leethorsell (3) - Bend, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2006 does not count
Got to give this one an A++. I really love IPA’s and this one to drink. I must say that I am a local here in Bend, Oregon where Deschutes is located and this is an outstanding beer. I see that some reviews were not like my high praise. All I can say is "try this one for sure". The hops really jump out and tingle your tounge. The best! IndianaRed (5192) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle Pours a hazy slightly orange auburn. Very nice, dense offwhite head with real staying power. Aroma is very carmelish and lots of piney hops. Sweet malt flavors, but subdued. Quite strong bittering with grapefruit pith notes. Full heavy mouth feel and long, bitter aftertaste. Bitter bu not as much flavor as I had hoped. Can’t go far wrong with Deschtues though... jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle courtesy of acertain pours w/ a huge, fluffy head. A good, bitter American IPA w/out citrus or floral notes. Good, drinkable, but average IMHO. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 On Tap: Fresh resinous and juicy grapefruit aroma; moderately full and hazy body; malty and very adequately hopped in aroma, flavor and bitter finish; great balance. Outstanding IPA, this is what I expect from Deschutes. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Hazy apricot. Lathery dollop of sticky white bubbles. Soft aromatic mixture of sulfur, passion fruit, phenols, peach, and sweaty yeast. Hints of jellied toast. Mouth-filling carbonation, but rather chalky. Sappy and somewhat gooey with hops, initially. Stabilizing punch of fruity esters lends roundness to the pronounced toasted malt spine. Lurking pockets of airiness. Malt richness eventually relinquishes its vividness to the unpolished bitterness. Touches of dryness are scattered about. Soon becomes extremely disharmonious, as notes of crushed aspirin and peach fuzz abuse the palate. The fruitiness, which is overly limp and soggy, only compounds the flaws. Hops are remarkably depthless at this stage. Finishes highly unappealing with minty alcohol paired with an overabundance of leafy acidity and aspirin notes which suppress any salvaging resins that might be left in its wake. There’s nothing about this that distinguishes it from dozens of others in its class. Unimaginative, unrefined, and, worst of all, it’s a soppy mess, rife with hop derived acidity (among numerous other flaws). Not what I expect from Deschutes. A real yawner.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Copper color....can see half way through the beer, but not quite all the way. Large head, leaves good lacing. Strong grapefruit hoppy fragrance. Very tasty. Heavy sharp hop taste, with a very bitter finish. Another great IPA to add to the list. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Hazy amber with a off white, almost tannish head. Sticky lacing. Soapy and citrus hops. A touch of malts backing it up. Hops and malts are blended nicely. The flavor is bitter and full of citrus and pine. Bitter end with a fuzzy mouthfeel. Ratman197 (15738) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bomber poured a hazy copper with a large, lasting amber head. Aromas of Hops, lots o’ hops citrusy and piney all my favorite hops! Palate was medium bodied, dry and resiny. Flavors of Hops piney, citrusy and even earthy!also a hint of carmel with a dry, lingering pleasently bitter finish! An outstanding IPA!!! bb (9868) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Bottle. Reddish amber beer with a nice off-white head. Big grapefruit and mango aroma. Nice fruity hop flavor - grapefruit, lots of resins. Underlying malt sweetness. Nice lingering bitterness. Some tannins coming through. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
This is the type of IPA I love to drink. Good looking amber color with a medium sized ivory head. Strong citrus, grapefruit aroma with notes of malt. Creamy, soft texture up front, with a good balance of citrus hops - mostly grapefruit and orange, pine,and malt flavors. The hop flavors quickly overwhelm and dominate in a long lasting bitter finish. Killer stuff!