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Quail Springs IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Quail Springs IPAQuail Springs IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 10
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label, very thin layer of yeast sediment is noticeable in the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden colour with a beige hue, slight haze which is most likely from the hops and the yeast. Fluffy two fingered white head floats on top looks like left over sea foam that is stuck in the sand and the level goes down. Great head retention.

Smell: Fresh hop aroma, a little raw and course with aromas of sweetish hop oil, herbal and floral also. Fruity in the nose also with suggestions of pear and red delicious apples.

Taste: Light carbonation from a hard pouring, solid medium body. Pale malt flavour with a rounded fruitiness, bitterness is up there with out a doubt. Bitterness is not course as the aroma would lead though there is a hugely complex and intricate flavour beneath of floral and herbal overtones with that layer of bitterness on top. Vague estery alcohol warms the body, clean on the palate. Malt is not to be thrown to the wind with the rich pale malt flavours that go from bready to grainy but hops are still on top.

Notes: This is a deep hop induced IPA with flavours of German, English and American hops to form a perfect melding of hop loveliness. What a change up for a winter seasonal and a good one at that.

Jason, Jan 17, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

oberon, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful, light-orange color that’s deep and full looking. The head came up nicely and left a cool-looking film on top of the liquid.

Smell – This is more like an East Coast IPA. There’s a very strong fruity kind of hop in there. It might be fuggels or something similar. There’s no piney or big floral hops. The malt base is full of caramel and very nice.

Taste – This is a wonderfully balanced IPA. The fruity hop profile comes out nicely, mixing well with the sweetish caramel-laden toasted malt base. This is a fine IPA.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally smooth example of the style. I enjoy the crazy knock-your-socks-off IPAs as well, but the creamy, refreshing offerings such as the Quail Springs is as delightful to drink. I will definitely stock up on this one.

Drinkability – See the above note. This went down like silk and was a pleasure to drink.

Update – I decided to re-review this with a 2004 bottle since I did the original rating with an '03. This really is an unusual take on the style from the PacNW. It's light and easy but has a stiff malt balance. Good job!

RoyalT, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a glowing hazy golden with a pillowy white head that retains fairly well and shows some lacing.

Its aroma is grassy and floral English hops with some citrus notes and bready malts.

The flavor is some slightly sweet malts followed by a grassy, earthy Noble hop bitterness. It has some metallic almost citrusy notes. Medium bodied.

Overall, a decent English IPA. Nothing too special though. I like Odell's Cutthroat Pale Ale as a better English Pale Ale specimen.

Beaver13, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle with a notched freshness dating of March of (presumably) 2004.

Appearance: Poured a clear pumpkin-orange in color. Thick layer of stark white lace persists and tries to leave some patchy lace.

Smell: Fresh hops. Mostly floral, but there are some citrusy and grassy notes as well.

Taste: ZAP's review mirrored my inital impression...a great hop flavor that doesn't rip your taste buds out. Very refined and flavorful without being overdone. Finishes like a subdued ESB: bitterness that persists and it leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very, very smooth on the palate. Nothing out of whack or unpleasing with this one. Great combination of hops (Chinook, Magnum, Styrian, and East Kent Goldings) that make for an excellent session beer. At 5.8% ABV, a pint or five won't kill you. I wish I could get this near me.

Kudos again to RoyalT for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quail Springs is not a winter seasonal, but is available year round. It glows a sunset orange, quite hazy indeed with a firm, taut head and ample lacing. The hops are not as aromatic as one would expect and in fact this has even less hop odor that Mirror Pond. It's a big sweet beer, with lots of candy malts and flavors of bread crust and sugar cookies. Then the hops kick in with huge citric flavors, some grapefruit and lime, and definitely orange. Perhaps a slight lemon flavor towards the finish, which is puckeringly bitter until the malt follows through, creating a sweetness that outlasts the hops. There is a very subtle, intermittent raw uncooked element that is reminiscent of soil, and the peachlike fruitiness lends itself to a honey-soft mouthfeel. I would have liked a brighter aroma, but I found this IPA to be enjoyable even if it isn't one of my favorites. Another solid effort from Deschutes, who never fail to impress but only rarely knock my socks off.

Thrasher, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks great. It poured to a bright but relatively deep gold, with an excellent head that lasted well and left a good lace.

