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 Auraan
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear yellow with a one finger white head and abundant bubbles. It looks a bit more like a lager than an IPA, which is odd. Scents of citrus, grapefruit pith, slight mango and pine. Very crisp and fruity, with pine balancing the fruit and citrus aromas. True to style. Taste has a good level of hop bitterness with citrus pith, pine resin, grapefruit and faint hints of tropical fruit, with a present, though subdued, bit of malt and a slight spiciness on the aftertaste. Very nice, the hop flavors are at the forefront and really lead to a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a slick and oily finish. The mouthfeel is quite true to form for an IPA, though maybe a slight bit too light bodied. Overall this is a good fresh hop IPA. It showcases the hops well, puts enough malt in to keep it from being unbalanced and is just nice and pleasant to drink. It's not quite on the same level as Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere Harvest, but it's close.

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Photo of fab80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 12/18/13 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
It's very pale for an IPA which I appreciate a lot and there's definitely some haze which I appreciate less.
It smells fresh with hints of citrus zest, but the fruity aspect is pretty subtle. It smells a little bit like a lager, which I don't mind.
Mmm... It is good! Very light body, pretty dry, lager-like again with some grapefruit and lemon juice.
It's really refreshing, moderate bitterness, great flavour.
Mouthfeel is pretty dry and a little sticky.
I highly recommend this, it's not a hop bomb, but it won't disappoint you. Really original brew.

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow pour, slightly cloudy,one finger of soapy white head,decent lacing.

Aroma is reminiscent of white grape, pleasant yeast presence.

Taste is lemony, reminds me a bit of Maine Beer Co. Peeper Ale but a bit less refined. Tastes fresh, finishes dry, but flavors are generally one dimensional.7.4% very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium,carbonation is well done. Crisp and slightly drying after the swallow.

Easy drinking single IPA with an above average abv, flavor and aroma are good but not overly exciting. This is worth checking out for fans of hop forward IPAs. Chasin' Freshies has a fresh lemony flavor with minimal malt presence, glad to have tried it as the Amarillo hops are nicely showcased.

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Photo of beagle75
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild floral hops line up nicely with delicate yeast esters and even more nuanced grain.

T: Begins off-dry, with floral hops aromatics and lively citric acidity. The intensity of early flavors are surprisingly bold, compared to the smell, although the qualities match in a very honest fashion. A refined base-malt graininess emerges during the middle before the noteworthy esters from the smell lace the mildly bitter finish with their chemical-fruity mark.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This relatively modern IPA recipe does a fine job of showcasing its fresh Amarillo cultivar hops addition. Light malts are not absent, though, and the English yeast qualities really round out this approachable ale, making it both classic and contemporary in character.

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Photo of Ri0
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Best By 12/18/13 on bottle, featuring Amarillo hops.

A - Sun colored golden liquid with a 1 finger white head. Spotty lacing all over the glass.

S - Love the Amarillo hops scents of citrus, and lemon zest. Aromas of biscuit and cracker from teh Pilsener malts.

T - Tastes much more like a Lager because of the big Pilsener malts, and I'm okay with that. This is what I expected it to be. The Amarillo hops (one of my favorites) add a nice citrus and lemon flavor to go along with the biscuit and cracker. The finish is rather mild.

M - Crisp and clean with a lighter body. Decent carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

O - If this was an IPL instead of an IPA I think it would score higher marks. It it not a big bold hop profile, but it is a very nice hoppy lager like beer. I really enjoyed this after exploring other IPL's this year. Well done!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

got it at beeeeny's when i was in chi town a few days ago. enjoyed from my deschutes teku...

2013 release, amarillo - best by 12/18/13

a - BRAVELY DONE (always loved that)...poured a crisp transparent honey yellow with a finger of foamy head that dissolved leaving sheets of lacing clung to the glass.

s - nice citric blast. clean, crisp...soapy.

t - oh joy...citric blast. floral and a touch of tropical fruit.

m - a bit watery, subtle syrupy bitterness on the finish. light and fluffy...medium bodied.

o - overall, i dig it. deschutes is one of my all time favorite all around solid breweries. i've wanted to try this since i first heard of it...did not disappoint. too bad i they don't distro to ny, but i imagine it is only a matter of time...well, HEY DESCHUTES...NY is ready! send us beer!!!

