Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by HoustonTX:
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is one very impressive fresh hopped APA. I'll come right out and say that I'm more familiar with the overly hopped fresh hop DIPA's and IPA's that have dominated.
Hop Trip brings something incredibly unique and fresh to the table.
Gorgeous appearance. Medium to light amber body. Great lively carbonation and thin sticky white lacing. Right on for the style.
Intense aromatics on this one. Ungodly amounts of fragrant dank hop nugs. Tons of nuances. Dominated by high quality marijuana notes. The closest thing to smelling pot, without it being pot. Pine needles galore, like walking into a Christmas tree factory. Undertones of juicy citrus, grapefruit and orange. Absolutely flawless, one of the best smelling beers. Period.
Taste, while not quite matching up to it's high expectations set by the incredible aroma. Holds it's own quite well.
Great hop presence and mouthfeel straight from the get go. Slick and resinous, with some nice hop oil coating your whole palate. I love the mouthfeel the fresh hopping brings, it just slides right over your tastebuds. Allowing you to fully appreciate every nuance and tempting you to take the next sip. It literally slides right down your throat. I'd say beyond dangerously drinkable. It's like it drinks itself.
The complexity envelopes your entire experience. Notes bounce around and include, slick hop oil, tobacco, grapefruit, pine, earthy malt, resinous sap. Finishes very nicely leaving all those notes slowly receding with a twist of bittering and balancing between the fresh hops, and the raw earthy malt.
In conclusion, we have one damn fine beer here. There is just so much here, you could drink this every day for a year and you would still find different nuances and things you would like.
Deschutes at their finest.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2011 06:44:05 | More by HoustonTX
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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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