Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA

Reviewed by on September 23, 2016 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Deschutes Brewery

  • Origin: Bend, OR, US

  • Rated On: September 23, 2016

  • Best Before: December 2, 2016

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A hopped-up Marzen (the beer traditionally served at Oktoberfests), using German varietals – an interesting idea for the mashing of old and new world styles, I gotta say.  Es ist Hop-Zeit!  It’s hop time!

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves a bit of bonsai tree forest lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of crackery and biscuity pale malt, a minor caramel sweetness, white and black pepper mill dust, muddled tropical fruit notes, and more floral, leafy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a still heady mixed peppercorn spiciness, more unnameable tropical fruit esters, some subtle earthy yeastiness, and a steady leafy, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its mostly just supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, just a wee bit of hop astringency taking things down a peg here.  It finishes trending dry, the generic forest floor bitterness starting to assert itself over the still relevant Teutonic malt.

Overall, this seemed for the longest time to be just a well-made, American take on the Oktoberfest style, with a surprisingly tame West Coast hop treatment. However, after a spell, the hops eventually came out to frolic, but still in a manner that would keep this a hearty (but hardly overbearing) autumn chill warmer.

Brady White

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