I have found NO single brewery in this country that exceeds Deschutes in across-the-board consistency of quality, beer after beer, year after year, without fail.
The Abyss and The Dissident, 2018, are like bottles of delightfully naughty sex; like you just might enjoy either one enough that it would be unseemly to have anyone watching.
Crux Fermentation Project is one of the three to five best breweries in the United States and they haven’t yet even hit their stride.
It comes as NO surprise to me at all that The Ages is among the top two American Gueuze ales that I’ve tasted yet.
It’s entirely in keeping with Deschutes’ communal aesthetic that they would wade into a trend but do it their own way, without compromise.
This is the defining classic Northwest Pale Ale and one that is so brilliantly approachable and drinkable that even your Mass-Produced-Pilsner-Addicted pals will find nothing to bitch about. And a LOT to love.
Coco(a) is a beer that is a damned-site better than about 99% of all the desserts I’ve enjoyed in My Life as a Sugar Fiend and I’m willing to bet it will hit you much the same way.
I could have really just copied and pasted in this review. It’s depressing, for a writer; akin to a 60+ year old rock star having to sing his first hit song every night for 40 years.