Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series)Hop Trip (Bond Street Series)

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
38 IBU

Added by TheBungyo on 10-08-2005

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Photo of dazdave
2.49/5  rDev -39.4%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.55/5  rDev -38%
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 -33.8%
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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Photo of Vaylaus
2.72/5  rDev -33.8%
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 magnod
2.89/5  rDev -29.7%
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 Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Time for a trip, jumping on the Deschutes bus for a roady. And looky here, what a nice start – hazy amber orange with a ivory pillow-top.

Tons of citrus and pine in the aroma, and umm, a subtle soapy hint. It’s in the quaff too, darn it. Still, the floral kicks in and covers the soap by mid-bomber. Sharp, crisp and dry. I like it, just not overwhelmed or even impressed by it. Would not work hard to get another bomber of it.

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark orange, almost amber color with a decent 1-1/2 finger head that stuck. Lacing was thin, but expected with a small malt body.

S - I expected a hop bomb smell yet a taste of a crisp APA, but did not get this. I got a little bit of fruit but nothing that had a wow factor.

T - I was surprised by the lack of freshness. The bottle says drink by Jan 2010, but I thought I got this pretty close to after it was bottled. That burn that goes up the back of your nose when you have a skunk in your beer was there. I expected more grapefruit from hopfield to bottle to mouth (even with an APA). I really hate to rip on a Deschutes brew, but I don't think it traveled well. I will say it was nice and crisp. Everything is in place except for a fairly fresh beer that had the skunk.

M/D - Nice and crisp. Very good drinkability as expected from a 5.5% abv APA. I will try this again and edit my results if they change.

edit: I've been getting beermails... I would love to bump up my taste rating if I am able to get anymore of this.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a very big head. Smell is of hops - yep, there are hops in this brew. Taste...well, I'm disappointed. There's just no bottom end to this brew. The taste disappears as soon as it hits the back of my tongue. Easy to drink, but I'll continue my pursuit of world-class hoppy beers elsewhere...

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

Clear amber body with lighter highlights, white foam barely covers the cap of Hop Trip.

Whoa, those aromas are different, and I am not sure in a good way: a combo of pepper, caramel malt, green onion and pine poke at my nostrils.

The dank scents are back with a vengeance on the palate, huge green onion and pine profile. It almost becomes minty by the finish. And oh...that finish, slightly herbal and sweet from the malt. The sweet is what derails this trip for me, unbalanced.

The beer is a little lighter feeling than I would personally like, and more slick than creamy.

This range of flavors does not mesh well: green onion, tea-like, pine, caramel malt. It does not flow. I am sure others may find this beer refreshing, just not for me.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 01/19/11...what's today's date? I guess that why you're an extra. Let's see how this holds up a few months past it's due date.

Beer is reddish and clear with an offwhite head of small bubbles, lacing, moderate carbonation. Nice lacing.

Aroma is earthy and piny with a strong malt presence.

It tastes a bit off, I'm assuming, it does have that old hoppiness to it, oh well. The beer is medium in body and still pretty bitter. Nice finish in general, quite malty throughout though. Sweetness up front, malty body in the middle. Not my favorite. I'd love to try this again but really fresh.

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Photo of markcp
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2015 bottle. Amber in color, with a thick white head. Not much on the nose--some faint malt and spicy hops. Taste is mostly malt sweetness. Surprised for a wet hop beer how little hop flavor is detectable.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color with a nice quarter inch head. Smell is mostly malts with some piney hops to go with it. Taste is much the same with a nice hop kick in finish. This strikes me more as a subtly hopped red than anything else. Different, but I like it. Decent mouthfeel. I still think there are not enough hops to balance all the malt that was used. Good beer overall.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery Tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a golden honey color in the glass with a creamy, white froth. The nose of this particular beer is subtle with light citrus, pine, spices, and wet leaf with a caramel, honey, grainy malt. The mouthfeel of this beer is fantastic & the 5.5%abv allows for this to be a very drinkable beer. Overall, this beer is the definition of balance, but I was really looking for something more....just didn't happen.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into snifter.

Ok, I try not to be too picky about color and clarity, but usually I can tell how a beer will taste by the color. This poured, honestly, like a mix between a brown ale and a pale ale. Rust-like in appearance.

Aroma was not as hoppy as the style should come to denote. Malt and yeast took over WAY too much. Hops were an after thought.

Flavor was like biting into an unsalted Saltine cracker. Extremely bready and not balanced at all. Hops bitterness was not there and did not drink like anything that its style would suggest.

I was extremely disappointed by this beer from Deschutes. Not sure if I might have gotten an older bottle due to the higher grades it receives, but it did nothing for me and I had to pour it out.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows soft citrus and pine along with rich caramel and sweet malt.
More sweet malt as a flavour, with a little spicy and piny hops behind.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate, small, white head flows atop a blood red brew. Lacing is local and minute. Clarity is also in question.

A very plain, basic, light hopped iced tea aromatic brew. Nothing fancy or special.

Flavor is smooth pine, light caramel, not over bearing toffee, not bitter hopped, nor sweet and sugary. Carbonation is medium and not remarkable. Brew is medium viscosity and drinks like it smells.

Eh, this brew is slightly above average. Nothing stands out. It would be nice to drink from a can, but not remarkable from a glass. I really wanted more from Deschutes.

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Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The term Hop Trip may be misleading and I for one initially thought this was an IPA. As an APA it is pretty good but not my favorite pale ale either. I love some of the beers from this brewery (The Abyss!!!) but some others can be a little disappointing. This is a little in between. I don't think i'll get it again.

