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Fresh Squeezed IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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635 Reviews
Fresh Squeezed IPAFresh Squeezed IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and Mosaic hops. Don't worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.

60 IBU

Added by ccrida on 12-31-2009

BEER STATS
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635
Ratings:
4,699
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
25.95%
 
 
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Photo of Rifugium
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for the share! I've been seeing this around lately, but just never got the urge to pick up a bottle.

Orangey-amber pour with great clarity, with a small white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma was really nice! Fresh hops, juicy, dank, lots of fruit, candy-like sugar sweetness (think Smarties). The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but it was still quite good, lots of juicy hops, citrus, toasted cereal grains, and more candy sweetness; dry finish, but not too bitter. Medium body, clean mouthfeel, overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnished semi clear amber,1 finger ecru head that reduces to a permanent cap,fine lacing.

Dank citrus with a bready sweetness in the mix. Hop forward aroma is pleasant and juicy thanks to citra & mosaic.

Taste is tangy & juicy, nice bitterness. Malts offer some sweetness, maybe just a tad too much as it is slightly syrupy, yet the drinkability factor is all there. Alcohol very nicely hidden in the rich flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is appropriate though on the light side. Nice bitterness factor without going overboard.

Fresh Squeezed is a good quality IPA, especially for those who have a yen for citra & mosaic hops. If the finish were a touch drier and the malt factor not quite as prominent, it would be a major contender. Well worth a try, and overall enjoyable: a solid IPA in every respect.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a deep, rich orange-amber with a little haze and finger of off white head.

Smell. Juicy red grapefruits, lemon rinds, and oranges. Fairly sweet with some nice caramel coming through.

Taste. Really juicy with red grapefruit, orange and a little squeeze of lime juice. Some nice caramel malts backing up all those hops and an oily, bitter citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, Deschutes! Tons of citrus in this big hop bomb. My kind of IPA.

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Photo of weeare138
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle.
Appears a transparent orange with an amber tinge and a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oranges, tangerines, melons, grass, candy, and something that is weird...reminds me of craft glue. I can get past that though.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet caramel, cereal, citrus notes, and a flavor of gummi bears, or jujubees. Hmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lip smacking, sticky of resin, and sweet. Not sure if "balanced" is the appropriate word for this one because it seems like there is sure fire bitterness and acidity but it strikes me as being artificial(lack of a better word) due to the overwhelming sweet tangerine juice flavor that sticks to the palate.
Was actually slightly let down by this one. Not a bad beer at all but based on the hype surrounding this west coast beer, I was expecting much more.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. If you like IPAs with a fruity flavor profile then this beer is for you. Pours a light orange/copper color with a thickm, creamy, off white head. Aroma is full of tropical fruits. Taste is full of fruits and a mild hop bitterness finish. Overall, this is a fantastic IPA. In my opinion very similar to st. lupulin from odell brewing.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear bronze color with a large, foamy, light, billowy, white head. Great retention with the head sticking around for a while and then settling into a nice layer of lace.

S - More Mosaic than Citra for the hop aroma, although it is close. Mango, grapefruit, stone fruit, hints of gooseberry, overall a juicy aroma. Fair amount of dank aroma along with a touch of pine and herbal notes. Solid caramel and bready malt in the back providing some sweetness.

T - A sweet/tart fruit taste jumps out right away. Plenty of stone and tropical fruit along with grapefruit/tangerine/sweet citrus. Some dank flavors in the back throughout the sip. Solid malt bill but it taste pretty clean. Hops are the center focus. Nice slightly tart/ripe fruit flavor on the finish with a touch of bitterness. Rind flavors at the very end.

M - Light to medium body. Average carbonation. Prickly and crisp feel.

D - Very balanced IPA. Hops are the star but they don't overwhelm. Interesting mix of flavors that keep me wanting more. Tasty and easy to drink.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer. Two great hop varieties that provide some great and interesting combinations of flavors. Fruity, dank, slightly tart and bitter all mix to make an intriguing beer. Not the best or boldest on flavors, but very solid and worth a shot.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear copper. Head is off-white and bubbly. Drops to a to thin cap and collar. Slight streaks of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tropical and some pine resin. Pineapple and tangerine. Super juicy and fruity. Orange flesh and some grapefruit. Wet and fresh. Malts are a bit sweet with some nice bready undertones. Some hop spice. A bit of cooked malts. Slightly toasted.

