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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Ratings: 831 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of SHODriver
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light yellow with a small white head that fades to a collar around an imperial nonic
S: smells of pine and citrus with some nice underlying sweetness
T: nice citrus/grapefruit hoppiness with a little bit of pine, good light honey sweetness from the malt as well. swallow brings some nice pine and a bit floral as well and the pilsner malt comes through in the back end
M: medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel
O: very good flavors and easy to drink. I'd like the hops to pop a bit more but it's a solid beer. color is a bit light but the malt bill was made to let the hops shine

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Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WesM63
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a 1finger white head. Minor retention and lacing.

S: Mostly pilsner malt. Some wet hop earthiness.

T: On the nose. Pilsner malt, some of that wet hop earthiness peaks through.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Sadly the pilsner malt ruins it for me. I get very little of the cascade hops as they are just drowned out by the malt.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden-blonde color with a big layer of foam that takes its time dying down. Not the appearance that I expected this to have but it looks good nonetheless.

There’s a light, slightly dank aroma with some grassy spice on it. It’s lightly hopped, and delicately so—again, unlike expectations. There’s a pleasing carbonation and a light finish. A real easy drinker. This makes me think of a hoppy, vibrant Czech pils almost, in aroma and flavor. While it doesn’t scratch my wet hop itch I’d have another.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of poopsyeah
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lordofstarside
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter
Best by 12/27 date

Pours a very pale gold, blonde almost. Finger of foam, good lacing, mediocre retention, moderate carbonation. Really lacking color on this one. Smells of wet hop, citrus, grapefruit, and strong bready malt. Taste of spicy upfront hop, pine resin, citrus, with a ridged malt back bone. Feel is good, moderate body, resin leaves mouth nice and sticky just like a good fresh hop ale should. Very crisp and wet. Over all not a bad beer, for $7 a bottle though I'll probably wait till next year's batch to get another.

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Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of xmorgan
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz bomber,
I love Fresh hopped beers and I salute Deschutes for the effort.

Overall I give it a 4.5 but must admit the appearance was the weakest point on this beer.

It looks so light I thought it too similar to a Bud, it is a very light looking beer.

The smell is a straw or hay with a slight funk, this did not take away from this beer.

The taste hits home, the hops are quite pronounced and if the brewer sacrificed appearance and body for hops it almost works, this is tasty but perhaps low on body and appearance then other fresh hoped IPAs.

Overall I could drink it all day long. It is a good fresh hopped IPA, just a little light on color and body for me. It is VERY pale IMHO.

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Photo of JD4003
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KegsAndEggs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Baron's Market in PL for $5.99 and poured it into a Hess branded 0,5L glass.

A: Slightly hazed straw-like hue, fluffy white head that hangs out for a wile, giving way to massive amounts of lacing.

S: Pine, dried grass, orange zest crackery malt - well balanced.

T: Nice hop up front - bitter citrus rind, fresh cut grass, dried hay. Light maltiness, black tea and mellow tropical fruit.

M: Light bodied, crisp and dry, well carbonated, finishes bitter and oily from the good amount of hops in this one - very nice.

On the lighter side (all around) compared to a lot of the California fresh-hop IPA's but not bummed on that at all. The quality and flavor are there, just mellowed a bit - great all night drinking IPA and one that will get you feelin good too at 7.5%.

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Photo of TCMike
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced a a billowy, 3 finger, white head. The beer color is a translucent, pale gold.
The aroma is of light citrus, pine, and bread.
The taste was similar, but with a light sweetness. The bitterness from the hops, wasn't too over-powering, and didn't linger very long.
The mouth-feel was medium, but by looking at it, I would have thought it was light. It had medium carbonation.
Good beer, and I'm not a big IPA fan.

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Photo of joecast
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cletusdog
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of superspak
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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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Within the best by date by over one month. One of only a few fresh hop beers I've purchased this year.
Mmmm, that's a nice aroma. Sweet, citrus, fresh a little herbal. Not strong or powerful, just really fresh and really pleasant.
Pours a much lighter color than I expected. Almost a lager like pour - a little darker in the glass, but still a yellow/gold with a slight haze and lots of bubbles. White head with decent stamina.
NIce hop flavors and pointed bitterness, again without excess. Long lasting lingering that is somewhat drying, but also renewing the memories of the exceptional taste. The pale malting allows the hops to shine forth and enough balancing to prevent (here's that word again) excess. A little tartness grows with time, but so does some of the malt character with a touch of sweetness.
KInda' bubbly, but otherwise enjoyable mouthfeel. Moderately light body.
Very easy to drink this and really no indication of the abv in the experience.

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Photo of baklo
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottle into pint. Pours a straw goldenn color with foamy white head. Very fresh and crisp hop aroma. Taste is crisp fresh hop and good malty backbone. It easy to drink, mild, but flavorful. Its a nice brew. Not amazing but all around good.

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Photo of ColiLovesRegen13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bambam2517
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, Its my opinion that this is a really odd time to release this beer, it reminds me of spring. It is a real change of pace from the porters and stouts I've been downing, but it isnt necessarily a good thing.

Fresh indeed, it pours almost phosphorescent yellow with a flat head that settles into a short lived lace ring.

Aromas are of bright hops and sweet fruit, I pick up pears, apricots and peaches. Its very reminiscent of a Reisling or Chardonnay wine to me.

Taste is very similar, its sharp and bright at first, then mellows into the fruity esters and finishes clean with apricot and pear most prevalent.

Its very drinkable, and I would enjoy having a couple of these shaping up the yard when the weather starts turning warmer again. I'll save my winter for the darker brews and Holiday seasonals to come though!

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Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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