Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo - Deschutes Brewery

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo

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BA SCORE
87
very good

823 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 28
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews by Qbdoo:
Photo of Qbdoo
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, best by 12/27/12. Pours clear light straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy, slightly vegetal, malts and grassy metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal biscuity malts with a good sized grassy (slightly minty) bitterness in the finish. There's a bit of a charred hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not my cup of tea. Vegetal, biscuity malts with grassy hops.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear pale golden yellow hue, epic lacing

SMELL: Fresh smashed oranges, pith, rind, zest, pulp, hemp, fresh grass, mildly grainy, stone fruit, very hoppy

TASTE: So juicy, smooth, nice crispness, moderate sized body, tangerines, mint, peppery, blonde tobacco, pungent, mild bitterness, leafy, faintly vegtal, bready, malty, peppery, drying grassy finish

This is perhaps one of the biggest fresh hopped ales to come my way, threw some people for a loop. LOL. Thankfully my palate can handle this massive attack of hops. If you are not seeking this brew out you will regret it.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Surprisingly pale yellow-gold with massive stark white head, leaving some lacing.

Smell: Definitely Cascade, with lots of orange and grapefruit, but this is the juiciest smelling Cascade ever. Also, notes of lemon and spice.

Taste: Exceedingly juicy taste as well. The orange, grapefruit and lemon are all at the forefront. The malt backing is very Pilsner like - more crackery and grassy than toasted. Different, but good. Finish is spicy and only moderately bitter. The lemon carries through on the finish but manages to stay on the positive side of refreshing vs. solvent-like (just barely).

Feel: Smooth, creamy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Ultimately,this is more of a fresh hop Pilsner/IPA hydrid than a true IPA. Deschutes Hop Trip still reigns supreme for their hoppy beers.

The 2013 Amarillo version is a titch better than the 2012 Cascade. More of a tart grapefruit aroma and taste than noted in the above review.

Photo of deebo
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at Portland public house. It's the beer I remember with lower carbonation. Solid. Too many beers to try to write a meaningful review.

Photo of dmourati
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drunk straight out of the bomber. Picked it up at Whole Foods to have with dinner there.

Nice crisp flavor, refreshing. The Amarillo hops really add a nice kick to this beer. I have always liked Deschutes and this is my new favorite of theirs.

I'm glad I picked up two.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says best by 12/27/12

Appearance: Pours a bright pale golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with pretty good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nice citrus forward aroma that is actually fairly subtle considering the style. Upfront is a burst of citrus orange and peel along with some hints of pineapple, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Some grassy hops with a light hint of pine. Some soft pale malts and grains with hints of cracker and biscuit. Oranges are the stand out smell here. The other scents are kind of light.

Taste: Like the aroma indicates, a primarily citrus orange driven taste. Big taste of oranges, peel, and pulp up front with some notes of pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, and a little grapefruit. A taste of grass and pine gives a little spice. Bready pale malts along with wheat grains give a taste of cracker and biscuit behind the citrus. Taste is kind of tame for the style but the orange is very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy and pretty smooth. Has a pretty drying finish.

Overall: This is far from what you would expect from a typical big fresh hop IPA. That said, its a pretty nice beer for what it is. Has a very nice citrus orange taste with a nice dry feel.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a mostly orangeish and gold color, nice white laundry soapish white head. Aroma was pretty muted, came off extremely as an English ipa. Lacked dry hop character.
What exactly is fresh hop about this?

Taste, man, this really does not seem like a fresh hop ipa. More like an esb or english ipa at best, and even that is kind of pushing it. Bready, floral malt aspect, hops are bitter, grapefruit at times, but very mellow. Truly one of the "balanced" ipas, or if anything, leaning away from balance to the light malt character sweetness. There are no off flavors, but it seems completely mislabeled style wise. Alcohol remains hidden, kind of surprised that its about 7 and a half.

I guess if you're looking for the lightest, mildest fresh hop ale made, this is your beer. I'm kinda meh on it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 12/18/13
drank on 11/1/13
2013 Amarillo
(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body that has a slow carbonation and a sticky snow white head.

S- There is an earthy bright green hops aroma grows softer as it opens up.

