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Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies

| October 25, 2012 | Comments (2)

Deschutes Chasin FreshiesFrom Deschutes - Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. At harvest, we rush Goschie Farms’ Cascade hops fresh from 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 up as we are.

Deschutes Brewery – Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies – 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. 7.4% abv.

Appearance:  Pours a semi hazy yellow gold. After the pour you get a pretty pillowy white head that shrinks down to a thin white film. Within the hazy body you will see rising bubbles.

Aroma:  Piney fruity hop nose and grain.

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Taste: Crackery malt, husky grain, piney hops. Some fruitiness. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied high carbonation.

Overall:  This guy didn’t do it for me.  I don’t want to say this is THE example of a Pacific Northwest fresh hopped IPA, but I have had my fair share of beers like these that are piney and way malty come out of this area.  Points for the bitter finish, but other than that I wouldn’t revisit this.

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2 Responses to “Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies”

  1. Dan #

    Off the top of my head, Leafer Madness Fresh Hop, one from Full Sail and Hop Trip.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm
  2. “I don’t want to say this is THE example of a Pacific Northwest fresh hopped IPA”

    What other fresh hop IPAs have you had from the PNW that would lead you to think that?

    October 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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