kicks ass

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Photo of benito
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a light copper/amber, mostly translucent with lots of carbonation and a thin head...more or less in keeping with what one should expect from an IPA. The bouquet is filled with the standard (ho-hum) citrus notes but is given an exciting depth by hints of cinnamon and peppermint. I also caught a slight grassiness (maybe lemon, maybe cedar) in the nose as well.

This is a delicious beer: the hop bitterness is distinct at the tip and back of the tongue, but in between it's mellowed out by a honey-filled, velvet like maltiness. Overall, the body and length come out as medium:
quick and snappy, but also fulfilling. The hops linger long after each swig as if to re-assert themselves as the most defining (and delicious) quality of this brew.

This is a refreshing and tasty take on an IPA that ups the ante on how malty the body of this style can be. A solid brew all-around.

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Photo of Bcant
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quail Springs IPA pours a hazy golden color (it is unfiltered) with a nice white head made of tiny bubbles that has good retention. Appetizing potent hop aroma. The hop blend in this IPA is uncharacteristic of American versions of the style. Less emphasis on the piney / citrus flavors typical of US IPAs (though these flavors are part in there) but also more subtle bettering hops found European brewing. There is also a substantial malt balance that is both sweet and spiced. The finish is dry and crisp. Mothfeel is a little thin, though the hop oils do offer some palate coating. Very refreshing and drinkable. Quite an interesting IPA.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the lighter end of your typical IPA, white head that produces a reminder of its path, bit of a chill haze or just some unfiltered look.

Malts balance this out to a decent mix but its a bit on the sweet end and misses the point of an IPA in my opinion. I'm not a complete hop head at all but this seems lacking in the hop department.

This is a clean and refreshing brew that finishes light and easy. Cleanses nicely and could easily make this an all day type brew, which is not what I would expect or want from an IPA.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

The beer is a cloudy orange-gold color with a good size head that holds and laces well. The beer smell has characteristics of sweet citrus, possibly grapefruit. These smells seem to mostly come from the hops. The taste is quite refreshing. This has characteristics of some mild sweet citrus like flavors balanced nicely with an apropriate amount of bitterness with the hops. There is also a good mouthfeel about this beer. This is not too water and the carbonation complements the overall character of the beer. This is a good IPA, I think that it could use a bit more hops and just overall more of a bold flavor. This seems to feel more like a Pale Ale than an IPA but it is an overall good beer.g

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a lightly hazy, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored that is initially about a finger thick. The aroma is herbal and full of notes of pine. The aromatics in the finish have a dry, toasty malt note to it as well as a resinous hop note to it. The resinous aromatics are the most prevalent, but there are some subtle notes of citrus as well. The aroma overall though is a tad muted for an IPA.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, which helps to accentuate a light citrus note, which is ultimately drowned out by a resinous, herbal pine note. It finishes with a sharp hop bitterness that is almost biting. The beer is actually a bit on the light side, in both flavor and palate. Could certainly use a bit more oomph though, while the bitterness is solid and biting, it needs either a bit more malt or a bit more flavor hop additions. It is nice and quaffable though and as the beer warms up a bit the citrus note becomes a bit more prominent.

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at home. Pours decent head on top of a honey colored, slightly hazey beer. Aroma is earthy and floral, slightly sweet and biscuit like. Faint hint of diacetyl (butter). First taste is nice and bitter, then quickly to caramel, then another quick move to hop flavor (herbs and citrus), then all flavor is gone like Kaiser Soze. No real time spent on any flavor. All of the transition of flavors were to quick, not very much depth of flavor.

Verbal Kent couldn’t have told a better story about this beer, but it wasn’t good enough for me to drink again. It was however, a fair representation of an English IPA.

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleased to see a six-pack at AJ's today for $6.99. Being a big fan of Deschutes I had to try one today. Best by 3-21-06.

This brew poured a light orange color, nice fluffy 2 finger head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is a nice blend of floral hops and malts. Taste is a very nice balance between the malts and hops but still having a snappy hop finish. I expected the usual big hopped west coast style IPA but instead was pleasantly surprised by a well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is lively and full; nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is very good, almost could be a session beer at a 6.0 abv.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy peach with a nice fluffy two finger head that leaves a generous amount of lace behind as it settled leaving a creamy-like top,hops dominate the aroma but dont attack the nose very pleasant, quite herbal and citrusy maybe even a touch of caramel malt underneath.The hop profile steals the show of this brew intersting in the Pacific NW flavors of citrus and a touch of pine melding with English varieties giving it that herbal "green qualities,there is a slightly sweet malt base that is there making it balanced and adding a little to its complexities.Wow a little subtle but refreshing and I relly like the flavor it would be enjoyed by hopheads and newbies to craft beer as well

Reminded me a bit of Bridgeport IPA.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown, 12 oz. bottle into the trusty BWC standard pint glass.

