Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo | Deschutes Brewery

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Kegatron on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dmourati
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drunk straight out of the bomber. Picked it up at Whole Foods to have with dinner there.

Nice crisp flavor, refreshing. The Amarillo hops really add a nice kick to this beer. I have always liked Deschutes and this is my new favorite of theirs.

I'm glad I picked up two.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ajr817
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

as i sit here and drink my pliny, just after having a bottle of chasing freshies 2013, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my chasin freshies...more than my pliny. i love and appreciate a very good/hoppy beer, but found that the chasin freshies beer was exactly that...very fresh. pliny is a double ipa and still an incredibly good beer but this chasin freshies beer is really good. i highly recommend.

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Photo of pkalix
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

very interesting color. very thin-looking, very urine-colored, bright pastel yellow with very little carbonation. thin white foam on top dissipates quickly leaving only a super thin layer of white. tangerine, orange, slight grapefruit, but barely any pine. this is a different IPA so far....
awesome citrus flavor- tangerines and oranges and lemon. very slight hop bitterness. slight grass bitterness, but this is an awesome, yet different taste. there's a certain deja vu feeling to the flavor but I just cannot pinpoint it. definitely some grapefruit rind; red grapefruit, actually.
overall, I love this beer. and this coming from a non-IPA-preferring beer drinker...

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Photo of Robert_Ray
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful surprise. The bouquet is in your face fantastic. Orange, grapefruit and some hints of pine. Very smooth and surprisingly light for a 7.4. Color is a very bright golden yellow. Nice lacing on the tulip glass with a nice thick creamy head.

Sorry for the short review, but actually leaving right now to buy 3 cases before they are gone.

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Photo of CascadiaGrokker
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent fresh hop brew, with all the wonderful Amarillo hop flavors any hop lover could ever ask for. This is no East Coast IPA. If you're looking for very bitter hop flavors, balanced by caramel malt, you'll be disappointed. This is on point to the style of a West Coast fresh hop IPA.


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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 GabeBoise
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 +18.7%

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 Mdog
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow, huge head.

Smell: Citrus rinds, lemon.

Taste: Sweet lemony taste, like lemonheads candy. Mild bitterness, very tasty and interesting.

Overall: Picked up a bomber to try and I was very impressed. I got a lot of sweetened lemon taste from this, which is quite different than the usual IPA. Very interesting, I'll have to search out another bottle while it is still fresh.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with RoninTK3. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose pint glass.

Appearance- Very hazy golden straw color. No head.

Smell- Fruity. Sauvignon Blanc. Tart. Crisp. Light herbal hoppiness.

Taste- Tart grapey flavors like much seen in a typical Sauvignon blanc. Light hop bitterness. Crisp and fresh.

Mouthfeel- Light and smooth. Nice carbonation.

Overall- This is my first Deschutes beer and It was a great way to start.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, crystal clear yellow-golden color with a foamy, nearly pure white head. Head retention is about average with sudsy residue remaining on the edge of the glass as the head dissipates. A bouquet of grass and lemon with a few notes of pine. I'm not familiar with heirloom cascade, but I don't get the grapefruit that is usually associated with cascade hops. Mouthfeel is very good for this style. Wet, slick, and not too much carbonation or hop hotness. The color, mouthfeel, and cleanness in the flavor compliment very well. This beer drinks a lot like a pilsener. A lot of nice balance. A pilsener bitterness appears at the finish. Some tangy citrus in the middle. No alcohol heat or taste at all, even though the ABV is pretty high. I really like this beer.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Siriusfisherman
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Release (Amarillo Hops)

L: Clear, bright goled with some small specks, probably from dry-hopping. Thick and creamy white head stands on top with globs of lacing and carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

A: Nice delicate, floral hop notes of sweet citrus and fresh hop grassiness. The malt is pretty noticeable as well, very lager like pilsner malt aroma, and the oats making a big showcase with their starchy breadiness. Some fruity esters are there as well, but quiet subtle, and then there is the classic deschutes bisciut character from their yeast. Noticeable alcohol.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into grassy, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit hop flavor and some candy-like malt and starchy oat character. Bitterness swells in the end and the beer finishes with an unbelievably smooth/creamy mouthfeel (oats again) with lingering fresh, grassy hop notes.

Overall, this is one unique wet-hop ale, and more importantly, it is delicious. Deschutes deserves credit for not releasing blueprint west-coast ipas, but instead coming up with unique recipes that challenge your palate every time. A must try if you can get a bottle.

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Photo of bnes09
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, golden-yellow ale. Mostly transparent. Descent head on the pour. Forms a ring around the glass and plenty of sticky lacing.

Fresh bread, grass, floral aroma. Soft, balanced and very inviting.

