Chasin' Freshies 2013 - Amarillo | Deschutes Brewery

very good
831 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa. Yellow, lacey with a lace head. Good hops and very nice IPA hitting the spot but not something I would go to daily because hops are just West Coast regular.Hop aromas. Average mouthfeel at best.A little grainy and light lemon taste.

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Photo of azdback
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my newly acquired Lagunitas Mason Jar glass. A pale orange color that is very clear and has small carbonation bubbles leading their way to a small two finger head that is bright white in color and sea foam in appearance. Lace is very sticky. Nice job.

Smell is pretty citrusy and balanced with some earth. Pink grapefruit mixed with some sourdough bread. Some malt character as well.

Taste is way too malty for me. Or maybe it's the choice of hops. Sweet and dark citrus, blood orange or pink grapefruit. Earth, bread, yeast.

Mouth is medium with even carbonation. Body is as should be for an IPA, medium and refreshing. The finish is average and on the dry side.

Overall I really would have liked to have tried this two months ago but my distro sucks and I didn't. With that being said I don't know if freshness would have helped this in my opinion. The choice of hop and the attempt to make this a more balanced IPA rather than a West Coast hop bomb fails to meet my criteria. A must try for those on the look out for more balanced IPA's.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice slightly hazy golden brew with some nice slight copper hues on the edges. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms. The head is nice and sticky and slightly dense.

Aroma starts off with a nice fresh piney hop notes. There is definitely some nice bready and malty grain notes. Slight citrusy notes are present but there is some slight tropical fruit notes.

Flavor starts off with a more intense resinous pine note that is slightly balanced by some nice fruit and some citrus punch. There is some caramel malt notes in the flavor as well. The caramel notes give the brew an extreme balance. Definitely a balanced IPA. There is some nice bitterness to the brew but its not my favorite. Crisp and clean.

Overall. Not bad but not great. Very fresh though.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of scootpolute
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a sort of weak head...- OK lacing...

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - For a standard IPA, good. The body kind off dies after the first few sips. The smoothness (drink-ability) is what makes this one worth having more than one. REALLY fresh hops, makes for a good refreshing treat!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhat of a hay or straw colour, with about as much clarity as a BMC beer. Bone white fluffy head adorns, minimal lacing. Aroma is slightly biscuity, with a cat piss-like astringency, some floral notes and some herbal hop tones. Taste has a nice initial bitterness, but finishes clean and crisp. Some floral and light citrus hop notes and a bit of pale malt balance. Quite light in body, crisp, sort of. Uper medium in the carbonation department, but not too bubbly.

Dated about a month and a half or so from now, I'm going to guess it's sort of in the middle of it's shelf life, so maybe fresher would have been more potent. It's not bad at all, easy drinking, but kinda average for a fresh hop ale.

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2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a very clear, light yellow gold with a finger+ of white frothy head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell. Some spicy, citrus hops and light grainy malts.

Taste. Sweet grainy light malts, a decent amount of spicy, grassy hops. Just a hint of citrus. Some bitterness in the finish. Not mamazing, I'm afraid.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Not what I look for in a fresh hop ale. I wasn't blown away, to say the least :-/

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Best By 12/27/12. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed straw gold with almost a finger of white foam. Settles fairly quickly. A few small spots of lacing.

Hop aroma seems more on the onion and garlic side than fruity and citrusy, although there's a touch of orange and lemon. Floral, earth, and fertilizer notes. Dry bready malt sits in the background.

Flavor is floral hops with a bit of apple, orange, and lemon. Nice lemony bitter citrus through the middle leads to a fairly dry finish. Long lingering floral bitterness in the aftertaste. No sign of the elevated ABV in the flavor.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Has a little weight to it, but appropriate and drinkable.

I wasn't very impressed with Fresh Hopped Mirror Pond last year, but this beer is an improvement. It has a unique flavor which I can only assume comes from the single "heirloom" hop Descutes is using for this brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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