3 delish Oregon IPAs

For my first post I’m writing about one of the best mirco styles in Oregon: India Pale Ale or IPA. This is currently my favorite style of beer. I tasted and compared three IPAs  the other night. These are beers that I’ve drank before but sipped on, side by side, specifically for this blog. The three are from: Rogue Brewery based inNewport, Or (on the coast); Ninkasi Brewery based inEugene, Or (the home of the Mighty Oregon Ducks!); and Deschutes Brewery based inBend inCentral Oregon. Rogue’s beer is Brutal IPA (59 IBU*, ABV ~6%*). Ninkasi’s beer is Total Domination IPA (65 IBU, ABV 6.7%) andDeschutes is Hop Henge Experimental IPA (95 IBU, ABV 9%).

The Brutal IPA was smooth and really did not have much of an after taste, the lower International Bittering Units (IBU) was clearly evident. Total Domination (TD) IPA had a stronger and bolder taste than the other two and its color is darker. The Hop Henge IPA is lighter in color and it gives a fruity after taste. Obviously all IPAs are not equal. The TD IPA is one of my favorite beers, so when I compared the three IPAs I was partial to Total Domination. It’s a strong IPA and has the tendency to remind me of darker beers like porters,  which I rarely drink anymore. So if you’re a fan of stouts and porters and not of IPAs, you may like TD. I tend to be moody drinker. Depending on my mood I might asked for an IPA, lager or even a shot or two. Because it’s a stronger IPA I may start with a weaker IPA when I’m out drinking. But if I’ve had a long day and my panties are in a knot I’ll start with a shot of Tequila and TD. The Hop Henge is also very good. It’s lighter and sweeter than the TD and it goes down smoothly. Cheers.

*IBU means International Bittering Units. The higher the number the higher the bitterness and hop content. ABV means Alcohol By Volume.



About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Jessica says:

    Wow! J you really know your stuff. Im glad to see blogs about people that enjoy the art of beer and wine rather than just drinking to get drunk. (not saying its not fun, I like to get a good buz) Although I’m more of a wine drinker, I’ve grown to love beer and its refreshing taste. I just started making my wine and now moving on to Beer its cheaper, tasty and only take a few wks for it to be ready. Strawberry beer that will be my first beer I make.
    This one one at band camp I drove around with some friends trying different drinks at different bars and every place i would go to i would use napkin to rate the drink and the bar, was lots of fun.
    Well enjoy the drinking and keep me posted on some good beer!
    Thx ill have to try-Hop Henge IPA
    I think u need new pic! ):-) hint (lol)

    Keep posting!

  2. i love your blog says:

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

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