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

Big thanks to my in-laws for thinking of me when they saw this "fresh hop" beer in their supermarket and surprising me with two bottles!! They have some fine taste in beer picking this one.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear gold-amber with a half-finger of white head.

Smell. Fresh oranges and grapefruit rinds, a little toasted light grains and some sweet mango. Yum!!

Taste. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit rinds, mango and some toasted caramel malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, very smooth carbonation.

Overall. Just an awesome fresh-hop pale with lots of tropical and citrus fruits. One of the best.
Loved it.

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

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.

Having a bomber now in a big mug. Bottled 2015-09-19 -- a week ago.

Smells and tastes great. I rarely change my scores, but I'm increasing them now. This is an awesome beer.

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

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading this beer to me! Thanks Hollis!

Poured into sinfter glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with small white head. Lacing clings everywhere little better than spotty lace.

Smell: Big fresh juicy hop notes. I am getting peach notes from the hops! Thats a first. Lots of citris flavors too. A touch of wet pine needles.

Taste: Just like the nose. Big, juicy, and fresh hops flavors that are well balanced very well. Nothing out competes the other in the beers hop flavor profile. Citrisy, maybe a hint of peaches, grass, pine, and grapefruit. A hint of cracker like malts.

Mouthfeel: on the high end of a light bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. Juicy hops. Such a drinkable APA.

Overall: Fremont makes superb hoppy beers. This beer will hang with any of the giants in its respective beer style!

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

translucent golden orange with a short white head. Splotchy lacing.

Stinky hops. Brian says peaches and I can get down with that.

Bright citurs. Hops dominate malt. Clean finish. Very bitter on the tail end. Omnom.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Smooth.

Wanna just gulp this one down. Upper echelon of pale ales for sure. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT, ArchEnemyBrew!

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Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber enjoyed on 10/11/12.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a generous head that receded quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Wow, tons of citrus aromas. Orange, grapefruit, tropical fruits. Hops are huge and remind me of ZD (yeah, I said it...most be the citra). Fresh.

T: Initially taste lots of grapefruit, orange, and some more herbal/resin hop flavors. Sweet. Malt isn't center stage, yet the beer is still not one dimensional. Finishes clean and smooth with a soft hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Fremont kills it again. Really delicious, refreshing, and one of my favorite hoppy beers. I need to buy more before it's all gone.

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Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a transparent light orange with a nice white cap presenting some bubbles, light lacing. Looks appealing. Pretty good head retnetion here.

S: Loads of fresh fruits here; everything from pineapple to grape fruit, orange peel but I really received a bit of pine and spruce tips

T: Big citrus upfront with some spruce and pine needles following. There is a light caramel presence. The finish is a little slick with a subtle hop bite, light, very light booze sting, refreshing citrus and fruits round it off

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, citrus really sits on the palate creating an enjoyable mouthfeel

O: Mighty damn fine!

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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stopped into Full Throttle Bottles just to pick this up on my way back from Seattle.

Poured into a standard pint glass from a bomber. Stunningly clear and bright. Gold in color with a brilliant white head.

Smell of tropical fruits, grapefruit tiny bit of dank exactly what I expect from a Citra and Simcoe beer. Smell is huge! No skill required at picking out the aromas.

Taste is exactly like the nose with a delicate balance of sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is just shy of crisp.

Overall, this is perfect. Not a single bad thing to say about this beer. Fremont has absolutely been nailing it lately and this shows their talent. To take fresh hops within 24 hours of being picked and turn out a beer this perfect takes skill.

Well done Fremont!

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Photo of sukwonee
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange with 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops hops hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, citrous.

T: ahhh.... taste isn't quite up there the aroma but it's quite good. Starts off awesome - grapefruit, citrous, slight pine bitterness at the end. Very very clean and refreshing. I do get a little bit of malt, but not much. The closest beer I can compare to is Zombie Dust (although ZD is less bitter than this).

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: Nice. Not top 100 nice, but it's really quite good. Quite a deal also at $3.99 a bomber - wish they can this and make it avaiable all year around.

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

Bottle purchased at the Brewery and opend on 9.28.12.

A - Pours a clear brownish-orange with a one inch near-white foamy head with good retention.

S - Hoppy grass, leafy, resin, and herbal. Some dark oranges as well.

T - Very green, grass, leaves, pine, not much citrus, but a subtle amount of oranges and lemons.

D - Smooth, thinner body with a good carbonation.

O - Fresh Hop and earthy grassy goodness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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

Big thanks go out to draheim for this wet hop masterpiece. Wanted to share it but no one is around, needs to go today, guess it's all mine.

It pours a finely clouded golden, topped by four fingers of thick lather. Bas relief mountains of lace cling to the glass gravity-defyingly. Ah, the beauty of unfiltered and hoppy ale.

Mmm, a perfume of neutral sweet carrying aromas of sweet grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, even hints of fresh flowers and bitter herbs. Wish I had perfume of this aroma, I would encourage my wife to wear it, though probably we would end up with a brood of children nine months apart in ages.

The taste doesn't disappoint. All the flavors of the aroma come alive on the palate, aided by a hint of yeasty tart, and a balance that is staggeringly fine. It ends with a light, very clean bitterness drying the sip. It isn't a piney bitter, nor a bitter herb flavor, just a pleasant sort of clingy, resiny...what? Bitter floral is the only way I can describe it. Wonderfully delicious beer, a masterpiece of fresh hops!

Very light in the mouth with medium carb. and clean finish that lasts and lasts. Viscous and full flavored, it somehow also is superbly easy drinking.

The finest wet hop I've had this year. Better than Wet and Founders Harvest, my current favorites. Wish I could drink this all year, or even get another bottle for that matter. Buy this if you see it you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is actually a Pale Ale not an IPA.

A: Nice pale orange color with a very slight haze. One finger, real rocky, off white head with awesome retention and very nice lacing.

S: Great citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit mainly but not the sour grapefruit smell. Apricots, mango, and some tangerine are also present. Love the smell of Citra hops. A very light caramel malt peeks through.

T: Caramel upfront. Then a blend of hops reminiscent of Zombie Dust. Resiny, citrus, earthy, pine, and finishing with nice floral notes. A touch of bitterness. Flavors just shining through.

M: Medium body. Medium high carbonation. Oily. Good dryness.

O: Another amazing beer from Fremont. Citra hops are amazing. Definitely need to get some Kern River Citra! I can only imagine what that is like.

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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 oline73
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a golden hue. There is a finger of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Some bready malt but the star here is the citrus peel hops. There are some fruity apricot like notes as well.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue pretty hard, but there is plenty of malt to back them up. The apricot notes from the smell are present. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I hadn't heard of it before, but it was a great fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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

22oz bottle (bottled 10/6/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing orange with a creamy white head.

Aroma is pure grapefruit. Wow. 120 pounds of fresh organic Citra & Simcoe hops per batch, 24 hours from harvest to kettle.

Taste follows nose. Nothing but bright citrus hops and clean pale malt. Really nice crisp bitter finish. Absolutely drinkable, thirst-quenching, addictive. I could drink one of these every single day.

Once again, Fremont shows that it's a force to be reckoned with. Just outstanding.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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