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Chasin' Freshies - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

712 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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 rfbenavi80
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't resist picking up the newest Bond Street Series from Deschutes. Always love their beers, lets see how this one holds up. Bottle best by 12/27/12. Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours an extremely clear very pale yellow/golden color with 2 fingers of somewhat thick, creamy looking head, (It looks as if you could rest a bottle cap on it, that's how thick it is) that slowly recedes leaving what appears to be some sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Almost smells too clean, not much going on here. There is a hop presence, but it's not near what I expected being a fresh hop ale. It's not quite as dank and resinous as it should be. Lots of earthy/herbal hops coming through. Lots of biscuity, malty backbone to this one.

T- Again, not as in your face as I expected being a wet hop ale. Hop bitterness seems pretty mild compared to some other wet hop ales. More biscuity, malty flavor comes through than expected. This one seems like it's not really put together correctly.

M- Medium body. Moderate amount of carbonation.

O- One word...Disappointed. It just does not seem to do the job of being a fresh/wet hop ale. Tastes more like a slightly hopped up light lager with slightly more body. In my humble opinion, (and this is just mine) this one is not worth seeking out. Don't get me wrong here, it's not a terrible beer, it's just not what I have grown to expect from Deschutes.

rfbenavi80, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Massive flowing white foamy head. Brew looks like pee (bud light).. Far from a dark IPA..

Fresh and crisp scent. Light pine and crisp citrus. Far from pee (bud light).. Overall aroma is very light.

Holy bitterness! No sweetness. It's like drinking a cup of Pine sap without the heavy viscosity. Hops are almost all I can taste. It's a lingering biting bitterness. Light lemon zest is also prevalent. Carbonation is perfect, but digestible bitterness is almost off the charts and almost unbearable.

A decent brew, but you can tell this one was a bit of a stretch.. Not sure I'll be able to recommend this one. Hopefully, this years snow season is better than this brew :)

chugalug06, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Philousa
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Imbibed at Post No Bills on 10/20/12.

Extra pale and clear with little head because the pour was so close to the top of the tumbler. Looks like a pils. Smells very sweet, nectar-like with some lemon tang. Some thick grassy aroma from the hops, an aroma very well known to fresh hop lovers. Taste is very crisp and clean, slightly nutty, then the bitterness takes over. It's floral and sweet, then vinous and bark-like. Reminds me of grass a bit. Body is light and finish is dry. 

This is a big "meh" for me. It's so light that there isn't much to talk about. Put some flavor into this beer!

Philousa, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brillant pale gold with two fingers of bright white head. Weak aroma of pine with hints of grass and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Lemon and floral up front with light honey sweetness. Biscuit and bitter pine on the tail end.

Pleasant but doesn't seem to match the other fresh hop beers from Deschutes.

grittybrews, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of mecmd
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mecmd, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Glibber, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

steamboatbrewer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

herman77, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chaney, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ste5venla, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

morimech, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DefenCorps, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

GilGarp, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

flexabull, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

barleywinefiend, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1574th Review on BA
Bottle to Chicago Bears Pint
22oz

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.

FosterJM, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kevlee722, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of gtcrispy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

gtcrispy, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By:
12/27/12 1328

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.

jjanega08, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

millelacsmark, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of hardy008
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

hardy008, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of revooner
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

revooner, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

harrymel, Oct 17, 2012
Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.