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 Sammy
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

All of the good raters from BA have had this, now me from a fresh bottle from the brewery, thanks Ken. Big bubbly head on an orangey body. Fragance of orange hips. Chewy orange mouthfeel, its a plus. There is a little musty funk at the end. Hits the mark as an APA. Carbonation is right there. Extraordinary drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Super thing rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits, citrus zest, and tropical fruits. Taste is of tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit, and citrus zest. There is a very fleeting hint of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with some nice fruity aromas and flavors but the mouthfeel brings this one down a bunch for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

yes! love wet hop stuff, and this is only my second of the year, but a real gem, much anticipated and does not disappoint. it has a perfectly clear pour, radiant, glowing red, caramel in color, over an inch of off white head, but it fades rather quickly. the nose is just lovely, really hoppy, clean, and well supported by a slightly richer malt profile than I expected. pine on the hops, toffee sweetness on the grains. the flavor agrees, but I am surprised how well the bitterness of the fresh hops cuts through what would otherwise be a rather sweet grain bill I assume. its great balance, still hop forward, refreshing, and unique. not sure what varietals are used, but I don't remember wet hop beer being quite so bitter an pungent, I always thought more sweet, floral, and understated, but not this one. similar citrus and drinkability to founders all day, and I really would drink this all day everyday if it were available, its that good, so fresh! very drinkable with a light feel despite the color. a little still, it could use just a tad more carbonation, but I like the way it sits in my mouth. its the essence of the fall season for me, and yet another highly refined and expertly done brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was blown away by how good this pale ale was. It was damn good for a pale ale. I've tried this 4 times now since the beer came out and I'm amazed that it hasn't lost any of its hop flavor yet.

It pours a golden/brown standard pale ale color. It has some tall fluffy white head that laces the glass very nicely. Decent retention as well.

The smell is very hoppy, like so many of the harvest ales or wet hopped ales that I've tried are. The hop smell is very citrusy and reminds me of orange. There is also some sugary sweet smells coming out of the glass.

The flavor is sweet and hoppy. Great balance and combination. Very sugary and sticky as well as a little bitterness and lots of hop flavor. The hop flavor is a bit more piney than the aroma suggests but that doesn't take away from the overall experience, just surprising.

This beer is one of the better pale ales I've ever had, up there with the sierra nevada pale ale and the widmer 07 pale.

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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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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz single bottle - nice and seasonal, and all, but man, I miss Chasin' Freshies around here!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some sparse cirrus cloud form lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pungent, if muddled, citrus rind, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a touch of flinty stoniness, and some leafy, grassy, and certainly perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a lessened caramel sweetness, some still hard to differentiate domestic citrus peel fruitiness, generic herbal tea, and more grassy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, via its plebeian frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, the hops weirdly not getting 'fresh' here - isn't it ironic, Mlle Morissette? It finishes off-dry, but not by much - the mainly floral hops taking the metaphorical reins.

Overall, this is a decent enough pale ale, the freshness of the hops always a difficult thing to ascertain at this end point. Tasty, and something a bit different from this hop-crazy brewery, which isn't a bad thing, it just depends on expectations, yeah?

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a solid head that leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Definitely some grapefruit but also some tropical fruit such as passionfruit and guava in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with citrus and malt up front, with the grapefruit growing and overtaking by mid-palate; after the swallow, some of the other flavors emerge - passionfruit and guava; the finish is a bit bready with subtle grain flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Even though this beer has outlasted its prime tasting season, it is still a very nice brew; I've got to try it sometimes right after its made as that must just be incredible

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this before. Oh well, always happy for an excuse to buy more Deschutes. Best by: 12/24/13. 5.4% ABV according to my bottle's label. 2013 vintage. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and branded black "Class of 88" pry-off cap acquired as part of a six pack at Whole Foods HQ earlier today and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as a fresh hop pale ale because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of light khaki colour. Has an approachable smooth somewhat soft complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Sticky consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes; this beer has "legs." Head retention is rather good - about 7+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper - so transparent you can read through the beer if you desire. Attractive glowing vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Appears adequately carbonated.

