Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Descender IPADescender IPA
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4.06/5
Exceptional
Descender IPADescender IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Oregon, United States
goodlifebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pine and creamy citrus notes dominate the nose and combine well with subtle tropical/peach notes. A light bodied mouthfeel and playful bitterness allow bright citrus flavors to shine through. A slight back end bitterness reminds you that this is a classic NW style IPA.

BEER STATS
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94
Ratings:
490
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 490
Photo of jrc1093
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/30/19

Pours a cloudy honey orange hue topped with multiple fingers of soapy white foam; great retention leaves thick, soapy lacing smattering the walls of the glass along with a dense, frothy collar and spotty cap.

Aromas of bright grapefruit meshing with melon and guava cleanly from the outset; pine and fresh woody aromatics contribute an intriguing yet easygoing depth.

Taste shows grapefruit juice on a pine backbone; hints of cantaloupe, peach, and pithy orange highlight a citrus depth; clean floral malt and piney bitterness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel presents a light-medium body with a balanced, slightly effervescent carbonation; mild oily texture fades effortlessly to a creamy, clean mid-palate while a faint bitterness lingers through the finish.

For an IPA highlighting its balance of diverse flavors and a structure that begs quaffability, this one stands out for its subtleties; woody, malty, floral, fruity all harmonize to the tune of an IPA I could return to consistently.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fresh, flavorful, and well balanced ipa that really is a pretty classic example of the style. light on the grain in terms of sweetness and structure, but there is a nice earthy cereal malt taste to support the intense hops. the hops have a nice dry hopped aroma and also a pretty punchy bitterness, notes of lemon, grapefruit zest, and spruce to me, a juniper and gin botanical vibe too, kind of a wintery profile, less of the tropical fruit juiciness that has become popular in the style, but i dont miss that at all, and appreciate the sort of classically styled nature of this one. there is an oily aspect to the hops that really makes it linger after each sip, and there is a very slow fade on this. warms up well without too much crystal malt in the mix, and this is a hearty and satisfying brew for really any time. good carbonation, medium body, good strength for the style, and available in cans just about anywhere around town. i havent had a ton of beer from these guys yet, but i have liked them all so far! this is a fresh, piney, and bitter instant classic for me.

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Photo of defunksta
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a darker, slightly clouded, orange color with a copper hue. a Moderate head that is heavy and sticks around. (4.0)
Aroma: Strong aromas of tropical fruit. I get pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, with some sweet peach. I like the peach notes. (4.0)
Taste: Flavors follow the nose with tropical ripe pineapple, orange, sweet peach. A slight bitterness, but not too much pine. A crystal malt profile that finishes sort of milky and sweeter than I expected. (3.75 = Average)
Feel: Medium bodied and creamy. On a blind taste test I might think it was an oat-hopped NEIPA based on the body and lack of bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet from the crystal malts. (4.0)

Overall (4): So this is the NW style I suppose. Not sure exactly what the NW style is, but from my understanding I would describe the NW style as having the west-coast "C" hop flavors of citrus, grapefruit, and pine, but having a crystal malt balance to it. This doesn't have as much citrus and leans more tropical than I expected but has the nice crystal malt sweetness and I like the peach notes. It's all around a great IPA. I wouldn't seek it out, but definitely better than your average IPA, and I would order if it I saw it again. (Final Rating 3.9)

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Friday, May 04, 2018 1:29 PM
12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: dark amber, slightly hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: Pleasant, malty aroma, a bit hoppy,
Taste: bitter, sweet
Feel: good carbonation, follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $1.33
Purchased: Feb. 9, 2018
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 18, 2018

Picked this up with a bunch of other singles and a few bombers on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Had two other GoodLife beers on previous trips, giving Mountain Rescue Session Ale a 3.68 and Sweet as Pacific Ale a 3.78. Solid brews, but nothing spectacular. Was hoping this one would be better. Brewer’s description online was, “Pine and creamy citrus notes dominate the nose and combine well with subtle tropical/peach notes. A light bodied mouthfeel and playful bitterness allow bright citrus flavors to shine through. A slight back end bitterness reminds you that this is a classic northwest style IPA.”

