Chasin' Freshies - Deschutes Brewery
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +4.7%
This brew was part of a fantastic box sent by Harrymel. Thanks Harry!
Best by 12/27/12. Served in a Port City snifter.
A: Deschutes always has this kinda glistening,/crystal clear/apricot to their hoppy entries, and this one is no exception. The slight head clung to the glass and then some.
S: Lots of clean linen and honey. The citrus was in the deep background. This kinda reminded me of SN Pale Ale.
T: From the get-go, the bitterness attacked! This wasn't an intense hop bomb, and that may be the reason why people haven't responded as favorably to it as expected. Personally, I dug the flavor and respect the subtleties here. Definitely more like an intense pale ale as opposed to a West Coast IPA.
M: Like I said, this was bitter, but it was of the erotic variety. Nice prickle on the carbonation front.... Nice and low! the lacing was ridiculous.
O: Unfair criticisms abound on this one. I got what Deschutes was after here.
10-20-2012 23:42:23 | More by Chaney
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours a pale yellow color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Nice amount of lacing is left down the glass. Not going to be much malt in this beer by the look of things.
Not much aroma to speak of. For a beer touting 60 IBUs, the hops are not giving off much. I do get a floral/herbal thing going but rather disappointing.
The flavor is much more interesting. Here are the hops. Has the green hop resiny quality with floral and citrus notes. Quite bitter with no malt to balance things. Slight alcohol flavor in the finish and that is the only thing that breaks up the bitterness.
Light body and abundantly carbonated. The carbonation is just a touch harsh. I would like it toned down a little.
A decent beer but definately disappointing especially coming from this brewery. Probably their only beer I would not buy again. Found it a little difficult to finish the bomber as it wore on me after the first 10 oz.
10-20-2012 18:30:32 | More by morimech
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-20-2012 07:36:28 | More by DefenCorps
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-20-2012 03:05:47 | More by GilGarp
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours a very light gold color with a decent head, but this looks more like a pils than an IPA.
Aromas are bready and floral. Hmmm... This smells like a pils too, what the heck, is my mind playing tricks on me. Not a bad smell at all, but fresh hop IPA? No.
Taste is not quite like a pils as the nose suggest. But still, IPA??? That's a stretch here. Very bready and floral up front, dry, real faint creamy sweetness. This beer is very confusing.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, full with smooth body.
This beer has a bit of an identity crises. To me, it's not an IPA by any stretch of the imagination. This comes off much more like a hoppy pils. If Deschutes called it that, then this would score higher, but with the label and style being called a fresh hop IPA? Sorry Deschutes, this is a miss. Not a bad tasting beer at all, I actually kind of like it, but not at all what it claims to be.
10-20-2012 03:04:43 | More by flexabull
3.35/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
10-19-2012 17:32:10 | More by barleywinefiend
3.28/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
10-19-2012 15:06:34 | More by FosterJM
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
A= Pours a light yellow color with a thin white head that rises to a skin and keeps a little retention with little lacing on the side of the glass.
S= Smells like typical cascade hops to me. A little light on the aroma for an IPA. Citrus and a little pine with a slightly malty sweetness to it.
T= The taste is very similar to the aroma. There is astrong citrus punch and a little pine bite. The middle becomes much sweeter and the finish is a little buiscuity.
M= The mouth is well carbonated.
O= This is a pretty average beer in my opinion. Nothing crazy and it doesn't taste that fresh to me and the profile isn't too complex. An interesting idea with with hierloom hops but it just doesn't deliver.
10-19-2012 00:46:52 | More by jjanega08
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
Clear light gold with a 3 finger bright white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like floral and citrus hops, and pilsner malt. I'm not sure I like the use of pilsner malt in this beer.
Tastes like pilsner malt, with floral and citrus hops. Sweet with some bitterness in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but the pilsner malt taste is strong, and makes this taste too much like a Pilsber, and not enough like an IPA.
Light bodied with average carbonation, and there is a pilsner malt aftertaste. That is something I do not for in an IPA. I like Pilsners well enough, but I do not want an IPA to taste like one. Not a beer I will purchase again.
10-18-2012 02:40:34 | More by hardy008
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
10-17-2012 05:54:15 | More by JohnGalt1
3.2/5 rDev -16.2%
Best by 27DEC12
Pours golden on pilsner straw with a solid sheet of fine whites. Smells fruity with some resin, grass and green grape. Flavor is grainy and nearly like a pilsner with a dry stony bitterness and only a bit of resin character. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slick finish. This would be a great beer if marketed as a bohemian pilsner, but IPA, not a chance.
10-17-2012 03:55:28 | More by harrymel
3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
Bottle opened on 10.10.12
A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a one finger near-white foamy head. Great retention.
S - Hoppy pine and grass.
T - Bitter grass, orange peel, and some subtle lemon.
D - Thin body with good carbonation and a bitter finish.
O - Smells good, tast is week and way to thin.
10-16-2012 06:52:05 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.23/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours a light yellow, almost straw-like. It's quite pale for an IPA. Medium white head. Decent lacing. Quite transparent, no haze visible to me. Aroma is grassy with a touch of sweetness. Very clean. It smells like a pilsner, really. It actually tastes like a strong pilsner, too. The taste is relatively dry. Decent hop flavor, grass with some tropical notes. The pale malt sweetness is a bit much, in the same way as nearly every pilsner of similar strength. Mouthfeel is pretty normal, smooth, maybe a touch oily from the hops. I suspect this beer is better on tap. It's not bad, but it reminds me more of one of Full Sail LTD 04 or something than a wet hopped IPA.
10-15-2012 02:40:45 | More by popery
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
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
10-14-2012 22:02:00 | More by dirtylou
Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery
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