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Pinedrops IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 600
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 24
Gots: 139 | 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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 600
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (927 characters)

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

As Deschutes brewers have ventured onto the new-age of IPA, building all the smooth tropical fruit, citrus fruit and mild bittering power of current hops- their Fresh Squeezed gives an exotic taste for hop-heads to chew on. But Pinedrops IPA is differnt- it steps into the rustic, unrefined, throat-gripping bitterness on which old-timer hop-head initially cut their teeth.

Harking back to those good 'ole days, the traditional American IPA pours lightly hazed, casting a soft glow across a honey-copper glow. Underneath its honey-soaked graham cracker and nectarine marmalade scent lies the perfume of freshly sawn pine. Malty sweet flavors are mildly of caramel and pecan before the hop onslaught assumes on the middle palate.

Malt sweetness relaxing and hop intensity growing, the rise of absolute pine resins are strong with grassy, juniper, herbal and spicy pine flavors that gain even more prominence as the nectarine, tangerine and apricot character follows the sweetness into obscurity. But as the taste concludes, the deep and sappy flavor of pine reigns supreme.

Medium-bodied, the ale isn't all dryness and hops as its graham cracker arid sweetness lingers to apply a tepid balance to the intense bittering power of those alpha hops. Its finish is spicy with fresh grass clippings, pepper and obviously fresh torn pinecones. (1,338 characters)

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting more. This is NOT a bad beer by any means. Just not what I expected. I am not getting much pine, mostly grassy dandelion flavor. I like bitter beers so I appreciate the lack of a sweet malt backbone. Would have again but wouldn't necessarily seek out. I prefer others in the catagory. (300 characters)

Photo of BSiegs
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice deep gold pour with a generous white head. Good lacing down the glass. The smell is a ton of pine. Get some citrus and grass too. Earthy flavor carries through, with a nice malt backbone. Higher carbonation with a lingering bitterness. I'm happily surprised, a really nice IPA. (289 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Grassy, floral hops are contrasted by sharp sour grapefruit and orange notes in aroma. There's a bit of biscuity malt. Pine not as prevalent as expected.

Flavor is very orange and grapefruit pith laden, with a very bitter finish that becomes extremely astringent as it lingers. Pine surfaces in the aftertaste. More bitter than I'd prefer. Very harsh. (352 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"...the pinedrops, the pinedrops, the pinedrops, the pinedrops." (parody of Radiohead's Sit Down, Stand Up)

A : Golden straw colored, with a mostly clear complexion. The opacity is still around 70% but there is no haze. Head is 2 fingers tall, porous and white, and leaves flecks on the sides as it recedes to a stable one finger head.

S : High herbal content in the nose. Oddly enough I'm not picking up pine as much as I'm picking up peach pit, body odor, discarded orange peels, and fresh cut grapefruit. The tropical notes are wild but faint, with a tint of biscuit malt in the nose. I shrug. No pine?

T : Here's the pine. Oily, resiny, piney flavors dominate the palate and it finishes with a slap of fresh bread at the end. The finish is the best part, it's like a two-sided anomaly. Pine...and then...bread? Love it. Lots of hop and this is a hop-head's dream (not mine).

F : Starchy, resiny, slightly oily, with a moderate carbonation and a pinch of dryness on the finish.

O : A good pine IPA. Recommended for you hop heads. (1,040 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like, well, pine. This is a wonderfully light IPA that plays to the strengths of the common pine flavor, and earns the right to be the definitive say on the subgenre (if you want to call it that). (204 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden straw pour with a nice foamy one finger head with pretty good retention. Nice lace left on the glass.
Floral, honey, lemon/citrus, resin aromas.
Great resins, citrus, floral and a hint of sweet honey.
Great carbonation, slight bitterness. At first this stemmed like a boring tasteless beer. On fact, it picks way up as it drinks. Interesting best. (368 characters)

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

Appearance - pours 2 fingers of dense rocky lite rocky foam, body is a hazy gold with hilights of lite orange amber. Continuous carb rises within the body. Ample webbed lacing coats the glass.

Smell - starts with a pretty big nose of citrus leaning towards grapefruit and lemon, whiff of line and dank musty hops, touch of lite caramel.

Taste - initial hit of tropical and citrus flavors on a solid floral base, light sweetness of floral nectar and hint of vanilla caramel. In the finish there is citrus pith, peach pits, then bitter dried flowers and some faint pine sap. No alcohol.

Mouthfeel - almost medium and creamy smooth, carb is almost medium providing just enough scrub to transition from balanced to bitter, with a few edges along the sides and back of the tongue. Finish is nicely dry and slightly chalky, with some welcome bitterness.

Overall - a really nice as readily available ipa. Really nice floral compliments the citrus, perfect sweetness to balance, and nice bitter dryness to invite the next sip. Nicely priced too, go grab a 6xer and enjoy. Not the best, but a solid example that I think any ipa fan will like. (1,137 characters)

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

Best by 10/30/15

Pours light gold, almost straw color, one finger head which keeps thin film throughout. Sone fine suspended sediment.

Nose is grassy and floral hops and a lot of pilsner malt. A bit of barnyard.

Taste is a lot of the grass and pilsner malt character. A little bit of lemon all supported with a decent backdrop of pine needle. Overall, the piney hops are a bit overpowered by the malts bit they compliment each other well.

Feel is a bit thin, light bodied. Carbonation is a little on the lower side as well. Some lingering bitterness but in general it finishes clean.

