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Chasin' Freshies - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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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2/5  rDev -47.6%

bifrost17, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.


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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ralphw56, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best by 12/27/2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear pale yellow w/ a big sudsy white head. Lazy carb rises from the bottom.

Aroma is lemony citrus and grainy pale malt.

Taste is bright and clean, with hops dominating. Same lemony quality as the nose, with a sharply bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and semi-dry, drinkable and light.

Overall a tasty beer that puts the fresh Cascade hops squarely at center stage.

draheim, Oct 08, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting take on an IPA...its really looks, smells, tastes, feels like a hybrid IPA/pilsner. (And after a little research I discovered they use pilsner malt in this, which probably explains that.)

Pours light yellow with crazy effervescence for the initial minute and a nice white head. Aroma is bright and light, some citrus, floral, and a thin sweet but bright malt underbelly. Taste is crisp and refrishing, very bright but a bit low key. Lots of citrus, some floral, a little sweetness from the malt (like theres sprinkled sugar throughout), with a mildly bitter finish. A very crisp, thin mouthfeel. Overall, Highly sessionable. I prefer Hop Trip to this but still an alright offering from Deschutes.

denver10, Oct 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright pale yellow color with about 3/4 of an inch of white head that had decent retention and very, very light lacing.

The aroma had a low malt profile and a nice dose of earthy hops that had a slight lemony scent. The taste followed along nicely, lots of hops, but not in the tongue ripping manner of so many fresh hopped brews. This beer is actually rather subtle.

The body was crisp, clean and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, if I didn't have to go to work in an hour, I'd have a few more of these. Overall, a very nice brew that's a must try if you see it.

beertunes, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BobDole007, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

shelby415, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Bend, OR) on 9/1/11. Served in a 10 oz footed Pilsner glass. This is an APA that has been wet-hopped with fresh Centennial hops.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with some robust edges, leaving back lace that hangs down the sides of the glass in foamy swathes. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with grapefruit character that is layered on top of juicy smelling tropical fruit (pineapple is really coming out). Malts add an extra buffer of sweetness underneath to help balance some of that bitter grapefruit out, while some more herbal textures start to emerge and envelop the bouquet as this warms.

The taste is as fresh as can be, with beautiful bright citric fruit that is set against a balancing sweet graininess. Herbal textures and tropical fruit creeps out across the back and settles in the finish, with a danky ripeness that gives way to more of a moderate feeling dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm up front, which then spreads out into more of a crisp creaminess. This has a really nice feel here that moves quite easily across the palate.

Well if like your hops ultra fresh, bright, and herbal feeling, then you’re going to like this one. The ultra dank finish on this might not be for everyone but I didn’t mind it and I absolutely loved the amount of sticky ripe fruit that started to emerge as this warmed. This is definitely one of the better fresh-hopped beers that I’ve had in a while and was a great example of the type of unique offerings that I was hoping to find here at the brewpub.

Kegatron, Sep 20, 2011
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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Lots o' recommendations for this from my local, so how could I say "No"? It pours a clear sunrise golden-amber topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light caramel-laden biscuit, mild pine resin, and a touch of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the grapefruit a touch stronger, and some cilantro peeking through the haze. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky, drying finish. Overall, a nice enough IPA, especially for a fresh hop deal, but nothing all that special, really.

TMoney2591, Apr 13, 2014
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Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery
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