Hop Slice Session IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Slice Session IPAHop Slice Session IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Fowdy
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered hazy amber with thick head that dissipates slowly. Taste is fruity with mild hops. Definitely a session. Could use more hop bite and would be better with a higher abv. Easy drinking ale.

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Photo of kitekid
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a long lasting foamy head
-bright and slightly sweet on the nose
-"tangy" and slightly bitter. definite citrus and floral notes with a clean, slightly astringent finish.
-very refreshing and most drinkable ... just what a summer seasonal should be.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, citrus. The taste is hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Very nicely done for the ABV.

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Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this 12 ounce bottle from my Dad for Christmas 2016. For a lemon IPA it was very solid. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone looking for a unique (lemon flavored) IPA. BTW, this rating gets me to 400 Beer Karma points to become a Devotee. Yay! Thanks Beer Advocate!

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Photo of MFMB
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy light tan head. Nose is of earthy, floral and light citrus. Taste of sweet malt light lemon zest and faint pine. Medium mouthfeel with a semi dry finish. Easy drinking.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy, medium-orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. It's pretty attractive.

Smell: sweet and tangy with a bright, wet-hop type aroma. Good, but a little too piquant for my taste.

Taste: very much like the flavor; malty, piquant and earthy. I actually like the overall earthy effect here, although there is something sharp about the hops that I don't quite love.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good level of creaminess for the style.

Overall: quite a decent, bright IPA, if just a little bit too sharp.

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Photo of txmilligan
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great pour with a stiff well defined head, with decent lacing. Nice, subtle aroma of citrus. Flavor is nicely balanced between light citrus taste and a nice bite of the IPA. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste that dissipates quickly. Good tasty beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of pale malt, nice fresh lemon and orange, citrus hops, nice. Flavor is pale malt with light biscuit, citrus hops, fresh lemon, grapefruit. Finishes with citrus hop and grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Delivers on its promise; has a lightly estery nice lemony component to the aroma and the lemon flavor is well integrated and blends with the citrusy hops quite well. Well balanced for the style. I'm not a huge fruit added nor session IPA fan, but this really hit the spot for me. Deschutes rarely disappoints. Wish there was a "Session IPA" category: this doesn't stand up to the superb regular strength IPAs available today, but, for me, is quite a bit more flavorful and interesting than most session IPAs. A great candidate for summer lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of kitch
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 5th October 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with some orange hue. There was a big three finger white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, tea, sweet mandarin, bready and dish soap.

Taste: Lemon zest, citrus rind, bready, light caramel malt and floral sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was not bad, but I couldn’t really get around the aromas here. The dish washing detergent I use has a lemony smell, which is fine for washing dishes, but not something I want to drink. So getting that smell on the finish just didn’t work for me.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early June for $1.99. Best by 8/11/16 BUT it has been suspended in time in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that is still hanging around.

Nose is pleasant, lemon forward.

Taste is lemony with a nice light bittering that wins in the end over the malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very refreshing.

Overall a solid beer that fits quite well with the warm weather season. Definitely worthy of a shot.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I saw a sixer of a new (session) IPA from Deschutes on the shelves, and, of course, I had to buy it. Who has better six pack pricing and quality who is as well distributed as Deschutes?

Regrettably, my notes below are brief, but then again I plan on revisiting this one soon.

Meyer lemons never punch through, but the hop profile is on point - floral and fruity (particularly in terms of citrus) bringing the orange peel to the table without any problematic new world tangerine notes or off-puttingly pungent & bitter grapefruit. Balance is key here; God, it's great to have an IPA that doesn't try to beat you about the head with too much bitterness. Well-built across the board, with a classic hop profile becoming of an IPA from a brewery who's been doing this for decades.

Texture would be perfect if it offered a bit more body and softness. Carbonation is about perfect, and it's true to style with its smooth, wet, refreshing feel in spite of its medium body.

