Chasin' Freshies 2015 - Lemondrop
Deschutes Brewery

Chasin' Freshies 2015 - LemondropChasin' Freshies 2015 - Lemondrop
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 14.59%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
201
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft into a pint glass, clear yellow. Nice head and lacing. Crisp citrusy smell. Nice lemon flavor, not very hoppy. I had not had this available before. A nice beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter, this AIPA pours a glowing light yellowish amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of lemon heads candies and honey, little else other than a floral note. Flavors exceed the taste with lemon zested floral hops dipped in honey that sears in the flavors on the sides and finishes on the back moderately bitter. Nice mouth feel, medium carbonation. Overall a nice brew for the hop heads out there, but pretty one dimensional.

Cheers

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Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a pale straw with three fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Lemon, leafy and earthy hops, bready malts, and other citrus fruits(orange).

Taste - bready malts and lemon followed by the leafy,earthy hops, and other citrus fruits (orange).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Overall - A single hop IPA that is not bad but needs that extra punch from the hops because the hops seem to not shine through the sweetness of the malts.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I let this sit out for 15 or so minutes. The best by date says January 3rd, 2016.

Look: The beer pours a light tangerine, almost lemon yellow, depending on your lighting source. A nice white head develops with plenty of carbonation. The beer is slightly hazy, and not really translucent.

Smell: Lemons, and some lemon drop candy smells. Maybe a slight malt scent as well. I love the smell of lemon drop hop

Taste: The taste is more lemon rather than the candied lemon flavor, and is pretty much an assault of hops. There's little sweetness involved it seems. It's nice, but not amazing.

Feel: The beer has a bitterness throughout the beer, from the beginning to the end. There's a lingering bitterness with a dry finish as well. The beer seems like a light to medium mouth feel.

Overall: I like this, but it's not the best offering I've had from Deschutes. If I saw this again, I would buy it again, but with how many beers there are, it wouldn't be a priority.

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Photo of mschrei
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 1/3/16. Poured into RR Nonic pint. I don't think this one is as bad as everybody says. It's light and a very active looking beer, kind of dirty. Hoppy nose, citrusy and juicy. Not very malty or bitter. Tastes like a younger beer, hope it hadn't already fallen off.

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington. Clear golden yellow color topped with a bit of foam is quite lovely. Lemon drops is not what I think of on first leafy, dank, and bitter sip. The lemon does come out more as it warms up, but it's still harsh and bitter.

Moderately drinkable but not the best effort. I think pushing too much hops dosage in a beer where you want to actually taste the aromatics is like overdriving the speakers. Muddy, distorted, and bitter. I didn't realize until now the Chasin' Freshies had turned into an annual event, but I'm always happy to try hops old and new in a showcase like this.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, recently arrived, but with a Best By date of January 3, 2016, so best I get to it, eh?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly ecru head, which leaves some wispy high-altitude cloud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks away.

It smells like my wife's lemon squares - somewhat sugary lemon, vanilla, and semi-sweet, doughy pale and caramel malt - a bit of hard water minerality, and some further leafy, floral, and herbal hop bitterness. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, lemon and orange flesh, a bit of spicy white pepper, mildly resinous and dank piney notes, and more floral and herbal green hoppiness.

The carbonation is surprisingly quite light and ineffective in its workaday frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, these Lemondrop hops not of the interfering sort, it would seem. It finishes sweet, between the still fruity hops and the lingering caramel malt - with the inherent bitterness having mostly bled out.

Overall, not a bad single-hopped affair, this particular varietal almost ready for the big-time, methinks. At any rate, this can't really compete with the 'non-fresh' hoppy brews in the Deschutes mainline arsenal, such as Pine Drops and Hop Henge, but I'm still glad that I got to have a go at it.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, slightly dark yellow color. Small head produced that quickly dissipated.

Aroma is simple but pleasant. All about the citrus, which is primarily lemon. Surprisingly, there is quite a bit of hop floralness, almost tea like.

Taste is really bad. The nice citrusy hops are limited to mere seconds before this overwhelming bitterness takes over. The bitterness is not traditional hop bitterness; it is like crushed aspirin. The aspirin-like bitterness coasts the palate and extends long past the sip. There is almost a chalky/dusty/earthy/funkiness in the taste, which does not pair well.

