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Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

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91
outstanding
77 Reviews
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:
77
Ratings:
438
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.2%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
89
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a large white head.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of pine, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste is hoppy, bitter and dry. Starts out with some notes of grapefruit, then settles into a bitter, pine like bite. Finish is really dry, and a touch of hard candy sweetness creeps in.

Mouthfeel is snappy, crisp, and dry. About right for an IPA.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It's quite bitter, almost puckeringly so, but I like it a lot. Not quite up to Boneyard quality when comparied to other Bend IPAs, but not too far behind. Plus the price was very fair at $4 for a bomber.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Slightly hazed dark orange. Moderately-sized near-white head. Incredible lacing. Beautiful IPA.

Bright orange and tangerine zest and flesh with just a hint of pine. Some simple grain and bread accompanying.

Moderate bitterness, citrus zest and flesh, tiny bit of pine, and very little malt sweetness though there is some accompanying bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Before I knew it, my beer was gone and I was looking for another! This was delicious!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Double Dragon, Portland

Amber gold with a finger of white froth.
Big OJ, pine, and fruit nose.
Peach Danish, then orange, pine, and children’s Bayer hops.
Papaya finish and powdery linger.
Lt-med, crisp, slightly chewy.

Big, bitter, PNW IPA. Enough fruit, but cuts pretty hard with the IBUs. I could stay on this one.

Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior - “Hop-bursted” - does that help?

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Photo of philbertk
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased at Chuck's 85th Hop Shop for $4.59 + tax. Almost no lace no head wispy very thin white head. Clear pretty bright thin orange gold color. Huge grapefruit citrus aromatic hop front is wonderful without being too much. Light sediment dusting hazes brew at end of pour. Medium light textured refreshing very drinkable mild sweet citrus pine mild fruit crystal malt clean tasty NW IPA body. Dry mildly bitter rich citrus clean end. Very nice clean NW IPA. (4.0 / 5.0).

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a medium to light amber with generous frothy head with nice retention.
Smells good, sticky hops, some spruce in the nose too.
Taste is insane. HUGE flavor, tropical fruit upfront that washes to sprucey resin on the finish with hints of black pepper and wintergreen. Nice bitterness too.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall, this was a unique and very flavorful beer. I'm impressed!

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber with a decent white head that sticks around

Smell is pine and citrus, with a bready malty backbone to balance it out

Taste is mostly malty with highlights of pine and citrus, pineapple, mango, and gold raisins.

Feel is lightly carbed

Overall a nice IPA that I can say is almost on par with union jack.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

With such greatness this IPA grabs the benchmark for the style and raises it a bit. Very refreshing to run into and American IPA that does overuse the usual “trendy” hops but rather finds a perfect blend. Goodlife without a doubt nailed it here from first whiff to the last drop.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Clear copper hue, excellent froth

SMELL: Fresh hop resin, birch bark, tobacco, evergreen, grapefruit, bready, marmalade

TASTE: Medium bodied, biting smoothness, full hop jacket, ample bitterness, earthy, leafy, tobacco, mustard seeds, citrus rind, sticky, bready underneath, slightly warming, faint peaches

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Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass. No markings for canned or best by dates that I can see.

Pours pretty golden color, slightly hazy, with a very nice fluffy head, heads fades and leaves heavy curtains along the sides of the glass. Smell is fresh morning grass, a little bit of lemon or citrus. A little honey, maybe some clover.

Taste is a nice pineapple sweetness with a cloying, oily bitterness. They don't mesh together very well, they're distinctly separated. But there's a little citrus acidity that helps a little bit. It makes for an interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is oily but soft. Overall, this is nice.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, dated 4/30/2013.... so about 2 month old.

$3.99 at Total Wine. Great price!

A: orange body with one finger head that disappears fairly quickly.

S: not much smell surprisingly. but what I do pick up is great. citrus, grapefruit, orange, biscuit.

T: very nice. It lacks a bit of punch but its nice and refreshing. hoppy but not overpowering. balanced with biscuit like malt.

M: I think this bottle is quite flat. this is the most disappointing part of the beer. maybe i just got a wrong bottle (UPDATE - I got some cans of this brew this time and carbonation was just fine). Changing my rating on this to 4.25.

O: solid and will be revisited. hopefully fresher bottle next time.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a glass at Growler Nation on the way home last night.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this IPA, showcasing considerable orange citrus, light pepper, noticeable pine and light dank weed. The flavor profile is more of the same, with the beer well balanced and showing good bitterness on the finish. The beer has some nice juicy tropial fruit on the mid palate, but it's not over done, and the finish is dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, finish is long and lightly bitter, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a really nice beer, and fortunately it's pretty easy to find around the Eugene area as well.

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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
91 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.
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