This week, I’m finishing up my six pack of Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA. I’m going to Portland in a few weeks, so what better way to get excited for my trip than by familiarizing myself with some Oregon beer?
Fresh Squeezed IPA is a copper-colored beer that smells like lemon and orange. From the first sip, hops are apparent — to me, I noticed the Mosaic hops since Mosaic IPAs are all the rage recently — but their taste is relatively tame due to the citrus flavors (grapefruit, more orange, even some pineapple). The beer finishes with a medium hop bitterness. Overall, this is a smooth IPA with medium body and medium carbonation.
At 6.4% ABV, Fresh Squeezed is almost a sessionable IPA that I highly recommend for spring/summer. It’s fruitier than some other IPAs — in fact, the bottle says, “No fruit was harmed in the making of this beer,” so consider yourself forewarned if you’re looking for a traditional, hoppy IPA. I personally prefer the more fruit-forward styles, though.
If you have any recommendations for Portland breweries I should visit, please leave a comment. Cheers to visiting new states and trying new beers!