Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
Deschutes Brewery

Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
831
From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  29
Gots
  70
SCORE
87
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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Reviews by Hops4Pops:
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 Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, best by 12/27/12. Pours clear light straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy, slightly vegetal, malts and grassy metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet vegetal biscuity malts with a good sized grassy (slightly minty) bitterness in the finish. There's a bit of a charred hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not my cup of tea. Vegetal, biscuity malts with grassy hops.

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Photo of kornkid8600
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of evanforbeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by date 12/18/13
Pours a surprising crystal clean light golden with thin, clean silky white head. Pilsner?

Nose: apricots, peaches, bubble gum, green herbal note, tangerine, sweet Hawaiian bread

Taste: follows nose with juicy apricots and stone fruit, sweet Hawaiian bready malt backbone fresh pine and bright tangerine and orange, turns resiny with wood, pine, and a lingering resiny hop oil, with a toasty resiny and fruity finish

Feel: light bodied, drinkable, juicy, fresh, resiny

Great beer. I love me some fresh hops, I'd rank this pretty high among the many I've had. Much more juicy and fruity, in true Deschutes fashion, as opposed to earthy and "green", but still some nice fresh hop oiliness to it

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Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JL1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of drh1382
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of 2neardead
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottle into pint. Pours a straw goldenn color with foamy white head. Very fresh and crisp hop aroma. Taste is crisp fresh hop and good malty backbone. It easy to drink, mild, but flavorful. Its a nice brew. Not amazing but all around good.

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Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Nice.

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Photo of jman005
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Philousa
2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Imbibed at Post No Bills on 10/20/12.

Extra pale and clear with little head because the pour was so close to the top of the tumbler. Looks like a pils. Smells very sweet, nectar-like with some lemon tang. Some thick grassy aroma from the hops, an aroma very well known to fresh hop lovers. Taste is very crisp and clean, slightly nutty, then the bitterness takes over. It's floral and sweet, then vinous and bark-like. Reminds me of grass a bit. Body is light and finish is dry. 

This is a big "meh" for me. It's so light that there isn't much to talk about. Put some flavor into this beer!

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Photo of PerHops
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Fern13
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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