A very appealing pale ale. Definitely within style conventions. There are no overt flaws. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: The first thing I pick up is a wonderful resinous hop character, with notes of pine and grapefruit. It's got some bubblegum notes which has me worried; I can't stand that in an IPA - let alone a pale ale. There are also tropical fruit hop notes (tangerine, passionfruit, peach), which I rarely see executed well. Since it's Deschutes, I'm optimistic. There's an abundance of caramalt, which seems to be lending it a bit too much sweetness. I do pick up a slight warmth beneath the sweetness; perhaps lurking alcohol? That's quite odd for a 5.4% pale ale. As it warms slightly, I pick up some oily hop character redolent of herbs and the cannabis family. Some pale malts fill out the body, with maybe a bit of graininess buried in there too.

No yeast character is detectable.

The resinous hop notes are a highlight for me. A pleasant, welcoming aroma of mild to moderate strength. The hop profile is quite pronounced for a pale ale, which I'd attribute to the fresh hop brewing method.

T: Ah. It's always nice to take a sip of a beer from a brewery that understands balance - especially in a hoppy beer. There's a clear marriage of the sweetening malts (caramalt, pale malt, maybe some pilsner malt but I doubt it) to the bittering hops, and the flavour profile has a lovely cohesion as a result. It's seamless, though perhaps not quite gestalt. The hop profile is well-executed, with deliberately and effectively selected hop notes: great resinous hop character, some pine, floral notes, herbal notes - including a hint of that cannabis-redolent character mentioned above. It's also just a biteen oily. Luckily, I don't find too much of the tropical fruit/bubblegum character here; there's a bit of both but they're subtly integrated. It manages the dueling hop bitterness and malt sweetness expertly. Great amplitude.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Overall, it's a very pleasant and approachable flavour profile with impressive complexity and subtlety for a pale ale. The balance is a highlight for me; I love it when brewers don't hop on the "more hops/bitterness = better beer" bandwagon (see Green Flash). Above average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet enough to keep the beer refreshing, but also slightly coarse and dry enough to coax out the flavours. Has a good even-keeled quenching presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile very well. Well-carbonated. Slightly oily, which works well within the beer's fresh hop premise. Good thickness and body.

Not buttery, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: An inspired balanced brew from one of the best breweries in the country, Hop Trip delivers on its fresh hop concept; this isn't your usual mediocre offering that uses fresh hops as a marketing gimmick. It's a quality brew and it's priced very fairly. I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack and look forward to having another. I'll be picking this beer up every year. Extremely drinkable, sessionable stuff.

Drank great from a pilsner glass.

Would pair best with barbecue and/or fries.


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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Burnt, hazy orange with a sticky white cap of foam.

Smell: The aroma is mellow but incredibly fresh. It has a bit of a "garden" smell to it, with notes of flowers, citrus, grass and resin.

Taste/mouthfeel: Very crisp and effervescent. Light enough to be sessionable, but with a huge flavor of wet, oily hops with virtually no hop bitterness. A bready malt backbone provides excellent balance. While I do generally enjoy the bitterness of hops, this is interesting, enjoyable, and not at all heavy on the palate.



Newer vintages have been less impressive, though still good. Rating adjusted.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing with a small biscuit like mound in the middle of the glass above a clear reddish copper colored beer.

Lightly roasted caramel malts blends well with a light citrus hops aroma.

A full taste of Lightly roasted caramel malts outweigh a the light hops coming through.

Dryness of the aftertaste is accented with a light roasted caramel on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty good tasting beer, but with the name Hop Trip I was expecting more hops. Although, I do wish this beer would have had a bigger hops bite I am in no way unsatisfied with it. It has a pretty good feel and taste to it, but seems like it tastes more like a bock or even an Oktoberfest than a beer that has the word HOP in the name of it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral, grassy and piney. Some caramel, too.

T - Nice tropical fruit flavors with a piney hop bitterness. Good caramel and burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry clean finish.

