Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House

210 NW 11th Ave

Portland, OR, United States of America

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So weird, this smells of sweet vanilla, hits you with a ton of sharp acid, and then end with a bit of almond cookie, smooth and sweet. The vanilla is a touch perfumey. Ok, but weird.
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Maybe my least favorite Hazy IPA yet. Typical opening grapefruit flavors, but very quickly goes very bitter and pithy.
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Very hoppy porter, round spicy underneath the burnt caramel Porter flavor. Unpleasant
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Same creamsicle flavors as the previous beer, but on a sweet Belgian base
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Sweet, creamsicle like with clean round orange notes. A tiny bit fake tasting
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Mild Lager, Smoky, Scotch like overtones
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This year's Black Butte anniversary used cocoa and cinnamon as the main flavor notes, which was a great idea. On the sweet side but of all the anniversary Black Buttes I've tried this was the best tasted young, by far. Not too poky on the new flavors, but enough to offset the strong alcohol and flavor. Really appreciated not having any sour or fruity undertones this year, too.
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The fruit has taken over this beer with age, with a dry tartness that is interesting but doesn't serve the beer as well when the Porter components have smoothed out. Suffers next to the XXIX.
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Sweet wheat funk, plenty of lime. Moderate tequila notes but not boozy. Finish isn't as smooth as other tequila-lime sours I've had (this seems to be an "in" combination). Can't argue with the name, though, it's a winner. Salt might actually have been lost, though, since it didn't really come through.
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Plummy, sour funk. Brown sugar and light clove notes. Reminds me of something that's trying to get to a Flanders sour but kind of peters out into an off fruit flavor rather than something truly complex. Disappointing - hope the Planete Bruin bottle I got does this better.
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Fresh Deschutes hop flavor with a slightly tart passion fruit juice flavor. Dry resin appears in the middle. Light, almost weak finish.
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A yearly tradition, trying this beer when it's far too young. Strong, umami chocolate roast with fruity, round red wine notes around the edges. Needs quite a bit of smoothening, but you can see how this could get (much) better.
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I liked this on CO2, but on cask this suffers quite a bit. A lot of the same pungency as the Hop Slice, but thankfully without the bubblegum. Still, I didn't enjoy it, and I didn't finish it.
Cask
Haven't had the CO2 version of this, but I did not enjoy this on cask at all. Flat, the bubblegum bits poke out strongly and the hop resin is very, very pungent. Like sweat. Bubblegum and sweat. These two flavors do not meld well together.
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Apple-like notes, and some tannic dryness. Slightly buttery. A little bit spiky in unusual places, flavor-wise, but an interesting profile.
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Seems like the same yeast base as the Mountains of the Moon, but with more plum and caramel notes on top. It smooths out the flavor, which is different but nice. I didn't detect any ginger or cinnamon at all, which is kind of like its one job?
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More like a straight Belgian pale than funky farmhouse. Spicy-smoky banana-clove yeast notes, clean-ish finish. Memory tells me this is in the Dupont mode of saison.
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They say they didn't use any actual peach in this, and the flavor is only vaguely suggestive. Sweet cereal finish. A little too bubblegum sweet but tasty. Slightly metallic finish.
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This beer is always better aged, and moreso on draft. Very smooth but very boozy. Roast coffee with hints of cherry or blackcurrant on the finish.
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The first beer of the flight with funk. I liked this more than I usually do: caramel and toast. Finishes bitter.
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Lemony and slightly tart; the flavors are richer on cask but resin is more prominent on the tongue. I think I like this one better carbonated.
Cask
Lemon bubblegum, a bit of pine. Super smooth and almost milky-sweet. Is there lactose sugar involved here? The finish is slightly bitter but builds over time.
Nitro Draft
Holy sage! The herbal flavor complements but builds on resin. This all leads to a big bitter finish which was hard to take.
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My favorite of the flight! Fruity marzen opening leads into a light, grapefruity IPA flavor. Slight bubblegum (I think this is probably characteristic of Deschutes' hop profile). Slightly vinous finish with no bitterness. Delish!
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White apple & malt, sits nicely in-between the Red Chair and Das-Schutz in flavor. Grassy finish. This was also yummy!
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I had to try this when I saw it on the tap list, but I hate to say it may have aged too long. There's a real, flat boozy flavor through which you get a bit of stonefruit syrup - and not much else. What complexity and balance used to be here was long gone.
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Not sure I could tell this was cask. Piney, hoppy IPA with a surprising, pleasant sweet cereal malt body (much like the River Ale), but ends with a strong, pithy bitterness. Frankly, this was much nicer than I expected.
Cask
Light, piney ale with a sweet, bubblegum-tinged cereal malt body that continues on through the aftertaste. This was very drinkable, although maybe too sweet. Thankfully, it wasn't syrupy.
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A rather tasty pilsner, not too sweet, with a shot of piney hop syrup. That last can seem a bit tacked on, but it doesn't prevent this from being quite enjoyable.
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Herbal, thyme-y kick on top of a rather resinous amber ale. I like herbal beers but I find that they don't work for me when the base beer is a hopfest. This one I didn't finish.
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Creamy, somewhat bland pale that goes down really easily but also has a bit of that sweet nitro chemical-ish flavor to me. Piney-apple flavors and sweet cereal.
Nitro Draft
Was told rather late that this was on the special tap, and I had to order it. I don't know if it's the age, or if I've gotten more used to funky sours, but I did enjoy this a lot more than I did the 2012. It's still not super-tart, with some mild, vinous funk and some evident booze. I think for sure this was the most interesting beer of the night, so I'm glad I found it.
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Had to try this on nitro. The beer is expressed totally differently this way, with the wine notes and other sour flavors coming to the forefront. It's still rather opaquely roasty, although it doesn't come across as ashy as with CO2. Didn't sense much bourbon. The nitro does give this a bit of a weird, vegetal overtaste which prevented me from falling in love, but it made me wonder how this version would age.
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Deschutes Hop Henge IPA (unknown release)
This was just too bitter and I wasn't ready to do any more of that tonight. I'll have to try and give it a fair shake later.
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I really wanted to like this beer because of the name, but it was really nondescript -- a kind of ambery amberness. Of the eight beers in this flight it had the least character. At least it wasn't actively unenjoyable.
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Similar fragrance and hop profile to the Fresh Squeezed, which is nice, but rings hollow in the malt department. That leaves this beer tasting pretty much like pine cleaner. That's nice for a few sips but it gets boring, fast.
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Belgian with a somewhat flat coriander flavor profile. Meh.
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Taken straight, opens spicy with a rooty, forward bitterness that sits through to the finish. With food, it takes on a vinous character that is actually quite nice, but the totality of the flavor doesn't quite meld together.
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Super-fragrant pine with a citrus sheen, and good cereal finish. This was the first I tried out of the flight, on purpose, and it was a good choice. I do feel like I've had this before, but I must have missed logging it?
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