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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) - Deschutes Brewery

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440 Reviews
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Reviews: 440
Hads: 1,135
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 184
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick white head. Smells is pretty faint. Some orange and a little earthiness. 12/29/14 best by date which is 120 days out from bottling. Not very fresh so I don't expect much. Taste is very citrusy and orange up front. The low bitterness allows the hop flavor to really shine. A little spice in there too along with some earthiness. Finishes off with a nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel is good, if a little thick. I really prefer my hoppy beers to be lighter, especially when they're <7%. Overall, a good (slightly) fresh hop pale ale. I'd imagine by opinion would be greatly different if it were even fresher. (627 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A thick burnt orange color, this beer is nonetheless quite bright, even in its darkness. It is translucent, certainly closer to opaque. The head is sandy-colored and tops at just less than one finger, dropping with some time to a thinnish foam that nonetheless leaves lots of creamy lace.
The hops pour out of the nose as soon as the bottle is opened, sweet and bitter at the same time and very juicy. It features lots of orange notes including some peel but with an almost jammy nature to it. A slight note of pine strengthens the bitterness as some caramel sweetness pulls through.
The taste is fruity and spicy up front before some grains in the middle and the malty sweetness coming in to pull back the hops. It's mildly floral at one point and finishes with a bit of citrus zest lingering with a bit of cracker.
The feel is crisp in a medium body with a nice fresh brightness. It has some smoothness in the middle and finishing well even as it goes semi-dry, not losing the creaminess it obtains after the nibble up front. (1,033 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Looking at some of the positive reviews, it's hard to believe I'm tasting the same beer. This is so focused on the caramel malt aroma and flavor that the hops just don't play much of a role. I know this is billed as a APA instead of a IPA, but with a name like "Hop Trip", I expected much more complexity from the hops. Instead, the malt dominates and is just too sweet in my opinion to let the rest of the flavors play a role. Mouthfeel is fair, and appearance is quite nice actually, but again, I leave disappointed. (518 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head that still left good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney hops, tropical and light citrus fruit. Flavor is rich caramel malt, resiny pine and citrus hops, light orange citrus and mixed fruit. Medium bodied, nice for a pale ale. One of the ales that straddles the border between pale ales and IPAs. Not as intensely hoppy as many current IPAs, but well and freshly hopped with a substantial malt body. Great balance and flavor. I'm not a regular pale ale drinker and so I've missed this in the past. I will definitely pick this up again. A stellar APA. (651 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - A brilliant, hazy, glowing amber in hue. One finger head leaves a wispy cap that leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet, fruity hop flavor... Like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles cereal with a toasty biscuit malt backdrop. Has that distinct "Deschutes" house character... Fresh and clean.

Taste - So much fruity, sweet hop goodness up front, a bit of pithy citrus and a bit floral and fresh. The toasty, bready malts complement and balance very nicely. Deschutes yeasty, estery flavor is apparent and welcome, it brings a fresh, clean taste to the party. Finishes perfectly dry with a very restrained hop bitterness.

Feel - Here's where this one really excels: the medium body is so smooth and nicely carbonated... The word creamy definitely comes to mind. Crisp and refreshing as well, this beer is very, very drinkable.

Overall - One of the best APAs I've ever had. It reminds me a lot Fresh Squeezed IPA, but just a little lighter: so balanced and smooth. The big hop punch comes with very restrained bitterness - this one is very easy to knock back. I'll be buying multiple sixers of this for sure. (1,144 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

I really like this well balanced beer. The color was nice copper with white head that laced all down my glass. There was enough hops to balance the slightly sweet malt. This is a great session ale. Nice job. (211 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

A: Slight white head over deep amber liquid.

S: Cherries, pleasant herbs and peaches.

T: Cherries, peaches, blueberries and pleasant herbal notes over toasty and caramel malts.

