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Chasin' Freshies - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 15:20:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are pretty mild for a fresh hop beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 07:08:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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
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 emerge077


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD: 12/18/13

Avoided this last year due to diacetyl reports. Happy to say there's none to be found.

Hazy pale gold, frothy white foam that fades to a thin veil across the surface, delicate lacing around the edges. What looks to be tiny microsediment suspended in the glass.

Citric hoppy aroma, tangerines and leafy greenery.

Creamy feel, pale malt and an almost banana-like creamy sweetness. Resiny light bitterness in the aftertaste, citric Amarillo up front, pale malt in the middle and aftertaste. Light feel but medium bodied. Substantial and hoppy for a wet hopped IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:14:26 | More by emerge077
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:06:33 | More by russpowell
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden color with a one-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with grapefruit notes and some bubblegum.

T - Tasted of sweet caramel, tart and sweet from grapefruit flavors. A touch of cut grasses and bread crust.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good fresh hop IPA. Worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:15:24 | More by zeff80
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a 1.5 finger white head. Solid retention, some nice sticky lace.

S: Lots of floral lemon, lemongrass, hints of berry, fresh mown grass.

T: Citrus rind and lemon, lots of floral almost tart hop character. Malt is very light. Complex, but not a huge flavour.

M: Fairly light-bodied, crisp yet soft carbonation, light acidity. Creamy, medium long aftertaste.

O: An interesting new beer from Deschutes; I do wish there was a little more malt in this beer to balance everything out.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:48:15 | More by Halcyondays
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely foamy cap on the golden brew. Looks more like a Pilsener than the usual orange-hued IPAs.

They claim the hops are "heirloom" Cascades, grown on a single field. I can't say that this tastes like anything I ever associate with Cascades. This is one of the most perfumey tasting beers in my experience. It's more like gardenia flowers, with that deeply sweet scent. An in this case, the flavor seems really sweet as well, more like orange blossoms and sweet marmalade. This is certainly a unique taste, and while the bitterness level seems more like a Pale Ale, the hops seem to dominate.

Very, very fruity with a bitterness that comes on late and stays in the aftertaste. I agree with the comment that this tastes like a mysterious tropical fruit. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:12:17 | More by mactrail
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another fresh hop gem new to shelves this year (i think). it pours a surprisingly pale yellow color, lighter than any other fresh hop beer ive seen. its perfectly clear with a solid two inch white head. the nose is certainly fresh hops, really potent, but not particularly bitter. really light malt, gives it just a crackery body. the flavor is delicious. the light malt profile lets the hops take center stage in a beer that is still supremely drinkable. im shocked its 7.4% abv, it tastes and feels like a much smaller beer. the hop flavor is great, sprucey and zesty citrus. a touch of sweetness in the finish, but nothing offensive. it reflects the freshness of the hops. light feel, light body, plenty of bubbles, this is an affordable winner this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:47:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : Pours a light golden yellow with good carbonation leaving a respectable white cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Lemons, light honey, pine and flowers

T: There is an immediate fresh floral hop presence with some honey, sugary and sweet. There is a little slickness but not much on the bitter side.

M: Light to medium bodied, wel l carbonated, cloyingly sweet and sticky

O : Not that bad. It was pretty sweet to me, fresh hops, indeed, my favorite fresh hop beer? Nope but if I were able to drink it again I might.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 17:32:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/27/12. 7.40% confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Pours a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, vague soap, bubblegum, and other fresh hops. A moderately strong aroma. Clean malts.

T: Floral hops, a bit of soap on the climax, clean malts, some crisp clean light citrus hops, and fresh slick barley. Very clean. Balanced, enjoyable, and fresh. Not real compex or subtle. A bit too malty. Some bland lemon creeps in.

Mf: Smooth, wet, nicely thick, clean, and with good presence. Not oily. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its fairly high ABV well. I wouldn't get it again. Deschutes does better beers. Meh.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:18:47 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Jason


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 04:05:51 | More by Jason
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 18:25:03 | More by Kegatron
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3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 20:37:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up tonight at Bier Thirty for about $6.50ish.. Poured into my slim tulip.. decent enough white head dies pretty fast... the brew is surprisingly clear straw golden.

Nose shows earthy and slightly citrus hoppiness... a bit of dank with warmth..

Flavor begins with a light "fresh" hoppiness... green and earthy... "green" is what I keep coming back to... Pea shoots.. not quite enough fresh hop bitterness to come into IPA territory.. but a nice beer shows the roots...

Body is a touch light.. carbonation is maybe a little light...

Hop Trip is a better brew and a better bargain ..

Meh... well done I guess... I will compare Hop Trip and this bottling again and make my comparison more complete... Right now, I say this is just too damn expensive for what it is... A pretty good fresh hop IPA, but again, too expensive.


Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 05:54:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Dec 27th 2012.

A real pale lager like brass yellow, slow rising carbonation, and an extremely pale IPA. Great creamy and pin head white sized head. Four fingers and with a large cap. Head is so creamy looking with some good lacing, looks like white icing.

Very nice perfumy nose, borderline soapy smelling for a hop angle. Nice sweet powdered sugar sensing malt backbone on this, a bit of white bread hiding in there.

