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Test Drive IPA | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by grittybrews on 09-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy richness and throws up a big cascade of lace that hangs in spotty swathes. The aroma smells floral and leafy (and a touch dank), punctuated with some sharper tones of spice and pine and bitter green citrus. A sweet breadiness undercuts the hops a bit. I’m really enjoying the fresh and floral aspects of this.

The taste has a fresh and zesty citric bite, with a moderate resinous feel and some herbal textures that are along for the ride. This is balanced by a neutral sweet graininess, leaving the hops to control the finish with a lingering dryness, pine, and a leafy feeling pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that glides along easily. This has a nice quenching feel to it, with this making good use of its lower ABV.

This was good. I enjoyed the mix of Centennial and Calypso hops that were used here, as this focused more on achieving a crisp bitterness on the palate instead of a full-one robust hoppiness per say, but I think that in this case, the ABV and body supported the profile well. Plus I was just in the mood for something like this to pair up with my burger!

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into an American pint glass @ Naked City, Greenwood, Seattle. Amber/copper color with a thin head that leaves a nice lace of tiny foam along the sides of the glass. Aroma is a nice balance of malt and hops. Taste is bitter hops, floral, really nice. Overall a good IPA but nothing outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick orange-amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Floral aroma with touches of tangerine and caramel.

Slightly low carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Mild pine and apricot up front followed by a rich caramel sweetness and just a trace of pine on the finish.

Very tasty; almost the reverse of a "normal" IPA in that I got more hops up front and a lingering sweetness that didn't really turn hoppy again.

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Test Drive IPA from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.04 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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