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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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Reviews: 440
Hads: 1,137
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 188
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this before. Oh well, always happy for an excuse to buy more Deschutes. Best by: 12/24/13. 5.4% ABV according to my bottle's label. 2013 vintage. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and branded black "Class of 88" pry-off cap acquired as part of a six pack at Whole Foods HQ earlier today and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as a fresh hop pale ale because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of light khaki colour. Has an approachable smooth somewhat soft complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Sticky consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes; this beer has "legs." Head retention is rather good - about 7+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper - so transparent you can read through the beer if you desire. Attractive glowing vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Appears adequately carbonated.

A very appealing pale ale. Definitely within style conventions. There are no overt flaws. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: The first thing I pick up is a wonderful resinous hop character, with notes of pine and grapefruit. It's got some bubblegum notes which has me worried; I can't stand that in an IPA - let alone a pale ale. There are also tropical fruit hop notes (tangerine, passionfruit, peach), which I rarely see executed well. Since it's Deschutes, I'm optimistic. There's an abundance of caramalt, which seems to be lending it a bit too much sweetness. I do pick up a slight warmth beneath the sweetness; perhaps lurking alcohol? That's quite odd for a 5.4% pale ale. As it warms slightly, I pick up some oily hop character redolent of herbs and the cannabis family. Some pale malts fill out the body, with maybe a bit of graininess buried in there too.

No yeast character is detectable.

The resinous hop notes are a highlight for me. A pleasant, welcoming aroma of mild to moderate strength. The hop profile is quite pronounced for a pale ale, which I'd attribute to the fresh hop brewing method.

T: Ah. It's always nice to take a sip of a beer from a brewery that understands balance - especially in a hoppy beer. There's a clear marriage of the sweetening malts (caramalt, pale malt, maybe some pilsner malt but I doubt it) to the bittering hops, and the flavour profile has a lovely cohesion as a result. It's seamless, though perhaps not quite gestalt. The hop profile is well-executed, with deliberately and effectively selected hop notes: great resinous hop character, some pine, floral notes, herbal notes - including a hint of that cannabis-redolent character mentioned above. It's also just a biteen oily. Luckily, I don't find too much of the tropical fruit/bubblegum character here; there's a bit of both but they're subtly integrated. It manages the dueling hop bitterness and malt sweetness expertly. Great amplitude.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Overall, it's a very pleasant and approachable flavour profile with impressive complexity and subtlety for a pale ale. The balance is a highlight for me; I love it when brewers don't hop on the "more hops/bitterness = better beer" bandwagon (see Green Flash). Above average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet enough to keep the beer refreshing, but also slightly coarse and dry enough to coax out the flavours. Has a good even-keeled quenching presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile very well. Well-carbonated. Slightly oily, which works well within the beer's fresh hop premise. Good thickness and body.

Not buttery, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: An inspired balanced brew from one of the best breweries in the country, Hop Trip delivers on its fresh hop concept; this isn't your usual mediocre offering that uses fresh hops as a marketing gimmick. It's a quality brew and it's priced very fairly. I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack and look forward to having another. I'll be picking this beer up every year. Extremely drinkable, sessionable stuff.

Drank great from a pilsner glass.

Would pair best with barbecue and/or fries.


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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. best by 12/24/13.

A - Lucid copper orange in color with a 1.5 white head. Retention is fair and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - Sweet citrus aromas, grapefruit and orange with some bitterness. A good caramel malt is mixed in along with some floral scent.

T - Fresh, bitter citrus hops of grapefruit and orange. Caramel and honey malts in the middle. Finishes with a floral, earthy, bitter pine.

M - Light to moderate bodied with good carbonation. Slick and oily finish.

O - This is a very balanced and easy drinking fresh hopped APA.

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Photo of JezyGray
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light fruits -- ripe peach, banana and pear -- dominate the nose and tongue. Deep honeyed amber color, off-white head with good retention. Creamy mouthfeel. Very mellow pop of bitterness at the front. Orange juice and more peach in the middle. Big sweet finish. Juicy and delicious. Drink soon!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.98/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber, off white half finger of head.

