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Chasin' Freshies - Deschutes Brewery

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665 Ratings

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. This year we've chased down Virgil Gamache Farms' famed Amarillo hops. At harvest, we rush the hops from the vine to our kettles to ensure we capture the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-20-2011)
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Photo of TMoney2591


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Lots o' recommendations for this from my local, so how could I say "No"? It pours a clear sunrise golden-amber topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light caramel-laden biscuit, mild pine resin, and a touch of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the grapefruit a touch stronger, and some cilantro peeking through the haze. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky, drying finish. Overall, a nice enough IPA, especially for a fresh hop deal, but nothing all that special, really.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:36:44 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jimmah120


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a date

look is yellow with some darker orange highlights, TONS OF SEDIMENT. smell is skunky and grassy but muted. there's also an odd musky scent that is off-putting. taste is heavy citrus/flowers/grass with a sweet malty but peppery finish.

good stuff

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:59:12 | More by jimmah120
Photo of BierJager89


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white ring of head.

S: Pineapple, apple and orange in the nose. Interesting.

T: Apple, orange, pine. A bit odd, but good.

M: Medium bodied, feels like a smooth IPA.

O: This is probably the worst of the Bond Street series of ales, but it's still pretty good. I'd recommend it to IPA lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:55:28 | More by BierJager89
Photo of matjack85


4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roommate brought these home so not sure of cost or where he got them, but so far everything we've tried from Deschutes has been good, so hoping for another godd one here. 22oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 12/18/13, so it needs to e drunk now.

The beer poured a pale yellow color which tuned clear bright yellow when held to the light. The 1½-finger white hrad lasted a few minutes and left some nice lacing.

This smells citrusy - like oranges and lemons.

Lots of hop flavor, but not a lot of hop bitterness. Orange, lemon, and tangerine flavors with a touch of pine underneath. The malt is bready and miuldly sweet and blends well with all the hop flavors.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is higher than normal but works well with this.

I liked it. Another winner from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 12:43:37 | More by matjack85
Photo of Hops4Pops


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler from a freshly tapped keg.
A: Aggressive side pour into a pint glass. Giant 3 finger, eggshell-white head. Slowly receding and creating a pillow-like cloud resting on the surface of the beer. The beer is a cloudy, light gold color about the color of straw. Carbonation is just right and bubbles range in size from foam to 3/8". Nice sticky lacing left on glass where head was and the head is retaining very well at about 1/4" along the side of the glass and a slight foam on the beer surface.
S: Strong fresh hop profile. Resiny, pine, citrus, grapefruit, malt, a light breadiness. This smells very fresh and clean like one could imagine if a beer was fresh from the shower using hops for soap. :)
T: Tastes even better than it smells and it smells very good. Crisp finish and nice bitteness lingering on the tongue along with some bite from the hops. Its inviting me to take another quaff.
M: Smooth and creamy followed by a crispness coming from the hops. Carbonation is fantastic. The finish is wonderfully smooth and slightly crisp.
O: This is a very well constructed beer with all the elements you expect from an IPA and an amazing smoothness that is atypical from many other IPAs which are biting. The flavor and smell are very well blended. Its a beer that invites you to take another mouthful. I like it a lot.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2013 00:55:20 | More by Hops4Pops
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial pint glass a dull lighter golden with a very well defined almost creamy-like sticky white head,great definition and lacing from the top.Floral and citric notes in the nose along with some mint,faint sweet booze is dtected as well.Flavors of hop complexity first off I get some sweet onion and mango with lesser pine underneath,a sweet biscuit base along with some boozy sweetness in the finish,but not overly sweet.Wow alot of subtle complexities here makes for a very good "big" IPA,well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 21:19:31 | More by oberon
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very clear with an incredibly light color. The lack of hop haze was surprising.
Smell- There is a definite hop smell. If we drank this when it was actually fresh it might have been a stronger hop aroma.
Taste- For the amount of hop flavor and aroma, there is not much bitterness, which was refreshing. There is a bit more bitter taste at the end
Mouthfeel- There is a light mouthfeel and it lingers for a short time. Very fitting for the style.
Overall- This beer does not taste like a 7.4%a and it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:11:25 | More by spense727
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a hazy apricot color. A white bubbly head recedes to a heavy film. Light lacing.

