Descender IPA | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
460 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:
460
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
99
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of fermentedbarley
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olaph
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MacHeadBeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flexabull for this can in a box full of hops...& a new brewery to boot. Always happy to sample the new goods. 12 oz. can split with my wife in our little mini-Friday tasting.

Pour is a clear, filtered light orange with plenty of head, if you're into that, & it's all clingy. Oranges, mango, perhaps a touch of grapefruit are tracked into the nasal passages, perhaps best to just say floral & tropical. Understated. Or dignified. You choose.

Descender IPA is a balanced IPA. While that may be a complement in some quarters, it's not in this household. Clean, light malt is complemented by light, floral hops. Breadiness intrudes on the midsection, but a decent oily, resiny bitterness also arrives, albeit late, & tamely, though it builds. Smooth, dry finish is nice; ends much better than it arrives. But again, splitting the can with my wife does me just fine.

Everybody & their brother is making an IPA these days, almost literally. While this one is nice, it's gentle & doesn't make much of an impression either way. Pretty good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Hoolihan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kylemif
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of comradekyle
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of deanhead
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Big_V
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours three fingers of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is pine and orange. Pretty nice.
The taste is quite piney, a solid dry bitterness throughout. It has a good malt backbone.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a good IPA.

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Photo of BMESSER88
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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 possibrew
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McBAINx
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Descender IPA from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
4.11 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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