Review: Deschutes Fresh Haze IPA

Thanks Ben for saving me some awesome beers that I would've never tried otherwise!

Deschutes has been a brewery I've loved for several years, and when their Fresh Squeezed IPA made it to Manitoba three years ago, I was absolutely ecstatic,  even if it was $5.00 per 355mL bottle.

Fresh Haze is their take on the popular hazy/NEIPA beer trend we've been seeing for the past couple years. The beer is brewed with unmalted wheat, malted wheat, Munich malt, c-15, Pale 2 Row Barley, Flaked Barley, Northern Brewer Hops, Simcoe Hops, Mandarina Bavaria Hops and Amarillo Hops. 6.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours incredibly hazy with thick dark orange body to it, a moderate amount of sediment that's mainly collecting at the bottom of the glass, and a full finger's worth of off-white head on top.

Aroma: It's a tad reminiscent of Fresh Squeezed with its sweetness and tropical fruit presence to it (such as pineapple, orange zest and lemon), but not as fruity as I'd expect from a Hazy IPA. It's a tad vegetal (leafy) and a bit yeasty. Fairly light in aroma so far.

Taste: This hazy IPA is slightly sweet with a bit of various tropical fruits to it, a bit of a vegetal vibe to it, mildly yeasty to give it a bready vibe to it. There's a bit of an Earl Grey tea-like vibe in the beer.

Overall Thoughts: Pretty unremarkable coming from Deschutes, this is definitely something I could see at a liquor store and forgetting I ever had it. It's lacking in the juiciness big time. Ah well..

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