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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery

Hop Trip (Bond Street Series)Hop Trip (Bond Street Series)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

813 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 5.5%
IBUs: 38

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-15-2005)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cleaning up old notes. Enjoyed this on 11/23/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 12/23/13 marked on the label, so probably getting close to the end of it's ideal lifespan. Poured into an IPA-specific Speigelau glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright, glowing tangelo color with a slight haze in an otherwise transparent liquid with fleeting amber highlights. Atop the radiant body is a dense, two-finger head of creamsicle microbubbles, giving it a creamy appearance. Retention is excellent, and there is nice sticky lacing down the glass after the foam dissipates, leaving healthy rings.

Smell - Tropical fruits abound along with some citrus on the sweeter end of the spectrum--mango and light guava along with tangerine and blood orange. Perhaps some nectarine and white plum as well. Beneath the fruit explosion is a caramel malt backbone, which seems to enhance the sweet impression of the fruits bouquet coming through. All very aromatic, but I not really overpowering to the olfactory--would've loved to have this a bit fresher.

Taste - Many of the same profiles are present, with tangerine and mango taking the lead, but not as juicy as some wet hop ales I've had. There is a bit more grain background, like whole grain crackers or home-baked bread crust. There is also a nice bittering component as well to keep it from running away with fruit characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a semi-sweet finish and a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer, but one I'll have to make a point to get my hands on a little sooner next season. I've really gotten heavy into wet hop ales and while this is a solid offering, I was left a bit wanting. That being said, the promise is that of a fantastic beer when in its prime.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:27:30 | More by LambicPentameter
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BierJager89

California

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby Redish orange, with a tan head.

S: Peach, mango, strawberry, citrus fruit and peels in the nose.

T: Very fruit forward, and quite far from bitter for such a hoppy beer. Strawberry, peach, orange, mango, bitter citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied and IPAish carbonation.

O: Amazing, especially given the note below!

Note: Best consumed a few weeks before I even got the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:38:16 | More by BierJager89
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darthvohn

Texas

3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Clear copper color. So clear you could easily read text through the glass. Thick creamy white head; dissipated quickly with a film of small bubbles.

Smell: Bready malt mixed with orange-piney scents. There is an aroma I can't quite place as well however it's pleasant.

Taste: Pretty mild orange-citrus flavor (got this at the end of their run this season) with more bready malt & piney hop coming throughout leaving a mild bitterness behind.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and clean flavor. Very easy to drink.

Overall: A solid pale ale. I could see myself picking up a sixer for a game or bbq. Would recommend this to those new to the pale ale style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:47:18 | More by darthvohn
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Nice copper clear color. Thick white head on it that leaves great lacing. One of the cooler bottles that I've seen in a while.
S - 4.00 - This is what a pale ale should smell like. Hop bite of pine but with a nice bready malt balancing it out. Very reminiscent of Dale's Pale Ale.
T - 4.25 - Nice hoppy pine, grapefruit and orange zest, but balanced by a bready malt that makes itself known. Great pale ale.
M - 4.25 - Bitter, light mouthfeel. I would love this beer at the end of a long run or hike. Aftertaste is sweet bready malts and bitter pine.
O - 4.25 - Outstanding beer for sure. Definitely one to put Dale's Pale to the test. I think a pale ale taste test is in order.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 21:19:01 | More by ISmith87
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours dark, hazy amber color with thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing on side of glass. Hoppy citrus smell with strong citrus taste. Hints of pine. Hops and malt well balanced. Bitterness starts right when you start drinking until you have finished your sip. Mild bitter aftertaste. Excellent beer. The only thing I would change is to have a longer hoppy aftertaste, but it is superb nonetheless. You gotta try it if you see it, and drink it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 06:50:14 | More by jngrizzaffi
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper body, with new penny highlights. Fist worth of creamy white micro bubbles of all sizes. Stretchy lace.

Aroma is a blast of orange, fresh from the grove. Strong out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped, at arm's length.

Light sweet malt beginning, a little weak as a foundation, but not a major flaw. Juicy fruit quicks rides all over, leaving a fresh citrus sensation. Hop puppy nip at the swallow. Nice lingering finish, not heavy.

