Deschutes

DESCHUTES BREWERY

“Gary Fish established the Deschutes Brewery & Public House as small brew pub in 1988 in downtown Bend, Oregon and named it after the Deschutes River. Fish emphasized a community-based approach to his business, stating, “We want people to feel like this is, in a lot of ways, theirs.” The brewery sold 310 barrels of beer in its first year, and by 1992, sales were up to 3,954 barrels. Unable to keep up with demand in its original facility, the brewery expanded to a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) production brewery in 1993 with the ability to brew in 50-barrel batches.”

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Year-Round/Seasonal:

BLACK BUTTE: 96 Points

Excellent everyday Porter

Excellent everyday Porter

This Porter has an IBU of 30 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.”

My Description: There is nothing bold or creative about this porter. However, Deschutes takes a standard porter and makes it an amazing everyday beer that is ridiculously smooth and a pleasure to drink. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head that fades slowly to a thin film that holds the rest of the way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is chocolate forward accompanied by minimal notes of roasted malts and a hint of char. The aroma is subtle yet pleasant. Black Butte is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors work in harmony together with chocolate notes once again taking center stage. There are also notes of raisins, subdued hop notes, and some herbal notes. I also picked up maybe a hint of licorice, but nothing strong. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and very clean. This is great beer. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled salmon and wild rice, veggie burgers, or beef stew.

ABV: 5.2%  Color: Dark Brown with Red Highlights  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2/10

CHAINBREAKER WHITE IPA: 88 Points

Refreshing and Tasty

Refreshing and Tasty

This Belgian IPA has an IBU of 55 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Deschutes is taking you into the next beer frontier. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt; this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst quenching hopped-up wit beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name.”

My Description: This is a great beer that definitely gets better as it warms. This beer has a high carbonation level and is highly attenuated so the flavors become hidden when the beer is served too cold. This ale pours a decent sized, off-white colored head with a surprisingly great retention level and it leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is welcoming and pleasant with notes of coriander, citrus peel, citrus hops, and some Belgian yeast esters. Chainbreaker is medium bodied with a very dry finish. The flavor profile is refreshing and tasty but I thought it would be more bitter considering the IBU, in fact it was only slightly bitter. Upfront, there are notes of wheat malt and grain notes along with notes of coriander, citrus, dried orange peel, pears, and subtle hop notes. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is crisp and satisfying. This is a great choice for a warm summer day. Don’t let the name mislead you, it is not overly bitter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with veggie stir fry, salads, or grilled shrimp.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Straw Yellow  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

RIVER ALE: 85 Points

A smooth and calm river

A smooth and calm river

This Blonde Ale has an IBU of 28 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci. Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal.”

My Description: Normally, a beer with this low of alcohol doesn’t do much for me but this beer kept my attention. This ale has a great body, tasty flavors, and I could easily see myself drinking a six pack. It pours a good sized, white colored head that fades to a thin film but holds the majority of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting in that overall it is subtle, but there are noticeable notes of pale malts and citrus hops along with faint notes of grass and bread. Deschutes River Ale is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the aroma closely. Pale malts notes blend cleanly with light hop notes of citrus and herbal. A minimally bitter finish satisfies nicely and overall this beer is enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked fish, salads, or creamy cheeses.

ABV: 4.5%  Color: Golden/Orange  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

FRESH SQUEEZED IPA: 97 Points

Real juicy

Real juicy

This IPA has an IBU of 60 is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.”

My Description: Fresh Squeezed IPA is a great name for this beer because it tastes real juicy and the hops smell like they were freshly picked. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma smells amazing, easily my favorite part of the beer. I could smell this for hours; there are notes of tropical hops like mangos, citrus, and woodsy hop notes. The aroma smells bright and vibrant. Fresh Squeezed is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is very easy drinking and clean. It is not as aggressively bitter as the IBU and aroma would indicate but rather balanced with caramel malts and bready notes. Mangos and citrus hops are also apparent but overall the flavor profile is less tropical than the aroma. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and very satisfying. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with crab, jerk chicken, or fresh fruits.

ABV: 6.4%  Color: Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

INVERSION IPA: 95 Points

Great body and flavor

Great body and flavor

This American IPA has an IBU of 80 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling. Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without knowing somebody. Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Crystal and Carastan malts. For discriminating hop heads.”

My Description: This is a very clean and addicting IPA that could easily become your favorite balanced IPA. It pours a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is spectacular and hop forward with notes of tropical and citrus hops along with some pine hop notes and caramel malt. I love the aroma, it is very inviting. Inversion is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The hops take center stage in the flavor profile but there is definitely a malty presence that adds flavor and balance. Pine hops and citrus hop notes mingle with a tasty caramel malt note. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers beautifully for some time. It might be the water because there is a notable cleanliness to this beer that really allows the malt and hop flavors to shine through exceptionally. This well done IPA is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, veggie burgers, or Hawaiian Pizza.

ABV: 6.8%  Color: Copper/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 6.5/10

JUBELALE: 97 Points

Most Welcoming

Most Welcoming

This Christmas Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Chicory, dried fruit, and toffee notes. A robust ale with a warming spice.”

My Description: This is a most welcoming beer for the season. The flavors feel perfect for the occasion and the spices do not over power the rest of the beer, instead they blend cleanly with the rest of this beauty. It begins with a decent sized, beige colored head that fades to a thin film leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is pleasing with notes of chocolate, dates, chicory, toffee, and a hint of spice. I love the aroma it is very inviting. Jubelale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Thick and smooth, the flavor profile satisfies. Notes of dark breads, toasted malt, dark fruits, and faint pine notes delight the senses while a hint of spice provides complexity. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness with slightly warming alcohol notes. Overall, this is wonderfully executed Christmas Ale that is highly memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, stuffing, or a pumpkin pie.

ABV: 6.7%  Color: Mahogany/Garnet  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4/10

MIRROR POND: 91 Points

Northwest Pale Ale

Northwest Pale Ale

This Pale Ale has an IBU of 40 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our most popular beer, Mirror Pond Pale Ale is the quintessential northwest pale ale. Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hop-forward aroma and flavor. Pale malt allows the hops to linger, not overpower.”

My Description: This is a great everyday American Pale Ale. It is classic in the sense that the flavors are nicely balanced and it isn’t a hop bomb.It pours a decent sized, off-white colored head with a good retention level that holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is bready with caramel malt notes that smell pleasant along with some citrus hops that smell clean. Mirror Pond is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors match the aroma closely. Upfront, there are flavor notes of caramel malt and bready grains with mild citrus hop notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the carbonation gives off a minor prickly feeling in the swallow. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sautéed fish, black bean sandwiches, or cheese sticks.

ABV: 5%  Color: Copper/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

OBISDIAN STOUT: 99 Points

Excellent Stout

Excellent Stout

This Stout has an IBU of 55 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.”

My Description: I love this stout. It is highly drinkable with delicious flavors and a great mouthfeel. It begins with a good sized, dark tan colored head that holds the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of espresso, bitter-sweet chocolate, and a slight caramel malt sweetness. Obsidian Stout is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is not as sweet as the aroma would indicate, which is great because it is the dryness and bitterness that makes this beer so satisfying. Roasted notes build a great backbone that hold up other flavors such as dark chocolate, coffee, and robust malt notes. This transitions cleanly into a moderately bitter finish with lingering caramel malt notes. This stout is smooth, tasty, and clean. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, chocolate desserts, or a cigar.

ABV: 6.4%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10