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Photo of SFACRKnight
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my trusty new belgium globe.
Pours a pale gold, thick bone white head dissipates into a thi quarter inch creamy head. Smells of pale mmalt and citrus hops, bit of grass as well. Good hop profile on the first sip, not very bitter, lots of citrus, some floral and grassy flavors on the front and clean malt carries it through to the end. Thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall, I was excited to try this years version with fresh amarillo. Unfortunately I think. My expectations were too high on this one, for a fresh hopped ale I really expected a great hop profile, not just a good profile. Oh we'll, cest la vie.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip; best by 12/18/13. Label says 2013 version featuring Amarillo hops. Clear, light yellow to straw colored body. Three finger white head that has very good retention and nice looking rings of lacing.

Pungent aroma up front - right after the pour it is extremely earthy and fades to citrus hop notes on the lemon and grapefruit spectrum. As the beer warms, a sweet, bread aroma comes through with the hops. Nice aroma overall.

The flavor follows the aroma to a degree but the sweet pilsner malt flavor is more forward that I would have expected from a fresh hop brew. Still, the beer features enough of the citrus hop notes to make a tasty blend of the flavors.

Light to medium texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of the alcohol. Overall, a very enjoyable beer; even though it may not be in the palate wrecker end of the fresh hop beer spectrum, it's very drinkable. Eager to try it in future years if different hops are used.

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Photo of JohnG190
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with thick white head. Some lace. Nice fresh and floral aroma. Grapefruit, orange, lemongrass, and resinous pine. Faint bready aroma also apparent. Taste follows the nose, fresh and juicy. Citrus, resinous pine and nice bready malt notes. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a solid wet-hop IPA. Showcases the Amarillo hop nicely!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Best By 12/18/13, featuring Amarillo hops
A - pale golden body, slight haze, frothy white head holds excellent retention and leaves chunky lacing on the glass
S - lemon grass, citric aroma, biscuity, pilsener malt; was hoping for more here
T - pilsener malt, sharp, grassy, lemon rind,
M - medium, sharp and drying finish, lingering lemon
O - different than expected. Kind of a pilsener/IPA hybrid. Always good beer coming from Deschutes!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-18 (Amarillo wet hop)
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that present a very frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes, eventually declining to a thick ring around the body of the glass and a spotty, thin island of film lingering atop the body. Lacing is excellent, with a thick, solid sheet of white foam. Body is a fairly bright golden yellow, with light bringing out brighter yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, fairly low in number, but moderate in activity.

Aroma is dank, but not overly fruity, more of a musk with freshly cut wildflower and weed-like aroma, cat urine (like Citra, especially as beer warms), bitter orange rind, and a definite "stick your nose in a mildly aromatic hop pellet bag" smell.

Overall flavor palette is of bitter citrus (orange and grapefruit rind), light tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit). Front of palate finds pale malt sweetness with some light bread and biscuit characters, along with hints of bitterness and sweet tropical fruit flavors reminiscent of passion fruit and guava. Mid-palate of significantly stronger hop bitterness (medium-high), with heavy floral characters, passion fruit and guava-like flavors, dank raw hops, continued bitter orange and grapefruit rind. Back of palate experiences strong bitterness, light ethanol, and mild fruit-like flavors (still passion fruit and guava with bitter rinds of grapefruit and orange), and a bit of unexpected harshness that's not entirely pleasant. Aftertaste is of moderate, lingering hop bitterness, bitter orange rind, and a pleasant light grainy maltiness.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (2/3) and smooth (1/3) beer. Closes dry, with medium to medium-heavy residual stickiness on the lips and palate. As a whole, feels appropriate for a fairly large beer (7.4%)

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Photo of TheFlern
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let's cut to the chase. This is an okay IPA. It's nothing mind blowing. It's worth checking out the 2013 edition if you want to try a single hop Amarillo IPA. Good news is that this isn't just a single hop IPA but also a fresh hop. It's juicier and less dry than your normal IPA. Floral. Not much going on in the malt department here as the focus are the fresh hops. If you want a fresh hop IPA with Amarillo hops you can't go wrong here. If you want the best fresh hop beer you can get I'd suggest looking at Hop Trip or another fresh hop beer as Chasin' Freshies won't disappoint but it won't wow either.

