Royal Fresh Imperial IPA

Review Date 6/25/2024 By John Staradumsky


Itís royal! Itís fresh! Itís Deschutes Royal Fresh Imperial IPA! OK, in my case it might not be so fresh, as my can is stamped PKG on 11/08/23 on the bottom. I only bought it in May of 2024, however, at the Canton Wine & Spirits Warehouse, where they had it in the cold case. It went straight into the fridge when I got home, and I drank it in late June.

It sure was good, though, and in fact I might like it better with a little age! To be fair, I have never had it super fresh (or maybe Royal Fresh?) so I cannot say for sure. Still, when I drank this beer it wasnít *that* old for a classic West Coast Imperial IPA, though I do not think that is what this is. Thereís not enough body for that.

Deschutes says on the can:

Supremely juicy. Surprisingly drinkable.  Freshly squeezed. No fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.

The last statement may be true, but a lot of hops were terribly inconvenienced.

Deschutes Royal Fresh Imperial IPA has an alcohol content of 9% by volume with 70 IBUs. It runs $12.99 a six-pack at Total Wine and I paid $3.99 for a 19.2 ounce can at Canton Wine & Spirits Warehouse.

Deschutes Royal Fresh Imperial IPA pours to a hazy yellow color with a thick fluffy white head and a nose of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body, about average as these beers go. Itís super juicy with grapefruit juice, pith and peel. The beer finishes very bitter with grapefruit rind notes. It is dangerously drinkable and does not seem as strong as it is. Thereís some resiny pine, too.

Deschutes Royal Fresh Imperial IPA  istruly delicious, and Iím on the hunt for more. A classic American IIPA, if it had more chewy caramel malt it would be perfect.

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned