Chasin' Freshies 2016 - Centennial
Deschutes Brewery

Chasin' Freshies 2016 - CentennialChasin' Freshies 2016 - Centennial
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 8.63%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
104
From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Chasin' Freshies 2016 - CentennialChasin' Freshies 2016 - Centennial
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Reviews by Oopssorryy:
Photo of Oopssorryy
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in color, with a sizable foamy white head. The dead dies down quickly to a cap atop the brew, with fantastic spider web like webbing left on the glass. The beer is crystal clear, with lazy lines of carbonation making their way to the rim of the glass. In the nose I get soft hints of citrus, grapefruit and lemon can be clearly noted. In equal parts I get pine, and sweet malt with a honey like scent. The only issue I have here is that the nose is so soft, it doesn't come out and tell you it's there, but instead asks you to dip your nose deep into your glass to find it. The flavor starts off with soft sweet malt, just as soft as the nose predicted. Then, suddenly you are hit with a hard, sharp, lemon note, followed by rising bitterness. Upon swallowing you are again greeted by that friendly malt profile, only to have it again ripped away from you, this time by a dominating pine note. The bitterness follows again, but a tad more subtly this time, growing in the aftertaste, and coating the tongue. Finish is very, very dry, no doubt a product of the bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite thick of an IPA, the thickest I've encountered for this style yet. Carbonation is there, but is largely hidden by the pine bite right at the end.

I would have liked a bit more depth and complexity in the flavors here, but overall this is a good IPA, but not my favorite by Deschutes.

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Photo of Mdog
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellow, lots of particles in suspension, big head.

Smell: Lemony? Not usual for centennial hops. Smells all right.

Taste: Mild sweetness, then lemon and mild grapefruit, finishes dry but not particularly bitter.

Overall: Picked up a 6er because I needed some IPA goodness. For some reason I've never really loved centennial hops, and this beer illustrates that. Kind of different lemon aroma, sorta grapefruity taste but a little off. Still tastes pretty good and is nice and refreshing for a beer over 7%.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They kicked off New Beer Sunday (Week 610) just a short while ago & I am jumping in with some fresh/wet-hopped ales as they beg for consumption as early as possible. Not necessarily early in the day, but early in their shelf life. Dang! I did not realize that Deschutes' annual release features a single hop, in this instance, Centennial. 8=( I will have to be more diligent in coming years.

From the bottle: "2016 Release Fresh Hop I.P.A. featuring Centennial Hops"; "Family & Employee Owned Since 1988"; "Profile - Floral and citrusy, the enchanting aroma of the freshest possible hops."; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."

I was anxious to get this started following the Pop! of the cap, but since it is clearly marked as being bottle-conditioned, I decided to go easy on the pour. No worries as the resultant clarity was worth it plus an in-glass swirl raised a finger of puffy, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-plus quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to come into the Chez Woody kitchen from the living room, where they were watching football on television. If Victory Harvest Ale smelled of earthiness, this smelled like freshly-brewed mint tea with lemon! And I mean, freshly-picked mint leaves, too. I was reminded of making hop tea, at times with whole cones in a tea ball and others using part of a pellet. Very mellow. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, a little bigger than the Victory. The taste was very citrusy, lemony-grapefruity with a light mintiness underlying the fruitiness. Man, this was like a glass of Celestial Seasonings' SleepyTime Tea. Incredibly mellow flavors. Finish was semi-dry, more citrusy than outright bitter and lingering well past the swallow. To be frank ('n' stein), I enjoyed the single-hop aspect of this beer, but I felt like it lacked the Ooomph! and depth of the earlier Victory offering. It may not be a fair comparison, but it provides a baseline for the day.

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Photo of rab53
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TLA
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/1/2016 - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Lightly hazy gold body with half a finger of off-white foam up top. Sandy lacing, faint legs, decent retention.

Lemon drops, rosewater, and tangelo zest in the nose. Lovely aromatics.

Pils character comes through on the palate - clean, sharp, yet malty - providing excellent balance for the persistent bitter and spicy punch of the hops - which are tasty, but slightly abrasive. The oats contribute some sweetness in the finish as well. While Centennial is supposed to be the star of this show, it's surprising how much flavor is derived from the malt profile.

Soft, medium-light bodied, refreshing (no DMS), and warming from the alcohol.

Well crafted, crisp, and unique, although the Bravo bittering hops have a certain potency which seemed to muddy the presentation of the Centennial hops (except for the aroma). A good beer, but I still much prefer Sierra Nevada's Celebration ale for my annual dose of fresh hops.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz single bottle - obviously a new offering, given the different hop treatment, yeah?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves a whole lotta random blotchy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of muddled domestic citrus rind, gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of dank pine resin, and further leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is rather floral up front, with some pretty perfumed notes, before the introduction of a sturdy pale and caramel-based malt backbone, some lemon, lime, and red grapefruit citrus fleshiness, and more leafy, earthy, and pine resin-forward verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite thorough in its lilting and caressing frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, with a nice airy creaminess emerging shortly after take-off. It finishes off-dry, the floral and citrusy and piney and dank side of the hops still playing nicely with the lingering caramel-fed graininess.

Overall, this is another well-bred, and interesting fresh-hopped IPA, the Centennial varietal keeping things, er, real, I suppose (don't want to write 'fresh' twice in the same sentence - aw, shit!). Easy to drink, tasty, and worthy of checking out while the time, she is a-wasting!

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, yay for 6 packs!

Aroma is herbal/floral with some grapefruit. The taste, however, is incredibly juicy, with a focus on citrus, mostly grapefruit. Delicate Pilsner malt body. Finish is spicy, herbal and bitter, along with lingering citrus. Very dry, very creamy. This is as fresh as it gets. My favorite Chasin' Freshies by far.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus notes mostly.

Tastes of the citrus notes layered over a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of lemon and grapefruit along with some floral notes. This gives way to biscuity malt with some slightly syrupy sweetness. Fairly well balanced. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty IPA that features the Centennial hops well.

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Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of 11/30/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and high-yellow gold in color with a white, half finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a few islands of suds stranded atop while a thin ring forms around the edge of the glass. Fair enough lacing, with thin, broken lines and small spotting making the bulk of it.

Smell - Citrusy aroma; lemony and orange. Berry. Leafy, twiggy character. Bready malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bright citrusy flavor upfront and throughout. Orange and lemon. Maybe a hint of lime? Lesser notes of berry. A bit of leafy, stem-like bitterness. Malts sit beneath but hit on a bit of bread and even less caramel. Finish with a bit of earthy and pithy bitterness and some bright citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate, slightly tingly carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - Maybe the best version of Chasin' Freshies to date. Plenty of punchy bitterness while the subtler nuances fill in the cracks and complete the picture. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but it all started to come together as the brew warmed. This won't be my last sixer, that's for sure.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rbodacious
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BellsFan
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of terrysjag
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP1356
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buick222
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/1/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus. Lemon and lime notes shine. Lots of bread and cracker notes. Slightly floral. Malts do their thing. The flavors basically follow the nose. More lemon and lime along with some grapefruit. Hints of banana. It's earthy with some fresh grass. More floral notes. Solid bitterness. Malts are there, but balanced. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid IPA. It's very clean, crisp and refreshing. It might not be "flashy", but the craftsmanship is on point. Nice brew.

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Chasin' Freshies 2016 - Centennial from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 104 ratings