Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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Descender IPADescender IPA
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
443
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.2%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
94
For Trade:
1
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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Hendry
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy amber,1 finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

Aroma is citrus and pine, malts in the mix but less noticeable cold.

Good citrus and pine hop blast, but as it warms the malt becomes more prominent and sweet, typical of a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel was light medium ,slightly thin, good carbonation.

This one is good, but seems more impressive if consumed quickly rather than savored. I found the upfront hoppy character fading as it warmed, and that slight butterscotch sweetness became more pronounced. Worth trying if you enjoy a hoppy IPA.

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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12JUN13

Turbid amber ale with a soapy yellowed eggshell sheet. Smells of pine, resin, some mint, some other herbs. Flavor is nice and grapefruity, with sweetened lemon zest, some resin, some Vitamin C character and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with zippy, but lower carb and a watery finish. I like this beer. It's like a smaller version of Ruination - which is probably my go to IPA honestly.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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 vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip
bottled on: 11/19/12

Clear golden-orange with a foamy, off white head.

Resiny and juicy, citric hops. Light biscuit malt backing, faint toffee in both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

A well done IPA, makes me interested to try other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful creamy head on the orange-tinged amber brew. Just a little lacing in the Duvel tulip. Mild but distinct aroma of apricots and flowery hops. Quite spritzy on the tongue with a mineral flavor. Light, sudsy mouthfeel.

Quite a friendly and pleasant brew overall. The hops are quite fragrant but not very bitter until you've had half a glass. Some sweet and roasted malt gives it a mellow mood. Pleasantly fruity with mango, a touch of grapefruit peel, and a little orange marmalade.

One of the more drinkable IPAs. Tangy, though, and a more than a little sharp. After suffering too many San Diego tongue bucklers, this is a pleasant change-up. I'd argue for an Oregon style to be added to the informal categories (e.g. West Coast IPA)-- mellow and drinkable. From the 22oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene. Also tasted this from the 12 oz can bought at Hondo's Brew & Cork in Astoria.

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Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-122014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Foam gushed from the can when I popped the tab, leading to a very tall white head. Beer is clear and a light amber color. Good lacing follows the head, which has excellent retention.

S: Smells of floral hops mainly, with some light citrus and tropical fruit aromas as well.

T: Moderately bitter in taste, with a nice balancing act between hops and malts.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and clean on a light body. The beer finishes bitter and somewhat dry.

O: Overall a very nice IPA that seems perfect for the season as we head into warmer weather.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, no date
Riedel tulip

A: Pretty much clear orange color. With aggressive pour I got about a finger of slightly off white head. Faded pretty quickly into just a collar of bubbles. Some lacing sheeting.

S: Smells pretty darn good. Good amount of mango and citrus like hops. Some of that orange marmalade character. Light balance from malts behind it.

T: Up front you get a sharp pinch of bitterness from the hops. It actually faded out quickly. Tasting those fruity hops in the mid palate for balance. Definitely some pine and that orange marmalade. Finish is dry with some hop carry over.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with two fingers of pale yellow tinted head.

Smell. Sweet oranges, grapefruits, mango and papaya. Some toasted malts in the back, but mainly getting the signs of a citrusy hop bomb.

Taste. Grapefruits, oranges and tropical fruits along with a bit of cedar and sweet toasted malts. Some grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly sticky, medium (or slightly lower) carbonation.

Overall. A fine IPA with lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Diggin' it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Nice aroma of piney hops, bready malt, citrus and pineapple. Flavor follows with pine and citrus hops supported by a nice malt body, citric and hoppy finish. Medium bodied with some creaminess, nice mouth feel. This is a very nicely made IPA and one that I will return to. Possibly one of the best deals out there for a $4 bomber.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with many of the usual characteristics in an IPA (okay retention, good texture, nice patchy lacing on the glass). Pretty standard IPA appearance.

S: The hops bring both a good deal of grapefruit peel/flesh, and permutes into a piny, peppery aroma after opening up some. Caramel malts provide the backbone. Very good, especially considering it seems to be a typical "crystal malt and pine hops" IPA I'm oh-so-used to on the right coast.

T: I'm really enjoying the grapefruity hops that open the palate up. As the flavor progresses, it shifts from grapefruit to bright, piny qualities on the finish and aftertaste. The malt profile helps to keep things in check without overpowering. While it doesn't really have any standout qualities to it, the finesse and refinement of the execution is what makes this a great IPA.

M: It's thick and creamy, yet dry all at the same time. Hop resins accumulate on the palate to a very pleasant level. There's just something about it that gives an incredibly 'bright' feel to it.

O: It's not particularly unique, but the execution here is top-notch. The beer of the month club I got this from has been WILDLY hit-or-miss so far (emphasis on miss), so I'm finally glad to receive a really good beer from them.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; golden colored; a steady stream of bubbles; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: pineapple with a hint of pine in the background;

T: a combination of pineapple and pine all the way; grapefruit rind bitterness comes in at mid-palate and ratchets up at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation

O: everything you want in an IPA;

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Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam with moderate retention. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a little oxidation-type character and a fresh bouquet of grassy hops with just a little bit of berry character thrown in. Very smooth and approachable; I like it.

Taste: plenty of sweet malt with a subdued hop presence. Hops are similarly grassy and fruity, but with a little bit more citrus character thrown in. Bitterness is strong but relatively smooth toward the end. A good IPA, if a little on the malty side of things.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation and a great creaminess; one you don't usually see in an IPA. Love it!

Overall: this is a darn good IPA. The finish really lingers on the tongue; the bitterness isn't harsh but it sure is durable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle and opened on 8.3.12.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mango, orange, pine, some sweet malts.

T - Sweet malt, bitter pine.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body. Bitter finsh.

O - Average, The smell was great, but the taste just didn't quite deliver.

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Photo of IllNate
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very appealing medium amber with the perfect amount of foamy off-white head and great retention. Familiar citrus hops, with some pine and floral hop as well. Malt doesn't really show well in the aroma, but there is a slight caramel and bready tone. Taste follows with a whack of hops, citrus, pine and floral. Citrus takes on a tangerine pineapple character. Very bitter (bottle says 70 IBU), would like to see the comatose. Malt shows better here, but the hops rule with an iron fist. Mouthfeel is puckering and bitter, but smooth other than that. Overall a fine IPA, although I usually don't go for things this hoppy, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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 coastiefish
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into an imperial pint glass

A - A nice inch of big bubbled frothy head with nice carbonation in a hazy orange/amber color. Inviting and playful

S - Smells are great. Tropical, orange zest, tangerine, touch of sweet candy

T - Very forward hop profile, big in the front, mellows out quite quickly. Sweet sugary finish. Big pine, hop flower taste. Except for the bittering hops, doesn't hang around long much. Gets a tiny bit boozy after sitting for a bit.

M - Creamy and carbonated with a dry finish

O - The nose on this is awesome. I like that the malt lays down a foundation, but doesn't make its presence known. It's a big fun hop-fest filled beer, but perhaps that (sugary -candy) sweetness is just a a bit too much to drink a couple pints of this is a sitting.
I'd suggest this to a friend who digs IPAs for sure as its a good one to try.
And I'd love to find it on tap sometime, I would give it a go for sure.

Edit: It gets better through a good long time with the 22. (just bumped up the overall.

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

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in S.Salem,Oregon $3.99 Typical orange body for an IPA but with a very large thick and bubbly creme coloured head. Fine and strong hop aromas spicy,fruity and pine like..very nice. Taste typical deep ,dank PNW style..but has an intresting creaminess just below the surface.Thats makes this less a hop monster and more approachable and even balanced. Nice palate though i think this could have used more carbonation. Odd IPA at once typical then very untypical in that the creaminess makes this so easy to gulp. I liked it though maybe on my next trip to Bend i can taste it at the source

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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 smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Kendo
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is orangey-amber that is more bright orange when backlit. Small (half-finger) whitish head on top. No real lacing, but some occasional "legs" of foam on the glass.

S: Not as strong in the nose as I was expecting. Some sweet malt and a touch of juicy, citrusy hops.

T: Fairly sweet malt foundation, then citrus - juicy oranges and sweet clementines. Finishes with lemony pine bitterness. Some spice noted - likely from the alcohol. Warmth from the alcohol is noted in the belly after a few sips. Lingering modest bitterness offsets the general sweet impression somewhat.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest, leaving a slightly slick feel at times.

O: I like this as a departure from the normal 7% IPAs you come across. Sweeter than expected, with more of a juicy, orange-ish citrus as opposed to grapefruit. Reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA; think of it as a little sibling to that East Coast DIPA with the orange color and flavors. Easy drinker for 7% ABV.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber, good clarity, with a few small floaters. Thin head with low retention.

S: Very floral hops and sweet malt, with a tiny hint of mango. Aroma is a little muted.

T: Floral hops up front mingles with the malt background well, then pine and fruit make an appearance. Finishes with a smooth bitterness; pine lingers on the tongue.

M: Smooth, pleasant finish, nice.

O: I've not been too impressed with the flood of hoppy Oregon beers showing up in VT but this one is a winner. Extremely well balanced hop bitterness and flavor, nice malt backbone, dangerously drinkable at 7% ABV. Well done!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a perfect pint glass. 12/2

Foam emerges upon the cap being lifted. Pours light to medium dark amber with thick full white foam. Grassy meadow nose. Lemon pepper. Flowers. Taste is a mellow malt with a nice peppy bitter. Soft before the bitter. Crisp finish. Solid.

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Photo of Braz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Top Foods. Very pretty gold color, almost glows. Nice white head with a bit of chill haze. Smells amazing. Pine and resin and woodsy overall. Taste is balanced with a slight sweetness and a nice hop punch. Mouthfeel is great too, nice and fully carbonated. This is the kind of IPA that sums it up for me. Had never heard of this brewery before and hope to find other offerings.

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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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