Poured a medium amber-to-copper semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of fast moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Outstanding foamy sporadic lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled Cascade, floral, pine, spice (dare I saw cinnamon?) caramel, tobacco, mint, green leaf, marmalade and grapefruit. More tropical notes from the can, adding guava and mango to the mix. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose. Really an old style IPA, even tasting with cheap ingredients. Got tobacco, marmalade, grain, pine, toffee, Cascade, spice (rye?), mint, green leaf, spoiled grapefruit and lime. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Had high hopes for this one, but just wasn’t something I’d want to have again. Probably was superb about five years ago. (Overall - 3.50)

3.67 | 83 | B

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Photo of BeersNBars
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a citrusy and fresh hoppy aroma. First sip was a citrusy sweetness with a nice bitter finish that stayed pleasant throughout. Really refreshing but beware of that 7.0 abv. Cheers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ol homeboy el rogish brought this one for the first time to a camping trip. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with 1/3" white head. Aroma had some hops, not a massive amount of dry hopping or anything.

Taste, this is one of those really bitter ipas. Around 70ibu I would guess, a little bit of crystal malt caramel feels. Tries to go west coast, but the malt bill just doesn't have the dryness that is needed. More of a PacNW crystal malt high ibu style. Seems like a lot of that Centennial, Cascade and Chinook kind of grapefruit bitterness and a little bit of pine to go with it. Its a relatively average ipa at a good price. Significant carbonation.

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Photo of summitsix
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack at Trader Joe’s on NYE for $7 and change. Incredible value. It comes in cans and the canned on date is clearly stamped on the bottom.

Review date 1/1/18, canned on 10/25/17

L - Beautiful tangerine
S - Dank, hoppy goodness
T - Classic west coast style IPA. Huge hops upfront, nice malt backing, very drinkable
F - Velvety
O - Incredible value. If you’re on a budget and a hop head, this is your beer. There are better IPAs but not at this price. Very pleased. I’ll definitely buy more and recommend to friends

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Descender is a beautiful beer. The quintessential IPA look. Light copper, very clean, and a sturdy off white foam.

Smells pretty damn good to. Classic notes of pine and grapefruit mingle with more modern players if melon and confectioners sugar.

The flavor has a bit more of that sugary sweetness than I like, but overall has a nice flavor. Bitter citrus peels, and wet and sticky pine and weed.

Along with the flavor, the bitterness is nice, but the sugary contribution is a little much for me. It's just a notch above dry finishing with just a touch of stickiness, and slightly on the lower carbonation side.

On this revisit, I've bumped up my initial rating. Overall, Descender is a solid IPA that I'd take over a lot of the newcomers. Cheers.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Serving. Canned on 6/26/17 opened on 9/9/17

A very slight haze out to the dark honey, amber and golden color. Classic white foam cover. A steady cover at all times. Big lace with long legs all over.

The sweet, fruity, tropical juicy, red barries and dry earthy wheat notes from these hops is simply magical. Very bold and aromatic.

A very clear..spring water and lively carbonation makes it feel ultra clean and crisp. Light bite and clean finish here is pretty excellent.

The malt gives a rather impressive toasted wheat bread edge. Earthy, dry bitter aspects to the hops hits you first, melds with crispy malt but allows the , tangy, herbal and leafy affects from the hops to pop in full effect later on. The balance of malt and hops here is more equal than some west coast style ipa's....an almost roasty malt thing comes as the liquid warms, showing off a serious malt backbone.

A unique IPA complexity, the malt flavor and overall affect is rather impressive. The hops are multi layered and unique...with some minor mint and dry leaves impression. It is not easy to stand out in the realm of the endless galaxy that is the American IPA style, but damn, if it doesn't regardelsss.

