Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 705
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 24
Gots: 175 | 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 spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing on the sides.
S - The nose is all citrus with just a hint of pine.
T - The flavor I get is mild grapefruit with some bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This was not at all what I expected. I really expected a bitter pine bomb but it had much more citrus than piney. Good beer, I'd happily drink more of it.

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Photo of KMachHops
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottles with best by date of 01/02/16.
Look: frothy head and golden yellow. A lot of fizz to where it takes a few minutes to clear up.
Smell: I get mostly pineapples and some grapefruits.
Taste: Nothing like it smells. Very grassy and piney. I guess it's earthy.
Feel: Carbonated id about where I like it but the bitterness lingers.
Overall: Not my favorite Deschutes IPA. Still love my fresh squeezed and chasing freshies (mosaic, 2014).

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Photo of breardon1776
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I can never get Deschutes in NYC so when I travel and see it I drink it. Found this one at Melt Bar and Grilled in Independence, OH.

Does not disappoint. Bright golden wheat color. Moderate lacing. Hoppy nose. Smooth hoppy flavor, piney, and citrus tang in throat.

Average feel, and overall a 3.75. Good IPA.

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Photo of eppCOS
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer promises in color, and smell, but completely falls midway through the palate. There's no depth to the actual hop presence. It's all piney zip but with no backbone. This is starting to be a trend with my reviews of Deschutes. I really, really want to like their stuff; but nothing (so far) has really impressed. I find them rather dimensionless, with little of interest. And I cannot tell you why...

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Light golden color
Smell - Piney, grassy, earthy, floral, touch of citrus
Taste - Pine, sapp, pine needles, grapefruit, pithy, hints of floral/citrus
Feel - Sticky, finishes dry

Overall - Not a bad IPA from Deschutes but it's FAR from Fresh Squeezed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Acquired as part of a 6er in Centennial, Colorado. 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art/design. Branded black pry-off crown cap.

Served cold into a conical pint glass. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

6.5% ABV. 70 IBUs. Best by: 12/10/15.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 3 inches wide, occupying 40% of the glass. Off-white colour. Fair thickness and creaminess. Pretty average for an IPA head across the board, save for the rather good (6-7 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear clean pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast or sediment is visible. Paler than most American stye IPAs.

It's a nice looking beer across the board, but it's not unique or special within the American IPA category.

AROMA: Zesty citrus, eponymous pine/pine needes, floral hop character, and restrained pale malts. Lightly grainy, with a kiss of yeasty spice. Clean throughout, with a straightforward somewhat oily hop presence.

Suggests a balanced beer with a tried-and-true hop profile. Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes or booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: Fulfills the promises of the aroma, though it's only lightly oily, and the pine is more dominant than I expected. The clean pale malt sweetness isn't overbearing, and there's not so much caramalt that it comes off cloying. Well-balanced, with all hop bitterness tamed by the pale malts. Depth of flavour is merely average, however, with the hop profile noticeable but not highly expressive or vivid. Flavour duration and intensity are average.

Well-built, if a biteen safe in its build. The brewers aren't trying to push boundaries or innovate within the style; they're exploring well-travelled familiar ground and emphasizing balance and drinkability. Well played, but many more experienced drinkers may find this plain. As for me? I like it.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing. There's adequate heft, weight, and thickness on the palate. Not overbearing or sharply overcarbonated, but slightly overcarbonated nonetheless. A biteen oily.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, chewy, astringent, viscous, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture complements the flavour profile generally well, but none of its characteristics serve the beer in terms of emphasizing specific notes. This doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, but it's generally well executed.

OVERALL: A clean drinking straightforward IPA meant to appeal to the masses (now Deschutes' core demographic). It won't impress the discerning drinker, but like most beers Deschutes, it won't disappoint. Well worth trying at its admirable price point, but not a beer I'd prioritize over something like Deschutes' own Fresh Squeezed IPA - or even Lagunitas' comparable offerings. Deschutes remains one of the most respectable U.S. breweries turning out good work on a huge scale. Solid work, with its drinkability its most remarkable attribute.

On a side note, the perceived piney-ness is far less than the beer's moniker suggests...

Low B- (3.29)

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Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 12/10/15

Poured into a Deschutes pint glass a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a one-finger thick creamy white head, which does leave some nice thick sticky lacing throughout the glass. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, nice touch of citrus. The taste is pretty hoppy and a nice little malt note, nice touch of citrus. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, not great... A little gimmicky... Pine and spruce definitely present but the bitterness is a little off putting... Glad I got to try this but won't be a repeat buy...

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows green capsicum, green pepper, soft pine, grassy notes and soft clean malt.
Flavours include more green pepper and massive piny hops followed by a massive bitterness.

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Photo of Extol
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light gold in color. Smell - hops hops hops. All hops. Taste - bitter as hell. Then fades into a crisp clean taste. Nice. Overall - solid. Not a beer I can drink a lot of but good.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orangish-gold, 1 finger head, nice lacing

Smell: Citrus and Pine; not a strong aroma

Taste: Piney/grass and bitter....not great..aftertaste leaves a bitter pine for some time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation...dry finish

Overall: Name is what it is...a little too much pine and grass for a regular drinking IPA. Probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Way too bitter for me. I am fairly sensitive to bitterness, so I might be overly judgmental. I just thought this one smelled too much like grass and a pine tree. I realize that is the point, but the flavor was just not balanced and this was not enjoyable for me.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avoided this one for awhile for some reason but picked it up in the newly discovered variety. Could be a new go to ipa. Big delicious pine and slight citrus taste and lovely hop aromas. A winner.

