Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 466
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 19
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
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 blastoderm55
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I immediately though of Fresh Squeezed when I saw this one poured. The smell reminded me even more of Fresh Squeezed. Pine Drops is definitely it's own beer when it comes to taste. Piney hops dominate with a hint of citrus to keep you coming back for more. (257 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an ale glass.
L: A brilliant gold pour builds a 1” clingy white foam cap that slowly recedes.
S: Piney, resiny, earthy hops with the aroma of pine staying throughout.
T: Fruit, pine resin, citrus, light malt, slight hop astringency on the finish. Moderately dry with a moderate bitter hop accent.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: An easy to drink, hoppy, big flavored beer. (419 characters)

Photo of anon
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden colour, slightly orange and murky. White head that builds up to an inch and hangs around with sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is citrusy and piney, earthy.

Hits the tongue with some oily slickness. Anticipated this to have straightforward resin bitterness but I get much more of a citrus and earthy taste, with the bitterness lingering for a while on the tongue after its gone down. I found this to be pretty complex taste, with floral and grassy notes as well, with even some bready malt hints.

I feel this brew is a bit all over the place. Was hoping for more, but I respect the effort. (619 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 10/16/2015 printed on the label. Another new IPA creation from Deschutes, acquired several six packs from the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - A crisp golden orange body, just over a finger of frothy off-white head, some chill haze, and some fine hop sediment twirling in the glass. Spotty soapy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A fresh, floral, hoppy aroma. Earthy, herbal, grassy, lightly piney, resinous. Fruity & berryish at times. Maybe it's the Equinox hops? Either way, it smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose - piney, herbal, grassy hops, with just enough earthy baked bready malt backbone to give it some balance. Fruity, piney, & berryish. Good moderate hop bitterness.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Bready, hoppy, dry, & bitter finish. Beckons the palate for another sip. Medium-light in body with excellent carbonation. Very easy-drinking, borderline refreshing.

Overall, a very nice fresh, floral, herbal IPA offering from Deschutes. Fits in well with the rest of this series, and i continue to look forward to more.

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA -----4/5. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Aroma: bready malt. The hop aroma is less than expected for a west coast IPA. Despite the beer's name, I get lemon in the nose from the hops.

Appearance: golden, bright and clear. Much lighter in color than the run-of-mill IPA. Head foams to 2 fingers and fades to 1/4" which lasts indefinitely.

Flavor: the hops are much more subdued than Deschutes' other IPAs. The malt bill is very similar to Hop Henge but with less hops (obviously). The hop oils seem to coat your tongue, which extend beyond swallowing.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is heavy for a 6.5% beer. Medium-heavy. I'd expect the beer to be closer to 8% with this body.

Overall: I had higher hopes than what this beer delivered. I won't be buying another 6pk. I much prefer Fresh Squeezed to Pine Drops. I paid $10.99 for a 6pk, so this is $2-3 more than other comparable IPAs. (882 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Golden color with good-sized white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Hops are driven by piney, earthy and herbal notes. Some light citrus and toasty malts.

Taste: Strong hop notes that I guess are driven by the pine flavors, but it also seems pretty earthy and herbal, reminding me of an English IPA. I never realized that pine and earthy notes are so similar, but it makes sense. Some citrus notes as well. The malts provide decent balance, with toast, biscuit, bread and caramel. Fairly bitter on the finish with lingering pine.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Interesting take on an American IPA that sorta comes across as a ramped up English IPA to me. (755 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classicly average? As a fan of Fresh Squeezed, I was looking forward to trying this one. Lighter, typical IPA look in terms of pour and head. Nose is very CCC, with piney notes forward and some earthy notes as well. However, the nose is not as big/fresh as fresh squeezed (and an altogether different profile). Flavor is, again, classic west coast IPA. Overall, this is a great baseline for this style of IPA, but also not particularly interesting or exciting. Solid beer though. (483 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.03 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: My friend Don
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 25, 2015
Consumed: July 25, 2015
Misc.: Best by Oct. 15, 2015

Thanks Don!

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Some sporadic spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Smelled wet Cascade, pine, spicy Simcoe (but probably Chinook), Citra zest, light resin, faint floral and mandarin rind. Reminding me a lot of Fresh Squeezed IPA. (Smell - 4.13)

Taste followed the nose and, in my opinion, followed Fresh Squeezed IPA. Got bitter pine cone, wet Cascade, earthy resin, Chinook, caramel, tangerine rind and even some grapefruit. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was nice for the style, but still reminded me a lot of the Fresh Squeezed IPA. Fresh Squeezed IPA adjace? (Overall - 4.00)

NOTE: I looked up what I gave Fresh Squeezed IPA and it was a 4.02, just 0.01 behind tonight’s rating of Pinedrops IPA.

