Pinedrops IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,216
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,466
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,257
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Oregon, United States
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Pinedrops IPAPinedrops IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 1,257 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Oopssorryy:
Photo of Oopssorryy
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Jason
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Lighter color, pale golden hue with some haze. While not an incredibly bitter, clean emphasis on the piney citrusy aroma and flavor. Kiss of alcohol in the middle, lots of hop depth. Just enough cracker-like maltiness to hold some balance. Smooth and drinkable, the hoppiness keeps it interesting enough. Any true hophead will want to check this one out.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellar temperature in my tulip.

This IPA presents a poofy, pure-white cloud of white foam, about two cm tall, and it stays stubbornly, only to eventually leave a nice mess of lacing behind. The color is a pale golden orange.

Well. This smells deftly dank, definitely. Sweet, floral honey and orange tempt like candy. Dank and piney hops are noted and appreciated enthusiastically.

*Sip.* Oh, ho ho. HO OH HO! WHOAH. Ahem... *sip* 'Kay I'm quite taken. QUITE taken with the level of pine and dankness thrown down by this specimen. Throughout an entire sip, and well into a lingering finish, my mouth is awash with a resoundingly resinous, bittersweet herbal hop dankness of the finest kind. And the tangy orange running underneath this storm of pine needles and hops is the ultimate compliment to said intensity.

The feel is kinda medium, but coats the mouth in a way similar to how various plant juices tend to stick and linger on one's fingers or palate. Anyone who's cooked with their hands on a lotta herbs, like basil for instance, can attest.

To one such as myself who holds pineyness and dankness up as the pinnacles of IPA ideals, this is one of the most supremely superior ones I've EVER had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As Deschutes brewers have ventured onto the new-age of IPA, building all the smooth tropical fruit, citrus fruit and mild bittering power of current hops- their Fresh Squeezed gives an exotic taste for hop-heads to chew on. But Pinedrops IPA is differnt- it steps into the rustic, unrefined, throat-gripping bitterness on which old-timer hop-head initially cut their teeth.

Harking back to those good 'ole days, the traditional American IPA pours lightly hazed, casting a soft glow across a honey-copper glow. Underneath its honey-soaked graham cracker and nectarine marmalade scent lies the perfume of freshly sawn pine. Malty sweet flavors are mildly of caramel and pecan before the hop onslaught assumes on the middle palate.

Malt sweetness relaxing and hop intensity growing, the rise of absolute pine resins are strong with grassy, juniper, herbal and spicy pine flavors that gain even more prominence as the nectarine, tangerine and apricot character follows the sweetness into obscurity. But as the taste concludes, the deep and sappy flavor of pine reigns supreme.

Medium-bodied, the ale isn't all dryness and hops as its graham cracker arid sweetness lingers to apply a tepid balance to the intense bittering power of those alpha hops. Its finish is spicy with fresh grass clippings, pepper and obviously fresh torn pinecones.

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

this is a good ipa, especially if you are not in the mood for your standard run of the mill hop bombs with no character. the malt is on the light side but that lets the piney, citrusy goodness come through without being offensive. definitely worth a try for ipa guys and gals.

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Photo of Tilly
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden straw pour with a nice foamy one finger head with pretty good retention. Nice lace left on the glass.
Floral, honey, lemon/citrus, resin aromas.
Great resins, citrus, floral and a hint of sweet honey.
Great carbonation, slight bitterness. At first this stemmed like a boring tasteless beer. On fact, it picks way up as it drinks. Interesting best.

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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 woemad
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at a local grocery store for an amount of money that eludes me now but definitely less than $2. According to the label, it is best before February 9, 2015. I expect this is an homage to the traditional PNW IPA, with a hop flavor that is as much piney as citrusy. “Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse.” How do you brew for silence?

Poured into a pseudo-IPA glass from Mad Bomber Brewing Co., this was a hazy, orangye amber color, with a big, thick, rocky off-white head that took lots of time falling and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

No surprises in the nose, except it’s a little sweeter than I expected: piney and citrusy hop aroma, in that order. I also got a little bit of a sweet berry scent.

The taste starts off piney, but also fairly citrusy upfront, with grapefruit and orangepeel being fairly dominant parts of that taste. Midway through the hop flavor takes on a more herbal component that still barely manages to stay in harmony with the opening taste, bringing an almost sour lemony and grassy element to the proceedings. Throughout there’s a spicy, peppery thing in the background, along with a mild, bready malt backbone that keeps things from getting overly bitter. Things end on a crisp, dry note, but a resiny aftertaste fills the mouth.

Medium bodied, with a creamy, oily, resiny mouthfeel.

A bitter take on the IPA that will probably not please those who prefer a fruit bomb version of the style. I like it, myself, but I’m not sure it’s something I would want to session unless specifically in the mood for it. I’m glad I took the time out from stouts and winter beers to try it, and consider it another worthy beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi-clear, bubbly and hazy golden amber. Head is a pillowy, chunky, well-retaining lemon-white. Pine, resin, sweet orange, slight vegetal dankness on the nose. Pine makes up the bulk of this palate, from beginning to end, followed by subdued crackery malts. Citrus qualities are there as well, stronger as the beer warms, but on the first several passes, don't really get past the pine until the finish, which is about like chewing on a lemon or grapefruit seed. Very bitter. Mild peppercorn and other spice in the back as well. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, drinkable in spite of puckering bitterness, dryness, and astringency. This one is a veritable kick in the teeth, at least compared to many other Deschutes IPAs. Still, I think may like most of the other ones better.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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 TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Ksmoove27
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orangish-gold, 1 finger head, nice lacing

Smell: Citrus and Pine; not a strong aroma

Taste: Piney/grass and bitter....not great..aftertaste leaves a bitter pine for some time.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation...dry finish

Overall: Name is what it is...a little too much pine and grass for a regular drinking IPA. Probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for all the great dark stuff these guys make, its the hoppy beers that really move me. i think they are so far ahead of the game, and this one is just another of their really awesome ipas. i love the price points too, really fair. when i first smelled and tasted this, i almost thought pinedrops had to be a new hop varietal or something, its just such a pungent pine and lemon thing going on in the aroma and flavor, that it seemed brand new to me. i was surprised to learn it was a lot of northwesten hops i am already quite familiar with, working together to create this very autumnal, very woodsy, incredibly delicious ipa. i dont know how they do it, i mean, i can definitely get centennial, but that explains more of the wood than the pine itself, there really is a pine needle complexion to this, i love it. medium acidity too, a little sappy sweetness to make it round, and lots of bubbles to make it refreshing. they know something i dont know about using these hops, must be real late kettle, but how do they get it to be this pine forward? elements of spruce beer even going on here, its just killer stuff. definitely going to drink a bunch more of this in the coming weeks.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter than expected yellow, good 1/2" head on it, impressive looking beer from a brewery I haven't been impressed with for a long time.

Aroma didn't hit me with the blast of pine I was hoping for. It was inviting, bitter and mildly tree like, but so are most ipas. A tad perfumy.

Taste, decent, but I don't know that it offers much in the way of something different than inversion or mirror pond used to. Perhaps some proprietary hops, but ultimately, its a decent ipa that won't knock your socks off. It does finish relatively dry, which is nice given as much blending as they seem to do with the other beers that leave a stale wood flavor in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is straightforward, bitter, grapefruit and pine. A solid delivery system. Somewhere between third and second tier ipa grouping.

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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 MaddDogg84
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtnord
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tracywithbeer24
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very hoppy. Clearly recognizable pine and spruce flavors. Tastes like a forest and my childhood. Would buy again. Would recommend to friends.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky pale yellow body topped with discrete carbonation bubbles. Decent lacing considering the modest head.

Nose is sweeter than I expected. Kind of honey floral levity to it. Notes of sap and spice creep in, but this is much more driven by those lighter notes which surprised me.

Flavour draws from the same deck: initially dancing lightly on the tongue with honeysuckle sweetness, and a light malt backdrop that fits the summer season nicely. And just when those festivities are starting to wind down it wallops you with a big dose of straight pine intensity which only builds and builds through the finish. Bitter pine and sap cut a swath out of your tongue as they escape down your gullet...
This is an interesting interplay of seeming opposites within the IPA world, and one that I find myself enjoying more than I expected to. Instead of seeming incongruous with the light sweet start and the bitter bitter pine finish, instead they compliment one another and allow one to experience the best of both worlds. Complete as opposed to jarring. Dig it

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: IPA snagged across the border. A cloudy orange-yellow (on the light side of this) with three fluffy fingers of white head. Aroma recalls melon, bramble fruit, a little tropical mystery (papaya maybe?), grapefruit ... Candy-like and vibrant. The pine does come through nicely in the finish, a decent dose of old time cough medicine for what ails ya. Initially, though, one gets a bunch of the fruits from the nose (melon and nectarine in particular ... Or maybe its papaya again) and a little green pepper to boot. Crisp and refreshing, with the body on the light end of medium and a decent charge of carbonation. Huge resins at the end, needles and sap. The malts are low key, again, a bit old school. Deschutes pleases me as usual. Great aroma will stand out, as will the resinous finish. Maybe the middle section gets lost a little ... Oh well.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ocelot2500
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of the citrus hops layered over a light malt base. Hops lead off with notes of lemon, pine, and some herbs. Malts come next with a bit of grainy sweetness. Moderately bitter. Finishes fairly clean with a slight, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA, but nothing special.

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Pinedrops IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1257 ratings