Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I arrived in Alaska yesterday and, lo and behold, there is a lovely little market in Haines that has a pretty kickass beer selection. This was the first to catch my eye; there should be many more to come from this trip.
Hop Trip appears out of the bottle with a gorgeous amber-orange-gold color and a near-pure white one and a half inch head when poured into a pint glass. A healthy rush of carbonation bubbles streak through the beer. The lacing left behind on the glass is rocky and quite sticky.
The aroma of this beer is truly terrific. Tropical fruit aromas of cantaloupe and honeydew melon mingle gently with citrus fruit smells of tangerine and orange peel. It is a lovely sweet hop aroma and pairs really well with softer malt aromas of biscuit and caramel. There is a slight presence of herbal and grassy smells, as well as some pine.
Sweet flavors of tangerine carry the initial wash onto my palate, then are followed by full, fruity melon flavors. The grassy and herbal hop bitterness follows, along with a bit of fresh mint. As with the aroma, a complementary malt-bill of biscuit and caramel is present. The finish has a wonderfully dry, crisp, fresh hop flavor- very earthy, piney, and herbal.
The mouthfeel measures up to the quality level of the other aspects of the beer. Throughout the sip I feel a fresh, biting hop presence on the sides of my tongue and mouth. A pretty full and creamy feel carries the middle of the sip, then is crushed at the end by a really dank, puckering hop finish. This might have the best mouthfeel of any APA that I've tried. It really is exceptional.
I don't know whether it is just the time and the place in which I am having this beer, but I really, really enjoy it. I think it surpasses Founders Harvest Ale as the best fresh hop ale that I've had, and it's right up there with Alpha King as the best Pale Ale I've had. As the first Deschutes beer that I've tried, it exceeded my expectations and really makes me excited to try more of their craft. Truly a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2011 01:08:38 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.04/5 rDev -3.1%
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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