Review: Descender IPA, GoodLife Brewing

Descender IPA
GoodLife Brewing Co. — Bend, OR

  • Style: IPA
  • Bitterness: 70 IBU
  • ABV: 7%
  • Malts: NW Pale, Briess Bonlander Munich, Weyermann Melanoidin, Crystal 60, Weyermann Carafoam
  • Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can

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... 

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