Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.53/5 rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Beachwood BBQ.
Additional comments are offered for the bottled product, but scoring reflects only the draft service.
A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head of fine bubbles. Moderate lacing remains. The bottled version appeared more red in color, the head diminished quickly, and no lacing remained.
S: Bready toasted malt with little detectable hop aroma, but a slight acidic tartness. The qualities of the bottled version were much more appealing, keeping the assertive malt but balancing with a perfume of intensely floral hops. The bottled smell suggests sweetness, rather than acidity.
T: Begins with lightly toasted malt and less assertive floral hop aromatics. Acidity increases in the middle with faint onion also detected. The finish is subtle, slightly mineral but only barely bitter. Floral aromatics linger on the palate. Barely off-dry flavors become dry by the finish. The bottled flavor is bigger and sweeter on the palate, overall: breadier, more floral, with assertive fruity esters, even a hint of butter, but lacking the acid and onion qualities. Bitterness lingers in the finish longer.
M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with light carbonation. From the bottle this beer is similar to the draft service, but with slightly more texture and stickiness.
D: Delicious, in a somewhat uninteresting way when served on draft. The sensory qualities, particularly those delivered by the hops, were sadly under-represented at the tap (but appearance did count for something extra in that case). The bottled beer added much of what seemed to be missing from the draft experience, with a mostly floral hop presence. This beer changes every year, which is fine in an ephemeral and artisanal product such as a wet hop ale, but here the variance encountered in the different forms of packaging seemed noteworthy for their distinctness. I likely would have scored the bottled Hop Trip higher, but I feel that in this case the style should be at its best when served fresh, on draft.
Serving type: on-tap
10-18-2010 02:16:07 | More by beagle75
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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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