This ale has a fun story behind it.Â You see, there are some great hops grown in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon (where I live).Â Bend, home to Deschutes Brewery, is a short 3 hour drive from the Valley.
Once a year, the brewers from Bend come over to the Valley to hand-pick their hops.Â Then, the harvested hops are taken over to Bend and boiled/brewed fresh.Â Hence the name: Hop Trip Ale
Hop Trip is available from October through December.Â So, how is this years batch?
In one word: phenomenal!Â I trialed a pint straight from the keg and enjoyed every sip of it. The hops flavor the beer in a smooth and savory way.Â This beer isn’t ‘hoppy’ the same way an IPA is – in the sense that IPA is bitter and shocking.
Hop Trip Ale is a bit stronger in flavor than an average pale ale.
So, get a bottle or pint the next time you’re out and about – you won’t regret it!