Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by dfitch81:
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I wait all summer long for this stuff to reappear on store shelves. So, so good! Pours with a decent one-finger head that thins but never completely dissipates. Color is a crystal-clear autumnal amber-gold. Smells like fresh-squeezed hop juice (grapefruit, pine, etc.). Taste is intense pure hops, but there is a solid malt backbone to compliment all those glorious hop resins. Damned tasty, and so fresh... If you ever need a beer to help you demonstrate the flavor of fresh hops to a beginner, this is your beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with nice prickly carbonation. Best of all, at only 5.5% ABV you could knock back two 22 ouncers and still handle more brew; and you WOULD knock back two of these because they are so tasty.
Three months go by too fast: Hop Trip comes out in October and goes back into hibernation at the end of December. Get yours as early after its release as possible: this beer's hop freshness is its outstanding characteristic. I've picked up bottles late in the season and been far less impressed.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2008 02:22:13 | More by dfitch81
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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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