Light mouthfeel, bits of prickliness, easy drinking.

Good fresh APA, very tasty, very drinkable. I like these guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:39:37 | More by RonfromJersey
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight hazy amber, big head.

Smell: Fresh citrus smell, not overly strong.

Taste: Caramel sweetness then citrus rind bitterness, but not too bitter. More balanced than hop forward.

Overall: Since this was in a 6 pack instead of a bomber I decided to give it a try. Not a tongue bruiser, actually quite balanced. The hops do make their presence felt, just not as much as expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 18:58:29 | More by Mdog
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single picked up from Devlin's Wine & Spirits. Sweet label artwork that makes me wish I could get stuck behind a truck carrying hops. Poured at refrigerator temperature into a Tallgrass Brewing Cervoise glass. Best by date of 12/24.

Appearence: A gentle pour reveals a two finger head of tight, kahaki colored head. Clean amber colored body. A thin cap of head remained during consumption. Left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Overall a nice looking pale ale.

Smell: A very juicy smelling beer. Bright, floral citrus and a bit of pine. Peaches and orange. Fresh hops. Smells like a fruit basket. Sweet malt backbone.

Taste: Starts strong with the juicy, fruity hops. A wave of the more citrusy notes, that sticky, sweet malt backbone and a bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, smooth mouthfeel which makes the beer very refreshing. Very hoppy but never bitter. No mention of the abv.

Overall: A very easy drinking, hoppy beer. Amazing hoppy nose and taste. Very strong citurs and fruit notes from the fresh hops. I made the mistake of only picking up a single. I should have picked up a six pack. Highly recommend. I could easily drink several of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:21:51 | More by CowsandBeer
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goochpunch

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a hazy orange body with a frothy head. Smells like some funky hops. Oniony, citrusy, piney. I get some caramel and toasted bread from the malts and a touch of fruitiness from the yeast. Taste is way bigger on citrus rind than I would have imagined. I don't get as much funkiness in the flavor as I do in the nose, but those huge orange, tangerine, and grapefruit notes and delicious. Malt is certainly there, providing a sweet background with some caramel and toasted malts. Toast doesn't go overboard. My only complaint in the taste is that the sweetness can get to be a bit too much. Very minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is about perfect for what the flavors bring. Creamy and a little fluffy, but, when left in the mouth, the carbonation picks up and strips the tongue of the hop resins. This is a great beer. It's hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:51:16 | More by goochpunch
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden amber with 1 finger of bone white head. Good retention and clarity. Low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, tangerine, caramel and pine.

Taste
White grapefruit, tangerine juice and honeydew melon. Hints of pineapple and papaya. Well malted backbone of caramel and honey. Residual sugars stick around in the finish along with hints of pine resin.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy and semi-dry.

Overall
Well balanced and quite the easy drinker. A nicely put together Fresh Hop Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:38:27 | More by justintcoons
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

Clear amber body with lighter highlights, white foam barely covers the cap of Hop Trip.

Whoa, those aromas are different, and I am not sure in a good way: a combo of pepper, caramel malt, green onion and pine poke at my nostrils.

The dank scents are back with a vengeance on the palate, huge green onion and pine profile. It almost becomes minty by the finish. And oh...that finish, slightly herbal and sweet from the malt. The sweet is what derails this trip for me, unbalanced.

The beer is a little lighter feeling than I would personally like, and more slick than creamy.

This range of flavors does not mesh well: green onion, tea-like, pine, caramel malt. It does not flow. I am sure others may find this beer refreshing, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 11:12:07 | More by Pintofbrown
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: A deep burnt orange/amber. Head is off-white/light tan. Decent retention on a small head. Drops to a wispy, clumpy cap with a small creamy collar after a couple minutes. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Peach rings and fresh apples. Juicy with a solid hit of tropical hops. Some pineapple and mango, but it's peachy up front. Some backing pine bitterness and grapefruit rind. Mellow biscuity malt with a touch of caramel thrown in for good measure. Slightly floral. Decidedly fresh hopped, incredibly clean. Clementine in there as well. Remarkably balanced.

