Neon Daydream
Deschutes Brewery

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,427
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,792
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 9.76%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
60
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  5
SCORE
85
Very Good
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stevoj from Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Albertsons. Pale hazy yellow with a thin foamy head. Light grainy aroma, hint of hops. Taste features very subdued citrusy notes, putting this somewhere between a session IPA and a kölsch. Lemony notes, biscuity malts.

Apr 06, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a quickly dissipating white head.

Tastes heavily of unsweetened grapefruit-citrus rind with light pine mixed in. Finishes with a light bitterness but not much else going on and a thin mouthfeel.

Mar 28, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2021-03-13
4oz sample at the brewery.

Pours a bright hazy yellow with a big creamy head. Smell is fruit and pine, maybe leaning toward lemon.

Taste is lemon, citrus pith, moderate juiciness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, quite good.

Mar 15, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack bottles $9.79 Tamuras
25 days old
Smell of citrus
Hazy golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Some citrus flavors, light pine, grapefruit, light bitterness finish
Overall an ok beer. Tastes a little watery for me.

Mar 08, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It was packaged on 7/9/2020....and is recommended to drink within 4mos. so its a little past due....and I think it surely affected the scent and taste. The beer poured a hazy pale yellow with thin white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had subtle skunk and bitter citrus hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with skunky flare and bitter citrus highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was not overly tasty.....will try again....buy will make sure of freshness.

Dec 06, 2020
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent hazy, drinkable but nothing over the top. Would not be my 1st choice for a hazy but was a nice standout in fall variety pack and certainly something mild enough for guests.

Nov 09, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Straw and hazy in color with a thin white head. Smells are strong citrus, orange, grapefruit and lime. Taste follows the smell, favors are not as strong as the aroma though. Good not great

Oct 21, 2020
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mpavilion from California

2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Straw-colored. Taste is somewhat thin, bitter, & sharp; lacks the complexity I would expect from Deschutes. Nowhere in the same league as something like Fresh Haze.

Oct 08, 2020
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours hazy bright yellow with one finger of white head that leaves some splashing sea foam lace as it recedes.

Smells of sliced key limes, doughy pale malt, guava, mango, pineapple, navel orange, wet stone and soft pine needles.

Tastes of bread, more lime and orange citrus juiciness, muddled tropical fruit, more hard water and piney hops.

Feels light and spritzy. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Another nice thirst quencher as the weather continues to cool.

Sep 22, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12 oz. bottle poured into a clear pint glass gives little promise. The liquid is a very pale straw yellow with a bit of cloudiness. A faint aroma of dry hop bitterness appears for the nose. There's not much of the white head, but it does last. Amazingly, Neon Daydream laces the glass liberally. The taste is as the appearance, dryly hoppy and very shallow. There's no malt base or appreciable softening starches to give it any balance nor body. Perhaps intended as a session hazy, it's more like one and done.

Sep 12, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle on porch with DW, 8-26-2020.
Very light hazy look. Slight orange aroma. Malty backbone. Similar to their Handup IPA, but less creamy. Highly carbonated, light and refreshing! Good all around.

Aug 26, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Hazel's in Boulder. Bought for drinking while homebrewing a hazy IPA. Bottled 06/29/20; consumed 08/19/20.

A&S: The name really matches with the appearance of this brew. Bright hazy yellow beer with lively carbonation. The head is white and fizzy and dies quickly. The aroma is lacking especially initially. All I could get at first was pale malts and faint citrus. Aroma intensives (especially the citrus), but doesn't increase in complexity.

T&M: The taste primarily consisted of bitter grapefruit and orange peels. Very light mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.

Overall: Nothing special, but pretty solid. Probably wouldn't buy again, but if you like the style it is a good one to try.

Aug 19, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.99 at my grocery store. Was pleasantly surprised, this might be the best hoppy Deschutes out there, although I'm still mildly a fan of Mirror Pond and Inversion.

Pours a relatively bright, but cloudy/hazy yellow, 1/3" white head. Good hop aromatics here, sweet lemon and orange citrus seems evocative of Citra hops, but its actually Lemondrop and Cashmere.

Taste keeps the hop flavors pushing along, good Simcoe usage for bittering that is equally matched by the lemon, lime, guava, melon notes from the other hops. The body is super light but not watery or trubby from an overflaked adjunct lineup of wheat and oats. I definitely got my money's worth out of this 6 pack, they're plenty enjoyable. Manages to get a citrus juiciness, a light body and a respectable bitterness and approaching dry finish all at the same time. Whereas Mirror Pond and Inversion seem almost malty by comparison, this one takes a super light malt bill approach to some lesser used hops these days and it works pretty well.

Aug 11, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - Packaged on 06/04/20:

Pours hazed yellow with a fizzy head that disappears. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of oranges and lemon. Some sweet cake-like bread.

The taste is of candied lemons and oranges. Some sweetness with a touch of tart in the finish.

