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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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Reviews by ManekiNeko:
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at RFD's in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber with a smallish ivory white head. Decent head retention, but not phenomenal. Left small specks and faint rings on the glass.

Smell: Aromas of an anthro major's dorm room. If I ever doubted that ganja and hops were related, I certainly don't any more. Very herbaceous and green. Faint whiffs of citrus.

Taste: Earthy, vegetal hop juices with a decent caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin and light in body with lingering bitter aftertastes.

Drinkability: A great beer with a wonderfully soporific effect from the smell alone. Who needs a bong when you have this?

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another one to thank RedwoodG for sendin my way. Harvested and brewed on Sept 9, 2006. Home bottled with care on October 12, 2006. Into my chalice on November 28, 2006. Pours a deep copper orange hue, darker than I would have expected. A nice half inch of airy bubbly head tops it off. Lookin good so far. Aromas begin with dank, herbal green hops and I must say the green bud name fits! Somewhat earthy and spicy with a piney undertone. Very light skunkiness. Mellow caramel malts in the background. Green herb aroma dominates...quite a unique brew.

First sip brings a burst of green, resinous herbal hops upfront. Somewhat piney and earthy with an interesting spiciness as well. Backed by a lightly toasty, biscuity, caramel maltiness. Bitterness is nice and big and rolls down from start to finish. There's a really herbal quality to this brew and plump green hop cones come to mind with each sip. Finishes with lingering hop notes and bitterness as well. Overall, a tasty fresh hop IPA that I would never turn down!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice light creaminess to it as well. Perfect carbonation here. This ends up being quite an easy drinkin beer for the hop lover. Seeing this is from the west coast I assumed it would be a big citrus bomb...but it's far from that! A tasty fresh hop brew from Moonlight that I'm stoked to have had the opportunity to sample. The bomber goes down without any problems.

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand bottled by RedwoodGeorge via counter-pressure system. Many Thanks! Looks like Lipton's tea on the pour. Clear and orange amber, topped by two centimeters of beige head. Scattered lacing patches the glass quite well.

Aroma is herbal and earthy, quite vegetal in a good sense. Hemp resins, tobacco aroma of fresh rolled cigars, fresh lettuce leaves just pulled from the bed, fresh cut grass...Very fresh outdoorsy aromas that reek of fresh hops. Nice!

Medium body has a comfortable medium carbonation and a solid feel of fresh hops resins.

Taste is sharply bitter with a cascading presence of fresh hops. Very earthy and spicy, and very green. Various green vegetables peek out, in a good sense. Hemp, spinach, and lettuce, accented by a pitch of catnip and menthol. Interesting! So earthy with fresh hops it seems "Randallized"...Just enough of a caramel maltiness to prevent a total upheaval. Some grapefruit citrus emerges late and plays into the finish.

What a hop bomb we have here. Very well constructed! The hops in this one absolutely blew my socks off. Wheee..!

Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of watermelonman
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a combination of orange and gold with little head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is very nice, bringing a burst of hops. The taste is good too, with hops coming out strong right away but they strangely fade in the finish leading to a sense of flatness. The mouthfeel is good, and it's very easy to drink.

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a fine white lace.

Sweet pale malt aroma, with funky, ripe citrus fruit hops.

Softly sweet, toffee-like malt with mild hops at first, and maybe a touch of diacetyl. The hops become more pronounced toward the back, with tropical fruit and ripe citrus notes becoming cleaner, drier and more bitter in the finish. The beer has a gentle, English bitter quality about it but with a distinctively American hop accent.

Hops are slightly odd, this may not be the freshest keg. Still, a nice drinking beer with a tasty, biscuit-like malt base and some fruity hop notes and a good clean finish.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of errantnight
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.

Photo of carln26
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Tornado. It poured a deep copper color, clear with a thin tan head. Aroma is all sweet hop flower fresh pine, grass. Taste has the pine grass and grapefruit, slight sweetness on the finish. Awesome smooth mouth feel very drinkable. This is a great, fresh harvest ale.

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like everyone else has stated from George's unauthorized bottling project part 2. Many thanks for the chance George.

Pours a deep copper color thats slightly hazy a small one finger off white head forms and falls some lace left behind.

Aroma is fresh hops grass clippings and herbs sprinkled on top of asparagus. The smell is nice inviting and somewhat different then most IPA's.

Taste is hops right off nice green juicy like the smell asparagus sprinkled with grass clippings and herbs. Malt is underneath a mixture of caramel with bready hints. Hops taste fresh and wet with some good bitterness. A decent IPA, would be a nice change from the usual if it was available anywhere.

Mouthfeel is medium but seems somewhat fuller but don't think it is. Carbonation has a little pep to it.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable beer, nice hops good bitterness, and a wee bit different. Wouldn't be a regular but would be good when you want something a bit different.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of RedwoodGeorge without which it would not be possible.

This beer is a chill hazed red colored ale with a good tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and fairly malty for what it is, a West Coast IPA. Lots of fresh spicy hop aroma. Hop scent is mostly pine, bay leaf and mint.

Taste is neutral and wood at the beginning with a sharp pine taste. This is considerably bitter and very stuffed full of hops. This is best described as an ale that is pretty much nothing but stuffed full of fresh hops. Subtle flavors do not matter here because the hop bomb obliterates them. Despite the hop load this isn't harshly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

If you don't like LOTS of hops don't even think about trying this beer. Just about all the hop flavor that can be stuffed in an ale of this strength. A hopheads dream but this could be more complex in flavor. This is an ale that features raw natural brutish hops as it attraction.

