harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Turbid amber ale with a soapy yellowed eggshell sheet. Smells of pine, resin, some mint, some other herbs. Flavor is nice and grapefruity, with sweetened lemon zest, some resin, some Vitamin C character and a slightly sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with zippy, but lower carb and a watery finish. I like this beer. Itís like a smaller version of Ruination - which is probably my go to IPA honestly.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pine and resin dominate the aroma and flavor. Reminds me of Stone IPA. Body is a little too thin and quite effervescent. Pretty good IPA.
Chad9976 (1504) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date. My friend Jason gave this to me (thanks!).
Appearance: Hazy shade of orange. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Plenty of hops of the piney/herbal quality, plus significant darker malt presence.
Taste: Itís been a long time since Iíve had a so-called East Coast IPA, though Iím not sure GoodLife Descender IPA counts since itís made in Oregon. It definitely has the makings of a classic IPA from the opposite coast with a strong hop presence of pine, resin and earth; but with significant malt character as well. Ironic considering the guy who gave me this can doesnít like East Coast IPAs.
As soon as the beer hits my tongue I receive a slightly spicy or herbal sensation. Slightly astringent and piney, with a strong dry bitterness throughout. There is a sweetness at the core, though. Malts of the dark amber variety as well as slight orange juice concentrate sweetness. Thereís an almost spicy sensation on the backend, though the bitterness is even stronger. A touch of alcohol imparts some rum-like character to keep it interesting and tasty. Not exactly a mind-blowing or wholly original IPA, but a satisfying one at the very least.
Drinkability: This is the type of beer that drinks exactly as an IPA should. The body isnít light, but itís not thick and sticky, either. Distinct crispness throughout with plenty of flavor as well. A mild alcohol presence, which is surprisingly considering GoodLife Descender IPA is only 7% ABV, though it may not be as robust as that number would indicate. Smooth and easy to drink and the palette is versatile to make it ideal to pair with food.
trevor211 (1479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange, with a fluffy head. Lovely citrus and pine balance on the nose, and the flavor follows. Juicy, just a bit of booze, with a sharply bitter finish. This one is really, really nice - a wonderful go-to, if distribution kicks up.
Bule (1405) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bailey's in Portland. Pours a golden brown color without much head. Good blend of hop flavors.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of a blind tasting with Earth Thirst and Alesmith IPA. Pours between yellow and orange, a two finger head. Smell is light fruity, floral and a bit grassy. Tastes like a citrus rind, with some earthy backbone. Smooth and hoppy, pretty nice ipa.
Salmoniform (1255) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can to glass. Honey hue with creamy white head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is melon, pine, papaya, strawberry, grass. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness initially with a nice strong hop bitterness following that extends into the finish. Overall this is a really nice fruity IPA.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the can, bitch. Orange with a sticky white head. Nose is fruits, grapefruit, mango, peach, and some evident pines. Flavor is some caramels, bread sweetness, with a punchy bitterness. Really nice IPA with solid fruits.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy straw body with a tall white head. Moderate grainy malt character. A little doughy. Some light toasted bread. Fresh floral and grass notes. Some light sweet fruit. a bit watery and thin.
IslandHaole (1159) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scent of the candied lemon peels used for making fruit cakes, piney hops. Massive rocky off-white head sits atop a hazy deep gold brew. Great balance, really good job to the lads at GoodLife! Sweet malts, sugar cookie dough with a good citrus/pine resin hop bitterness. Alcohol well masked, easy drinking, not overly complex but still very good.