Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by xoqx:
4.43/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I waited long and with great anticipation for this beer which was finally ordered for me by the great folks at Fine Wines Ltd in Redmond, Washington. Im fond of hops and very enamored with this Bend, Oregon brewery. 22 oz brown bottle for this seasonal offering.
Appearance The orange amber brew pours with a white, one-finger head exhibiting moderate, uneven retention and light lacing. The broken head remained throughout the pint.
Smell The smell is wonderfully hoppy, as expected, with the spicy, sprucey hops contributing loads of floral complexity to the smell.
Taste Well, to start with the malts, theres not a lot to say about them. Nothing particularly flavorful is detectable in the malt here, and its not that the hops are too loud. In fact, for such an obviously hop-focused beer, I definitely feel the hops are very restrained. There is simply not much taste in the malts. Now, the hops are not overpowering; not at all. These crystal hops from the Willamette valley are heavily on the piney, sprucey side. If there would be anything objectionable in this beer to those not in love with the hops, it might be the concentration of pine needle flavor as opposed to actual level of bitterness. I think this is a superbly hoppy yet restrained beer. Had it malt complexity, I might call it balanced. The malt just doesnt stand out enough. Also, this is an exceedingly fresh tasting beer in mid-October 2005. The finish is long.
Mouthfeel It has a coarse, fresh, medium-lightbodied mouthfeel.
Drinkability I think this is a superbly drinkable beer and I didnt want to put it down. This is probably more geared toward hops fans, but should be restrained enough to be enjoyed by anyone who loves American Pale Ales and fresh craft beers.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2005 05:24:33 | More by xoqx
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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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