Smell is holy god!!!! Fresh squeezed citrus, orange, mango, pineapple, apple. Sweetness underneath, a true pleasure to smell, I am almost afraid to taste because I do not want to be let down by the amazing aroma!

Taste is just as good, fresh and I mean fresh citrus, tropical, pineapple and orange are all over this thing! Oily, piney, good malt base. just really impressive stuff!

Mouthfeel is oily, medium, crisp and both wet and dry, really interesting feel to this one.

WOW WOW WOW, that is all I have to say about that. This is by far the best fresh hop beer I have ever had, I will not even need to look for Founders Harvest this year, this is cheaper and better IMO. I may go back for a case! I can not believe how impressive this beer it! BUY IT!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle,
A - frothy beige head tops an amber colored ale. Good head retention and lacing.
S - sweet and fruity aroma with fresh, dank hops, grapefruit, tropical, caramel malt, honey
T - smackering of hop oils coat the palate with oily, piny, grapefruity, tropical notes. Sweet caramel, toasted grain, bready malt add for excellent balance
M - medium body, resinous, pleasant carbonation
O - excellent fresh hop APA. No complaints here. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of elfefe
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite APA to date, the fresh hops smell and taste is great. Citrus with notes of pines, and a nice fresh herbal tone make it really enjoyable.
Too bad this is just a seasonal, I'd drink it all year round. This is the beer that made me grow fresh hops in my garden.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - transparent amber, one finger white head. Beauty in the glass.
S- fresh sweet hop, citrus, piney
T- grapefruit,mine, citrus, malt. Little bitterness.
M- light to medium bodies, not watery. Moderate carbonation.
O- I could drink one or twelve of these. 5.5% but so full flavored. I love with this one for sure. Sad I bought just one.

Um, I mean, don't drink this. It's horrible. More for me, mwah hahaha!!!

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Photo of TheFlern
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a nice amber with good amounts of white foam and lacing

Smell: Very balanced for the beers name. This is not a big hoppy IPA like it suggests. Subdued citrus notes and malt notes tease the olfactory.

Taste: This is a balanced beer for sure. It hits the tongue as somewhat fruity and leaves a malty taste lingers in the back of your mouth.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light feeling beer on the mouth that finishes incredibly smooth.

Overall: Very good beer. Give it a shot.

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Photo of DamianX13
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is fucking awesome. Probably my favorite APA.
Beautiful copper color. Subtle but great hop smell. Very smooth and fresh taste. This is one of those beers that I just wish was year round. I am not very good at accurately using words like juicy and chewy and over-precocious (???), but just try this fucking beer man. Its great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

yes! love wet hop stuff, and this is only my second of the year, but a real gem, much anticipated and does not disappoint. it has a perfectly clear pour, radiant, glowing red, caramel in color, over an inch of off white head, but it fades rather quickly. the nose is just lovely, really hoppy, clean, and well supported by a slightly richer malt profile than I expected. pine on the hops, toffee sweetness on the grains. the flavor agrees, but I am surprised how well the bitterness of the fresh hops cuts through what would otherwise be a rather sweet grain bill I assume. its great balance, still hop forward, refreshing, and unique. not sure what varietals are used, but I don't remember wet hop beer being quite so bitter an pungent, I always thought more sweet, floral, and understated, but not this one. similar citrus and drinkability to founders all day, and I really would drink this all day everyday if it were available, its that good, so fresh! very drinkable with a light feel despite the color. a little still, it could use just a tad more carbonation, but I like the way it sits in my mouth. its the essence of the fall season for me, and yet another highly refined and expertly done brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker.