M: Medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Delicious. Mosaic is fantastic when brewed this way, and this hop would go well in a dark Belgian. As a pale ale, it doesn't get much better than this. (390 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Per bottle label: best by 12/28/14. Poured a bright reddish and golden hue with a slowly receding off-white head. I have yet to have a beer from this brewery that does not have an attractive, clean pour.

Very fragrant hop profile: inviting citrus with some faint pine.

This is a very balanced tasting ale - soft and slightly bittersweet fruit flavor with a subdued malt backbone. While the ale is hoppy, it never becomes bitter. The finish is dry and clean with some lingering malt on the palate.

This is perhaps my favorite ale from Deschutes. This is not a hop bomb but a flavorful and dangerously drinkable ale. (622 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by 12/28/2014. Poured into a snifter 11/6/2014.

A- Medium brown-caramel body. Two finger fluffy, very thick and substantial offwhite head with long, long retention time. Nice lacing. [4]

S- Hop resins. Lots of resin. Caramel. Tropical fruits. Citrus. Mild grassiness. Very nice hop presence overall, solidly balanced. [4]

F- Caramel, rich hop resin with hints of tropical fruit and oranges. Mineral flavour in the background. Very nice light caramel flavour allows the hops to shine, but the nicest part about this is the actual resin flavour. It's nicely done along with the fruity aromas. [4]

M- Medium bodied, substantial for an APA. Nice slightly sticky, resinous, grassy finish makes it an appropriate finish to a wet hopped beer. It drinks like what I expect a wet hopped beer to drink like. Very smooth and easy to drink. [4]

O- A more than solid wet hopped beer. I enjoyed this one more than some of the local wet hop beers in the midwest. Sticky, resinous with a fair bit of bitterness that isn't too overwhelming. Sometimes I don't like that, but in this one I certainly find it enjoyable to drink. [4]

Final score: 4.00 (1,154 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:pours a bright copper orange color. a two plus finger, off white foamy head. has strong retention and leaves behind a sticky lacing all over the sides of the class. near perfect clarity and a strong brightness.

Smell: juicy hops with notes of orange peel, tropical fruits, and some florals. bit malt back bone ranging from lemon bread, toasted grains and a rich caramel.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of lemon bread sweetness. hops come in but not assertively with citrus to tropical fruit flavors, and a touch of floral. malt backbone makes itself present all over with toasted grains, rich caramel and some honey like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light and mostly refreshing but really sticky and slick. lots of hop resin without all the bitterness.

Overall: there is a lot of good taste to this one but I can't quite get over all the sticky and resiny mouthfeel. I think it needs a serious boost in bitterness and crispness to clean up the mouthfeel a bit. (972 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We open a pair, pouring into our St. Bernardus goblets. It glows a neon orange coloring, holding a one finger head of cream colored bubbles, showing decent retention. This fades into a dusty film across the top, with peppered specks of lacing around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The nose fills with aromas of strawberry and cranberry fruitiness, tart powdered Smartie sweetness, salt water, sweet pale maltiness, basil leafiness, rose petal potpourri, essence of clove and lavender, herbal and citric hop oils, sweet bready esters, burnt wheat crust, cantaloupe, sour apple Airheads, lactic sours, and curious pumpkin and allspice warmth. Coming through the flavoring is a blend of big and buttery biscuity malts, pale toast and light wheaty grit, coiny adjuncts and dried white corn, banana esters, nail polish remover chemical bite, strawberry wine cooler sugars, floral, earthy, and dirty citric hoppiness, baby powder, soapy twinge, white sugar sweetness, cotton candy esters, lime bitters, and melted Army men. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is the same. The feel borders on watery, at times, and the mouth meets only simple slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The palate is slicked and only briefly coated, leeching into a brief tannic astringency. The abv is easily appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, this is a flowing, easy going beverage. The nose starts you a little strangely, with a curious tartness, but offers up fresh hoppiness alongside a toasty, gentle malt bill to see you through. This six-pack was purchased as our “sippin beers” for the night, for an easy, hoppy beverage. Being in St. Louis for the next couple days, we were looking for a local IPA to keep the background noise at bay. We settled on this, however, with Deschutes having a proven track record, and a shiny façade. While we’re happy with the decision and are still excited for the remaining four bottles, this, too, did not blow us away. I suppose expectations got the better of us here, as we were hoping for an even more hoppy showing, but this remained nicely fresh and approachable. (2,180 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle best before 12/28/14. poured into pint.

