Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
Deschutes Brewery

Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
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American IPA
3.88 | pDev: 12.37%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
Notes: 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.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Old review. Good color mix of orange and yellowish-gold. Good 2/3" white head, small bubbles. Aroma wasn't amarillo at all. In fact it was lacking for even a standard c hop ipa. Really nothing fresh hop came about from this one.

Everything about the beer seemed from a different style. Wasn't worth the bomber format.

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Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden straw color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with sheets of soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly earthy aroma with a really strong pilsner malt presence. Dank floral hops with subtle citrus, fresh cut grass and pine needle countered by strong pilsner malt backbone with straw, bread, biscuit and light, especially apple and pear. Kind of tame for the style.

Full body than expected with a crisp hop bite that lingers over the bready yeast sweet pilsner malts into a nice dry finish. Dank and earthy with strong hints of grass, resinous oil and pine sap. Nice bitterness lingering throughout. This is countered by tropical and citrus fruit sweetness with some tart grapefruit, sweet pineapple and lemon peel. Pale biscuit malt backbone with light fruit esters. Well balanced and deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful light Pilsner color with great head retention. Aroma is wonderfully lemony citrusy and fresh, with a taste that follows. A clean finish with some citrus and lemon to linger on the palate. Great job Deschutes!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Pours brilliant straw with a thin white foam cap. Light grain, floral and citrus aromas rise from the glass. Melon and grapefruit rind bitterness season a biscuity malt palate. A touch vegetal on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink and packed with flavor.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 12/18/13
drank on 11/1/13
2013 Amarillo
(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body that has a slow carbonation and a sticky snow white head.

S- There is an earthy bright green hops aroma grows softer as it opens up.

T- The pils malt has a nice fresh taste that grows as the beer opens up and a bit more malt sweetness comes through but stays softer than the hops, which are a green fresh hop flavor that has a slight pungency in the finish. The hops take on a mint hint in the aftertaste with some slight dry field corn notes in there aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel leads to a gentle fizz that compliments the hops.

O- This beer has a nice balance of fresh malt and fresh hops that makes it very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Deschutes Brewery - Chasin' Freshies [Fresh Hop IPA] (220z ---> Stemless Wine Glass : 7.4 ABV)

My first fresh hopped IPA, because I never seem to catch Stone's "Enjoy By" at any of my local stores/taphouses... It poured a beautiful goldenrod yellow and a rocky, two inch head rose quickly, but has since faded to a solid retentive cap with some spotty lacing left behind... Upon the nose are prominent litchi and grapefruit notes, I had to double check and make sure I wasn't inhaling a Sauv Blanc for a moment there!! A mild wheat scent is hidden beneath those, but it's overall very citrus forward... First taste is more citrus notes, but lighter than what was detected in the aromas... Midway through some earthy hop tastes come through, with a a hint of spice to accompany it and give it some depth... The finish taste much more intense, comparable to the nose, and is the smoothest I've ever had from an IPA - but I'm sure this is entirely due to the Fresh Hop aspect of the brewing process... It's still a full hoppy finish, but lacks the bitterness that usually partners hops, again I accredit this to the fashion with which it was procured... The mouthfeel for the brew is great, as it's light enough to let the flavors assume the lead role, but full enough to carry the flavors all the way through each sip... Overall this brew is very well crafted and hits many notes that aren't traditionally present in standard IPA's, which was a welcome change... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slight white head but leaves good lacing. Light yellow color. Smells like pot. Taste like a grapefruit session ipa almost like a white. Lighter body but medium carbonation with slight bit of creaminess. Great different ipa.

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Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

2014 edition (Mosaic).

A: Pours a pretty clear light gold with a nice white head.

S: Aroma is leafy, pineapple juice, lightly cakey.

T: Taste is bitter leaf, bit of juicy grapefruit and pineapple, tangerine, clean malt.

M: Light-bodied with creamy carb.

O: NIce beer, good Mosaic taste. A bit mild for its strength.

