Deschutes Brewery has long been a pioneer of hop use in the American beer scene. They’re the #2 purchaser of whole hop cones (behind Sierra Nevada) and created one of the first fresh hop beers, Hop Trip. Chasin’ Freshies is their newest fresh hop release.
2013 marks the 2nd year that Chasin’ Freshies has made an appearance in Deschutes’ Bond Street series. The Bond Street series is their season special release program. In its first year, Chasin’ Freshies didn’t feature any specif hop, but was a blend of undried hops. 2013’s version features the popular newer hop: Amarillo, from the Virgil Gamache Farms
Appearance: Bright gold, white head, good retention.
Aroma: Grassy, sage, tropical fruit, mango, papaya, slight underlying hop dankness,
Taste: Juicy, grassy, dry, fruity,
Overall Impression: This is a dangerously drinkable IPA. It’s balanced and flavorful and goes down way easier than the alcohol content says it should. The hop character is super bright and enjoyable with a nice balance of “fresh” greenness and hop fruitiness.
Availability: Get it while you can! Fresh Hop beers only have a limited time on the shelves due to the limited quantity and the fresh nature of the beer. Available in bottle shops throughout Deschutes’ sales area, if they carry the Bond Street series. Their website shows which states they distribute in.