Overall, this was a huge disappointment, as I love Deschutes brews. One of the worst beers I have tried in 2015. It's like all the hop flavors were toned down with an emphasis on this crushed aspirin lingering/ dominating bitterness. I see this pairing with a lemon curd. It gets a 60/100.

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Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Still within the "best by" date. Nice looking pour, clear golden with soft, silky head. Aroma is musty, funky. Taste also leans towards the funk. Sour-ish all around, dry bitterness. Would probably taste great first day of hops season, but getting musty with age. Still good, but wish I drank this sooner....

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is lightly hazed golden hue with thick white head with film of lace sticking with a fine bead. The smell has a slight grainy aroma with gentle floral hop smell and light yeast ester with slight dank hop accent. The feel is good with balance of yeast with malt yet could have more bitterness ...I like the mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with mix of malt and slight tangy citrus in the hop flavor -I was not aware it was lemondrop but I like how it gives a mild bitterness yet nice amount of flavor. The taste is subtle as far as hop flavor with some sweetness of the malt balancing lightly, this is a pretty easygoing beer not exactly challenging to the palate but certainly drinkable without any real flaws to speak of.

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Photo of ZAP
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 1/3/16:

Not sure I've had a fresh hop lemondrop IPA before. Interestingly enough I get pine as my first impression, then some lemons, and grapefruit....Drinks easy...light grapefruit like bitterness on the finish but not overly bitter. Just not as bright as I had hoped for. Glad I got to try it but it does not blow me away. Solid enough...

Interesting look to this with a glowing, hazy yellow/gold....no head...low carbonation...a lot of pine on the aroma...more of the lemons and grapefruit on the taste but the pine is evident there too..

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a solid beer. Not quite as enjoyable as the 2014 version, but good nonetheless. Interestingly enough, for me, as this beer warms, the flavor becomes better, more complex.. Much like an imperial stout or a bourbon barrel aged beer..

Deschutes always brings quality to the table..

Cheers!...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber
Best By: 1/3/16

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, sliightly malty, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with 1 1/2 fibers worth of white head that disappears quickly but laces the glass. The smell is very sweet, the lemon comes through. the lemon drop hops are not as bitter as the last two hops used in this beer. I'm not sure if that's good for a fresh hop beer. Enjoyable but my least favorite so far in this series.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-11-09
22oz bottle served in a big mug. Best By 1/3/16.

Pours very clear light yellow gold with a smallish head and low carbonation. Smell is yeasty lemon, something about it makes me think of a pilsner. Pretty strongly, actually.

Taste is strong crisp bitterness with a clear lemon flavor. Actually kind of neat, as a change of pace. Strong citrus zest bitterness. Some kind of interesting sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry and nice. Overall, neat beer. Not stellar, but good.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with a slight orange hue, but there is an off-putting amount of stuff floating around and the crystal clear transparency makes it very noticeable.

Lemon zest, spicy orange peel, toasted grain, and a general grassy/earthiness.

Bitter lemon rinds, floral, grassy, noticeable alcohol, and not much too it.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, astringent, bitter.

After last year's release I expected a lot from this, but I was left disappointed. This is not my first lackluster experience with Lemondrop hops, so I'm thinking this strain is just not my style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with light, slippery lacing. Aroma of mild bready malt and light lemon citrus hops, surprisingly muted for a fresh hop ale. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, citrus hops, sweet lemon, orange and hints of tropical fruit. Finish with lots of lemon and grapefruit rind and surprisingly robust residual bitterness with pleasant light lemon highlights. Medium bodied with light creaminess, good mouth feel. Interesting flavor progression from a malty, lightly hopped start into a cleaner, fairly intense bitter hop finish. I liked this as a change of pace, but would say that the low herbal flavors of this hop make it a modest stand alone hop. The slightly sweet lemony character is nice and I can see how this would be great component hop. Glad to have the chance to try it on its own. A little underwhelming as a fresh hop, but interesting and flavorful for a single hop experience.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Clear straw yellow gold with a two finger soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Grainy, some bright grass and obviously a big citrus presence.
T - Tons of lemon flavor, which I love lemon stuff, so I was all in on this flavor, but still it was kind of taken back by the big pilsner malt flavors popping up, peppery and crackery, very grainy.
M - Very mild and kind of weak, there's some bitterness but not much, but dry finish.
O - Odd but enjoyable, though I would have preferred to have this mid-summer instead of late fall.

