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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The descent from the top of the mountain to the bottom should be exhilarating. Whether it’s a gradual descent or a screaming race that gets you to the bottom, this beer is created to help you enjoy the experience.

Life is loaded with peaks and valleys, where we associate the valleys with the reward post ascending the peak. Like the flow of the stream slows in the valley, put the cell phone away, sit back and relax with this IPA, and enjoy the journey.

This beer is a hop lover’s dream that has balance you will appreciate. We created it for you so you can take time out from the rigors of life and descend to a valley full of hops – sounds good, no, great!

Malt: NW Two Row, Bonlander Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal 60, Carafoam
Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior

Brewed with a process called "Hop Bursting," resulting in a beer with a balance and quality that you will not forget!
17°

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3.8
Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2013
22 oz bottle- Pours golden orange with a one finger pillowy white head that leaves a ring of nice lace. Aroma is sweet malt and spicy hops. The taste is sweet light malt, well balanced, hops are there imparting a mild dry finish, not really getting any usual citrus and maybe a little pine. Body is medium and carbonation is medium. Not bad.

3.6
pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Tap @ Brewforia: Semi-cloudy copper with a white head. Aroma of pine, juniper and all around great NW IPA elements. Flavors are floral with junipers and a great bitter aftertaste. A good offering.

3.8
mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2013
rating 1300. bottle. pours dark orange with long lasting white head. big hop aroma and some honey. taste is thick sweet and grassy

2.7
nealblind (1976) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2016
gold orange pour. aroma wheat orange amarillo. Tastes doughy firmly bitter some dry alcohol bite. Sweet As Pale is way better. This in fact feels like a pale that’s been shoehorned into the IPA style.

3.7
zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours orange with an off white head and citrusy aroma. Taste is of hoppy, nice citrus, resin, grass, pine and caramel with a hoppy, earthy finish. Nice IPA

3.3
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
22 oz. Bottle purchased at Chuck’s 85th Hop Shop for $4.59 + tax. Almost no lace no head wispy very thin white head. Clear pretty bright thin orange gold color. Huge grapefruit citrus aromatic hop front is wonderful without being too much. Light sediment dusting hazes brew at end of pour. Medium light textured refreshing very drinkable mild sweet citrus pine mild fruit crystal malt clean tasty NW IPA body. Dry mildly bitter rich citrus clean end. Very nice clean NW IPA. (4.0 / 5.0).

3.7
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
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: It’s been a long time since I’ve had a so-called East Coast IPA, though I’m not sure GoodLife Descender IPA counts since it’s 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 doesn’t 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. There’s 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 isn’t light, but it’s 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.

3.5
Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2012
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.

3.5
bleeng (1691) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - APR 30, 2017
Pours hazy gold with a bit fluffy white head. Nose is tangy and citrus. Very tart with an orange juice note. Very carbonated. OK.

3.9
gramity (1684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours quite clear golden with a large, pillowy white head. Aroma has a huge C-hop presence, basically like picking a cascade cone off the vine, opening it up, and inhaling. That comes through in the flavor as well, along with a bit of biscuit and a medium-bitter finish. Light and drinkable, but at 7% maybe deceptively so.


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