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Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

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163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 925
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 21.54%
Wants: 35
Gots: 285 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a clear golden color with a one finger head, some of which lasts until the end and moderate to heavy lacing.

The smell is, well pine, lots of pine along with grapefruit and light cracker and caramel malts.

The taste follows the nose, kind of like drinking a pine cone with some grapefruit mixed in. There is a light cracker and caramel malt in the middle then the beer finishes with pine. Pine resin remains on the tongue after swallowing. Can a beer finish be bitter and dry and wet at the same time? This one does just that. This does not blow me away but I think it is a serviceable, (sessionable)? IPA. It is worth a try especially if you like piney hops.

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Photo of Schwilldo
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I see some mediocre reviews, but I really loved this one! Very piney on the nose with some citrus accents. Flavor is similar, but mild. Dry enough but not too bitter and very drinkable. Highly recommended if you like piney IPAs!

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered, opaque light orange with a frothy white head. Oodles of lacing. Notes of hops, pine, nature, and citrus in the aroma. Taste has notes of pine, citrus, and hoppy finish. Might be edging towards the "too hoppy" side of IPAs. Mouth feel is really nice. Not difficult to drink, or heavily carbonated. Overall, this a good beer. The hoppy taste might be on the bit extreme side for some, but it is nothing too crazy.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey. Smells like citrus and pine (nice balance, actually). Tastes like citrus first, finishes with bitter pine last. Feel isn't too light, isn't too crisp, isn't too heavy.

If you like hops that yield pine notes, without being too piney, this one is good. Deschutes struck a nice balance with the citrus, pine, and malts to create a decent brew.

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Photo of Savan
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this one and loved the look of it... almost amber hue and hazy . Smell is disappointing given the name.. no real smell comes out ... very subtle hops and a almost imagined pine scent about it. Taste is quite piney and almost sappy! Feel is soapy... not pleased. over all not a great beer, taste is good looks amazing but is not a beer you sit down with and have more than one. Will not revisit likely.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours cloudy and in yellow orange in color with golden highlights. It it topped with two inches of beige head that leaves some pretty good lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine.

The taste starts out with citrus and finishes with bitter pine.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a very aptly named beer. There is lots of pine and bitterness for those who love those flavors.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi-clear, bubbly and hazy golden amber. Head if a pillowy, chunky, well-retaining lemon-white. Pine, resin, sweet orange, slight vegetal dankness on the nose. Pine makes up the bulk of this palate, from beginning to end, followed by subdued crackery malts. Citrus qualities are there as well, stronger as the beer warms, but on the first several passes, don't really get past the pine until the finish, which is about like chewing on a lemon or grapefruit seed. Very bitter. Mild peppercorn and other spice in the back as well. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable in spite of puckering bitterness, dryness, and astringency. This one is a veritable kick in the teeth, at least compared many other Deschutes IPAs. Still, I think may like most of the other ones better.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at a local grocery store for an amount of money that eludes me now but definitely less than $2. According to the label, it is best before February 9, 2015. I expect this is an homage to the traditional PNW IPA, with a hop flavor that is as much piney as citrusy. “Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse.” How do you brew for silence?

Poured into a pseudo-IPA glass from Mad Bomber Brewing Co., this was a hazy, orangye amber color, with a big, thick, rocky off-white head that took lots of time falling and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

No surprises in the nose, except it’s a little sweeter than I expected: piney and citrusy hop aroma, in that order. I also got a little bit of a sweet berry scent.

The taste starts off piney, but also fairly citrusy upfront, with grapefruit and orangepeel being fairly dominant parts of that taste. Midway through the hop flavor takes on a more herbal component that still barely manages to stay in harmony with the opening taste, bringing an almost sour lemony and grassy element to the proceedings. Throughout there’s a spicy, peppery thing in the background, along with a mild, bready malt backbone that keeps things from getting overly bitter. Things end on a crisp, dry note, but a resiny aftertaste fills the mouth.

Medium bodied, with a creamy, oily, resiny mouthfeel.

A bitter take on the IPA that will probably not please those who prefer a fruit bomb version of the style. I like it, myself, but I’m not sure it’s something I would want to session unless specifically in the mood for it. I’m glad I took the time out from stouts and winter beers to try it, and consider it another worthy beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of dee4maine
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

recieved it through trade. tried it drink it as close to christmas (due to the pine themed). Aroma was light and piney (not overpowering) taste had a light malt backbone and medium hop flavor. was so so for me.