Taste: Light citrus with a soft toasted and biscuity malt. Tangerine and pineapple. Slight hint of pine resin. Fruity and juicy. Wet hop juice. Light caramelized malt sweetness. Some backing hop spiciness. Incredibly fresh and clean. Carries that distinct Deschutes yeast and water, which is a good thing. Warming pushes a nice blend of tropical mango and ruby red grapefruit flesh.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy drinking. An bit creamy with a light moderate carbonation. Mediumish body. Super clean and juicy.

Overall: I could use this for a morning glass of juice.

Another solid Deschutes beer. Not a showstopper but damn if I don't want to drink a sixer every so often.

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Photo of litheum94
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle with a best by date of 10/8/13.

The body is a hazy, golden-orange body. A thick and frothy, off-white head sits a top of it, and it is pretty impressive in its size. It builds up a big, compact, defensive barrier between me and the beer. It leaves some nice lacing as well.

The nose is insanely fruity, featuring aromas of orange, tangerine and peach. There are some dank hop aromas as well, mixed with some spicy, floral tones. The malt profile consists of biscuits and toasted grains.

This beer is very fruit forward. Sweet, fruity and pulpy citrus flavors pop, just like biting into a Cara Cara orange. It's very peachy as well. Resinous and spicy hops come in midway, reminding you that there is definitely Mosaic hops in there. The hop flavors ride on a backbone of biscuit malts and a touch of caramel. The finish showcases a light bitterness, with a lingering citric tartness.

Smooth and refreshing, this is exactly what I needed on a super hot day. Each sip went down so easy, compelling me to go back for another one. One knock is that the bitterness doesn't seem quite high enough for an IPA, making me think this lands more in the Pale Ale category. This is a minor complaint, however, and this is another solid brew from Deschutes.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear orange with a standard head. Good lace. No bubbles.

S - the hops are dank, mango, pineapple and peach. They lack intensity, fade after a few sips, but don't disappear. Unfortunately, the malt aroma is pretty strong and it interferes with the hops, but the malt aroma is pleasant. The yeast is neutral.

T - follows the aroma. It's more malt forward than I want it to be, but it's well attenuated and not too sweet.

M - medium body. Smooth bitterness with a short sustain. Mineral finish.

O - good beer, but not really what I look for in an IPA. Not a great utilization of Citra and Mosaic. It drinks like an ESB made with American hops.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer for me for awhile, settled on this IPA to combat the 110-degree heat. 22oz bomber poured into my Rock Island snifter...

A: Darker than I expected, this beer gives Inversion a run for its money in SRM...dark orange/hint of ruby body with a finger or two of white head that really laces the glass beautifully.

S: Pungent, dank orange with fairly resinous undertones...floral and herbal too? Earthy dryness as well. The malty backbone seems to lean toasted instead of sweet/caramel.

T: Follows the nose, resinous dank citrus hops and floral character, lots of grapefruit too in my opinion. Moderately dry and bitter, the malt is felt and balances well, though I would prefer more pale or caramel character in a beer like this.

MF: Fairly medium bodied with moderate dryness and good carbonation - no complaints here.

O: Good; doesn't feel like a huge winner as a summer seasonal but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for cracking this one. The beaming, bright copper body has excellent clarity - clearly a heavily filtered IPA - and is topped with a thick, bubbly, chunky, eggshell tinted head that leaves some spiderweb-ish lacing across a good portion of the glass. Very nice looking IPA; I love cloudy, unfiltered IPAs, but I'll be damned if a crystal clear one doesn't bring a tear to my eye, too.

Wow! I didn't much know what to expect from this one, aside from the fact that it's an IPA, but after taking my first few whiffs, I'm already digging it. Mildly abrasive, sticky pines and woodsy hop notes - it's like sniffing a redwood tree. Earthy, faintly herbal, and on the border of ashy, backed up by a lightly tropical, fruity essence in the form of ripe mangoes and juicy tangerines. Seriously, what a pleasure to smell.

After an aroma like that, my expectations have just rocketed from almost non to sky-high. The first sip reveals that the malt bill is a little heavier than the nose would signify, but it's nowhere close to "over-the-top" levels of sweetness for an IPA. The fruity essence of the hops are also tossed into the foreground; more mango, orange, light pineapple, and maybe even some guava.

