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Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

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very good

143 Reviews
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 823
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 21.54%
Wants: 30
Gots: 236 | 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 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 hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of piney hops
Taste-Piney, herbal hops, nice balance, lighter-bodied feel. Solid IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weathered copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a short, dense, bright white foam with good retention. Medium high earthy resinous and fresh pine hop aromas with spruce notes and medium low malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium low carbonation and a creamy smooth feel. Medium high pine and resinous hop flavors with spicy notes into the middle followed by medium high hop bitterness. Medium malt flavors. Finished dryly with pleasant pine hop bitterness. Well balanced with the scales tipped to the definitively toward the hoppy side. Pine flavors ate fresh and earthy. Bitterness is assertive but doesn't overwhelm the hop flavors and malt character. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - I considered pulling the trigger on this one when I was in Idaho back in August, but then thought better of it, in the expectation that my local Deschutes rep would eventually come through, and they have!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it very lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of musty, faintly dank pine resin, further indistinct forest floor green ephemera, grainy caramel malt, some extra honey-esqe sweetness, and a wee twinge of perfumed alcohol. The taste is bready, lightly doughy caramel malt, a headier pine tip and resin acridity, some herbal leafiness, a hint of raw citrus peel, a touch of berry-like fruitiness, and more earthy and floral hop bitterness.

The carbonation is decently supportive via its swirling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, the vast hop swath letting up a bit here, maybe. It finishes trending dry, the oft-mentioned hop bitterness really in a poles back, head tucked-in position.

Well, this certainly is what it says it is - a beer with a boatload of pine 'drops' in it, much to our collective lupulin-loving benefit. The malt puts up a decent rebuttal, but in the end, it's only to keep the hops from veering too far into the jump the shark danger zone.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very unique smell - apple juice, white wine, champagne, and pineapple. The smell is very balanced and makes you very curious to see what it tastes like. Great creamy head that stays nice and fluffy on top. The taste had me going "That's weird" and then "oh wait a sec" and then "hot damn that's good". It just gets better and better the longer it lingers on your tongue. At first it's so soft that it almost feels like a mellow white wine - no crispness whatsoever. But then the effervescence kicks in and the pine taste hits you, followed by a wonderful dank and tropical after taste. Very cool beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this as well as fresh squeezed.
Better balance. Nice malt bill. More APA.
Poured from bottle into an ale glass.

A: A brilliant gold body builds a 1 finger, clingy white foam cap that slowly recedes and laces a lot.

S: Piney, resiny, earthy hops with the aroma of pine dominant over a solid malt core.

T: Upfront - follows mell w pine resin, citrus, light malt, fruit, with hop astringency in the finish. Nicely dry with a bitter hop finish.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation. Better feel than most.

O: An easy to drink, hoppy, big APA beer.

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Photo of MNJR
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light color like a lager, hazy with a fluffy long lasting head of fine foam. The hops flavor is dominant, oily pine needle flavor with a crispy dry finish. Definitely a beer for the hop minded. But, there is a nice grain background and a lemony imperial pilsner quality. A nice brew, very good, but not one of the greats from Deschutes.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Scored a 12 ounce bottle from Home of the Hangover, on to the beer:

This light orange peel colored ale is crowned by a semi-creamy, thick white head with very good head retention. The aroma hits me with pleasing mix of aromas, including pine, tree sap, resin, and tangerine. Not out of balance in any one direction, this IPA from Deschutes is delightful to drink. The fruity flavors of tangerine and grapefruit keep bringing me back, while pine, light resin, and a slightly bitter and fruity finish counter the citrus. As its smooth medium body went down, I was wondering if I should have taken another bottle of Pinedrops IPA for round two.

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Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, good head and lace.

Floral, citrus, and pine

Typical West Coast IPA flavor profile, pine dominated, some biscuit malt to temper it

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

Nothing wrong with this at all, but not overly unique. I have this and Hop Trip in the fridge right now and Hop Trip wins on drinkability and balance.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting brew. Not sure I've had a "piney" IPA before. Definitely taste the pine notes, a little too much aftertaste for me, but like most from this brewer you can tell it's of high quality. Not sure I would seek out again but glad I tried.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A slight haze keeps the brew from being perfectly translucent. Orange colored body. Head is firm with outstanding retention, leaving behind tons of lacing lines.

Aroma matches the name: there's quite a bit of pine, along with some biscuity and slightly sweet pale malts.

Flavor initially seems to match the name, as well: it's a resinous, pine-forward IPA, with just enough malty sweetness for balance. In that respect, it reminds me of a freshened-up, hopped-up, amped-up SNPA. Then, however, a bit of juice (from the Equinox, I'm guessing) adds just a bit of hop sweetness for some nice overall complexity.

