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Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 36
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 -0.8%
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 +23.6%
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 +4.7%
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.

Photo of oceanman907
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Lots of thin white head golden hazy look to the beer.
S-Very sweet sappy nose, some sweet citrus flavors, but strong pine flavors dominate, really enticing
T- Sweet sappy, piney, tangerine, but not enough malt boney or complex enough to be exceptional
M-Good carbonation, but a little ling on the body for 6.5%
O- A Good IPA, wonderful pine sap flavor from the combination of hops and nice sweet citrus character to compliment but a little light in the malt body.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. Streaky lacing with a few spots here and there.

Smell - Moderately piney with hints of citrus. Sweet, bready malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. More of a laid back flavor, hitting predominately on a modest piney character while a lesser orange pith bitterness follows toward the finish. Fair spice bite. Sweet, bready malt backbone gives the brew nice balance, but ultimately this thing lacks a whole lot of interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down slick before a crisp, bone dry finish.

Overall - Eh. Well balanced in the least, but lacks a lot of interesting character. Nothing special, but the price tag sure wants you to believe it. A rare Deschutes disappointment.

Photo of rblib
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice citrus flavor on this one, followed by a nice lingering bitterness. Best offering since Fresh Squeezed. Congrats Deschutes!

Photo of Moose90
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into tulip pint

A – Pours a bright translucent pale orange with a tall bright white head, fades to a thin layer and leaves nice lacing behind.

S – Bitter pine and sweet malts, slight lemon and quite bitter overall.

T – Initial notes of sweet malts are followed by a dry pine and lemon note, slightly peppery.

M – Light to medium bodied, finish is fleeting and leaves light lemon notes behind.

O – Nice enough, but still overly malty as most Deschutes hoppy beers are, OK but not great.

Photo of Ipolito
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a 12 oz bottle into an average pint glass. The poured beer provided a finger width head, although I attribute some of that to an aggressive pour. Upon smelling it, I understand the name, Pine Drop, as it has an almost overly piney smell with slight undertones of citrus. The foremost flavor is pine, and although I appreciate it, I think it is slightly off balance and overpowers other flavors. The bitterness is spot on for an IPA, however the mouth feel is a bit light. Overall a good beer and worth drinking if you favor the pine flavor.

Photo of THoff94
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's ok. Kind of flavorless. Disappointing coming from Deschutes.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with some piney overtones and a hint of citrus. Very nice bite from the carbonation and its all bitter resin, pine hops upfront and lingering on the back of the tongue. Somewhere in the middle of the sip you taste the cracker malts. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo but with a bit more resin pine flavor. Very awesome. I like how the incorporated the taste of the beer in its name. You know what to expect and get it. Deschutes is great.

Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-05-01in Portland, OR at the brew pub on tap

Clear gold. Citrus, pine, cracker. Taste and smell are nice but somewhat subdued. Finishes reasonably bitter. It worked well with my elk burger.

Photo of terence
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A solid IPA from Deschutes. Not as good as Fresh Squeezed, Hop Trip, or Chasin' Freshies. Mouthfeel was a little light for an IPA, but nice piney aroma. It was pricey for a six pack, about $13.

Photo of Jackolope
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wow. I was really disappointed by this beer. I usually like Deschutes beer and specifically their IPAs (Fresh Squeezed is really damn good), but this one missed the mark. I didn't think it was very piney at least as not as piney as a beer called pinedrops would be. I wanted this beer to be like eating beer made from the sap of the majestic pines of Oregon, thick and fragrant. Instead nothing. It tastes like rust and drinks like a pale ale. At $13 for a 6 pack I would have gotten something else instead.

Photo of Modernrickk
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smells good but tastes like a very old skunked SNPA.. Dang this beer is a travesty. It's like, there's no India in this pale ale !!! Something's missing for sure.. Something BIG is missing in this beer. That medium body is reminiscent of a failed homebrew.. I don't wanna rip the brewery that got me into real beer any longer but yea get a single, tick the beer and save the loot- don't buy a sixer of this s****

Photo of Brittonnash
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good. Not spectacular, but drinkable.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Light golden and clear, 1 finger head dissipates fast but leaves a wispy cap and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Piney, citrusy and spicy, the name doesn't lie. Reminiscent of a nug of weed. Nice undertones of tropical fruit. A good amount of sweet yeasty bread rounds things out.

Taste - Pretty similar to the smell: lots of smooth pine resin flavor, grapefruit/lemon citrus, a little spicy kick (maybe alcohol helping this), notes of tropical fruit. Malts balance nicely and bring light sweetness and lightly toasted bread. Has that signature Deschutes house flavor. Very balanced flavor, not an overwhelming hop bomb. Finishes fairly dry with moderate lingering, drying piney bitterness.

Feel - Maybe the best part of this beer. Creamy and lively carb moves the flavors around this medium bodied brew nicely, keeping things quite light and crisp feeling but not fizzy.

Overall - I believe Deschutes knocked this IPA out of the park. It's got a fairly unique hop profile - piney but not harshly so, complex hops, with great malt balance. Crisp, smooth body is very drinkable and masterfully done - this feels way lighter than most ~7.1% IPAs. The alcohol adds a little spicy kick but is otherwise completely hidden - this one can creep up on you. An excellent IPA.

Photo of vkv822
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours faintly hazy, but mostly clear golden with a foamy white head.

Fairly standard mix of resiny, floral hops and a lightly sweet, pale malt backbone.

A well done IPA, easy drinking and tasty, but nothing particularly memorable here.

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's dry, drinkable and tastes like citrus punch with juiced pine tree. The finishing bitterness is pleasant and biting. Reminds me of Chasing Freshies, but for the soapy character from the hops. Worth a shot. Overall, a tasty brew.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Golden orange, white head.

S- fruity and piney.

T- peachy, apricot, slight pine bitterness.

F- Real creamy feel. Light bodied.

O- man I wanted a lot more pine! Still a good IPA.

Photo of hoyagus
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like apple juice w lacing
Smells like cat piss
Medium carbonation
Single note. Pine obviously, bitter finish. Spectacularly mediocre.

Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint poured from a growler filled at Growl Movement in Salem. $12 Clear gold ale with a large and frothy dirty white head. Nice strong citrus, r esiny hop with a hint of hay like malts. Really startling taste..its like a good bohemian pilsner crossed with a citrus hop bomb..cool. Nice medium mouth feel.. Very nice IPL/A..very drinkable.

Photo of i4ourgot
3/5  rDev -21.3%

A little drier and less flavorful than I was hoping for. Pinedrops I was kinda hoping for some more piney hoe flavor I didn't get any of that. For a 7.1% beer this had a light quality to it that was enjoyable. This beer did have a nice darker color without the crystal malt sweetness that I did enjoy though.

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.