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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: 60
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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NWer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-12-2012 13:04:30 | More by NWer
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beertunes

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

10-11-2012 18:22:56 | More by beertunes
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sergeantstogie

Washington

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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!

10-07-2012 21:35:12 | More by sergeantstogie
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-07-2012 05:42:45 | More by twelveinches
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-06-2012 23:43:08 | More by bumchilly25
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sukwonee

Washington

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

10-04-2012 02:41:16 | More by sukwonee
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-04-2012 01:49:20 | More by strongaf
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jag21

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-04-2012 01:24:29 | More by jag21
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

10-03-2012 05:12:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-02-2012 18:49:43 | More by FalconA
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-29-2012 18:58:40 | More by jpbebeau
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Adamostella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-27-2012 19:17:29 | More by Adamostella
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

03-30-2012 00:00:56 | More by avaldivia
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev -10.3%

02-15-2012 21:05:26 | More by sharpski
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

02-11-2012 04:20:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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hopburster

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-12-2012 04:33:14 | More by hopburster
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woodenbones

Washington

5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-04-2012 01:56:17 | More by woodenbones
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-19-2011 03:02:46 | More by beefandbean22
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-15-2011 22:48:46 | More by ithinkimasofa
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cavedave

New York

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

11-11-2011 22:06:49 | More by cavedave
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doughanson78

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

11-11-2011 19:52:45 | More by doughanson78
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distantmantra

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

11-04-2011 01:34:40 | More by distantmantra
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oline73

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -4%

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.

10-28-2011 00:33:02 | More by oline73
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

10-27-2011 05:17:22 | More by czechsaaz
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draheim

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

10-22-2011 05:21:17 | More by draheim
Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.