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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale - Moonlight Brewing Company

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.29%
Wants: 27
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.

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illidurit

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2008 06:55:55 | More by illidurit
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litheum94

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-05-2011 03:38:30 | More by litheum94
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 05:05:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 23:31:30 | More by emerge077
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2006 13:27:38 | More by TurdFurgison
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bcm119

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 06:17:51 | More by bcm119
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elNopalero

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 00:01:08 | More by elNopalero
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 12:00:01 | More by mntlover
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 00:42:08 | More by Zorro
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 04:17:37 | More by goodbyeohio
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 21:17:37 | More by Arbitrator
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-04-2006 00:49:26 | More by ppoitras
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 22:24:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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watermelonman

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2005 03:07:18 | More by watermelonman
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errantnight

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 20:14:56 | More by errantnight
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pheggeseth

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-10-2013 22:36:40 | More by pheggeseth
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-14-2011 19:08:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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mjl21

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-16-2012 05:15:51 | More by mjl21
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-18-2013 23:46:30 | More by WOLFGANG
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-15-2012 04:33:34 | More by popery
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 16:32:06 | More by ManekiNeko
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 00:14:30 | More by Halcyondays
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pjwilson

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the highlight of the wet hop fest at the toronado, and thus worthy of mention.
Appearance: it is a nice amber color, mabey one shade lighter. not much head
smell: like sniffing a bag of hops. this a wet hop ale, made fresh. man does it smell great.
taste: too much. yet i want to keep sipping. It's like the strongest double ipa, but even stronger and yet in a 5.5 percent malt base. But in Laymen's terms, it's just damn good. I think even the non beer drinkers would like a 6 once of this. because it just hits the spot. Like I said, I tried 10 wet hop ales, and this was heads and shoulders above
drinkability: like all moonlight beers sadly out of my reach unless i come to the bay...which isn't such a bad ride. But yeah, if this was commonly avaliable,it would be a damn fine session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2005 01:41:36 | More by pjwilson
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 05:34:37 | More by ngeunit1
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 03:41:37 | More by orbitalr0x
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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
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