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First/Favorite Fresh Hop Beers of the Year?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beertunes, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Two Beers Brewing, in Seattle, just posted a pic on FB of hops harvested this morning over near Yakima, and going into the brew kettle tonight. Is this the first fresh hop beer of the year, or has someone beat them to it?
    cavedave likes this.
  2. I had two wet hopped ales from wicked weed the chinook and the cascade-both very good
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  3. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Shorter days, cooler nights, fresh hop beer... love this time of year!
  4. MSardina1

    MSardina1 Savant (250) California Apr 12, 2012

    Social Kitchen in San Francisco just released their wet hop pale ale yesterday...Wet Hop Beers are coming!
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  5. rather

    rather Savant (445) California May 31, 2013

    is deschutes fresh squeezed fresh hopped? I had that a month or two ago and it was delicious.
  6. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Almanac I thought already had one out? But possibly not, I just remember reading they were putting out 3 fresh IPAs for tap. But I haven't been to the bay area in a few weeks.
  7. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Advocate (590) Pennsylvania Jun 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Don't think so, my understanding was "Fresh Squeezed" referred to the citrus flavors of orange juice they were trying to capture.
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  8. 82300sd

    82300sd Aficionado (230) California Dec 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    no it's not fresh hopped, marketing to trick your mind into thinking it is
  9. chikunwing

    chikunwing Aficionado (235) Oregon Jul 18, 2013 Beer Trader

    Logsdon recently released their Fresh Hop beer. I will be opening a bottle on thursday.:D
  10. rather

    rather Savant (445) California May 31, 2013

    the label is misleading lol
  11. Aleforme

    Aleforme Savant (460) Washington Nov 26, 2008 Beer Trader

    Not sure about being first but I can't wait until it hits the shelves. Last year's Fresh Hop brew was probably my favorite Two Beers brew so far. Hoping this year will be even better.
    sharpski likes this.
  12. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Champion (770) Indiana Jul 6, 2005

    Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere was released in May
  13. commis

    commis Savant (340) Massachusetts Jul 21, 2009

    Marketing to trick me into thinking I'm buying a fresh-hopped beer two months before the first hops are remotely ready for harvest? Doubt it.
    It's a referance to citrus flavors.
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  14. zestd

    zestd Savant (445) Idaho Jan 18, 2013

    I've seen on fb the last week several different breweries are getting the freshies.
  15. 82300sd

    82300sd Aficionado (230) California Dec 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    not everyone is as smart as you are
    DougC123 likes this.
  16. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Advocate (515) Missouri Dec 29, 2005 Verified

    I tapped the one I brewed with Chinook from my backyard on Sunday. Pretty tasty.
  17. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    I talked to one of the owners today, and they aren't even getting their fresh hops until at least next Thursday. If you have a bottle of their fresh hop beer it is from last year.
  18. chikunwing

    chikunwing Aficionado (235) Oregon Jul 18, 2013 Beer Trader

    Bummer, I picked a bottle up at a bottle shop in bend last weekend and did not even think to check (seemed like the right time of year, a little early perhaps) I just got excited. The best by date said 9/13 so I just thought they wanted you to have it fresh. Oh well I guess I willl have drink it anyway. As always, I continue to provide no useful information.
  19. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    That sucks. No need to out the store here, but you might want to send an email to Logsdons and let them know, especially if there were other bottles still on the shelf. I know that if it were my brewery I wouldn't want people drinking year old "fresh hop" beer...
  20. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (870) Oregon Oct 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    A sign at the Bend brewpub says, "Not a fresh hop beer, just tastes like one". It's a delicious beer IMO, but does not taste anything like the fresh hop beers I've had.
  21. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Fresh (wet) hop beers have a very distinct flavor to me that I don't think that beer possessed. Tasty beverage, no doubt, but didn't taste like a fresh hop beer.
  22. MCain04

    MCain04 Savant (435) Texas Jan 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    Vault Brewing Co in the Philly area has been doing wet whole-flower Australia hopped IPAs for the past month or two.
  23. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    How are they saying they get that done? The hop harvest in Australia is during our Spring. That would be like a US brewery pouring a wet hop beer in February.
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  24. MCain04

    MCain04 Savant (435) Texas Jan 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    That's fair. Wasn't aware whole flower hops stuck around that long, figured they were converted to pellets early. Guess the hops are a few months old then.
  25. Thanks for the reminder, I've been looking forward to stout season and almost overlooked the fresh hops.. Let's see if Founders Harvest holds up as my favorite IPA like I thought last year.
  26. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    Well it's fine to store them if they're dried. "Wet Hop" and "Fesh Hop" refer to hops that have not been dried* and typically have to be used in the beer within 24-48 hours of being picked.

    *except in the case of Sierra Nevada, who define Celebration as a "Fresh Hop" beer, even though the hops are dried and state "Fresh Hop" means "Beer brewed using hops harvested sometime recently and you all can fuck off if you want us to change our label just because you all came around and changed what the term meant."
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  27. MCain04

    MCain04 Savant (435) Texas Jan 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    Good to know
  28. shawnp

    shawnp Advocate (535) Minnesota Jan 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Surly Wet will be on tHe shelf soon so I'm amped for that.
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  29. Scrapss

    Scrapss Champion (765) Pennsylvania Nov 15, 2008

    I think I will tap my Oregon contact for some Deschutes if they do it this year.
  30. fritts211

    fritts211 Savant (380) Tennessee Feb 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    The wife and I have been yammering about being excited for fall for the past month, so we share your sentiments good draheim.

    Cosby sweaters and wet hop beers, here I come.
  31. HopFace

    HopFace Savant (495) Colorado Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    East End Big Hop Harvest hits tomorrow. One of few beers I look forward to from them.
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  32. IPASearcher

    IPASearcher Zealot (90) California Feb 12, 2013

    What is your favorite fresh hopped beer?

    Mine is Port Brewing Company's High Tide
  33. surfcaster

    surfcaster Advocate (605) North Carolina Apr 20, 2013 Beer Trader

    Founder's Harvest Ale
  34. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Advocate (710) Ohio Feb 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    Founder's so far, but I want to try more. The resin, oils, mouthfeel and flavor balance is amazing.
  35. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    Surly Wet
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  36. I love that stuff, but one of last year's batches went screwy somehow and turned into gross foam monsters. That won't stop me from buying this year's version, though.

    Founders Harvest is probably my favorite overall, but the Port High Tide's a lot easier for me to get.
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  37. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Chasing freshies, hop trip, and gdbc wet hop
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  38. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Fremont Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale. Can't wait.
  39. RangnaR

    RangnaR Savant (425) California Dec 17, 2012

    I'm not sure why this is still happening with the Port Brewing High Tide, considering all the great brews they come out with, but I grabbed 4 bottles, all bottled 10/11/13, and three were amazing, and one was bitter, sour liquid metal. I wonder why they're still having issues with this...
  40. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poobah (1,030) New York Jun 11, 2013 Verified

    Founders Harvest Ale. Just delectable.