Deschutes Distelhauser Doppel Dinkel Bock Ale

Deschutes-Doppel-Dinkel-bottleBrewer: Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR/ Distelhauser Brewing, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany
Style: Spelt-Wheat Bock Ale
ABV: 10.5%
IBUs: 17

Description: This imperial Bock was a collaboration between the Oregon-based Deschutes and the German Distelhauser breweries. In addition to Chocolate Wheat, Carared Malt, Pilsner, and Wheat Malt, the beer also features a good dose of Spelt Malt. It is then bittered using a combination of Bravo, US Tettnang, and Citra hops to achieve a rich, malt-forward ale.

Tasting Notes: This brew definitely came as advertised – rich, malty, sweet, and quite strong. Though a bit overwhelming, it certainly did pack an interesting profile, with notes of banana, sugars, and spices. In this sense, it was quite reminiscent of other strong wheat bocks (Aventinus and Dumduminator) and some pretty strong notes of molasses.

Appearance: Deep brown/amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, brown sugar, molasses, allspice, mild herbal hops

Taste: Sweet malt, mineral tang, brown sugar, banana, cloves, spices, mild alcoholic bite
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, minerals, sweet banana, alcohol
Overall: 8/10

Deschute Fresh Squeezed IPA

deschutes-fresh-squeezedAs the summer comes to an end, it seems fitting to get in as many seasonal beers as I can before they cease to be available. Might as well since I’m sure to have my hands full with Marzens, Browns, Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers. So I decided to start my evening with an IPA that once again comes from south of the 49th – Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. I’ve seen it around my local beer store for many weeks now, and thanks to the endorsement from my friend at I think about beer, I finally decided to give it a try.

Though my range of sampling has been limited with Deschutes, I have come to expect a very high standard from them. My introduction came back in 2004 when I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Oregon and he introduced me to some of the local brews. Mirror Pond Pale Ale, their flagship production, just happens to be one of his favorites. And for me, it has come to be represent what brewing in Bend and Portland is all about, or at least a big part of it.

In any case, I found this version of an India Pale Ale to be quite faithful and very pleasant to drink. Pouring a deep orange color, the beer is clear and has a relatively good head. Citra hops are clear on the nose and come through especially well on the tongue, and the addition of the Mosaic hops add an added dimension of rich tropical flavor.

Appearance: Deep orange-amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Good citrus and floral hop aroma, tropical fruits
Taste: Immediate hop burst, citrus and pineapple, mango and passion fruit
Aftertaste: Lingering tropical, mild sugars and sweet malt
Overall: 8.5/10

All in all, its quite the delicious beer, consistently hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Not a bad intro to the Deschutes Seasonal lineup, or their Bond Street Series. No doubt, I am going to take this as an invitation to start cruising their other products. But when did I ever NOT want to drink more of what a brewery has to offer?