4.03 | 90 | A (1,324 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in 6/12oz format at Goebel, Wichita, KS, best by date - 10/15/15. Poured a chill-hazed light gold color topped off with a finger of white wispy foam. Scant lacing noted. Aromas are apart from what I expect in IPA from Deschutes. Notes of lemon oil, wet straw, cut grass, and dog caught in the rain emerge from the glass. Flavor is slightly lemony with pine needle, faint biscuit, and snappy bittering hop bite. Feels a tad thin, but that's fine for the Summer weather here in Okieland. Not one of the better beers from Deschutes in my opinion. It's alright. Drink good beer! (593 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden, light visible carbonation. Nice bright white fluffy head.
Smells of apricot, some pineapple and some fresh pine.
Tastes hoppy and peppery, with more pine in the flavor. Bread and grain. Basic as such, no deep flavors or complexities.
As I get through the glass, I realize I like this ipa. Although my initial impression was a bit flat on the flavors, I really enjoyed the earthy/ graininess of it. Something about it. (444 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(draft, Deschutes Brewery, Portland 7/10) Had two of them
(bottle, Long Beach, 7/23) didn't come off as nicely in the bottle; lingering bitterness (3.25)

Others from Deschutes;
Mirror Pond (unfavorable)
Fresh Squeezed IPA(favorable) (233 characters)

Photo of scottzilla
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle and fired it open...color was nothing to look at...had an interesting nose...great taste and finish...crisp and refreshing...I'd have it again is the best you can say about it....A-/B+ (197 characters)

Photo of hop_juice_406
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The pine mixed with citrus from centennial hops works a merry dance on the tongue. I buy this every time I find it under $9 a six pack, and sometimes at that price point as well . For a piney, or dry resin-y bitter ipa lover, this does the trick time after time. If you have a heightened taste to aged crystal malt (Raisins in an ipa? Gross..), this will be your savior in a six pack. (384 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am pretty sure they put actual pine cones straight into the brew on this one. Wow, it is like chewing on a pine branch. I will give this brew one thing, it is extremely true to the name.

I have only had one out of the 6 pack I purchased, so I still have time to decide, but right now I am on the fence with this one. I like it, yet I don't. This may just be pushing the boundaries a little too far for me. I like a hoppy IPA as much as the next guy, but I am unsure if I want to be drinking something this close to nature. I mean, what's next, ground bark in the brew???

Jury is still out, but as of right now I am unsure I would go after this one again. Worth a drink, not worth seeking out and buying. Do yourself a favor, go buy some fresh squeezed instead. That is if you are more of a fan of the malty or fruity IPA's.

UPDATE: I am definitely not into this one. If I wanted this much pine flavor, I would seriously go out in my back yard and start chewing on one of my trees. This is just not a pleasant beer in my mind. Is it true to it's name? Absolutely. Was it a good concept and flavor profile? Absolutely not.

Will not revisit. (1,146 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Disappointing; I'm a big fan of Deschutes' Fresh Squeezed IPA and had high hopes for this beer. It looks vaguely green, which makes sense given the name, but is a little off-putting. It smells like a pilsener, and tastes like a cheap knockoff of a real IPA. I guess the hops are piney, but not in a good way. Very one-note and bitter. This and India Red Ale have been disappointing in light of how good Deschutes' Fresh Squeezed, Red Chair, and Chainbreaker are. Hopefully I just got a bad/old bottle. (507 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. The best by date states this one is good for another three months. Poured right from the fridge into my stein.

L: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with about three fingers of billowy white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Moderate to profuse visible carbonation.

S: A very fresh pine scent is the most prominent feature of the nose. There's some cracker malts and a bit of lemon/citrus zest in the mix, as well. Pleasant but not particularly assertive aroma.

T: Cracker malts up front, with a bit of citrus zest and pine resin providing some tart. The middle expands the pine hop flavor and adds a bit of earthiness and cracked pepper spice. Lots more of the tart in the middle, as well. At this point, I'm surprised--given the name--at how much of the hop flavor is citrus rind in nature. The back end brings the pine in a much bigger way: there's a lot more of that clear, fresh pine coming through at the close. Spruce and citrus rind are still both present. The aftertaste is pine hop bitter.

F: Crisp, smooth, creamy, astringent, and bitter in turns. This one is definitely on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It doesn't necessarily feel watery, but it's quite light on the palate, owing in large part to quite a bit of carbonation. The bitter sticks, but this one is far from syrupy.

