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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 28
Gots: 53 | 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 EgadBananas
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhat of a hay or straw colour, with about as much clarity as a BMC beer. Bone white fluffy head adorns, minimal lacing. Aroma is slightly biscuity, with a cat piss-like astringency, some floral notes and some herbal hop tones. Taste has a nice initial bitterness, but finishes clean and crisp. Some floral and light citrus hop notes and a bit of pale malt balance. Quite light in body, crisp, sort of. Uper medium in the carbonation department, but not too bubbly.

Dated about a month and a half or so from now, I'm going to guess it's sort of in the middle of it's shelf life, so maybe fresher would have been more potent. It's not bad at all, easy drinking, but kinda average for a fresh hop ale.

Photo of Rutager
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a very clear, light yellow gold with a finger+ of white frothy head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell. Some spicy, citrus hops and light grainy malts.

Taste. Sweet grainy light malts, a decent amount of spicy, grassy hops. Just a hint of citrus. Some bitterness in the finish. Not mamazing, I'm afraid.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Not what I look for in a fresh hop ale. I wasn't blown away, to say the least :-/

Photo of Peller80
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of brotherloco
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Best By 12/27/12. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed straw gold with almost a finger of white foam. Settles fairly quickly. A few small spots of lacing.

Hop aroma seems more on the onion and garlic side than fruity and citrusy, although there's a touch of orange and lemon. Floral, earth, and fertilizer notes. Dry bready malt sits in the background.

Flavor is floral hops with a bit of apple, orange, and lemon. Nice lemony bitter citrus through the middle leads to a fairly dry finish. Long lingering floral bitterness in the aftertaste. No sign of the elevated ABV in the flavor.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Has a little weight to it, but appropriate and drinkable.

I wasn't very impressed with Fresh Hopped Mirror Pond last year, but this beer is an improvement. It has a unique flavor which I can only assume comes from the single "heirloom" hop Descutes is using for this brew.

Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of vobr0002
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tbone1384
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Tom-Peters
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PerHops
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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.

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of marcron03
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.


Photo of drewone
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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!

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.

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.

Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.