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)
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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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Ratings: 1,392 |  Reviews: 529
Photo of Sammy
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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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3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Hop Trip Harvest Ale (Fresh Hop Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,392 ratings