Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by ghetto90007:
4.43/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a uniquely shaped La Fin du Monde tulip glass. It's a little longer and not as delicate so I like to cheat a little and use it for a standard IPA or APA if they're rich enough for the format. This beer is definitely worthy.
Sipping this as I watch the Occupy LA protesters from my balcony as they walk by on the street below. I'll let them decide whether I'm drinking to them in solidarity or laughing at them from my elitist perch. All I know is this beer smells really good.
Pours a dark amber color with the slightest haze. Resilient whitish head with nice lacing.
Man, this smells so delicious. Sweet citrus fruits, hints of succulent melons like underripe honeydew.
Taste is of citrusy hops, but gently so. Like the smell, the fruity characters are on the sweeter side. Still getting that twang of green melon, which I really, really dig. Some floral notes, but they are spicy like wildflower tea. It's a pleasant and gentle start for a brew with "hop" in the name. Biscuity malt and a faint wood-like dryness come in and are followed by herbal and vegetal bitterness that lingers and lingers in the aftertaste. A nicely blended composite of flavors, balanced yet varied enough to make this an interesting and memorable brew. I will be purchasing more of this in the future.
Mouthfeel is smooth enough for an IPA. Medium-bodied brew. Incredibly drinkable.
A real nice fresh-hop beer. I look forward to comparing to my Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2011 01:44:01 | More by ghetto90007
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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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