O - This is a great American Pale Ale. Another delicious brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/27/2015. Labeled as 6.1% ABV. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light dryness from bitterness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice harvest pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh these fresh hop ales gotta love em, I do thats for sure.Pours a rich auburn color with a creamy like white head that settles slowly leaving a sheet of lace behind,aromas are fresh and oh so piney it just jumps out at ya the citrus is there as well beneath the pine making the mouth water.This beer slides down way to easy if this was on tap somewhere near me I would camp out there I could drink all night and be satisfied.Fresh piney,citrusy hop over top of lightly sweet malt but just really damn fresh tasting thats what this beer and other fresh hop ales are about.I would say Great Divide Fresh Hop has a slight edge but this is a winner no doubt.Hoppedup and garagekegger will be happy when I present them each with a bottle for sure.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice lookin IPA thanks to RaulMatisse. I can't wait to try this, love Deschutes and IPAs.

A: A nice fluffy head rises up to 2 fingers and fades at a medium pace, it's a hazy golden pale orange color.

N: Some nice fruity hops, aromatic, juicy, a little chewy, some pale hops, a little citrus and tangerine, with that is some nice malts, a decent malt backbone with a touch of sweetness. Veyr juicy aroma.

T: Lots of chewy malts and hops. I def get an aged taste to it, so not as fresh as it should be. Yep, it has a best by 1/09/10, so quite a few months too late. I'll have to try this again fresh as it should be. Some fresh citrus hop flavors and a little tangerine still, but I could tell this doesn't have what it used to. A nice malty backbone comes out as well, with a touch of sweetness. SOme bitterness and pretty dry actually. Some juicy flavors too.

M: Medium body with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Some bitterness, a little spicy hop flavor, more juicy flavors lingering. Mostly dry but a touch of sweet malt lingering. SOme lingering bitterness too. A little tangerine and touch of pine coming through on the finish. I would love to try this again fresh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The welcoming, relaxing, washed-out color and slightly-retro design of the Hop Trip label might say more about what's inside the botle than any text that's written on it, intended or not. Like an old pair of favorite worn bluejeans, Hop Trip seems to just fit right.

It's hazy, deep copper body has warm golden-orange highlights to it, and it's creamy, raw-canvas colored head gently settles into a wide collar and whispy surface after leaving beautiful walls and rings of creamy lace about the glass.

The nose is citrusy but soft, with notes of dull grapefruit, lemon-peel, and tangerine, but it's not at all sharp. Some soft spruce... Beyond that a lightly sweet, deep-caramel accented malt spreads. Welcoming!

In the mouth it becomes pillowy soft and creamy smooth as it warms with a medium-full body and creamy, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is lush and satisfying with a superbly rounded combination of lightly caramelish malts and juicy, tangy fruits. It's biscuity, and perhaps a touch doughy, livened with notes of grapefruit, papaya, dull pineapple, lemon rind, tangerine, apricot, pomegranite, fresh cut grass, pine, dried herbs, and flowers. The bitterness is very firm and anchoring, but it doesn't intrude; and it finishes dry with some residual grassy, citrusy, piney, and fruity (mostly apricot, but some grapefruit and pomegranite) hops that linger for quite some time.

Overall, a very impressive, supremely rounded, soft-hop ale. Lots of flavor, but not knock-you-down or kick-you-in-the-nuts bitterness. Kind of like a sleepy, lazy summer day in the hammock. Very nice. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Bubba83 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear golden amber with several fingers of poofy off-white head. Settles down into a creamy layer of foam that leaves some massive rings of clingy lace behind. The aroma is deeply floral, herbal, and a bit spicy with the tangy scent of citrus and caramel behind it.

The taste starts with a more moderate and earthy hop profile that is packed with some nice herbs and spice character. This is nicely balanced by that same sweet mix of citrus and caramel that so nicely smoothed out the aroma. The finish is more sweet than bitter, with maybe just some residual resinous oils lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely smooth and creamy, which makes for quite the mellow feel in the mouth. Very nice.

Good stuff here from Deschutes. This isn't overly bitter for a Fresh Hop Ale but instead puts the more floral and herbal aspects of the hops on display, that when mixed with some great balance and a smooth drinkibility, makes for a most pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from joshd, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of fruity citrus sweetness and a little bit of caramel. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is thin but provides some balance. The after-taste is sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer that I could drink for a long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warmly glowing firelight orange. A gorgeous, inviting color. The pastel orange cap suggests a relatively high hop load. It's more dense and creamy than one usually sees on an APA and looks great even as it melts like a creamsicle in the sun. Spidery webs and daddy long legs of lace are arrayed on the glass in a most appealing fashion. I like the look, yes I do.

