Pinedrops IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse.

Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Munich, Crystal, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Northern Brewer, Chinook, Centennial, Equinox

Added by chugamugofsud on 06-12-2013

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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 1,178
Photo of Beejay
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale gold in color with a light haze, and a large light tan head.

S: Light grapefruit aroma as well as a bit of pine resin. Some light bread notes as well.

T: Pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, with light herbal finish.

M: Medium in body, moderate carbonation, but a nice soft feel to it.

O: Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a decent cap of white head. Fades at a pretty quick clip, but leaves some fine lacing behind.

Nose is citrus and pine needles, not quite sap resinous, but more like crushed up pine needles. Candy sweetness and maybe even some bubblegum.

Taste is a decent blend of pine bark and pine needles drizzled with agave syrup. To me, this isnt very appealing, but Im not a huge fan of piney hops. Id take a Red Chair over this anyday.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 bottle in pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy light yellow- gold with a 1-finger head. Average head retention and some nice lacing.

S: Decent nose, with mostly citrus hops, with lemon being predominant.

T/F: Nicely balanced flavor with citrus and pine. Fairly light and crisp for an IPA, with not a lot of overwhelming bitterness.

O: Very good IPA, but a little short of great. A good choice for a little drinking session, as it goes down fairly smooth and is not too heavy in either character or ABV.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been awhile since I've tried this one from Deschutes (one of my favorite breweries) so here's my two cents: Nice clean, crisp IPA, no stickiness or resiny lingering hop bite that seems to be the norm these days, esp from the West Coast breweries. The aroma was a nice clean hoppy pine. Taste was great, balanced with some pine/citrus hop bitterness.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, best by 2/1/17.

Yellow beer, lighter than you'd expect. The head isn't quite what you'd expect either. It's white and despite its thinness, is creamy and laces well.

Pine and lemon zest.

Pine with a grapefruit backbone of bitterness. Juicy mix of malt and fruity hops. There's biscuit in the finish as it warms. This is a good bitter IPA.

This is big and juicy IPA that I definitely don't think is west coast. Medium to full bodied, carbonation on the lower, softer side which probably makes it seem thicker than it is.

I think this is a very good IPA from the PNW, which is full bodied, malty, and juicy.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with lots of streaming bubbles. A slightly yellow colored rocky head popped up to about a solid one finger on a fairly aggressive pour. Nice glass lacing as the beer went down.
The smell is straightforward pine. There is a touch of citrus in the smell and just a touch of dank way in the background.
The taste is very pine like with just a touch of grapefruit citrus coming through. This one is very piney bitter up front and on the finish.
Fairly light mouth feel with a crisp dry finish that makes you go in for another drink.
Overall a very nicely done IPA that is very pine based. I really like the mouth feel and that crisp dry finish. I could see myself picking up a six pack of this beer every now and than. Good stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a slightly hazy goldenstraw color, the bubble show building a two finger head; splashy lacing all around

Smell: Sulfur, spruce and pine, with a hint of lemon; some graham cracker in the malt bill tones

Taste: A hint of the graham cracker and then the hops take over, bringing spruce and pine elements with a touch of lemon; a bit of sweetness from the malt bill lingers into the finish but it takes a back seat to the hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist, taking the hop bill from the tropics to the pine forests; not in the top echelon, though

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearence: Yellow/gold with visible streaks of yeast fermentation. Yummy.

Smell: Piney, maybe lemon goodness, mostly as the title indicates.

Taste: The smell multiplied by about 5x. Lots of hops, no bitter. Awesome aftertaste leaving a refreshing, pine herb with a hint of lemon on the back of the tongue.

Feel: Light, easily drinkable, little dryness, wet mouth feel. Appetizing

Overall: My favorite Deschutes I've tried (out of this one and freshly squeezed), we have a winner!

Grabbed a six pack of bottles from the local grocery. Best by 11/24/16.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark yellow into the glass, with a generous white head that has some staying power. The beer has some light haze to it, and the head is thick and it's bubbles tightly packed. I may be influenced by the label, but the smell of this beer brings to mind the spring forest. Light floral notes complemented by a strong pine backbone, with a little bit of resin wafting to the nose. It really does smell like Ohio's state parks when spring takes hold and the forests spring to life. A wonderful experience.

