Pinedrops IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +2.3%
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%
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 +7.2%
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 +14.2%
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 -6.2%
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 -2.6%
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 -7.2%
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 +1.3%
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 -19.1%
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 +8%
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 +16%
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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Photo of Bulabeers
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Orange gold
S: Pine oranges grapefruit apricot
T: Caramel, pine and citrus hops
: Perfect carbonation and refreshing finish no alcohol
O: Very good

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Photo of jmasher85
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Welcome to flavor country, folks! This is what the great North West should taste like if it were a beer instead of a region of the United States. Thick with pine resin and juniper, this could almost be likened to a sweeter gin. The hops are there, but so seamlessly blended into the piney flavors that it just tastes like a new kind of beer altogether. Similar to Dogfish's Pennsylvania Tuxedo, but less sweet and a hell of a lot stronger. Maybe not something I'd drink in multiples, but a great first bottle!

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Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazy, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big pine resin, grapefruit rind, and a touch of cracker. Really bitter aftertaste. Very clean. Nice piney IPA. I do prefer other Deschutes ipas more, but this one is worth seeking out for hopheads.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey golden colour with a big bubbly White layered head. Aroma a hint of pine and citrus, malt. Taste grapefruit, pine, citrus not very big but it's there.

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Photo of WittyBeerReference
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow, that's piney. I know I know hence the name. Its as advertised hints of pine and spruce. Still drinkable. It offers enough for me to look forward to pursuing other IPA's from this brewery.

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Photo of sentimetal
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love this IPA - it's nutty with some bitter pine; refreshing and bitter. It reminds me of what a hoppier version of an English IPA would be.

L - A hazy gold, almost honey colored liquid with a white head and a lot of white lacing.

S - Bitter hops that remind me of pine and nuts. There's also a sweetness within the bee scent that I cannot attribute mainly to the hops nor the malt. The smell fits the name almost perfectly.

T - Bitter hops and nuts. It's bitter yet refreshing. The nuts add an interesting variable to the flavor, helping you to appreciate the malt backbone, but the taste still leaves me very refreshed.

F - Not thick, yet still thick for an IPA. Very sudsy and bubbly, yet not overly carbonated. There is a sharpness, a bite to to the feel that comes from the hops.

Overall - A nice piney, nutty IPA. Very different from a west coast IPA or even more balanced IPAs such as Two Hearted Ale. This beer reminds me of a higher quality version of Goose Island IPA. Know a hop head looking for something that's hoppy yet different? This beer fills one of those niches. It's a great IPA and deserves more credit than it gets - my own personal opinion, at least.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 1.89/12 oz bottle ($ 0.157/oz) at the Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Bottle dated BB 06/28/16 at 36 degrees (Hotel reefer temp) into a hand washed and dried BV snifter
Aroma – weak, more resiny than piney
Head – small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular two to five mm frothy ring and uneven frothy layer
Lacing poor – thin sketchy lines of tiny bubbles
Body – light yellow-orange, opaque
Flavor – Again, mostly resin, little pine, slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.

An average IPA, nothing exciting here. One and done.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this as part of a Deschutes mixed 12 pack. I was unhappy to see a "best by" date of 5/24, just 4 days after I bought the box. However, the beer was still plenty hoppy and full of piney flavor, so it must not have lost much punch. There was a huge amount of foam in a normal pour. Recommended for fans of piney dank IPAs. Normal bitterness for an IPA, not extreme.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma offers grapefruit, orange peel, spicy, dank pine, biscuity malts.

The flavor continues with evergreen, pine, medium bready malt, along with some more grapefruit and citrus. Lingering with more dank and pine towards the finish.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow with about an inch of head and plenty of lacing present.

Smell: Tons of pine along with some hops and citrus.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Lots of pine present. Some hop bite and citrus present as well. Tastes fantastic. Great to get a different take on the IPA since most I have had are the more fruity citrusy versions.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is a fantastic IPA for the more piney version of the style. Those who prefer the grapefruit bombs will likely not enjoy this very much but I enjoyed this different take very much. Great start to the new variety pack that I just picked up! I would buy this beer again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of kitch
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 14th July 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a slightly less than three finger white head with decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong piney aromas with some light lemon peel and grass in the background.

Taste: Like the aroma, I get strong pine and lemon peel. Finish is lightly peppery with a lasting toasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This is a decent IPA with nice crispness, but its not my first choice IPA style.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: See through yellow with a white head, leaves some nice lacing down the side.

S: Piney with a slight amount of citrus as well.

T: Super strong on the pine with a fair amount of hops to it as well.

F: Low on the carbonation but a full mouth feel.

O: A pretty good beer defiantly one that would go good with some BBQ!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright gold glass holds a thin white head that laces. Some mild chill haze and pale color take some points.

Aroma: Stone fruit, peach and grapefruit, a firm sugary base promises to cut any bitter burn.

Taste: Hops are strong and up front, citric, pine, little lemon peel, the bitterness dries out and ends almost balanced save a thin almost metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, high carbonation makes it a bit gassy and prickly. Oily finish fades with some alcoholic heat.

Overall: A hoppy IPA, west coast trying to put the emphasis on pine flavors, and there are a lot here mixed with citric and sweetness. There's a slight soapy note in the finish and the whole package seems to want to be a lighter Pale Ale, maybe the body just isn't quite up to the task of holding all the hops. Dialing down both might actually make a tasty session, but it's just a bit overdone here.

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