Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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91
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465 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by NWer on 09-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
465
Reviews:
83
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
100
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of bigpoppa67
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toxicczar
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfreed
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandonwnw
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MOTS77
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WindUpBird
4.84/5  rDev +18%
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 +5.1%
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 -14.4%
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 peachy-tay
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoretaxi
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricke49
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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 SimcoeKid
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Auwein
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPA4Terry
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good IPA

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Photo of Bwag
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McBAINx
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
4.1 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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