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Photo of arizcards
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid-July for $2.29. Best by 10/15/15.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is strong of caramel malts and floral hops.

Taste is pine dominated, with a slight hint of tropical hops which in all dominate the malt base. There is major pine resin left on the palette in the aftermath.

Overall a pretty good beer that was nice to try.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter than expected yellow, good 1/2" head on it, impressive looking beer from a brewery I haven't been impressed with for a long time.

Aroma didn't hit me with the blast of pine I was hoping for. It was inviting, bitter and mildly tree like, but so are most ipas. A tad perfumy.

Taste, decent, but I don't know that it offers much in the way of something different than inversion or mirror pond used to. Perhaps some proprietary hops, but ultimately, its a decent ipa that won't knock your socks off. It does finish relatively dry, which is nice given as much blending as they seem to do with the other beers that leave a stale wood flavor in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is straightforward, bitter, grapefruit and pine. A solid delivery system. Somewhere between third and second tier ipa grouping.

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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a good ipa, especially if you are not in the mood for your standard run of the mill hop bombs with no character. the malt is on the light side but that lets the piney, citrusy goodness come through without being offensive. definitely worth a try for ipa guys and gals.

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Photo of Reema
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz into a snifter glass

Pours a hazy golden honey. Smells of pine resin, moist wood, small fruit, and slightly earthy. Taste reflects the smell though with greater emphasis on the pine resin and earthy flavors. There is a slight smokiness at the of each sip. Feel is medium with ample carbonation that ends with a semi-dry finish, which is a bit iffy with the big pine and earthy flavors. Would have preferred a thicker oiler bodied beer. Overall this is a good beer with great pine and earth characteristics.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "best by 10/30/15" into pint glass. Pale gold, with moderate carbonation and a nice, persistent off-white head. Initial impression is, as advertised, pine resin. But there is also a nice malt presence to offset (to some extent) the hops. There is also a slight hint of grapefruit, as well as apple and lemon. Quite tasty. Medium mouthfeel - possibly a little on the heavy side for an IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. Dry, somewhat bitter finish. Very refreshing.

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Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light, straw yellow with a decent head and leaves quite a bit of lace.

This one's uber fresh, just came into the World Market in Round Rock yesterday. Nice clean piney scent.
Taste follows...good pine wallop and a slightly sweet malt finish. Refreshing, but certainly not mind blowing.
I'll certainly try it again.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

American IPA brewed with Chinook and Experimental hops. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is gold in color with a good haze and two fingers of tight white foam. I could smell this beer the moment I started pouring. It is flowery and grassy like a pilsener.

Medium feel with a good firm feel and a flavor that follows the nose well. Oyster crackers up front, then a grassy, herbal hop profile takes over. Very prominent stoney dryness. I could swear this thing has some Saaz hops in it as it reminds me so much of a pilsener. Dry finish with lingering notes of lemon and pine sap.

I usually prefer IPAs that emphasize tropical fruit notes, so I didn't expect to enjoy this beer as much as I did. After a long day at work, this makes a wonderful aperitif before dinner. Just the thing to whet your appetite.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light amber color with a frothy white head sitting on top and staying nicely. Aroma is dank, pine and grassy with a mild malt undertone. The taste is bitter, pine sap and it mellows as you drink it to become more balanced and easy to drink. Not one of Deschutes best beers but a decent IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a half growler from Saveon. That's all the commitment I can muster. I thought, "If I get this easier drinking IPA I can have some room for a couple others before work starts to be fuzzy tomorrow." Smart boy.

It's very pretty in the glass. Fantastic head and amazing lacing. Truly superior and outstanding. The aroma is - guess what - piney (and skunky) hops. Nice.

The taste is over the top hoppy without being boringinly so. It is one dimensional, just to a lesser degree than some of the others of the style. It is darkly bitter too, not just piney tangy bitter. There are a lot of things subtley blending here. This slight bit of complexity makes it work.

The finish is more of that darker bitter (dark for the style). It works and is one of the better ones of the breed of lighter AIPA's. Highly recommended as a light AIPA.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden brew with a thin cap of white foam. Mild pine resin greets the nose reminiscent of breathing the fresh air of a deep pine wood.. Well, almost. There is a tad bit of grass and lemon zest in the scent, under the pine boughs. Taste is mildly bitter with some pine resin forward, lemongrass, green tea, orange rind and a bit of earth. Medium light bodied and higher carb lends a crisp texture. Finish is clean, dry, refreshing. Nice drinking beer, feels lighter than it is ABV wise. I'd be happy to drink a few more.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and golden with a low white head.

Smell: Piney as hell.

Taste: As you might guess, it’s piney as hell right up front. Pretty bitter all the way through to the aftertaste. Medium dry malt backbone, but mostly pine.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling like it just chugged a glass of black tea.

Overall: You can’t say Deschutes didn’t warn you. It is one piney IPA.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a glowing, murky orange color with a big white foam head. Great retention and fairly heavy lacing.

Aroma is heavy on pine and citrus. Quite strong floral hops and grassiness. A fresh squeeze of lemon and orange. Has a very fresh aroma. Has some hefe-like qualities in the aroma.

Taste follows the nose, with strong pine and citrus off the bat. Heavy on orange, with a dash of grapefruit and apricot, nectarine, and peach. Quite a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. The pine is strong, but not as strong as I expected based on the name. Quite a bit of balance between the pine and tropical flavors.

Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Perfect amount of carbonation. Slightly resinous.

Overall, a good but not great IPA. If they had upped and hops and pine, this couldn't been a interesting, dangerous beer by Deschutes. Not bad by any means, but still not a must have.

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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