Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale
Fremont Brewing Company

Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop AleCowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #15
Ranked #539
4.4 | pDev: 7.05%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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 Stateā€¦ 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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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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starclassic21 from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Just wow. My new favorite West Coast hoppy beer.
A very hop-forward Pale Ale (consider this beer a smooth IPA). The IBU's are definitely in the IPA category.
Delicious, grapefruit/tropical fruit notes in the smell and taste. You can really tell that this beer uses the freshest hops available, because the hop presence is massive for a pale ale, in the best way. Has a delicious pine/resin/floral note to the beer, but it's so smooth to counterbalance all of the flavor. This will be one of the first things I think of from now on when the month of September rolls by.


Oct 02, 2015
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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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LouZ from Washington

4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this probably has the most pungent, dank hop aroma of all. Very impressive. Taste is smooth and balanced. One of the best fresh hop beers this fall.

Oct 25, 2015
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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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Mehinaman from Washington

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

This beer makes me angry. Angry I only bought one can rather than the last six pack remaining at my favorite beer shop. This is one of the freshest, best canned beers I have ever had. Malty, hoppy and just flat out delicious. If only it was released more than once a year!

Sep 27, 2015
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Hawkfish from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 24, 2015
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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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mervmurry from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 24, 2015
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Bjlynch83 from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 19, 2016
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the hated 22oz format. Would have loved to have been able to buy a sixer of cans of this beer, too bad Fremont doesn't can. Oh, wait....

Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a lightly hazy copper-orange color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was most certainly very hop forward. From the second than the cap was popped, big doses of citrus, pine and additional floral tones filled the room. There was also a bit of a weed scent, but no real malt profile(I know, I know, it's supposed to be a hop-bomb. I just prefer some grain for the flowers to cling to). On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, but I was happy with the presence of just enough grain to give all those hops a nice counter-point.

The body was, somewhat surprisingly, nicely full without being heavy or sticky. The beer had a nicely dry finish that almost left you thirsty for more. Drinkability was very good, if only I could have had 2 12oz containers, instead of being stuck with 22. I would have even had the option of opening a third one (and would have). Overall, a very, very good beer. A must try if you're a hop head. Worth setting up a trade for, and worth trading a whale. If only the format wasn't so terrible.

Oct 11, 2012
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dmk82 from California

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

Mar 14, 2019
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 02, 2015
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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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twelveinches from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Oct 07, 2012
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 07, 2018
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a transparent light orange with a nice white cap presenting some bubbles, light lacing. Looks appealing. Pretty good head retnetion here.

S: Loads of fresh fruits here; everything from pineapple to grape fruit, orange peel but I really received a bit of pine and spruce tips

T: Big citrus upfront with some spruce and pine needles following. There is a light caramel presence. The finish is a little slick with a subtle hop bite, light, very light booze sting, refreshing citrus and fruits round it off

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, citrus really sits on the palate creating an enjoyable mouthfeel

O: Mighty damn fine!

Oct 13, 2012
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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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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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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.1%

Oct 18, 2014
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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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billab914 from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2016
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Tobesjones from Massachusetts

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

Oct 24, 2016
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WA_Brian from Washington

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

Canned 9/23/2019.

Sep 28, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

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

Well here goes attempt umber three. Puppy spills and randomly deleting when I go to change songs is always fun.
Pours a relatively clear and crisp very light amber. Pillowtop head is whiteand fluffy. Decent retention, good lacing.
Nose is big juicy spicy fruits and citrus. Resinous. Yum. A bit of grainy malts come through on some level as well.
Taste follows suit pretty nicely, maybe a little sweeter on the tongue, somewhere between honey and floral/fruity. A bit of hop spice and dull bitterness on the finish alternating with that sweet note.
Supremely drinkable, the finish is soft enough to not be overwhelming, but just bitter enough to leave you wanting another sip.
Another fantastic offering from one of my favourite breweries, local or otherwise.

Oct 27, 2014
Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 308 ratings