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Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies

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Finally, a new Bond Street Series beer from Deschutes. It’s a series of beers dedicated to hop experimentation, and this one is interesting. First, the hops: An heirloom strain of Cascades fresh from the farm. There’s also some Bravo, a high Alpha hop. Second, the malt: Nothing but Pilsner with some flaked oats. That’s fairly unusual for an IPA. But who needs any pesky Crystal malt to get in the way of fresh hop glory?

Stats:
American India Pale Ale. 7.4% ABV. 60 IBUs. Oregon. Limited Release.

The Pilsner malt gives the beer a nice yellow golden glow. Decent head with some lacing sticking on the glass.

Nice hop aroma, but it actually doesn’t overwhelm the malt. Nice cracker type malt aroma with a lovely citrus quality. Smells just fantastic.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Good medium body with enough carbonation for drinkability.

Lovely floral to citrus hop flavor. Just a hint of pine comes through, but a surprisingly delicate flavor profile, and the malt does still make an appearance with a great malty, cracker flavor. The only thing that reminds you of an IPA is the medium bitterness that follows. The finish is ridiculous with a hint of peach.

Delicious. I need to make an IPA like this one. The hop flavor is killer and doesn’t destroy your palate. Nice balance, nice complexity, and another example to me that Deschutes is one of the best breweries in the world. 92 points

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  1. October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You reach a lot of same conclusions that I had in my tasting of this wonderful fresh hop IPA

  2. atattooedtale
    October 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Right on. Looks like your review was really similar. Thanks for ready. I subscribed to your blog, btw. Cheers!

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