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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 66
Gots: 10 | 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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4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

LambicPentameter, Oct 22, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Justin_Neff, Oct 09, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.