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Deschutes The Enigma

Deschutes The Enigma
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Formerly brewed at Deschutes Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Riddle me this: what grows on a stalk, a vine, and a tree, and then grows on you? It’s the Enigma of this year’s (2005) OBF. Deschutes made a hoppy pale ale with a British accent, then mellowed it in old Pinot Noir casks. A secret dry hop and a touch of caramel are back by fruity notes and good bitterness. The answer is in your mug grasshopper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"an interesting pale ale, to say the least. i had the pleasure of being at the pub when this came out. very complex. you still get the hops, just subdued to an extent, a good malt follow up, and some woody oak from the pinot. quite good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005. Light yellow. Weak aroma. Taste is toffee, caramel. Balanced sweetness with noticable hop bitterness in the finish. Lots of ESB qualities, but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
On tap at the 2005 OBF. This was mirror pond in Pinot barrels, or so they said. Pours amber with an off-white head. The barrel gave this thing an amazing flavor up front, very earthy, nutty, caramel sweetness, buttery smooth, to a fruity medium hopped finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
(Draft: 2005 Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland, OR) Another "buzz" beer at this festival, I decided to brave the long line. Pleasant English nose to this beer, light caramel, fruity. The flavor is nutty and fruity, with mild hops and a bit of grapefruity citrus on the back end. Nice smooth palate, medium body. Hazy, light amber color with an off-white head. A nice surprise, and worth waiting in the long line to try this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Medium amber color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, touch of oak and fruity. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. Malts are caramel and fruity. Hops are earthy and floral. This one is more in the English style of Pale Ales. Yet there is a touch of the Pac NW hops in the beer. The Pinot Noir cask adds an oaky and a slightly vinous quality to the beer. Very Interesting. Mouthfeel is Full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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