Even though there's no hurry since the beer hasn't even been in the bottle for a month yet, I wanted to drink it young to maximize the hoppiness. Fresh hop ales ought to be drunk fresh, oughtn't they? This one does not disappoint. The nose is a juicy explosion of ripe tangerine, passionfruit, sugared grapefruit and even peach! I had no idea that Crystal hops smelled this good.

It's gorgeous on the palate as well. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a pale ale, not an IPA. For an APA, it's as hop heavy as all but the most style-busting versions. I'm more than glad about my decision to drink it fresh. The caramel malt backbone is sturdy enough to stand up the hops and contributes enough, but not too much, malty flavor to the proceedings.

Obviously, Hop Trip is all about the hops. I propose that from now on that we start talking about the 5-Cs. Even though it would be my least favorite, Crystal hops (if this beer is any indication) belong in that esteemed group without a doubt. I don't get the same hop-intensive explosion on the palate that I did in the nose. For that I'll blame the taming quality of the malt. It's still plenty juicy, though, with sweet orange and pink grapefruit surviving intact. Mary Jane says 'hi' too.

The mouthfeel is a few notches more full than medium, considering the style, and has a lightly chewy stickness on the finish that prolongs the pleasure. The well-buried carbonation is right up my alley and I find myself enjoying the mouthfeel more and more with each successive sip. Deschutes has seen fit to polish every aspect of this fine ale and has made sure that it's more than solid across the board.

Loving hops as I do, it's no wonder that I love a fresh, hoppy ale brewed by a great Pacific NW brewery. Prior to cracking the crown, I would have bet a considerable amount that a Crystal-exclusive APA couldn't possibly have impressed me this much. I don't mind being proven wrong though. Not if it means that I get to drink another outstanding beer from the good folks at Deschutes. Hop Trip begs to be made year-round.

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Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured an amber orange color with a very modest but sticky head to it. The head faded away to the edges but left some very nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a fresh, green hoppiness to it with a bit of a grapefruit, citrus, pine, herbalness to it. Very nice fresh hop aroma.

The taste follows the aroma with a nice and bright fresh hoppiness to it. Also like the nose it has a bit of a grapefruit and pine coming through. The bitterness is also very low on it. Overall a very nice and fresh tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an extremely easy drinking beer. It has a nice bright fresh hop flavor to it without much bitterness at all. Very good beer overall and one of the best fresh hop beers I've had.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date code on bottle: 267 0906M

Pours an orangish amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up cream-colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Piney notes & some grapefruit

T: Grapefruit & marmalade up front along with breadyness Piney hops dominate as this warms. Finishes with caramel, grapefruitty hops & some honey malt & piney hop snap at the end

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & juicy with. Skews a bit hoppy balance-wise, but it works for me

Drinks too easy. I could happily session on this

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/22/11.

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with a one finger head that lasted a long time. Had nice lacing.

S: Very nice aroma. Had a very prominent grassy aroma and some nice citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. A little bit of pine, but in the background.

T: Slight hop bitterness up front along with a fresh citrus flavor. The grapefruit is present as is the grassiness. Extremely fresh tasting. Has a slight bready malt backbone.

M/D: On the lighter side of medium with nice carbonation. Overall extremely enjoyable, could drink this one all day. The fresh flavor really made it nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber served right out of the fridge and poured into a DFH tapered Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice and very crystal clear deep orange amber. Very dark color on this one with almost a reddish hue to it. There was ample carbonation apparent in the form of lots of bubble chains streaking toward the surface and building tons of foam across the top. After the pour a large head of white foamy and frothy lace appeared across the top, perhaps as high as three inches before finally settling down to nothing more then a thin layer across the top and tons of side glass lace. A very nice look overall and pretty classic for a fresh hop ale, which the side glass lace being more sticky and strung out as opposed to being more sudsy and foamy.