A. Golden transparent. Close to amber. Medium white head.

S. Fresh. Cut grass. Hops. Pine. Slightly citric.

T. Good and hoppy. Lemon peel. Sweet rich caremely malt. Bitter.

M. Crisp. Smooth. More full for the style than usual.

O. This is solid. Good smooth PA with some hop bite and a solid backbone. Refreshing.

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Photo of brewskis
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, amberish orange color with a finger of an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Nice carbonation. Smells of resinous, dank, and grassy fresh hops. Get some herbal characteristics, along with pine, sugary grapefruit, tiny bit of tangerine, and plenty of floral. A very nice, clean carmel malt is detected as well. Taste immediately starts with a resinous, grassy hop flavor, but is quickly balanced out by a sugary grapefruit flavor. The middle continues the sweetness, this time bringing a carmel sweetness. This is balanced with more resinous, herbal hop qualities, along with some grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is really good and makes this beer. Get more resinous qualities, but are more of the bitter variety. This bitterness is tame, however, and is accompanied with more intense notes of grapefruit, grass, and tropical fruits. It seems to start off with more fresh hop qualities and finishes with more juicy, fruity hop qualities. All the while balanced with a sweet, clean, and bready malt backbone. Very clean, crisp, and surprisingly full mouthfeel for a pale ale. Although it has a fuller body, it still drinks likes a session ale and leaves you wanting more. A very well-crafted fresh hop pale ale. I wish the hop harvest was year round because this is awesome.

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Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a modest white head and plentiful lacing.
Smell is piney fruity hops with plenty of caramel malts.
Taste is luscious fruity hops a minor amount of pink grapefruit with a kiss of pine resin. Malts are equally up to the task with some caramel back. Mouthfeel is medium with fairly low carbonation and a long bittersweet finish.
Overall one of my favorite seasonals . Just showed up today and stamped with a best by date of 12/24/2013. I think Deschutes uses a three month best by date.
Get some soon.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: copper body, finger off-white head, awesome lacing

S: orange rind/zest, pine, caramel

T: same as nose, fresh pine long bitter finish

M: med body, firm oily/sticky mouth

O: Great "sessionable" APA.
Low ABV and big flavor from one
of the legends of craft beer.


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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into Deschutes Snifter
- Pours a dark ruby red with a finger of foam which dissipates after a minute. Minimal lacing.
- Aroma of Pine and citrus, standard for the pacific NW hops.
- Full, crisp flavor of piney hops up front with some minor citrus notes. Certainly hoppy, but the bitterness fades quickly and finishes smooth. I definitely prefer the crisp clean finish of fresh hopped beers compared to the lingering flavors from dry hopped.
- Overall drinkable and pleasant. Full flavored with a clean finish, but not super complex. Another solid offering from deschutes, perfect for the fall.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

BitterBill sent me this harvest ale a couple weeks ago, thanks again Bill! Deschutes Hop Trip pours clear copper with only a hint of chill haze to detract from the clarity. There are only about three streams of carbonation leaving the glass but they rush to the surface. The head grew to three fingers of dusty white foam on a soft pour that slowly drops to a one finger cap and leaves sticky patchy lacing everywhere.

The nose of this beer is loaded with pithy grapefruit. As a matter of fact it's loaded with citrus, pithy grapefruit being the number one culprit. Sugared grapefruit plays a big role as well along with orange oils. There isn't a lot of maltiness to be found but what is there is of the sugar cookie variety. This smells like a hop driven brew and I like where it's taking me.

The flavor starts off with pure unadulterated pink grapefruit juice. It's all at once tart but sweet enough to balance. The orange oils come through mid palate with another nice citrus kick while that sugar cookie maltiness is there throughout but does what it's supposed to do, stay out of sight. This is a delicious pale ale. The hop profile is great!

This beer weighs in just over 5%. The body of this beer has the velvety feel and slight stick of a brew weighing 6-7%, which I think works brilliantly for this brew. The hops have some bitterness on the swallow but it manages to fade by the next sip.

With this great hop profile and lower abv I could easily drink this beer all night long. There's no way this brew should be sold in bombers. It should be a six pack purchase.

This is a damn fine fresh hop brew. It has a little of that resinous quality I love but the citric hoppiness makes my mouth water. Thanks again for the brew Bill, I'm a huge fan!

Reviewed: 11/22/08

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Photo of Climber9
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep copper with some red highlights, hazy. Head comprised of fine white bubbles that persist long after the pour.

Aroma: low levels of citrus and pine hops with clean pale malt. Some caramel but not toasty or bready. No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium-high carbonation, neither creamy nor astringent. Finishes crisp.

Flavor: pale malt with notes of caramel. citrusy/piney hops balance, slight lemon hints. Clean fermentation (no fusels, diacetyl, phenols). Finishes with lingering hop and malt notes, but clean, and hops eventually win out as the malt fades.

Overall: Great American pale ale, or even extra pale ale

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral, grassy and piney. Some caramel, too.