Taste: Breadier than the nose indicated with a hint of graham cracker and lightly toasted bread crust. Nice infusion of caramel malt sweetness. Hops run clean and floral finishing with a hint of bitterness, almost like hibiscus. Some backing pine and citrus bitterness. Juicy fruit, a hint of peach, mango, apple, and clementine. Super light fresh hop with a touch of hop spiciness rounding it out. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with a very mildly dry finish.

Overall: I'm taking this road trip every year.

Another insanely drinkable pale ale from Deschutes. In the perfect world where I drink cases of Mirror Pond this would be a nice break.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:03:22 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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rawfish

California

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, clear with a smallish stark white head. Not too much in the way of retention but really beautiful lacing is left on the glass.

Solid honey soaked bread malt undertones. The hop aroma is really something, starts off tropical with peach, mangoes, melon and guava with substantial bubblegum.

Pale malt is crisp with caramel sweetness. Hops are more grassy and floral in flavor with some melon and dried fruit undertones. Bitterness is crisp and refreshing, more honey malt on the finish than hops.

Above average body for a pale ale, tight carbonation and no alcohol. Very drinkable, only slight stickiness from the malt.

Awesome pale ale, the aroma is fantastic, complex and fruity, I wish it were stronger. Flavor is crisp and clean. So glad that this is now available in 12 oz. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 05:07:15 | More by rawfish
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RaulMondesi

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the main man is looking out of his homies window (on a crystal clear California fall day) at Catalina Island, Raul is feeling this one hard. Like a golden peacock's feather gracefully floating through the air, this thang is a sight to be seen. Subtle, but glorious hop/juice presence, while also sublimely balanced by malts that would make your grandpapi's dentures stick to the sun.

Does Raul feel this? Um, does Alex Trebec feel it when a contestant makes it a "true daily double"?

Yeah buddy!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:47:01 | More by RaulMondesi
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-24
Glass: Tulip

Hop Trip is a well-balanced, but hop-forward American pale ale, filled with fairly bright, juicy, and sweet tropical fruit flavors that blend quite well with a slightly caramel, biscuit, and toast-like malt base. Drinking this, it's not difficult to understand why it's such a highly rated beer. I'd definitely enjoy this again if seen.

Pours a substantial 2.5cm head of fairly clean, white bubbles that range from small to large in size, yielding a fairly dish soap like appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting somewhat over a minute as it descents to a thick ring around the glass and some thin lacing lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing on the sides of the glass is excellent, with thick, spiderweb-like washes clinging to all parts of the glass' insides. Beer's body is a dark golden orange in color, with light bringing out lighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, fairly low in number and activity.

Aroma is of fairly bright hops that showcase tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit, mango) with some subdued citrus (orange, tangerine, and light grapefruit) and faint pine, with an occasional whiff of grains and biscuit from the background.

Overall flavor is bright tropical fruits with more sweetness than bitterness, though the latter always lurks closely behind. Front of palate detects sweet tropical fruits (guava, passion fruit, mango) with sweet orange and grapefruit, and a lightly toasted bread malt character. Mid-palate of juicy tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit, mango) with subdued grapefruit flavors atop a well-blended pale and lightly toasted malt base. Back of palate experiences increased, but moderate, bitterness, grapefruit, and lesser tropical fruit (more guava than anything else). Aftertaste is of tropical fruits (guava, passion fruit, mango), moderate bitterness and grapefruit, and a pleasant lightly toasted bread and grain finish.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that's quite good for the style and this beer in particular. Closes dry, with moderate to moderate-high levels of stickiness on the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:08:28 | More by falloutsnow
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best by 12-24-13

A- Pours a relatively clear amber orange color. A modest off white head.

S- Light and hoppy as the name implies. A nice pine, a sharp resinous bit. A complex fruitness and a light malt honey sweetness to make it pop.

T- A perfectly balanced and moderate bittersweetness at first. A really nice mix between the honey like malt and the hop bitterness.The first flavor I get is a honey flavor, then the hop profile starts to come in. A herbal flavor at first, followed by a refreshing pine, then pine sap, then a light fruityness. A bit of lemongrass, a touch of grapefruit. A well rounded and tasty beer.

