Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Descender IPADescender IPA
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Descender IPADescender IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NWer on 09-14-2011

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Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 RB3
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeersNBars
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -13.3%
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 +1.7%
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 BCborn
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +8.1%
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' 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 +11.1%
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 bigpoppa67
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toxicczar
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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 rarigney
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfreed
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandonwnw
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MOTS77
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WindUpBird
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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