S – The smell was very rich and fresh, as one would probably expect coming into this one, but it still should be mentioned. Of course the first notes that I picked up were of a nice rich hop presence. Big notes of pine and sugar, not so much heavy on the citrus side, and to be honest there was much more of heavy resiny aroma to it then a large floral display. Very nice grain notes were also becoming very much apparent; bring a good fullness to it. There was an underlying maltiness, almost akin to an amber ale that seemed to be showing its head as well, giving it a bit more character then just a hop ale.

T – The flavor was spot on. Now this was nowhere near one of those hugely bitter, mouth trashing IPA’s with the large IBU count and the deep floral and citrus hop assault. No, this was much more subtle and complex in its approach. Started out with a lot of grain, which might take you for a spin, but don’t worry its coming. Very nice balanced approach here running you through the earthy and cereal like notes. This then rolls over and a nice piney note starts to kick in, subtly at first but then getting stronger as the flavor builds before finally taking over the palate completely and turning into a very nice dry and bitter finish, leaving you there waiting for another sip. Very well done and a nice classic example of the style.

M – This was a good medium to light bodied ale that kept its carbonation profile alive throughout the entire session. There was definitely some oil in the flavor as well, some resiny like notes that really kept the feel a little oil like almost, but to be honest this was kinda nice as you could really taste the freshness of it. Very smooth clean finish with a nice long and dragged out finish that really let the flavors develop over time.

D – Not this was a nice session ale. Clocking in at only 5.5% it was nice to go back to the roots with a nice clean and easy drinking session ale that you could sit back and relax with little difficulty and really enjoy the whole experience. Very nice drinkability, in fact I am kinda upset that I only had the one as I would have really liked to have had another when it was all finished.

Overall this was excellent. I had this on my wants list forever as I really wanted to try it and see how good it was, and it really did not disappoint in the slightest. I was thoroughly impressed with the well balanced approach as well as the freshness that was still obvious, even a few months later. I would look forward to trying this one out again next year for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle in an IPA glass purchased this 12oz at Brass Rail for $2.77 after discount.

The color is golden hued amber with 3 fingers of pale tan head with very fine bead and thick lace with translucent clarity and visibly carbonated. The aroma has a mix of tropical fruit and pine hop odors with slight fruity yeast ester and mild malt scent which is mildly sweet. The feel is excellent with medium carbonation and semi-bitter in the initial sip with light toasted texture and semi-sweet essence with medium body and semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is great with very juicy hop flavor which has a slight mango and grapefruit combo with tangerine type taste with mild malt that has a toasted quality and subtle pine in the hop profile as it finishes with mild caramel however the finish is mostly dry. Overall I was pleasantly surprised...even though Deschutes is a favorite brewery of mine since I first tried them decades ago. I expected it to be good and this is great very highly recommend this great pale ale

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I popped the cap there was a pleasant fresh hop aroma, an aroma that you definitely don't get with dried hops. Glowing tawny hue with a mild chill haze that disappears after the brew warms up a little. Good frothing rocky head with a very sticky lace. Very aromatic with citric juicy overtones; Clementines and mandarin oranges come to mind with a hint of rind as well. Moderate body with a semi-smooth mouth feel. Oily fresh hop character with mild citric, faint pine and a wild floral tone in the back. Hop bitterness is not sharp at all but pleasant with a balancing character. Pale malt flavor has biscuity and bready flavors throughout. Hint of fruitiness with a drying woody character from the hops in the middle. Fresh herbs and edible flowers in the semi-dry hop saturated finish.

An easy session ale for me, I could see drinking this all of the time ... why can't hops be a year round crop. Its just not fair. Hop trip is an excellent example of what a fresh hop beer is all about.

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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a clear, orange, and a very thin layer of foam.

S: The smell is quite sweet and fruity. Oranges, lemons, pineapple. There's also some malty sweetness and a slight piney aroma.

T: The taste is not as good as I was expecting. It's quite sweet and malty. The fruity hop flavors are there, and there's a mild pine on the finish, but nothing outstanding.

M: The body is medium to light and there's a nice level of carbonation.

T: Despite the the fact that this beer is, overall, somewhat disappointing, it's still a decent "session" beer. It's not really a session beer though, due to its cost.

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Hop Trip (Bond Street Series) from Deschutes Brewery
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