At work, we have tried to celebrate the end of our work week with Beer Friday. Each Friday at quittin’ time (or maybe just after lunch), we head over to the kitchen and partake of whatever fine libations are available. Of course, as we are responsible for buying our own beers, our efforts are met with varying success. Some weeks, we are met with Budweiser or Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Other weeks, we have had Founders Double Trouble, Great Lakes’ Alchemy Hour or the North Coast’s Old Rasputin. So clearly, some weeks are better than others. Anyway, on this particular Friday, I was met with Deschutes Brewery’s Inversion IPA. Deschutes is a craft brewer founded in 1988 and located in Bend, OR. They brew six year round beers (including the Inversion IPA and the Chainbreaker White IPA), three seasonal beers, their Bond Street Series (4 beers) and their Reserve Series (limited edition of certain specialty beers).
Here is what Deschutes has to say about their Inversion IPA:
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.
I found the Inversion IPA to be…
- Appearance: Amber with tan foam.
- Aroma: Malty, doughy with a good amount of hops.
- Taste: Creamy with a big blast of hops that lingers into the finish.
- ABV: 6.8%
I really enjoyed this one, a West Coast IPA for sure; but not hopped to the point of becoming a pine cone. This was a great way to end a work week.
Categories: Brew Review, Deschutes
I remain in a state of befuddlement concerning the fact that entire Pacific Northwestern city suffers from a debilitating condition suffered by scuba divers who ascend too quickly to the surface of the planet’s seas. These people must be among the strongest to ever negotiate child-proof medication containers.
As for the brew, Deschutes has long been a local favorite in Oregon. An old buddy hooked me up with a box of “hot sauce” several years ago. Deschutes Jubelale (their winter seasonal) was included and a real gem.
Nice to have some of their brews available more locally.
I believe the city of Bend is named in reference to its geographical position and not to decompression sickness. I liked this one a lot. Aside from the winter seasonal, have you had any others?
Not worth the risk of parachuting into the center of town only to writhe in pain and get jammed into a decompression chamber for a few days. Those things smell even if there is a pine tree car air freshened dangling from the latch handle.
I’ve had a few. The Black Butte Porter is quite good and so is Mirror Pond Pale. I had the BBP paired with a wild caught salmon fisn ‘n chips at a bar in SeaTac Airport. Great combo – cool airport. Alaskan Brewing had a brewpub in there as well.
That’s a good way to end the work week, if you ask me. It’ll nice to be able to head over to PA to pick up some Deschutes now! (I’m from NJ)
I love me some Deschutes. Don’t remember if I’ve had this one or not but I’ll definitely be picking it up next time I see it!