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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo - Deschutes Brewery

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807 Ratings

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-20-2011)
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Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

thebigredone, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Tom-Peters
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Tom-Peters, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kdown, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of PerHops
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

PerHops, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft into pint glass at Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise , Idaho on Nov. 2, 2012 for $6. Honey, pale, golden with light khaki gray head. Decent retention all-around.

Smelled floral notes, honey, bread, corn and light lemon grass. Reminded me of a pilsner more than an IPA.

Tasted similar to the smell, but a tad more fruity. Got floral notes, honey, banana, cloves, bread, skunky, corn and light lemon citrus. Still heavy on the pilsner notes.

Light body. Thin texture. Above average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Pretty disappointed. I was expecting something totally different. This beer just didn’t impress me.

BucannonXC5, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

mactrail, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Resuin, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

flagmantho, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

marcron03, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jesus808, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.


kojevergas, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

drewone, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ReeseMax3, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

smakawhat, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

ccrida, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber last weekend from Total Wine for $5.99. Best by 12-27-12.

Beer poured a clear gold with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has a grain/corn aroma. As the beer warms grapefruit hops emerge. Expected more in my face fresh hop aroma.

Taste has a distinctly pilsner malt backbone, grainy and corny. Finishes with a nice grapefruit hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer, not a classic American IPA but more a super hopped Pils.

arizcards, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp clear yellow, light white head.

Some faint herbal grass and spice, light pine.

Taste, like a lightly hopped pilsner. Straight up

Light moderate body, very easy for a near 7.5% abv

Overall, this was seriously like a pilsner, nothing like an IPA. Not bad though.

hooliganlife, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

cmannes, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

msubulldog25, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bigbeers84, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Laughing Planet

A- Poured a very clear light straw color with high streaming carbonation, frothy head, and some light glass coating lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit and citrus notes, floral and grassy notes. Pretty astringent, strong, and fresh aroma

T- Dominant pungent grapefruit hops, grassy and floral hop flavor, sweet breadiness. Not as astringent as the aroma, but moderate astringency and bitterness

M- Very dry, highly carbonated, effervescent, very smooth

O- One of the best fresh hop beers I have had this season out of many. Deschutes is easily in my top five breweries after all the great beers I have had from them in the past three months.

Hoptometrist, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Perducci
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Perducci, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear straw color with a thin bright white head. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma of Juicyfruit gum and tropical fruit.

The taste was quite sweet and syrupy with candy sugar, green apple and tropical fruit. The 7.4 % abv was well hidden.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a moderate carbonation.

Not a real fan of this one. Too sweet and fruity for my taste.

Monkeyknife, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

MarkyMOD, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 27 December 2012. Bactch (bottle?) 1249. 7.4% ABV.

A: Very pale gold. Half a finger of whiteish head. Highly transparent. Slight effervescence. Looks lagery. Heavy lacing.

S: Light and lagery. Yeasty, pale aleish. Nowhere near the hop presence I was expecting.

T: If this were classified as a pale ale (or, yes, even a lager, because I think the yeast strain is there) it would be exceptional. I will choose to think of it this way to enjoy the beer, but, for the review, this does not taste like an IPA. It's sweetish, biscuity, and only lightly dry. Hops are present, bitter, but herbal; more Fuggles than Cascade. A touch of apple juice makes things weirdly sweet.

M: Mildly carbonated, but I'd appreciate more.

O: Meh. It's a good beer, poor IPA. Drinkable. Would have again, but not recommend.

AgentMunky, Oct 31, 2012
Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.