Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo | Deschutes Brewery

Chasin' Freshies 2013 - AmarilloChasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo
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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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Ratings: 831 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of South2NW
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 73.3% out of 100 with 831 ratings
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