“Juicy Clearly Not Hazy” is a big, fat, JUICY milepost in the evolution of PNW brewing and it’s going to help change your mind about whether Life Without Fog is possible.
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.
It’s fresh and sexy and engrossing and smoooooth and delicious and, really, what more can you ask from either a new beer or its brewery?
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.
By far, the largest sub-group of American Indie/craft breweries is the one for which I’ve borrowed a term from my pals Chris Carter and Doug Baldwin: “A-ight”
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.