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Photo of mcflypie
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 Release Featuring Amarillo Hops

A: Golden with bright white foam and small bubbles. Slight lacing.

S: Biscuity and piney. Faint apple juice.

T: Dry, bitter, and resinous. Somewhat bland.

M: Fruity and carbonated. Tart and slightly bland.

O: I was a little disappointed with this 'fresh' hopped brew. It wasn't as fresh tasting and enjoyable as some of the other's on the market in my opinion, with an overall slight bland feeling. One of my favorite 'freshies' out there is the Stone Enjoy By IPA series.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden in color with a 1 finger white head that has decent retention.

Smell is hop forward and has notes of mango, deep herbal aromas and a pale straw malt backbone. Very plesent and smells fresh and crisp.

Taste is good. Also Hop forward with big herbal slightly fruity hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate and not overdone and malt is light and lets the hops be the showcase.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of good sticky hop oils and resin along with a thin feel give this a medium to light body.

Overall very drinkable ipa. Crisp clean and fresh with great hop aromas and flavors

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Photo of bpasquini
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Goldish yellow in color, looks almost like a pilsner to me, it is a little cloudy and you can see the little hop particles floating around, leaves about a two finger head and leaves little lacing around the glass

S: I'm slightly congested so the smell is a little faint to me but from what I am getting is a very subtle pine smell, some lemon zest, slight hint of orange and grapefruit

T: Very nice blend, nice lemon zest up front followed by a hint of orange then the grapefruit, the finish is light pine and malty, the malt to me tastes like the finish on a pilsner or a golden ale, it's different but it is still very good

M: Extremely light! A tiny bit oily, and leaves your mouth dry on the finish

O: I give it a 4/5, I wish the citrus/fruit flavors were just a little more prevalent in the taste, other than that it is still a fantastic beer and would recommend picking this up if you see it at your bottle shop

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This beer arrived to New Mexico 2-3 days ago and thus is relatively fresh. This is the 2013 edition of this particular beer.

Pouring the beer, I am struck by the light color, which more closely resembles a wheat or blonde than your typical IPA. It is very light in color and provides a much slighter head than other IPAs I've had of late. Still, the head is frothy and the lacing is abundant, so it isn't by any means to be dismissed.

The smell immediately hits you with citrusy orange and grapefruit notes, followed then by hints of pine and floral goodness. The malt is present and dances in between the hop notes, making a nice complement. Really, this is a great smelling beer.

The taste too is great, with initial hints of citrus and pine competing for the palate's attention, only to be followed by a more earthy taste and dry bitterness. The beer seems to have a whole lot going on and in a good way. It sips smoothly and the bitterness and dryness only emerge at the end as a quiet afterthought, making this a stellar beer. It's really quite good.

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Photo of Smitty1988
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber
A: pours a clear golden yellow, decent lacing on this beer for using pilsner malt. Head was foamy and carbonation stay solid while I finished the glass.

S: Smells a bit like corn, slight sweet pine from the hop. But neither of these aromas are very strong.

T: It taste like a slightly hoppier pilsner, but not quite as dry. Some of the sweet oats flavors are in there. Not really that bold of a taste. sorta boring.

Mouthfeel: This is a very light IPA, the mouthfeel is somewhat watery. It is extremely smooth however. Especially for being 7.4%

O: I thought this was just ok, I dont know if I would seek it out again. I certainly love thier seasonal releases and my expectations were high from having Hop Henge, and Hop Trip. A good beer to try once.

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Photo of vic21234
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter fresh out the fridge. Best by date is 12/18/13.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a small amount of white head that quickly fades.

S- A nice hop presence upon popping the cap. The smell is dank with some fruit and citrus aroma.

T- The hops dominate the taste obviously. I actually get more of a piney resin flavor than anything here. Some malt presence is noted too.