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Photo of AleBop
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to ales to keep in stock or to pick up on my way to the beach etc. Never disappointing and for the price of 1 1/2 pours from the Rogue mother-ship here in town, I get 6 12 oz. cans filled with a very nice IPA.
This is a well-balanced IPA and I recommend it even in cans...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light lacing roaming all about. The smell started off with a big burst of citrus hops running over light piney notes and then a slight floral setting balances within. The taste copied the smell to have a nice bittersweet burst of hops to malts, nicely balanced. A light piney to citrus aftertaste leads into a refined sweet citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation feels right for an AIPA - slightly back to allow the hops to take the lead on the bitterness and harshness on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of WindUpBird
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious. Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass. A hazy amber with a healthy clingy head. The smell;l yields hops right up front: citrus and pine with a very light malt shadow under. The taste is rich and lovely, hoppy goodness upfront, but nicely balanced by the mild malt background. This is a terrific IPA, and I hope I run across more of it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can:

Pours slightly hazed orange-amber with a thin lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of fresh orange marmalade, pine, grapefruit, touch of wet tobacco, bread. Spicy. Rich.

The taste of juicy hop goodness comes through - fresh melons, orange, pine, grapefruit, berries, tobacco. Sweet bread balances the bitterness with a firm, chewy malt backbone. Slight alcohol shows.

This is one fine IPA. Shows the Pacific Northwest IPA character well. Nice!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned about a week ago

Pours a small, half finger of white head into my can-style glass. The body is a dark, burnt orange, visibility is low. Carbonation looks medium-high. Overall, a simple looking IPA so far.

Nose is simple as well, light bitterness with a soft malt sweetness. Pretty floral, with a honey/caramel malt nose. Actually, quite a bit of toffee, more than honey or caramel. Smells more like an east coast to me. Maybe a hair bready. Overall not bad, not what I want in a west coast though.

Yeah, really not that bitter of an IPA, at all. For 70 IBU’s, it tastes more like 40 or 50 to me. Getting a lot of that sweet honey, almost creamy malt. Just really not a lot going on here. I’ll let it warm for a little while.

The mouthfeel is, eh, ok. Relatively light bodied for an IPA, maybe a tad thin. Carbonation is medium-low, with little lingering bitterness. Not very dry, relatively wet mouthfeel. Would probably prefer a bigger body, and a hair more carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It’s not off the charts tasty, but it’s fine, and goes down well.

As this beer warmed, not much changed. Maybe a small citrus note came out? Overall, kinda disappointed. Not a bad beer, just very little going on flavor wise.

The appearance started out pretty vanilla, and in a lot of ways remained that way. I got pretty good lacing though, so that’ll bump it up.

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Photo of ricke49
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pine notes at first, citrus to follow - but all within a malt framework that keeps it in balance. Real nice west coast IPA from this brewery. Dated on the can bottom to insure freshness. Great value if your looking for a tasty West Coast IPA within budget parameters.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can picked up while in Bellingham, WA (with no discernible/decodable bottling date) into a spieglau ipa glass. That is just about a perfect 2 finger spongy/frothy off-white head, with very good retention and great lacing, sitting on top of a fairly clear copper-amber. Nose is inviting, with some piney resin, some candied citrus, some bready and caramel malt...nothing too fancy or surprising, but really solid classic NW IPA. Taste delivers the promise of the nose...really well balanced, with a nice compelling but not overdone bitterness. There's also some extra notes in there that I'm going to put down to the yeast, but I really have no idea. All in all, though it doesn't lack for hoppy liveliness, it also drinks very smooth. Carbonation is middling, body is middling, finish is long and satisfying, with just a kiss of minty/wintergreen to go with the citrus and pine. Very easy drinker and absolutely no heat, despite the 7%. Nothing too fancy, but absolutely solid. Very happy that I had the chance to try this one...wish I could find it in the midwest. I need to get to Bend one of these days.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with 2 inches of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is the aroma is citrus and tropical hops with some floral notes. The taste is floral hops with a good deal of toasted malts. Some tropical fruits at the end, namely guava with light pine notes. Tons of carbonation. Overall, decent but nothing special.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head retention. I gave this a vigorous pour and had to wait several minutes in order to top off the glass.
Chill haze, light aroma with a slightly sweet note atop a candied citrus taste. Easygoing sixer, nothing stands out as spectacular.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. The beer is cloudy, and a deep orange/amber color. Beautiful, creamy head that settled into a substantial film. The aroma is very nice, one of the best aspects of this beer in my opinion. Lemon and passion fruit come to mind. The taste is also very good. A well balanced beer, the big NW hops style bitterness is accented with the sweeter malt and make for a smooth ride. Citrus, fruit, and pine, with a pepper finish. Juicy and resinous is the mouthfeel. The aftertaste makes you want another sip. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date found on the can but it smells and tastes fairly bright and fresh. Random can find in VT.

