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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop AleCowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 228
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 93
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dirtylou on 10-16-2011

Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is brewed from select organic hops grown in the Cowiche Canyon of the Yakima Valley which are harvested and placed into our kettle within 24 hours, creating a unique, once-a-year beer. We make Cowiche Canyon ale in partnership with hop-growing wizards from the Yakima Valley in an effort to expand the organic hop industry in Washington State… Because Organic Hops Matter. A portion of all sales fund the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

Down & Dirty: Organic Pale, Crystal-15, Carapils & Munich Malts with Organic Fresh Citra & Simcoe Hops (120 pounds per batch).
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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 228
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bomber with no discernible dating, but the nice thing about hop harvest/fresh hop beers is that you have a pretty good idea of how fresh they are so long as you know the year. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - A brassy golden color with amber highlights, but the body is shadowed by the massive blanketing two finger head the color of creamy off-white. The retention is outstanding, with the foam eventually dissipating to a still rather generous layer of creamy froth and larger bubbles. Leaves a sticky but patchy net of lace as the beer is consumed.

Smell - Citrus complexity, with tangelo, starfruit, clementine as well as some fainter notes of mango and nectarine. It's like a fruit candle, but with none of the cloying elements that often come with scented candles. A lightly faint biscuit element gives a little counterbalance. On the back end of the aroma is a light bit of herbal characteristic, like basil and thyme.

Taste - The taste of this beer is incredibly lush and refreshing, with light grain, like water crackers to provide a vessel on which to transport the cornucopia of hop flavor. There's only one other APA that has hit me like this, with definite IPA-like characteristics while maintaining it's identity due to a gentle but firm pale malt base. Orange blossom, tangerine, and lemon zest all contribute to the lovely hop bouquet.

Mouthfeel - Light and juicy, easy to drink and smooth. Mostly dry finish with some fruitiness that hints at sweetness. Each finished drink makes me want to take the next swig.

Overall, a fantastic take on the APA style that definitely skirts that line between Pale Ale and IPA. There's another well-known (and highly popular--with good reason) beer in the same style that I won't name, but that you can probably deduct, and I would say this beer is every bit as tasty in many ways. Both are hard to get for me, but this one is easier, so I might be making an annual tradition out of buying some of these each hop harvest. I also love the fact that some of the sales go to support the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of starclassic21
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Just wow. My new favorite beer.
A very hop-forward Pale Ale (consider this beer a smooth IPA). The IBU's are definitely in the IPA category.
Delicious, grapefruit/tropical fruit notes in the smell and taste. You can really tell that this beer uses the freshest hops available, because the hop presence is massive for a pale ale, in the best way. Has a delicious pine/resin/floral note to the beer, but it's so smooth to counterbalance all of the flavor. This will be one of the first things I think of from now on when the month of September rolls by.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes me angry. Angry I only bought one can rather than the last six pack remaining at my favorite beer shop. This is one of the freshest, best canned beers I have ever had. Malty, hoppy and just flat out delicious. If only it was released more than once a year!

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Photo of LouZ
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this probably has the most pungent, dank hop aroma of all. Very impressive. Taste is smooth and balanced. One of the best fresh hop beers this fall.

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Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BigE90
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of boogerisu
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

All you can ask for looks-wise in an IPA: golden/copper body with a frothy, lace-laden head with good retention. Looks delectable. 5

Smells gorgeous. Grapefruit and unripe mango with a heavy floral dose and vanilla/caramel sweetness. 4.25

Bursting with grapefruit and orange juice followed by melon and a floral bouquet. The flavors are still bright, rich and delicious. Vanilla sweetness blends with the melon and carries the flavors out tastefully. 4.25

Zesty and juicy with moderate business balanced by smoothness and creaminess. 4.25

Delicious. No more to say.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear orange color with a one finger head on top, nice retention and lacing all around.

S: Wow, amazingly fruity. Tons of oranges and grapefruit, very juicy. Not much in terms of malt in the aroma. Extremely inviting.

T: More citrus fruit up front, orange, grapefruit, a little pineapple and pine on the finish. Slightly sweet malt mixed in as well, but the fresh hops dominate the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking, slightly bitter finish.

O: Extremely impressed, a very good APA, right up there with the best of them. If only it was made year round!

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Photo of distantmantra
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA. October 18th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a pale orange color with a very minimal haze. There is a one-finger head of off white foam that sticks around. The lacing is similar and does not dissipate.

S: This has a fantastic citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, apricot nectar and mango. There is a hint of caramel malt, but the Citra hops in this beer are wonderfully fragrant and really dominate here.

T: The initial taste is one of caramel malt, but it quickly melds into a strong bitter hop note. Touches of pine, citrus, lemongrass are present.

M: The beer has a medium body with average carbonation. The mouth feel is dry yet oily.

O: Fremont knocked it out of the park with this one. They're not allowing growler fills of this at the brewery, so I'll need to track down some bombers.

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Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the brewery

appearance: served in my tyranena mini-nonic, clear-ish orange-amber body, creamy white head with a light filmy retention

smell: lovely hop bouquet - tangerine, bright grapefruit, lots and lots of citrus

taste: a really nice freshly hopped IPA - had this on tap at the brewery and loved it. I think its funny that it was a $5 draft but bombers are $3.75. Lots of bright fresh citrus - tangerine, clementine, pink grapefruit. Great stuff

mouthfeel: light and fresh, low bitterness

overall: one of the best fresh hopped IPA's on the market

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Photo of rzanders
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of riotontheroad
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 09/15.

Bright and bold golden orange. Hazy. Great head, little lacing, decent retention.

Awesome nose on it. Heavy on the citrus and tropical fruit. Orange juice, mango, apricot, pine. So vibrant.

The flavor brings it, too. Super juicy. Tropical and citrus. Pine is a little heavier in the taste than was in the aroma.

Clean, fresh, finishes dry. Good carbonation.

What a great pale ale. And in a can. Get some.

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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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