M- Light bodied, refreshing, bitter with a dry finish.

This is a very easy drinking fresh hop IPA. Not a bad IPA but average.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy, somewhat translucent golden yellow with a fizzy, thin white head that settles quickly and moderately clings to the glass.

S: Initial waft of fruit-backed hoppiness - like a clementine. A bit of bready biscuit malts. Aromas are very faint, with nothing leaping into the forefront. A bit underwhelming in the nose.

T: Almost tastes like a hoppy pilsner - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just not what I was anticipating. Sharp bitter bite lingers in the finish with notes like a grapefruit rind. Underlying bit of a booze taste shows itself throughout the finish as well.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium body. Prickly. Lots of carbonation.

O: Overall not a bad beer, just not overwhelmingly memorable. The juicy wet-hops give a nice one-dimensional hop burst on the palate - it helps that I love amarillo hops. Although it isn't a great beer, the value is great for the low price tag of $5.99.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy straw, not any head to speak of. TIght bubbled lace rings around the edges.

S - Slight smell of hops and malt, but really it is very muted.

T - A little fruity, light malt, nice hop finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, nice balance.

D - There is nothing that really sticks out in this beer. It's nice. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of vkv822
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip
Best By: 12/18/13

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a foamy white head. Not unattractive by any means, but it certainly looks more like a pilsner than what I would expect from an IPA.

Subdued, citric,slightly sweet, floral hops. Light malt backbone.

Delicate flavor profile, as in the aroma. Light, sweet citrus and floral hops are fairly evenly balanced with a light, crackery malt backbone.

An enjoyable beer. The pilsner malt is an interesting touch, though I would have a expected the hops to be a bit more pronounced overall.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with best by date of 12/18/2013 printed on the label. My second of the fresh hop IPA's from Deschutes. Expectations are moderately high, since I remember liking the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA quite a bit.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a clear straw color; lemon-gold in the glass. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Decent pilsner-esque clarity, but with lots of fine white specks of sediment twirling around the glass. Some fluffy ribbons of lace. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty fresh and aromatic. Juicy grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine, lemongrass, and pine needles from the famed Amarillo hops. Oily and resinous. Fresh and floral. Bready pilsner malt is apparent here also.

T - Taste follows the nose. Fresh and juicy. Grapefruit rind, blood orange, lemongrass, resinous pine needles, and the characteristic bready pilsner malt.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy. Ends bitter, sticky, oily, and resinous. Ideal carbonation.

Overall, a straight-up no frills fresh Oregon IPA. I have got to admit that Deschutes has been impressing me with a lot of their bomber releases lately, whereas line their regular year-round line-up didn't seem to impress me as much. Recommended.

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies ---4/5.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec 18, 2013.

Pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam and has some nice lacing.

It smells of floral hops with some notes of citrus, grapefruit and more of a lemon. Malt sweetness is there but light.

Very juicy hops greet my taste buds from the get go. Lots of floral hoppiness minus a real bitter bite with lemon citrus and a light biscuit malt backbone.

Medium bodied though at times it feels fullish, good carbonation.

Overall, a nice brew that just misses my comfort zone by a tick as the juiciness of the fresh hops wears on me as the glass empties. Definitely worthy of a try though.

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Photo of brewskis
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque golden straw color with a two finger white head that goes away slowly. Sediment showing and decent carbonation. Looks more like a pilsner than an ipa. Smells of tons of fresh hops. Dank, resinous pine, grass, lemon, mango, grain, slight bready sweetness. Taste starts with light floral and sweet citrus notes. Already get a dankness to it. Middle brings a breadiness, little carmel, grains, more light citrus notes along with mango, and pine. Finish is very dank and resinous with heavy notes of pine, lemon, and floral. Also get grass, a grainy spiciness, light mango, and grapefruit. Although it is resinous, it never gets abrasive. The bitterness lasts on the palate, but it is not overpowering. Light medium body with a crisp, oily, and lightly creamy mouthfeel. This is not your typical ipa, and I am not sure I am a big fan. It is definitely interesting, but one time is good enough for me.

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