Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Foxtrot:
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Finally! I've been searching high and low for this beer, and finally got it. I've been off APA's and IPA"s for a while now and would like to see if my palate has shifted.
Pours from cool bomber into pint glass a usual tawny hue with just the slightest hint of amber. Head and lacing where in good abundance; head lasted for about 10 minutes then slowly gave way to sticky lacing and modest bubbles rimming my glass.
The nose is extremely pleasant. Beautiful aroma's of pine resin, with some nuances of sweet candied pineapple, along with toasted caramel to pull it all together.
Taste was just what I predicted from the nose, and then some. Flavor showcases incredible floral and fresh hops at the zenith of there glory without it being cloying or repetitive. Modestly sweet with hints of caramel malt to make it all the more satisfying. This is a exceptionally good pale ale, or wet hop ale in this case.
Mouthfeel has to be one of the defining points of this beer. Light and carbonated, but slightly creamy at the same time. I love the dual aspects of it mouthfeel with every sip.
Drinkability is fantastic. The flavor meld so well, and dose not become a chore to put this beer away. Suffice to say, I will definitely be buying this beer again and again.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2010 08:44:17 | More by Foxtrot
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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
Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) from Deschutes Brewery
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