Deschutes – Fresh Squeezed IPA: Brewed in Bend, OR at strength of 6.4% abv with 60 IBU’s, this IPA was poured into a 16 oz nonic glass while vacationing in Portland.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a hazy copper with 1 finger of foam and some sporadic bubbles making their way to the top of the glass. As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, orange and tropical citrus, it is very potent on the nose.
Flavour: Upfront I got a lot of oily hops, herbs, lemon, grapefruit some caramels and grassy malt and a dry herbal finish with a citrus kick.
Overall Impression: This tasted very fresh with some oily hops and a nice citrus balance, honestly you would swear it is fresh hopped (even though they don’t say it is anywhere).
Rating: I give it an excellent rating 8/10, it manages to stand out in a super crowded IPA world by being a bit fresher, a bit different and somewhat complex yet enjoyable.
Food Pairing: on their site they suggest prosciutto and I agree, even better on pizza.
I have a soft spot for Deschutes Brewery as their Black Butte Porter is also excellent, so glad I bought a few singles and a six pack to bring home with me. I hope to see this in BC stores soon if not now, they also have a barleywine that is a bit expensive that I have cellared and will consume in about a year, I look forward to that one.
4 thoughts on “Craft Beer Review – Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA”
One of my top 3 IPAS too! Glad you found some.
It’s really good when you find an IPA that stands out in a very crowded field of IPAs makes you realise why you enjoy the style so much.
Agree, it’s also exciting when you find something that tells you there is still room for creativity with the style. Glad to hear this will be a year round offering, it is very 6 pack worthy.
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