Deschutes Brewery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.6 | pDev: 10.83%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Harpoon Brewing.

Deschutes is brewing its version of the EHOP beer using the same malt and hop profile. Several of the whole flower hops being used in the beer are growing in front of the brewery’s main Bend, Oregon facility, and were harvested by employees this week to add to the beer. This beer is an amber ale, brewed with Oregon sage and thyme.

IBUs 35
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- BB 02.02.16. Consumed 06.20.16. in spiegelau ipa glass. Amber ale brewed with sage and thyme. Collabration with Harpoon.

A: Cola soda pour sits with a beautiful light beige capping of one inch with a rootbeer like consistency, rock solid. Deep burgundy when backlighted you see some mention of carbonation within its dense nature. A decent calling card of lace sticks well to the vessel.

S: Spicy fresh cola scent, crystal malt adds some sweetness, with a light sweet tea twang. You can definitely pick up on the addition of fresh thyme on the trial, dried green with some chives.

T: Flavor was earthy and green, thyme adds a herbaceous flavor against a toasted crystal malting. Sweet spots of malts and dried earthy tea with woodsy notes of pine and musky sage and lemon adds an earthy and natural feel to this brew. Some tea leaves adds final thoughts of bitterness to the mix.

M: Medium light mouthful, lightly sticky, slick, resinous with a low carbonation factor.

O: Really like the hop profile here, a real departure from the norm, more earthy, herbaceous, green with a tea like bitterness. Dried thyme mixes with the musky sage and lemon flavor. Good thing the layover hasn't affected the hop flavor here. Definitely a departure from the normal citrusy over-hopped amber ales, this has a more natural and earthy green feel to it hard to describe but appreciable in concept.

Jul 02, 2016
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

best by 2-2-16. whoops. reviewing anyway.

A: pours a really dark amber. way darker than anything ive seen.

S: caramel amber malt is overshadowed by sage undertones. not getting too much out of the thyme. minor oxidation.

T: not a very hoppy brew at this point. you get some herbs, some piney hops, and definitely some caramel malt. hard to pick out specifics. bitter finish.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: overall this isn't anything spectacular. age hasn't killed it, but really just the idea from the start. herbs with hops and caramel malt? sounds good on paper, but rarely enjoyable final product.

Feb 18, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i think these guys can do no wrong. i was excited to see this one on tap. brewed with sage and time, the base is a well hoppy red or amber type, brick red in color with a little haze and a tall off white head. it smells fantastic, not too sweet or caramelized from the malt, more of a specialty red type than a sweeter crystal, and the hops are bitter and vegetal and blend right into the herbal finish. the herbs are there in the nose, but not as prominent as in the flavor. more thyme than sage from what i gather on the aroma. the flavor starts with a deschutes style red, northwestern hops, piney and big, in a majorly full bodied but fluffy and drinkable red beer far drier than even the nose led me to expect. the herbs are real well dosed, nothing too heavy, not like tea or a sage smudge stick, its appropriate. they were smart to choose this malt bill. its big enough to balance but also support the herbs, and the hops are doses almost like an ipa, plenty of bitterness in the finish. theres a lot going on here, but i ended up really liking the overall, its impressively well put together for how complex it is. i think culinary herbs have more potential in craft beer than has been realized, and this is a nice step in that direction. never disappointed with beer from these guys.

Jan 14, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent hazel with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Pretty nice lacing & head retention, with slight hazing

S: Breadyness, caramel & sage

T: Picking up the thyme & some grassiness & pine up front. A little pear & leafy hops as this warms, picking up the sage along with figs & a little toastyness. Finishes a little dry with leafy hops, grassiness,& advertised spices, plus sweet pears, plus a little paprika

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, decent balance

Drinks okay, but nothing special here, pretty boring for a Deschutes product, probably would work well with Italian or Tex/Mex

Jan 09, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly fruity and floral aroma, with notes of resin countering. There's a sweetness that helps the hop character seem like cherry cough syrup.

