Hop Slice Summer Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Slice Summer AleHop Slice Summer Ale
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Hop Slice Summer AleHop Slice Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hop Slice Session IPA

Floral and citrus hop notes meet smooth caramel maltiness in this refreshingly-balanced golden ale. This year’s batch includes Lemondrop Hops! Grab a slice of summer in a glass…

Malt: Pale, Crystal, Carapils, Dark Munich, Malted Wheat
Hops: Centennial, Galaxy, Cascade, Lemondrop, Amarillo

35 IBU

Added by jaydoc on 01-26-2016

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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 104
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a brassy copper/orange that is clear and bright. At first a dense white head rises to over two fingers. That gently recedes to a ring with nice lace left behind.
S: Lemon peal up front, certainly has that lemon hop characteristic. Seems a little soapy, is that because of the hops? Nice biscuit like malt aroma, and lingering bitterness.
T: Like the nose, lemon peal flavors and zesty lemon hops. Definitely soapy and oily, which I think comes from the hops, and I am not the biggest fan of that. Still not overwhelming, and I get acclimated to it after a bit. Biscuit, cracker like malts and some bitterness in the finish.
M/O: A light to medium body. A touch oily, but mostly crisp carbonation that is clean and smooth at the same time. Easy to drink. I could put a few away without thinking about it, which is the point.

A nice easy and simple IPA. I'm beginning to think I'm not the biggest fan of Lemon Drop hops, I always seem to get a soapy/oil character that doesn't hit exactly right with me. No bother, still enjoyable for what it is and something that is good for the summer when not wanting to think to much about what you are drinking.

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Photo of braker649er
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a big Deschutes fan. This one seems like a good idea, and has a great scent with some decent flavors at the front. The trouble I had was mostly with the aftertaste.

L - nice, golden, nothing too dramatic.
S - this was my favorite part of the beer. Usually I pick taste over smell. But this one had subtle lemon and maybe mango scent without the pith aftertaste that comes through in the taste.
T - promising up front with citrusy fruit, but the aftertaste especially on the back of the tongue got a bit bitter, and more in a rindy way than a hoppy way. It did *not* wreck the experience for me--just dampened my expectations.
O - still quite refreshing and enjoyable, just not one I'd need again. I liked the lemon concept in theory but will reach back for Deschutes Fresh Squeezed and its more balanced fruit, even though that beer is admittedly a few bucks more.

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Photo of Skrumpy
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is not one I would drink again. It tasted like lemon water in beer. Diluted dish soap with some pine hops as an afterthought. Not worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hopslice pours a hazy golden color, with a small lacing head. Sweet aroma, with hints of lemon. Taste is mildly hoppy, sweeter, and a little fruity. Good body and feel. Overall, decent session ale, mild flavors, sweeter and fruitier.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good summer ale. I'm surprised it didn't garner a higher review. I was a bit hesitant to buy it because of the 'lemon' on the label description. But this is really tasty. Drinking in Boise on a 100 degree day. Didn't want to get anything too hoppy. Very floral and very well balanced. Glad Deschutes is found in Idaho.

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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint glass a slight hazed lighter golden with a thinner white cap atop.Lemon pith and cereal grains stood out most in the nose with underlying pine resin,more on the citric/lemon side.A thinner but crisp feel,expected to be on the lighter side.Lemon pith again is the main component on the palate,I get light grapefruit behind it,dryer and crisp with cereal grain notes in the finish.A great beer to have in this NC heat but not anything to run and get...In my opinion.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy yellow gold with a big bubbly white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with lots of lemony fruit and floral hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuit malt with lots of citric lemon and a floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity summer beer. I like the lemon, but less biscuit and a little more hops for me.

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Photo of MrUse
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is grain, grass, honey, caramel, and light citrus hops. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation, slightly bitter. Would think I was tasting a German pilsner. Tasty and goes down way easy. Not the most complex beer, but one I could have several of on a hot day.

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Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light bodied American Bitter (what I call them) with a sharp, lemon finish. Grapefruit and floral notes round out the hop flavor, with light biscuity malts. A little on the thin side. Easy drinking but not worth returning to.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: gold with a slight haze. 1.5" ivory foam cap with good retention.

S: citrus with a touch of ditch weed, floral, bread crumb and a hint of toast

T: citrus and light lemon, floral and light bread crust. It has a pleasant mild bitter hop middle.

F: medium body and medium high carbonation

O: a juicy, full flavored beer to quench your thirst during the hot summer months.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big two finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A crisp and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hop scent of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Earthy and floral hop scent with some pine and grass. Malt hints of grains, cracker, and honey with some yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and crisp hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, and mango with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine with some grass. Pale malt notes of cracker, grains and honey sweetness along with yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid Session IPA. Nice lemon flavor.

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Photo of moundbz
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bdk1417
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nhirsch04
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle, so the session IPA trend continues unabated, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of hovering fog bank lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, lemon tarts, further indistinct tropical citrus notes, semi-sweet grainy pale and caramel malt, and further leafy, floral, and weedy green hoppiness. The taste is crisp, almost biscuity pale malt, a twinge of caramel/toffee sweetness, lemon Jello, mixed domestic citrus fruit (navel orange and white grapefruit, mostly), and more edgy leafy, piney, and floral green hop bitters.

The bubbles are fairly weak in their plain and hard to really get a bead on frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and actually somewhat smooth, as all those hoppy astringencies seem occupied elsewhere. It finishes off-dry, but just, as the malt starts to stutter, and the lemon-forward fruitiness edges out the pine forest floor essences on their side of the bracket.

Overall, a pretty pleasant and engaging, dumbed-down (I still gotta refer to these kinds of things as such) IPA, the hops kept at a very respectable level, while the malt and its attendant booze offshoot seem capable enough as to not be a total bummer. Yeah, this would indeed be good to pound back on that increasingly implausible summer patio scenario I keep hearing about.

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Hop Slice Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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