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Hop Trip fresh Hop Ale from Bend’s Own Deschutes Brewery.

Hop Trip fresh Hop Ale from Bend’s Own Deschutes Brewery.

Fall is one of our favorite times of year here in the Bend Wild compound.  Part of the autumn glory in Central Oregon is the release of a new batch of Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Trip, a delightful fresh-hopped beer crafted by the godfather of the Bend Beer scene.  Frankly, last year’s version of Hop Trip […]

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Stone’s 14th Anniversary ale is a huge 8.9% British-styled ale categorized as an Emperial IPA (as in a beer from the English “Empire”).  Despite its English-heritage, this beer is distinctively “Stone” in nature.  It includes two hop varieties; Target, East Kent Goldings and Boadicea (which we’re presuming must be old English jargon for “Big Booby” […]

Mother Lode NW Pale from Deschutes Brewery

Mother Lode NW Pale from Deschutes Brewery

This pub-exclusive from the masterminds at Deschutes Brewery is a direct descendent of Red Chair Northwest Pale.  For a previous review of Red Chair  Northwest Pale Ale and all of its elegant virtues, visit the following link.  Red Chair Northwest Pale.  Mother Lode chimes in at 5.6% alcohol and a whopping 76 IBU’s.  That is […]

Firestone Walker Pale 31, a hoppy refreshing California Pale Ale.

Firestone Walker Pale 31, a hoppy refreshing California Pale Ale.

This excellent pale ale is a standout brewed by the people with a “passion for the pale”, Firestone Walker Brewing company in Paso Robles, California.  This hoppy and balanced yet light beer is a summer blessing.  At 4.8% ABV, this “California Pale Ale” is very worthy of a 6 pack purchase despite the hefty price […]

Hoo Doo Voo Doo IPA from Three Creeks Brewery in Sisters, Oregon

Hoo Doo Voo Doo IPA from Three Creeks Brewery in Sisters, Oregon

Hoo Doo Voo Doo IPA has been a favorite of the Bend Wild staff since its genesis at the hands of then brewer, Dave Fleming.  The Three Creeks Website doesn’t currently have any information about Voo Doo IPA  but you’ll have to trust us that it is part of their regular line-up.  It tips the […]

Deschutes Brewery’s Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

Deschutes Brewery’s Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

The newest addition to Deschutes Brewery’s seasonal bottling line up is worthy of its own style classification, which is exactly what Deschutes has given Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale.  This 6.4% ABV “Northwest Pale” is one of several strong pales that Deschutes has been experimenting with in the past year.  More approachable and session-like than […]

Dry Hopped Saint Rogue Red Ale by Rogue Ales

Dry Hopped Saint Rogue Red Ale by Rogue Ales

Any beer bold enough to put “Dry Hopped” in big capital letters on its label better come through on that promise, and Saint Rogue Red does not disappoint. Bend Wild – Beer Scoring Scale Maximum Nose/Appearance 35 34 Body/Flavor 40 35 Finish/Mouthfeel 15 13 Overall Drinkability 10 9 Total Score 100 91 Nose/Appearance: A dark […]

Mission Street Pale by Steinhaus Brewing Company (aka: Firestone Walker)

Mission Street Pale by Steinhaus Brewing Company (aka: Firestone Walker)

Mission Street Pale Ale is a Trader Joe’s Exclusive Beer, and it is an absolute steal at $5.99 per six-pack.  This hopped up pale ale is a 4.6% ABV session beer that is brewed and bottled by “Steinhaus Brewing Company” in Paso Robles, California.  Hmmmm?  4.6% ABV?  Super hoppy?  Paso Robles, California?  Does that sound like Firestone […]

Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale

Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale

Widmer Brothers Brewing is one of Oregon’s Brewing behemoths.  While the Ale thrives in Oregon, Lagers have played a significant role in Widmer Brothers success.  This beer, Drop Top Amber Ale, has hints of lagerishness, despite its ale label.  The labeling on this bottle is somewhat spartan but with a happy dog apparently hanging out […]

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calfornia

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calfornia

Blind Pig IPA is brewed in an affable, quaffable style.  At 6.1% alcohol, it isn’t exactly a giant, but we at Bend Wild have grown more fond of full flavor and low alcohol IPA’s in the last couple of tasting seasons.  Attractive labeling and text bring attention to Russian River’s unusual bottle size of  500 […]

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