Beer: Fresh Squeezed IPA
Brewer: Deschutes Brewery
Style: American IPA
Description: Fresh Squeezed IPA pours a deep amber copper with a frothy white head that sticks around for some time and leaves behind a thick web of lacing on the glass. Hops of course dominate the aroma with strong notes of citrus, peach, mango, kiwi, and oranges balanced with delicate notes of sweet malt. The taste is also dominated by hops up front again, dominated by a wide fruit bouquet: pears, kiwis, and citrus fruits are balanced against a wonderfully sweet, almost toffee-like malt bill to provide an absolute perfect balance. The moderate carbonation and mouthfeel provide the perfect vessel for all the delicate flavors within this fantastic beer. While it may tend to be a bit sweeter than most IPAs, the balance is certainly present, and this is a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer from a world-class brewery!
Food pairing: While the standard pairing of IPAs with spicier dishes still rings true with Fresh Squeezed IPA – Mexican, Indian, or Thai food are all great – the subtleties within this beer give way to some more delicate pairings. The sweetness from the malt is fantastic with pork dishes, such as a pulled pork taco, braised ribs, or savory brisket. The caramelization from the meat and sauce seamlessly melt into the malt, while the hops then truly make their appearance and cleanse the palate, leaving behind the delicious citrus notes. Another great pairing is with a simple mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich topped with tapenade; the wide combination of flavors creates an experience unto itself!
The final word: Deschutes Brewery has worked hard to gain the stellar reputation that it now enjoys. It is certainly a brewery that many proclaim “has never made a bad beer,” and with beers like Fresh Squeezed IPA, this statement is certainly true! The unbelievable freshness of the hops balanced against the wonderfully sweet malt bill is an extremely pleasant surprise and is a very easy-drinking beer. The love of IPAs continues to flourish with many drinkers looking for the next great IPA to try, and this is certainly another to add to that list. We are lucky enough to have Deschutes Brewery attending the Beer Geek Festival and even luckier to know that this world-class beer will also be poured. An absolute must-have for IPA fans!
Rating: W W W W W
Where can I get it? Available on draft exclusively at the Beer Geek Festival, April 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Slocum Hollow Lodge on Montage Mountain. Deschutes Brewery will also be pouring its Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. For more information, go to beergeekfest.com.
Remember, enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
-Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer, and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour on 102.3 FM Saturdays at 10 a.m.