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 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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +10.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +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 JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chasin Freshies pours a pale straw color with a very small head. There is a slight but weak floral floral/hop aroma, with earthy undertones. The taste has a nice solid hop flavor; really nice floral notes. Good body, good flavors, finishes bitter. Overall a good tasting and nice bitter beer.

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Photo of South2NW
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber to SN IPA glass.

A: clear golden yellow color with a little more than a finger width white head. Good lacing.

S: floral, citrus, and some sweet bread notes.

T: very nicely balanced. Hops and citrus are pretty assertive, but complimented by a good malt backing.

M: crisp, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: another quality brew from Deschutes. ~$5 bomber in season, worth picking up a few.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 RonfromJersey
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange juice body, with ample chill hazy. Topped by two fingers of white froth.

Fresh bouquet of lemon, orange.

Soft sweet malt foundation. Super juicy fruity taste. Bitter snap, not overpowering but solid.

Light medium mouthfeel with some bubbly prickliness.

Highly enjoyable fresh hop IPA. Seek out in season.

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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 d5001986
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance is light hazy orange with a good amount of fluffy off-white head.

The smell is underwhelming, really just faint overall. Smell of grass with a little citrus.

I find the taste to be enjoyable, but I'm definitely not wowed. Slightly bitter up front, flavor of grass, slight lemon and grapefruit. No trace of alcohol.

Overall this is not a bad beer. I much prefer the 'Fresh Squeezed IPA' from Deschutes. Worth a once try, but I will not likely be revisiting this one.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bomber into a tulip glass...

Poured a light, hazy golden/straw color. Not quite the IPA color I was expecting. 1 finger of head faded back to a light lacing around the glass with moderate carbonation.

A little light on the nose for me. Hops, some floral and citrus notes but nothing jumping out at me in this regard.

Tastes hoppy, but not IPA-hoppy to me. Grapefruit and other fruity notes come through as well as a sticky pine note and just a hint of the malt sweetness at the end. The flavors do develop as the beer warms.

Light to medium mouth feel, clean and refreshing. Light resinous hop finish with the fruits and maltiness barely making their presence known.

Overall not a bad beer but not quite what I was expecting for an IPA. That being said, the tastes are still nice and refreshing and this would be a nice beer to have in the summer or with a meal, although sessioning this beer may not work for most. While I wouldn't go crazy trying to locate this again, if someone offered me one somewhere, I wouldn't hesitate.


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Photo of Dmart1223
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love these guys.

The beer looks a little unusual for an IPA: It's a hazy golden yellow instead of a more trademark amber. But the thick, white head reminded me of "freshies," and the viscous, nasty lacing on the sides were what you'd see in a high-quality brew.

The oldest part of this beer was the smell, but I could still get some high notes of tangerine, grass and a little bit of fresh-cut mango. And the taste was strong enough that its oldness didn't really matter.

In my face right away was a resiny, hoppy bitterness that stays through the rest of the beer. But in the middle is a delicious mix of mango and orange, with the orange out front. It's full and smooth, with a snappy, fresh bite at the end. Deschutes' website says it might pair well with "spicy red fish stew" or "raisin filo strudel," but I think it might go just as well with barbecue chicken.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for recommending this while talking about special releases. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with the best buy date of 12/18/13 clearly printed into a pint glass and get 1/12 fingers of head.

A: Pours a yellow, straw color with 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates at a moderately slow rate to leave a covering and thick ring of head on my glass until the end. Nice lacing on my glass from top to bottom.

S: I smell lemon rind, lemon, and lemon grass. Also, a little malt in the background. As it warms there is a big smell of pine.

T: Grapefruit and lemon, red grapefruit in the background. Pine bitterness, pepper, and lime on the second taste bud onslaught. Some mango starts and then is overwhelmed by a citric punch. The bitterness of pine resin is the finish.

M: Juicy. Medium-bodied and carbonated and juicy.

O: The beer is a very interesting and tasty beer. I found it to be a taste sensation in the beginning with something more than pine resin. That is certainly how it finishes and what stays with me when I not drinking it. It is a juicy beer and goes down good. I'm glad I was able to catch it this year.

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Photo of bcerv-ca
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: Orange zest, dusty straw, some alcohol

Appearance: Golden-yellow honey.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, light mouthfeel; slightly oily. Hints of fruit. Bitterness is tame. Finishes with a mild sweetness.

Overall: Doesn't taste or feel like your typical (west coast) IPA. Glad I tried, but wouldn't seek out again with so many choices.

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Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 831 ratings.
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