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew is a golden colored liquid...hazy...with a foamy white head. Small lace. The aroma is, as promised, pine, citrus (grapefruit), and fresh, wet earth. The taste is freshly hoppy...wed hop leaves and peppery bitterness. Fruit (orange peel) comes out in the taste as well. Hoppy aftertaste. Balanced sweetness. Medium in body. This is a drinkable, approachable, but not outstanding, brew.

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Photo of beer-fan-1
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good on hops and hoppy flavor. Pine tree essense way overpowering in both taste and smell. If you are collecting flavors probably is good. Otherwise not an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this 12oz bottle in a deschutes teku chilled

The color is a beautiful golden peachy shade with very mild haze and visible carbonation with thick pale cream head and very fine bead. The smell is lightly citrus/lemony up front with a subtle piney/woody hop aroma and gentle sweet mallt smell with slight fruity yeast ester and herbal scent. The feel is very nice with hops that have a moderately high bitterness level with resinous texture and moderately high carbonation backing with slight spicy quality and gentle sweet foundation with moderately high bitterness into the finish which is has more balanced quality with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate

The taste is very intense -Wow! Lots of piney woody hop flavors w/ a subtle citrus hop flavor and herbal quality in the peripheral flavor with slight malt sweetness in the middle with a mild astringent sort of lemony and pithy but not quite grassy taste witha slight yeast flavor and subtle spice hop profile with almost peppery and floral aspect in the finish. Overall this is a great IPA, lots of hops without seeming to over the top-not bitter for the sake of being bitter more nuance with subtlety and depth simultaneouly sophisticated yet still a very intense and complex mix of hop flavors focused on dank bitter citrus and woody which is refreshing-a Lovely West coast IPA

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
best by 1.22.16
pours gold to orange with a big white head
very carbonated cloudy initially cleared quickly left lots of lace on glass
smell pine and spruce up front also malt and hops, somewhat sweet
taste mostly pine some resin and hops with a bitter aftertaste
feel crisp and effervescent
reminded me of Avery fall day ipa which is brewed with spruce tips
pinedrops was better i did find the pine taste a little much
liked fresh squeezed better

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pinedrops is a pretty unique and delicious beer. The look is a semi-cloudy dark gold color with a nice fluffy white head. Bubbles streaming up nicely in the glass. The aroma is really nice. Definitely pine, some spruce, and I'm getting a little bit of citrus and lime in the background. It smells really nice. The taste follows the nose very well. Piney, a little bit malty, crisp dry finish, and the 70ibu's is definitely there. I love the quick zing of bitterness it brings. It doesn't last long in the aftertaste. I've had higher ibu beers than this that seem less bitter tasting than pinedrops. It all just depends on the type of bittering hops being used. Overall, this is a beer I recommend and will definitely drink again. It's just nice and crisp, refreshing, and bitter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery "Pinedrops IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 03/15/16"
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Given the name I was expecting a very piney, spruce-like, and resinous IPA, and it is, but it's also more complex than that. It's also citrusy, earthy, and even a bit minty.

As might be expected from Deschutes, there's an emphasis on the malt, which is welcome because I don't think it would hold up as well if it was just a straight-forward golden and lightly biscuity malt. The hops would probably just fall about on their own, but in this case the more nuanced malt helps to hold things together. The bitterness appears to be the standard 70 IBUs for an IPA, and following the gentle teeter from pine to citrus and then back to pine it finishes dry with some lingering residual hops from both camps.

In the end it's fairly focused, delivering the pine and spruce that's promised, but with an underlying complexity that supports it and lends it some additional interest.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle as part of a mix 6 from local grocer. This was a tasty IPA, with bonus points for bottle conditioning. To me, it tasted more of lemon than pine.

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Photo of mschrei
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty cloudy golden color. Consistent foam, slight lacing. Hoppy, more bitter than anything, but there's enough citrus, malt, and juiciness that it can be called balanced.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/7/15

A: Golden with yellow, honey, and tangerine tones - lightly hazy - pours with a medium, off-white head, fades to wisps, leaves spots and webs of lacing

S: Like walking in a forest? No, but unique at the very least - hoppy, but decidedly without an emphasis on citrus - some orange and grapefruit zest, oil - more dominant aromas include pine, pine needles, spruce tips, mint, spearmint gum - herbal and grassy - vegetal aromas - pilsner malts, grainy notes - some malty sweetness

T: Remarkably, memorably unusual - orange zest and grapefruit pith - pine sap, pine needles, spruce, spearmint - above-average bitterness, even for modern iterations of the style - citrus oil and straight up hop oil - green pepper skins - herbal and earthy - grainy pilsner malts - light bread and crackers - caramel malts and some malty sweetness

M: Medium body, smooth, oily, low carbonation, lingering oil stickiness

O: If I spilled this on the floor, would it work like Pine-Sol?

