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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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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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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Hazy orange with finger white head that slowly fades to a thin bubbly ring, spots of lace. Aroma of citrus and mango, toast, touch of yeast. Taste is similar, light toasted malt with juicy citrus hops that turn flowery and piney. Nicely balanced with lasting bitterness. Medium full soft mouthfeel. Very tasty brew, glad I got yo try it.

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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 mrn1ceguy
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly clear orange/yellow color with a lot of head. Smell is an enjoyable earthy hoppyness. Taste is rather harsh and bitter based on the nose, but the feel is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. A solidly good beer.

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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 ramay86
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great mix of fresh hop flavors here with minimal bitterness. The simcoe seems most dominant but there is no shortness of tangerine and grapefruit as well.

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

Package: 355 ml bottle.

Appearance - Dark gold..

Smell - Bright and beautiful floral, light citrus hop notes.

Taste - Right off the hop... you at hit by a perfect hop balance, but it isn't punch or over-powering but perfectly compliment a light sugar taste in the malt character that finishes with a light dry bitterness.

Mouth-feel - Light, and silky smooth.

Overall - The hop bill on this is amazing, and is perfectly balanced. It is so light and smooth on the tongue as well. This is one of best ales I have ever had...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wet hop season is finally here, and this is one of the first and best i have had this season, really tremendous stuff. i know citra is all the rage, but its one dimensional by itself. this combination with simcoe is perfect, really dialed in, they compliment each other perfectly, with grapefruit and tangerine and juicy goodness. its an awesome beer, crystal clear bright brass colored with almost two inches of white head with excellent retention. it just smells so wet and fresh, really oily, northwestern, and with a little more pint in there than i am used to from these varietals. they are smart to put a little of this vienna malt in too, it gives a pleasant sweetness and bready character with some body thats a nice lift for the hops. as fresh as it gets these hops are, definitely in their most pure form, and the beer drinks a little rich because of it. pretty heavy handed there, but its an awesome mouthfeel you really can only get this once a year. mine was bottles on september 19th, and was extremely affordable for how great it is. i will be picking up another bomber for sure. not to be missed if these are your thing.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an undated green can but I know it is fresh.

A: A little murky but golden yellow. A finger or so of fluffy head that leaves lacing galore
S: The smell hits the nose as soon as the can is opened. There is orange, lime, cantaloupe, tangerine
T: Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Bitterness and sweetness battle for center stage there are hints of rind and pine on the finish
MF: Clean crisp. The hops assault the tastebuds.
O: A great example of fresh hop beers. This beer does a wonderful job of highlighting the beauty of fresh hops

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Photo of Moose90
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Green Can with no date, also had on-tap, tasting notes below

A — Pours and orangey and somewhat hazy golden hue into the glass. There is an off-white, cream colored head that forms and leaves behind some thin, somewhat fluffy lace.

S — Smells nice and fresh, I get some grapefruit, lemon, mint, pine, citrus rind and pith.

T — Taste is dry, though it remains somewhat juicy, with notes of fresh grapefruit, lemon, lime, lemongrass, a hint of peach and cantaloupe, juicy passionfruit and some sweet and balanced malt notes underneath.

M — Medium bodied, quite dry, nice and enjoyable finish as well.

O — Very nice overall, a great fresh hop, errs on the lighter side of the spectrum, but the fruit, pine, citrus, and melon characters are all present.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into an IPA Glass

L: Somewhat hazy gold with a 1-finger white head - slow to dissipate
A: Hops - citrus, fresh cut grass, excitement building
T: Follows the nose with some piney resin on the back end, mild bitterness,
M: Great carb, crisp, light
O: Wowzers! Excellent hopped out Pale - terrific

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Photo of mr-jj
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both in cans and on-tap at the Yakima Fresh Hop Ale festival. Yum! This is pure fresh hop goodness. One of my favorite fresh hop beers - really captures the essence of hops. Dank, resinous and delicious.

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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 ntalexan
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Color: Maintains a nice carbonated head with bubbles that continue to rise throughout the glass. A nice dark golden ale.

