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Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 4 8 2009
22oz Bomber

BitterBill sent me this harvest ale a couple weeks ago, thanks again Bill! Deschutes Hop Trip pours clear copper with only a hint of chill haze to detract from the clarity. There are only about three streams of carbonation leaving the glass but they rush to the surface. The head grew to three fingers of dusty white foam on a soft pour that slowly drops to a one finger cap and leaves sticky patchy lacing everywhere.

The nose of this beer is loaded with pithy grapefruit. As a matter of fact it's loaded with citrus, pithy grapefruit being the number one culprit. Sugared grapefruit plays a big role as well along with orange oils. There isn't a lot of maltiness to be found but what is there is of the sugar cookie variety. This smells like a hop driven brew and I like where it's taking me.

The flavor starts off with pure unadulterated pink grapefruit juice. It's all at once tart but sweet enough to balance. The orange oils come through mid palate with another nice citrus kick while that sugar cookie maltiness is there throughout but does what it's supposed to do, stay out of sight. This is a delicious pale ale. The hop profile is great!

This beer weighs in just over 5%. The body of this beer has the velvety feel and slight stick of a brew weighing 6-7%, which I think works brilliantly for this brew. The hops have some bitterness on the swallow but it manages to fade by the next sip.

With this great hop profile and lower abv I could easily drink this beer all night long. There's no way this brew should be sold in bombers. It should be a six pack purchase.

This is a damn fine fresh hop brew. It has a little of that resinous quality I love but the citric hoppiness makes my mouth water. Thanks again for the brew Bill, I'm a huge fan!

Reviewed: 11/22/08

Served In: Pint Glass