Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale) | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 10-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BdM
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, nice balance! From tap at industry public house in Robinson Center with Leah. Excellent offering for a hoppy pale ale! Definitely have this one again!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another darker than average pale ale, maybe the lines are shifting here. Anyways, dark amber, aroma was decent but not inspiring or above average especially for a fresh hop beer.

Taste was bitter and revealed too much malt base. C'mon man, let the hops shine. Really blankets the whole beer making the idea of a fresh hop beer pointless if you can barely taste the hops. Just came off as a convoluted blend of mirror pond and hop trip, where the fresh hops were, who knows.

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Photo of Wasu
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice clear copper color with 3 fingers head. Nice lacing. Smell of grapefruit is very clear with a touch of citrus, floral,candy. Taste the same as smell with just-right bitterness. Very balance but short after taste. I'll buy it of the price is correct (the price here in Thailand is quite high)

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Photo of TH28
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. bB date of 12/27/15. Appearance: Clear amber deep Amber with a touch of orange, medium khaki foam head. Aroma: Faint grassy citrus. Hop aroma is minimal, obviously not at optimal freshness. Taste: Light caramel with strong toasted malt notes. Moderately strong bitterness that tends to have more tropical fruit notes than other fresh hop beers that are especially resinous and grassy. Overall hop flavor is more subdued than others. Mouthfeel: Medium body with some creaminess and light to moderate carbonation. Finish: Lingering resin and grass, with a touch of toasted malt. Overall: This was on the low end of fresh/wet hopped ales I’ve had, but likely because it wasn’t at optimal freshness. Aroma was minimal, and hop flavor was lacking and dull. Not impressed but will give a fresher example a shot next year.

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Photo of briguy93
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ilafan
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BrAdequate
3.64/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Kraty1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of evenflow1980
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of elfefe
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Too bad it's a seasonal, i'd want it all year round

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Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JBarstool
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of drpimento
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing new interpretation of a PA. Served a bit too cold, small off white head that settled to a light cover which lasts and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is a little mild and not much indication of the great itegrated flavors to come. Those flavors tend towards slightly bittersweet, wet hay, a little bit of weed, caramel and a crazy juxtaposition. Body is bang on. Finish has proof of greatness cause I want more. Excellent, drink the fuck out of it beer.

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Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple, straightforward, and tasty.

Pours a cloudy ruby grapefruit color with a white head. Citrus and floral hop aroma plus fresh bread smell of the malt. Flavor is caramel malt and bready with a substantial citrusy hop bitterness throughout.

Drinkable hoppy pale ale that I would buy again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard copper and auburn pour, average off color white head, decent enough, but seemed a little dark for a pale beer. Aroma wasn't all that hoppy, but did seem inviting and refreshing.

Good amount of bitterness is the first impression. After that, some hops, old school c hops, not over the top. Too much malt here. Dunno if they were trying to do the balance and wood flavor thing here, but would appreciate it more if it didn't. Didn't pick up any pine. Some grassiness, but seems a little muddled with all the wood and earth flavors drowing out the hops to the extent they could.

This was the old school label design for hop trip. Don't really know if it was any different (fresh hops or otherwise) from the new label, but there's two different listings. I think its pretty much a predecessor to the red chair balanced pales they are making these days. Mirror Pond and Inversion have also dropped off since they have been doing the more specialized release stuff.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have seen this beer sitting on the shelves at the Atoscocita Specs for a while and just now picked one up. I guess since it is retired, it may have been sitting there longer than I knew. It has a best buy 1/19/11 date on the label, so it isn't stupidly far out of date. Ether way, let's see what it is like now.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orange color that looks a bit more like an Amber than a Pale, but it isn't too far off. There is a very small head of off white bubbles that didn't stick around but for about 20 seconds and then ended up as a very small ring on top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: Malt is as big of a player in the aroma as the hops are. There is a solid hopping here, but there are some lightly toasted bread and sweet caramel aromatics that are bold when compared to the hops. The floral hops are coming out more as the beer sits a little, but still the malt profile is clean and defined.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. It is mostly sweet with some fresh hops in the aroma and onset of the flavor, but the malt is the bigger player in the end, so much so that the beer is coming out a bit unusual for the style. I like this as I am a fan of malt, but it is notable. The hops do provide some resistance in the finish, and it is debatable if the win out or not. For the sake of the beer style...let's say that it does. The carbonation of low for the style, and this does detract from the presentation a bit. The body is medium with the light carbonation makes the beer sit a little syrupy on the palate after the sip.

