Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)
Deschutes Brewery

Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #87
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,725
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,394
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  213
Gots
  160
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale)
Notes: 38 IBU
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Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 1,394
Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

notes to self mainly… tasty, easy drinking "session" type ipa. Lawnmower beer for a guy who likes big beers.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cleaning up old notes. Enjoyed this on 11/23/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 12/23/13 marked on the label, so probably getting close to the end of it's ideal lifespan. Poured into an IPA-specific Speigelau glass.

Appearance - Pours a bright, glowing tangelo color with a slight haze in an otherwise transparent liquid with fleeting amber highlights. Atop the radiant body is a dense, two-finger head of creamsicle microbubbles, giving it a creamy appearance. Retention is excellent, and there is nice sticky lacing down the glass after the foam dissipates, leaving healthy rings.

Smell - Tropical fruits abound along with some citrus on the sweeter end of the spectrum--mango and light guava along with tangerine and blood orange. Perhaps some nectarine and white plum as well. Beneath the fruit explosion is a caramel malt backbone, which seems to enhance the sweet impression of the fruits bouquet coming through. All very aromatic, but I not really overpowering to the olfactory--would've loved to have this a bit fresher.

Taste - Many of the same profiles are present, with tangerine and mango taking the lead, but not as juicy as some wet hop ales I've had. There is a bit more grain background, like whole grain crackers or home-baked bread crust. There is also a nice bittering component as well to keep it from running away with fruit characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a semi-sweet finish and a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer, but one I'll have to make a point to get my hands on a little sooner next season. I've really gotten heavy into wet hop ales and while this is a solid offering, I was left a bit wanting. That being said, the promise is that of a fantastic beer when in its prime.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow - for the first fresh hopped beer to be distributed in bottles Deschutes sure has done this one up right!

The beer pours a clean deep amber bordering on brown with a half inch of coarse dirty white foam. The head drops off very quickly without leaving much lacing on the glass.

The smell is unreal - it's a pure, green hop smell that just screams "fresh" The nose is primarily pine forest after a rain with a bit of fresh cut grass and earthy notes as well.

The taste is also fresh green hops - almost no malt to be found here. There's a wee bit of sweet caramel but it's far in the background while the hops notes are clean, bright and plentiful. Flavors of pine, tangerine, pineapple, spruce and citrus rind predominate. What's important to note is that while this is very, very, -very- hoppy this is not in the least bitter. Hop lovers will enjoy this but it's nowhere near a hop monster. Even though this is a Pale Ale I'm sure expectations are for an India Pale Ale - expectations will be disappointed. IBUs are very reasonable (35), alcohol is low (5.5%) and malts are tame - all expected for an APA. What you will find is a very clean, clear, fresh hop bouquet with an unbelievable amount of flavor.

Mouthfeel is good but carbonation is a bit on the low side. The body is light and somewhat thin but a very clean finish on the palate. No residual bitterness and if anything a mild sweet note as a finish.

If you like hops, you'll love this beer. It may be a bit of a one trick pony to be an everyday beer but it's highly enjoyable and I'm already looking forward to having another one.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine while in Seattle on business.

A - Golden and clear with a thick white head. Good lacing.

S - A solid floral and fruity hop aroma. Some malt coming through as well.

T - Very citrusy and slightly bitter taste. The hops really shine but there's still a firm malt presence as well. I really like this one.

M - Good consistency and moderate carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable, interesting and easy to drink. I wish I'd picked up a few more.

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Photo of tat2dhllblly
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Ted
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kushlash23
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BSiegs
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ruby pour with ample caramel head. Viscous foam with great lacing down the glass. The smell is a bit subdued. Get some citrus, dank, earthiness, bready qualities. The flavor has more pop. More citrus, pine, earthiness. A nice balance of malts and moderately bitter. The body is medium-light with moderate carbonation. Very nice APA.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased this bomber and finishing a Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale. I was surpisingly disappointed. It poured a light caramel color with moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel and light lacing down my glass. Smell was decently citrusy and hoppy, but nothing like what I was expecting. The taste reminded me of a average pale ale with slight bitterness. I hate to say it, but I was let down by this beer. I was expecting a lot more from it.

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Photo of erikm25
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour leaving a foaming and creaming three finger beige head. Sits in the glass a crisp, clear, and bronzing amber. Above moderate spotty lacing left circling down the glass.

S: Subtle with nice fresh flower and sweet strawberry aromas. There are even slight hints of pine coupled with orange zest towards the back of the nose.

T: The taste is layered. There is a light rounding malt flavor that is airy and bready. The hops is present but quietly blends into the honey and spiced tastes. The finish pronounces the hops tinge.

M: Light bodied with amazing carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Great APA, very drinkable, and highly recommended for the start of the week or the end.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of RDW
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of SteveB24
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of MJSFS
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerZack
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep orange color with a one-finger head from a rough pour. Laces the glass well, sticky.

Rich earthy-woodsy hops, caramel and some orange in the nose.

Rich oily hops, somewhat piney, throughout with sweet lightly toasted malt up front. Orangey fruitiness and juicy hops lead to a slightly bitter finish.

Excellent mouthfeel, hop juiciness. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GarrettMD
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy light brown/red hue with minimal head and no lacing. Carbonation looks good.

S - Citrus hops, slight grapefruit aroma, sweet malt aroma in the background, not very prominent. Smells like a typical IPA rather than a pale ale.

T - The hops are definitely mostly in the aroma. The malt base that was semi-present in the aroma is at the forefront now. Sweet caramel malty flavor with a slight citrus-y background. Just the right amount of bitter to offset the sweet malts.

M - Silky smooth. Carbonation is perfect leaving trace bubbles on the roof of your mouth. Finish is a tingling bitter on the back of the tongue.

D - Not overly sweet despite the malts being the prominent taste. Probably wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but still overall a very good pale ale.

As an additional note, the best by date is 1/19/11, so yesterday...

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Bsetz
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malthead
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with Inflatablechair. Thanks!

Nice copper color - thick, sticky light brown head.
Some great grapefruit hops in the aroma, with a solid malt base.
This is nice. Citrusy hops first, grapefruit and lemon zest, but not overpowering. Then a little toffee and caramel malt. Sweet and yet bitter. Big mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very nicely done.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Nugget in Roseville.

A - Nice auburn color, with a 2 fingered head, whch dissipates slow.

S - Citrus, flowers, and caramel malts.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell. Not much difference.

M - Well-balanced, full mouthfeel, yet bitter enough to remind you it's a fresh hopped pale ale.

D - Real good, very smooth. Definitely a sessionable beer in my mind.

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Photo of einman
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Comiha
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Bshaw22
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

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