Nearly effortless to drink, Hop Slice Session IPA is another well-brewed beer from the fantastic brewers at Deschutes. One can nitpick about depth of flavour and intricacy, but what I love about this is how it flirts with an over-the-top bitterness in the third act and through the finish without ever committing to it. Green Flash, Stone, and the like would do well to take note - balance is the key to a good IPA, and that's at the heart of this must-try well-priced brew. I'd be pleased to see this in any friend's fridge.

B- (3.38) / WORTHY

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Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bought from Trader Joe in Salem OR $1.34 Pale orange bodied beer with a large rocky white head. Nice spicy/zesty/fruity hop aromas, Taste again fruity with the lemon really shining through, Mouth feel is medium with medium carbonation. An OK beer..could drink a few.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear medium amber with one fat finger of off-white head that leaves porous rock formation lace as it recedes.

Smells of lemon peel, grapefruit zest, tangerine, bready caramel malt, wet stone, and mild pine resin.

Tastes of lemon juice, dinner biscuit, grapefruit and orange rind, mineral and more pleasantly resiny hops. Lemon is heavier on the finish.

Feels soft and light. Medium-light bodied with gently frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Another great summer beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a lightly cloudy golden-orange body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of lemon, cereal grain, light astringent earth, light pine. Not a whole lot going on, honestly. Flavour is a light lemon, biscuit, cereal grain, light resinous pine on the finish. Reminds me of some sort of tea, perhaps lemongrass or chamomile with a slice of lemon in it. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, not particularly big in terms of depth, fair carbonation, light bitterness on the finish. Slightly bland session IPA, just about what you'd expect as far as the style goes. But there are better examples.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decided to get this one before it vanished completely, seeing as that it's a limited brewski.

L : It starts off pouring orangish, like an orange gummi bear held up to the light. Head is super thick and tall, 4 fingers to start, and takes a couple of minutes to recede to a proper level for drinking. Opacity is 10%.

S : I don't detect anything outside of an ordinary IPA aroma. Orange peel, soft malts, pine resin.

T : Pretty resiny. Some lemon rinds, lemon seeds, and pine pretty much lead off, with a base of caramel malts and some bread/cornbread aftertones. As it warms slightly, some orange kool-aid or fanta notes come out...reminds me of Seeradler's Orange Shandy. Some dish soapy notes kind of linger here and there.

F : Nice feel, creamy and carbonated, buzzing and mild finish.

O : Wasn't expecting much, but easily one of Deschute's weakest offerings. Most definitely this is my last one.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slight hazy amber color as a showcase, the pour generates very thick off-white fluffy head with very good retention. It just slowly sinks to everlasting foamy crown atop along with plenty of lacing patch on the glass-side.

Crisp citrus and lemon forward in the aroma together with floral and earthy hop, dry grain and bready malt.

Malty character is quite robust with a sweet bready quality. Hop begins to take over the palate at the middle of the tasting with an earthiness, herbal and citrus as well as lemon profile. The finish is wrapped up with a moderate but quite lasting hop bitterness and zesty lemon that also pleasantly linger in the aftertaste.

Light body with high carbonation generates smooth mouthfeel and crisp yet refreshing feeling through the palate, dry finish. Overall, crisp, sessionable, very drinkable and refreshing without doubt.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the bottle in a teku chilled.

the color is a beautiful shade of amber with good clarity and fast rising bubbles to a frothy head of white with tight bead and lace sticks as a film. The smell is a very aromatic citrus scent with tangerine and clementine aroma with a light sweetness of malt with fruity/tropical floral element and slight yeast ester. The feel is very well integrated citrus fruit tanginess with slight bitterness in the back with light malt to add a touch of sweetness with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish. Overall I was very pleased with the way this tasted, smelled and its overall drinkability -I wanted another after the first unfortunately I only bought a single bottle. The fruit is so well integrated that it is like drinking a lemon drop hopped beer -it has meyer lemon but never comes off as a 'lemon pledge' or artificial in fact quite the opposite it is bottle conditioned so the freshness of the fruit and hop flavors are key to the overall enjoyment

The taste is great with meyer lemon adding citrus up front which blends seamlessly with the citrus and tropical hop flavors with a light astringent aspect yet the malt is there with a mild sweet quality to smooth with oils of citrus and hops giving a well balanced quality with subtle bitterness in the semi-dry finish with no alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of Nimbus_
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Dark orange and slightly hazey. About a finger of fluffy, off-white head.