Flavor is more citrus dominant, with notes of grapefruit and pith at the forefront, but the sweetness softens them, carrying into a peppery, biting finish. Would've never noticed the sage and thyme.

Jan 04, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In tinkering with the fresh hops of the pacific northwest but with the balance that's synonymous with the east coast, a collaborative ale emerges from Deschutes and Harpoon that encapulates the IPA attitude from both sides of the American continent.

Deep in amber and with strands of bronze, the frothy ale pours deep and coppery. Its bright citrus and grassy perfume is adorned with toasted, nutty and caramelized goodness. Sweet to taste, the malty edge takes command early with caramel, light toffee, toasted grain and pecan.

As the balance slowly shifts from malt to hops, the sweetness begins to fade while the early grapefruit, fresh orange zest and delicate lemony tang gains steam. Its balanced middle palate trends malty-dry and bitter with hints of torn pine needles, grapefruit peel and a pleasant peppery bite of fresh grass clippings.

Medium-bodied and shifting dry and bitter, the beer's malty rebuttal keeps the taste even-keel even in the beer's waning moments. With a linger of grass and citrus that barley outlasts the nutty malts, hints of red apple and butterscotch begin to emerge.

Jan 04, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, amber color with a good-sized, tan head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, bread crust and pine. Very piney bitterness with sweet caramel and citrus.

Jan 02, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Pours out a dark amber with high fluffy head. Dry malty aroma, caramel malts in the taste finishing up with a dry, hoppy bite. Slick, smooth body accentuates the rest of the characteristics. The sum is greater than the total of all its parts.

Dec 30, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep coppery hued amber into the glass. Clear and bubbly, head is slowly forming, but it is cream colored and fluffy, leaving behind spots of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is malty, rich, semi-sweet, with notes of amber and crystal malts, little bit of an herbaceous and bright undertone as well, somewhat herbal without being offensive.

T — Malty and sweet initially, notes of caramel, breadcrumb, oats, leads way to an herby and slightly biter hop note.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish.

O — Very good, tastes better than it sounds, this is an amplified amber with nice complimentary herb notes, would be fantastic with a meal.

Dec 29, 2015
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breardon1776 from New York

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great beer from Desuchtes. A very sweet malt. Nice bitters. Floral and earthy.

Wouldn't drink a sixer but a great single beer to throw into the rotation.

Goes good with turkey burger, meatloaf and salads.

Dec 16, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

VERY dark for the style, red if you hold it up to the light, but really it is brown. Medium sized tan to light brown colored head. Thought I had poured the wrong beer at first.

Smells malty and slightly of chocolate. Fainter scent of coffee. Mildly spicy to the nose.

Starts out malty with a woody after taste. Continues to be more malt than hops to my tongue. Still getting chocolate and coffee with a little lemon.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall It seems someone stole the hops.

Dec 03, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, looks clear, has a 1" head of foam initially but shrinks slowly to a fine head covering the beer.

Smells kind of spicy hoppy with an almost equal amount of malt that I would describe as both caramel and bread.

There's some definite spiciness going on. The hops impart an almost rye like spice flavour whilst the malt brings some sweet and bready notes.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

This is quite the festive winter warmer like brew. Almost like a hopped up Jubelale. I like!

Dec 01, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I have to say this is quite beautiful, with the dark red coppery color and plenty of foam in the tall glass. It doesn't even smell like too much, except the promise of something herbal. Surprisingly sweet. Guys, this is a spiced beer, not any kind of red. Maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time, to make a beer with two of the most pungent spices there are. Normally sage and thyme are used to keep dinner guests from asking for seconds on the turkey stuffing.

A few sips are interesting, if eye-opening. Then the general herbal overdose sets in. Brewers should learn to leave wild sage along. It's got that powerful stink so bugs will leave it alone. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington, Wash. Two thirds of a bottle for sale, will do in-person trade for half of a Deschutes River Ale.

Nov 30, 2015
EHOP from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 39 ratings