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Photo of Mikewfspecialty
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Pale golden color. Pine terpene. Slightly metallic up front. More malt than expected. Fruit is mild, apricot come through predominantly. Good lacing. Very little head. Slightly spicy/ dry finish with muted copper. Not as juicy as some other fresh hops, drier finish. Worth a taste. Ex date 1/11/ 15

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Photo of GabeBoise
4.5/5  rDev +16%

2014 edition (mosaic hops). Great balance of resiny, tropical hop notes with malt backbone. Best IPA I've had recently and definitely the best bottled wet hop ale I've tried this year.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Very little malt character, and with that you get a fresh juicy citrus bomb from the fresh hop. A great bitter taste. Outside of the big fruit forward flavor, you get a nice pine taste to bring down the sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

As one of the hottest hops on the beer market, the "Mosiac" hops have won over hop heads with its strong tropical presence to bring a soft perfume, a juicy taste and smooth bitterness to the IPA style. And how can the hop be celebrated any better than with a "harvest ale" that employs the hops in their fresh-picked state. Only the fall season can provide such taste for a brewery that's an anchor to the Mosaic region.

Its beautiful golden hues are held captive to a mild prism haze to cast a glow to the eye and to stream a parade of carbonation that fuels a cottony-white head that holds the aromatic secrets within. With the pop of each bubble, the nose is full of tropical aromatics starting with apricot, mango and passionfruit. Once the taste ensues, its candied honey and thin caramels seem like fructose while pink grapefruit, tangerine and light lemon round out the early impressions.

Juicy with vibrant and ripe citrus and tropical tastes, the middle palate blossoms with flavor. Peps of fresh-cut grass, citrus leaf, tangy gooseberry and lime play out as the sweet malt backdrop begins to break apart and retreat into a drying depth.

Its finish comes quick as the taste takes a nosedive toward fleeting sweetness and increased dryness. While its bitterness grows, it takes such smoothness and roundness that the gripping bite that's expected of IPA is quite soft and seemingly tepid. Yet, its seductive hop aromas and flavors more than makes up for its assertive closing bite.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great example of what an AIPA can be.

It is the typical yellow, but with a nice fizz. The aroma is a unique hops aroma, not like most.

The taste is dry, hoppy and bitter, yet light and refreshing. The aftertaste is pretty bitter.

Overall this was a nice bomber and a great value. I'd like to see this in 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Rosstheboss
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bomber featuring Mosaic hops

L: Golden Pour, nice thick head which dissipates at an average rate; better than average lacing

S: Resiny, Hoppy, light citrus/fruity smell

T: Piney, followed by slight citrus; I was expecting a little more citrus..

M: Medium Smooth IPA without much malt flavor. Low bitterness for an IPA, Hops in back, definitely not overpowering

O: A smooth and drinkable beer. Fresh hop taste which is a nice switchup from the average over hopped IPA; not necessarily what I was expecting. Smell is nothing to write home about but does not turn you off, just not anything special.

Definitely surprised with this brew, when I think of a mosaic hopped beer this isnt what comes to mind, but did not disappoint.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a date

look is yellow with some darker orange highlights, TONS OF SEDIMENT. smell is skunky and grassy but muted. there's also an odd musky scent that is off-putting. taste is heavy citrus/flowers/grass with a sweet malty but peppery finish.

good stuff

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with a white ring of head.

S: Pineapple, apple and orange in the nose. Interesting.

T: Apple, orange, pine. A bit odd, but good.

M: Medium bodied, feels like a smooth IPA.

O: This is probably the worst of the Bond Street series of ales, but it's still pretty good. I'd recommend it to IPA lovers.

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Photo of matjack85
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roommate brought these home so not sure of cost or where he got them, but so far everything we've tried from Deschutes has been good, so hoping for another godd one here. 22oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 12/18/13, so it needs to e drunk now.

The beer poured a pale yellow color which tuned clear bright yellow when held to the light. The 1½-finger white hrad lasted a few minutes and left some nice lacing.

This smells citrusy - like oranges and lemons.

Lots of hop flavor, but not a lot of hop bitterness. Orange, lemon, and tangerine flavors with a touch of pine underneath. The malt is bready and miuldly sweet and blends well with all the hop flavors.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is higher than normal but works well with this.

