The Professor Tastes Inversion IPA

During my recent trip to the Deschutes Brewery, I had the chance to try a number of great beers.  Top of the list was Black Butte XXII, an imperial stout brewed in a limited release batch commemorating the brewery’s 22nd  anniversary.  Because you can’t get a lot of these beers elsewhere, I thought it might be of interest to Aleheads exactly what Deschutes is serving currently at their brewpub.  This list comes from the Bend brewpub, and is from Aug 6th.  The only changes were the addition of a cask conditioned Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and a cask conditioned scotch ale (the name of which escapes me).  This list is reproduced word for word from the list I got at the pub, so they’re Deschutes’ descriptions, not mine.  For the record, the Core Brands are more readily available.  The other sections represent more experimental beers, and might give us some insight into the future of Deschutes beers.  Let’s hear what you think — has anyone had any of these?



Cascade Ale: Light, crisp and refreshing with generous herbal hops and just a hint of caramel malt.  IBU’s: 28 ABV: 4.5%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale: A quintissential American pale ale.  Mirror Pond elegantly blends the sweetness of malted barley with the bite of hops (which add bitterness and aroma).  It’s refreshing and perfectly balanced. IBU’s: 40 ABV: 5.3%

Bachelor Bitter: The locals’ favorite!  Bachelor Bitter has a deep copper color, rich malt body, and classic English Hops.  IBU’s: 50 ABV: 5.3%

Black Butte Porter: Crafted from chocolate and crystal malts, is Deschutes Brewery’s flagship brand.  With a rich and distinctive flavor, this porter has enjoyed a local and passionate following since its first pint in 1988.  IBU’s: 30 ABV: 5.2%

Inversion IPA: A trio of American hops delivers an over-the-top nose with hints of orange and grapefruit.  Inversion is then dry-hopped for seven days resulting in an added hoppy kick.  IBU’s: 80 ABV: 56.8%

Nitro Obsidian Stout: Black as midnight with a dark head.  Deep, black chocolate aroma, wonderfully complex and clean.  Hoppy and very bitter in the mouth, a great roasted finish.  IBU’s:550 ABV: 6.4%

Green Lakes Organic Ale: Experience its mellow malt profile intertwined with subtly surprising hop flavors.  Green Lakes Organic Ale is brewed with five types of 100% organic malted barley and balanced with Liberty and Salmon-Safe Sterling hops.  IBU’s: 45 ABV: 5.2%


Twilight Ale: Made with a unique blend of four hops and malts.  This lively straw-colored ale has a vigorous hop essence with a malt body that complements the flavor of this seasonal brew.  IBU’s: 35 ABV:  5.0%

Hop-In-The-Dark: 90 IBU black beer!  Made with experimental hop products (think Inversion and Red Chair here) as well as super special dark malts, this beer is for the serious hop head.  IBU’s: 90 ABV: 6.9%


NW Gluten Free Ale: Sorghum, gluten free oats and brown rice combined with healthy additions of Cascade and Centennial hops put a citrus spin on our latest gluten free beverage…a true craft beer for those looking for a gluten-free option.  IBU’s: 71 ABV: 5.17%

Hop Trial Strong Amber: Here at Deschutes we have some really special relationships with Pacific NW hop farmers.  We were fortunate to brew this beer with two secret hop varieties that came together to create this strong pale.  Secretly enjoy!  IBU’s: 52 ABV: 7%

Mother Lode NW Pale: This is Red Chairs’ brother from another mother.  Seven different types added at every conceivable opportunity (plus 6 malt types for ‘balance’.  IBU’s: 76 ABV: 5.6%

Horse Ridge IPA: This strong pale is brewed in the traditional Northwest style, you’ll be happy to know! The hops are floral and pronounced (Horizon, Cascade, Crystal) while the malt bill is made up of two types of crystal malt and two types of wheat.  IBU’s: 75 ABV: 6.1%

Bamberg Helles: In the heart of Franconia, the town of Bamberg has been making some of the best beer of the world for centuries.  Light in color and  flavor, this cousin of Pilsner utilizes all-german raw materials, the malt coming directly from Bamberg itself.   Prost!  IBU’s: 38 ABV: 5.2%

Tropisch Bruin: Tamarind (or Tropisch in Belgium) is a fruit renowned for it’s [sic] flavor and acidity.  We used it in the boil to compliment the biscuit and roast of the malt and the floral components of the yeast in this non-traditional Belgian Brown Ale.  IBU’s: 30 ABV: 5%

Miss Spelt Hefeweizen: This German spelt ale was made with 40% spelt, which is an ancient variety of wheat grown in Southern Bavaria.  Aromas of banana, clove, and bubble gum rise from ale.  IBU’s: 28 ABV: 5.3%

Race for the River Summer Ale: Locally malted pale ale and Munich malts combined with 4 types of salmon-safe hops (Cascade, Crystal, Tettnang, and Sterling) provide easy drinking and satisfying way to celebrate the Race for the River event launched by the Deschutes River Conservancy.  www.deschutesriver.org IBU’s: 32 ABV: 5%


Black Butte XXII: This year’s imperial Black Butte is full of subtle flavor from cocoa nibs and dark chocolate from Theo’s Chocolate in Seattle; to intensify your experience, we added fresh Seville orange zest and pasilla negra chile peppers for a flavor sensation.  IBU’s: 65 ABV: 11%

The Obliterator Maibock: This craft made malt liquor was made with Vienna, Pilsner, and Munich malts.  Loads of German Perle, Hallertauer, and Czech Saaz hops were used to balance this easy drinking, golden lager.  IBU’s: 40 ABV: 7.4%

Belgian IPA: Malt from Germany, yeast from Belgium, and lots ‘o’ hops from our wonderful Pacific NW make this beer one for everyone.  IBU’s: 40 ABV: 8.1%

Saison de la Blonde: Maris Otter malt and East Kent Golding hops from England, Pilsner malt and Tettnang Hallertauer hops from Germany, Styrian Golding hops from Slovenia, Saaz hops from Czech, and various spices from around the world.  Earthy, herbal, fruity, and spicy flavors and aromas!  IBU’s: 24 ABV: 6.4%

The Abyss Imperial Stout: Immeasurable depth invites you to explore and discover its rich complex profile.  Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors draw you in further and further with each sip. IBU’s: 68 ABV: 11% [NOTE: Despite this being on the beer list for both brewpubs, they were both out.  I seem to have missed drinking the Abyss straight from the source by only a few days!]


So there they are, the beers currently on tap at the Deschutes brewpub.  Sad to say there’s no place like this where I live on the East Coast!  I didn’t have a single bad beer during my entire trip out West, and Deschutes was a big part of that.

2 thoughts on “ON TAP AT DESCHUTES

  1. Wow, what a fun list. I’m curious about the Belgian inspired offerings (Tropisch Bruin and Belgian IPA). Are we going to get tasting notes for some of these beers?

  2. Unfortunately, not from me. I had a cask conditioned mirror pond pale ale and a scotch ale, but after that we had to go. Most of the tasting I did was in the tap room at the brewery and other than the XXII I had their generic beers (which still top most stuff you can get out here…). Maybe Beerford can find some of them and do some guest tasting notes?

    I was able to sneak home a bomber of the Black butte porter and hop-in-the-dark, both of which i’ll write up tasting notes for when I drink them in the next week or two.

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