T - Nice tropical fruit flavors with a piney hop bitterness. Good caramel and burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a great American Pale Ale. Another delicious brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of McStagger
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very highly recommended...

A: Moderate pour of muddy copper into a tulip glass. Brutally awesome head. Thick, ridiculous head that extends half an inch above the glass. Excellent retention. Beautiful pint.

S: For a beer named Hop Trip, I find it strange that the immediate nose is malt. Toffee, caramel, perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Spicy hops, tropical, stone and citrus. Mainly stone and tropical, though.

T: Not at all hop aggressive. Hops are noticeable, but not nearly to the level of even the moderately bruising IPA these days. Malt plays a huge role in the flavor of this beer. Slightly spicy (think noble), with an awesome malt sweetness that is accentuated by the fruit forward nature of these hops. Finishes fairly dry, with a bit of ash like bitterness and a slightly resinous twang.

M: Beautifully full bodied while still maintaining session like qualities. The best aspect of this beer. Nice balance.

O: Maybe it's my preconceived notions, but I was definitely expecting more of a punch with this. I mean, it's got a truck full of hops on the label. Regardless, this is a damn fine APA and a testament that more does not always mean merrier.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice eggshell white head sits about 2 fingers high. Nice retention and lace. Light haze on a dark orange body.

S - Huge tropical notes; passion fruit, mango, papaya, and pineapple. There's a unbelievable amount of fruit in there for a non-fruit based beer.

T - Wow, that's a solid APA. Soft, and loaded with tropical fruit straight from the nose. Passion fruit, papaya, green plant bitters, honey, light biscuity malt.

M - Medium light frame with nice carbonation.

O - A light, sessionable APA with a surprisingly fruity hop profile.

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Photo of mjurney
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-Orange color, touch of haze. Lots of bubble rising up to the top. Thick rocky head. Lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Pine needles, resin, fresh, sweet malts.

Hop forward, but not to hoppy. Clean fresh hops, piney, resin, just a touch of floral. Nice malt structure, sweet bread, caramel. Crisp finish. Body is medium, refreshing, a little tangy and dry, nice carbonation.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 25 December 2012. Tasted 21 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark amber, clear, with a touch of rust. 1.5 fingers of cream-colored head, thick and dense. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is all juicy hops. Heavy on the pine, backed by a bit of citrus. Malt base is fine, and basically undetectable, as I think it should be in a beer that showcases hops. Good - could be better with more dimensionality. But very solid for an almost-session beer.

Taste is pretty straightforward, and is in the vein of IPAs that I tend not to like. Bitter, and mostly a one-trick pony. Subdued malts, which let the potent bitterness rip through. Mostly resiny, but occasionally drifts into unpleasant aspirin-like bitter, especially in the finish. Meh. It's got flavor, I'll give it that, but I'm not loving it.

Medium-light body, tingly carbonation. Lasting bitter finish. I wish it weren't quite so lasting, actually.

Decent beer. Smell is the definite highlight. Wish the flavor had more to it than the bitter.

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

Surprise surprise! Another excellent APA by Deschutes. Basically, take Mirror Pond but give it fresh hops. It is smooth, pleasantly bitter and it has a nice citric character. When it's in season it's nice to grab a pint of this to mix it up. Perfectly sessionable, noticeably fresh.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate, small, white head flows atop a blood red brew. Lacing is local and minute. Clarity is also in question.

A very plain, basic, light hopped iced tea aromatic brew. Nothing fancy or special.

Flavor is smooth pine, light caramel, not over bearing toffee, not bitter hopped, nor sweet and sugary. Carbonation is medium and not remarkable. Brew is medium viscosity and drinks like it smells.

Eh, this brew is slightly above average. Nothing stands out. It would be nice to drink from a can, but not remarkable from a glass. I really wanted more from Deschutes.

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks again to mfavoino(Matt) for the beer. 12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Sweet fruity yeast notes with a pale malts and a little grassy hops.

T: Pale malts, grassy hops and a nice sweet fruit flavor.

M: Light bodied with a medium-high carbonation level. Easily drinkable.

O: Very light and easy drinking. I could drink several in one sitting and not get tired of it.

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