illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Yonkers65. Thanks Bruce, I have had this on my wants list for awhile. Pours a slightly hazy amber with some reddish hues and a white head. Great wet floral hop aroma. This smell like fresh leaf hops right off the vine. Initial flavor of caramel, citrus, and toasted grains, in which the overall combination is somewhat unique. Mid palate has a very soft bitterness combined with hints of tangerine. Bitterness is quite mild on the finish, which has some subtle accents of grapefruit and tea. Nice beer with an interesting harmony between the malt and hop profile. Not a hop bomb, but there is nothing wrong with that.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2007: Super floral hoppy ale - not bitter hopped i n the traditional sense, but very sweet and floral. As a matter of fact, there is virtually no bitterness in the drink after the initial presence. The malt provides a nice medium body with a cereal malt presence that is well defined on the finish. Nice drink overall, very sweet homage to the fresh hop flower.
after4ever (6819) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a crystal clear burnished medium amber. Thick, moussy tangerine-colored head. Very little lace, and whatís there is spotty bubbles at best. Very mild nose, almost neutral--a little bit of floral goodness there. Medium body, active carb thatís perfectly placed. Sweet piney, candied orange flavors announce themselves right off the attack and carry through over a subtle malt caramel counterpoint on the mid-palate. Right before the finish the sweet pine gets a little cat boxy/ammonia-like, but just in its intensity, not in a nasty qualitative morph or anything. Pleasant refreshingly sweet finish. Nice stuff.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. A disappointment from Deschutes. Pale gold body, thin head. Bland body with not much happening. faint malt aroma. Oily unpleasant finish. Again, not really bad, but not worth drinking again.
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz, grass, amber, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation.
If the deScriptions above help you then more power to you. Personally, I love each and every seasonal brew. Rarely is there a flat out YUCK. The Hop Trip Ale is a joy and pleasure to see in the fridge. What a nice quaf! Yes it is a pale ale. Yes it is hoppy. And yes you will not be disappointed if you are a hop head and are not a snoot. Enjoy with extreme prejudice!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2007. Most of the fresh hop brews Iíve tried are a little underwhelming, and this one falls in line w/ my expectations. Very watery.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a red-orange body with a two-finger white top. Great floral hoppiness in aroma. Some burnt malty caramel notes. Big hop presene faded in watery non-substantial finish.
BuckeyeBoy (3878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle Pours out a very nice amber topped with a great off white head. A nice light hop aroma. Tast of light hops and a little bitter at the end. A good pretty nice body for a pale ale.
wabeer (2) - USA - OCT 11, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle with code 267 1054M (2007 Edition)
Center poured into a 16oz American Pint Glass
Unmistakable pungent, almost, oily fresh hop aroma, prominent citrus and melon characteristics with a hint of malt lurking in the background.
Bright Reddish copper color, clear, sizeable off-white head with very little retention, head started to almost immediately dissipate with formation of larger and larger bubbles which then collapsed, quite unstable and interesting to watch and depositing a highly varied lacing.
Fresh hop character is foremost, predominating throughout - resinous, green, and earthy, with a bit of detectable malt in the mid palette that peaks and then falls off into a bitter hoppy finish. Some malt sweetness in the finish, which is off-dry but fairly well masked by the aggressive hopping.
Medium body with a full feel given by the palateís immediate reaction to the pungent fresh hopping, mid-carbonation, creamy textures and no detectable alcohol, and at 5.5% stated, as it should be.
Nicely fresh hopped pale ale, not over the top with the bittering as some other commercially produced fresh hop ales, this one would be truly sessionable if not for the slight sweetness belying a small amount of residual sugar. A solid effort this year by Deschutes, but not as compelling as some of the previous examples, however it is excellent to see Deschutes sticking with the pale fresh hop as an alternative to some of the other over-the-top extreme fresh hop IPAís.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber colour with an off white head. Hoppy fruity aroma with a light sweet note. Light caramel sweet flavor with hoppy fruity notes.