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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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:
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).

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 10-16-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

avaldivia, Mar 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

harrymel, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

AndrewK, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the hated 22oz format. Would have loved to have been able to buy a sixer of cans of this beer, too bad Fremont doesn't can. Oh, wait....

Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a lightly hazy copper-orange color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was most certainly very hop forward. From the second than the cap was popped, big doses of citrus, pine and additional floral tones filled the room. There was also a bit of a weed scent, but no real malt profile(I know, I know, it's supposed to be a hop-bomb. I just prefer some grain for the flowers to cling to). On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, but I was happy with the presence of just enough grain to give all those hops a nice counter-point.

The body was, somewhat surprisingly, nicely full without being heavy or sticky. The beer had a nicely dry finish that almost left you thirsty for more. Drinkability was very good, if only I could have had 2 12oz containers, instead of being stuck with 22. I would have even had the option of opening a third one (and would have). Overall, a very, very good beer. A must try if you're a hop head. Worth setting up a trade for, and worth trading a whale. If only the format wasn't so terrible.

beertunes, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of czechsaaz
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's that time of year just a few hours from the bulk of U.S. hop farming. Get 'em while they're fresh.

Smells very folral and grassy with a nice punch of hop oil. And there's a caramel malt backbone too. As it warmed I got grapefruit citrus hops.

Gold colored and kind of hazy with a decent layer of white foam head.

First sip gives me lots of citrus hop flavor and high bitterness. More sips give me a nice sweet malt base with honey and cheerios and some fruity yeast things.

Medium bodied and a nice soft carbonation level (growler effect?)

It's a very nice balanced Pale ale at 6% it's not quite an IPA but a little bigger than your standard pale.

czechsaaz, Oct 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

bespin15, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Kopfschuss, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

benbjb, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

teddyarrowhead, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Quackus, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours bright golden orange with a big head that fades fairly quickly, leaving some medium lacing and a slightly clumpy film. Medium-low amount of slow carbonation snaking its way up to the surface. Smell is a very attractive but somewhat mild hop profile with some honeysuckle sweetness in it.

Taste is fairly sweet, again nice hop profile but mild (I guess this is a pale ale, not an IPA). More floral sweetness. Nice but relaxed beer.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, this is a good, laid back beer.

snaotheus, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruits. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and tasty flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin fine white head and light lacing. Interesting aroma of stone fruits, citrus hops and sweet malt, intense apricot/peach fruit. Flavor is citrus hops and apricot melding into sweet malt with a citrus and pine hop finish. Very pleasant. Not that hop forward, but the hops assert themselves nicely in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nice and somewhat different IPA.

LiquidAmber, Feb 11, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mfavoino for sending this out my way. Thanks Matt! 22 oz. bottle served Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. The head has great retention and recedes slowly leaving behind sticky and soapy looking spot of lace.

S: A juicy bouquet of tropical fruits. Mango, papaya and green melon make a strong presence up front. There is some light grass and pale malts towards the back end that really round out the nose.

T: Most malty than the nose suggests. A pale malt sweetness is up front with a nice mix of grassy hops and just a kiss of tropical fruits. There is a light bitter hop finish as well.

M: Light bodied with a slight stick to the mouthfeel. Nice medium high carbonation makes this guy easily drinkable as well.

O: A very delicious beer. As I've noticed with a few of the Fremont beers I've had the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Still a highly drinkable and balanced beer that I'd have again.

Treebs, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

bishopdc0, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of rand
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to pint glass

A: Lightly hued copper-tan in appearance, clear, with a small sudsy head and small patches of lacing.

S: Fruity bouquet but more crisp than sweet. Distinct tones of apple juice and grapefruit rind bounce off a cracker-y backdrop. A bit a of vinous, grassy undertone lingers throughout

T: Fruit-forward again, but more complex and layered than the nose. Orange pith, apple and grapefruit rub up against caramelly malts and a bready complexion. Smooth and quaffable throughout, finishes quickly with an even balance of sharp and sweet.

M: Chewy and satisfying, oily slick. I can't think of an APA that works itself into the crevices of your palate as this one does.

This is easily the best tasting APA I've had, but that's probably because it tastes more like an IPA than a Pale. The only thing that's not IPA-like is the hops don't come across very bitter or piny. But that's a small distinction, this is pretty much an IPA. Still, a fine beverage, reminds me of RR's Row 2/HIll 56, flavorful and drinkable.

rand, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

roodie, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

tomholland, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

cherche, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Shmeal, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

sjanowiak, Oct 21, 2013
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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.