It would be a very tasty beer without that slight tropical sweetness, but together, it's an excellent beer.

Feel is lively and medium bodied.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a rich and cloudy golden color that has a shallow short lived head with little to no lacing. The color is super rich and beautiful and makes up for the lack of deep head.

This nose lives up to the name and reminds of the East Texas Piney Woods after a light rain. The hops bring a sharp pin nose with earthy and citrus with hints of apple and honey.

The taste is phenomenal and is a great level of hop bitterness with complex pine, grass, bread, citrus bitters and other notes like lavender on the palate.

The Mouthfeel is rich sn ad just right.

Overall, an exceptional offering from one of my already favorite breweries. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Spikester
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with two fingers of white head that lasts and great laces.
Smell is dank hops hop resins and fair biscuit malt.
Taste is citrus hop notes some hop oils biscuit malts.
Mouthfeel is medium well carbonated and long dry bitter finish.
Overall a tasty West Coast style IPA. Well recommended for folks who enjoy thi style.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
"Best by" date of 1/24/16 printed on the label
Reviewed on October 18th, 2015
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a golden body. Faint amber glow. The body was slightly hazy with a decent amount of bubbles circulating throughout. A bright white head erupted from the pour and slowly collapsed, leaving behind an impressive amount of sticky lacing. Friends, this one is a looker!

Plenty of pine. Just a hint of citrus to sweeten things up.

Citric hops hit the tongue first. Juicy notes of grapefruit quickly turned bitter when the pine kicked in. Excellent earthy undertones in the finish. Pine, lemongrass, and a touch of juniper berries. Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

All traits of an IPA are represented here. Started fruity, finished bitter and earthy. Highly recommended!

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Photo of banjos_beauties_beers
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a glass, this beer has a nice heavy cream colored two finger head that hangs around for a while with fluffy cloudy lacing. Color and clarity is exactly what I expect from an IPA, I prefer a little less cloudy. Contrary to other reviewers I think the smell is somewhat sublte, mostly malt and light floral from this one. Deschutes does balanced brews and for an IPA this beer is not an exception. The malt flavor shows through the hops, which are strong, but not overpowering and give this IPA a subdued citrus flavor, which I like. It is full, clean and unambiguous. The finish is all hops, which is where I surmise they came up with the name, though I have had IPAs that are way more "piney" than this one. A rose though is still as sweet by any other name and I could drink this beer and enjoy it through a whole jam session, pairs well with Ralph Stanley tunes.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking with a cloudy soft amber. Dense head that sticks around well.
Good citrus and pine in the aroma.
KInd of a gritty feel and sharp carbonation. Hops all over and doesn't seem to cross over to ick too much ( a touch in the aroma and an even small tough in the taste - barely enough to bother). Bitterness throughout. Some drinks it's more than I want, other drinks not so much.
I've had this for a bit. As with many IPA's it's best fresher. I liked it more than and I"ll try to take that into account with my scores. I recommend this for a good pine forward nice drinking Am. IPA>

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is worth a try....its pretty good. The beer poured an golden color with thin white head that left a spotty a lace. The scent is pine hoppy...the taste follows the scent and what one comes to expect from west coast ipas. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was very good.

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

I bought a six-pack of Pinedrops in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear with a modest frothy white head.

Smell is predicatively piney with some citrus notes.

Taste is a blend of malt and citrus. A sweet malt flavor up front with a sour citrus and pine flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

Overall a nice IPA. A more flavorful version of the Bridgeport IPA which is one of my favorites.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for all the great dark stuff these guys make, its the hoppy beers that really move me. i think they are so far ahead of the game, and this one is just another of their really awesome ipas. i love the price points too, really fair. when i first smelled and tasted this, i almost thought pinedrops had to be a new hop varietal or something, its just such a pungent pine and lemon thing going on in the aroma and flavor, that it seemed brand new to me. i was surprised to learn it was a lot of northwesten hops i am already quite familiar with, working together to create this very autumnal, very woodsy, incredibly delicious ipa. i dont know how they do it, i mean, i can definitely get centennial, but that explains more of the wood than the pine itself, there really is a pine needle complexion to this, i love it. medium acidity too, a little sappy sweetness to make it round, and lots of bubbles to make it refreshing. they know something i dont know about using these hops, must be real late kettle, but how do they get it to be this pine forward? elements of spruce beer even going on here, its just killer stuff. definitely going to drink a bunch more of this in the coming weeks.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/25/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, lime, melon, green pepper, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, lime, melon, green pepper, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, lime, melon, green pepper, citrus rind, pine, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness after the finish from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -1.8%
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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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.