WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2006
OK. I loved this one. It’s funny how sometimes a beer gets a magic cachet and when you drink it the beer falls a little short. Other times you won’t expect much and the beer delights. This is an IPA, not a sledge hammer. It pours a cloudy almost opaque apricot, with a large white head. In the mouth it feels like a British bitter on tap ... full and a bit creamy but without the very active carbonation typical of American ales. The taste is something unique in an American IPA ... balance. Malts and American hops in perfect balance, with a good bitter finish. For contrast I had some Three Floyds Dreadnaught ....too much alcohol, too much hops, too much screaming. The TF has a higher rating; I really like the Quail Springs. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2006
BB 11/05: Pour hazy holden with a dense bright white head...smell is fairly weak hop nose with a hint of grapefruit...Rastacouere’s description is spot on, I almost want to just copy his rating...mouthfeel is a tad on the still side...some sweet malty flavor up front and the hint of hops bittering at the end...I think this is tasty, and wonder what a fresh bottle would be like...there’s lots of faint hop throughout this beer but if it was fresher I think it would get a gigher rating from me... Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
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
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
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
Floral, citrus aroma. Light orange, white head. Balanced bitter with slight sourness. Smooth bitter finish. chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
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 (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
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
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
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.