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! — GoodLife Brewing Co. Random thoughts: Back in March, GoodLife announced they would release Descender IPA and Sweet As Pacific Ale in 12 oz. cans. I've heard good things about Descender and finally get to taste it!
The tasting: Amber in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. It's full of bright hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas. The taste begins with an onslaught of hop flavors (which mirror aroma) and caramel malt. Alcohol is not present in aroma, but is noticeable in taste. Hop bitterness is high, but it's not overdone as the solid caramel malt backbone balances the bitterness. Descender is medium bodied, has a slightly effervescent mouth feel, and finishes with caramel and grapefruit.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! This is a delicious beer that stands toe to toe with Oregon's finest IPAs. That fact that it's available in 12 oz. cans, makes it even better! Next up is Sweet As Pacific Ale...