Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale
Fremont Brewing Company

Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop AleCowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #15
ABV:
6%
Score:
97
Ranked #546
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
307
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Washington, United States
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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop AleCowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale
Notes: Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is brewed from select organic hops grown in the Cowiche Canyon of the Yakima Valley which are harvested and placed into our kettle within 24 hours, creating a unique, once-a-year beer. We make Cowiche Canyon ale in partnership with hop-growing wizards from the Yakima Valley in an effort to expand the organic hop industry in Washington State… Because Organic Hops Matter. A portion of all sales fund the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

Down & Dirty: Organic Pale, Crystal-15, Carapils & Munich Malts with Organic Fresh Citra & Simcoe Hops (120 pounds per batch).
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from The Beermongers.

A clear light copper with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. Despite being over a month old, this has a ridiculous amount of fresh hop character, bright, dank, weedy and pungent. Green, but in a fresh hop way. The palate opens bitter and dank, earthy and weed heavy, bitter and heavy with green hop resin.

Monday at 06:12 AM
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can recently released by Fremont, pours fairly clear and vibrant gold with a creamy white head. Aromas and flavors of fresh piney hops and orange marmalade, grapefruit and citrus rind, crisp crackery malt, and an oily, resiny body that has a light mouthfeel. Certainly delicious, and a well-executed fresh hop ale that takes quite a bit to put together (organic/etc).

Oct 17, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Yarrow Orange, Clear, prodigious amounts of fine carbonation, large fine foam head that dissipated pretty quickly
S-This beer keeps some of its secrets hidden until you drink it. The aroma was present but suggested a muted pale ale
T-Ok, there's the secrets. Peaches, sweet malts, and some citrus all combine in a perfectly balanced beer. Slightly above average for both bitter and sweet.
M-Thin (+) to Moderate (-) body, above average carbonation, oily and resinous as expected. Silkier than the light body would initially suggest.
O-Not quite up there with Fremont's Head Full of Fresh Hops, but it is its own style and exceptionally well done for it.

Oct 14, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Look- Deep gold, hazy, small particulate sediment, frothy white head, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Resinous, dank, herbal, slightly mango and citrus.

Taste- Resinous, melon, mango, citrus, herbal.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, medium bitterness, average carbonation, clean finish, crisp.

Overall- Fantastic beer with great balance!

Oct 13, 2020
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz can dated 9/22/20 and poured into a Teku.

Pours a 2 inch creamy white head which quickly settles. The color is an opaque light orange.

The tropical fruity hop aromas dominate the nose. There are some grassy, herbaceous and floral notes in the background.

The taste is bitter with some tropical fruit flavors and a nice balance with the sweetness from the malts. The hop flavor shines through but doesn't overpower the palette.

The mouthfeel is smooth and balanced. The astringency I was expecting from a fresh hop ale didn't surface.

The ratio of bitter and sweet flavors in this beer surprises me. I expected to be knocked over by spicy fresh hop flavor, but I really enjoyed how the malts offset the bitterness to create a smoother package.

Sep 24, 2020
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GoneARye from Washington

4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

a: pale straw color, light fluffy head and some limited lacing
S: peaches and Stone fruit. This is a crazy intense fruity hop aroma. Gentle malt and honey underneath.
T: great granola like grain and more of the peachiness.
M: crisp and mild carb.
O: one of my favorite fresh hops beers of all time

Oct 11, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best of the wet hops I've had so far. This beer pours a luscious vibrant gold tan with a creamy cap. Aroma is bursting with a sticky dank freshness. There's a grassy earthy note to this, with a sharp piney bitterness and a long, long finish. Wow.

Nov 12, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My first from Fremont, I went on their website and am impressed by their dedication to the craft and their progressive bend to sustainability and, in this ale, helping to grow the organic hop market. A big OA hug for that.

While this Cowiche Canyon Looks better than average, the Smells tell me that fresh organic hops are pungent and more lively. They also Taste that way; satisfying without clobbering the taste buds. While the finish also has a nice interplay of sweet malt and spice, it does finish slightly off... but that's how my buds tend to react to hops. The freshness is a pleasure.

Nov 12, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 offering from a can.

A beautiful golden glowing body with decent clarity and an egg shell white foam resting above. It leaves a respectable surface coverage and minimal spots of lace.

The aroma is intoxicating. Berries dominate followed by an inviting blend of melons, citrus, and damp pine. It has an overall sweetness to it, steering away from percieved intrusive bitterness.

But that all changes here. It is much more classic in the flavor. Grapefruit rind, earthy with a spicy breadiness, and a whallop of piney dankness in the end.

Everything you want in a pale ale. Crisp with a soft and bold body, a blast of sweetness before a solid bitterness. It finishes dry and demands frequent sips.

These fresh hop brews from Fremont are such a pleasure to enjoy. This one outshines the rest. Cheers.

Oct 19, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid apa. Clear golden color, nose is bready and piney. Taste is pine, grapefruit, and lime. Fairly thin mouth feel. All around represents the style well

Oct 07, 2018
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Brennan27 from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A near perfect fresh hop pale.
Pours a nice amber orange.
Flavors of orange and pine are the most noticeable, with a fresh bitterness that makes this super refreshing.

Sep 26, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy with tons of fine carbonation and thick fluffy head. Soft piney aroma, hints of grapefruit. Taste follows with big citrus tanginess, bitterness follows to a nice finish. Big and juicy.

Mar 16, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a month after canning, so it's pretty fresh. Pours a slightly hazy, golden amber, with light head. Fresh hop aroma, stronger when first poured. Taste is very nice, citrus and pine, not overdone -- it's a pale ale afterall. The malt bill comes out in the finish, lingering on thetongue. Well done!

