Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewery in Bend Oregon is a treat. IPA stands for India Pale Ale which is characterized by a full body and strong hop flavors and aromas. This manifestation of IPA showcases Citra and Mosaic hops which lend a pleasant bitterness and aroma to offset the maltiness and full body of the beer. This beer measures 60 IBU’s (International bittering unit). It has an alcohol content of 6.4% and 224 calories per 12oz. While many beers are carbonated by forcing CO2 into solution in a tank before bottling, this beer is naturally carbonated in the bottle, known as bottle conditioning. This process is achieved by adding a small amount of sugar to the beer before bottling. The residual yeasts convert the sugar into alcohol and the CO2 they emit in the process is forced into solution as the capped bottle does not allow for its escape as a gas. This process leads to a pleasant effervescence that can vary from batch to batch.
This IPA boasts a beautiful aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and lime specifically. These aromas are the first to jump out of the glass and are some of the classic aroma characteristics of Citra hops. Upon the second approach, the citrus notes step back and act as a frame for additional aromas of stone fruit, most notably apricot. This aroma hit me after an initial aroma of yeast. As I continued to smell the yeast aroma morphed into apricot. I raised the glass to my nose a third time and became aware of floral and vegetal notes including green pepper and grass.
The flavor profile is structured by the malt. The most prominent flavors were caramel, bread, butter, and honey. The sweetness is tempered well by the bitterness of the hops, creating a wonderful balance and a perception of lightness and drinkability. There is a thin mouth-feel when comparing it to many of the bigger IPA’s, but this lends to its drinkability. IPA die-hard’s may dismiss this as being a bit too light, but I find it to be a great beer for the uninitiated as well as devotees of the IPA style. Moving from the malt profile, you begin to taste some of the yeast and hop elements including melon, apricots, and peaches.
The finish is bright and citrusy with a long lingering finish. Toward the end of the finish, it has an astringent quality and a sharpness that is quite pleasant. The finish borders on medicinal as if it had a bit of citrus essential oil, no doubt from the hops.
To sum this beer up in one word, I would have to say, balanced. This IPA boasts a certain level of complexity throughout each element of its profile. I love how those elements run through the entire profile of the beer (stone fruit and citrus being the prominent flavor and aroma elements.) The balance is achieved by framing these primary flavor and aroma components with a malt profile that is neither too overbearing or underwhelming. I would recommend this as a go to IPA for every occasion. This is an excellent pair for any salty or fried food. The bitterness seems to accentuate and stand up to those flavors. It would pair well with Mexican food, Indian food, or a good burger.