Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite style of beer from my favorite brewery. For some reason, this isn't around as much as most of Deschutes' beers. It's a shame.
Pours a singed (lightly burnt) orange with a very respectable head that leaves a little bit of lace.
I keep trying to smell it but as soon as I sniff I tip the glass up to taste more of it. The wonderful aroma of hops fills the nostrils. Joining it are light malts and a bit of citrus.
Taste...Ooooooh yeah it's got taste. This is quite possibly the most well-balanced IPA I've had. With Chinook, Magnum, Styrian, *and* EKG hops, it can't help but to be complex. Simply wonderful.
Mouthfeel is creamy with just enough bite to cleanse the pallet.
Drinkability is beyond 20: I could drink this forever.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ummmm, folks, this beer is mightily underrated. No, it is not the bitter hop monster like Pelican or hop rod, but it doesn’t have to be to be great. Pours a light gold in color, large fluffy head oozes down the glass. Perfumy hops combined with oranges dance in your nose. Bubbles come alive with every sip. British and American come together and deliver a broad array of hop flavors, mustiness, tartness, juicy grapefruit all in concert. Finished crisp and clean. A great brew. Thanks to Skyhand, again, for this gem.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brassy orange/yellow with a cotton white head. The smell is a sweet blend fruity malts and spicey hop esters. Fresh citrus and floral tones envelop each wif. The opening taste features slightly sour grapefruit and sage, with a sweet malt background. A touch of Earl Grey tea lurks in the background. The aftertaste accentuates an evergreen sap flavor, not overly bitter, perfecly refreshing. A new favorite of mine.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours nice with small frothy head, nice color, and smells like hops, peaches and pears. Definitely nice looking in a pint glass, wonderful color to look at. It tastes just like its aroma, but with the desired hoppy characteristics I appreciate. The nice flavor stays in the mouth minutes after drinking it, making it a real treat of ale.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Buck Dich for this one. Jah noth, you said it all, brother! Pours turbid canteloupe color with medium white head. Aroma of big hopcit, florals, fruit (honeydew, grapefruit, and even CANTELOUPE!...a first for me). Tastes hoppy, malty, with tons of floral esters, and a great finishing honeydew.grapefruit/canteloupe presence. This may be the fruitiest IPA I’ve ever quaffed. I loved every sip of this, and I would consider becoming a eunuch to acquire more. It’s that damned good! Yeah man!
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.
Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2001
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hop profile. Not as hoppy as other IPA’s. Mild aroma. Light malt.
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
light copper color, with a little head that dissipates quickly. There are hints of apple/pear in the aroma and aftertaste. Goes down easily. This delicate hoppy taste would be nicely paired with spicy food - thai or mexican. not the best ipa - but it is definately up there.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Deschutes Brewing Company--Quail Springs IPA--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Bottle conditioned smooth. Clear bright golden color. Flowery aromatic hop front. Crisp mildy sweet balanced medium body extends floral hop fruit flavor. Balanced unearthy hop end. Rich, not big. Sampled 4/5/2000.
Deschutes Brewing Company--Quail Springs IPA--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear rich bright golden color. Light sediment. Mellow earthy floral ho front. Rich semi sweet buttery slightly creamy malt body. Balanced mildly bitter earthy hop end. Tasty mild IPA. Sampled 7/18/2001.
Deschutes Brewing Company--Quail Springs IPA--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Yellow Label. Clear rich golden color. Light white head. Medium lace. Rich earthy floral hop front. Sweet thick rich caramel malt body infused with earthy Hops. Rich cloying earthy spicy hop end. Balanced. Sampled 1/9/2002.
Deschutes Brewing Company Quail Springs IPA--2002 12 oz. Hopvine Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Slightly hazy rich golden color. Mild lacy head. Medium floral nice grapefruit hop front. Crisp smooth biscuit citrus sweet caramel ceamy body. Clean balanced hoppy citrus spice end. Mild tasty IPA. Sampled 1/5/2003.
Deschutes Brewing Company Quail Springs IPA--India Pale Ale--Graphics Overhaul--Hopvine Bottle--2004 Release. 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--55 IBU’s Est.? 4.25 / 5.0 IPA--New formulation. Clear rich dark golden color. MIld lace head. Malty floral rich hop front. Doughy creamy rich dry mild tart sweet smooth earthy caramel citrus body. Clean creamy balanced hoppy end. Smooth! Sampled 1/18/2004
joet (2043) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2001
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thoroughly pleasing rosey, floral aromas and high malty candy carmel hues in the bouquet and gorgeous pale burnt orange color make this unusual IPA one to be beat before it hits the tongue. It packs a big mouth of bitter in it’s crisp, light-medium body. It’s got a citric and bushy bitter finish. This is too aromatic and too crisp to be British. It’s also not dry or (over)hoppy enough to be a typical West Coast IPA. Very nice though.