The smell is a little plain but still appealing. The taste is just a little bit flowery with a good solid hop punch. It's still pretty well balanced. The finish is crisp and leaves a fair amount of bitterness behind.

watermelonman, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of IntriqKen
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

IntriqKen, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of Bcant
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Bcant, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

ChopperSmith, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the attractively labeled bottle with a visually appealing off white head, very lightly hazy bright amber liquid. Lightly bread-like subtle toasty maltiness and a flowery delicate hoppiness emanate from the Duvel tulip glass. A good amount of malts give a good, rich mouthfeel and provides some initial sweetness. Then slightly subdued fragile bitterness cuts thru the maltiness with good results. Finshes a bit more sweet than bitter, with estery fruitiness noted as it warms up. Very good drinkability, a nice IPA that takes the middle route between overtly bitter and malty.

Thanks to CRJM for this one!

beerluvr, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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

russpowell, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle that states 6.0 abv, pours an apple color with no little and within a minute no head.
The smell is not significant with a hint of caramel malt, the hint of hops is of a citrus orange herbal aroma.
The taste is an light/moderate acidic-bitter with the same background as the smell. The finish disappears with the aftertaste that only lingers carbonation.
The mouthfeel is a light/medium body with a dry not syrupy texture and the carbonation is soft towards being flat.
The drinkability is great for a session beer since the aftertaste does not linger to long.

Troyone, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Beertracker, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with lots or orange hues with a small white head. solid carbonation. Aroam is heavily hopped (maybe Cacade ?) with very resiny, citrus notes. Taste starts a bit bitter then finishes with a sweet malt alcohol hit. Really spicy on the tongue, very interesting beer.

CRJMellor, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Beverages & More in Encinitas, CA. Served from a 12oz bottle with a "best before" date of the end of January, 2004. Had a clear apricot color and a firm 1" white head that left gobs of sticky lace around the glass.
A citrusy aroma with plenty of lemon zest and, to a lesser degree, grapefruit rind was most prominant. A solid malt aroma backed the nice hops nose. The taste had a slightly sweet maltiness and a mild caramel flavor over which rode a pleasant citrusy hops bite. The finish was well balanced and moderately bitter. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth, with a zippy carbonation at the edges of the tongue.
This was a very pleasing IPA. It had a markedly hoppy character but was kept in check by an understated maltiness. Not one of the super-hopped West Coast über-IPA's; rather a well-balanced brew which had me thinking on the line of Bells Two Hearted Ale. These offering from Deschutes has got to be one of my favorite IPA's.

Boilermaker88, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

blackie, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

atigerlife, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of zacharius
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden color with an everlasting white head. Smell is of hops but some esters are in there that I find unpleasant. These esters are repeated in the taste but take backstage to hops and the finish is all hops. Moderate carbonation but a bit light in body. Very drinkable for an IPA. Not my favorite IPA and the esters are not right. May be a bit too light in taste to really be an IPA, more of a pale ale.

zacharius, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bottleworks in Seattle. Brown 12oz bottle with a painting of a waterfall on the label. Lots of info about the brewery, the origin of the name and the characteristics of the beer ("a true English-style IPA"), but nothing about ingredients or freshness. I opened it on 6/25/04.

Pours a hazy orange copper color under a one finger white head with lots of bubbles and decent retention, but very little lace. Very mild floral hops greet the nose. The mouth is quite prickly and surprisingly light. The opening features slightly sour grapefruit and carnation, with a sweet malt background. A touch of espresso lurks in the background, but never comes out full bore. The aftertaste accentuates pine sap flavor, but this is not really bitter, just refreshing.

Globetrotter, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of Gump
2.25/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Quail Spring IPA
My label is slightly different from that pictured and does not have an P in the center.

A crisp amber pour exhibits an abundance of frothy head. I can't detect too much in the aroma, but a faint sweet apple wood.

All the bitters, none of the sweetness.

Gump, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of jcalabre
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 7 December 2002 at Pizza Port's strong ale fest. I am writing this review from my notes
Appearance: This beer has a clear amber color with an average white head.
Flavor: It has a smooth mouthfeel. it's a nice british style IPA, not the west coast hopmonst that I've grown to love, but a pleasant change.
Nose: The aroma is citrus-like.

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of Phatz
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of 1whiskey
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

1whiskey, Nov 26, 2005
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Quail Springs IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.