M- I could drink this all day. It has a complex flavor profile that keeps it interesting and a mouthfeel that wont burn your palate.

O- An awesome fresh hop ale. Arguably one of the best of the style. I'm lucky to have been able to land some as Deschutes is yet to arrive in KY. Definetely worthy of getting, especially for the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 02:22:16 | More by TwelveOunces
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jmccullough108

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into a 16.5 ounce snifter. Best by 12/24/13.

Appearance: Beautiful bronze/orange color. Poured gently with a small half finger head, which dissipates quickly. Very clear in the light, can see right through it.

Smell: This was the part that sold me on this one. Very strong citrus, mango, orange, slight lemon, and grassy. Swirl the glass a few times to amplify these notes.

Taste: Not bitter upfront. Feels very well balanced. Nice malty undertones with citrus left in the back of your mouth.

Overall Impression: Fantastic beer, and extremely sessionable. Reminds me quite a bit of fresh squeezed. Really glad I was able to score a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:39:04 | More by jmccullough108
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Hendry

Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper with a creamy white one finger head,good lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is relatively muted,faint malt,faint hops,nothing unpleasant.

Taste starts out with some sweet bready malt,lingers on the palate for a moment before the hops follow with a pleasant aftertaste, slightly piney and savory. I find the taste improving with each sip, this is nicely balanced and easy drinking.

Lighter side of medium, good mouthfeel, again, nice balance of the malt & hops.

Solid effort from Deschutes, especially if you enjoy a balanced ale that is neither too malty or too hoppy.Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:39:18 | More by Hendry
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you'e a hop head like me, there is nothing more satisfying then popping open a beer and getting a wiff of a fresh hop beer.
And thats the case here with hop trip. From the moment I openned it wave after wave of pungent juicy hops came barreling at me and this is before I even poured the beer.
The aroma was only slightly citrusy and floral but still the fresh wet hops made up for this with ease.
The appearance could not be better. Stunning clarity in this copper amber ale. The head was tall and beige. Tight small bubbles gave it a frothy mousse like look. Excellent retention kept the head around along while. Lacing was beautiful.
The taste was equally up to task. The balanced flavor was of grainy malts candied sugar and fresh wet hops that burst on every sip. There is a slight bitterness at the end but overall drinks very clean and refreshing.
Best before 12/24 I don't know when it was bottled but this one was a really really, really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 13:15:58 | More by micromaniac129
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
No bottling date

Thanks to socalbrewlvr for this extra!

A: Dark amber, almost reddish hue, 1/2 fingers width of light tan head dissipates down quickly, effectively no lacing

S: dank resinous hops, sweet citrus, tropical fruits, piney bitterness, a bit of hop spice, some sweet malts. Just plain wonderful.

T: resinous, piney, soap-like hop character, citrus rind, balanced by sweet malts

M/D: full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side, some what dry, drinkability is good

O: This is awesome. One of the best APA's Ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:22:41 | More by zac16125
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into snifter.

Ok, I try not to be too picky about color and clarity, but usually I can tell how a beer will taste by the color. This poured, honestly, like a mix between a brown ale and a pale ale. Rust-like in appearance.

Aroma was not as hoppy as the style should come to denote. Malt and yeast took over WAY too much. Hops were an after thought.

Flavor was like biting into an unsalted Saltine cracker. Extremely bready and not balanced at all. Hops bitterness was not there and did not drink like anything that its style would suggest.

I was extremely disappointed by this beer from Deschutes. Not sure if I might have gotten an older bottle due to the higher grades it receives, but it did nothing for me and I had to pour it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 21:21:37 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a clear amber with a copper tint. Near white finger of head, decent retention and fantastic lacing.

S - Light fruits (pear and orange) balance nicely with a rich sweet caramel flavor. Minimally choppy, more citrus/sweet.

T - sweet ripe peaches and orange mix with a nice mild hop bitter flavor. Fruits linger before transitioning into a sweeter caramel flavor. Aftertaste is a mild balance of hops, citrus and caramel. Incredibly balanced.

