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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

843 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 157
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 5.5%
IBUs: 38

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-15-2005)
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Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The term Hop Trip may be misleading and I for one initially thought this was an IPA. As an APA it is pretty good but not my favorite pale ale either. I love some of the beers from this brewery (The Abyss!!!) but some others can be a little disappointing. This is a little in between. I don't think i'll get it again.

Color is a deep orange, carbonation is good, smell and taste unremarkable.

david18, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a brilliant golden amber color with over a finger of white fluffy head that dissipates relatively fast. There is minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. The color is what gets you - it really does look good.

Smell - A very malty nose at the forefront which gives way to slight hops, pine, citrus, and a hint of floral.

Taste - Initial flavor is heavily floral which subsides to light hops and pine. The taste finishes up with a good and bready/malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with decent carbonation and ends with a nice, crisp finish.

Drinkability - Very quaffable. I am sitting here snacking on some chips with this beer and have to watch myself from drinking it all within a few minutes. A very good session beer - lower ABV but great and robust flavors burst through.

SpdKilz, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with a one-finger light tan head. Small amount of lace.

Quite malty up front followed by some faint hops. I'm getting a pilsneresque scent as well. Not very hoppy for a fresh hop beer.

What is going on here. Hops are faint at best. This tastes like a lager. A hint of lemony citrus at the end, but man those fresh hops must have evaporated or something. Great semi-sweet malt taste, but needs the hops.

Smooth feel with some crystal-like carbonation. Slightly sharp. Medium bodied.

Very drinkable and damn tasty. The only problem is that the name of the beer is Hop Trip and it's supposed to be a fresh hop APA and there is only a small amount of hops present. Good beer, deceiving name.

jera1350, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muddled hop aroma and a moderately sweet malt.

The taste consisted of a balanced full malt and heavy hop.

The mouthfeel was very full for the style.

Overall a good ale. Not deserving of the hop name though.

plaid75, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle got in a trade with my favorite trading partner mjl21...once again Mike you rock! Review from notes.

A- Pours a nice lighter looking amber color with some darker orange highlights trying to come through. 1 finger light offwhite head comes and goes within 30 seconds leaving slippery spotting lacing that falls back down into the glass.

S- The hops in this seem to be a little muted but still balance out the malts. Piney hops come to the front of the beer with lighter citrus hop (pineapple) notes following in the hop front. Sweet bready malts come through with some caramel aspects in the end of the aroma. Alcohol seems to be there but very lightly. Expected a little more with the hops but can't really be upset with this.

T- Light bitter hop bite in the front along with some sweeter citrus hops. This gives way to a more sweet bread malt taste. The ending of this shows a little alcohol taste but mixes in with a light bitter hop bite in the tail end. This is a good balance in the taste department as well with the smell. I thought it could have been a little more on the hoppy side.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with this beer. Leaves sweeter malts and some bitter hop on the palate after sipping along with the aftertaste. Clean tasting with some hop resin left on the teeth but not much.

D- This is a good drinking beer. I was expecting a little more with a name like that but still good never the less. Would enjoy to try it on tap.

alleykatking, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a clear, orange, and a very thin layer of foam.

S: The smell is quite sweet and fruity. Oranges, lemons, pineapple. There's also some malty sweetness and a slight piney aroma.

T: The taste is not as good as I was expecting. It's quite sweet and malty. The fruity hop flavors are there, and there's a mild pine on the finish, but nothing outstanding.

M: The body is medium to light and there's a nice level of carbonation.

T: Despite the the fact that this beer is, overall, somewhat disappointing, it's still a decent "session" beer. It's not really a session beer though, due to its cost.

womencantsail, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rather typical looking pale ale. Not much for head, retention, or carbonation. Then again my glass isnt ideal so i wont be too harsh. Nice deep amber colour. A more aggressive pour the second time around raised a finger of pale tan head, but still not much for retention, although there is now some scant lacings.

Apple, biscuit, and some dank, green herbal fresh hop aroma.

Very interesting. Quite well balanced, which mildly surprised me. Lots of apple esters, which works nice with the biscuit malt, hint of caramel, and is folllowed by the a mild dose of green hops, with citrusy flavours and a mild resinous quality.

A nicely balanced brew, with equal contributions from the malt, yeast, and hops. Not quite medium bodied. Straightforward, simple, and impressive.

Very drinkable, with its emphasis towards balance, light body, and reasonable ABV. Sessionable in the American sense of the term. I would gladly drink this on a very regular basis. Recommended.

demcorhip, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a solid pale ale with a fantastic nose. very refreshing apple, lemon zest that come across as a nice english esb but much brighter. the fruit qualities work well as a nice blend inbetween a nice fresh hop and good malt quality. citrus, apple juice, and pear. some mild herbal. the finish is mediocre at first but once it breathes the protein hair finish fades and goes out mild and clean.

rtepiak, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BDJake
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- amber, burnt sienna (look it up in your old Crayola box) with an off-white head that left light lacing

S- piney, hoppy forefront with a caramel touch and some mild tartness

T- well-defined hops, flavorful without domination- just like a wet-hopped APA should... balanced out with the caramel malts and hints of orange peel- the well balance will keep you from mistaking this for an IPA

M- medium body with decent carbonation, very pleasant

D- goes down easily, and made Thanksgiving dinner kick that much more ass.

