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Desolation IPA | Amnesia Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amnesia Brewing
Washington, United States
amnesiabrews.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 01-09-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
39
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
19.41%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has become an increasingly rare event that I find an IPA that really surprises me. Bring that expectation into one made by a fairly recent brewery and I was quite surprised by this beer. Word on the street was that it was tapped yesterday and so this was as fresh as it gets.

Pours a lovely deep golden with a slight reddish tint. The body has a faint haze to it though the cause is unclear. Given its age, it could easily be yeast. Just s smattering of foam on top gives the pint a noble look.

The aroma is shocking in its ripe brilliance. The freshness is certainly to "blame" but the up front citrus and pine smells are untainted by any sharp grassy notes.

The taste is very generous with its ingredient-laden bliss. The hops create a sweet and fruity bundle that greets you quickly, but neither it nor the full bittering body overpowers or detracts from a solid malt backbone. The malt profile is fairly simple - pale and maybe maybe one or two specialties, but its nice and allows you to enjoy the hop contributions to their fullest.

Overall, the beer is a joy to drink. It has the nasty requirement that you drink more of it, and with the exception of having to leave, I could have probably drank it all night. And my mouth is already watering in anticipation of our next meeting.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber with a ruby cast and orange highlights. Short but creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.
Aroma: Low level caramelish malt and mild floral/spicy hops.
Flavor: Rich, sweetish, and caramelish malt. Floral followed by gently piney hops. Pine and spice in the finish. A very firm bitterness balances it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full and creamy smooth with a delicate zest on the the tongue.
Drinkability: A solid, basic IPA with good balance and an interesting blend of hops.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Amnesia brewery on Mississippi.

I agree with most other reviewers and many of my beer buddies: tasting this next to the Copacetic really ruins this beer! The desolation is more of a true west coast IPA than the copacetic, but it seems to be lacking some ooomph. It is a very good beer by itself. It pours an odd and murky amber hue with some copper tones and a decent head and lace. The nose is less citrusy and less fresh than the copacetic but the hops are not really jumping out either. The taste is perfectly pleasant but not really outstanding.

Everything about this beer says: good, happy, okay. But not great. If this were at another brewpub or among several lesser taps I would say "go for it" but save your taste buds for the Copacetic and Dopacetic.

Worthy (just barely)

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Photo of slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SMITHAND
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of amnesia85
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

Unfiltered hazy dark orange/amber body topped with 1/2 finger of creamy head. Surprisingly decent retention and lace from such a small head.

Plentiful caramel malt with some toasted grains as well. The malt almost overpowers the hops entirely, although some fruitiness- manages to peek through. Not bad at all, but I'd love to see the hop presence beefed up in this brew.

Medium-full bodied, with a fairly substantial, velvety feel.

Overall impression: A vastly inferior brew to Amnesia's excellent Copacetic IPA. My least favorite brew from one of my favorite small breweries.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Amnesia Brewing in the Mississippi. Thanks to ramnuts for taking me there!

A: Pours an extremely cloudy orange-amber body with a finger of off-white head. Retention is moderate and it produces a light collar on the brew. As I mentioned to Frank, I like my IPAs clear, whereas he likes them hazy. This category is probably the biggest source of our ratings difference.

S: A lightly fruity aroma; it was clear next to Copacetic that this wasn't exactly citrusy, but it had some kind of fruit I couldn't place exactly. I smelled more earthy / Noble hops than anything else, along with a slight pepper sting and caramel / toast.

T: Light citrus; it's mainly earthy and grassy. The hop flavor is more subdued in favor of bitterness, which offsets the caramel and toast malt nicely. A peppery bite in the finish. A clean end without much lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation.

D: I'm all right on this one. I agree with Frank that it's a solid, dependable product, but it's no Workhorse, Sculpin, or even Copacetic. I'd have it again, but not necessarily over other choices.

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Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of leftoverburrito
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a quart growler of this while at the brewery. I poured the sample two days later into a snifter.

A - A deeply hazed dark amber w/ a thin tan speckled tan and white head. The lace was a decent sheet w/ holes punctuating it.

S - This has an aroma like a nectar of citrus hops. Sweet smells both floral and pungent w/ light pepper accents.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, with oily hop feel that envelopes the mouth. Lightly bitter with semi sweet finish and light carbonation which may have been due to the growler
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T - A hoppy yet balanced IPA in flavor. Loads of fresh hop flavors w/ citrus playing the dominant role. A gentle taste of malt for the foundation allows a nutty tast that was sweet to coincide. The hops have a peppery spice quality that follows through to the finish. A taste of warming alcohol perks up towards the end.

D - I like everything about this ale. This was really easy to sip. A bit too strong for a session, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Henry's Tavern in Portland.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head and some decent lacing.

Smell is rather light, some light citrus hops and some toasted malt.

Taste is a bit subdued as well. Some citric hoppiness and a steady light toasted malt flavor. But not quite as much of either as I would like in an IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little too dry for my liking.

Drinkability is good, not too bitter or heavy. I don't think I liked it enough to want to keep drinking it but it's not bad.

HV

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap @ Urban Farmer restaurant* in Portland on 11-30-10 and presented in a stange glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazed orange amber with garnet highlights. Two-finger, creamy white head with decent retention and lacing. Aromas of citrus hops and caramel malt.

Sweet caramel malt opening followed by a blast of citrus hops and spicy pine. A moderate bitterness balances the caramel malt, with flavor that's suggestive of a ruby red grapefruit wrapped in brown sugar. Yum.

Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and delicate carbonation. Pairs well with raw Pacific oysters.

An extremely fresh IPA with exceptional balance and interesting interplay between malt and hops. Remember: Amnesia Brewing. Now, don't forget.

*emphasis on local, organic sourcing.

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Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Henry's Tavern in Portland. Pours an amber-orange colour with white head. Smells of citrus hops and caramel malt. Not overly bitter, fairly balanced. This wasn't quite the hop blast I expect from a west coast IPA, but it is pleasant enough. Medium bodied carbonation.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a large Pilsner type flute, Desolation is a cloudy pale bronze with a small off-white head that leaves heavier lace.

Smell is moderate (served too cold of course) sweeter, floral like hops.

Taste is crisp toasted malt, very bready, with a earthy profile and spicy bite and low hop flavor for a Portland IPA, more like a nice and refreshing pale ale!

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with a medium body.

Drinkablity is ok, pretty good taste though not one to satisfy a hop fix, a bit grainy but no indication of strength. While it's been to long, I like their Copacetic IPA better...

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Photo of fitius5150
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes there's a tap waiting when you least expect it; in this case, it was at Podnah's Pit BBQ, NE Portland. Love this place for it's quirky beer list (Duchesse de Bourgogne bottles??? Konig Ludwig on-tap???) and killer smoked meats. This was poured in a standard pint.

A: Warm, hazy ruby-brown - murky, yet appealing in color. Creamy eggshell head, but relatively thin. Lots of rising carbonation and plenty of good-looking bands of sticky lace.

S: Smells of sweet caramel and toasty grainy. Not as much hop aroma as expected; what there is is curiously fruity, not necessarily citrus. More of a muddled fruit, like passion fruit or pomegranate. Weird.

T: Lots of malty grainy, lightly toasted. Hops seem blanketed with malt. Hops are orange zest and slightly bitter. I'd guess the keg may be old except that I've had this beer before a couple times and always found the hops to be subdued.

M: Nice level of carbonation gives a generally crisp mouthfeel. Clean hop profile, not much aftertaste. Grainy, bitter finish.

D: Moderate hoppiness actually makes this a more enjoyable beer for me. Good grain/hop balance. Good flavor, if not particularly refined-tasting. All in all, a satisfying brew, one I'd have again.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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