M - lighter bodied, well carbonated, drinks perfectly. Incredibly refreshing and drinkable

O - definitely a fantastically drinkable, superiorly balanced pale!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:53:49 | More by MacQ32
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kojevergas

Texas

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this before. Oh well, always happy for an excuse to buy more Deschutes. Best by: 12/24/13. 5.4% ABV according to my bottle's label. 2013 vintage. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and branded black "Class of 88" pry-off cap acquired as part of a six pack at Whole Foods HQ earlier today and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as a fresh hop pale ale because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of light khaki colour. Has an approachable smooth somewhat soft complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Sticky consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes; this beer has "legs." Head retention is rather good - about 7+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper - so transparent you can read through the beer if you desire. Attractive glowing vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Appears adequately carbonated.

A very appealing pale ale. Definitely within style conventions. There are no overt flaws. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: The first thing I pick up is a wonderful resinous hop character, with notes of pine and grapefruit. It's got some bubblegum notes which has me worried; I can't stand that in an IPA - let alone a pale ale. There are also tropical fruit hop notes (tangerine, passionfruit, peach), which I rarely see executed well. Since it's Deschutes, I'm optimistic. There's an abundance of caramalt, which seems to be lending it a bit too much sweetness. I do pick up a slight warmth beneath the sweetness; perhaps lurking alcohol? That's quite odd for a 5.4% pale ale. As it warms slightly, I pick up some oily hop character redolent of herbs and the cannabis family. Some pale malts fill out the body, with maybe a bit of graininess buried in there too.

No yeast character is detectable.

The resinous hop notes are a highlight for me. A pleasant, welcoming aroma of mild to moderate strength. The hop profile is quite pronounced for a pale ale, which I'd attribute to the fresh hop brewing method.

T: Ah. It's always nice to take a sip of a beer from a brewery that understands balance - especially in a hoppy beer. There's a clear marriage of the sweetening malts (caramalt, pale malt, maybe some pilsner malt but I doubt it) to the bittering hops, and the flavour profile has a lovely cohesion as a result. It's seamless, though perhaps not quite gestalt. The hop profile is well-executed, with deliberately and effectively selected hop notes: great resinous hop character, some pine, floral notes, herbal notes - including a hint of that cannabis-redolent character mentioned above. It's also just a biteen oily. Luckily, I don't find too much of the tropical fruit/bubblegum character here; there's a bit of both but they're subtly integrated. It manages the dueling hop bitterness and malt sweetness expertly. Great amplitude.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Overall, it's a very pleasant and approachable flavour profile with impressive complexity and subtlety for a pale ale. The balance is a highlight for me; I love it when brewers don't hop on the "more hops/bitterness = better beer" bandwagon (see Green Flash). Above average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet enough to keep the beer refreshing, but also slightly coarse and dry enough to coax out the flavours. Has a good even-keeled quenching presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile very well. Well-carbonated. Slightly oily, which works well within the beer's fresh hop premise. Good thickness and body.

Not buttery, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: An inspired balanced brew from one of the best breweries in the country, Hop Trip delivers on its fresh hop concept; this isn't your usual mediocre offering that uses fresh hops as a marketing gimmick. It's a quality brew and it's priced very fairly. I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack and look forward to having another. I'll be picking this beer up every year. Extremely drinkable, sessionable stuff.

Drank great from a pilsner glass.

Would pair best with barbecue and/or fries.

B

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:39:55 | More by kojevergas
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. best by 12/24/13.

A - Lucid copper orange in color with a 1.5 white head. Retention is fair and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - Sweet citrus aromas, grapefruit and orange with some bitterness. A good caramel malt is mixed in along with some floral scent.

T - Fresh, bitter citrus hops of grapefruit and orange. Caramel and honey malts in the middle. Finishes with a floral, earthy, bitter pine.

M - Light to moderate bodied with good carbonation. Slick and oily finish.

O - This is a very balanced and easy drinking fresh hopped APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 23:58:33 | More by Ri0
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JezyGray

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light fruits -- ripe peach, banana and pear -- dominate the nose and tongue. Deep honeyed amber color, off-white head with good retention. Creamy mouthfeel. Very mellow pop of bitterness at the front. Orange juice and more peach in the middle. Big sweet finish. Juicy and delicious. Drink soon!

Serving type: bottle

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