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Review: Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA and Twilight 2018

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Two new(ish) brews for Deschutes to help keep you cool for the summer…

Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA – Formerly available only on tap, this one finally jumps to bottles, and you can easily see why. There’s great fruit here, right from the start, as passion fruit turns out to be a natural companion for bitter hops. Not at all overdone like so many fruit-heavy brews of late, here the passion fruit rolls over the experience, lightly sweetening everything from start to finish, but most importantly tempering what can often be an extremely bitter conclusion in the typical IPA. Don’t worry — there are still plenty of hops in the house; they haven’t been shoved to the side. It’s really just an example of a beer with great balance — and don’t let anyone tell you this is an IPA for girls! people who like more approachable beers with a heavy fruit influence! 6.8% abv. A / $10 (six-pack of 12 oz. bottles)

Deschutes Brewery Twilight Summer Ale (2018) – 2018’s Twilight (we’ve reviewed it a few times) feels on the weak side, its applesauce notes washed out by notes of saltine crackers and cracked wheat. There’s little in the way of secondary notes here, though as a refreshing poolside sipper, it works well enough. 5% abv. B / $10 (six-pack of 12 oz. bottles)

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. S. Smith May 28, 2018

    “And don’t let anyone tell you this is an IPA for girls!” Seriously? It’s 2018. Be better, Christopher.

    You might also consider paying more attention to the craft beer scene. Right now everyone is losing their minds over heavily fruited sours and goses, but especially the boys. They sell and trade it on the secondary market for up to 5x cost. You don’t just sound sexist, you sound out of touch.

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    1. Christopher Null May 28, 2018

      This passion fruit IPA is a far cry from a collectible, highly fruited sour.

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