Sunday, November 17, 2013

Deschutes Brewery - Chasin' Freshies 2013

Fresh hops never stops...
Apparently, I wasn't very impressed with last year's version of Deschutes Brewery's Chasin' Freshies. The stuff only earned a rating of 2 crushed cans out of 4 on the BeerGuyPDX rating scale. Maybe I was really grouchy that night. Who knows?

What's cool about seasonal beer releases is that they can be completely different brews from one year to the next. Chasin' Freshies is just such a brew. I was clearly pretty "meh" on the stuff last year. This year...

The beer poured from bomber to glass a slightly hazy, light golden, yellow color. Almost looked like a pilsner. The white head rose up to two fingers thick and looked deliciously lumpy and creamy. Impressive appearance.

Aroma was lemon and orange citrus with a hint of tropical fruit. Not much malt came out in the smell on this one. All fruit with a touch of floral and herbal notes.

Taste followed the nose, but with biscuity malt in the mix. Lots of citrus flavor, some pine, and a mild bitter punch. Grassy, herbal notes. A load of indistinct tropical fruit. Very crisp and clean flavor profile to this one. No dank funkiness. It's an easy drinker but with a lot of taste. I like it!

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The head came roaring back to life whenever I refreshed the glass. Dry finish with the citrus flavors lasting on the palate.

The 2013 model of Chasin' Freshies is keeper. The Wonder Beagle didn't give up much drool, but her nose definitely perked up while I was drinking this one. I'm giving it a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie.

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