The hops are at maximum pungency here, with the herbal and ashy notes playing secondary and tertiary. Pine needles with earthy and dirty undertones weave in and out of the blanket of tropical fruits and toasted bready-sweet malts. The combination of flavors is great, and the bitterness is relevant, yet low enough to retain superior drinkability. Light-medium bodied, not quick sticky; slick and oily with medium carbonation.

Didn't have any expectations for this one and it ended up being great... perhaps that's why? Great mix of tropical fruits and a unique tree-like and woodsy-dirty flavor and aroma from the hops - possibly a contribution of the Mosaic variety. Quite drinkable - this is something that would definitely be a regular in the fridge rotation if it were available in my area. A bit underrated, in my opinion.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange-copper color with a billowy three finger off white head. The head has a moderately level of staying power, fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a delicious sweet smell of tropical fruits (tangerine, pineapple and mango) mixed with a lighter, but still quite pronounced, hop aromas of grapefruit, lemon, earth and floral notes.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor upfront, with it being largely of tangerine but with other tropical and lighter fruits mixed within. A light biscuit flavor was present upfront with a grapefruit hop taste following along . As the flavor advances some of the sweeter fruit fades with a more bitter lemon flavor as well as more grapefruit hop coming to the tongue. Toward the end of the taste hints of an earthy hop as well as a bit of floral hops come to the tongue leaving a nice slightly more crisped and moderately bitter hopped flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew was on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was slightly on the lower side. A little bit more carbonation would have been nice for stimulating the taste buds in combination with the hop, but overall the mouthfeel was rather appropriate.

Overall- A very enjoyable IPA with a crisper finish and a nice hop blend.

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Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a two finger high off white head. Lots of clingy lacing left on the glass and decent retention.

Mosaic and citra hops combine for a very floral ipa aroma, red berries, watermelon jolly ranchers, tropical fruit includes mangoes and citrus. Malt provides a hefty beady sweetness and tobacco and earthy undertones. The mosaic is really acting up in here with the darker malt.

Malty, caramel sweetness and sugars. Hops are a mild blend of pine, juicy peaches and orange rind. Rather spicy and tame bitterness in the end, also quite earthy and a bit musty. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Smooth, even carbonation and a medium heft to go with this beer. Sticky and rich with malt, dries ever so slightly. The alcohol is difficult to detect.

Fresh squeezed in the nose alone, pity that the juicy, nectary blast of hops couldn't be replicated in the flavor. Solid IPA, rather balanced with some red ale nuances and peach hops make this one unique. Say Citra and Mosaic and everyone goes nuts, decent IPA and probably one of the better ones from Deschutes.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yummy on a hot Oregon summer afternoon. Found at f/stop.

I'm greeted with smell of hops, sweetness, and pineapple. Yum! Zippy hops make themselves known, yet with a sweetness that makes me think of Red Chair. Malt backbone holds its own very well. Beautiful clear copper, delicate lacing down the . I'd like to see just a bit more cling, though. Feel is lemon/tropical fruit fruity tang, nice oils coat the mouth. Seems to lose some of the initial wonderful carbonation. At 6 percent, I think I may have to hunt this down for the 4th of July neighborhood BBQ!

Note- a bit biased here, as the July heat will make any good beer great, and a great brew heavenly.

revisited 5/9/14 (bottle, best by date 8/12/14) just as good as last time. citra and mosaic hops make their presence known. seems a tiny bit more piney and oily, a good thing. deschutes has a consistent winner here for those who like their ipas not just hoppy, but hoppy/juicy/flavorful.

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Photo of yamar68
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden/copper body, clear as day. A sticky off-white head swells to about two fingers before receding down to a thin cap. Great looking oily lace is left behind.

What a brilliant combination of hop characteristics. The juicy tropical notes of the Citra harmonize with the more fleshy, lush peach profile of the Mosaic.

Not as bright on the palate as the nose might suggest. Semi-sweet honeysuckle, pineapple and mango, smooth pear type flavors... certainly is drinkable. Hop abrasion is at a minimum which allows the subtler hop notes to have a presence. A pleasant, mild conifer flavor on the finish.

Really a great effort from Deschutes. I'm continually impressed by their line of reasonably priced large format IPA's.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pizza Port "can" glass... because why not?

A: Pours a clear deep golden color, almost amber... much darker than most IPAs. Crystal clear, though, with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates to a fluffy film with spotty, sticky lacing. Tons of lacing is left down the side of the glass while drinking.

