Favorite year-round Deschutes brew

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by beerbiatchMD, Mar 3, 2012.


What's your favorite?

  1. Mirror Pond

  2. Black Butte Porter

  3. Inversion IPA

  4. Green Lakes Organic

  5. Obsidian Stout

  6. Cascade Ale

  7. Chainbreaker White IPA

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  1. beerbiatchMD

    beerbiatchMD Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2011 Maine

    I think I'd have to go with Black Butte Porter. I miss that beer so much. Cheers.
  2. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Black Butte Porter. My go to sixer is that and Avery White Rascal. Black Butte beats it because it's cheaper, sessionable, and I'm never not in the mood for it (usually in the mood for White Rascal, but sometimes not)
  3. Mahlik

    Mahlik Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2010 Oregon

    Gotta agree with Black Butte Porter. It's my favorite porter and one of my favorite beers overall.
  4. Jerriko

    Jerriko Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2008 Washington

    It's a toss up between Mirror Pond and Black Butte Porter. If I'm at home drinking bottles I usually go for the Mirror Pond. If I'm out at a restaurant I'll order the Black Butte Porter 7 out of 10 times.
  5. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,628) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Good old Mirror Pond. I drink this stuff constantly during baseball season. Tasty, smooth, even, balanced, Mirror Pond defines Pale Ale for me. Deschutes' regular lineup is so strong across the board, you really can't go wrong with any of these beers. The only one I don't particularly care for is the Chainbreaker, but it's still a very good beer. It's very possible Deschutes gets my vote for Best Brewery in America.
  6. libbey

    libbey Initiate (0) May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory

    I miss the Bachelor Bitter, that was my go to for years. They need to bring that one out of retirement.:slight_frown:


    Still got love for the rest though especially Obsidian on nitro....... mmmmm Beer Milkshakes.....
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  7. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    I really didnt like/love any of Deschutes year round releases until I tried chain breaker last week. That being said, I love their seasonals and big beers that they do. Hop Henge is amazing, I drink the hell out of Red Chair, Abyss speaks for itself...

    Maybe I need to revisit Mirror Pond. I havent had it in a couple years but I remember I tasting (and looking) like pond water.
  8. RonLovesBeer

    RonLovesBeer Initiate (0) May 16, 2010 Washington

    I would have to go with Black Butte, even though I don't drink it as much as I used to.
  9. EricCioe

    EricCioe Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 Montana

    Obsidian. I like Black Butte too but Obsidian is closer to the top of its style for me, whereas Black Butte has two beers that clearly beat it in Ed Fitz and Founders Porter.
  10. vkv822

    vkv822 Meyvn (1,429) Nov 30, 2009 Oregon

    I definitely have the same feelings. Mediocre year-round choices but exceptional seasonals. The one regular I do enjoy/occasionally purchase for myself is Obsidian Stout.
  11. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Crusader (752) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon
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    I'll take Obsidian. I'm usually 'surprised' by how good of a beer it is.
  12. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    This is me starting two months ago. I just can't believe this beer is only a dollar! Add vanilla ice cream for the best dessert you have ever had!
  13. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 California

    Inversion all the way.
  14. PetitChouffe

    PetitChouffe Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2009 Washington

    I love Inversion. I don't think Chainbreaker should be on this list yet. Didn't they just start bottling it? I really like it (have had it a few times at the Portland Pub), but it will take some time for the novelty to wear off so I can determine how it compares to their other offerings.
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  15. djbreezy

    djbreezy Crusader (742) Dec 16, 2008 Washington

    Mirror Pond and Obsidian Stout are my favorites. Black Butte Porter is amazing too.
  16. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    Seems Black Butte is getting lots of love. I just bought another bottle as I haven't had it in quite some time. Should be a great revisit.
  17. rrock44

    rrock44 Disciple (338) Oct 27, 2009 Washington

    Obsidian stout and inversion ipa for me.
  18. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (289) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    It's pretty rare that I buy their year-rounders, but I buy a fair bit of their seasonals, Bond St Series, and of course the Reserve line. If I find myself in a place with a limited tap selection I almost always go for Black Butte.
  19. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Obsidian Stout. Best everyday stout on the market.
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  20. guajolote

    guajolote Aspirant (248) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    I've had Black Butte & Mirror Pond the most, probably because they're available at virtually any establishment that serves or sells liquor out here. I've only had Chainbreaker once, at the PDX pub, and I liked it but don't think I can give it a fair assessment. I also had Obsidian on nitro at the PDX pub last time I was there, and that's a damn fine beer. Hadn't had it in a while.

    None of their standard lineup is super exciting, but they're all well made and fairly inexpensive, which makes it a tough choice. I think I'll give the nod to Black Butte though.
  21. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2010 Oregon

    Use to drink a lot of Black Butte, but not so much any more although it is my pick when the selection is really crappy.
  22. beerandcycling88

    beerandcycling88 Initiate (0) May 13, 2010 Washington

    For me its a toss up between Black Butte and Obsidian, both are amazing beers that are at the top of their styles. That being said I have Black Butte a lot more so that gets the nod here.
  23. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Thing about Black Butte is that it can be a gateway beer for non craft drinkers while still being solid to the already craft drinkers. I don't know if any of the others have the same effect.
  24. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (289) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    Call me crazy, but I think Session falls into the same category. Sure, there are hundreds of better lagers out there, but there's something about cracking open a few of those stubbies on a hot day that just makes me happy. Plus, it's light enough that you can hand one to your friend who only drinks PBR and they'll most likely enjoy it.
  25. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (514) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    +1 to this. I really enjoy Hop Henge and I love grabbing a one-off from the brewery/brewpub when I'm in Portland.
  26. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Gotta go black butte, but the funny thing is I don't really like porters all that much, every time I have one I just wish I was drinking a stout, but that's not the case with black butte. It's awesome every time.
  27. postymcposterton

    postymcposterton Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2010 Oregon

    year-round... Black Butte porter...
  28. scmath

    scmath Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2012

    The Black Butte is always my go-to Deschutes brew. Such an excellent porter. It's also been a great introductory porter for several of my friends who shied away from porters in the past.
  29. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,590) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    I've always been a fan of Deschutes and most of their lineup, but if I had to pick one it would be Obsidian - just a great stout. I really dig Inversion too, and all of their seasonal/reserves (I'm leaving The Abyss out because it's on an altogether different plane of existence).
  30. PaulStoneAnchor

    PaulStoneAnchor Disciple (374) May 30, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    I know I am in the minority, but Cascade ale is definitely one of my favorites! I used to live on the Oregon Coast and bought Cascade all the time, only because we cannot get it in California. I really wish they would sell Cascade in the NorCal and Bay Areas.
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