I liked it. Another winner from Deschutes.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler from a freshly tapped keg.
A: Aggressive side pour into a pint glass. Giant 3 finger, eggshell-white head. Slowly receding and creating a pillow-like cloud resting on the surface of the beer. The beer is a cloudy, light gold color about the color of straw. Carbonation is just right and bubbles range in size from foam to 3/8". Nice sticky lacing left on glass where head was and the head is retaining very well at about 1/4" along the side of the glass and a slight foam on the beer surface.
S: Strong fresh hop profile. Resiny, pine, citrus, grapefruit, malt, a light breadiness. This smells very fresh and clean like one could imagine if a beer was fresh from the shower using hops for soap. :)
T: Tastes even better than it smells and it smells very good. Crisp finish and nice bitteness lingering on the tongue along with some bite from the hops. Its inviting me to take another quaff.
M: Smooth and creamy followed by a crispness coming from the hops. Carbonation is fantastic. The finish is wonderfully smooth and slightly crisp.
O: This is a very well constructed beer with all the elements you expect from an IPA and an amazing smoothness that is atypical from many other IPAs which are biting. The flavor and smell are very well blended. Its a beer that invites you to take another mouthful. I like it a lot.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial pint glass a dull lighter golden with a very well defined almost creamy-like sticky white head,great definition and lacing from the top.Floral and citric notes in the nose along with some mint,faint sweet booze is dtected as well.Flavors of hop complexity first off I get some sweet onion and mango with lesser pine underneath,a sweet biscuit base along with some boozy sweetness in the finish,but not overly sweet.Wow alot of subtle complexities here makes for a very good "big" IPA,well done.

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Photo of spense727
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very clear with an incredibly light color. The lack of hop haze was surprising.
Smell- There is a definite hop smell. If we drank this when it was actually fresh it might have been a stronger hop aroma.
Taste- For the amount of hop flavor and aroma, there is not much bitterness, which was refreshing. There is a bit more bitter taste at the end
Mouthfeel- There is a light mouthfeel and it lingers for a short time. Very fitting for the style.
Overall- This beer does not taste like a 7.4%a and it's very drinkable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a hazy apricot color. A white bubbly head recedes to a heavy film. Light lacing.

The aroma is very piny, with apricot and peach sweetness.

The taste is like the aroma but with sprucy wood coming in.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, very clean, piny, and just enough fruitiness to add balance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Amarillo Hops.
Pours two and half fingers of head on a fairly clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is wonderful. Lots of lemon, pine and tropical fruit upfront with honey in the background and at the end.
The taste is on the lighter side, but still flavorful. Mild to moderate pine bitterness with some honeysuckle sweetness middle to end.
The texture has a little fizz and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Great aroma and a nicely balanced flavor. Winner.

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Photo of woemad
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.49. According to the label, this is best by 12/18/13, so it should still be good.

Poured a lemony-looking pale shade of gold, with a rocky, bone-white head that hung around for a while and left quite a bit of lace. Apart from a little bit of chill haze, it looked very good.

Citrusy hop aroma was featured, but not as much as I was expecting. There was also a fruity sweetness that reminded me of mangos in the background.

Bitterness, which was largely absent from the nose, made itself noted in the taste. There was also a citrus-like flavor, which was to be expected from a beer that featured Amarillo hops, but it wasn’t like the usual blast of grapefruit that I normally expect from that hop. There is some tropical fruit sweetness, but it seems to be paired up with a grassy, bitter hop flavor that might seem more at home in a pilsener.

The body was somewhere between light and medium. The mouthfeel is somewhat oily and coating.

“Featuring Amarillo hops” is what the label says, but it doesn’t explicitly state that this is a single hop beer. Judging by it’s flavor, I suspect other hops were used as well, and I’d like to know what they were. A unique experience. I liked it but I’m not sure I’d want more than one.

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Photo of guityler83
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderate pour into a tulip glass built a bright white head a finger and a half tall made of mostly fine bubbles but also some large ones reminding me of soap. Good retention. The liquid is a pale, but hazy straw color that gets a shade darker in the deeper regions of the glass. As the head fell there was a lot of spider web looking lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Lemon and orange citrus aroma combined with a bready undertone. Almost reminds me of a hefe.

T: Wow, flavor and aroma are completely different. Mango, ripe strawberry, blueberry and fruit punch flavors on the first sip. Moderate bitterness but the hop flavor takes center stage in the flavor portion. Malt backbone is toasty, bready and almost seems sweet.. but I think it is the perception of the hop flavors that is giving that impression. Slightly vegetale flavor also.

M: Light on the body and a creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is low and there is a sticky mouthfeel from the hop oils.

O: The nose on this beer started to disappoint me but on my first sip I was converted. Not sure what gives it those lemony/orangey aromas but it didn't do the flavor justice.

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 831 ratings