-Nose: You smell the hops as soon as you crack the can. As I write this I can smell it sitting in front of me on the table. Notes of grapefruit as all my favorite hoppy beers are laced with. Fresh cut vegetation and a nice spritz of lemony citrus.

-Flavor: Like you put a hand full of the greenest hops you could find into your mouth, but in a good way, and it stays with you long after your swallow. Citrus upfront followed by a more mellow grapefruit. Other than the fact that it’s going to kill your palate with the hoppyness it’s a relatively light beer. More than likely due to its pale ale base its low on the malt spectrum.

-Rating: 3.5/5: If this wasn’t such limited time offer type of seasonal this would definitely be on regular rotation as a fridge beer for me. However, I do love the seasonality of this beer. So fresh so clean. Stop, have a beer, and reflect on the changing in seasons.

If you’re in the Seattle area during this time of year I highly recommend picking it up before it’s gone.


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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Juicy, light, tropical. Very drinkable with a touch of bitter tingling at the end. Solid..........................................................................

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Photo of kemoarps
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well here goes attempt umber three. Puppy spills and randomly deleting when I go to change songs is always fun.
Pours a relatively clear and crisp very light amber. Pillowtop head is whiteand fluffy. Decent retention, good lacing.
Nose is big juicy spicy fruits and citrus. Resinous. Yum. A bit of grainy malts come through on some level as well.
Taste follows suit pretty nicely, maybe a little sweeter on the tongue, somewhere between honey and floral/fruity. A bit of hop spice and dull bitterness on the finish alternating with that sweet note.
Supremely drinkable, the finish is soft enough to not be overwhelming, but just bitter enough to leave you wanting another sip.
Another fantastic offering from one of my favourite breweries, local or otherwise.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10/22/2014. 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks, poured into an ale glass. Pours with two fingers of head, which is thick, mottled and cream-colored. Tons and tons of lace up the sides of the glass. Golden pale hue, clear with a few bubbles streaming from bottom of glass. Aroma is piney, resin, passionfruit, a little grass. Starts bitter, but then proceeds with a wonderful sweetness, but not overly so. Very clean and smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonate, looooong finish. I await this beer each fall, and was not disappointed this year. Really one of the best fresh hopped beers out there!

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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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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark orange body. Mostly translucent with a bit of cloudiness. Yields a thick, dense, pillowy, bright white head that hangs around seemingly forever. Leaves incredible lacing. It doesn't get much better than this from an appearance standpoint.

S: Citra hops jump out of the bottle before even poured. Mango and tangerine dance around in the glass, backed with some pine and resinous hops.

T: Sweet exotic fruits dominate the upfront taste, which quickly transforms into a bitter, piney hop explosion. The finish is crisp and clean with lingering resin and tangerines.

M: Medium body. Crisp. Clean. Refreshing. Moderately high carbonation. Sticky and Prickly dryness.

O: This came to my doorstep with a ton of hype from a buddy that is local to Fremont, so I must admit that I was very excited going into this one. Boy, did this one deliver and actually exceeded the hype train that he was driving. A ton of juicy sweet character, but is not short on hop notes and complexity either. I wish I had more than just the two bottles. Big thanks Anthony!

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright gold with a touch of haze and moderate carbonation streaming to the top. Big fluffy white head with excellent lacing on the sides of the glass.

A: Huge and fresh pine resin, mango, pineapple, and some clean grassiness. Crackery malt with a touch of candy sweetness and neutral yeast character.

T/M: Nice clean bitterness upfront, moves into big grassy, piney/citrus hops with some mango and pineapple to boot. Hop flavors blend with some light biscuit malt notes and some candylike character as well. Beer finishes bitter and dry, with lingering hop flavors.

Overall, one of the best American Pale Ales I have ever had, if not the best. The hop flavor and aroma is super juicy and resiny, the malt balances perfectly, and the whole package together is nothing short of world-class. I wish I could have swung another bottle, but I am glad to have tried one.

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Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Strong presence of pine, earth, and grass.

T: Earth, pine, grass, flowers, biscuit malt and citrus on the back end. Excellent.

M: Smooth medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and extremely drinkable beer. One of the better fresh hop beers I have had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.