Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle into Brewery Ommegang glass (fluted tulip?)
A - gorgeous frothy head, light tan with thick bubbles. Great retention. Decent lacing. Beer is a pleasant hazy dark copper with tan highlights. Bottle has best by date of 12/25/11 (do open before Xmas)... Pleasant artwork, acceptable marketing spiel about how this is made from fresh hops. I like that the bottle has the hop vine creeping around it in raised glass. Possibly the nicest looking pale ale I've seen.
S - classic citrus and pine. Perhaps on the hoppy side for a pale ale, but not too much for my tastes. Aroma is inviting on your first sip and lingers for quite some time.
T - taste has those same citrus and pine flavors, but adds maybe a caramel backtone? Also pick up a little bit of a metallic almost copper flavor. Very subtle but present for me. Still, tasty.
M - the head on this beer is nice and soft. The beer itself can be a little thin at times, and there is a slight astringency in the aftertaste. This astringency emphasizes the copper/metallic flavors more than I'd like, almost to the point of puckering. Seems a little out of style maybe? But if you keep drinking it then this aftertaste is never an issue.
O - I like this beer. Its really cool to me that they are focusing on a fresh hop pale ale - seems like that is usually reserved for IPA's. Also, I read somewhere that the hops they use are from a farm about 20 minutes from where I grew up in Oregon, so that has some value to me. This probably isn't a "must have world class beer" but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a nice pale ale with hoppy aromatics. It's good. And it's a good trend to support. Worth trying for sure. Also, on a side note, I was very excited to see this in a six pack in the bay area. A 22 oz bottle of pale ale just doesn't make as much sense to me. 12 oz at a time is the way to go for this beer, in my opinion. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2011 16:11:52 | More by olfolxholme
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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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