The aroma is very piny, with apricot and peach sweetness.

The taste is like the aroma but with sprucy wood coming in.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, very clean, piny, and just enough fruitiness to add balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:44:05 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Amarillo Hops.
Pours two and half fingers of head on a fairly clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is wonderful. Lots of lemon, pine and tropical fruit upfront with honey in the background and at the end.
The taste is on the lighter side, but still flavorful. Mild to moderate pine bitterness with some honeysuckle sweetness middle to end.
The texture has a little fizz and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Great aroma and a nicely balanced flavor. Winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:08:50 | More by Fatehunter
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.49. According to the label, this is best by 12/18/13, so it should still be good.

Poured a lemony-looking pale shade of gold, with a rocky, bone-white head that hung around for a while and left quite a bit of lace. Apart from a little bit of chill haze, it looked very good.

Citrusy hop aroma was featured, but not as much as I was expecting. There was also a fruity sweetness that reminded me of mangos in the background.

Bitterness, which was largely absent from the nose, made itself noted in the taste. There was also a citrus-like flavor, which was to be expected from a beer that featured Amarillo hops, but it wasn’t like the usual blast of grapefruit that I normally expect from that hop. There is some tropical fruit sweetness, but it seems to be paired up with a grassy, bitter hop flavor that might seem more at home in a pilsener.

The body was somewhere between light and medium. The mouthfeel is somewhat oily and coating.

“Featuring Amarillo hops” is what the label says, but it doesn’t explicitly state that this is a single hop beer. Judging by it’s flavor, I suspect other hops were used as well, and I’d like to know what they were. A unique experience. I liked it but I’m not sure I’d want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 21:46:14 | More by woemad
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderate pour into a tulip glass built a bright white head a finger and a half tall made of mostly fine bubbles but also some large ones reminding me of soap. Good retention. The liquid is a pale, but hazy straw color that gets a shade darker in the deeper regions of the glass. As the head fell there was a lot of spider web looking lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Lemon and orange citrus aroma combined with a bready undertone. Almost reminds me of a hefe.

T: Wow, flavor and aroma are completely different. Mango, ripe strawberry, blueberry and fruit punch flavors on the first sip. Moderate bitterness but the hop flavor takes center stage in the flavor portion. Malt backbone is toasty, bready and almost seems sweet.. but I think it is the perception of the hop flavors that is giving that impression. Slightly vegetale flavor also.

M: Light on the body and a creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is low and there is a sticky mouthfeel from the hop oils.

O: The nose on this beer started to disappoint me but on my first sip I was converted. Not sure what gives it those lemony/orangey aromas but it didn't do the flavor justice.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:33:26 | More by guityler83
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chasin Freshies pours a pale straw color with a very small head. There is a slight but weak floral floral/hop aroma, with earthy undertones. The taste has a nice solid hop flavor; really nice floral notes. Good body, good flavors, finishes bitter. Overall a good tasting and nice bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:17:58 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of South2NW


4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber to SN IPA glass.

A: clear golden yellow color with a little more than a finger width white head. Good lacing.

S: floral, citrus, and some sweet bread notes.

T: very nicely balanced. Hops and citrus are pretty assertive, but complimented by a good malt backing.

M: crisp, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: another quality brew from Deschutes. ~$5 bomber in season, worth picking up a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 19:19:48 | More by South2NW
Photo of evanforbeer


4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by date 12/18/13
Pours a surprising crystal clean light golden with thin, clean silky white head. Pilsner?