Superb mouthfeel, on this. Creamy palate matching the sense of the head appearance. Light palate feel with an interesting fruit angle hop, hits of citrus then goes tropical. The perfume nose brings a nice taste to the finish with this tropical/citrus fruit bent. With cream rich, also some good juicy feel, no gaseous or fizzy quality. Full of body. A nice lingering fruit bitterness, it tastes actually "exotic", like some sort of tropical fruit I've never had before.

Overall I am looking at that white peaked picture on the bottle, and that white mountain in my glass. Boy Deschutes just keeps getting it right, nice job guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 18:15:12 | More by smakawhat
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/27/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, pineapple, mango, light citrus rind, and light pine spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance, but they are pretty muted for an IPA. Fairly dank smelling as well. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, citrus rind, grass, lemon, herbal, floral, caramel, bread, pineapple, and light piney spiciness. Fair amount of earthy citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, herbal, grass, floral, bread, and piney spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice hop flavor complexity with a very nice hop/malt balance; very nice balance of bitterness/sweetness as well; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not as bold as I was hoping for in a fresh hop ale, but the flavors are very nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped IPA. Not as boldly hoppy as some IPAs, but this has a lot of nice balance and hop flavor complexity; and is very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 04:00:46 | More by superspak
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Chasin' Freshies is yellow with a white head leaving detailed lace.

Smell is pungent, resinous and tropical fruits, very robust for a fresh hop.

Taste is also big hops, with basically no malt flavor, which I like - hop showcase. Not really grassy like most fresh hops, but definitely very herbal, earthy, and dank.

Mouthfeel is sticky ikcy, light bodied.

Drinkability is high, a killer fresh hop, and just IPA period. Gulp gulp gulp!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:35:27 | More by ccrida
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:02:00 | More by dirtylou
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright pale yellow color with about 3/4 of an inch of white head that had decent retention and very, very light lacing.

The aroma had a low malt profile and a nice dose of earthy hops that had a slight lemony scent. The taste followed along nicely, lots of hops, but not in the tongue ripping manner of so many fresh hopped brews. This beer is actually rather subtle.

The body was crisp, clean and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, if I didn't have to go to work in an hour, I'd have a few more of these. Overall, a very nice brew that's a must try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 23:20:39 | More by beertunes
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec 18, 2013.

Pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam and has some nice lacing.

It smells of floral hops with some notes of citrus, grapefruit and more of a lemon. Malt sweetness is there but light.

Very juicy hops greet my taste buds from the get go. Lots of floral hoppiness minus a real bitter bite with lemon citrus and a light biscuit malt backbone.

Medium bodied though at times it feels fullish, good carbonation.

Overall, a nice brew that just misses my comfort zone by a tick as the juiciness of the fresh hops wears on me as the glass empties. Definitely worthy of a try though.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 14:09:29 | More by Bitterbill
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wait a second. Why the hate? Honestly, why the hate?

Pouring a pale yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA. The nose is really, really good. The wet hop character - the delicate dankness, the moderately spicy notes - pairs well with the heirloom Cascades that this beer is hopped with. Less pungent, less grapefruity than regular Cascades, this is more lemony. The malt character is very low, just a clean, grainy backbone with minimal sweetness. Herbaceous and moderately minty, this smells really nice.

The palate isn't quite as nice as the nose, with a blend of mild hop bitterness, a low hop oil/resin character (which, IMO, works with the more subtle wet hop notes) and a rather grainy but absolutely not-sweet malt character. Bitterness is minimal, with a nice blend of lemon, mint and a touch of tangerine. A little grapefruit is present as well. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is softly bitter and quite flavorful on the finish, and feels quite nice on the palate. This is quite nicely done IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 07:36:28 | More by DefenCorps
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a clear body and a decent effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with decent retention and a nice lace.

Smell: light malt aroma with an earthy, citrusy and a little bit funky hop nose. There's a definite fruitiness here; I actually rather like it.

Taste: light malt with a fruity hop character; quite gentle in nature. A nice tangerine quality along with a distinct earthiness; bitterness is rather high and a bit raspy but not too bad. I think it's more of a fresh hop pale ale than an IPA, but still, I rather enjoy it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a lightly fruity and drinkable beer. I agree that this beer could be better-classified a pale ale than an IPA, but it's still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:26:31 | More by flagmantho
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1574th Review on BA
Bottle to Chicago Bears Pint

Best by: 12/27/12
Purchased for $6.99 @ Party House Liquor, Chino Hills, CA

App- Seriously this couldve passed as an AAL in my glass or some sort of a lighter looking witbier. It was a yellow color and completely transparent with a nice 1 finger head that faded quickly. Didnt see much in terms of cling or lace.

Smell- It had an interesting aroma behind it. It wasnt that I would call this an IPA, because it was still bitter and hoppy. I guess the wet hop just throws me on this one. Doesnt smell at all like other fresh wet hops I have tried. Carried that witbier, wheat aroma and a little butter forward.

Taste- Its a very awkward beer to me. It was okay, but dont think I will come back to this one. A bit buttery with some hops and wheat behind it. The layers are there but really lacked a bit of balance for me.

Mouth- A lighter medium almost light body with a fairly medium carbonation. Residual wheat and hops with some sweetness behind it.

Drink- Im still scratching my head on this one. I thought from Deschutes this wouldve been so much better. Just wondering why I cant figure out what the flavors were missing.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 15:06:34 | More by FosterJM
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Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery
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