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Pinedrops IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by chugamugofsud on 06-12-2013

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Photo of sentimetal
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love this IPA - it's nutty with some bitter pine; refreshing and bitter. It reminds me of what a hoppier version of an English IPA would be.

L - A hazy gold, almost honey colored liquid with a white head and a lot of white lacing.

S - Bitter hops that remind me of pine and nuts. There's also a sweetness within the bee scent that I cannot attribute mainly to the hops nor the malt. The smell fits the name almost perfectly.

T - Bitter hops and nuts. It's bitter yet refreshing. The nuts add an interesting variable to the flavor, helping you to appreciate the malt backbone, but the taste still leaves me very refreshed.

F - Not thick, yet still thick for an IPA. Very sudsy and bubbly, yet not overly carbonated. There is a sharpness, a bite to to the feel that comes from the hops.

Overall - A nice piney, nutty IPA. Very different from a west coast IPA or even more balanced IPAs such as Two Hearted Ale. This beer reminds me of a higher quality version of Goose Island IPA. Know a hop head looking for something that's hoppy yet different? This beer fills one of those niches. It's a great IPA and deserves more credit than it gets - my own personal opinion, at least.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 1.89/12 oz bottle ($ 0.157/oz) at the Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Bottle dated BB 06/28/16 at 36 degrees (Hotel reefer temp) into a hand washed and dried BV snifter
Aroma – weak, more resiny than piney
Head – small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular two to five mm frothy ring and uneven frothy layer
Lacing poor – thin sketchy lines of tiny bubbles
Body – light yellow-orange, opaque
Flavor – Again, mostly resin, little pine, slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.

An average IPA, nothing exciting here. One and done.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this as part of a Deschutes mixed 12 pack. I was unhappy to see a "best by" date of 5/24, just 4 days after I bought the box. However, the beer was still plenty hoppy and full of piney flavor, so it must not have lost much punch. There was a huge amount of foam in a normal pour. Recommended for fans of piney dank IPAs. Normal bitterness for an IPA, not extreme.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma offers grapefruit, orange peel, spicy, dank pine, biscuity malts.

The flavor continues with evergreen, pine, medium bready malt, along with some more grapefruit and citrus. Lingering with more dank and pine towards the finish.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow with about an inch of head and plenty of lacing present.

Smell: Tons of pine along with some hops and citrus.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Lots of pine present. Some hop bite and citrus present as well. Tastes fantastic. Great to get a different take on the IPA since most I have had are the more fruity citrusy versions.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is a fantastic IPA for the more piney version of the style. Those who prefer the grapefruit bombs will likely not enjoy this very much but I enjoyed this different take very much. Great start to the new variety pack that I just picked up! I would buy this beer again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of kitch
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 14th July 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a slightly less than three finger white head with decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong piney aromas with some light lemon peel and grass in the background.

Taste: Like the aroma, I get strong pine and lemon peel. Finish is lightly peppery with a lasting toasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This is a decent IPA with nice crispness, but its not my first choice IPA style.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: See through yellow with a white head, leaves some nice lacing down the side.

S: Piney with a slight amount of citrus as well.

T: Super strong on the pine with a fair amount of hops to it as well.

F: Low on the carbonation but a full mouth feel.

O: A pretty good beer defiantly one that would go good with some BBQ!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright gold glass holds a thin white head that laces. Some mild chill haze and pale color take some points.

Aroma: Stone fruit, peach and grapefruit, a firm sugary base promises to cut any bitter burn.

Taste: Hops are strong and up front, citric, pine, little lemon peel, the bitterness dries out and ends almost balanced save a thin almost metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, high carbonation makes it a bit gassy and prickly. Oily finish fades with some alcoholic heat.

Overall: A hoppy IPA, west coast trying to put the emphasis on pine flavors, and there are a lot here mixed with citric and sweetness. There's a slight soapy note in the finish and the whole package seems to want to be a lighter Pale Ale, maybe the body just isn't quite up to the task of holding all the hops. Dialing down both might actually make a tasty session, but it's just a bit overdone here.

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Photo of OleBruin
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA with nice mouthfeel and lingering piney aftertaste. Not a hops bomb, but on the hoppier side of things. It's a solid choice on the draft rotation.

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Photo of Skrumpy
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12 oz glass into pint glass. Light, golden amber color with thin head that quickly laced into ribbons. Smell is malty and slightly pungent. Flavor is pine, grass, and light malt. Thick, heavy mouthfeel, and rather sour aftertaste. More like pale ale than an IPA really. Not a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/25....pours hazy gold, 1/4 inch white fluffy foam. Bright citrus sunny nose. Lemons and flowers. Thicker mouthfeel taste, heavy citrus and grinds out a toasty bitter. Long chewy finish. The bitter has a decent tail to it. Nice IPA.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge let down. This beer is more of a pale ale than an India Pale Ale. The hop and malt pressence lend zero body to the beer. Its pale pale. With a shitty gimick bitterness. The smell isnt anything special either- some weird sweetness, and pine. Wont buy again.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent ipa but I prefer the more citrusy ipas, this was a bit too malty for my taste. Not bad but with so many ipas to choose now I would probably pass on this. Wouldn't turn down if offered one however. Fans of more malty ipa style may like a little more.