T- The pils malt has a nice fresh taste that grows as the beer opens up and a bit more malt sweetness comes through but stays softer than the hops, which are a green fresh hop flavor that has a slight pungency in the finish. The hops take on a mint hint in the aftertaste with some slight dry field corn notes in there aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel leads to a gentle fizz that compliments the hops.

O- This beer has a nice balance of fresh malt and fresh hops that makes it very drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of Auraan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear yellow with a one finger white head and abundant bubbles. It looks a bit more like a lager than an IPA, which is odd. Scents of citrus, grapefruit pith, slight mango and pine. Very crisp and fruity, with pine balancing the fruit and citrus aromas. True to style. Taste has a good level of hop bitterness with citrus pith, pine resin, grapefruit and faint hints of tropical fruit, with a present, though subdued, bit of malt and a slight spiciness on the aftertaste. Very nice, the hop flavors are at the forefront and really lead to a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a slick and oily finish. The mouthfeel is quite true to form for an IPA, though maybe a slight bit too light bodied. Overall this is a good fresh hop IPA. It showcases the hops well, puts enough malt in to keep it from being unbalanced and is just nice and pleasant to drink. It's not quite on the same level as Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere Harvest, but it's close.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This beer arrived to New Mexico 2-3 days ago and thus is relatively fresh. This is the 2013 edition of this particular beer.

Pouring the beer, I am struck by the light color, which more closely resembles a wheat or blonde than your typical IPA. It is very light in color and provides a much slighter head than other IPAs I've had of late. Still, the head is frothy and the lacing is abundant, so it isn't by any means to be dismissed.

The smell immediately hits you with citrusy orange and grapefruit notes, followed then by hints of pine and floral goodness. The malt is present and dances in between the hop notes, making a nice complement. Really, this is a great smelling beer.

The taste too is great, with initial hints of citrus and pine competing for the palate's attention, only to be followed by a more earthy taste and dry bitterness. The beer seems to have a whole lot going on and in a good way. It sips smoothly and the bitterness and dryness only emerge at the end as a quiet afterthought, making this a stellar beer. It's really quite good.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's all around. Nice Showcase of Amarillo up front with minimal malt getting in the way.

Very good for the style and very surprised by this one. Not your typical house malt Deschutes IPA profile here. Kiwi, lemon, mango CATTY, dry West Coast IPA. Again, unlike Deschutes, there's slim, crackery malt to be noticed, WHICH I APPRECIATE!!!

Not going to lie, it is missing something to round it all out, but as my experience with Deschutes goes, this is aces from them.

Easiest drinking 7.4% I've encountered. Drinks more like 5% topps.

Highly recommended. Not your Typical Deschutes hoppy beer.

"Bravely Done" LOL...

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale straw yellow with a white head that sits just under 2 fingers thick. Average retention. Fair amount of lacing with good stick.

Smell - The aroma hits on hop notes that range from floral to mild lemon, while the malts hit on sweet bread and a subtle caramel. If I had to compare it to something, I'd say it smells somewhat like the lemon fruit loops.

Taste - Starts with sweet caramel and bready notes, then quickly shifts to hops that hit on floral and mild lemon citrus character. Slightly sour, and slightly bitter, like biting into a lemon seed. Fair balance, but leans more toward the hoppy side. Finishes with citrus pith and a faint grass bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Tingly. Touches on creamy smoothness. Coats the mouth nicely.

Overall - Certainly a unique fresh hop ale, no doubt about that. Relies more so on balance than a relentless hop attack, and I can respect that. It's not to say the beer isn't hoppy, but it doesn't hit on that grapefruit and pine oil hop character that many of it's West Coast FHA counterparts do. I have no doubt it's due to their exclusive use of the heirloom cascade hops. Love the beer, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again... not this year anyway. Budgets are a bitch.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold in a goblet.

Chasin Freshies is a pale golden yellow color with good clarity. The head is thick and long-lasting with good lacing left behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly strong. The character is more subtle and complex which comes from the use of fresh hops instead of dry.

