Quail Springs IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Quail Springs IPAQuail Springs IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of mikerieder
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden and copper colored pour, hit the earthy wood notes and was lacking hops, so yeah I guess this smells like an english ipa.

Had some minor sweetness, hops aren't dropping much in the way of flavor here. Somewhere between an English pale and brown for me. Ok when paired with robustly flavored beer.

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Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HopsXray
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of OMsweetOM
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The finisher for me on 3-8-12

A - Served a light yellowish with a Fluffy light tan to white head. Good retention.

S - So cold that I couldn't smell anything. Sone Citrus lemon finally poked out.

T - Very mild. Some citrus. Lemons and some orange.

D - Good carbonation, light body.

O - Meh, I see why they don't bottle this one anymore.

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Photo of NvMyBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blast from the past here. The color between gold and bronze. Aroma was lacking in the hop department, big in the woody earthy department.

Sweetness, then wood. Where are the hops? Right, English ipa. So I guess I talk about the balance and the nuances. Well, its still pretty pedestrian, but true to the roots I guess. Not a bad session beer without the heavy hops or bitterness. Since they keep it at a decent price ($7 for 6) its got that going for it.

Enjoyable with spicy food. Sweet spicy counteraction played well.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a frothy white head that faded quick, but left some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with a little sweet malt beneath, and maybe a hint of spice. Welcoming.

Taste: Grapefuit hops up front, light sweet malts to balance. Finishes dry with a slight bitterness on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing. Not as hoppy as some IPA's, but still flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied and crisp. Dry and slightly finish on the tongue.

Drinkability: A good IPA that's a little lighter on the hops than most, but it's balanced well with pale malts. Another good beer from the Deschutes Brewery.

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Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the PDX pub, Quail Springs IPA is clear pal orange with a small, creamy white head leaving very light lace.

Smell is hoppy, damp hay and herbal notes from the (styrian?) goldings. Pretty assertive for the style, but clearly continental.

Taste is very good, a nice hop spice from the goldings, with some citrus ester to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is slick, lighter bodied, with decent carbonation and really nice, soft roundness from the cask.

Drinkability is very good, a fantastic English IPA, especially on cask.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange color, slightly cloudy with a small off white head. Lacing was good.
Floral hop smells upfront. Light malt aroma and a smidge of caramel. Floral hoppiness. Not as intense in flavor as most West coast IPA's, but nicely balanced. More of the English style IPA.
Medium bodied with a light tingly mouthfeel.
Lighter feel and good balance make this highly drinkable.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a less than thrilling beer from an otherwise magnificent brewery.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with a frothy sudsy white head, and nice lacing.

Smell: light dry grassy hop and pale malt aroma. a touch of fruit in an otherwise reserved smell.

Taste: This IPA seemed more like a Pilsner with some indistinct husky bitterness and long dry grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy in the mouth. Maybe I have grown to expect more DIPA status from these beers.

Drinkability: Though the beer did not leave much impression on me it was approachable and easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of variousartists
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark gold color. White lingering head. Great consistency.

S: Cascade hop aroma, with floral traces.

T: Personally not hoppy enough for an IPA, I prefer the Inversion IPA. Good malty character.

M: Good solid medium bodied beer. Good carbonation.

D: Finishes a little sweet, but still a very drinkable beer. An overall solid beer.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of an English IPA as opposed to an American IPA, but still rather tasty. Poured a bright copper color with a one inch head. Nice hop aroma. Excellent hop bitterness. Crisp finish. Solid session IPA. Bad news: looks like Deschutes has removed this from their lineup. Good news: it appears they have replaced this with more of a West Coast version, their Inversion IPA. I guess I'll be drinking as many of these as I can until the replacement starts to stock the shelves. Last note, $5.99 for the six-pack, can't beat that.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour produces a low white head on the rich golden amber, somewhat cloudy beer. The color of this IPA is great.

smell: The moderate hop aroma reminds me of toned down PacNW hops, a little grassy in character. Right along with it are notes of caramel malt and honey. Light hints of candied tropical fruits.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the medium range, and the body is the same.

taste: The taste is very similar to the aroma. At first I find moderate fresh and grassy hop flavors. Then comes a light sweetness of pale malt and honey. Then a moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: A very solid IPA, and refreshing on a hot day. Easy to drink. Great balance everywhere.

Acquired in a trade with loren01. Besy by date of 05/03/06 is printed on the label. I can really tell how this thing is hopped: toned down PacNW? Noble? English? An interesting take on the style and one I really enjoyed.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint gladd about a month before its "best served by" date.

Very nice looking in the glass. A beautiful hazy orange/gold with a small white head. Some lacing.

The aroma was of hops and some malts. The taste was very nice witha alight hops bitterness with a sweet profile. Quite surprising [to me]. Some grapefruit hints. Not the usual West coast IPA. Much milder hops. Seems very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium with moderate cleansing and a nice creaminess. Overall, I was very impressed. I'm not a hophead so I usually approach drinking an IPA with some trepidation. This offering from Deschutes was definitely something I can live with. Nice session beer. Very impressive.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampling at BevMo in a plastic cup. :-(
Poured a nice golden color with a white head that melted to adequate lacing.
Aroma was mostly malts to me....with only a hint of Cascade hops. (I think this brewer must use Cascade in most of their brews...not a bad thing...just safe).
Taste is immediately a sweet hoppy bite from the Cascade hops....followed by a mild dryness.
Aftertaste of grapefuit with light alcohol follows.
A pleasant IPA, but sort of average to me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD was 11/18/05 over 4 moths from the sell by date, decided to review any way since it tastes pretty good and may serve as a benchmark as to how some styles/beers hold up compared to others

Pours light bronze witha a 2 finger+ off white creamy head. Good head retention & no lacing

Smell: Fruitty nose with toffee notes

Taste: fruitty with piney hop notes. Sweet & dry on the finish

MF: Slight fizzy, but otherwise balanced

Pretty drinkable, will get freah bottle to try when it comes back around (soon I'd imagine) to compare and contrast. Even when you get an old beer deschutes still kicks ass

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Photo of benito
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a light copper/amber, mostly translucent with lots of carbonation and a thin head...more or less in keeping with what one should expect from an IPA. The bouquet is filled with the standard (ho-hum) citrus notes but is given an exciting depth by hints of cinnamon and peppermint. I also caught a slight grassiness (maybe lemon, maybe cedar) in the nose as well.

This is a delicious beer: the hop bitterness is distinct at the tip and back of the tongue, but in between it's mellowed out by a honey-filled, velvet like maltiness. Overall, the body and length come out as medium:
quick and snappy, but also fulfilling. The hops linger long after each swig as if to re-assert themselves as the most defining (and delicious) quality of this brew.

This is a refreshing and tasty take on an IPA that ups the ante on how malty the body of this style can be. A solid brew all-around.

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Photo of Bcant
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quail Springs IPA pours a hazy golden color (it is unfiltered) with a nice white head made of tiny bubbles that has good retention. Appetizing potent hop aroma. The hop blend in this IPA is uncharacteristic of American versions of the style. Less emphasis on the piney / citrus flavors typical of US IPAs (though these flavors are part in there) but also more subtle bettering hops found European brewing. There is also a substantial malt balance that is both sweet and spiced. The finish is dry and crisp. Mothfeel is a little thin, though the hop oils do offer some palate coating. Very refreshing and drinkable. Quite an interesting IPA.

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Quail Springs IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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