Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBungyo:
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I used to think Big Time brewing was the best Seattle brewery. Ever since Bill Jenkins left Big Time (former head brewer) I've been calling Fremont Brewing the best Seattle brewery (that's not a dis on Drew the new brewer at Big Time, I haven't had a chance to try much of his stuff yet). Anyway, with this beer, Fremont once again proves to me that they're worthy of such lofty acclaim.
When I see an IPA this color, golden with a splash of autumn orange, I usually know I'm in for a treat. The darker orange the IPA the sweeter it usually seems to be ... and I'm not a fan of sweet IPA's. This one settles into the glass with a dense looking off white head that doesn't stay around too long but does leave some pretty lacing behind.
One whiff and wow ... green hops invade the nostrils. There's a bit of caramel lurking in the background that really fills the aroma out nicely. The dominant note though is definitely fresh hops: Pine needles, orange wedges, and pineapple. Marvelous.
Oh hello citrusy orange and caramel, nice to meet you here! I think I'll take another sip and meet you all over again. Wait, is that our friend Pine Tree over there in the corner with Bitterness? Yes, why tell them to get over here. I like Bitterness, and this particular guest seems to linger a long time.
Really, this tastes great and is absolutely one of the best examples of a fresh hop IPA I've had. This is a beer that makes me wish it was hop season all year around.
Serving type: growler
10-18-2011 04:40:16 | More by TheBungyo
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4.29/5 rDev -4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 03:15:54 | More by LambicPentameter
Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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