A - Pours light amber with a thin white head. some lacing. Nice cascade of carbonation from the bottom of the pint
S - refreshing floral and pine notes with a hint of fresh herb tones
T - lots of citrus up front with a wave of sharp bitterness, but balanced
M - A bit more body than some fresh hop ales I have had this year - very nice - just enough backbone of malt to balance the quite bitter bite in the finish

O - Had this side by side with FFF Broo Doo and Founders Harvest. I would have ranked them FFF, Deschutes, then Founders, but given that FFF was $12 for a 22oz, and Founders was $13 for a 4 pack, I will be skipping them both and just getting Deschutes next year! $9 for a 6 pack is a bargain and this is absolutely as good as the harder to find big guns. (827 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/28/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze; small off-white head that leaves decent lacing and retention. The aromas seem faint. Some sweet caramel apple and fresh berries in the mix. Fresh grass. Some bready notes. This tastes way better that it smells. The flavors are extremely crisp and sharp. Very clean with vibrant bitterness. This is an earthy brew. Tons of grass. Lots of fresh pine needles. Maybe some rye or black pepper giving it a subtle spiciness. More berries. Some mint leaves are present. Subtle warm citrus notes in the finish. Some orange peel. Hints of caramel. Malts are there, but take a backseat. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with very active carbonation. It's spritzy and refreshing.

This is a nice brew. They definitely stay true to style. This is a real pale ale. The aromas and flavors aren't flashy, but the craftsmanship is extremely impressive. Extremely sharp, clean, and crisp. It's reminiscent of their Red Chair NWPA. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

on tap
A: rich tangelo-orange, 2 finger head, leaves excellent lacing.
S: Very ripe round citrus hops, with some sweet soft caramel malt
T: Follows the nose...some bitterness, but all in all, it is fairly sweet and juicy -- mango, tangerine, and a bit of pine. For being a wet hop brew, this has a lot of balance, with both caramel and bready/cracker notes.
M: Little oily, medium carbonation, kind of rounded flavors for wet hops.

Overall: As one would expect from Deschutes, this is solid; I might choose a few others over this one, but I'll definitely have this again and again. Ideally, I want a little more bite from wet hops. The juiciness made me want to do a side-by-side with Fresh Squeezed. Made me miss Red Chair, which I'll drink until the cows come home in the spring, though with that one the malt shines more. (834 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Best Before 12/28/14

A: A two finger off-white head with a yellowish hue was built when poured into the English style pint glass. Good persistence on the head retention – As it slowly fell it left a cob-web like lacing. The beer is light amber to dark cold in color with good clarity.

S: Mild aroma with grapefruit and tangerine like hops in the forefront. Light pine and earthy spicy note in the background that flows to the balanced malty and slight toasty aroma. Reminds me of a fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with more juicy fruit aroma.

T: Firm but medium juicy grapefruit, orange and tangerine like bitterness. This leads to a round malty flavor of toast and bread crust, which balances nicely with a layered pine like flavor that is soft and subtle. It finishes with a clean burst of grapefruit citrus that lingers into the aftertaste. Balance is on the hops, but not by much.. almost dead center.

M: Medium levels of carbonation with a medium body. No alcohol warming. The hops are a little rougher than most wet hopped beers I’ve had, but its nice to have some edge to it.