Almost thru a whole case of this now and none of them were as piney as the first one I had. The pilsner base seems to detract and take it away from being a sharp resinous IPA. It does carry a pine profile and its complimented with lemon and grass. Interesting take on the style. Pretty easy drinking and good summertime brew but would like a bit more carbonation. I'm curious how this would be without the pilsner. (1,013 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy medium Amber. Small creamy head with minimal retention but nice light lacing. Definite nice grassy pine aroma. Nice hop- forward flavor with good balance. I like it. (178 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/11/15 bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku

It is a transparent bright gold with a bright white head that I can't even begin to describe. Not sure if it is just the glassware, but everything races back to the top to form a beautiful honeycomb of tiny bubbles. Almost like microscopic bubble wrap. It settles into a fine snow white ring around the outside.

The malts seem to dominate the smell. Very pilsner like. Sweet, with crackers. Also some citrus, floral, honey, and pine aromas. Kind of dank/herbal.

Like a fellow Ba below me, I was taken back not only by the first sip, but the 2 thereafter. I felt like I got into a bar fight with a pine tree. Let's not get into the logistics there. Just start to finish pine and pungent hops. Like I reached into a snack bowl for a handful of both. There is some faint citrus in the form of biting orange and that pilsner malt flavor is there in the end. Mainly lingering pine resin. Very green.

Very sappy and resinous. Almost chewy. Kind of what I image eating an aloe vera plant might feel like.

This is a phenomenal IPA. I don't know that I have had anything that has tasted this fresh and piney. If you are not a fan of the Equinox, or looking for something a little more balanced, better move along. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellar temperature in my tulip.

This IPA presents a poofy, pure-white cloud of white foam, about two cm tall, and it stays stubbornly, only to eventually leave a nice mess of lacing behind. The color is a pale golden orange.

Well. This smells deftly dank, definitely. Sweet, floral honey and orange tempt like candy. Dank and piney hops are noted and appreciated enthusiastically.

*Sip.* Oh, ho ho. HO OH HO! WHOAH. Ahem... *sip* 'Kay I'm quite taken. QUITE taken with the level of pine and dankness thrown down by this specimen. Throughout an entire sip, and well into a lingering finish, my mouth is awash with a resoundingly resinous, bittersweet herbal hop dankness of the finest kind. And the tangy orange running underneath this storm of pine needles and hops is the ultimate compliment to said intensity.

The feel is kinda medium, but coats the mouth in a way similar to how various plant juices tend to stick and linger on one's fingers or palate. Anyone who's cooked with their hands on a lotta herbs, like basil for instance, can attest.

To one such as myself who holds pineyness and dankness up as the pinnacles of IPA ideals, this is one of the most supremely superior ones I've EVER had. (1,205 characters)

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was eager to try this, especially after how good I felt fresh squeezed was. However, it was not as dry and piney as expected and left much to be desired. I like the bond street series concept, this just was a step backwards from squeezed (243 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from JustDoIt1234 (thanks!). Best by 10/15/15, I assume bottled 7/15/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a bright orange gold with a finger and a half white head. Maintains a thin layer of retention and leaves a good bit of patchy lace.

Smells of pine, citrus peel and some vague orange pulp.

True to its name this has pine in spades, both right up front in the flavor and throughout. Behind that bitter blanket of pine are hints of mango and orange with a touch of crackery malt. Pretty bitter overall but with some nice piney hops flavor and almost no perceivable alcohol.

Medium light body with fairly high carbonation. Long bitter finish of pine and some vague citrus fruit.

Pinedrops is a good IPA when you need a slightly lower abv bitter kick in the teeth. It's not a bad IPA at all but just does not play to my preferences. (848 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/11/15:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a creamy white head that leaves rings of lacing.

The taste is of pine/resin - a little perfume - some cracker/bread from the pale malt. A touch of black pepper in the finish.

It has a smooth, light body.

The Chinook and Equinox hops are used well, giving it a pine character. Enough malt backing to keep it smooth and balanced. (380 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden to light amber colored with a light haziness. There's a good inch of off white frothy head on top. Light lacing. Aroma is lightly piny and more subdued than anticipated considering the name. The taste is light malt and there's light piny hop note at the back of the palate. The mouth is very light and crisp with a light stickiness. Sessionable! (358 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/24/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle with fresh berries. Some bread and faint malts in the mix. Floral. The flavors are loaded with fresh pine needles. Lots of pine resin. Lots of lemon and lime. Very bitter, but it's a clean bitterness. Very dry. Some hop flavor, but focuses on the bitterness. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation; remains creamy and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Refreshing brew.

I suppose this isn't my personal favorite hop profile, but the craftsmanship is very impressive. If you're a fan of Equinox hops, then this is a must. Pine bomb, which a lot of people will appreciate. (762 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw with a two finger white head. Aroma is citrus and pine. Taste follows with big pine and resin coupled with citrus, and an earthiness/grassiness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat drying, with every sip leaving you wanting another. Overall a very nice ipa that will definitely find its way into my fridge again, and a brewery I need to thoroughly reacquaint myself with. (392 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather pleased with this ipa from Deschutes. Pours a golden orange in color that doesn't produce much lacing. Aromas are piney, oniony, garlicky and almost reminds me of noble hops. Taste is similar but overall the sappy, piney flavors dominate and Deschutes nailed what they were going for with this beer. Finally, I only picked up a couple bottles but I'll be going back for a sixer before it's gone from the shelves. (419 characters)

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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