Today’s Year of Beer painting is Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewing Company, which is now available year round. This beer hasn’t won any awards (at least none to my knowledge, as of yet) but that is because this one is so fresh, it just hasn’t competed in any contests yet! This beer wasn’t quite the hop explosion I was expecting, but it was fresh and floral with a zesty citrus taste, which is why I painted a citrus mosaic in the background.
I was pleasantly surprised by this IPA’s almost session-able alcohol content of only 6.5%. This also means it isn’t a palette killer. Just a really nice, slightly unbalanced, single IPA (no IPA is ever balanced). There is a homebrew recipe for this brew on the Deschutes website! I will give it a shot, I love the hop lineup: Nugget, Citra and Mosiac in the ingredient list. I will brew once more this year at the Great Northern Brewers Club brew-a-thon. Watch my Instagram account for photos of that crazy brewing party! I won’t be attempting an IPA, I will be brewing up a 14 gallon batch of Drippy Hippy, the honey ale I spice with ginger root. I promised my sister I would brew up a special Drippy Hippy batch for her wedding this summer. I am mostly done brewing for the year as it gets too hot in the summer for really fermenting properly, and I have already filled every fermenter in the house! Next year, however, I will be brewing IPA all winter long, and maybe even give a shot at some lagers.
Great job yet again, Deschutes! Your beer never ceases to amaze me! Then you go ahead and freshen it all up again, keeping the creative juices flowing! Cheers!