Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

817 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Photo of thefullpython
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of kaseydad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wife bought this for my enjoyment. Best buy 12/27/12. Sweet label.

Surprised by the pour. Clear yellow with a fair amount of bright white foamy head. For an IPA I was not expecting the color. Pilsner-isque though once reading the Pilsner malt used used...understood.

Fruity aroma with pilsner malt aroma, doughy, banana, grainy and grassy.

The taste is definitely different for an IPA. Very hoppy up front which causes a slight acidic throat burn as it moves...but it is also smooth in the mouth. Odd combo. Name your fruity rind and it is present. Orange flavor and a smack of grapefruit is also here but meshes well. The aftertaste of rind stays well after the sip consumption.

Mouth salivates in a damn good way.

Overall this was an interesting session. Though the label states 7.4%, I was impressed with the light feel to this ale. Very smooth mouthfeel. Almost no bubbles whatsoever which makes this way smooth. Definitely different type of IPA and may not be for everyone, but I like it. Then again, does Dechutes really make anything sub-par?

Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Vista Market in Salem OR. $5.99 Golden yellow colour..lighter than most IPAs . Quarter inch white frothy head. Maybe i am imagining things because of the golden colour but this smell like a pilsner..grassy hop and slight toast to the malt. Tase is fresh grassy hop with a bit of lingering bitterness..bold malt backing..again this could be a hoppy pils! Actually liked the mouthfeel.. invigorating, bubbly and fresh! A very strange IPA..i liked it but weird stuff!

Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of vfgccp
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, dry straw yellow body. Mixed bubble, white head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Soft tropical fruits; pineapple, papaya. White bread malt, orange citrus, white grape.

T - Really light. Wonder bread, light citrus rind, soft herbalness and green plant stems.

M - Light frame. Ok carbonation.

O - Light for an American IPA, especially on bitterness.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright gold. Thick, shower scum head smears a swath of foam down my glass. Snowy retention.

Smells like grass, light grain and lemon cookie.

Tastes like lemongrass and honey with a sharp bitter.

Bright and sunny Chasin' Freshies could be a summer lawnmower beer.

Photo of wembly13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rrock44
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight white head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy, leafy hops with a slight sugary base.

Tastes of clean hop tastes with a solid malt base. Notes of lemon, grass, and herbs abound with some leafy notes as well. Not particularly bitter, but has the oily feel to it of fresh hops. Sugar cookie malt base rounds out the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but not particularly noticeable in a growing crowd of fresh hop ales.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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 SHODriver
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light yellow with a small white head that fades to a collar around an imperial nonic
S: smells of pine and citrus with some nice underlying sweetness
T: nice citrus/grapefruit hoppiness with a little bit of pine, good light honey sweetness from the malt as well. swallow brings some nice pine and a bit floral as well and the pilsner malt comes through in the back end
M: medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel
O: very good flavors and easy to drink. I'd like the hops to pop a bit more but it's a solid beer. color is a bit light but the malt bill was made to let the hops shine

Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WesM63
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a 1finger white head. Minor retention and lacing.

S: Mostly pilsner malt. Some wet hop earthiness.

T: On the nose. Pilsner malt, some of that wet hop earthiness peaks through.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Sadly the pilsner malt ruins it for me. I get very little of the cascade hops as they are just drowned out by the malt.

Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden-blonde color with a big layer of foam that takes its time dying down. Not the appearance that I expected this to have but it looks good nonetheless.

There’s a light, slightly dank aroma with some grassy spice on it. It’s lightly hopped, and delicately so—again, unlike expectations. There’s a pleasing carbonation and a light finish. A real easy drinker. This makes me think of a hoppy, vibrant Czech pils almost, in aroma and flavor. While it doesn’t scratch my wet hop itch I’d have another.

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of poopsyeah
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lordofstarside
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter
Best by 12/27 date

Pours a very pale gold, blonde almost. Finger of foam, good lacing, mediocre retention, moderate carbonation. Really lacking color on this one. Smells of wet hop, citrus, grapefruit, and strong bready malt. Taste of spicy upfront hop, pine resin, citrus, with a ridged malt back bone. Feel is good, moderate body, resin leaves mouth nice and sticky just like a good fresh hop ale should. Very crisp and wet. Over all not a bad beer, for $7 a bottle though I'll probably wait till next year's batch to get another.

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of xmorgan
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz bomber,
I love Fresh hopped beers and I salute Deschutes for the effort.

Overall I give it a 4.5 but must admit the appearance was the weakest point on this beer.

It looks so light I thought it too similar to a Bud, it is a very light looking beer.

The smell is a straw or hay with a slight funk, this did not take away from this beer.

The taste hits home, the hops are quite pronounced and if the brewer sacrificed appearance and body for hops it almost works, this is tasty but perhaps low on body and appearance then other fresh hoped IPAs.

Overall I could drink it all day long. It is a good fresh hopped IPA, just a little light on color and body for me. It is VERY pale IMHO.

Photo of JD4003
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KegsAndEggs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Baron's Market in PL for $5.99 and poured it into a Hess branded 0,5L glass.

A: Slightly hazed straw-like hue, fluffy white head that hangs out for a wile, giving way to massive amounts of lacing.

S: Pine, dried grass, orange zest crackery malt - well balanced.

T: Nice hop up front - bitter citrus rind, fresh cut grass, dried hay. Light maltiness, black tea and mellow tropical fruit.

M: Light bodied, crisp and dry, well carbonated, finishes bitter and oily from the good amount of hops in this one - very nice.

On the lighter side (all around) compared to a lot of the California fresh-hop IPA's but not bummed on that at all. The quality and flavor are there, just mellowed a bit - great all night drinking IPA and one that will get you feelin good too at 7.5%.

Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.