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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rather than conjuring old-world hops, this unexpected Belgian-esque Fresh Hop ale epitomizes our local hop harvest. Notes of citrus and sandalwood, pine and potpourri are bestowed by the Belgian malt and aggressive hopping with morning-picked Crystal hops from Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon. Light Pilsner and Dark Crystal malts land this intriguing, clearly unfiltered pale squarely in the present moment.

BREWDECK RELEASE Straight from the brewdeck to you, this rotating line-up of experimental, small-batch beers are a taste of what’s going on at the brewery right now.

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2.3
3fourths (9377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Sep 30 2016 bottling. Stanky aroma is garlic-butter, green onion, essential oils, match sticks, pine and citrus zest and pet pee and scorched malt... it actually smells a little bit like burnt pee, piss into a campfire and take a big whiff. In the mouth it’s medium-full bodied, lightly sweet with a starchy mid-palate and finish, lacking the carbonation and maltiness of true Belgian beer, and showing off pretty much the *worst* qualities of American hops. I’ve never been a big fan of fresh or wet-hopped beers, most of them seem overly green, like wet cut lawn or damp spinach. There’s a little bit of that here too, but by far the dominant note is garlic-butter, with a sort of game-y yeast undertone, and very little malt clarity.

3.9
Capa (3706) - DC, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Medium-light orange with a white head. Aroma of soft flora, citrus, and light earth notes. Medium bodied. The lighter style ale really lets the fresh hop profile shine. Soft citrus and floral notes along with light spice. A soft but supportive malt backbone lets the fruity notes shine. This works a lot better for a fresh hop than IPAs since it lets the "fresh flavors" shine without being beat down by too much malt or too many hops. Would love to see more brewers expand away from fresh hop IPAs.

3
IndianaRed (5192) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2016
On tap hazy light orange full dens off white head creamy with sheets of even lacing. Pale soft malts. Light and sheath. Some sharp bite and a lingering hop sting. Soft unfiltered feel.

3.5
luttonm (7077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Chuck’s 85th, Seattle. Thin foam, light very clear orange gold. A bit of an odd mix of styles, some green grassy hop with a warm pils malt sweetness. Nothing sharply defined. Really smooth, a flaw to me. Where does the Zwickl come in here? Fairly confused after reading this description and tasting the beer, but it really isn’t bad (if I ignore the style hints).

3.9
stevoj (5955) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Draft at BitterCreek. Light haze, big creamy head, spotty lacing. Aroma leans on some citrusy hops, taste follows but still offers a nice heavy weight Keller lager body. Hops just adds some crispness on the finish. Really well done.

4
ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2015
On draught at Brouwer’s Cafe, 11/8/15.
Not sure what the hell this is, but that’s fine, it’s good to be experimental. There is a haziness to it but still showing moderate clarity. Pale amber in color and with a large white head that is well-retained.
Melon, candied orange, strawberry, light mango and a bit of pine that is not bothersome at all. Malts add light honey as well as fresh dough and there’s an intangible element to the nose, almost plaster or mineral-like. Smells like a cool draught of mountain water...
The flavor is incredibly well balanced with just enough body adding a chewiness, that employs both light breadiness and graininess but also has a slight slickness to it. Tight carbonation and great attenuation yield a medium-full body that has plenty of crispness on the finish. Watermelon, ripe apricots, moderate citrus and some dank, earthy flavors that are all really well-done. No obtuse bitterness whatsoever. Not sure how GT2 found it "very sweet for the style". Not even sure what the style is, but I’m highly turned off by anything overly sweet and this was not overly sweet at all.

3.4
kkettler (26) - - NOV 23, 2015
Pours a copper orange with light lace. Aroma and taste have an earthy vibe. Great fresh hop beer.

3.8
jbruner (5570) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with fluffy white head that dissipates. Aroma of bright citrus and spicy earth notes. Taste has a malt backbone but is similar to the nose. The yeast and the hops play off each other nicely. Probably my favorite of the three fresh hops available.

4.2
tcon25 (1025) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle pour at home. Golden pour, hop and citrus aroma. I get a slight taste of orange, hops and a little bite on the tongue with the finish. Solid beer.

3.9
ACHops (1724) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2014
500 ml bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours hazy dark golden with medium white head that laces well. Aroma is lightly sweet pale malt, with dry grassy floral hops on the back. Very slight lemony fruit too. Taste is clean pale malt, definite Belgian sweetness there, dry and oaky mouthfeel. Hops are light and fresh on the finish - notes of grass, lemon peel, earthiness, apricot, juicy citrus. Very pleasant and drinkable. Not necessarily a fresh hop, but close.


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