Color is a deep orange, carbonation is good, smell and taste unremarkable.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 25 December 2012. Tasted 21 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark amber, clear, with a touch of rust. 1.5 fingers of cream-colored head, thick and dense. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is all juicy hops. Heavy on the pine, backed by a bit of citrus. Malt base is fine, and basically undetectable, as I think it should be in a beer that showcases hops. Good - could be better with more dimensionality. But very solid for an almost-session beer.

Taste is pretty straightforward, and is in the vein of IPAs that I tend not to like. Bitter, and mostly a one-trick pony. Subdued malts, which let the potent bitterness rip through. Mostly resiny, but occasionally drifts into unpleasant aspirin-like bitter, especially in the finish. Meh. It's got flavor, I'll give it that, but I'm not loving it.

Medium-light body, tingly carbonation. Lasting bitter finish. I wish it weren't quite so lasting, actually.

Decent beer. Smell is the definite highlight. Wish the flavor had more to it than the bitter.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Drinking after the 'best before' date because the packie had a few left over. Pours with medium body. Thick head that collapses slowly. Top of the head is glossy from oil resins. Leaves quite a fair amt of lace. Dark amber, mildly cloudy. Some browns. This would be a rather dark pale ale, even more amber for an IPA.

Not a ton of nose to this beer which is disappointing. I thought it would be blow your hair back hops but it is more earthy with floral. Malt is there but not greatly balanced. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not a lot of depth of malt character.

I expected a lot more out of this beer. Perhaps it is beyond the best by date but the one I had earlier this year wasn't exactly as much of a wet hop craft as I thought it was going to be. I will try it again next year fresh and most likely will amend.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

“Best-by”-dated a little old here, 2 months past the proposed date. So a little leeway given in rating.

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, semi-cloudy amber, with sloppy swirls of sudsy lace. Kinda average here.

Aroma: Nicely crisp citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Decent.

Taste: Hoppy, but muted a little into a piney-malty mix. Not bad still, but probably quite different and much better if it were fresher. I’ll have to re-review when I can find a new bottle.

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Photo of JBogan
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium honey color with a small head which left almost no lacing. Not really an impressive looking brew.

Smelled of fresh hops (big surprise huh?) and not much else. If you're looking for complexity you won't find it here.

Taste-wise, it is much the same. Fresh hops dominate things and there isn't a whole lot else going on. Actually there was a bit of a soapy taste in there as well. If hops is your thing, this is the place. If you like a little bit more going on, then I'd say go elsewhere.

Mouthfeel was good. Thin to medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to save things. Pretty smooth going down.

Honestly this beer seemed to me like a poor man's (somewhat watered down) Sierra Nevada. I'm glad I tried it, now I'll move on to other brews. I was hoping for better.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a finger of head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma has some tropical fruit: mango and pineapple, along with lemon and pine. Nice.
The taste has a moderate bitterness throughout, with caramel sweetness layered in nicely. Great balance and profile.
The texture is a little fizzy.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Beachwood BBQ.
Additional comments are offered for the bottled product, but scoring reflects only the draft service.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head of fine bubbles. Moderate lacing remains. The bottled version appeared more red in color, the head diminished quickly, and no lacing remained.

S: Bready toasted malt with little detectable hop aroma, but a slight acidic tartness. The qualities of the bottled version were much more appealing, keeping the assertive malt but balancing with a perfume of intensely floral hops. The bottled smell suggests sweetness, rather than acidity.

T: Begins with lightly toasted malt and less assertive floral hop aromatics. Acidity increases in the middle with faint onion also detected. The finish is subtle, slightly mineral but only barely bitter. Floral aromatics linger on the palate. Barely off-dry flavors become dry by the finish. The bottled flavor is bigger and sweeter on the palate, overall: breadier, more floral, with assertive fruity esters, even a hint of butter, but lacking the acid and onion qualities. Bitterness lingers in the finish longer.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with light carbonation. From the bottle this beer is similar to the draft service, but with slightly more texture and stickiness.

D: Delicious, in a somewhat uninteresting way when served on draft. The sensory qualities, particularly those delivered by the hops, were sadly under-represented at the tap (but appearance did count for something extra in that case). The bottled beer added much of what seemed to be missing from the draft experience, with a mostly floral hop presence. This beer changes every year, which is fine in an ephemeral and artisanal product such as a wet hop ale, but here the variance encountered in the different forms of packaging seemed noteworthy for their distinctness. I likely would have scored the bottled Hop Trip higher, but I feel that in this case the style should be at its best when served fresh, on draft.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Looking at some of the positive reviews, it's hard to believe I'm tasting the same beer. This is so focused on the caramel malt aroma and flavor that the hops just don't play much of a role. I know this is billed as a APA instead of a IPA, but with a name like "Hop Trip", I expected much more complexity from the hops. Instead, the malt dominates and is just too sweet in my opinion to let the rest of the flavors play a role. Mouthfeel is fair, and appearance is quite nice actually, but again, I leave disappointed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holding onto the classic American Pale Ale taste, Deschutes imposes its hoppy hand onto the style with the fresh "wet hop" character to showcase the beer's most fresh and vibrant hop taste.

With the firm malty caramels and sweetly toasted grain on the foreground, an cast of hops rise to rival the malt with their own citrus, grass and herbal presence. Pouring with a stern amber center, its head rises to cap the beer and pops deliberately for a melange of fruit and sweet to sing the American pale ale praises very well.

As the ale seeps into the middle palate, a more English-like tone transpires. Biscuit sweetness rivals caramel and a fruity center captures the orange and apricot tropical-citrus medley to suggest marmalade. Its tea-like follow through gives the hops a slight nod as the sweetness begins to waver.

Spicy to close, the beer's growing bitterness edges out those nearly cakey malt sweetnesses but only marginally. Somewhat ginger and pine-like the beer strives for an even-keel taste from front to back while celebrating what's best about fresh-picked hops.

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