PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, poured into an ale glass. It has a rich copper color. Not much head, but what there is clings well to the side of the glass. Excellent aroma. Really a great treatment of the hops - floral and orange-lemon. Some piney notes. A hint of sweet malt and honey. Great balance of the bitterness of hops and the sweetness of the malt and tartness of the citrus character. Less over-powering than the typical IPA or double IPA offering. Well-carbonated. A refreshing, drinkable beer. Deschutes has managed to thread the needle by retaining the hoppy soul of a NW IPA, but in a genuinely refreshing, tasty package. Nice beer to enjoy after hitting the slopes.
ttoadee (1200) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clean off amber/copper color with a lively, slightly off cream colored head that holds together at first but falls away. Full malt aroma (caramel with a hint of coffee) with spruce scented hops hiding in the background. A nice medium malt flavor is slowly joined by a medium bitterness that is never overpowering. A full body is carried out to long finish by a soft, but persistent carbonation. It manages to balance the hops and the malt quite deftly. A really nice beer.
Errl (2440) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on Tap- Pour is copper, with medium white head..Nose is Hops and malts..Taste is different, The variety of malts is throwing me off a bit but im getting light malts and hops with a earthy and light citrus taste, The whole flavor is light with not much going on for me..Palate is light hops and earth..A decent beer from one of my favorite brewerys
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid pale ale. Aroma has a decent amount of hops for the style. Some citrus. Flavor has dry grain, with an herbal hop quality. Lightly bitter, and a medium sweet malt finish. It is very drinkable. Light gold color, and more about the hops than the malt which is fine for apa.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear red with thin white head. Aroma and flavor are both quite hoppy although well balanced.
Tabednar (139) - - JAN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/27/2012 - Houston, TX
Very good IPA indeed. Well-balanced with a crisp, long finish.
gmikszta (4) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, absolutely perfect. Aroma is pine trees and forest. Appearance is nice copper color. Taste is perfectly balanced with malt and jsut enough hops to approach an IPA. Palate is medium and ends hoppy. Overall a pure delight!
bpreo (2412) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ll take an APA over an IPA every time. This brew from Deschutes is a perfect example of why.
prescora (2) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A solid, solid Pale Ale. Has some nice floral slightly sweet notes, finishing with a nice amount of hops, and ends rather cleanly.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep amber with an eggshell white head. Definitely pulled back on the hops and more defined malt.