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 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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Photo of Qbdoo
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok beer but doesn't taste like an IPA to me. It's hoppy but it smells and tastes a lot more like a lager that any IPA I've ever had. I hate to say it, but I detected a slightly skunky Heineken smell. The good news is that the taste is much better but still thin for an IPA. The mouthfeel is really light and lager-y too. Basically, this is an interesting brew. I'd drink it on a hot day and really enjoy it, but on the cold November night I first tasted it, it just wasn't what I'd hoped for, for that day or for an IPA.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight haze on a pale straw gold. Head is bright-white, loose, and creamy at the same time. Sheets of lacing. Ok head retention leaves a small cap and collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Soft clean hops. Some apricot and a touch of underripe mango. Some backing pine needle bitterness with a general almost juicy fruitiness. Nice punch of floral aromas working through as it warms. Malt support is light and clean, offering up a pale vaguely biscuity sweetness. Some mild sweetness. A touch of pith and oily rind, but it's all very clean and fresh. Mild push toward grass as it warms.

Taste: Juicy mango right up front followed by a mealy apricot. Nice and clean with some solid backing floral elements. Mildly bitter with a pine needle and pith thing. Lightly sweet malts offer some balance, but the hops are the focus. Building push of citrus and pine. Some peach thrown in the mix as well. Vaguely biscuity with some hints of grass in the back.Vague sort of spiciness that I have to attribute to the hops. Carries the distinct finish of every Deschutes pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth creaminess worked in. Moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the back of the finish.

Overall: You keep skiing, I'll drink this in the lodge.

Alright Deschutes, shut up and take all my money.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Sits pretty with a hazy, pale gold body, Freshies displays some orange highlights. It has just a ring of white foam on the lid.

The nose is mostly flowery with hints of honey and citrus-y star fruit. The bouquet is not leaping out of the glass though.

The Freshies found in this beer cross the palate extremely dank to begin: green onions and an herbal earthiness. By mid-palate, you are discovering pepper, grapefruit, and estery scents. The finish could stand to be more bitter if it wanted.

The carbonation is solid, light and creamy on the tongue, a little powdery.

Chasin' Freshies hop profile is almost too "dank" for me, but it attempts to balance out with peppery and estery flavors. This IPA is solid, but I feel the cheaper bomber price is entirely appropriate for this offering.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- straw yellow with a one finger white head.

S- A LOT of fresh amarillo, fresh cut grass, white wine, resin, some citrus

T- Herbaceous, grassy, fruity, reisling. Almost like the hops were picked 30 seconds ago!

M- Smooth, light and clean feel.

O- A very, very good fresh hop IPA. So much more exciting to drink than yet another west coast style, uber dry hopped IPA.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Best by 12-18-13

A- A hazy straw yellow beer with a one finger white head.

S- Not a lot on the nose. A straw and hay like smell. Light citrus hops.

T- A light citrus hop. A lot of straw and hay. An herbal and oily hop flavor. A hint of onion and lemongrass. not too bitter and somewhat grassy.

M- Bitter, a lighter body with a smooth feel. Easy drinking.

O- A solid fresh hop IPA. More of a balanced IPA then a hop bomb which is what I expeted.

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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 mentor
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a two finger nearly white fluffy clingy head over a cloudy light golden liquid. Gorgeous cascading head. Crazy. Smells clean citrus of lemon, pink grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange, and pine. Floral and clean alcohol with mild grassy. Minimal esters.

Tastes quite nice. Hop flavor and clean hop bitter over gentle supporting malt sweet. Hop flavor is lemon, woody dry, very pithy, and pleasingly acidic. Amarillo tastes a bit buttery to me and this has that character. Hop bitter is very clean of grassy cohumulone edge. Clean alcohol sting works with the hop bitter and gentle carbonation sting to counter the sweet of the malt and hop flavors. A very nice beer that comes across as a bit English in hop character. Likely not as resiny 'dank' as current trends in hop character go, but I like this type of hopping in an IPA.

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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 rawfish
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Upon pouring the color is very striking, a clear straw like a wheat beer. A small finger high head with decent retention and clumpy lacing left behind.

Citrus and grassy fresh hops, bright lemon zest, pine, floral with some yeast presence and mild grains.

Mild lager grain bill, a bit of raw husks, but otherwise clean and bready beneath a grapefruit citrus and to a lesser extent orange pith fresh hop flavor. Moderate bitterness, drying makes the finish soapy but overall clean.

Easily downable body, maybe a bit too thin, the carbonation could do more to make this beer as bright as the hops in it. Alcohol well hidden.

Better than most of the other Deschutes IPA releases over the course of time but I came to expect more hop flavor from a fresh hop beer. I was impressed with the grain bill chosen as it is perfect for being unassuming and letting the hops shine through.

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