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Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Cloudy yellow with a thick two finger dense foamy head, thick lacing
S - Pine and citrus, very acrid aroma, some floral and herbal notes, but pretty single track
T - Meh, very, very bitter pine up front, and its not fresh or green, its like dark and dirty hop water, citrus peel, pepper, incredibly herbal.
M - Lingering bitterness, slightly chewy, feels hot but its not the alcohol but bite.
O - This is incredibly singular in form, and its not really good. When I think of pine, I want fresh floral and earthy piney hops, this tastes very herbal, and the citrus combats that pine intensity. I like the concept, but there's way better pine-forward IPA's out there.

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Photo of drewsif22
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Lots of good head when poured. Light amber/straw color, and really nice lacing.

S - Definitely piney aromas. Not much else too noticeable to me other than the pine...Maybe a little citrus.

T - Pineniness of the hops, but nothing too complex. Bitterness at the front that settles smoothly.

F - Tingly bitterness start with a pretty smooth finish. Medium to light.

O - Light malts make this a hop-centric IPA. Good beer for more of a strictly piney hop bitterness, just as advertised!

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Photo of acelin
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think I need to find a newer bottle. It's an ok IPA as is, but I'm not getting a lot of aroma or flavor, just some bitterness. I'd love to check this beer out with the full fledged Spruce and Pine flavors - I love piney IPAs, and love spuice beer.

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Photo of JWU
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my Deschutes Tumbler glass

A- a very nice golden/light amber, with a gigantic, rocky off white head. Lacing for days. Some chill haze.

S- Bright citrus, along the lines of Cara Cara oranges, and pine. Straightforward, but smells great.

T- Follows the nose, but also has a good dose of grapefruit pith, especially on the bitter finish. Light crackery malt base.

M- Lighterside of medium, proper carbonation.

O- A very good IPA to give someone that wants to taste a piney IPA. I'll certainly visit it again.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/16/16 and reviewed on 2/15. A good, solid IPA with evidence of craftmanship. Hazy light gold, medium head fading quickly to a skim coat. Pine notes for the aroma with fruit / floral background. Taste is hops, hops and more hops; not heavy, but no mistaking this for a pale ale. Alltogether, a nice American IPA and workth picking up, but nothing that's rising head and shoulders above a very crowded field.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 4-7-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a golden color with bits of sediment floating about, one-finger white head with excellent retention that eventually dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter than average carbonation.

SMELL: flowers, citrus and pine resin.

TASTE: initially sweet sugary malt and grapefruit citrus then a piney hop blast that really lingered in a pleasant way.

PALATE: somewhat creamy and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer, Deschutes is one of my favorite brewers and this offering did not disappoint, I would buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of hardysf
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours super a super clear light yellow. COuld be mistaken for a pilsner or a macro beer. The smell is less piney than I was expecting, but has some nice notes to it. Pine and some grapefruit. The taste has some sweet malts almost crackery followed by some pine. Pretty well balanced. Nice bitter finish. Good beer for pricepoint, but I'd choose fresh squeezed over this one.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a clear golden color with a one finger head, some of which lasts until the end and moderate to heavy lacing.

The smell is, well pine, lots of pine along with grapefruit and light cracker and caramel malts.

The taste follows the nose, kind of like drinking a pine cone with some grapefruit mixed in. There is a light cracker and caramel malt in the middle then the beer finishes with pine. Pine resin remains on the tongue after swallowing. Can a beer finish be bitter and dry and wet at the same time? This one does just that. This does not blow me away but I think it is a serviceable, (sessionable)? IPA. It is worth a try especially if you like piney hops.

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Photo of Schwilldo
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I see some mediocre reviews, but I really loved this one! Very piney on the nose with some citrus accents. Flavor is similar, but mild. Dry enough but not too bitter and very drinkable. Highly recommended if you like piney IPAs!

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered, opaque light orange with a frothy white head. Oodles of lacing. Notes of hops, pine, nature, and citrus in the aroma. Taste has notes of pine, citrus, and hoppy finish. Might be edging towards the "too hoppy" side of IPAs. Mouth feel is really nice. Not difficult to drink, or heavily carbonated. Overall, this a good beer. The hoppy taste might be on the bit extreme side for some, but it is nothing too crazy.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey. Smells like citrus and pine (nice balance, actually). Tastes like citrus first, finishes with bitter pine last. Feel isn't too light, isn't too crisp, isn't too heavy.

If you like hops that yield pine notes, without being too piney, this one is good. Deschutes struck a nice balance with the citrus, pine, and malts to create a decent brew.

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Photo of Savan
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this one and loved the look of it... almost amber hue and hazy . Smell is disappointing given the name.. no real smell comes out ... very subtle hops and a almost imagined pine scent about it. Taste is quite piney and almost sappy! Feel is soapy... not pleased. over all not a great beer, taste is good looks amazing but is not a beer you sit down with and have more than one. Will not revisit likely.

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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