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)

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
38 IBU

Added by RedDiamond on 10-02-2005

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of mothman
1.59/5  rDev -61.2%
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 cleve1212
2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of RedDiamond
2.29/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with Goldings hops harvested from the Willamette Valley earlier the same day. Regrettably this effort at freshness contributes no more than novelty to a beer of poor design and execution. Hop Trip comes across like rotten beef brazed in tealeaves. It is hazed orange-gold with inviting lace and little head. But the essence of the beer is corrupted by a virulent yeast strain creating a meaty aroma and a host of yeasty off-notes.

Someone should do a criminal background check on the house yeast. It would seem to have gone bad. Very bad.

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Photo of pants678
2.41/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Transparent orange-brown, white foam.

Not much.

Raisin, malty sweet. Generic golden syrup. I know Centennial sorta but I don't taste it. Very generic Amber ale, wish I knew how long ago they bottled.

Carb's non descript, brew maybe needs more density.

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Photo of dazdave
2.49/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So i'm reviewing this beer after looking over other reviews. They seem outrageously high. Poured from a bottle with the date good by 4 months after. Not sure if this beer needs to be insanely fresh. Perhaps it does.
Anyways yes the appearance looks lovely like i'd expect of a pale ale. One of my favorites is stone pale ale. It has a cloudyish copper color. Very little head. Very staid.
The smell gets some waffs of fruity orange and hints of grapefruit. Pleasant.
The taste is where i have some issues. I keep getting a very tea like astringency. From brewing i've found that seems to come from too high of a boil. Basically what i feel i'm drinking is a slightly sweet tea. Not what i'd expect from a well respected brewery.
Drinkability is fairly low since i'm not a fan. Hate to be the downer here but i really don't get it.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company at San Diego, Calif. Color was red amber. Maybe an inch of head. Light lacing on top. White film on the sides that was spider-webbed down.

Was non-descript of a smell. I had to work for it, but once I found it I found some butter and slight puke.

Tasted buttery with a slight bitter aftertaste. Fairly smooth.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Butter, creamy.

I really didn’t like this beer. Just way too buttery and creamy for me. Looking at the other reviews, maybe I got a wrong beer? Either way, this one was not good.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.72/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hop Trip Pale Ale 5.5% Deschutes

A: Deep orange hues, slight carbonation with very little head and no mid carbonation

S: some mild maltiness with sweetness, the floral hops are there, but its like they have been subjected to domestic abuse, they remain quiet and obsequious, falling in line, seen but not heard.

T: very thin mouthfeel, not malty, no real hop bite, just thin, remniscient of a pale ale with a bit of pine in the first taste that doesnt linger. This seems like a bit of a disappointing crossover, like when Robin Williams plays a menacing character. It isnt bad, but you expect this pseudo IPA to getting hit in the nuts and doing impersonations, not imitating an aggressively hoppy beer. The bottle has a truck full of hops on it, did they use that truck of hops outside the kettle as aromatics? I am not sure. Deschutes is usually on point and this isn't bad, per se, but it is a bit misleading. You anticipate a pinecone wafting through the house, choking out the Febreeze with some hop expedition. The hop expedition is a mild one two affair with a bit of pine a dash of citrus and the rest feeling like some English 2 row just phoning it in.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, through and through, very crips finish and the hybrid feel earns it high marks in this regard, however, the fact that it is 1) seasonal and 2) not comptetively price almost precludes this use. You will never find yourself cracking open a bomber of this casually while youre out gardening, why are you even gardening in the first place while drinking IPAs. Notwithstanding, the drinkability is not unoutstanding. The beer is a bit misguided in purpose but means well, like mormons in Strip Clubs.

M: Again, this is a mixed bag, if you like a malty IPA, look elsewhere, this has more of a crisp, grapefruit lager mouthfeel to it. Some bitterness and a finish that flees at the first sign of conflict. It doesnt stick around beyond the swallow and, that in part is what earned it stripes in above category, so I guess it is a bit above average in this regard. No one is going to fall out of their chair in amazement. It is a well done hybrid that is the jack of a few trades, master of none.

Narrative: Clint knew that quad-majoring was a stupid idea from its inception. Sure, San Diego State didn't offer a BioPoliticalHerbalosophy Major, so he tailored his own. But the strains of keeping his phylum straight with his Kantian dialectic, just seemed to earn him solid C's. It didn't help with the ladies either that he mixed up the Concordat of Worms with grassroots activism and his peet moss lectures. It was a jumbled mess without direction, his life seemed to be. He would be entertaining for a few moments, that old Clint, tell ya about Keynsian economics and make it relative to paleoethnobotany to boot, but, who really wants to talk to Clint? He is tiresome and wears forgettable solid shirts. Even his presence feels like a Spin Doctors song that you entirely forget the moment the tune starts to fade. Wait, who were we talking about again?

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2.72/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Vaylaus
2.72/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 01/2010.

A: A nice pale orange. Another pretty pale so far.

S: Very little here. Muted hops, you really have to search for them.

T: Smooth, with the malt and hops combining to leave little to no impression. Not what I was expecting with a fresh hop pale ale.

M: Nice, smooth. Correctly carbonated and about the right weight for the style.

D: High, if this was your local brewers pale ale on special. As a special release, somewhat disappointing. Either way, goes down smooth and easy, until you consult your wallet.

The rumors of early hop harvest may be true, as this beer did not live up to its reputation. Hoping it's just an off year. May revisit next year after confirmation this year was a fluke.

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Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TwoLips
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of magnod
2.89/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to last year's version, this Hop Trip was disappointing. For a fresh hopped beer it lacked a lot of the seasonal harvest characteristics that it once had. I've heard that there was a conflict with the timing of the hops harvest and they may have been collected a little earlier then normal.

A: Nice coloration with some light lacing. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

S: Lacking the floral aroma I'd except from this type of beer. There are some notes of the fresh hops, but not very significant.

T: A layer of sweet malty backbone, with unexciting hops flavors at the end. There is a slight oily texture from the fresh hops, but overall, kind of a generic beer without the explosive hops characteristics that it once had in previous versions.

M: Medium to light body and feel on the tongue and ends with a slightly oily feel.

D: Ok- nothing special which is disappointing since the last year's version was very enjoyable. I'd drink it, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Torey
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ThurmondTX
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of bullywee
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not enough intense hop presence for me on this on. Earthy and muddled. Certainly more bready than bitter. Pretty average overall.

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