BDJake, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of csmiley
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to colts9016 for this bottle

A - This beer pours a fairly light shade of amber. The vanilla colored head rises to about a quarter inch before receding to a very thin cap that barely covers the top of the beer. Retention ends up as being average. Lacing is minimal and spotty.

S - Aroma is light overall. Some pine notes come through first. Fruitiness is mild and has a pineapple tinge to it. Malt plays a big roll in this beer. Good amounts of caramel and bread bough are both present. Alcohol is nowhere to be found which is a nice touch.

T - Taste pretty much follows the aroma. It's mild, of course. Hop flavors stand out in the front but seem to be dialed back for the style. Some pine and grass start it all off with orange and pineapple coming in quickly behind. Malt has a strong showing as well. Caramel and bread both kind of come and go. Alcohol is barely noted at the tail end of the flavor. I'm guessing that balance is the key to this brew.

M - Lighter bodied with a light carbonation level. Finish is quick and clean with only a light bitterness. It even comes across as watery at times.

D - Drinkability is above average. The relatively low alcohol level and mild aroma and flavor make this beer quite easy to put away. I could see drinking this for an entire session with no problem. The only real issue here is the mouthfeel. It's really just too thin. Other than that, it's a pretty decent brew. Glad I got to try it out.

csmiley, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with cool label and clearly-marked best-by date. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Thanks to inflatablechair for throwing in this awesome extra! This is my first beer from Deschutes.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange brew with lazy, mild carbonation. A good strong pour produces a huge eggshell cap which shows great retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: This is a little bit unfamiliar to me. The brewery says this is brewed with a ton of fresh Crystal hops; I'm not sure I've ever had that variety in any quantity in a beer before, maybe that's why this seems unique. Anyway, here goes. There are hints of a fruity, English-style ale yeast and some very light hints of caramel malt, but its the hops that are definitely in the foreground. The hop character is different from the supercharged citrus or pine characteristics I'm used to from West Coast hops. It leans more towards a piney, woodsy character, but in more of an earthy, muted (I don't mean that in a bad way), less sharp way.

Taste: Very balanced APA. It's nice and clean, and though I usually like the more estery English variety of pale ale, this is quite nice. Nice mix of bready caramel malts and piney (here it's more distinguishable) hops. There's also an odd (but really pleasant) peach-like quality to the hops. Bitterness is medium, and makes this beer just a touch crisp and thirst-quenching. The hops turn just a bit herbal on the end. This is probably one of the most balanced APA's I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied

Drinkability: Quite quaffable

Conclusion: Not quite the hop explosion I was expecting, but a well-crafted, tasty APA (which is a style I'm usually not too fond of). If this was available in my area, I could definitely see picking this up when it's released every year. I bet this would go great with a good old American Cheese grilled cheese or a cheeseburger and fries.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of iammatt
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a .5liter Brandy Snifter. Poured a very attractive copper color with a one finger head that quickly subsided leaving behind a nice sticky lace which lasted the whole glass. A strong floral nose, a bit perfumey and fruity, however having a hard time putting a finger on an exact scent. Is a very pleasing nose, very Crystal hop like, however a bit harder to break down the individual smells.

Taste begins with the perfumey, floral notes from the nose and carries on to a very feint bitterness and finishes with caramel. I am kind of surprised by the taste. It's billed as "Hop Trip" and a Fresh Hop Ale, however it seems the malt plays just as much of a role as the hops. It's a terrific, clean, very balanced taste, but being a Fresh Hop Ale, the hops just don't shine. This is one of the smoothest APA's I've had, a very, probably dangerously sessionable beer. In fact, I'd love to see this beer as a replacemet to Mirror Pond, or see it as it's own, sadly, I don't believe dry hops could produce the awesome, albeit small, hop flavors it does have.

iammatt, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Best by date 1/9/2010.

A-Pours an amber-orange with two finger, off-white head with average retention and nice, even lacing.

S-Very fragrant Crystal hops with grapefruit and tangerine notes.

T-This is a full flavored, fresh hop, light ale. Very nice blend of bitterness and tropical fruit notes with a balanced malt presence. Yummy.

M-Exceedingly smooth. Virtually perfect carbonation. Freshness no doubt helps.

D-This is very drinkable. I wish they bottled this as a seasonal 12 oz. variety.

From vine to kettle in less than four hours. I am blessed to live in the Willamette Valley. I frequently ride my bicycle past acres and acres of hops around Salem, eagerly awaiting the aromas surrounding the fields during harvest. Great stuff all.

velosuds, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra from Screamforme and popped it tonight... Thanks, Mark!!

Pours a deep golden with a fluffy creamy head.. Clear and delicious looking..