Opinion: This is an OK beer, but probably one of my least favorite from Deschutes so far. It's probably a good thing that it is retired and I am saying that more from the perspective of style as anything. This beer is quite sweet with probably a bit too much residual sugar after the yeast get done, and on top of this, the hops are there, but muted. I imagine since this beer is called "fresh hop" that it was really interesting when it was really young. As for right now, it is just OK.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2010-02-02 at the brewery (from a lost tasting note)

A - Mildly hazy copper with a 1.5-finger off-white head. Decent lacing

S - Nice, but not strong aromas of citrus, herbal and floral hops. Mild grain.

T - Citrus, biscuit, fresh hop cones with a nice amount of bitterness for an APA. The malt sweetness dries out but the bitterness lasts for a bit.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

D - Extremely drinkable with the big flavors and relatively low ABV. Not quite as good as a 3 Floyds Alpha King but quite good.

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Photo of amcmaho1
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoying this fresh hop ale that i picked up on a whim, being a fan of the other Deschutes offerings.

Appearance: Beautiful dark orange to crimson body. Nice head which dissipates quickly, leaving nice lacing though.

Smell: Very citrusy and not very pungent. The aroma is a a little on the light side, although what is there is very refreshing. A light hint of grapefruit is definitely what i'm picking up on most, any bittering aromas there are subdued.

Taste: again the citrusy character of the fresh hops come into play, dominating much of the taste. The initial taste is partly fruity with mild bitterness, and the finish is a tad bit dry. Not very bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with mild carbonation, just a very comfortable mouthfeel for lack of a better word.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. This beer has a great hop profile, although it could be a bit more dominant, it's still a great beer in it's lightness. Glad i had the opportunity to try it, but i'm not sure if i'll get it again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Sea Trader Liquor (Olive Tree was closed) for $6.39 and poured it into a Bitburger mug.

A: Nice orange copper hue with a thick fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of lace.

S: Not much of anything, but picked up some bread like yeast, some peach, malt and just a slight amount of hop.

T: Taste is decent but not what I would expect from a fresh hop pale ale - some bitter hop and grassy flavors with a sweet, somewhat fruity maltiness that dominates the overall flavor, leaving much to be desired in the hop category.

M: Medium bodied, sticky and well carbonated.

D: Very drinkable beer, but not living up to the standard of most of the other west coast fresh hopped ales out there right now.

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Photo of mothman
1.59/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a copper gold with a beige head. Decent retention with a bit of lacing.

Aroma: All malt. Bready and caramel malt with hardly no hop profile. Wow, what a letdown.

Taste: Again, where are the hops. This is all malt. I though this was supposed to be fresh hopped. Bready and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with no bitterness. A medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, a terrible wet hop. No hops at all. I could not drink a lot of this one. Not to much to write about here.

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A review from the vaults. Where was this one hiding on me?

A-Bright copper with a large off-white head. Head reduced slowly to a thin cap and left nice lacing.

S-Big blast of FRESH herbal/grassy and citrus hops up front mingle nicely with lightly sweet biscuit malt.

T-Fresh, grassy and citrus hop pop up front with a nice backing of light sweet biscuit malt. The aroma and palate of this beer is nearly identical with a touch more fresh cut grass in the nose than on the tongue.

M-Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Hop bitterness lingers nicely.

D-Very solid. This is a well done fresh hop brew. All the aromas and flavours one would expect with a beer such as this.

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