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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale - Moonlight Brewing Company

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Homegrown Fresh Hop AleHomegrown Fresh Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 28
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004)
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

dbauer, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Hagbert, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at Beachwood, Seal Beach, CA.

Woo now. How we are talking! Smells like a fresh ocean of hops that maybe only Kelly Slater can barrel...but nah, Raul has this. So juicy, and a bit grassy like Natalie Wood starring in a Kazan film. So clean though...

Overall, it doesn't taste the best, it doesn't sceam at you... But the thang is just solid.

RaulMondesi, Oct 11, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

jeff1973, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jtrigonis, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

wlynch, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

pheggeseth, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bostonryan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this (as Green Buds) at the SF Toronado.

This is a 6.2% wet hopped brew with Cascade and Chinook.

I think it’s worth mentioning the hops when I know them, if only to start recognizing flavor profiles and similarities in hop varieties.

This has an amber-caramel color. Just a richly hued amber all around, topped by tight foam lacing.
As it warms the aroma release a dank aroma with hints of caramel sweetness rounding the edges. There’s a piney, medicinal, almost vegetal note to it—which I just love, I must mention.
The flavor is rich, malty, almost gruit-like in it’s taste and finish. Insanely smooth, with the malty sweetness balancing out the apparent bitterness and the lightly dank flavors, along with marmalade and pine.

This beer is intriguing—a sipper more than something I’d quaff but still insanely enjoyable. Another solid Moonlight brew.

elNopalero, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew. Pungent hops here. Tight pine and citrus tones hit the mouth, fresh and fairly clean. There is an earthy bitter tone to it. This carries a good profile, but strikes me as a bit one-dimensional and direct. There's nothing wrong with it; just sayin'. A nice beer, though the dirty bitterness is a detractor somewhat.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mjl21, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

popery, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head faded down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of fresh pine and citrus hops with some nice earthiness and some sweet malts providing some balance and depth.

T - Starts off with lots of fresh flora and citrus hops. Some good grapefruit and earthy hop flavors come through. There is also some sweet caramel malt flavor building. Through the middle, the hop flavor gets a bit stronger alongside some more bitterness and malt flavor. The finish is again, big on the hop and bitterness with just enough sweet malts lingering.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dry and earthy mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced harvest ale with a nice hop and malt balance that still really features the fresh hop flavor nicely.

ngeunit1, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head. Good retention and leaves thick lace.

S: Grapefruit and melon, strong hop notes.

T: Hop dominated, with a lot of lemon and pine. Bitter, but the hops give a lot of complexity. Full-flavoured.

M: Medium-bodied, very resiny, sticky with hop oil. Refreshing for sure when at a cooler temperature.

O: Another great one from Moonlight. My thanks to Beachwood for being able to get these kegs.

Halcyondays, Oct 16, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flavor Bistro, review from written notes.
Served up by Brian from Moonlight no less, poured into a small stemmed wine glass.

Copious foam, som much so that it formed irregular peaks that rose above the rim of the glass momentarily. Body was a dark amber gold that had some haze to it, with visible streams of carbonation around the edges.

Mild aroma of C hops and specialty malt, sort of medicinal, hoppy but not really all that interesting, especially for a wet-hopped harvest ale. Reminded me of Sierra Nevada hemisphere harvest ales of the past.

Resiny and bitter hop flavor, citrus rind, grassy. Flavor defintely delivers the hop goods. Medium bodied, crisp and dry feel. Lightly sweet malt presence. Good for a pint, but not necessarily an attention-grabbing example of a wet-hopped APA.

emerge077, Oct 13, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toad in the Hole.

Clear amber body. Short but dense, off-white head. Leaves a compact covering the whole session.

Juicy grapefruit. Some ganja and pine. Light caramel malts.

Lot of juicy citrus, grapefruit mostly. A subtle but strong malt backbone, biscuit like. The finish shows off pine hops with a bitterness that lingers for a while. It's a little creamy, most likely due to the fact that it's from the cask.

A very nice wet hop ale. Delicious.

litheum94, Oct 05, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great fresh hop pale. From description, sounds like the hops are a bit tamer this year. This is a perfect picture of balance between a lush, velvety bodied, softly malted and lightly hop forward brew. Resiny pine and a hint of aspirin and grapefruit provide a chewy, tangy finish and enough lift to scrape the tongue clean. Could drink this all day, a lovely drinkable pale.

On tap at toronado sf, a hazy, deep straw pour in a tumbler with moderate retention and lacing.

errantnight, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, characterful and well-balanced ale. I didn't know it was a fresh-hop ale when I first had it as I had seen only the name "Homegrown"
and only after drinking it was told about the fresh-hop part, but the fresh hops really come through in the character, subtle, herbaceous, complex, and very well-rounded in character.

Deep golden amber, it has a firm, medium off-white head, creamy, slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some nice lace.

Aroma is woody-herbally, with plum, grain, hints of citrus and baked apple.

Taste is overall somewhat raisiny, toasty with firm toasted crackers, plus a lot of wood, herbs (faintly minty), wet grass, spicey green leaves. The character and body are full, it has nice, subtle complexity, and it has an excellent firm, somewhat creamy, yet zesty and lively, feel.

Offa, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, '09 batch served in the Moonlight imperial pint glass.

The beer is copper-colored with the slightest haze. One and a half fingers of thick white froth tops the amber body, leaving sheets of lace around the rim of the glass as it empties. The head retention is exceptional.

The aroma wafted over to my nostrils only moments after being set before me, noticeable even half a foot away. Floral, herbal, wet. Grapefruit, lemon, cut grass, so damn fresh.

The taste is remarkably delicate, dry but loaded with floral, herbal, grassy hop flavors. There's literally no astringency, but it has all the flavor of sucking on a whole hop cone. The body is light, crisp, the mouthfeel dry and only mildly bitter. Grapefruit flavors linger on the palate in the finish, while malt goes nearly unnoticed. This is exceptional.

largadeer, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times this season at The Bistro and Trappist but finally sitting down and doing a review. Served in a standard pint glass at Triple Rock in Berkeley. From notes 11/07/09.

Pours a clean medium amber colored body and forms a very sturdy off white head. Shows lots of carbonation.

Smells of toasted bread, oily, leafy and bitter hops, and some caramel malt notes. Hop aromas are nice, but somewhat muted compared the flavor I know is coming from previous tastings.

Very strong resinous, sappy, green leafy cannibus-like goodness, with some citrus and bitter hops. This is held in check by just enough sweet caramel, graham cracker, bready, and fuity malts. A little tobacco and burnt marshmellows join the hops in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, very strong carbonation cuts through the slighlty oily finish nicely. I'm thinking a slightly thicker feel and less carb might suit this flavor profile well but still very nice.

Overall one of my favorite fresh hop beers. Moonlight is climbing the ranks of my favorite American brewers. Haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

berkey, Nov 09, 2009
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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.