Flavor is similar in that it doesn't overwhelm with big hop bitterness but instead shows the delicate nuances of the hops. The malt serves just as a fairly neutral backdrop on which the hops are left to shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really nice fresh hop beer and very enjoyable.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa. Yellow, lacey with a lace head. Good hops and very nice IPA hitting the spot but not something I would go to daily because hops are just West Coast regular.Hop aromas. Average mouthfeel at best.A little grainy and light lemon taste.

Photo of dirtylou
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split

appearance: sweet label. served in a hiliards can-pint, very pale urine-y yellow, fluffy white head. not appealing

smell: fresh cut grass, herbal, lemon, peppery

taste: interesting hop profile - sharp and prickly, lots of lemon, herbal, bready malts. At 60 IBU, this one has pretty low bitterness level and while the fresh cascades are allowed to shine, this IPA is just another ho-hum IPA from deschutes

mouthfeel: light, sharp carbonation

overall: OK, not a repurchase though

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of scootpolute
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a sort of weak head...- OK lacing...

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - For a standard IPA, good. The body kind off dies after the first few sips. The smoothness (drink-ability) is what makes this one worth having more than one. REALLY fresh hops, makes for a good refreshing treat!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp clear yellow, light white head.

Some faint herbal grass and spice, light pine.

Taste, like a lightly hopped pilsner. Straight up

Light moderate body, very easy for a near 7.5% abv

Overall, this was seriously like a pilsner, nothing like an IPA. Not bad though.

Photo of GabeBoise
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

2014 edition (mosaic hops). Great balance of resiny, tropical hop notes with malt backbone. Best IPA I've had recently and definitely the best bottled wet hop ale I've tried this year.

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 12/27/12

Pours light gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, great head retention & lacing

S: Lemony & grassy notes , not a ton though

T: Lemony, bready & some grass & piney notes up front. Some grapefruit, tangerines, lemons & a hint of lime with a little honey lurking in the back ground & some breadyness. Finishes with ruby red grapefruit, lemons, a bit of lime & a whisper of malty sweetness & just a bit of golden delicious apples

Light/medium bodied, some carbonation, but fairly light, nicely balanced & juicy

I liked this, wish I could've found some of this a few weeks ago, but still very hoppy/refreshing. I do not like this a much as hop trip, but still very nice

Photo of ajr817
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

as i sit here and drink my pliny, just after having a bottle of chasing freshies 2013, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my chasin freshies...more than my pliny. i love and appreciate a very good/hoppy beer, but found that the chasin freshies beer was exactly that...very fresh. pliny is a double ipa and still an incredibly good beer but this chasin freshies beer is really good. i highly recommend.

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Bend, OR) on 9/1/11. Served in a 10 oz footed Pilsner glass. This is an APA that has been wet-hopped with fresh Centennial hops.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with some robust edges, leaving back lace that hangs down the sides of the glass in foamy swathes. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with grapefruit character that is layered on top of juicy smelling tropical fruit (pineapple is really coming out). Malts add an extra buffer of sweetness underneath to help balance some of that bitter grapefruit out, while some more herbal textures start to emerge and envelop the bouquet as this warms.

The taste is as fresh as can be, with beautiful bright citric fruit that is set against a balancing sweet graininess. Herbal textures and tropical fruit creeps out across the back and settles in the finish, with a danky ripeness that gives way to more of a moderate feeling dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm up front, which then spreads out into more of a crisp creaminess. This has a really nice feel here that moves quite easily across the palate.

Well if like your hops ultra fresh, bright, and herbal feeling, then you’re going to like this one. The ultra dank finish on this might not be for everyone but I didn’t mind it and I absolutely loved the amount of sticky ripe fruit that started to emerge as this warmed. This is definitely one of the better fresh-hopped beers that I’ve had in a while and was a great example of the type of unique offerings that I was hoping to find here at the brewpub.

Photo of DonDirkA
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and golden with a frothy pure white head. Nose is orange, grassy, slightly sweet and some other light citrus, almost like lime. The taste is pretty mellow. There is light citrus, some pine, mellow caramel and a sweetness like honey. This is a great fresh hop ale but its more like a pale ale to me than an IPA. Damn good though, especially for the $5.99 price tag. Everything was just too mellow and to "meh" for what I've come to expect from a fresh hop ale.

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
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