Solid biscuity malt backbone. Assertive hop character: pine, lemon, grass and mild herbs. Truly exceptional balance here, neither the malt or hops take total dominance.

Medium bodied, slickish feel with plenty of malty texture. Lively, yet short lived carbonation. Smooth feel throughout the drink and dry in the finish from the hops.

Exceptional, and highly sessionable IPA (if it wasn't 7.4% abv, of course). Not the most complex hop character but the flavors blend better than almost any other IPA I have tried. Drinks more like a pilsner than an IPA. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Bend, OR) on 9/1/11. Served in a 10 oz footed Pilsner glass. This is an APA that has been wet-hopped with fresh Centennial hops.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with some robust edges, leaving back lace that hangs down the sides of the glass in foamy swathes. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with grapefruit character that is layered on top of juicy smelling tropical fruit (pineapple is really coming out). Malts add an extra buffer of sweetness underneath to help balance some of that bitter grapefruit out, while some more herbal textures start to emerge and envelop the bouquet as this warms.

The taste is as fresh as can be, with beautiful bright citric fruit that is set against a balancing sweet graininess. Herbal textures and tropical fruit creeps out across the back and settles in the finish, with a danky ripeness that gives way to more of a moderate feeling dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm up front, which then spreads out into more of a crisp creaminess. This has a really nice feel here that moves quite easily across the palate.

Well if like your hops ultra fresh, bright, and herbal feeling, then you’re going to like this one. The ultra dank finish on this might not be for everyone but I didn’t mind it and I absolutely loved the amount of sticky ripe fruit that started to emerge as this warmed. This is definitely one of the better fresh-hopped beers that I’ve had in a while and was a great example of the type of unique offerings that I was hoping to find here at the brewpub.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Within the best by date by over one month. One of only a few fresh hop beers I've purchased this year.
Mmmm, that's a nice aroma. Sweet, citrus, fresh a little herbal. Not strong or powerful, just really fresh and really pleasant.
Pours a much lighter color than I expected. Almost a lager like pour - a little darker in the glass, but still a yellow/gold with a slight haze and lots of bubbles. White head with decent stamina.
NIce hop flavors and pointed bitterness, again without excess. Long lasting lingering that is somewhat drying, but also renewing the memories of the exceptional taste. The pale malting allows the hops to shine forth and enough balancing to prevent (here's that word again) excess. A little tartness grows with time, but so does some of the malt character with a touch of sweetness.
KInda' bubbly, but otherwise enjoyable mouthfeel. Moderately light body.
Very easy to drink this and really no indication of the abv in the experience.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Laughing Planet and brewed with Heirloom Cascade hops.

A- Poured a very clear light straw color with high streaming carbonation, frothy head, and some light glass coating lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit and citrus notes, floral and grassy notes. Pretty astringent, strong, and fresh aroma

T- Dominant pungent grapefruit hops, grassy and floral hop flavor, sweet breadiness. Not as astringent as the aroma, but moderate astringency and bitterness

M- Very dry, highly carbonated, effervescent, very smooth

O- One of the best fresh hop beers I have had this season out of many. Deschutes is easily in my top five breweries after all the great beers I have had from them in the past three months.

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Photo of tenthumbs
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps it was my lack of interest in trying this beer that made it more of a surprise? Regardless, it's been added to my long list of favorites. The smell, mouth feel and overall freshness made this beer a joy to drink. Very floral and not too bitter. The lighter color belies it's full character. Too bad it's seasonal, I would love to have this on a warm day.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz bomber,
I love Fresh hopped beers and I salute Deschutes for the effort.

Overall I give it a 4.5 but must admit the appearance was the weakest point on this beer.

It looks so light I thought it too similar to a Bud, it is a very light looking beer.

The smell is a straw or hay with a slight funk, this did not take away from this beer.

The taste hits home, the hops are quite pronounced and if the brewer sacrificed appearance and body for hops it almost works, this is tasty but perhaps low on body and appearance then other fresh hoped IPAs.

Overall I could drink it all day long. It is a good fresh hopped IPA, just a little light on color and body for me. It is VERY pale IMHO.

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Photo of spense727
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Mikewfspecialty
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 12/27/12

Pours light gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, great head retention & lacing

S: Lemony & grassy notes , not a ton though

T: Lemony, bready & some grass & piney notes up front. Some grapefruit, tangerines, lemons & a hint of lime with a little honey lurking in the back ground & some breadyness. Finishes with ruby red grapefruit, lemons, a bit of lime & a whisper of malty sweetness & just a bit of golden delicious apples

Light/medium bodied, some carbonation, but fairly light, nicely balanced & juicy

I liked this, wish I could've found some of this a few weeks ago, but still very hoppy/refreshing. I do not like this a much as hop trip, but still very nice

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
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