beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 22oz bottle, pours darker amber with a white head. Very fresh hop/wet hop taste without all the sharp bitter hop taste of an IPA. Just smooth green hops throughout with a fruity malt base. Well balanced and smooth beer, very easy drinking.
Reid (1596) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah another in the Bond Street series, I have been a little dissapointed so far, so lets hope this beats expectations.
Very attractive looking ale dark red amber in colour small light tan head, that lasts maybe 30 seconds, but is replaced by lashings of lace.
Very fresh hoppy aroma,this one hits you straight on,lovelly hop aroma everywere.
Nice taste too,the hops are slightly different then most pales, more greener and more fruity, i suppose this is fresh hops added, much like Bert Grants Fresh Hop Ale but much more in your face.Semi dry finish though the hop bitterness takes a while to fade ( excellent).
Excellent in the mouth ,very invigorating, each sip inviting another.
Great drinkability I am happy to see Deschutes hasnt "lost it"..excellent Fall ale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, clear, amber color with modest off-white head. Fair lacing is left behind. LIght floral aroma, slight bits of vegetal wet-hop aroma, overall very pleasing. Medium bodied, quite smooth. Modest bitterness seems to slightly come across as more dominant than the malt bill. Decently balanced. Quite a delicate bitterness. Very good job by the folks in Bend.
jazz88 (2465) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A clear amber color with a light tan head. There is a strong wet hop nose with spring fresh pine and crystals. The hops add a nice compliment to the malty base of this pale ale. It is surprisingly not bitter but it has an elegant hop finish and airy quality.
5000 (4962) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Amber, fairly clear, moderate to large off-white foamy head, lacing is quite nice, carbonation is very minor. Devine hop nose, very fresh, just as if you were sniffing a bag of them. Flavor is much the same, very fresh hop on the tongue, bitterness is very light but the flavor is up there. Slight floral aspect as well. This one is also very very clean, nothing lingering beyond the finish except a smooth hop flavor. Body and mouthfeel, while fairly moderate, are quite pleasing and appropriate. Very quaffable this one is. Not big like an IPA, but aromatic, flavorful, and crisp. Finish is ultra clean... and I mean ultra clean with a slight tea leaf. This is actually one of the better Deschutes beers I have had. Well done!