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Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager - Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)

Wild Hop Organic Amber LagerWild Hop Organic Amber Lager

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72
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 20.26%


Brewed by:
Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek) visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006)
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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mark Green sent me an email announcing the arrival of several new beers at Vulcan Bev, and three of them are new A-B affiliated craft offerings. This one, the Stone Mill Pale Ale, and Jack's Pumpkin Spice. So i had to go pick up singles of all, and i must revisit the world of reviewing beers for the sake of this momentus event. Craft beer being distributed by A-B guys in Alabama. That's a big deal and bodes very well for the success of FTH next year.

I decided to go for the organic lager first, assuming it would be mildest and let me progress to stronger flavors.

Appearance is pretty strong. Instead of a typical macro straw color, we have here a fairly attractive golden-amber color. Head was timid but did linger longer than a Bud would.

Smell is primarily a faint hint of hop goodness. Wish it was a little more potent, though. Took some serious sniffing to pick it up.

Taste is not earth-shattering, but it is pleasant. No corn here. Very subtle hop presence. Not PacNW hops, of course. These appear to be noble. And you can actually taste some caramelized malts, as opposed to strictly pilsner malt. This is enjoyable folks, if not exciting.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is about right, and it's clearly not thinned with corn like a macro, nor noticeably watered down.

Drinkability is definitely up there. Nothing to turn you off, and actually some stuff to make it just a little interesting. I could put a few of these down.

Off to a good start. If A-B is taking craft beer seriously, good things could happen for those of us who love the stuff. I was skeptical, but this was a positive first encounter.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 22:22:13 | More by Bonhoeffer
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Smell:
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A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus. Then there's a mild hops presence that comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

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S: faint caramel with some grains.

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Serving type: bottle

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