Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA (2016 w/ Centennial Hops)
Brewed by: Deschutes Brewery
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American, Fresh Hop
- Seasonal: Fall
- ABV: 7.4%
- IBU: 65
Notes: Available in six-packs for the first time in 2016. A member of Deschutes’ “Bond Street Series.”
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Available September until it’s gone. Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. This year we’ve chased down fresh Centennial hops from the Goschie Farms in Oregon. 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.
Hops: Fresh Centennial, Bravo
Malts: Pilsner Malt, Flaked Oats
More Chasin’ Freshies w/ Centennial Hops Images
Artwork: Snowboard resting on a tree with some footprints in the fresh snowpack.
Color: Bright gold with a slight orange tint.
Aroma: Grassy with lemon peels.
Arrived in: 12oz. Bottle
Served in: Specialty IPA Glass
With logistics on their side, Deschutes Brewery releases not one, but TWO fresh hop / wet hop beers every fall. A few years back we reviewed their Hop Trip, where fresh hops are picked and trucked into the brewery within a matter of hours.
This release, Chasin’ Freshies is more in the single hop vein, since it features a different variety of fresh hops each season. Recent standouts include Mosaic, Amarillo, and Lemondrop. Deschutes switched away from 22oz bombers to 6 pack format (fantastic move!) for 2016, and probably arrived at Centennial as the hop of choice for that reason.
For those that don’t know, Centennial, aka “Super Cascade”, is a dual purpose hop often referred to as a “C hop”, along with Cascade, Columbus, and Chinook. That group of hops are not proprietary varieties, making them less expensive and easier to source than designer strains like Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, etc.
Chasin’ Freshies was beautiful to admire in the glass and almost resembled a pils, with a bright golden and wildly effervescent transparent body. Its bone white, finely whipped nitro-like head added an extra dimension of creaminess, right down to the very last swig in the glass.
Looking to amplify the aromatics of the fresh Centennial hops, we poured into our specialty IPA glasses. The aroma didn’t knock our socks off with stickiness, but still provided a pleasing air of freshness. Its notes were mellow and refined, with grass clippings and lemon peel.
Although it looked highly carbonated, Chasin’ Freshies maintained a dry, yet surprisingly soft mouthfeel that put its wet hop flavors on center stage. Up front, there was a floral earthiness with gentle sweetness like a hint of peach. The finish was nice and resiny, giving an extra coat of lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish.
This beer was all too crushable for its sturdy 7.4% ABV, making it a little dangerous. But blowing through all 12 ounces of Centennial freshness would be a poor decision, and helped keep us on pace. Its bitterness was as well hidden as the ABV.
Final Score: 4/5
Based on previous releases, this Centennial hop edition of Chasin’ Freshies had some big shoes to fill, and made a very solid showing. Cheers to Deschutes for another top-notch harvest ale that oozed freshness out of the glass.