Beer of the Weekend #739: Pinedrops IPA

The beer tonight is Pinedrops IPA, brewed by the Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon.

Pinedrops IPA pours a lightly cloudy gold color into a pint glass. It looks like a witbier. Two fingers of dense, white, buttery head dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring with lacing extending up the glass. The aroma is piney (surprise, surprise). There are scents of pine, lemon zest, wheat malt, and a touch of spice. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and full. The flavor mostly mirrors the aroma with pine, zest, and wheat. Each sip slowly becomes astringent as it passes the palate, leaving a bitterness coating the taste buds long after each sip. This bottle is likely not what it used to be, though; the “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “12/18/15.” Though it may have been much more aromatic and piney when it was fresher, it is still a decent brew.

Fun facts about Pinedrops:

• Style: IPA.

• Price: $1.99 per 12-ounce bottle at the Hy-Vee on Waterfront Drive in Iowa City.

• Alcohol content: 6.5 percent ABV.

• IBU: 70.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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