A- 12oz can reveals a slightly hazy deep orange brew into my snifter. An unnecessarily large cap forms to over four fingers with a very thick frothy texture with massive bubbles and great retention. Thick lace forms as the head falls with extremely thick blankets forming on the glass.

S- Citrus hops invade the nose with intense, semi-harsh zesty grapefruit and orange notes. A touch of pine resin, floral and herbal character joins that but the warm-weather fruits are beyond front and center. A tiny hint of sweet malts.

T- A very similar overall balance and hop character as the aroma but the fine details shift around a bit with piney resinous hops taking on a medium-strong presence below the strong orange, grapefruit citrus tones. Medium overall sweetness with a slight touch of caramel flavor but not enough to perturb the intense hops.

MF- Extremely creamy and ultra-highly carbonated mouthfeel. The carbonation is even a bit too much as it ends up being foamy and close to effervescent. Moderately sharp bitter citrus pith finish.

Citrus zest/pith in your face IPA with a light sweetness and malt backdrop. The hops are especially intense with sharp bitterness but plenty of bright, fresh flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and fermented pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with pineapple, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and pineapple hop characteristics.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange amber body color, good clarity, with an excellent glow, and large amounts of roaring fine carbonation from the bottom. Excellent head formation off the pour, with big clumping and retention, some swiss cheese like appearances, and big bubblebath foaming white character. Great looking IPA.

Juicy hop front nose, with a hint of dank and soft earth quality. Mild pine softness coming out, and a thick malt depth that gives a good sugar maple like sweetness but not too large. Slightly weedy and spicy, but the sweet sugar notes really balance it out nicely.

Palate comes a little more simply, but nice. Light bodied chewy feelings, but a bit of juice and quenching quality for feel. Mid palate washes with a very light caramel, even almost powdery, but then zips into thick hop airy musty weed and earth. Smokey like aftertaste, with a bit of pine softness not unlike expected from the nose. Malt action is kind of neutral, and stays out of the way to make the hops take front stage, but also doesn't add much else to the flavor.

Overall a solid mild dank angle for an IPA with a good memorable quality. Good decent IPA brew.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange copper colour with a white soapy head of good retention and some lacing. Nose wafts a blend of pine resin and rind. Taste is more lemon and rind with a decent bitterness on the swallow and only slight linger. Medium bodied with fairly sharp carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, another cool memento (and drinkable at that!) from quality time spent at the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint, Idaho.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, aggressively foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy rising cloud pattern lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of sharp citrus rind (orange, lemon, and underripe white grapefruit), a less than certain tree bark woodiness, subtly spicy yeast, grainy pale malt, an ethereal suggestion of caramel sweetness, and further leafy, floral, and mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready, faintly crackery pale and caramel malts, pine resin and needle forest representation, acrid, if well-blended citrus pith, a small hardy stoniness, and more leafy, herbal, and pleasantly floral hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite lively in its boisterous and probing, fizzy and frothy double barrels (not the aging kind, duh), the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, those pesky hops stepping on more than a few toes here. It finishes trending dry, the malt trying to hold onto the bottom falling out, while the hops develop a hint of smug in their demeanour.

A tasty, vibrant, and a bit wild (in manner, not in yeast profile, in case y'all were scratching yer heads) American IPA - maybe it's the zesty hops, maybe it's the sneaky 14-proof alcohol, whatever, I'm liking this, and now feeling wistful about a trip to Bend a few years ago that still lingers in my mind, for beer and many other reasons.

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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 490 ratings