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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
So when I opened up a sample of their new Fresh Squeezed IPA, it was with no trepidation whatsoever...other than the usual "oh damn, only one bottle" kind. And I was right: blossoming citrus aroma came pouring out of the glass to greet me (odd how aromatic it was, considering I was using one of those horrible sleeve pint glasses...), followed by a sip of deliciously citrusy/pithy hop-flavored beer that didn't crush my palate with bitterness, but just tasted awesome, and went on and on. Heh. Had a Twitter follower note to me that there have been complaints about this beer's "sweetness." As he said, "That's called 'balance.'" Right! It wasn't heavy, or cloying; it wasn't hop-tea astringent; it wasn't hugely alcoholic: it was a beer that I found very easy to drink the entire 22 oz. bottle of in one sitting, boom boom.
Okay, Deschutes. You're in Pennsylvania, and welcome! Start sending more of the Good Stuff!
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I too am all for drinking your local, or at least regional beers. But there is no shame in enjoying something from out of the area now and then. I trust you won't be abandoning your local beers, just engaging in a little variety is all.
I haven't yet had the Fresh Squeezed IPA but I've yet to find a beer from Deschutes I didn't like. Good luck in the East Deschutes.
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