The tastes starts out instantly with a resin, sap like flavor. Slowly with moves to a mild grapefruit flavor, with the bitterness rising in intensity. Once you swallow you get a burst of pine flavor, with the bitterness taking a small step back. This is short lived however, as this beer coats the tongue with a light pine flavor, but the bitterness clings with a tenacity, making sure you know this is a serious IPA. These flavors mix and transition well, making for a smooth drinking experience, something I find many IPAs struggle to attain. This mouth feel is not dry at all, to me at least. It feels wet, juicy, and very satisfying.

The mouth feel is light, with medium carbonation. This carbonation can be seldom seen, bubbling up through the liquid quickly. Blink and you'll miss it. You can feel the carbonation in the mouth, but it's not distracting at all. Really great beer, one of the first IPAs I've really enjoyed this much.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pinedrops IPA | Deschutes Brewer
bought this after having a different Deschutes beer and deciding this brewery is well worth another look:

A Nice show on the pour - pale lemonade hue - at least 2 fingers of clamshell white head with impressive lacing;

S very nice hoppy smell -

T hops that were understated on the nose take the front seat on the tongue. REALLY good IPA - strong hoppy bite - but not bitter at all. LOVE

M goes down easy, smooth

D to be savored

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Photo of Azzrian
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice IPA - has a medium to strong hoppiness, milky golden appearance. Wonderful aromas first present of pine needles, citrus, and honey.
Sticky thick mouthfeel.
The citrus flavor is enhanced by a sparkly carbonation tingle in the mouth much like a soda pop.
I only had a thin head layer on my pour with some lacing.
Grapefruit flavors in the aftertaste that linger.
Orange PEEL flavors rather than orange throughout but mild. Grapefruit predominates.
Sweet yet refreshing a nice balance but not my favorite IPA by any means.
Would buy and drink again though.
An interesting IPA and happy to have tried it.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed the pine, citrus and bitterness up front, but there's something about the finish that doesn't quite do it for me. I'm craving a dry finish here, but I'm getting sweet, sticky, and even slightly boozy flavors. Not bad, but definitely not my favorite hoppy beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is piney hops, sweet malts, orange and grapefruit.

T - The flavor starts with a good amount of grapefruit, orange and tangerine followed by a huge wash of piney resinous hops. Finishes with a bitter piney hop finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel nice easy finish.

O - A nice easy drinking IPA. The flavor are nicely balanced. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tumbler glass. Hazy golden color with a thick white head about two fingers. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Taste is bitter up front and sweet, thick of pine with a hint of citrus primarily grapefruit. Medium body with some carbonation to the beer. Overall a solid IPA, worthwhile trying.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with a thick off-white head and thin lace.

Aroma: Amazing fresh pine and citrus. Some tropical hops in there, too. Very very nice.

Taste: Thick pine and spruce notes for sure, with some bitter grapefruit and resinous hops. Plenty of malts here, making for a heavy and rich drink, packed with complexity and a unique flavor profile. Another winner from Deschutes, who can do little wrong on my palate.

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Photo of bft1
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got the 12 variety pack with this one. Nice, clean taste. Piney, grapefruit flavor as you might expect. Mouthful not the greatest too carbonated. I'd drink it again definitely. In fact I prefer it to Fresh squeezed, which seems overrated to me.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tap at Fat Head's Saloon, South Side Pittsburgh with Leah on a date day. First time here. Taste is definitely grapefruit. Expected more of a pine taste. This is an adequate offering, but not too noteworthy.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden.

Smells of Honeysuckle. Sweet fruit. Pine-ish.

Very sweet for a piney IPA. Tastes of honeysuckle, passionfruit, light pine. Somewhat Bitter.

Feels thick and creamy.

