I had a Deschutes Chasin Freshies last night and woof. I mean, woof. It tastes like a sweet hoppy pilsner with too much alcohol. It tastes soapy and nasty. It's the worst of Deschutes come home to roost.
It's weird. I don't think there's a brewery that's as up and down for me. I love Abyss. An aged Abyss or seasonal barrel aged Black Butte (as opposed to the regular edition) are must get beers for me. One of the best beers I ever had was a three year old Abyss. And it's not just the dark beers, I like Red Chair.
But Red Chair is fruity and sweet in a non alcohol way. It covers up some of that soapy dusty feel that so many Deschutes have. It's so pervasive it must be in the yeast choices they make. I'm taking a pause on all non barrel aged Deschutes until someone presses one into my hand with that desparate look -- "You. Must. Try. This."
Which breweries are a dart throw, a lotto ticket, that might end up with a drain pour or a five star rating? I'm not sure I have another one like this, though New Belgium can do this to me, too.
What breweries are the most up and down for you?
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