Oct 30, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful. That’s how I sum this beauty up: wonderful. I’m in the heart of NE IPA Country but I’m a huge fan of PNW ales. They sing to me - citrusy, leafy hops, moderate bitterness, lively carbonation. This, to me, is the finest example of the style I’ve encountered. Outrageously hoppy but somehow still refined.

I’ll start with aroma because that’s what you get when you crack the cap and, shit almighty, it’s a good one - pungent and ripe hops abound. Leafy green specimens bursting with notes of freshly cut citrus, green pine and sticky pakalolo.

Golden-hued pour with an outsized cloud-white frothy head. Lacing like fine curtains. A real looker.

Taste isn’t a punch-you-in-the-pie-hole aggressive onslaught of hops, although make no mistake - there’s hops everywhere but it’s not sloppy. Hence its refined character. There’s a subtle malt backbone that’s straining beneath the weight of a ton of green, for sure, but it’s still there to bring welcomed structure. Fresh cut orange, pink grapefruit, papaya and kiwi followed by pine and floral notes.

Tastes like nature.

Nice bitterness holds the proceedings together and lingers for just a touch. I could’ve done with slightly more carbonation to help each sip end with a crisp snap. Damn fine beer.

Oct 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber with a large, white convex froth leaving thick walls of lace.

A crackery aroma gives way to pungent pine and a slight dankness.

Taste is crisp and slightly bitter, featuring orange, lemon, and woody pine, with an aftertaste of Smarties.

Slightly spicy, the medium body is frothy and soft with a semi-dry finish.

Oct 11, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can Date: 9/21/17
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is a translucent, medium amber. A good amount of fine white head, too. Good lacing.

Nothing really dominates the nose, but there are slight-to-moderate amounts of good things. Pineapple, pears, and some sort of sharp melon. It's also slightly piney and woodsy. Pleasant variety and depth.

Taste has a lot more malt than the smell lets on. There's some marmalade and other undetermined citrus, but that's it on the fruits. The wood is mostly some white variety, and not much pine sticks around. The character is also moderately bitter. There's some depth and dynamism in the flavor, too.

The carbonation is very well integrated. Good medium weight, and it's not overly sweet. Aftertaste is woodsy and bitter, and the malt lingers.

Oct 08, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden amber orange with lots of carbonation, lacing, decent head retention, beer is clear.

A: Lots of aroma, freshly crushed pine needles, freshly squeezed grapefruit peel, guava, peach skin, nice balance of malts on the backend, very pungent.

T: Follows the nose with lots of fresh flavors, pine needles, grapefruit peel, guava, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with lingering pine and citrus peel notes.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Definitely picked up a lot of the fresh hop aromas and flavors, a very tasty APA, definitely going to enjoy the rest of my six-pack.

Sep 30, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw color with white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly strong hoppy aroma with citrus. Taste is hoppy with some citrus that should be stronger citrus and less hops

Sep 23, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a light gold color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops notes with nice floral qualities. Taste is a good mix of citrusy notes with light piney undertones and some subtle residual sugar notes and some bitterness noticeable in the aftertaste. Body si about average with good carbonation. Well-made and very drinkable APA.

Dec 12, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is by far one of the best fresh hops beers of the year for me. Golden orange in color. Bubbly, tan head with sheet lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit and floral. Big hops flavor- grass, citrus, pine and spice. That NW style IPA you crave. So juicy and delicious. Get one while you can!

Oct 22, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange with two fingers of sudsy off-white head that leaves thick rings of lacing. Spicy, sweet, citrusy aroma. Delicious taste that follows the nose. Spicy, mixed citrus hops throughout, nice malt backbone and moderate lingering bitterness. Medium bodied and easy drinking with a fairly pillowy mouthfeel. Great beer.

Oct 20, 2016
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a packaged on date of 9/21/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance - deep gold-ish orange; a snow globe of unfiltered goodness and bubbling carbonation; thick, foamy white head. Lacing is
Smell - wet, oily hops; citrus, tropical and pine notes; my taste buds are aroused!
Taste - dank grapefruit hop flavors make an early entrance, followed by a strong pine presence, which I wasn't necessarily expecting. Very nice, though I wanted at least some tropical flavors to come through.
Feel - very hop forward, though there is enough pale and vienna malts (which for some reason this is left off the "down & dirty" notes in the description above?) to keep it from being completely one sided. This definitely has an IPA mouth feel!
Overall - This is a wonderful fresh hop ale that entices me to seek out more from Fremont!

Oct 14, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. White head with lace.

This is honestly one of the best fresh hop beers I have had. It is very juicy, fruity, and tropical. Lots of citrus, mango, papaya, grapefruit, and pineapple. Has the hop oil and light resin flavor without being over done. Tons of flavor here.

This is a crusher of beer and I wish I had more. I wish more fresh hop beers tasted this good.

Oct 13, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber on sale for $4.99! Super bright orange, good lacing and head. Top notch aroma, fresh juicy hops, slightly herbal. Delectable flavor, juicy hops bursting with peaches and fruit, easily discernible as a fresh hop beer. This was my favorite fresh hop beer last year along with the Mosaic/Equinox version and it did not disappoint this year. If you like fresh hop beers then do not miss this one.

Oct 07, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy pale gold color with a nice frothy head and quite a few fingers of lacing.

S: Orange grapefruit, lemon, some nice earthy hops in there, a toasted malt backbone too.

T: Lots of tropical fruit, Mango, some lemon peel, citrus, toasted malt backbone, pretty bitter for a pale ale.

F: Medium body very smooth creamy.

O: A fantastic beer, will need to make sure to try it fresh next year.

Mar 27, 2016
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 307 ratings