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Chasin' Freshies - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

706 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 18 | 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 popery
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.

popery, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

JMBSH, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +4.7%

HoistinBrews, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

22oz bottle $5. Appearance is super light yellow with a puffy white head, plenty of lace. Aroma is oddly like a pilsner, minerals, weird that I don't get much hops from this. Flavor brings hoppiness but in an odd fashion, citrus and grass are muted by the weird malt profile. This wasn't bad but it was a disappointment compared to hop trip or fresh hop mirror pond.

ArrogantB, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

twelveinches, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Had on tap at the Parkway Tavern, Tacoma, WA.

A: Pours a pale golden-orange. Head recedes quickly and lacing persists.

S: Mostly citrus aromas with faint grassy, herbal notes. Not a huge nose.

T: Initial citrus hop bite is paired with bready malt that softens the beer. Not as aggressive as I expect from a West Coast IPA. Finishes with moderate bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Somewhat of a creamy feel.

O: I expected a bit more from Deschutes. Average for a West Coast IPA and not the best fresh hop representation.

mfavoino, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of olmane
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

olmane, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

strongaf, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

Poured from a bomber bottle, with a best by date of 12/27/12, and poured rightfully into a Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a light golden yellow color, with 1 finger of fluffy white head. The lacing is pretty nice as it clings to the side of the glass. The color is a little lighter than I'm used to seeing IPAs being. It might look the same color coming out too...

S - Has an earthy, almost peppery aroma. Notes of lemon as well.

T/M - The taste isn't as assertive as I wouldv'e imagined. The flavor is tame for an IPA. I'm getting the peppery notes followed by a little alcohol warmth. A little earthy/resinous finish. The mouthfeel is light, and a little thin.

O - I was sadly a little disappointed with this one. In my opinion, this would have been a decent fresh hop pale ale, but I really don't see this being much more than an average IPA.

Rizalini, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

marct, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Halcyondays, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of seth72104
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

seth72104, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours clear pale golden with a big fluffy white head and lots of slow, active carbonation. Smell is clean and light, grassy, flowery, a little hint of spice. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly.

Taste is much fiercer than the aroma would suggest -- but not super fierce. There is more malty backbone than I've had lately in an American IPA. But I think it just has a lot of malt flavor, not a shortage of hops.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Light and refreshing. This is a nice beer.

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2013-10-12
2013 release bottle, best by 12/18/13.

Not much to add from my last review.

snaotheus, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

eawolff99, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Hopstout, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

plumcrazyfx, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
2/5  rDev -47.6%

bifrost17, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Bright gold body, rather still, two fingers of sticky white head. Nice to look at, but far from "fresh hop" by appearance.

Loads of bready citrus and toasted grains, mellow tangerine notes, simple syrup, faint toffee notes, some mango shows itself but gets overwhelmed by citric and earthy notes. Still very appealing I think.

Incredibly smooth... no discernible bitter bite or hop sting, pleasantly tame fruit character, mild caramel qualities, quite balanced. Maybe my palate is fried but this one is easy to slurp.

Nice.

yamar68, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev +4.7%

djschnabel, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of gatornation
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

22 oz bomber BB 122712

A- pours a clear pale yellow yellow color with a fast receding white head almost no lacing

S- pine and floral hop aroma citrus and pale malts

T- citrus hops dominate this with a pale malt middle some earthy bready taste

M- pure and crisp with hops low/medium carbonation tongue tingling hops

o- good fresh hop ipa would like to try on tap, its worth a try but i can think of many more that are better

gatornation, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Rado
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Rado, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ralphw56, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from a bottle that says best by 12/27.

Extremely pale in appearance. Some lacing.

Smell is some hops. Some earthy vegatable hops. Not really the notes I was expecting or looking for. The grainy sweetness is about as strong as the hop aromas.

Taste is lager-like to me. A little bready sweetness accompanied by gentle hop characteristics. Just not what I am looking for, but I will say there is a nice hop note on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Would never put this at 7.4.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Certainly not what I would expect.

Overall I wanted a fragrant and resiny beer from this fresh-hopped IPA. I got neither.

Powderhornphil, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

bsp77, Oct 09, 2012
Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery
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