O: A very balanced pale ale with a unique hop flavor, yet with the classic APA characteristics making it familiar to all. Very sessionable and you can’t beat the price (1,258 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Aroma: Tea-like hop aromas up front. Fresh cut grass and light lemon notes up front. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a frothy white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: More tea-like hop flavors with a pleasant grassy note. Light lemon zest and soft caramel background malts. Balance is to the bitter with a firm earthy base. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily and a touch creamy. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A bitter, well crafted fresh hop APA. (560 characters)

Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Aroma is fairly subtle, with hints of tangerine and caramel malt. Toasted bread emerges. Flavor reveals floral hop character throughout, with a base of caramel malt and a fairly bitter, piney finish. Muddled citrus adds complexity. Toasted malt lingers in the aftertaste. Not the hoppiest beer, which I appreciate. Good malt presence for balance. After it warmed, mango and lime came to the forefront. (401 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 12/28/14.

Pours a deep copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango. Light citrus and malt as well. Smells very tasty and juicy.

Flavor follows the aroma with a lot of tropical juices and some light malt sweetness. Finishes with a nice dry crispness.
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Feel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall, a very tasty and juicy beer. I really enjoyed this. (534 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,788 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby Redish orange, with a tan head.

S: Peach, mango, strawberry, citrus fruit and peels in the nose.

T: Very fruit forward, and quite far from bitter for such a hoppy beer. Strawberry, peach, orange, mango, bitter citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied and IPAish carbonation.

O: Amazing, especially given the note below!

Note: Best consumed a few weeks before I even got the bottle. (393 characters)

Photo of darthvohn
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Clear copper color. So clear you could easily read text through the glass. Thick creamy white head; dissipated quickly with a film of small bubbles.

Smell: Bready malt mixed with orange-piney scents. There is an aroma I can't quite place as well however it's pleasant.

Taste: Pretty mild orange-citrus flavor (got this at the end of their run this season) with more bready malt & piney hop coming throughout leaving a mild bitterness behind.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and clean flavor. Very easy to drink.

Overall: A solid pale ale. I could see myself picking up a sixer for a game or bbq. Would recommend this to those new to the pale ale style. (685 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Nice copper clear color. Thick white head on it that leaves great lacing. One of the cooler bottles that I've seen in a while.
S - 4.00 - This is what a pale ale should smell like. Hop bite of pine but with a nice bready malt balancing it out. Very reminiscent of Dale's Pale Ale.
T - 4.25 - Nice hoppy pine, grapefruit and orange zest, but balanced by a bready malt that makes itself known. Great pale ale.
M - 4.25 - Bitter, light mouthfeel. I would love this beer at the end of a long run or hike. Aftertaste is sweet bready malts and bitter pine.
O - 4.25 - Outstanding beer for sure. Definitely one to put Dale's Pale to the test. I think a pale ale taste test is in order. (692 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours dark, hazy amber color with thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing on side of glass. Hoppy citrus smell with strong citrus taste. Hints of pine. Hops and malt well balanced. Bitterness starts right when you start drinking until you have finished your sip. Mild bitter aftertaste. Excellent beer. The only thing I would change is to have a longer hoppy aftertaste, but it is superb nonetheless. You gotta try it if you see it, and drink it fresh.

add for 2014. freshly hopped with longer bitter aftertaste. great batch this year!! (535 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper body, with new penny highlights. Fist worth of creamy white micro bubbles of all sizes. Stretchy lace.

Aroma is a blast of orange, fresh from the grove. Strong out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped, at arm's length.

Light sweet malt beginning, a little weak as a foundation, but not a major flaw. Juicy fruit quicks rides all over, leaving a fresh citrus sensation. Hop puppy nip at the swallow. Nice lingering finish, not heavy.

Light mouthfeel, bits of prickliness, easy drinking.

Good fresh APA, very tasty, very drinkable. I like these guys. (575 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight hazy amber, big head.

Smell: Fresh citrus smell, not overly strong.

Taste: Caramel sweetness then citrus rind bitterness, but not too bitter. More balanced than hop forward.

Overall: Since this was in a 6 pack instead of a bomber I decided to give it a try. Not a tongue bruiser, actually quite balanced. The hops do make their presence felt, just not as much as expected. (394 characters)

Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.