Friday, September 4, 2015

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA


Beer Name: Pinedrops IPA
Brewery: Deschutes Brewing Co. (Bend, OR)
ABV: 6.5%
How sold: Six-packs (12 oz. bottles) or on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $2.38 for 12 oz. single

Date Purchased: April 11, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: April 22, 2015
"Best By" Date: July 24, 2015
IBUs: 70
When brewed? Year round beer

Where distributed: Deschutes distributes to 27 states and two Canadian provinces (BC and Alberta). Deschutes started distributing bottles to OR, WA, CA, NV, HI, MT, UT, ID, and AK in April 2015. Other places receive it in Summer 2015.

What's on the Website: "This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse."

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured a slightly hazy golden color into a pint glass. Significant carbonation with a few millimeters of white head. Significant lacing stays on the glass. 4/5

Smell (25%): Pilsner-like in smell, light malt is what comes to mind. It's OK, but basically too light and too pilsner-y for my tastes. 3/5

Taste (40%): Light malty and piney upfront, with some citrus. Drinks far easier than the listed 6.5%. A bit bitter on the finish. It's OK, but perhaps slightly above average at best for me. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Light malty body. Creamy but very easy to drink. Good carbonation on the tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): An average IPA. I appreciate the crispness this beer brings, but perhaps it's almost too light for my tastes. To be fair, it delivers well on the pine and drinks very easy. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.6/5

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