Overall, great Piney IPA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Best by 06.28.16. Consumed 07.12.16. horseshoes and hand-grenades. in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Hazy bright orange has a whirling effect and full strength showing of effervesce bursting in the vessel. Solid ivory color head is frumpy and one inch high, remaining sturdy to the end. Medium high lace coverage covers the vessel with long streaks.

S: Lemon drops and onion grass aroma. Initial wet approach quickly fades to a light dry pine hopping of short duration and less then medium strength.

T: The flavor delivered some grassy-pine hopping upfront with a good initial snap, semi-dry, with a bit of harsh hopping coming on strong and bitter on the finish. Some tart orange, lightly dry, and lingering grassy-pine hop fade and oily hop resins mix on the finish.

M: Snappy carbonation, medium malt base, dry toasted bread feel, mixes with some oily hop resins on the tongue.

O: Overall a strong rate of hopping, dry and biter, big west coast grassy-pine hop appeal.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Pinedrops IPA at Boyne Country Provisions. I had this beer at a beer fest recent and I thought it would be a good idea to get a bottle so I could give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label is good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down toa thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mix of piney, lightly soapy, floral and herbal hop aromas that go into a pretty noticeable yeast aroma. Up next comes the malt which impart some sweet malt, pale malt, light toasted, bready and doughy aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I like the balance.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart a lot more of a piney flavor this time and it seems to stick out more than the floral and herbal hops with no soapy hops this time. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and that leads into the malts which impart all the same aspect that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of bitterness that lingers for a little bit and it has a really hoppy, piney and sweet malt like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it lives up to it's name.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, slightly creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice unique take on an IPA, I like how they took the piney hop approach on this one, it seems to be the road less traveled and it worked well with this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, but I think one might be my limit, the bitterness might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is that it lives up to it's name, it doesn't disappoint when it comes to the piney hop flavors. What I like the least about this beer was the lingering bitterness, I wish it was toned down just a little. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a piney IPA and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer, it's unique and it turned out to be a nice tasting IPA. It's not a favorite Deschutes beer, and it's above average for an IPA. Nice job guys, this is a tasty and unique beer, keep it up.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spruce, pine, a bit like a forest. Taste is piney, citrus, light malts, moderate bitterness, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice AIPA pours a lightly cloudy amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, thin layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of heavy pine, citrus notes of grapefruit, and nice caramel malts. Taste surpasses the nose with light cracker and piney hops that brace against citrus hops on all sides. Caramel malts round out the flavor hitting nicely on the sides and rear, and finishing with a lightly warming booze note with grain undertones. Nice mouth feel, crisp yet stick----heavy laden with hops and a bitter citrus/piney hops finish. Overall very nice with touch of saison flavor to it via the cracker taste. Substantial.


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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lighter colored pour, somewhere between straw yellow and a medium yellow, this is a little bit lighter than expected. Good head in terms of retention and lacing. Scent is lightly piney, with more herbal and almost onion notes coming through. A light citrus scent hits on the back end as well. The taste is basically the same as the nose, with semi-strong pine and wood up front, followed by a lighter bitterness that again displays a bit of onion. It is a little thin on the palate and high in carbonation, it drinks pretty easy though.

Overall, a little disappointing given its name. I was hoping for a much more pine-forward hop profile, but it isn't bad nonetheless. The onion profile in both the scent and taste was a little off-putting though.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice IPA with piney hops but a nice sweet malt balance to this one leaving only a touch of bitter in the finish. Usually not a fan of piney IPAs but this one works.

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Photo of burnstar
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty bright gold with a big persistent head that leaves tons of lacing. Smell is ridiculous resinous hops with a sort of crazy dark floral hop profile in the background. This is like the American IPA version of the Belgian positive barnyard characteristic. Taste is over-the-top piney hops. And the taste is extremely hard to isolate from that fantastic smell. But I think it's a little unbalanced and could use a little more malt. With that said, this is some great big-time pine hops which I love. Full bodied and nicely carbonated. A little heavy with that huge pine hop profile doesn't make it the the most drinkable brew. Still- what a great and distinct IPA.

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