Here’s a rarity: A one-off review of a new release from Deschutes, Squeezy Rider, a west coast style IPA that joins the Squeeze-centric lineup of IPAs from the Bend, Oregon-based brewery.
Built to be an approachable expression of IPA, it’s made with Cascade, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops — but focuses on Strata, which was developed by Indie Hops and Oregon State University.
As for the beer, it is indeed as approachable as Deschutes intended, much more so than the typical west coast IPA but short of the fruit bombing you get on the east coast. Tropical fruit is balanced by a more straightforward orange and lemon character, with some earthy hops tempering the sweetness. At 7% abv it’s not exactly a session brew, but it’s light enough on its feet to work on a summer afternoon. The lemony kick on the finish is a fun way to end things, giving the beer a refreshing conclusion.
A- / $10 per six-pack / deschutesbrewery.com