Nose: apricots, peaches, bubble gum, green herbal note, tangerine, sweet Hawaiian bread

Taste: follows nose with juicy apricots and stone fruit, sweet Hawaiian bready malt backbone fresh pine and bright tangerine and orange, turns resiny with wood, pine, and a lingering resiny hop oil, with a toasty resiny and fruity finish

Feel: light bodied, drinkable, juicy, fresh, resiny

Great beer. I love me some fresh hops, I'd rank this pretty high among the many I've had. Much more juicy and fruity, in true Deschutes fashion, as opposed to earthy and "green", but still some nice fresh hop oiliness to it

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:53:55 | More by evanforbeer
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New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange juice body, with ample chill hazy. Topped by two fingers of white froth.

Fresh bouquet of lemon, orange.

Soft sweet malt foundation. Super juicy fruity taste. Bitter snap, not overpowering but solid.

Light medium mouthfeel with some bubbly prickliness.

Highly enjoyable fresh hop IPA. Seek out in season.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:19:37 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, golden-yellow ale. Mostly transparent. Descent head on the pour. Forms a ring around the glass and plenty of sticky lacing.

Fresh bread, grass, floral aroma. Soft, balanced and very inviting.

Solid biscuity malt backbone. Assertive hop character: pine, lemon, grass and mild herbs. Truly exceptional balance here, neither the malt or hops take total dominance.

Medium bodied, slickish feel with plenty of malty texture. Lively, yet short lived carbonation. Smooth feel throughout the drink and dry in the finish from the hops.

Exceptional, and highly sessionable IPA (if it wasn't 7.4% abv, of course). Not the most complex hop character but the flavors blend better than almost any other IPA I have tried. Drinks more like a pilsner than an IPA. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 04:41:20 | More by bnes09
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance is light hazy orange with a good amount of fluffy off-white head.

The smell is underwhelming, really just faint overall. Smell of grass with a little citrus.

I find the taste to be enjoyable, but I'm definitely not wowed. Slightly bitter up front, flavor of grass, slight lemon and grapefruit. No trace of alcohol.

Overall this is not a bad beer. I much prefer the 'Fresh Squeezed IPA' from Deschutes. Worth a once try, but I will not likely be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:50:02 | More by d5001986
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bomber into a tulip glass...

Poured a light, hazy golden/straw color. Not quite the IPA color I was expecting. 1 finger of head faded back to a light lacing around the glass with moderate carbonation.

A little light on the nose for me. Hops, some floral and citrus notes but nothing jumping out at me in this regard.

Tastes hoppy, but not IPA-hoppy to me. Grapefruit and other fruity notes come through as well as a sticky pine note and just a hint of the malt sweetness at the end. The flavors do develop as the beer warms.

Light to medium mouth feel, clean and refreshing. Light resinous hop finish with the fruits and maltiness barely making their presence known.

Overall not a bad beer but not quite what I was expecting for an IPA. That being said, the tastes are still nice and refreshing and this would be a nice beer to have in the summer or with a meal, although sessioning this beer may not work for most. While I wouldn't go crazy trying to locate this again, if someone offered me one somewhere, I wouldn't hesitate.


Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:15:45 | More by MoorBeerPlz
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love these guys.

The beer looks a little unusual for an IPA: It's a hazy golden yellow instead of a more trademark amber. But the thick, white head reminded me of "freshies," and the viscous, nasty lacing on the sides were what you'd see in a high-quality brew.

The oldest part of this beer was the smell, but I could still get some high notes of tangerine, grass and a little bit of fresh-cut mango. And the taste was strong enough that its oldness didn't really matter.

In my face right away was a resiny, hoppy bitterness that stays through the rest of the beer. But in the middle is a delicious mix of mango and orange, with the orange out front. It's full and smooth, with a snappy, fresh bite at the end. Deschutes' website says it might pair well with "spicy red fish stew" or "raisin filo strudel," but I think it might go just as well with barbecue chicken.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:34:18 | More by Dmart1223
Photo of JohnnyJam


4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for recommending this while talking about special releases. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with the best buy date of 12/18/13 clearly printed into a pint glass and get 1/12 fingers of head.

