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:
442
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.2%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
94
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 442
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 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 cherche
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my go to IPAs.

A very good looking beer, nice head, fluffy and white.
Fruits and pine in the smell.
Taste is well balanced, very hoppy with malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is solid, nothing crazy.
Overall it is an amazing beer and I enjoy it every time...

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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 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 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 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 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 GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Served cold from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint. No date stamp on the can.

Descender is a slightly hazy golden amber color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with candied citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

Flavor is sweet up front with pale malts, caramel, and toast. Bitterness is at a good level for an American IPA. Pine is more dominant in the flavor than the aroma with the citrus playing a smaller role.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good Pacific NW IPA and worth seeking out.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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 draheim
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pous a slightly hazy orange/copper color w/ a loose, sudsy head, some patchy lacing.

Aroma is a bit juicy burst of tropical fruit with plenty of sticky hop resin. Orange, grapefruit, peach. Mouth-watering.

Taste is equally juicy and drinkable; on the sweet side with a sharp hoppy bite. Outstanding balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, refreshing. Can't stop drinking this.

Overall, yes. This is very good.

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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 Spikester
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Good amount of splotchy lacing.
Smell is floral hops tropical fruit and minor bread dough.
Taste is piney bitter hops with enough tropical fruit and bready malts to back up the hops.
Mouthfeel is just right carbonation is just enough. Nice medium bitter and fruity finish.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking IPA from Bend, OR. I'm starting to think about relocating to Bend.
Update: 10/13/2015 Large off white with good retention. Smell taste and overall scores raised a bit.

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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 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 jdense
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle obtained from The Beer Mongers PDX, shared with neighborhood beer buddy 9.12.12.

Deep gold body, multiple streams of rising bubbles under two finger pure white head, medium dissipation with good lacing. Citrus and tropical notes in the nose, clean malt bill. Taste mirrors nose, good amount of not too assertive bitterness on back end to keep your attention, fruitiness more pronounced as it fully warmed, very well balanced. Mouthfeel medium, fairly dry finish, above average effervescence. Extremely drinkable. Nice job by one of Oregon's emerging young brewers, Curt Plants, will stand up against the best of NW IPAs. Worth seeking out, highly recommended.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Descender IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold/amber color, slightly hazy, with thick creamy head. Also in the appearance category I'll note the bottle. Nice silk screened artwork on the bottle instead of a paper label.

Smell is a string and sweet lemon blossom and pine aroma. Very nice and strong on the nose.

Taste is a subdued citrus and sweet bread flavor up front, with a stronger fruit flavor through the middle, and then back to a bread and bitter pine flavor on the finish. Three very distinct flavors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, with a silky mildly carbonated texture, and a fairly clean finish, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. I know where to get more of this, and I will definitely get some more this summer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy orange color with some visible carbonation, big fluffy white ice cream like head that left tons of chunky, dense lace

S- Lots of bitterness in the aroma, strong pungent grapefruit, some citrusy and piney hops,

T- Lots of orange citrus and pine, some pungent grapefruit, little bit of tropical hops, some caramel malt. Big hop bite and bitterness to this one. The hops and bitterness linger longer after the sip, which I enjoy a lot in an IPA

M- Very dry, moderate to high carbonation and still very very smooth. Great mouthfeel

O- This is a really solid IPA that is really unlike any I have had recently. This is a lot more bite and bitterness than a lot of the sweeter and fruity IPAs dominating the market as of late. Tons of hop flavor in this one.

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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 Scotchboy
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hop-hazed sunset gold topped by a billowy white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Instant hops, pretty massive grapefruit aromas with plenty of peach, mango and other tropical fruits, sweet orange, citrus peel, pithy as well with an herbal edge...faint pine too. Minimal malt presence.

T: In line with the nose, with a good medium bitterness level and sticky dryness...grapefruit, orange rind, sweet pine, herbal hops, hop oil, hemp seed, lingering dryness.

MF: Great body, not too dry or too bitter, moderate feel, lingering dryness, smooth carbonation.

O: Hop profile is exactly what I like. Bought this on a recommendation and don't regret it at all.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall - Descender IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a huge soapy head that retains well and leaves a great amount of excess lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some juicy citrus but primarily pine hops. Good hop/malt balance.

Taste - Hops take the lead form the start, juicy citrus with pine almost equal proportions. Ends more towards pine/floral.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Zero booziness, for 7% this brew floored me with the drinkability.

Overall - This is a great Northwest AIPA, it has great hop proportions and goes down insanely smooth. I enjoyed this for sure.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im tired of having to write out the required this and that of beers and filling out the required space for writing reviews. If I could write short and concise write ups of these beers I would give all beers their due time in the rating process…After all I use this site for personal recollection more than anything...

ANYHOO…

I LOVE THIS BEER…Ive drank WAY more beers than Ive reviewed on this site. That being said, I see that Heady Topper is the end all be all of beers. Living in Vermont I know this to be some sort of phenomenon regarded as true. Im not here to tell you HT is a bad beer. Far from it. Its amazing. But is it overhyped? YES.
I honestly and 100% believe that this beer is the best APA in a can, dollar for dollar with HT. And best of all you can enjoy it at anytime because you don't have to hunt it down and wait hours in line for it.

What can I say? This 802 kid LOVES North-Left Coast hops.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours very hazy in the deep orange-golden body. A big head forms and retains forever with good lacing as well. The haze and color really a good looking beer in the glass.

S- This IPA's dominant scent is, of course, hops bitterness. This smell starts with a touch of pine, but quickly moves toward citrus and more fruity notes. Not terribly bitter on the whole, this scent is balanced with some sweeter scents underneath the predominantly bitter qualities.

T- Starts off with the piney hops profile, same as the scent. Bitterness ramps up a little bit after the pine flavor subsides a little bit. The citrus flavors kick in after the pine flavors and then both flavor profiles intermingle with each other. No malt is detectable in, around, or under the hops bitterness. Lingering flavor is strong bitterness, mostly of the pine flavor from the beginning of the drink.

M- Kind of thin, but medium carbonation, making it fairly smooth. Easy to drink for the 7% ABV, but the hops do make their presence well known on the palate.

Overall, a good and standard everyday IPA. Very west coast in style with high levels of bitterness and little to balance it out; this is a hop heads dream standard IPA.

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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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Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
91 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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