There are a lot of fresh hop American IPAs that show up during the fall harvest each year, and Deschutes’ version weighs in with 7.4% Alcohol By Volume and goes by the name of Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies.
Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies is a pale golden colored beer, mostly clear with a lot of very fine particulate matter providing just a bit of haze. A voluminous, bubbly white head tops it off, leaving behind quite a bit of lacing.
The nose has some pils malts, but is mainly focused on a bright citrusy and lemony hop, accented with floral notes.
Pilsner malts start off the taste, but again the focus is on the hops. Starting grassy and floral, moving through citrus and tropical fruit and winding up lightly spicy. The mouth is a touch fuller than medium bodied and fairly evenly carbonated.
This year’s version of Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies is a nice showcase of Amarillo hops, and they are on full display. The beer takes a minimalist approach, allowing the fresh hops to shine through. I had a bottle of this right when it came out, and despite it being at least a month since it first hit shelves, it is still very tasty.
Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies : A-
Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies Specs
Hops: Bravo, Fresh Amarillo
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Oats
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz