mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deschutes is an odd brewery. Some of their stuff is absolutely killer (Obsidian, Abyss, Jubelale) whilst others are pretty... uh, not so good (Black Butte, Mirror Pond). This one kinda lies in between, but erring on the good side. I guess I was primarily impressed because it was a (very) rare US beer with genuine yeast character which really filled out the aroma beautifully. Bright citrusy hops (reminiscent of old-school LCPA) and sweet caramel blend with apricoty esters. Oddly it tastes quite different to how it smells - certainly not your classic APA. Quite sweet and caramelly with lots of stone fruit, spicy puddingyness and rather faint floral hoppiness. Weirdly enough it reminded me of Red Hillís seasonal beers (Hop Harvest obviously, but also Christmas, Temptation and Belgian Blonde). No citrusy hop flavour and decidedly lacking in bitterness, though not finishing too sweet. I thought itíd taste a lot hoppier. Still, pretty good, interesting stuff.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed on: 11-12-2006
Serving type: bottle
When I opened this bottle I was surprised that I got such a beautiful smell of fresh hops. Nice lacing and a nice orange-amber color. The first taste reminds me of hops, grass and peaches. The mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. I preferred this over Great Divide Fresh Hop by far. The low ABV adds to the drinkability.My first thought was to go back to the store and buy the remaining bottles, so I did. This is one of the best Pale Ales Iíve had in a long time. At 3.49 for a 220z. it was a really good deal. If you get the chance, try this one!
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle on 3/26 in Frisco, CO. Deep amber pour with a full, off white, durable head and good lace. Fresh hoppy aroma primarily of citrus, with some pine. A nice laight caramel also makes a presence. Medium body and carbonation, dry on the palate, yet nicely smooth. Solid malty base balances well with a thirst quenching bitterness. A very nice APA.
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 I wanted to like this beer more because I love just about every Deschutes beer. This one was just a bit screwy.
Re-rate: I must have gotten a bad bottle, I tried again and it was MUCH better.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Great hop aroma. Nice cloudy orange brown pour with white head. Nice body and palatte, but not over the top. Nicely done.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. fresh hops are great - and this beer delivers on the fresh hop theory. Pours a deep golden / orange with a huge 3 finger white head. Nice subtle hop aroma. Huge presence on the palate... nice big hoppy body with a thick sticky finish. Some orange notes in there too. Overall a very crisp, fresh clean APA... not over the top, very well balanced and put together. Wish I could get Deschutes in GA.
uhclem (419) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy honey color with a substantial head. Lacing is pedestrian. This is a tricky ale to rate - the hops are subdued but blend very nicely with the malt. The low alcohol content also serves to keep this in balance. Silky mouthfeel. Aftertaste is dusty - but in a good way.
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Hmm. Im editing this. Something strange is going on. Tasting this beer again a couple weeks later and its totally different. Thinks my palate is jacked.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Port Carlsbad Bottle shop: Murky reddish-orange amber color with a medium eggshell white head. Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor starts fruity sweet with orange and apricot followed by a light citrus bitterness and a smooth, light dry finish. Medium bodied and tangy with lively carbonation.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from 22oz. bottle into a pint glass, thanks to tayner for the trade (drank 2/8/08)
A: Nice golden orange color, pours very cloudy with a 2-finger frothy white head, which immediately begins to leave trickles of sticky lacing.
S: Hoppy! Smells so crisp and refreshing, with loads of orangey citrus scents coupled with notes of floral hops too. A light bready, biscuity malt backbone makes itself known too.
T/M: My initial thought was that this was possibly past its prime, as the flavors were the opposite of the aroma; the malts were right up front. But as I made my way through the bottle, the hops punched through and complemented the malts perfectly, dishing out ample juiciness. The beer isnít as carbonated as I would like, but is very oily and slick, still feels really good in the mouth.
D: This beer was really easy to drink, if I could get it on the east coast, itíd be a regular purchase of mine.