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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series)Hop Trip (Bond Street Series)

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1,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 177
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-08-2005

38 IBU
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Ratings: 1,126 | Reviews: 451
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of dazdave
2.49/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So i'm reviewing this beer after looking over other reviews. They seem outrageously high. Poured from a bottle with the date good by 4 months after. Not sure if this beer needs to be insanely fresh. Perhaps it does.
Anyways yes the appearance looks lovely like i'd expect of a pale ale. One of my favorites is stone pale ale. It has a cloudyish copper color. Very little head. Very staid.
The smell gets some waffs of fruity orange and hints of grapefruit. Pleasant.
The taste is where i have some issues. I keep getting a very tea like astringency. From brewing i've found that seems to come from too high of a boil. Basically what i feel i'm drinking is a slightly sweet tea. Not what i'd expect from a well respected brewery.
Drinkability is fairly low since i'm not a fan. Hate to be the downer here but i really don't get it.

Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.55/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company at San Diego, Calif. Color was red amber. Maybe an inch of head. Light lacing on top. White film on the sides that was spider-webbed down.

Was non-descript of a smell. I had to work for it, but once I found it I found some butter and slight puke.

Tasted buttery with a slight bitter aftertaste. Fairly smooth.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Butter, creamy.

I really didn’t like this beer. Just way too buttery and creamy for me. Looking at the other reviews, maybe I got a wrong beer? Either way, this one was not good.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.72/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hop Trip Pale Ale 5.5% Deschutes

A: Deep orange hues, slight carbonation with very little head and no mid carbonation

S: some mild maltiness with sweetness, the floral hops are there, but its like they have been subjected to domestic abuse, they remain quiet and obsequious, falling in line, seen but not heard.

T: very thin mouthfeel, not malty, no real hop bite, just thin, remniscient of a pale ale with a bit of pine in the first taste that doesnt linger. This seems like a bit of a disappointing crossover, like when Robin Williams plays a menacing character. It isnt bad, but you expect this pseudo IPA to getting hit in the nuts and doing impersonations, not imitating an aggressively hoppy beer. The bottle has a truck full of hops on it, did they use that truck of hops outside the kettle as aromatics? I am not sure. Deschutes is usually on point and this isn't bad, per se, but it is a bit misleading. You anticipate a pinecone wafting through the house, choking out the Febreeze with some hop expedition. The hop expedition is a mild one two affair with a bit of pine a dash of citrus and the rest feeling like some English 2 row just phoning it in.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, through and through, very crips finish and the hybrid feel earns it high marks in this regard, however, the fact that it is 1) seasonal and 2) not comptetively price almost precludes this use. You will never find yourself cracking open a bomber of this casually while youre out gardening, why are you even gardening in the first place while drinking IPAs. Notwithstanding, the drinkability is not unoutstanding. The beer is a bit misguided in purpose but means well, like mormons in Strip Clubs.

M: Again, this is a mixed bag, if you like a malty IPA, look elsewhere, this has more of a crisp, grapefruit lager mouthfeel to it. Some bitterness and a finish that flees at the first sign of conflict. It doesnt stick around beyond the swallow and, that in part is what earned it stripes in above category, so I guess it is a bit above average in this regard. No one is going to fall out of their chair in amazement. It is a well done hybrid that is the jack of a few trades, master of none.

Narrative: Clint knew that quad-majoring was a stupid idea from its inception. Sure, San Diego State didn't offer a BioPoliticalHerbalosophy Major, so he tailored his own. But the strains of keeping his phylum straight with his Kantian dialectic, just seemed to earn him solid C's. It didn't help with the ladies either that he mixed up the Concordat of Worms with grassroots activism and his peet moss lectures. It was a jumbled mess without direction, his life seemed to be. He would be entertaining for a few moments, that old Clint, tell ya about Keynsian economics and make it relative to paleoethnobotany to boot, but, who really wants to talk to Clint? He is tiresome and wears forgettable solid shirts. Even his presence feels like a Spin Doctors song that you entirely forget the moment the tune starts to fade. Wait, who were we talking about again?

Photo of Vincev27
2.72/5  rDev -34.3%

Photo of Vaylaus
2.72/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 01/2010.

A: A nice pale orange. Another pretty pale so far.

S: Very little here. Muted hops, you really have to search for them.

