January 25, 2015

Deschutes Inversion IPA

Brewed By: Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon
Purchased: 12oz bottle bought at Binny's in Chicago, IL; 2015 
Style/ABV: American India Pale Ale, 6.8%
Reported IBUs: 80

The best part about hosting a party is being left with a fridge full of shelf turds. About Deschutes:

The Deschutes Brewing Company was founded by Gary Fish on June 27th, 1988, when they opened the doors to their Bond Street Public House pub. The brewery has since expanded, growing to be one of the top craft beer producers in America. The brewery also operates a pub in Portland, and has a dedicated brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes river. For more information, check out the brewery's website; their Facebook page; their Twitter; or Wikipedia
The Inversion IPA is an American-style IPA brewed with Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel malts; and features Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, and Citra hops. 
Deschutes Inversion IPA

This pours into a reddish-amber-copper body that is reminiscent of an IPA for sure. The body is slightly hazy, with yeast suspended in the mixture. There's good head retention, nice lacing, and the head soaks up those amber-red hues. Hue hue. 

This also reminds me of Bell's Two Hearted. There's a strong guava-citrus-orange-tangerine aroma from the outset, and it is wrapped in caramel malt sweetness. This dips into some caramel sugars, sticky hemp, tobacco, and honey.

This isn't bad...but it's not blowing me away. It has a good amount of resin, dank American citrus, weed, tobacco, and rosin. The caramel malts heighten some of the earthy/dank character, and this is pretty much a caramel-hops delivery system.

I'd say this is medium to full-bodied, filling up the 6.8%. Palate depth is good, complexity is okay, and I find this to be very much par the course. At one time this may have stood out, but as it stands it is very much in line with what I've come to expect from the style. Up front: guava, citrus, hemp; the mids roll into sweet tobacco; the back end drops more citrus. Nice bitterness and dryness. 

Rating: Average (3.0/5.0 Untappd)

I'm feeling a Light 
Average on this. It's not bad but it doesn't stand out among the sea of IPAs. I'm sure this was at one time a banger, but I'd rather drink some Two Hearted or one of the many local IPAs available to me. The good news is that Deschutes has an absolute banger in their Chainbreaker White IPA, which I will review soon. 


Random Thought: The evolution of IPAs is fascinating. 

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Brewed By: Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon
Purchased: 12oz bottle bought at Binny's in Chicago, IL; 2015 
Style/ABV: American Porter, 5.2%
Reported IBUs: 30

The best part about hosting a party is being left with a fridge full of shelf turds. About Deschutes:

The Deschutes Brewing Company was founded by Gary Fish on June 27th, 1988, when they opened the doors to their Bond Street Public House pub. The brewery has since expanded, growing to be one of the top craft beer producers in America. The brewery also operates a pub in Portland, and has a dedicated brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes river. For more information, check out the brewery's website; their Facebook page; their Twitter; or Wikipedia
The Black Butte Porter is Deschutes' flagship beer, brewed with Cascade, Bravo, and Tettnang hops; and features Pale, Carapils, Chocolate, Crystal, and Wheat malts. 
Deschutes Black Butte Porter


This looks very much like an American Porter...coffee black with brown tones, a mocha-tan head that is leaving tons of lacing and has good retention. Appearance doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things, but the production suggests that Deschutes knows how to roll out and execute these simple styles (they do).

The aroma on this doesn't lean towards the heavy roast, but there are some nice coffee notes and a little hint of baker's chocolate. What's interesting about this aroma is the yeasty esters, as this has hints of banana...like...banana Runts. There's some other fruity esters I can't quite place, and lots of dusty coffee and cocoa notes. It smells fairly sweet as well.

This is sweet, easy-going, and fairly straightforward. It reminds me of a Milk Stout in some regards, with sugary-but-not-quite-lactose sweetness, lots of coffee, creamer, hints of vanilla, and lots of fruity esters that hint at bananas, berries, and some toffee sweetness. 

With a medium-body, good palate depth, and moderate complexity...I'm gonna say this is very much par the course. The sweet notes up front, yeasty esters, and coffee mids give way to nice subtle roast, creamer, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, and berries. But it's nothing stand-out-ish, just very solid bang for buck.

Rating: Average (3.0/5.0 Untappd)

I'm feeling a Decent 
Average on this. Not really a slight against this beer...but this once staple has a few other classics that can contend, including Great Lakes Edmund Fitz. I am happy to see it in the Midwest, and even happier to see it in my dad's fridge, but this probably wouldn't make it into my rotation. 2real4me. 


Random Thought: Black Butte reminds me of Black Betty all day. 



Deschutes River Ale

Brewed By: Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon
Purchased: 12oz bottle bought at Binny's in Chicago, IL; 2015 
Style/ABV: American Pale Ale/Session Ale, 4.0%
Reported IBUs: 28

The best part about hosting a party is being left with a fridge full of shelf turds. About Deschutes:

The Deschutes Brewing Company was founded by Gary Fish on June 27th, 1988, when they opened the doors to their Bond Street Public House pub. The brewery has since expanded, growing to be one of the top craft beer producers in America. The brewery also operates a pub in Portland, and has a dedicated brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes river. For more information, check out the brewery's website; their Facebook page; their Twitter; or Wikipedia
The River Ale is a "session" Pale Ale, brewed with Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Crystal malts; and Cascade, Crystal, and Nugget hops. This pours into a dense, hazy, orange body. The head retention is outstanding, and you get lots of lacing, along with ample carbonation. It's just a good looking beer and it sets the tone for the aroma. 

This is like a toned down Two Hearted Ale, with grassy hops, big peach notes, floral lemon, and tons of biscuity-cracker malts. The peach-melon sweetness is welcomed, and this begs refreshing.
Deschutes River Ale

Session Ales were a short lived fad, but this is pretty enjoyable for a 4.0% Pale Ale. It's like a toned down Two Hearted with more sweetness. I'm getting some lemon, orange, and lots of melon-peach sweetness. The hops are grassy, and the malts hint at cracker-biscuit. There is enough hop oil to give this mild resin bite. 

This is simple, drinkable, and blah blah. At 4.0% this is light-bodied, well-carbed, and you really ought to buy this in the 24-pack format. You can drink this while driving your kids to soccer practice, or while fishing, or for hydration while doing all those sports activities that your typical craft beer neckbeard does. For a light Pale Ale, this has good complexity, duration, and mouthfeel...there's a lot of bright citrus notes, melon, peach, and grass. The cracker-biscuit malts work. 

Rating: Above-Average (3.5/5.0 Untappd)

I'm feeling a Light Above-Average here. This is about as nuanced as this style gets, and I like this a lot. If this came in a 15-pack and cans like Founders All Day IPA, I would buy it on the regular. Unfortunately, I have no interest in buying this beer in a 6-pack. But never say never. Pairings: a fresh and bright salad, white fish and potatoes, fishing. 


Random Thought: Mmm shelf turds.