Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewery

945978_10101346419112270_122286693_nRating: 5/5

Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewery is a 6% ABV World Class India Pale Ale

This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and Mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer. 

Picked this up recently at the local Bev-Mo near work. Heard that there was a lot of talk about this beer. Normally for me, I try to look at different IPAs and see what are the most tropical, the most hoppy, the most herbal or even the most orange juice and caramel I can find. Every single IPA or DIPA brings something to the table. As best as I can, I will try to analyze this one. Hell even, the label makes it look like its gonna be a tropical thunder. 

The smell is like grapefruit juice or Squirt Grapefruit soda. This is quite different already as I never seen a more grapefruit forward IPA. There are also aromas of biscuit, caramel, lemon candy, orange jolly rancher, pineapple, orange, subtle piney and grassy hops, kiwi almost like a strawberry or a berry note and mango.

Flavors are quite different but awesome. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit juice, oranges, caramel, piney and grassy hop notes, mango, kiwi, strawberry notes, dragon fruit, orange jolly rancher notes, pecan notes, buttery biscuit, tangerine marmalade, peaches and cream, orange cream popsicle, grapes, raisins, blueberries and papaya.

The aftertaste is awesome. A well balanced bitterness of the piney hops with nice grapefruit and pineapple tropics. I think what really makes this beer great is the balance and drinkability. Very awesome for sure.

The talk wasn’t just that, all talk. This beer is an awesome IPA. I love sweetness of beers and hoppy as well. This one brings both together is such an awesome way that literally works extremely well. This is something I wish I could drink for breakfast everyday. Right next to the Heady Topper, almost, except this is the sweet pink grapefruit where as heady is the orange juice of IPAs.

The art work is sort of like a surprise. Matching the label as best I could, think of it as Master Chief (Green for hops) unveiling the secret sweetness inside :3

Hops N’ Roses by Captain Lawrence

Rating: 4.5/5

Hops N’ Roses by Captain Lawrence is a 5.5%ABV American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Rose hips, Elder Flowers, and Hibiscus (Jamaica Flower). Now this is a floral beer. When poured into a glass it looks just like a red and pink grapefruit juice. Different beer here. Reminded me of when I opened Tart of Darkness with it’s dark purple look. This is something else. A Tangy, Jolly pumpkin sour like ale with fruity and flowery sweetness and piney like bitterness. The sourness of grape wine brettanomyces is there mainly around the aftertaste. What truly flows is everything else. There are flavors here of the Jamaica, Strawberry, grapefruit, orange peel, roses, apricot, oak wood, cherry, raspberry yogurt. I guess the way flowers and roses smell is what really flows with this beer. Mighty fine :). Not sure which category of people would enjoy this one but one thing is for sure, the more I try it, the more I would it leaves an impression of flavor in the aftertaste. Almost like your drinking the beer still but you are not. Like the delicious sweet flowers just linger. I would almost say like Ruination, except instead of supreme bitterness, its flower sweetness.