O: This is a tasty IPA, especially if one (like me) is a fan of piney hop flavor. I find myself wishing that this one had less tartness/astringency in the front and middle and a bit more straightforward pine, but I feel it accomplishes pretty well what's advertised. I recommend giving this one a try. (1,693 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I picked up a single of despite the pedigree (it does say “Deschutes” on the label). Caution, they name is too many bad four- and six-packs. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a yellow/orange hybrid with plenty of bubbles. The nose boats a lot of lemon with a bit of orange rind; no coniferous concoction to this point.

Pinedrops IPA is dry & bitter as chewing on a white pine branch. Huge bitterness up front towers over anything else, & the aftermath is like being dehydrated while rolling around in a clothes dryer. Missing from the nose, there’s pine in abundance taste-wise, with bare threads of lemon, peppery spices, light sweet malts. Despite the bitterness, I could drink plenty of this.

Truth in advertising. A pine bomb that’s simple but pleasantly tasty. Very good brew. (801 characters)

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice deep golden color with about a one inch white head. I could see through the beer indicating that the beer was at least somewhat filtered. Smells very citrusy and hoppy as is typical with most IPAs. No hint of pine until the first taste. The taste is hoppy off the bat but not overly so. Hops flavor fades beautifully into citrus which fades nicely into a pine flavored finis. The feel is medium bodied, not overly carbonated but not as weakly bodied as nitro beers are. Overall, I'm thrilled I bought a six pack of this. Deschutes really outdid themselves yet again. This rivals their Fresh Squeezed IPA in terms of perfection and overall satisfaction. It's reminiscent of the Fresh Squeezed but it's distinct in the pine flavor. I highly recommend this beer and I will be cracking another one open soon. If you see it don't hesitate. (847 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 10/01/15
A - deep golden colored ale is slightly hazed, rocky white head holds good retention
S - pine and citric nose; grapefruit and orange rind and pith, juicy, slightly tropical
T - hop forward with plenty of pine as the name obviously indicates, blended with sharp zesty grapefruit and orange, faint pineapple, nice light caramel backbone with hops prevailing over the palate
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes dry with grapefruit and pine lingering
O - this is great! I want more! Maybe not as piny as expected, but it's very well put together, as expected from Deschutes. (613 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on July 12th, 2015 from a bottle labeled "best by 10/01/15". Poured into one of those 12 ounce Sam Adams perfect pint glasses.

Beer is a surprisingly light lemony yellow, slightly hazy. A pillowy white head two fingers tall forms from a moderate pour and provides long-lasting sheeting during the consumption.

Aroma is mild and slightly malty. Piney. resiny, peppery hop notes are discerned with a little effort.

Flavor is thankfully bolder than aroma. Slightly sweet and indistinct malt up front. Sweetness lingers into mid-taste as hops assert control. PIney hop notes, a little citrus zest (think lemon rinds) and mild bitterness round out the flavor. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is zippy - well carbonated and medium-bodied with a touch of oiliness.

Overall, it's a quality execution but doesn't thrill me. Won't be chasing this one down, but will gladly take one if offered. (904 characters)

Photo of bsteel76
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Family: IPA

Style: American IPA

Appearance: Apricot-colored pour with a smaller head, but plenty of lacing.

Nose: Strong aromatic presence of pine, lemon peel, and orange rind to complement the hoppy bouquet.

Palate: The palate is pleasantly bitter, but very crisp. Strong resinous piney notes along with grapefruit, citrus, and plenty of hop. It reminds me of a pine-covered forest floor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a long finish. The pine is very present on the back-end with almost too much presence.

Overall, a crisp and refreshing IPA with strong pine and citrus notes. (587 characters)

Photo of KeithS
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much a unique flavor. The pine really doesn't hit in the nose, but definitely in the first sip. Not overwhelming though and a nice change. Very dry.

Personally a beer to really savor but only have one of a night. (220 characters)

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Was really hoping for something that was so piney it was notable...not he case at least for me...that is not to say it's not a very solid beer.

A = A nice typical deep golden color and clear with a white head with some lasting lace and cling.
S = Piney, citrus, like a blend off pine needle with lemon grapefruit and limes.
T = enough malt to be there, but thinner than many IPAs, just enough sugar to balance the hops.
M = not thick, a little thinner than many IPAs. Bright. Nice.
O = 4. A nice beer that I'd get again every once in a while. (554 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with lemon and piney hops.

The flavor is bready malts with some citrus and piney hops that are a bit harsh and ashy in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. (375 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb+ of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Lemons, faint graininess & some grapefruit

T: Tangerine peel, pineyness, a little bready sweetness up front. Catty with pineyness as this warms, plus a little more malty sweetness & dryness. Finishes bitter a little weedy with woody & piney hops rolled in with some dryness, plus grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, alright balance

A drinkable, decent IPA but not really feeling this hop mix (524 characters)

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