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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is made from select organic hops grown in the famous Cowiche Canyon of the Yakima Valley. Fresh Hop ales are brewed with hops harvested and placed in our kettle within 24 hours. We use only fresh hops throughout this beer for a unique, once-a-year beer. We brew Cowiche Canyon ale in partnership with legendary hop-growing wizards from the Yakima Valley in a joint effort to launch a large-scale organic hop industry in Washington State…Because Organic Hops Matter. A portion of all sales goes toward the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.
Down & Dirty: Organic 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Carapils, and Vienna malts with Organic Citra and Simcoe hops – 120 lbs per batch. ABV: 6.0%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2178) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Can from Prufrock, who always seems to be on top on the Fremont Brewing rotation.

Relatively light pour, light tan head. Spicy new-school nose, befitting of the Simcoe and Citra that this one is made from. Bit of sour citrus, bit of citra polecat, but so sign of the garlic-and-onion that mars so many newfangled pale ales. Malts are way in the background, and the hops, which packing a big aroma, are at pale ale levels making this an extremely drinkable beer with none of the lingering bitterness on the mouth long after finishing a comparable IPA. Super tasty, good-drinking stuff, just as I’ve come to expect from Fremont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Can: The aroma consists of moderate citrus, light dank notes, grass, and light herbal notes. It pours a mostly transparent golden-orange with a touch of haze. It has a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin ring outlined by a thick soapy ring. It leaves behind a thin sheet of soapy webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus and faint tropical fruit. The finish has light-moderate grapefruit, light dank notes, hints of lemon, and some faint herbal notes. It’s light bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, this tastes more like a Session IPA than it does an APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2855) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to michaelinwa. Hazy copper pour with a big frothy head that fades very slowly and leaves great lacing. Aromas are fresh cut grass, flowers, orange peel, and light pine. Tastes mostly like fresh grass. Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Finish brings in the flowers and pine. Medium body. Slight overcarbonation. Dry finish. Solid APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2851) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
From a trade. Nose is very grassy with some citrus. Lightly orange. Pour o slightly hazy with a small white head. Lightly bitter with a soft hop flavor. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (950) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Danky, some citrus hop character. Mostly clear golden yellow color. Danky, hoppy, fairly bitter, decent malty balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2014
10/22/2014. 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks, poured into an ale glass. Pours with two fingers of head, which is thick, mottled and cream-colored. Tons and tons of lace up the sides of the glass. Golden pale hue, clear with a few bubbles streaming from bottom of glass. Aroma is piney, resin, passionfruit, a little grass. Starts bitter, but then proceeds with a wonderful sweetness, but not overly so. Very clean and smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonate, looooong finish. I await this beer each fall, and was not disappointed this year. Really one of the best fresh hopped beers out there!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (1459) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
22 Oz bottle split at a tasting event. Pours a light golden color with a hoppy grapefruit like aroma. Sweet fruit flavor with a good balancing hop flavor. A ton of mango like flavor here. A little sweet. But overall a solid IPA. Really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1262) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottle date of 09/22/2014. Aroma is very hop forward with a nice citrus character with lots of orange. Moderate tropical fruit note a of mango and passion fruit. Some lighter stone fruit and a hint of that fresh grass character of wet hops. Light cracker malt notes with biscuit and a touch of caramel. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium sized, fairly thick white head. Head displays average retention as it recedes to the edges and a thin film remains on top. Moderate lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with some cracker and biscuit and faint caramel. Moderate bitterness with moderately high hop character. Lots of citrus with lighter tropical and stone fruit. Medium light fresh hop and resin character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice fresh hop beer with a lot of hop character and a nice light malt backbone. More fruity hop notes than I usually get from wet hopped beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9660) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Short strings of lacing. Citrus, hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of earthy hops, grapefruit and bready malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a citrusy hops aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4762) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Can - thanks Chris! Shared as the last item of the evening. Pours hazy butterscotch, small off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is really really nice, citrus, pine, passionfruit a bit of dankness for good measure. Bursts out of the glass and takes over your nose. Flavor isn’t quite there, but still very solid. Very light sweet, light bitter. A bit light on the body. Really really good.

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