The piney and citrusy hop aromas are balanced nicely by the sweet maltiness here... Folks have to remember that this isn't an IPA, its an APA... While the name would lead one to believe that this is going to be a total hop bomb, I'm not sure this is what they were shooting for here...
A nice balanced taste of piney hops and sweet malts makes this ultra sessionable... Really drinkable brew here...

I actually think this is one of the most sessionable brews I've had in a while... Superbly balanced and tasty without being over the top..

Tilley4, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=beautiful glowing copper color. very clear and bright. one finger head that dissipated quickly not any noticeable lacing.

S=pine and grapefruit on the nose, some malts balance very nicely

T=pine and grapefruit again, but again very balanced

M=great feel, nice carbonation, ample oiliness and feel.

D=great taste not overly sweet or bitter, great drinkability.

jacobseyb, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Vaylaus
2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Vaylaus, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stella glass. Bottle marked best by 1/9/2010.

A: Rich golden coloring with absolutely enormous and head and heavy lacing. Really nice looking brew.

S: Very piney nose, still a little faint compared with other fresh hop brews that I've had.

T & M: Mouthfeel quite creamy and medium bodied. Taste goes along with the nose in that it is a little subdued for a fresh hop. Very solid but I expect more from a fresh hop.

D: I was a little disappointed with this brew, perusing other reviews it looks like this years' version is not up to the par of previous vintages. Don't think I'll be seeking this years' version again but will be trying again in future years.

elniko, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - gorgeous head and IPA style hue (medium gold/brown/amber)

S - richly expressive with straw, cinnamon, clove, and herbs

T - oh yes, very full flavors of bitter hops, straw, dried herbs, citrus, flowers, chamomile tea

M - Light? didn't expect this to be a lighter body due to the aromas, but it still packs a lot of flavor

D - now I see why it has lighter body, the acids and tannins play together very nicely on the finish.

This is the standard by which I judge the local Oregon fresh hop brews. Apparently we have a major surplus of Willamette hops and so many of the local breweries are making good quantities of this style (Rogue, Bridgeport, etc...) I really enjoy these beers and I hope they will continue to produce this style. =)

cbarrett4, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of magnod
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

magnod, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of BrutalBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The wife and child selected this one the last visit to the local purveyor of fine ales. Additonal tasting notes from my better half denoted by quotation marks.

Poured a 22oz into a half-pint glass.
A = Golden Amber, "it looks like honey, clover honey", with a slight off white head.

S = A few floral notes and toasty malt, not terribly odiferous.

T = Pleasant hop flavor, even maltiness. "I don't really like it."

M = Medium bodied

D = A sessionable beer but lacking a hop wallop. "What in the world does that mean, sessionable?"

BrutalBeerFan, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is caramel toasty malty with grapefruit floral pine hops. Smells good.

Pours clear amber with large head. Looks good.

Hop flavor is less assertive than in the nose, it's more tea like and herbal. Malt follows nose and is very caramel and toasty bready, leaving a large presence on the palate. Moderate sweetness is clean and malty with very soft notes of roast. Mild fruity esters. Balance is tilted slightly to the malt, which is surprising from something called 'Hop Trip'. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Good drinkability.

If I wanted to brew a beer to showcase the freshness of hops, I would have tilted the balance to the hop. Hop Trip's malt character, although nicely clean, dominates the palate.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery Tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a golden honey color in the glass with a creamy, white froth. The nose of this particular beer is subtle with light citrus, pine, spices, and wet leaf with a caramel, honey, grainy malt. The mouthfeel of this beer is fantastic & the 5.5%abv allows for this to be a very drinkable beer. Overall, this beer is the definition of balance, but I was really looking for something more....just didn't happen.

BevMoAndrew, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: An ivory one finger head with some foamy and bubbly that has some retention. The body of the beer is a medium amber color with reddish hints. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A nice aroma of hops, pine, floral esters, and citrus. A bready malt with melanoids.

Taste: A good contrast of hop flavors from pine floral bouquet and citrus. The malt is bready and has a good back bone. There is some melanoids in the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated astringent, and crisp. The body of the beer is thick and the finish is medium. The head left some lacing on the mug. This is a really good APA from Deschutes. I am glad that I got to try it.

colts9016, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/9/10

Poured into a pint glass amber with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Smell isn't very strong but the green hops are evident. The taste isn't a very strong hop presence, and it really has sometihng missing on the back end of the palette. This fresh hop has something missing, definatly not something I expected from a great brewery.

whoneeds8, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange with a big bubbly head. The head lingers and lingers leaving behind sheets of thick foamy lace. Nice oily hops, tons of pine with a hint of citric acid. Nice smelling APA. The pine blasts you from go and only dies down to make may for some citrus which bites right at the tip of your tounge. There is enough malt in the background to support this one. Medium bodied and oh so smooth. Nice drinkable, sessionable APA. A nice drinking beer, where the freshness of the hops can really be noticed. There is a nice fresh quality to the beer that can be noted in the nose and the taste.

Anthony1, Nov 02, 2009
Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.