S: Plenty of hops hit right away alongside a nicely sweet malt, suggesting that this is going to be a really sweet beer, but in a good way. Hop character is citrusy, with a little earthiness underlying... nothing I didn't expect from "fresh squeezed." The smell of this actually lines up fairly well with peaches, something I'm not used to picking up on... it took me a minute to figure out what it was.

T/M: A lighter, but almost syrupy body with good carbonation drinks very pleasantly. Malt is just a little bready in character, but provides a nice sweetness to the sip. Finish is juicy, but then almost dries up a little as hop bitterness descends well after the sip's conclusion. Flavor is nice with sweet, juicy citrus character dominating... the flavor of peaches is evident, following the nose. So strange, but not unpleasant at all.

O: Really happy with this one. The malt's breadiness felt a little out of place, and it almost felt a little more like a pale ale than an IPA, despite the evident hoppiness. I'd rather have Hop in the Dark this season and wish this was available as a 12oz bottle, but definitely would be open to drinking more Fresh Squeezed.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the Northwest Best Brewfest in Lewiston, ID last weekend. So I bought a bomber of Fresh Squeezed IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich copper color, crystal clean with a rich two-finger foamy off-white head.

The aroma is more about fruit than pine. Lemon blosson and citrus notes dominate, with a hint of caramel along side.

The taste is also more fruit than anything else. A very sweet citrus flavor, orange and pink grapefruit, with a wet and sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light of body, but not particularly crisp for the style. There os a smoothness to the fruit flavors. N o real hop bite in this one.

Overall a very drinkable IPA especially on a hot day. Like "fresh squeezed" lemonade.

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Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By
10/08/13 1518

A – Clear, dark shade of amber. Head is light tan and quite big, leaves a nice layer of foam, and some nice lacing throughout. Lacing is heavy and thick from the big head.

S – Sweet and juicy, some noticeable sweet malt notes do come in here though. . .definitely a Deschutes IPA based on the initial maltiness.

T – Caramel malts abound, hops, are you in there? Hop notes are not big on citrus or pine, if anything they are earthy and reminiscent of orange rind. Overall malty, should have known this was coming from Deschutes.

M – Light/Medium body. Carbonation is low, and this is quite drinkable. Which is fine for the almost low ABV.

O – Not bad, but I wouldn't refer to it as fresh hoppy goodness either, there are just mild hop notes in this one. It is drinkable, but really comes across as ho hum, nothing remarkable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Great aroma of herbal and piney hops distinct from a distance, caramel malt and orange citrus. Flavor is grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit, caramel malt with light citrus hops. Finishes with citrus and citrus and piney hops, which are considerably restrained compared to the aroma. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The fruit notes are more noticeable than the malt or hops. An interesting sweet juicy take on an IPA, but I'd like a bit more herbal hops presence like the aroma. The hop character is probably due to the fruit juicy character of mosaic hops.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden tinged amber color with a sudsy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel and some fruity hops.

Tastes of the fruity hops with some nice malt sweetness to support it. Hops lead off with pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and some mango. Not particularly bitter as the hops are swept away by some caramel sweetness. Toasted bread comes through along with some brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good, but could use a bit more carbonation, and a touch more bitterness.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that I believe I got for $4.59 which is not to shabby. Orange color, good head. Aroma is where the beer really lives up to its name, it is very citrusy and specifically smells like oranges. The flavor was a bit less citrusy and while hoppy was sort of a let down after that super juicy smell. Overall a solid beer and a good value I just wish the flavor was as amped as the aroma.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brew pub in Portland less than a year ago and thought it was great. The nose blew me away. This is the citra hop at its best. I've had zombie dust and its a darn good "pale ale". But this beer is 6% (.4 less than zombie) and its considered an IPA. I put this in the class of Blind Pig. A low abv IPA by average, but by no means a lighter flavored IPA, at all. If this was called a pale ale, it would dominate Zombie Dust (I understand its just my opinion). I'm stoked this is a local release, cause I don't need to trade for an amazingly tasty sessionable ale.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, bready malt, citrus, pine

T-bready malt, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-another solid beer from Deschutes, easy drinking with good hoppy flavors

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery Public House branded imperial pint glass

Pours a maple syrup colored amber capped by a fluffy two finger off white head. Excellent retention that leaves behind plenty of thing stringy lacing. Not surprisingly, tons of hoppy citrus notes on the nose: pineapple, citrus blossoms, tangerine, mandarin orange, kumquat Valencia orange, and hints of mango. The combined citrus present in the nose are also present in the taste, caramel malt balances this brew perfectly midpalate. Finishes with just the right amount of bitterness by way of hoppy orange rind accents. Fairly substantial malt backbone, medium bodied, slick, smooth with moderate carbonation. A fairly well-balanced IPA that delivers just the right amount of bitterness. Excellent use of citra and mosaic hops here.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up for $5.99 at a beer store in SoCal. Best by: 10/08/13. 6.0% ABV. Reviewed live. I love Deschutes; expectations are high. Probably the most reliable brewery with a wide portfolio in the USA.