Light-bodied, it is somewhat fizzy.

It's a decent light "sessionable" hazy ale. Low-keyed. Citrus comes through well enough.

Aug 11, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with a pronounced haziness. There’s a quarter inch of dishwater white on top. There’s an aroma of lemon to lightly grassy hops. The flavor is lemon hop forward. The light malt is definitely a background element. The mouth is light and extremely refreshing.

Aug 01, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale straw, hazy, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Citrus, floral, lemon.

Taste- Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, clean finish, slightly above average carbonation, crisp.

Jul 26, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & hazed straw color. Great lacing and head retention

S: Oranges and strawberry, fades a bit

T: Follows the nose, dryness & some green melon up front. plus grassyness. More green melon, grassyness & a little tangerine as this warms. Finishes grassy, a little dry with strawberry & green melon

MF: Medium body, fairly crisp carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright but I had higher hopes for this one

Jul 22, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright, completely hazy, light lemony color with a soft white head. SRM of 5. Extremely light and bright. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild to moderate aromas of light orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus. A little zesty and soapy too. Quite pleasant. (4.00)

Flavor: Comes in with orange and lemon citrus mostly. Rather crisp and zesty too. Finishes with nice carbonation and dry. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied with a creamy, yet crisp mouthfeel. Quite rounded and nice. (4.00)

Compared to New Blegium's American Haze 7/12/20: Pours a much lighter color. Much better citrus aromas and flavors. Overall, a much better beer.

Overall: A pleasantly surprising beer. For a 4.8% beer this one is quite good. Nice orange, lemon, and citrus flavors with a nice and rounded mouthfeel. Not to mention a very nice and classy appearance. Pleasantly surprised here. (Final Rating: 4.02)

Jul 12, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged May 27th 2020.

It pours a hazy lemon with an ample head of foam.

The smell has good notes of grapefruit citrus, orange peel, enjoyable level of hoppiness.

Grapefruit citrus bitterness, orange peel, tiny hint of tropical fruit. Little bit of grainy malt in the taste as well.

Light body but not watery.

Pretty delicious example of the style.

Jul 11, 2020
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A golden hazed look with white head with lace clinging
the smell is fruity with slight citrus with floral aroma
the feel and flavor are light with slight astringency medium carbonation with
mild bitterness and slight grassy hop in the middle with light malt and subtle yeast with bitter citrus in the back yet still very drinkable at 4.8% with lingering astringency

Jul 04, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/19/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellowish golden; fluffy eggshell white head that fades leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of floral and citrus notes. Some fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. Some orange and lemon along with some hints of grapefruit. Some peach, apricot and pineapple in the mix. Some fresh grass. More bread and crackers. Moderate bitterness. Subtle sweetness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid brew. It's basically a "New England Pale Ale". It's clean, crisp, refreshing and fitting for the warmer weather. Well done. I like it.

Jun 08, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and a pale yellow in color with a white, rocky near two-finger width head. Fair retention before dying to a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. A few broken lines and small spots for lacing.

Smell - Fair aroma. Getting hints of lime, passionfruit and an underlying bready sweetness.

Taste - Not particularly juicy nor punchy in flavor, but you do get some nice notes of passionfruit, lychee and a kiss of tangerine on the finish. Bready malts add sweetness beneath.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Drinks easy enough, but the finish could probably stand to be more crisp

Overall - Many of Deschutes' summer ales of years past have been bland and uninteresting - not this one. While not the most flavorful or juicy of hazies, it does have enough flavor to keep it at least interesting. I won't be mad at seeing it in the mixed pack this summer.

May 31, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, packaged on 03/24/20. Hazy yellow body with a foamy white head. Aroma is guava, lemon-lime, and lemongrass. Big-time refreshing flavors of lemon-lime, guava, passion fruit, pineapple, lemongrass, and mild biscuity malt. Thinner body, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter finish with a bit of tartness. This will be a great beer to drink this summer!

May 25, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled floral with fruity notes and caramel. Sweet tropical fruit taste with low bitterness and a sweet touch of caramel.

May 15, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, packaged on 4/15/20, poured into Parish Teku.

Has a hazy blonde body with a creamy 2 finger head that recedes to 1/2 finger.

Aroma of dragonfruit and starfruit, with malt grist and some light papaya.

Flavor starts with cereal grist and then brings a swath of uneven piney bitterness that subsides as some dried apricot, dried starfruit, and orange tea remain on the tongue. There are hints of grapefruit zest throughout.

Feel is somewhat juicy, has a crisp carbonation, and a drying juicy finish. Slight annoyingly dry finish.

Overall, an underwhelmer. Was hoping for more here and Deschutes has done better on the haze front, but this might be the worst one they've done yet.

Price paid : $1.59 / bottle
Would buy again : no

May 15, 2020
Neon Daydream from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 60 ratings