The beer poured a cloudy, yellow-orange with a thin finger of head that did not retain well. The nose is well balanced for an American IPA: citrus and herbal hops along with a fair amount of grassy sweetness as well. The flavor is equally well balanced. The subdued hop bitterness is up front on the palate, and transitions to a dry malty finish. An interesting brew that is pretty drinkable; although a definite departure from the west coast, strong hop IPA's I'm used to in the area. The label even calls itself an IPA in the English tradition. Quail Springs is a medium bodied beer that I would return to over English IPA's or of that Deschutes in Bend.

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Photo of rowew
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz tall bottle, hops embossed on the shoulder. Best by date is clearly marked. Description of the beer and naming are on the top label.

Appearance: Hazy orange color, small white head fades quickly to leave a thin lace.

Smell: Definitely an English IPA in the aroma - the malt is just as prevalant as the hops. Nice fruity hops balance well with the sweet malt.

Taste: Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is floral and fruity hops kept nicely in check by the malt.

Overall impression: Definitely different than most american IPAs today - this one is much more like English IPAs that I have tried. Nicely balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle pours out a light goden color, slightly hazed. I 1/2 finger head leaves a bit of sticky lacing all the way down.

Smells slightly sweet, grassy and floral notes, some fruit maybe... pleasant enough, but nothing spectacular.

Taste is more impressive. This is not a monster hopped west coast IPA. It's more closely related to the comparatively subdued english style. Like most of Deschutes' brews, it's got a great hop flavor but restrained bitterness. Nice malt backdrop really balances things out. This is, in fact, a terrific feat of balance not only between malt and hops, but between hop varieties. I detect American crystal and cascade hops, but there seem to also be some European noble varieties as well. This produces a nice , broad, well rounded hop profile. Green, "wet" flavor. Nice. Nobody blends hop varieties better than Deschutes.

Can something have a creamy and watery mouthfeel at the same time? This seems to. Finishes clean. Ideal carbonation level. Very, very easy to drink. I could drink this like water.

This is probably not what a hardcore hophead expects in an IPA. It is, however, an extremely well balanced and flavorful brew that pleasures the palate and refreshes the tongue. Great beer.

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Photo of xoqx
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – just on the slightly cloudy side of clear this light orange-copper IPA has a frothy white head with medium-light retention that settles into a broken foamy carpet with minimal lacing.

Smell – The expected hops in the aroma are floral, fruity with some deep citrus hints.

Taste – This is an APA-lover’s IPA, IMO. It’s very restrained in his hop profile, and those present are spicy, fruity and fade into a medium-long finish without much bitterness. The taste is fine, if held back some. A good understatement of the style

Mouthfeel – medium-full, rich mouthfeel with the slightest touch of wateriness on the finish that could possibly be addressed by a touch more hops; a touch more carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a good IPA, especially for people who are not all-out hop heads, but want an IPA. Anything by Deschutes is likely a good beer, and I think beer would have great appeal amongst even those who think IPAs are too hoppy.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. "Best by 10/01/05." I had this some time ago and was very unimpressed. However, Deschutes is pretty reliable, so I always thought it would be a good idea to try it again. I think this is no longer a winter seasonal, but a year-round brew, BTW.

Poured a hazy color that was somewhere between orange and straw. Modest, one-finger white head that dropped quickly, but left an enduring white collar behind. Moderate amount of lace.

This smells far better than I remember it. There's a combination of citrusy, piney and herbal smelling hops here. I get a whiff of pears as well.

Like the smell, the taste is far better than I recall from my last bottle of this. The blend of hoppiness noted above hits first, then adjusts itself into a pleasing dryness as the nicely balancing maltiness comes in. This is not a hop bomb, but rather a nice blend of hoppiness and maltiness.

This is a nicely medium bodied beer, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is at a good place for an IPA.

My previous review of this must have been from a bad or over-aged bottle. This is nicely drinkable. I wouldn't mind trying this on-tap or even (dare I dream it in this town) cask. Next time I want a 6'er of IPA, I'll remember this one.

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Quail Springs IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.