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with black branded pry-off cap served into a tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of healthy khaki colour. Nice plump cream. Attractive as it mushrooms out of the tulip, maintaining a firm cling to the sides of the glass aided by surface tension. Nice thickness. Smooth soft complexion. Lacing is uneven and inconsistent, but neverthless present.

Body colour is a nicely vibrant amber-copper with a subdued richness. Not your run-of-the-mill IPA body colour; it's got more appeal than that. Transparent and translucent.

No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks very approachable for the style. Appealing and inviting.

Sm: Dank herbal and floral hops that remind you hops are a cousin of cannabis. Light oily hop character magnifies this dankness, accompanied by a light nectary character as well. It does border on soapy, but fortunately never quite gets there.

On the malty end, caramalts and pale malts are evident; it's certainly got more caramalt than most West Coast brewed IPAs do. Even a light candi sweetness which develops into an unwelcome candy floss character as it warms.

No yeast character comes through. No alcohol is detectable.

The hop choices are interesting, but the emergent candi sweetness of the malty side has me a bit concerned. Overall, it's a balanced approachable aroma for the style and I detect no off-flavours.

That said, the citrusy fruity character suggested by the title and label description isn't presented here as fully as it should be. As it warms and as I search more, I do pick up that sort of stale orange juice note you'd find in an old IPA brewed with Citra. I get a blossom of mango and passion fruit as well, but they don't come off in a distinctly tropical way - which is a good thing for my personal tastes. Maybe hints of mandarin orange. Some pine. Wow, this really opens up as it warms. I search for grapefruit but really can't find any; I think some reviewers just default to calling vague citrus in IPAs grapefruit because they're so accustomed to that flavour in West Coast style IPAs, but this doesn't fit that mold at all.

Aroma is of mild to moderate strength overall, and I do like it for the style. Features impressive hop variety and complexity. One of the better IPA aromas I've come across in awhile.

T/Mf: The first thing that hits me is the texture, which is surprisingly soft and welcoming, featuring perfect carbonation without any bite or sharpness. Damn good texture/mouthfeel for a beer.

The cushion of soft caramalts and sweet malts supports the hoppy flavours wonderfully. The hop notes are much more varied and deep than suggested by the aroma, much to my delight. Getting some well handled tropical fruit hop notes including mango and passionfruit. Perhaps guava as well. Fleeting hints of vague mandarin orange. Certainly citrusy, but again grapefruit does not figure it here - and it's for the best, because there's none of the naked hop bitterness or distinct bite that tends to come with grapefruit notes here. Though it's citrusy, I don't get much zest; it's a clean citrusy flavour package.

I dig the lightly crisp fruitiness here, but the hop notes don't stop there. There's also ripe pine, very light oily hop character, and some nectary bursts of juiciness. None of the nasty stale orange juice notes that citra can develop into with age, but I can't see this beer staying this good after a few weeks.

The malts and hops make a good marriage; this beer has definite balance - a trait often missing in American brewed IPAs. Good complexity and subtlety. I love the hop variety and depth of flavour. It's refreshing, approachable, and enjoyable to drink. Really well executed.

Returning to the mouthfeel, it's got a rolling smoothness and refreshing wetness with a kiss of crispness. In no way thick or overbearing; it's mellow and approachable, yet adequately supportive of the flavours. A touch oily, infusing the hop flavours a bit more. A bit of cream right on the climax helps smooth things out through the finish. Very light and easy on the palate; great presence without compromising its full body. Mouthfeel facilitates full delivery of the nuances of the flavour profile, including subtle aid to the presentation of the hoppy notes on the palate. I'm impressed.

Dr: Deschutes has a hell of an IPA on their hands in Fresh Squeezed IPA, and the price point is excellent for the high quality. I hope they plan on continuing to release this little gem.

B+

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Not as fresh and evocative as I remember. Now a better value than afore. One of my go-tos. Citrus dominant.

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Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.
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