As usual I am playing serious catch-up with my notes and turning them into reviews on the site. I promise I am gonna get a bunch of reviews up this week though. I have notes going all the way back to late November/early December, I have just been so busy with work but I need to get better at posting more frequently. First up is Deschutes Fresh Hop IPA, Chasin’ Freshies, which I can promise you I had fresh! The 2014 release of this beer showcases Mosaic hops. Chasin’ Freshies comes in at 7.4% ABV and 65 IBUs.
Appearance: Light golden yellow with a slight haze and a 1 finger head. Some nice lacing down the glass as well.Love the bright hazy look of this one, definitely what I envision a fresh hop IPA to look like. Always like the bottle art from Deschutes as well.
Nose: Pine, resin, peach, passion fruit, citrus, pineapple and fruit juice. Really great showcase of my favorite hop as of late, Mosaic. The only other hop used is Bravo, which is a newer experimental variety hop. Very low malt profile in the nose.
Taste/Mouth: Good pine and resin from the nose carry over to the taste. Some earthy notes as well with medium carbonation and again very minimal malt profile. Hops come through more in the nose, very juicy mouth-feel and finishes a little dry. Definitely invites you to continuing drinking.
Price/Availability: Around $7 for a bomber and its a seasonal release. Great pricing from Deschutes as usual.
Overall: Had this one on draft at a local bar as well. A good fresh hop offering from the Bend brewery. Not the best fresh hop I have had but it is certainly well done and drinkable as well as at a great price point. I think this one is really carried by the Mosaic, that being said I would definitely purchase it again in the future.