Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by silentdonkey:
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.
A: Clear amber with a one finger head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass as you sip it down.
S: Nice big west coast hop aroma! Hints of citrus and pine backed by some caramel.
T: Fantastic fresh hop flavors of grapefruit and tangerine start the beer off and it finishes with the taste of grainy and caramel malts. A slight piney hop bitterness is left behind, but nothing too overpowering. An extremely well balanced pale ale.
M: Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation for an APA.
O: One of the best pale ales out there in my opinion. Really fresh hop flavor. The bitterness and the malts do not overpower the hop flavor. A really easy drinker with a lot of hop character similar to an IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
10-22-2012 20:37:52 | More by silentdonkey
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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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