Photo of Phatz
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I sample this beer with another BA who owes thanks for the opportunity to a trade with RedwoodGeorge.... Hand-bottled via counter-pressure system, this beer was fantastic and well worth the effort.

Appearance: Pours a tea color with a orange amber gold that lean toward a crimson red hue. (oh how to describe) The tan head was minimal but sufficient and left a little bit of frothy spots of a cap and a frothy halo around the top of the beer. It left little splotches of lacing here and there.

Smell: Starts of with a big whiff if Cascade hops, then there is another hop there I am certain but I am not sure what it is. After the sharp pine aroma there is a pleasantly minty leafy aroma and of course that grass. There is also a toasted malt and slightly butterscotch candy aroma underneath the hops. The aromas and flavor of this beer are all incredibly reminiscent of the Simcoe hop used in Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA though this beer seems like a more restrained; rather tamed version of the beast =)

Taste: The flavors follow the nose. Again it tastes very "Simcoe" with grapefruit hops and buttery creamy smooth sweet toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: Solid strong body that stands up in the mouth. It is slick oily and thick through the center but wrapped with prickly hops that keep it feeling very active.

Drinkability: I really wish that Moonlight Brewing Company would bottle this one. I buy a couple cases.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of wlynch
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a wet hop tasting at RFD’s in Washington DC. This came out a golden orange with a slight white head that left a few rings of lace around glass. Very grassy and earthy aroma here with backing by citric hops. Taste is more of the same with earthy flavors dominating over minor citric notes and a touch of juicy sweetness. This tasted as if they could have squeezed the hops over a glass and served it its so hoppy fresh. Dry bitter finish with a light to medium oily body and excellent drinkability. Too bad there are not any wet hopped beers readily available around here besides Sierra Nevada’s I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with RedwoodGeorge. Thanks for the opportunity... Brewed 9/9/2006, hand-bottled via counter-pressure system 10/12/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head holds on nicely, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is, as expected dominated by hops, which consist of fresh weedy and vegetal notes. Flavor is crisp maltiness upfront, quickly sharing the stage with the same hops character found int he nose, which lingers on through to dominate the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is good as well. Somewhat more balanced of the fresh hop brews I've had, for better or worse. My first Moonlight is an enjoyable experience. Here's to many more.

Photo of jeff1973
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

biggity-bam! thanx gizznuts.

this brew rocks the unfiltered orange haze look, bubble clusters and frothy haze on the surface. spots of lacing all over the glass, some forming arcs.

overripe, almost rotten citrus sweetness with a spot of tang explodes in the nose. bordering on the sweet perfume of summer garbage, this beer manages to maintain appeal. hops are so fresh they reek of oily underarms and fromunda cheese. new botanical green spritz clashes with what can best be described as pickle brine. yes, i chose some unfortunate words here.. but the summarization is nothing short of fresh picked hop wonders. it's just not amarillo that you're smelling here.

sip.. hops! right away, the medium-bodied brew is nothing more than a base roux for the delivery of off-the-vine hops. the sticky resinous mouth coating, the piney and citrus notes, the bitter cottonmouth effect.. this beer is the result of concentrating the ipa experience into droplets of ecological nectar. malt presence is a bit brown sugary, but is barely noticeable. this is surely a one-dimensional beer, but accomplishes its mission in spades. are you looking for a hop OD? this is the beer to seek out.

drinkable? not sure. i am certainly not chugging this 5+% beer. the dry lip smacking effect that every sip finishes with really prevents that. however, if you are looking for the hoppiest beer that isn't hindered by syrupy malt or alcohol overdose, this is the brew for you. i can certainly appreciate what moonlight has done with this wondrously over-the-top elixir.

Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation:-
Served on Draft at the O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival, 11-20-04.
Sample #2 of 16.
Overall Mark (on the day) = 4.5.

Appearance:
Only the odd lone white bubble on the surface after the pour, but this settled completely flat with minimal head if any. Little carbonation.

Nose:
Very flowery on the hooter. Floral hops that had a slight sweetness in the background, freshly picked spearmint rubs against a raw green hoppy aroma that was almost perfumey at times.

Taste:
My notes were simply; Very Bitter!! Moonlight allegedly uses the same hop field as Russian River. I believe that there are two versions of the Homegrown Harvest Ale, it is either dry-hopped with Wet Cascade or Chinook, the Keg at O’Brien’s was 100% Wet Chinook according to Vinnie of Russian River if my notes serve me right, but I could be wrong. Who cares because this was one of my favorites, for it had a very juicy fruity sweet feel right at first that built up into a freshly grass-stained hoppy middle and a very bitter minty finish with some citric elements. Quite the ride!!!

Mouthfeel:
The initial fruity sweetness, the raw green hops and then the bold bitterness somehow gave the body a dominant feel in the mouth throughout. A big beer on tongue and a tad puckering on the cheeks after the swallow.

Drinkability:
Another immensely drinkable offering at O’Brien’s. This was my first Moonlight brew and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Solid drinker. More please!

Overall:
After getting my O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival Pint Glass for just $3, I decided to hit the Moonlight for Sample #2. Unfortunately when I asked for my Homegrown Harvest Ale I forgot to make it clear that I only wanted a sample, as a result I ended up with a whole Pint of Moonlight. Oh well, much worse things have happened. Bloody Excellent!!!

Photo of litheum94
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.

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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.