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Photo of westcoastbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and Appearance: It pours a clear yellow gold colour with three fingers of white satin foam and a low level of carbonation with only a few visible bubbles. Right of the top of the nose, there’s lots of lemon and lychee with hints of mango tropical fruit on the side. As those aromas mellow, a distinct cereal grain and corny pilsner malt smell arise with a straw like overtone and whiffs of fresh herbs.

Flavour: There is an extremely herbal flavour in this beer right at the beginning followed by lemons and freshly cut hay. In the middle, the sweeter cereal grains take over quickly and set your palate up for a very weed like dank flavour that has hints of spearmint and tobacco in it, almost like a menthol cigarette, but without all the nasty stuff. Finally, it finishes with a huge floral flavour and lemon peel finish that’s ravaged by a peach skin aftertaste and zesty lingering herbs.

Overall Impression: 2015 Chasin’ Freshies was a really interesting beer, as it was not at all what I was expecting, but with every sip I got more used to the flavour profile and started to crave it more and more. Oddly enough, an hour later I could still taste the herbs in the back of my throat in a rather pleasant way, as if the second bottle in my fridge was taunting me to open it and have another.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy just off white head that settles to a solid layer and laces very nicely.

S: Resinous pine, citrus rind, herbal notes, slight fruity notes, and a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, dank herbal notes, citrus, lemon zest and pith, grassy, faint fruity notes, and a touch of sweetness. Bitterness is fairly harsh.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is surprisingly rough and just overall disappointing. Not one of Deschutes better brews.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad I could have this while it was available.
On tap at Deschutes in Portland, Or.

L : Blonde colored, 70% opaque, milky head.

S : Sweet toffee candy aroma, circus peanuts, biscuit malt backbone.

T : Piney front with nice yeasty back palate. Slight blueberry lemon muffin.

F : Creamy and delectable. Semi dry finish.

O : Not bad, but not great. I like the lemon character.

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Photo of zestd
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm thinking what other reviewers allude to with the "skunky" comments is what I'm assuming are pilsner malts. The aroma and taste just doesn't jive with this hop variety. Not terrible, not outstanding, just there

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/1/15.

Slightly hazy, pale gold in color. The head is rises to a half inch before the loose bubbles settle on a thin sheet of foam; it peters out even more from there. Despite this, a good amount of lace remains.

In an interesting twist, the Lemondrahp hops impart an aromavthat is both dull and seeded with an unpleasant mix of lemon water, hay, grass, and dough dust that fell on a damp vegetable cutting board. One sip says a lot. It's limp like steamed vegetables, with soft carbonation easing the taste of lemon cough syrup and creamsicle along an underpinning of vegetable dishwater, short-cooked overripe okra and strong ibuprofen bitterness. There is a nice, slightly sweet cracker malt note in there but it is entirely overwhelmed by the massive, lingering bitterness. The taste is absolutely terrible.

What a misadventure these Lempndroops hops make. I would have figured Deschutes would have nailed this but if they can't make Limondips hops into an adequate beer, who can?

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Photo of Admbmb92
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seriously disappointed. Mouthfeel is syrupy, doesn't have that brilliant floral dankness that previous editions had. Taste is like a lemon drop made with sour mix instead of actual lemon juice. And even if it tasted like a good lemon drop, what in the world are you doing deschutes?!? This is a fresh hop beer for crying out loud. Make it taste like one. This taste like if rogue decided to try to make a fresh hop beer. It's very syrupy, overly sweet, and is just bad. Cheers.

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Photo of weuntouchable
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the first IPA I have had with lemondrop hops and I was not expecting to be a fan as I generally lean towards pale ales over ipas. I was impressed by the unique smell and taste. Has strong lemon smell which overpowers everything. Taste starts with lemon and quickly turns to mildly bitter hops. Finishes dry and doesn't leave a strong after taste. It's a very drinkable beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Chasin' Freshies 2015 - Lemondrop from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 201 ratings