Trojan Horse IPA
Deschutes Brewery

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American IPA
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3.95 | pDev: 12.41%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 3
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/3/11. Served in a 10 oz Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy bright-white head. This maintains a rich frothiness and leaves back a sudsy cascade of lacing that hangs in thick swathes. The aroma smells fresh and floral in the nose, along with some sharper pine notes and a good bit of zesty grapefruit. Supportive sweet grains sit underneath, adding a little extra oomph for those hops to sit on top of.

The taste is almost all zesty and bitter grapefruit character, with a bit of an herbal flavor as well and a strong resinous feel. The malts have a nice grainy sweetness to them that do a great job of balancing out the bitterness yet still staying clean enough to allow those vibrant hop flavors to pop. The finish is pretty assertive, being dry and piney and trailing a bit of light spice. The mouthfeel feels fantastic here on cask, being medium bodied, with a smooth and easy feel that still possesses just enough of a prickle to still give this some assertive presence in the mouth.

This was pretty darn good IPA, with a bunch of bold hop flavors that really jumped out and were aggressive, yet this still stayed well balanced and super easy drinking from the cask conditioning. I could have easily gone for a full pint of this if I wasn’t so beered out from the rest of the day.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dsechutes had this beer on draft and on cask this past weekend at their portland pub. I went with the cask version.

The beer pours a fairly cloudy golden amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing (especially for cask beer). The nose is quite attractive, as I get considerable orange citrus, with some underlying light pine and earthiness. This beer smells as if it's going to be a prett hoppy IPA (which, as it turns out, it is). The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and I appreciate how well balanced it is. The beer definitely leans to the hoppy, dry, west coast style, but there's enough malty sweetness in the mid palate to balance that hoppy bitterness. I get a considerable amount of orange citrus in this beer, but then the finish is quite bitter with some underlying astingency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with this beer delivering plenty of flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, as you would expect in a cask IPA, and my guess is this beer would probably be better on tap than on cask. Still, I thought this a very solid, very enjoyable IPA from Deschutes.

A couple of thoughts about this beer. My understanding is that this is another experimental IPA that you can only get at the brewpub, and I sort of wonder what the brewer was going for in this beer. The reason I say that, is that this beer is the most nugget nectar like IPA I have ever tasted, and I'm wondering if that's by accident or design. In any event, this is a very well made, very easy to appreciate and enjoy IPA from Deschutes.

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3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Portland Pub, served in a pint glass.

A - Arrives at the table a bright lighter orange with a small off-white head. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S - Very grassy and floral.

T - Floral, Citrus, leafy.

D - Average carbonation and body.

O - At 95 IBU I was really looking forward to this one, but the floral tones just tasted too soapy to me. The hops were nice up front, but the flower soap hits you hard at the finish.

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Trojan Horse IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3 ratings