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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo | Deschutes Brewery

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3.86/5
Very Good
831 Ratings
Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
831
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
70
Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa. Yellow, lacey with a lace head. Good hops and very nice IPA hitting the spot but not something I would go to daily because hops are just West Coast regular.Hop aromas. Average mouthfeel at best.A little grainy and light lemon taste.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are pretty mild for a fresh hop beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another fresh hop gem new to shelves this year (i think). it pours a surprisingly pale yellow color, lighter than any other fresh hop beer ive seen. its perfectly clear with a solid two inch white head. the nose is certainly fresh hops, really potent, but not particularly bitter. really light malt, gives it just a crackery body. the flavor is delicious. the light malt profile lets the hops take center stage in a beer that is still supremely drinkable. im shocked its 7.4% abv, it tastes and feels like a much smaller beer. the hop flavor is great, sprucey and zesty citrus. a touch of sweetness in the finish, but nothing offensive. it reflects the freshness of the hops. light feel, light body, plenty of bubbles, this is an affordable winner this year.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/27/12. 7.40% confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Pours a clear pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, vague soap, bubblegum, and other fresh hops. A moderately strong aroma. Clean malts.

T: Floral hops, a bit of soap on the climax, clean malts, some crisp clean light citrus hops, and fresh slick barley. Very clean. Balanced, enjoyable, and fresh. Not real compex or subtle. A bit too malty. Some bland lemon creeps in.

Mf: Smooth, wet, nicely thick, clean, and with good presence. Not oily. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its fairly high ABV well. I wouldn't get it again. Deschutes does better beers. Meh.

B-

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD: 12/18/13

Avoided this last year due to diacetyl reports. Happy to say there's none to be found.

Hazy pale gold, frothy white foam that fades to a thin veil across the surface, delicate lacing around the edges. What looks to be tiny microsediment suspended in the glass.

Citric hoppy aroma, tangerines and leafy greenery.

Creamy feel, pale malt and an almost banana-like creamy sweetness. Resiny light bitterness in the aftertaste, citric Amarillo up front, pale malt in the middle and aftertaste. Light feel but medium bodied. Substantial and hoppy for a wet hopped IPA.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden color with a one-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with grapefruit notes and some bubblegum.

T - Tasted of sweet caramel, tart and sweet from grapefruit flavors. A touch of cut grasses and bread crust.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good fresh hop IPA. Worth picking up a bottle.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/27/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, pineapple, mango, light citrus rind, and light pine spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance, but they are pretty muted for an IPA. Fairly dank smelling as well. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, citrus rind, grass, lemon, herbal, floral, caramel, bread, pineapple, and light piney spiciness. Fair amount of earthy citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, herbal, grass, floral, bread, and piney spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice hop flavor complexity with a very nice hop/malt balance; very nice balance of bitterness/sweetness as well; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not as bold as I was hoping for in a fresh hop ale, but the flavors are very nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped IPA. Not as boldly hoppy as some IPAs, but this has a lot of nice balance and hop flavor complexity; and is very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 831 ratings
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