Smell: Lemon and grapefruit. Lots of citrus. Some mild hints of bread too. Overall it doesn't have a very strong smell.

Taste: Starts off with sweet citrus then turns in to a more tart taste. Lots of malt in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: Very crisp and somewhat refreshing at first, but turns to have a slightly bitter finish. It's balanced enough though so that the bitterness isn't overwhelming.

Overall: I'm not blown away, but I certainly didn't dislike this beer. I think there are better beers if you are looking for a citrus flavor, but if you are looking to try something new and want a crisp, refreshing IPA with a low alcohol content, then you should give this one a try.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA pours a slightly hazy dark orange color. The head is a billowy inch of foam that recedes slowly leaving chunky lacing. The aroma is of hop tea... juicy, citrus, tangerines, and tea leaves. The taste remains quite juicy. The citrus is balanced with some slight floral notes, but the tea is gone...I really miss the tea. The mouthfeel is extraordinary for a session IPA. It is medium-light bodied with a silky texture, and a moderate carbonation level. It is really nice to see a beer of this style with some body. Overall, I'm not a fan of session IPA's, nor have I ever been too impressed with Deschutes' hoppy beers (their malty beers are another story). However, I really like this beer. I'm not sure what mood I'd have to be in to want a lighter ABV beer, yet not want a lighter style German lager. If I find that mood, however, this beer will be towards the top of my list.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice hazey golden color with an inch of white lingering head. Nose of citrusy lemon, grass, bready malts, dish soap. Taste of strong lemon peel, resin, spice, and floral hops. Finish is strong lemon and chemically on the palate. This one is a miss for me. Meyer lemon is too strong a flavor to use in the brewing so it took over the beer. Not their best one but they usual hit it out of the park.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle. Best before 10/15/16

Pours a not quite clear light orange head with a slightly off white head. Lots of lacing, some retention.

Smell is a somewhat prominent. Lemon citrus with a touch of sweet malt

Taste mostly follows but the sweet malt is coming out a little more. Really nice lemon peel bitterness !

Medium slightly crisp feel

I am not a big fan of session beers, but a couple of weeks ago I was at club with limited beer options that had this on draft... It tasted AMAZING. Couldn't believe it was 4.5 ABV . The bottled version isn't quite on par with the draft, but it's still pretty good ! Had to buy a few six packs for more "research". On the rare occasion when bringing a session IPA was the smart choice, I used to reach for Stone brewing's "Go to IPA" but there appears to be a new contender... that costs a few bucks less !

Well done !

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Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Best By 09/08/16
A - hazy golden colored ale with a tall, off-white head that holds incredible retention
S - juicy lemon and lemon zest, light caramel malt, passion fruit
T - juicy and zesty with notes of lemon zest, passion fruit, mango, light caramel, and faint white pepper on the finish
M - lighter body with moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and zesty
O - pretty refreshing session IPA. I like the lemon addition. Would I buy this again? Maybe in a pinch, but I doubt it.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Bubba's in Traverse City. Light gold in color with a white cap of foam. Aroma and flavor of crisp citrus and floral hops with enough of a sweet malt touch to keep it from being too light.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Nice orange/amber color, very clear, 1 finger off white head
Smell: Citrus dominates, faint grassy malts
Taste: Malty backbone with very prominent lemon flavor, moderately bitter hoppy finish, lemon lingers in the aftertaste
Feel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation level is high
Overall: Decent beer, at 4.5% ABV could drink a few of these with no problems.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow with chunks and floaties of yeast floating around. Floral on the nose and follows on the pallet with light and crisp citrus rind. Highly drinkable and smooth all the way through. Nice Session overall- my critique is that it lacks pizazz as hops are not really showcased but take a back seat.

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Hop Slice Session IPA from Deschutes Brewery
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