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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale - Moonlight Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 26
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 31
Photo of wlynch
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Light honey amber color with a dank sticky offwhite head. Nice lacing. Pineapple and grapefruit hop flavors with some herbal notes and light caramel sweetness. Flavor is caramel and berry sweetness with a lot of resinous oily hops. Completely unastringent, with a light bitterness that could stand to be stronger. The dry aftertaste lingers nicely.

Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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 TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Toronado in San Francisco, the board said Chinook (sometimes Moonlight makes it with Cascade hops and sometimes with Chinook).

Clear yellow color, thick fluffy head. The smell was OK, but nowhere near as hoppy as I thought it should be based on the name. Maybe the Cascade hops would be better. Same for taste, it was not a bad IPA but not what I'd hoped.

Disclaimer: I tried it along with Pliny the Elder and Hair of the Dog DIPA which are both outstanding, so it made this beer seem kind of minor league.

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 Hagbert
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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 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.

Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Arbitrator
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Trappist in Oakland.

A: Pours a deep orange-amber, slightly murky. The head is a finger's worth of off-white foam that retains for about a minute before retreating into a half-finger thickness. Nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: A very interesting aroma that grew on me substantially by the end of the glass. An earthy / woodsy smell that most of us related to a cigar humidor. Wet green hops and substantial herbs and spice. Absolutely unique, pungent, and oustanding.

T: I didn't get any woodsy stuff in the taste, but earth and wet green hops came through very nicely. The aroma and taste combination reminded me of walking through a forest after a light drizzle. The mid-taste was wet green hops again; the finish was herbal and marijuana-like with some spices I couldn't place. Throughout the taste, I picked up a muddled dark malt character -- caramel, brown sugar? -- that didn't quite meld right.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. Lightly dry on the finish. Went down easily and didn't wreck the palate.

D: It was good, but I didn't love it. I'd give it a second try if I saw it again.

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 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 dbauer
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Hophead hats off once again to RedwoodGeorge for sending out this fresh hop ale as one fourth of his 'Unauthorized Home Bottling Project II'. I hope that the label makes it through the queue soon because, like all of his labels, it's extremely well done and is better than what ones sees on most 'authorized' craft beer.

Flawless electric tangerine suffused with a rich, bronze-like glow. Atop the gorgeous beer is a gorgeous head of barely orange-tinted alabaster that has character to burn. The crown is gently rocky as it deflates and graces the glass with an attractive array of finely pocked lace. I have a feeling that the beer will be as wonderful to drink as it is to look at.

Home Grown has a fresh, resinous, raunchy aroma of pink grapefruit, passionfruit, melon and mary jane. It's fruity and funky at the same time and strikes me as remarkably similar to another Unauthorized brew, Russian River's HopTime Harvest. There's nothing better than fresh hops. Picking these things must be quite the experience.

While chewing those little green cones isn't advisable (I've done it), creating beer from them, beer that tastes like this anyway, most certainly is. Maybe it's the fact that it's been more than two months since brewing and more than one month since bottling, but Home Grown isn't as vibrantly hoppy as I had hoped it would be. It's still tremendous beer, it just isn't special beer. Fresh from the tap is almost certainly a different story.

There's plenty of malt on hand that provides the merest hint of caramel flavor amidst what is probably a pale dominanted malt bill. Most well-brewed fresh hop beer (which this one is, without question) is more heavily slanted to the hoppy side of the scale. While I wouldn't call Home Grown balanced, it certainly isn't a buzzsaw of alpha acids. The hop bill is a mystery to me and I won't even hazard a guess.

[One telephone call later... straight from Brian Hunt himself: flavored and bittered with fresh Cascade whole hop flowers that were picked the day of bottling, a very small amount of Horizon, and dry hopped with Chinook.]

Musky citrus fruit rind, pine sap, balsam and a certain unauthorized herb are still the dominant members of the flavor profile. They set up a mid-level thrum above the sugar cookie-like bass line of the malt, rather than the screaming, high end brilliance that I prefer in my IPAs. Again, might I be more impressed if I traveled to Sonoma County and opened a tap directly into my mouth? Probably.

The body/mouthfeel is phenomenal. Each gulp expands as if by magic to fill the mouth with flavor and lightly creamy lushness. Good beer feels voluminous rather than two dimensional and this one is exhibit 'A' in that regard. Kudos to Mr. Hunt and Mr. Bright for the brewing and the bottling respectively.

Homegrown (Greenbud) is a good IPA that falls short of great due to a wee lack of hoppy immediacy, something that all great fresh hop beer should ooze from its every pore. It's still tremendously enjoyable and I hope that I get the chance to try it super fresh some day.

Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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 pheggeseth
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mjl21
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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