I really enjoy both Inversion and Fresh Squeezed, and I was curious why Deschutes would need another year-round IPA. The answer is quite simple; this beer is very, very different than what one would expect from typical examples of this style. Unfortunately, I do not love all of its quirks. It's a bit too earthy, too oily, and too sweet. The pilsner malts seem a bit odd, and the mix of green pepper (from the Equinox hops) and spearmint is just weird. Worth a try simply for the novelty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter than expected yellow, almost an inch of head on it, looks the part. Aroma seemed muted given the advertising of the namesake marketing wise. I expected pine up the a.

Taste, eh, hey its an ipa. Bitter. Finishes drier than their older hoppy beers, so this is a little more west coast to it. Does have equinox which gives it the variation from Mirror Pond/Inversion.

Somewhere between second and third tier ipa, still good, but many better options at a similar price point.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip, best by 12/18/15

A- pours a clear golden color with a two-finger foamy and dusty white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- citrus & pine hop aroma, more citrus. Clean toasted malt underneath with some cracker notes

T- clean citrus profile with a mix of juicy citrus and pine, as with the aroma it's more citrus than pine. Clean toasted malt provides a clean background for the hops and makes it quite drinkable

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- very clean and drinkable IPA with a good mix of citrus and piney hops

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a nice fresh pine and spruce smell. Mixed with these stronger aromas are some lighter notes of a tropical fruit nature, with some tangerine and a little bit of mango and pineapple. Along with these aromas comes a hint of grass and a little bit of bread, creating a rather nice inviting pine tree aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins dry, with a nice cracker taste mixed with some of the pine and spruce hop that were detected in the nose. While dry upfront, there are some lighter fruit notes of tangerine and pineapple, which fade as the taste advances. While these sweeter flavors fade, some other tastes of a more grainy and grassy nature take their place. With the mix of spruce, pine, grass and herbal hops that are left on the tongue, in combination with the lighter sweet and crisp cracker tastes of the brew, one is left with a rather dry and crisp, “green hop” taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for an IPA of 6.5 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner and more crisp body is great for the dry cracker tastes of the brew, with the combination of body and carbonation being very nice for the more dank hop tastes of the brew. Overall the feel is fantastic as it matched well the crisp and clean tastes of the brew.

Overall – This is a very enjoyable more dank, “green”, hopped ale. Nice and crisp and very enjoyable. This one I rather enjoy and would defiantly recommend.

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Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is a golden-orange, almost a copper color, with a certain brightness in its body. The head is a thick tan pillow of foam that drops to a layer with time but leaves plenty of chunky remnant on the glass.
I get some pine and floral notes for sure with an earthiness and something like cheddar on the nose. it translates to the flavor almost exactly, as it starts and remains nicely hoppy with a malt backbone for balance that's moderately bready with a touch of cracker. It does end interestingly with a certain dryness and that cheddary note.
It is crisp and semi-dry all the way through, displaying a steady carbonation and good bite without being harsh. It remains smooth as well from start to finish.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color, slightly fruity taste with a distinct taste of pine, smooth flavor with only a slight bitterness. This beer really surprised me. I thought it would be really bitter, which I don't care for, but just wanted to try it. This is a really great flavorful beer that I want more of.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eyes - Pours a large foamy head. Hazy golden color, with subtle signs of carbonation.

Nose - As the name suggest, there is a lot of pine in this, with quite a degree of bitterness. I also noted quite a large amount of sweetness, sort of cotton candy-ish and/or honey.

Mouth - The initial taste is dominated by the pine-laden bitter hops. The initial taste is not bad or uninteresting, but fairly straightforward. The aftertaste features some welcome sweetness, which made the complete experience a lot more enjoyable.

This is a fine IPA. However, we are blessed to live in an age were exceptional IPA's don't seem quite as exceptional as they might have previously. Likewise fine IPA's are often forgotten. Pinedrops will probably be one of those.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange, transparent body, with a moderate white head and lots of lacing all the way down.

S - Pine trees and lemon drops.

T - An herbal element, and a bitter bite in the close, coupling with a definite honeyed malt backbone.

M - A touch sticky and definite drying on the close.

O - A lovely bright IPA living up to the name. Tasty and good.

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.