Deschutes Inversion IPA

Deschutes Inversion IPADeschutes Inversion IPA. From Deschutes Brewing, Bend, OR. Not available in Nebraska at this time, acquired via a Smokey and the Bandit haul by neighbor on his return from a Colorado vacation.

Inversion IPA is a fantastic NorthWest style IPA. 6.8% ABV. A nice amber color with a heavy off-white head and nice lacing.

The Brewers Notes from their website: “Named after a clouds-beneath-your-feet weather phenomena, Inversion is a big, bold, hop-front, India Pale Ale with a surprisingly subtle subtext. Centennial and Cascade hops provide a tart, citrus greeting, while Carastan and crystal malts soften the edges.”

Homebrewers: The Deschutes Inversion IPA Clone recipe as published by their brewer.

Goose Island Summertime

Goose Island SummertimeGoose Island Summertime from the Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL. Widespread distribution as they are a subsidiary of Anheuser Busch.

Summertime is a German Kolsch style beer. Light, crisp and dry with a 4.7% ABV. Nothing memorable about the beer itself but it would be a good first step for someone venturing in to the craft beer space for the first time.

The Brewers Notes from their website: “The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion…”

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale

Deschutes Twilight Summer AleDeschutes Twilight Summer Ale from the Deschutes Brewing Company, Bend, OR. Currently no distribution in Nebraska, acquired via my brother.

Twilight is a summer seasonal brew from Deschutes. A dry, malty brew with 5% abv. Full flavored and not as much citrus as most summer brews.

The brewers description from their website: “A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer. Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales.”

Homebrewers: Deschutes typically publishes a clone recipe. Twilight is no different. Deschutes Twilight Clone recipe.

Firestone DBA (double barrel ale)

Firestone DBA - double barrel aleFirestone DBA (double barrel ale) from the Firestone Walker Brewing Company. No distribution in Nebraska, acquired via my brother.

DBA is a Firestone Union oak barrel fermented british-style pale ale. 5% ABV.

The brewers description from their website: “We’ve honored the traditions of the great British Pale brewers of Burton-on-Trent using our patented Firestone Union oak barrels. You’re left with a mild blend of vanilla and toasted oak flavor touched with an elegant hint of English noble hops. DBA is the flagship of our company and wildly popular.”

Tank 7

Part of Boulevard’s Smokestack Series. Tank 7 an 8.0% ABV Farmhouse Ale. Quite tasty and hides the alcohol level well give most saisons come in in 4%-5% range. First tasted on tap at the brewery (at my cousin’s wedding reception), but the 750ml bottle conditioned holds up well.

Boulevard has seriously stepped up their game with the Smokestack Series. But their website could seriously use some help. Not a mention of Tank 7 or their ultra-limited Saison-Bret. Maybe they should give my shop a call.

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