Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz, BB nov. 2005. Nice looking pour, a gentle hazy golden displaying active nuclear carbonation that doesn’t translate into agression in mouth. The head is white, mostly lasting, but small throughout. Slightly faded hop aromas nevertheless offer up nicely pointy spicy flavors with a floral/woody backbone. Obvious malt backbone, rather soft, lightly toasty. Crisp in mouth if the effervescence is not as durable as I might have hoped. Grows quite dry, finishing with a floral and grassy bite. Another very clean and restrained Deschutes.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Aroma - floral, malty. Pours a little bit cloudy, yellowish orange, ~1cm off-white head that disappears quickly, but leaves some foam that laces in the glass. Taste is light for an IPA. Balanced pretty strongly towards bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light, which makes this very drinkable. I’d almost call it a lawnmower beer. Different for an IPA, but enjoyable.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is slight, piney, citrus, flower and malts in the background. This is kind of weak on the hops for an IPA, IMO. This reminds me of Bass or Fuller’s Pale Ale. Slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin an watery.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, citrus aroma. Light orange, white head. Balanced bitter with slight sourness. Smooth bitter finish.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a nice thick head that quickly fades away leaving just a little sticky lace. Aroma is a little on the weak side for an IPA, faint, piney hops with just a little maltiness in the background. Taste is great and crisp, the dominate hop pressence bite that you expect from an IPA is perfect. Very good beer and out of bottle as well
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a small white head. Harsh chalky and grassy hop aroma with some mellow malt underneath. Lemony herbal hop flavor with a subdued malt character. Grassy, chalky resinous finish. Mouthfeel is light medium, dry.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Somewhat grassy, otherwise floral aroma. Cloudy, yellow-golden in appearance with medium carbonation. Starts balanced but quickly becomes too sweet and then skunky. Good mouthfeel, but not enough to overcome the other aspects. A below average IPA.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color: amber honey. Nose; citrus, malt, slightly nutty. Palate; medium nectar. Smooth hops for an IPA. Great flavors. I appreciate Deschutes, they have a definable style appealing to the curious drinkers who want to try something outside their usual brew but in a totally different genre. If you want to try an IPA but are a little discouraged by the press, try this one. It’s a great intro style, mellow and smooth.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 This beer pours with a lightly hazy, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, light tan colored that is initially about a finger thick. The aroma is herbal and full of notes of pine. The aromatics in the finish have a dry, toasty malt note to it as well as a resinous hop note to it. The resinous aromatics are the most prevalent, but there are some subtle notes of citrus as well. The aroma overall though is a tad muted for an IPA.
The taste is lightly sweet up front, which helps to accentuate a light citrus note, which is ultimately drowned out by a resinous, herbal pine note. It finishes with a sharp hop bitterness that is almost biting. The beer is actually a bit on the light side, in both flavor and palate. Could certainly use a bit more oomph though, while the bitterness is solid and biting, it needs either a bit more malt or a bit more flavor hop additions. It is nice and quaffable though and as the beer warms up a bit the citrus note becomes a bit more prominent.
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imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - JAN 8, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home. Pours decent head on top of a honey colored, slightly hazey beer. Aroma is earthy and floral, slightly sweet and biscuit like. Faint hint of diacetyl (butter). First taste is nice and bitter, then quickly to caramel, then another quick move to hop flavor (herbs and citrus), then all flavor is gone like Kaiser Soze. No real time spent on any flavor. All of the transition of flavors were to quick, not very much depth of flavor.
Verbal Kent couldn’t have told a better story about this beer, but it wasn’t good enough for me to drink again. It was however, a fair representation of an English IPA.