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Deschutes Brewery

Official Web Page 
901 SW Simpson Street, Bend, Oregon 97702, USA
Tel: 541-385-8606

Opened: 1988
Capacity: 80,000 barrels a year
Date Visited:

Deschutes was named for the wild and scenic Deschutes River and for Deschutes County where the business is located. Deschutes Brewery produces handcrafted, traditional style ales and lagers.

The brewery started as a brewpub producing 310 barrels in its first year. In 1998 Deschutes produced 79,000 barrels. 

Beers Reviewed

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Black Butte Porter Type: Porter ABV: 5.5%

Black Butte pours to a very dark brown, almost black color. There’s a slightly detectable carbonation despite the dark color, and a thin foam that quickly dissipates. The nose shows an initial nuttiness, probably walnut, as well as a dry roasted coffee and caramel aroma. There’s also a very (barely noticeable) light sign of hops. Compared to others I’ve tried in this style, this is a relatively light on the palate, with just a little carbonation, which makes this something of an easy drinker. There’s an underlying burnt smokiness throughout the flavor. A little light sugary sweetness greets you at the start, while the beer thickens more in the middle showing a caramel maltiness and becoming increasingly toasty. The finish is dry and coffee-like, while the smokiness remains long into the aftertaste along with a little dark chocolate. Nice full flavor and pretty easy drinking.

Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 4.1


Mirror Pond Pale Ale Type: Pale Ale/IPA ABV: 5.5%

Pale slightly hazy orange amber color, with promising signs of carbonation. There’s a nice appealing fresh fruitiness to the nose, a floral hoppiness, and a nice mellow maltiness that hints towards caramel. This is pretty light on the palate for an ale, with a slight spritzy carbonation that combine to make this fairly easy drinking and refreshing. The hop takes charge of the flavor, offering a soft melon and lemon citrus freshness throughout. There’s some pale maltiness supporting the lighter hop, although not as distinct as I would have guessed from the aroma, offering very light suggestions towards caramel as well as some smooth mellow comfort in the middle. The finish reinforces the fruitiness, with a crispness and a subdued lemon tang and sourness that suggest something of an IPA. The malt makes a come back in the aftertaste and balances very well against the citrus.

Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 3.6

Last Updated: 07/31/2001

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