A: Pours a yellow, straw color with 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates at a moderately slow rate to leave a covering and thick ring of head on my glass until the end. Nice lacing on my glass from top to bottom.

S: I smell lemon rind, lemon, and lemon grass. Also, a little malt in the background. As it warms there is a big smell of pine.

T: Grapefruit and lemon, red grapefruit in the background. Pine bitterness, pepper, and lime on the second taste bud onslaught. Some mango starts and then is overwhelmed by a citric punch. The bitterness of pine resin is the finish.

M: Juicy. Medium-bodied and carbonated and juicy.

O: The beer is a very interesting and tasty beer. I found it to be a taste sensation in the beginning with something more than pine resin. That is certainly how it finishes and what stays with me when I not drinking it. It is a juicy beer and goes down good. I'm glad I was able to catch it this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:19:44 | More by JohnnyJam
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: Orange zest, dusty straw, some alcohol

Appearance: Golden-yellow honey.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, light mouthfeel; slightly oily. Hints of fruit. Bitterness is tame. Finishes with a mild sweetness.

Overall: Doesn't taste or feel like your typical (west coast) IPA. Glad I tried, but wouldn't seek out again with so many choices.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:53:42 | More by bcerv-ca
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3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok beer but doesn't taste like an IPA to me. It's hoppy but it smells and tastes a lot more like a lager that any IPA I've ever had. I hate to say it, but I detected a slightly skunky Heineken smell. The good news is that the taste is much better but still thin for an IPA. The mouthfeel is really light and lager-y too. Basically, this is an interesting brew. I'd drink it on a hot day and really enjoy it, but on the cold November night I first tasted it, it just wasn't what I'd hoped for, for that day or for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:53:24 | More by Qbdoo
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4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful surprise. The bouquet is in your face fantastic. Orange, grapefruit and some hints of pine. Very smooth and surprisingly light for a 7.4. Color is a very bright golden yellow. Nice lacing on the tulip glass with a nice thick creamy head.

Sorry for the short review, but actually leaving right now to buy 3 cases before they are gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:18:09 | More by Robert_Ray
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4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight haze on a pale straw gold. Head is bright-white, loose, and creamy at the same time. Sheets of lacing. Ok head retention leaves a small cap and collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Soft clean hops. Some apricot and a touch of underripe mango. Some backing pine needle bitterness with a general almost juicy fruitiness. Nice punch of floral aromas working through as it warms. Malt support is light and clean, offering up a pale vaguely biscuity sweetness. Some mild sweetness. A touch of pith and oily rind, but it's all very clean and fresh. Mild push toward grass as it warms.

Taste: Juicy mango right up front followed by a mealy apricot. Nice and clean with some solid backing floral elements. Mildly bitter with a pine needle and pith thing. Lightly sweet malts offer some balance, but the hops are the focus. Building push of citrus and pine. Some peach thrown in the mix as well. Vaguely biscuity with some hints of grass in the back.Vague sort of spiciness that I have to attribute to the hops. Carries the distinct finish of every Deschutes pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth creaminess worked in. Moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the back of the finish.

Overall: You keep skiing, I'll drink this in the lodge.

Alright Deschutes, shut up and take all my money.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:23:00 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Sits pretty with a hazy, pale gold body, Freshies displays some orange highlights. It has just a ring of white foam on the lid.

The nose is mostly flowery with hints of honey and citrus-y star fruit. The bouquet is not leaping out of the glass though.

The Freshies found in this beer cross the palate extremely dank to begin: green onions and an herbal earthiness. By mid-palate, you are discovering pepper, grapefruit, and estery scents. The finish could stand to be more bitter if it wanted.

The carbonation is solid, light and creamy on the tongue, a little powdery.

Chasin' Freshies hop profile is almost too "dank" for me, but it attempts to balance out with peppery and estery flavors. This IPA is solid, but I feel the cheaper bomber price is entirely appropriate for this offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 10:48:13 | More by Pintofbrown
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Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.