The featured beer painting of the day is of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon. This has been a go-to beer for me since it basically came out in 2006. This was just when IPAs became the cat’s meow and I also just developed a palate for the whole flower hop bomb that makes up a solid IPA. Previously a “dark beer” guy, I preferred Black Butte Porter. I think that beer was a segue to my love for IPAs. A porter is technically a dark bitter. The dark grains and heavier doses of hops helped me along my way. It’s funny how some people just don’t like IPA, and I remember being there too, but the floral scents of IPA make up for the stronger hop flavor.
Citrus and pine in flavor, but floral and sweet on the olfactory senses. So much of tasting is directly related to smelling; it is important to take a second, and to just sniff at the beer you have in front of you. If it smells good, it’s going to taste great. I have had some homebrews that smelled awful, but somehow they tasted fruity, and I still swilled ‘em down. And that is how you develop your palate for anything, you just gotta man/woman up and start tasting it. Nobody ever developed anything without giving it the good, honest college try. It wasn’t until my third college that I really liked IPA anyway.
Now there are so many IPA offerings from Deschutes Brewing alone: Chainbreaker, Fresh Squeezed, Chasing Freshies, Jubelale, Hop Henge, Hop in the Dark, Armory XPA, and Red Chair (NWPA is still an IPAish beer). Can you imagine how many IPAs are available in the USA or across the world? It must be several thousand options. So stuff your head with hops and get off your high horse, and have some IPA (be sure to share with the horse)!
Cheers to Deschutes, making a darn good brew since 1988, and inversion since 2006! Keep it up, and keep it hopped!