Monday, November 12, 2012

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies Fresh Hop IPA - Gus #17

The first brew of my hoppy week this week is from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.  The folks in this brewery are known to be hop masters.  They definitely don't distribute to MS so I had to get this one from a buddy.  Winton, also known as BeerichiTuba on YouTube, sent me this and a few more for me to try.  Those will be up for review as well.  Check out Winton's YouTube channel.  He does some very good video reviews of a lot of great beers.  I have a placed a link in the "How It Rates with Others" section.  He had previously reviewed this same brew.  Now let's get into the review of Deschutes Chasin' Freshies.  This is a very unique brew.  It's brewed with pilsner malt and even some flaked oats.  I really didn't know what to expect.

How it rates with others:

BeerichiTuba (Winton):
(Check out all of his other reviews.  He does a really great job! Super nice guy!)

ratebeer review:

Information from the website:
About the Beer:
Style:  IPA, Fresh Hop
Alcohol by Volume:  7.4%
IBUs:  60
Serving:  22oz Bomber
Malt:  Pilsner Malt, Flaked Oats
Hops:  Bravo, Fresh Heirloom Cascades

"Like fresh powder, it's a seize-the-moment thing.  At harvest, we rush Goschie Farms' Cascade hops fresh from the vine to kettle.  Not any Cascades, mind you, but an heirloom strain, from a single field, restored from the original rhizome.  Hope you're as hopped us as we are."

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I poured this brew straight up (pretty aggressively) into a 12oz Raise Your Pints tulip glass.

Appearance:  Pours pretty clear, vibrant yellow.  Almost straw-like in color.  Two fingers of soapy, white head.  Multiple sizes of bubbles in there.  Tight small bubbles with big soapy looking bubbles mixed in.  Very good carbonation.  Streams of bubbles are running up the glass.  Very good head lacing and pretty good retention.  Not too many signs of alcohol legs.  Does have a little bit of haze to it.  I'm sure that's more of a cold haze.  The beer looks to be filtered.  Super clean otherwise.  It's crazy seeing an IPA this color.  It really has the look of a pilsner or American Adjuct Lager almost.  Really light and refreshing looking.

Aroma:  First thing I noticed was a big dank hoppiness.  Smells really juicy.  Citrus with a bit of grapefruit, orange zest and a lot of lemon zest from the Cascade hops.  Fruity and floral from the other hops, Bravo, they use.  Some sweetness from the pilsner malt.  Tiny bit of sweetness from the pilsner malt.  Lemon is really big on the nose for me on this brew.  Slight fruit punch hints there too maybe.  Really hop forward as expected.  I do really like the dank qualities this brew features.

Taste:  Very creamy mouthfeel on this one.  Good carbonation on the tongue.  Really floral with some hoppy dankness in their again.  Juicy with a mixture of the citrus, like grapefruit and lemons.  Almost an orange zest flavor in there.  Oats give it another layer.  They play a big part in getting the smooth mouthfeel I'm sure.  Getting some dried tropical fruits, maybe some dried bits of pineapple in there.  Almost that fruit punch hint to it sometimes.  In the middle it has a little bit of a tartness in there.  Nothing really that bitter.  I was expecting a bit more bitterness from the Bravo hops.  Cascade really shines through on this one with the citrus.  The major players are there with the grapefruit, lemon and orange flavors.  As it warms I do get a touch more bitterness in the aftertaste.  But really get a big orange juice sweetness with the warmth as well.  

Verdict:  Really nice offering from Deschutes.  I can only compare it to other wet hop ales I've had since I haven't had anything else from them.  For a rating, this brew really blurs the line of B and A.  It's right there at an A but there was just a few things missing for me.  Definitely nothing bad about the brew, but it really didn't have the bitterness I like in an IPA.  The sweetness shined through and really kicked up when it warmed up.  So I'm going to go with a B+/A- on this one.  It really could go either way.  It's a very good brew and would love to have access to it here.  Very easy to drink.  For pairings, I think this would go great with some fajitas.  The light mouthfeel would suit it perfectly.  Substitute your "Mexican" lager with one of these and it would make the meal a lot better.  I did notice that as it warmed up it really cleared.  All the haze left and it was really almost like looking at a pilsner or light lager.

I'll leave you with something pretty cool they did under the cap of this brew.  

I think it's pretty cool when breweries do things like that.  It's almost like it's a hidden message for you to get. They may put this on every cap but this was my first brew from them so I don't know for sure.  Either way it's a neat thing they do.  Magic Hat is a brewery that does caps with messages like that.

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Cheers and again thanks to Winton for getting me this brew, Kanpai!