Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

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very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugamugofsud on 06-12-2013

This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse.

Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Munich, Crystal, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Northern Brewer, Chinook, Centennial, Equinox
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Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (best by 9/2015) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color, good head retention, nice patchy white lacing.

Aroma is pine and citrus, big juicy clean PNW hops.

Taste is bold and bitter, tropical and juicy. Clean pale malt, spicy hops with more citrus and pine. Finishes with more acidic bitterness. Really nice, well-rounded flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, balanced, refreshing.

Overall a very good, straightforward American IPA. Reminds me a little bit of Laurelwood Workhorse.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.89/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It has that deschutes traditional taste. It's very floral and piney but a real nice sweeter malt backing that really adds to the hops flavor. The hops are big time perfect for a regular IPA. Sweet-Citrus fruits in my glass. The malt backing is very interesting. Different than some which override and get too sticky, but very nice and dry. Like honey, but overall one of my favorites for the summer. Thumbs up!!

Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light copper body with a two finger white head with good retention and very nice lacing. Smells of pine and tree sap; nice mild grainy sweetness, a bit of caramel. Smells as I expected it to. Flavour is similar; caramel, mild grainy sweetness and a lot of pine; a good amount of piney bitterness. This is very west-coast style, with an extra dollop of pine. Very much as advertised. Balance is solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, fairly easy to drink despite the moderate-high piney bitterness. Overall, if you love licking pine cones, this will satisfy your urges for at least a short while.

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright golden color with white head. Pine, lemon citrus, and light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with pine and lemon, like Lemon Pinesol, in a good way.

Photo of Uhopia
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best offering from this brewer in my opinion. Bests even Fresh-squeezed and that's quite a feat.

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very unique, interesting and enjoyable. I'm not a huge Deschutes fan at all but this is really good. Much better than the highly overrated "Fresh Squeezed".

L-Deep honey oak colored. Perfect soft creamy head on top with nice lacing on glass.

S-Floral...piney....that sums it up but it has a distinct aroma combining these characteristics which I find enticing.

T-Again very floral and piney but a real nice sweeter malt backing that really adds to the hops flavor in my opinion. The hops are big time but don't look for a lot of variety here. No citrus or tropical fruits in my glass. The malt backing is very interesting. Different than some which override and get too sticky....this is light but flavorful. Like honey, and toasted malts...

F-Nice drying bitterness on the finish...body is medium

O-A real gem. If you're looking for something a little different but tasty this is it. i wouldn't put it at the top of my IPA list but it is one I would gladly revisit.

Photo of LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I prefer this over Fresh Squeezed.

Photo of Celtics17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big pines, with a subtle tropical fruit taste. Very malty.

Photo of whatthehull
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine/tulip/snifter glass

A - the color reminds me of Martinelli's Apple Cider without the bubbles and an off white almost foamy one finger head and a little lacing

S - Pine, pine and more pine -- plus a pine tree (and more pine). lots of yeast, sugary malt, wet barley, ripe citrus and very bright smells all around

T - Super hoppy lots of pine right off the bat (almost taste like a fresh cut pine tree smells), sugar, lots of grain, slightly malty, Belgian yeast, very crisp clean water, tropical fruits and flowers

M - medium body, very crisp carbonation, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity and a very nice pine hop to bitter than sweet finish

D/O - The smell and taste are very similar and yet unique. A very bittersweet refreshing IPA. Reminds me of a very bright pilsner meeting an overly hopped IPA. Reminds you of spring and summer and oh so much of that time of year when the sun finally melts the snow -- it's still cold out but the sun is brilliantly warm.

Final Thoughts - $11 a six pack is crazy for a 6.5%'er. However, worth it for a try or six. This is a pine hop heads dream. Crisp, Hoppy and a nice bittersweet end. A steakhouse and taco truck kind of beer.

Photo of Itskarl
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Everetts in Arcata. Pours like a macro lager, average head and lacing, unsettlingly pale in color for an IPA. Nose is faint on hop aromas, mild apricot tones, honeydew melon. Very mild. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, not overly carbonated as many IPAs tend to be. Slightly bready and bland, faint, slightly metallic hop tones on the taste.. I know this keg has been tapped for at least a week and I'd be open to the possibility that there may be some flavor deterioration, but I am unwilling to pay 11 dollars at the local grocery store for a sixer to confirm any suspicions. In my opinion, any IPA that can't keep in a keg for 7 days without holding its own is not worth the time. Not something I will drink again, but for 2.75 including being able to take the logo glass home, I won't complain. Viva pint night!!

Photo of OMsweetOM
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always a favorite to growler fill or have at the pub, this is now conveniently available for the masses in 6-pack bottles. I can go on with my own version of subjective tasting notes and perceptions, but I feel that ThePourFool puts it most superbly in his review: http://thepourfool.com/2015/04/24/deschutes-pinedrops-the-signpost-to-tomorrows-ipa/

Photo of Admbmb92
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too bitter and not very well balanced. Way too astringent for my taste. For a Deschutes beer this really disappoints me

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cannery Row Brewing in Monterey.
Appearance- cloudy golden color, no head
Smell- piney hops
Taste- piney hops, very nice
Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very refreshing
Drinkability- Definitely very good. I would love to drink it again and I assure you I will.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the COOP... Enjoyed from my little Teku.. Slightly hazed light golden with a nice long lasting white head and good lacing. Nose isn't nearly as pine-forward as I remember, instead a sorta sweet fruity melon quality with a good amount of tangerine zest. Sweetish IMO for a PNW IPA.. Good bitterness, but the hops are still fruity accentuated by the residual sweetness... Not bad and this would be considered a good IPA from most breweries and from most other places in the U.S. But from Deschutes and from the PNW, this is pretty average.

3.75/3.5/3.25/3.75/3.5

Photo of dleigh
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A rare disappointing offering from Deschutes.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is a really nice pine, lemon and honey mixture.
The taste is super bitter throughout, but retains enough sweetness to make it nicely drinkable.
The texture is crisp.
Really bitter and really good.

Photo of takusan1000
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to like this one more. It is a decent beer, but as others stack up it is not worth the price point.

Aroma is not terrible piney, as the name implies, and more of a light citrus and honey smell.

Taste also includes honey, and other light spices. Yes, some piney hops are there. And some astringent qualities too. The malt just isn't very present or assertive, and it needs to be because the hops do come at you.

Photo of stwok21
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for the price point (9.99 / 6-pack), it fails to deliver.

Photo of NoHipTee
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste falls short of what the aroma promises. Will have to do a re-taste to write a more complete review.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: IPA snagged across the border. A cloudy orange-yellow (on the light side of this) with three fluffy fingers of white head. Aroma recalls melon, bramble fruit, a little tropical mystery (papaya maybe?), grapefruit ... Candy-like and vibrant. The pine does come through nicely in the finish, a decent dose of old time cough medicine for what ails ya. Initially, though, one gets a bunch of the fruits from the nose (melon and nectarine in particular ... Or maybe its papaya again) and a little green pepper to boot. Crisp and refreshing, with the body on the light end of medium and a decent charge of carbonation. Huge resins at the end, needles and sap. The malts are low key, again, a bit old school. Deschutes pleases me as usual. Great aroma will stand out, as will the resinous finish. Maybe the middle section gets lost a little ... Oh well.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, hints of spicy tropical fruit. Flavor is caramel malt with light biscuit, piney and citrus hops; finishes with a hint of resin and light citrus rind. Nice lightly creamy medium body. This is my kind of IPA, with a good caramel malt body and an interesting if not stand-out hop bill. The light biscuit adds a pleasant dimension to the malt. Presentation is a bit a problem, because the name and pine tree on the label seem to promise a pine bomb, which this is not. It does have some nice piney elements and good touch of resin in the finish, but the citrus hops are somewhat more dominant. Despite the desire for more pine, I liked this quite a bit and will revisit it in the future.

Photo of CraftBeerMatt88
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great aroma of citrus and pine. Seems slightly artificial. Balanced and drinkable.

Photo of scuttlebutt21
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite offering from Deschutes, but I wouldn't turn it down either. Smells and looks great, first taste is good but there is just something missing in the finish.

Photo of Hammerhead18
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good hop balance with moderate citrus.

Photo of sporklift87
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter. Pours about a finger of white, soft, foamy head, good retention and spotty lacing. Fades to medium-thin film. Golden and amber, with slight cloudiness. Lots of tropical fruits on nose, as well as perfumey qualities. Aromatics seem to fade as it warms up. Citric bitterness on tongue, much like ruby red grapefruit. Some straw flavors as well. Medium body and carbonation. Very slightly oily feel. Bitterness lingers on back of tongue. I like the complexity from the several hops and malts used, and though tasty and enjoyable, it seems lacking differentiation from many other IPAs somewhere that prevents me from wanting to keep one in the fridge at all times. Still, not bad--I'd be proud if I was the one who brewed it. Good price, and I would occasionally buy again.

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.