Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by KCHopHead:
3.1/5 rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Poured a dark orange, almost amber color with a decent 1-1/2 finger head that stuck. Lacing was thin, but expected with a small malt body.
S - I expected a hop bomb smell yet a taste of a crisp APA, but did not get this. I got a little bit of fruit but nothing that had a wow factor.
T - I was surprised by the lack of freshness. The bottle says drink by Jan 2010, but I thought I got this pretty close to after it was bottled. That burn that goes up the back of your nose when you have a skunk in your beer was there. I expected more grapefruit from hopfield to bottle to mouth (even with an APA). I really hate to rip on a Deschutes brew, but I don't think it traveled well. I will say it was nice and crisp. Everything is in place except for a fairly fresh beer that had the skunk.
M/D - Nice and crisp. Very good drinkability as expected from a 5.5% abv APA. I will try this again and edit my results if they change.
edit: I've been getting beermails... I would love to bump up my taste rating if I am able to get anymore of this.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2009 13:43:15 | More by KCHopHead
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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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