T: Smooth, with the malt and hops combining to leave little to no impression. Not what I was expecting with a fresh hop pale ale.

M: Nice, smooth. Correctly carbonated and about the right weight for the style.

D: High, if this was your local brewers pale ale on special. As a special release, somewhat disappointing. Either way, goes down smooth and easy, until you consult your wallet.

The rumors of early hop harvest may be true, as this beer did not live up to its reputation. Hoping it's just an off year. May revisit next year after confirmation this year was a fluke.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of magnod
2.89/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to last year's version, this Hop Trip was disappointing. For a fresh hopped beer it lacked a lot of the seasonal harvest characteristics that it once had. I've heard that there was a conflict with the timing of the hops harvest and they may have been collected a little earlier then normal.

A: Nice coloration with some light lacing. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

S: Lacking the floral aroma I'd except from this type of beer. There are some notes of the fresh hops, but not very significant.

T: A layer of sweet malty backbone, with unexciting hops flavors at the end. There is a slight oily texture from the fresh hops, but overall, kind of a generic beer without the explosive hops characteristics that it once had in previous versions.

M: Medium to light body and feel on the tongue and ends with a slightly oily feel.

D: Ok- nothing special which is disappointing since the last year's version was very enjoyable. I'd drink it, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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2.9/5  rDev -30%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not enough intense hop presence for me on this on. Earthy and muddled. Certainly more bready than bitter. Pretty average overall.

Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Time for a trip, jumping on the Deschutes bus for a roady. And looky here, what a nice start – hazy amber orange with a ivory pillow-top.

Tons of citrus and pine in the aroma, and umm, a subtle soapy hint. It’s in the quaff too, darn it. Still, the floral kicks in and covers the soap by mid-bomber. Sharp, crisp and dry. I like it, just not overwhelmed or even impressed by it. Would not work hard to get another bomber of it.

Photo of DarkBeerGuy
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of KCHopHead
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark orange, almost amber color with a decent 1-1/2 finger head that stuck. Lacing was thin, but expected with a small malt body.

S - I expected a hop bomb smell yet a taste of a crisp APA, but did not get this. I got a little bit of fruit but nothing that had a wow factor.

T - I was surprised by the lack of freshness. The bottle says drink by Jan 2010, but I thought I got this pretty close to after it was bottled. That burn that goes up the back of your nose when you have a skunk in your beer was there. I expected more grapefruit from hopfield to bottle to mouth (even with an APA). I really hate to rip on a Deschutes brew, but I don't think it traveled well. I will say it was nice and crisp. Everything is in place except for a fairly fresh beer that had the skunk.

M/D - Nice and crisp. Very good drinkability as expected from a 5.5% abv APA. I will try this again and edit my results if they change.

edit: I've been getting beermails... I would love to bump up my taste rating if I am able to get anymore of this.

Photo of troutmask96
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a very big head. Smell is of hops - yep, there are hops in this brew. Taste...well, I'm disappointed. There's just no bottom end to this brew. The taste disappears as soon as it hits the back of my tongue. Easy to drink, but I'll continue my pursuit of world-class hoppy beers elsewhere...

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

Clear amber body with lighter highlights, white foam barely covers the cap of Hop Trip.

Whoa, those aromas are different, and I am not sure in a good way: a combo of pepper, caramel malt, green onion and pine poke at my nostrils.

The dank scents are back with a vengeance on the palate, huge green onion and pine profile. It almost becomes minty by the finish. And oh...that finish, slightly herbal and sweet from the malt. The sweet is what derails this trip for me, unbalanced.

The beer is a little lighter feeling than I would personally like, and more slick than creamy.

This range of flavors does not mesh well: green onion, tea-like, pine, caramel malt. It does not flow. I am sure others may find this beer refreshing, just not for me.

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 01/19/11...what's today's date? I guess that why you're an extra. Let's see how this holds up a few months past it's due date.

Beer is reddish and clear with an offwhite head of small bubbles, lacing, moderate carbonation. Nice lacing.

Aroma is earthy and piny with a strong malt presence.

It tastes a bit off, I'm assuming, it does have that old hoppiness to it, oh well. The beer is medium in body and still pretty bitter. Nice finish in general, quite malty throughout though. Sweetness up front, malty body in the middle. Not my favorite. I'd love to try this again but really fresh.

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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) from Deschutes Brewery
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