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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop AleCowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by dirtylou on 10-16-2011

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Photo of Moose90
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Green Can with no date, also had on-tap, tasting notes below

A — Pours and orangey and somewhat hazy golden hue into the glass. There is an off-white, cream colored head that forms and leaves behind some thin, somewhat fluffy lace.

S — Smells nice and fresh, I get some grapefruit, lemon, mint, pine, citrus rind and pith.

T — Taste is dry, though it remains somewhat juicy, with notes of fresh grapefruit, lemon, lime, lemongrass, a hint of peach and cantaloupe, juicy passionfruit and some sweet and balanced malt notes underneath.

M — Medium bodied, quite dry, nice and enjoyable finish as well.

O — Very nice overall, a great fresh hop, errs on the lighter side of the spectrum, but the fruit, pine, citrus, and melon characters are all present.

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Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of ntalexan
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Color: Maintains a nice carbonated head with bubbles that continue to rise throughout the glass. A nice dark golden ale.

-Nose: You smell the hops as soon as you crack the can. As I write this I can smell it sitting in front of me on the table. Notes of grapefruit as all my favorite hoppy beers are laced with. Fresh cut vegetation and a nice spritz of lemony citrus.

-Flavor: Like you put a hand full of the greenest hops you could find into your mouth, but in a good way, and it stays with you long after your swallow. Citrus upfront followed by a more mellow grapefruit. Other than the fact that it’s going to kill your palate with the hoppyness it’s a relatively light beer. More than likely due to its pale ale base its low on the malt spectrum.

-Rating: 3.5/5: If this wasn’t such limited time offer type of seasonal this would definitely be on regular rotation as a fridge beer for me. However, I do love the seasonality of this beer. So fresh so clean. Stop, have a beer, and reflect on the changing in seasons.

If you’re in the Seattle area during this time of year I highly recommend picking it up before it’s gone.


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Photo of czechsaaz
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's that time of year just a few hours from the bulk of U.S. hop farming. Get 'em while they're fresh.

Smells very folral and grassy with a nice punch of hop oil. And there's a caramel malt backbone too. As it warmed I got grapefruit citrus hops.

Gold colored and kind of hazy with a decent layer of white foam head.

First sip gives me lots of citrus hop flavor and high bitterness. More sips give me a nice sweet malt base with honey and cheerios and some fruity yeast things.

Medium bodied and a nice soft carbonation level (growler effect?)

It's a very nice balanced Pale ale at 6% it's not quite an IPA but a little bigger than your standard pale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruits. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and tasty flavor.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin fine white head and light lacing. Interesting aroma of stone fruits, citrus hops and sweet malt, intense apricot/peach fruit. Flavor is citrus hops and apricot melding into sweet malt with a citrus and pine hop finish. Very pleasant. Not that hop forward, but the hops assert themselves nicely in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nice and somewhat different IPA.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly clear orange/yellow color with a lot of head. Smell is an enjoyable earthy hoppyness. Taste is rather harsh and bitter based on the nose, but the feel is incredibly smooth and enjoyable. A solidly good beer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | 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!

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Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to pint glass

A: Lightly hued copper-tan in appearance, clear, with a small sudsy head and small patches of lacing.

S: Fruity bouquet but more crisp than sweet. Distinct tones of apple juice and grapefruit rind bounce off a cracker-y backdrop. A bit a of vinous, grassy undertone lingers throughout

T: Fruit-forward again, but more complex and layered than the nose. Orange pith, apple and grapefruit rub up against caramelly malts and a bready complexion. Smooth and quaffable throughout, finishes quickly with an even balance of sharp and sweet.

M: Chewy and satisfying, oily slick. I can't think of an APA that works itself into the crevices of your palate as this one does.

This is easily the best tasting APA I've had, but that's probably because it tastes more like an IPA than a Pale. The only thing that's not IPA-like is the hops don't come across very bitter or piny. But that's a small distinction, this is pretty much an IPA. Still, a fine beverage, reminds me of RR's Row 2/HIll 56, flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mfavoino for sending this out my way. Thanks Matt! 22 oz. bottle served Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. The head has great retention and recedes slowly leaving behind sticky and soapy looking spot of lace.

S: A juicy bouquet of tropical fruits. Mango, papaya and green melon make a strong presence up front. There is some light grass and pale malts towards the back end that really round out the nose.

T: Most malty than the nose suggests. A pale malt sweetness is up front with a nice mix of grassy hops and just a kiss of tropical fruits. There is a light bitter hop finish as well.

M: Light bodied with a slight stick to the mouthfeel. Nice medium high carbonation makes this guy easily drinkable as well.

O: A very delicious beer. As I've noticed with a few of the Fremont beers I've had the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Still a highly drinkable and balanced beer that I'd have again.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a golden hue. There is a finger of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Some bready malt but the star here is the citrus peel hops. There are some fruity apricot like notes as well.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops hit the tongue pretty hard, but there is plenty of malt to back them up. The apricot notes from the smell are present. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I hadn't heard of it before, but it was a great fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wet hop season is finally here, and this is one of the first and best i have had this season, really tremendous stuff. i know citra is all the rage, but its one dimensional by itself. this combination with simcoe is perfect, really dialed in, they compliment each other perfectly, with grapefruit and tangerine and juicy goodness. its an awesome beer, crystal clear bright brass colored with almost two inches of white head with excellent retention. it just smells so wet and fresh, really oily, northwestern, and with a little more pint in there than i am used to from these varietals. they are smart to put a little of this vienna malt in too, it gives a pleasant sweetness and bready character with some body thats a nice lift for the hops. as fresh as it gets these hops are, definitely in their most pure form, and the beer drinks a little rich because of it. pretty heavy handed there, but its an awesome mouthfeel you really can only get this once a year. mine was bottles on september 19th, and was extremely affordable for how great it is. i will be picking up another bomber for sure. not to be missed if these are your thing.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Mike!

A: A hazy golden with a nice white one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Tropical paradise. Citrus with grapefruit, mangoes, oranges and pine resin blending nicely.

T: What a burst of flavor! A juicy citrus wonderland with the nose reflecting even sharper in the taste. Low bitterness. You can drink this one all day.

M: Medium with smooth and creamy carbonation.

O: Now I see why Mikey likes this one so much. Those organic hops are some of the freshest, tastiest I've ever tried. Find it. Love it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Hazy orange with finger white head that slowly fades to a thin bubbly ring, spots of lace. Aroma of citrus and mango, toast, touch of yeast. Taste is similar, light toasted malt with juicy citrus hops that turn flowery and piney. Nicely balanced with lasting bitterness. Medium full soft mouthfeel. Very tasty brew, glad I got yo try it.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

All you can ask for looks-wise in an IPA: golden/copper body with a frothy, lace-laden head with good retention. Looks delectable. 5

Smells gorgeous. Grapefruit and unripe mango with a heavy floral dose and vanilla/caramel sweetness. 4.25

Bursting with grapefruit and orange juice followed by melon and a floral bouquet. The flavors are still bright, rich and delicious. Vanilla sweetness blends with the melon and carries the flavors out tastefully. 4.25

Zesty and juicy with moderate business balanced by smoothness and creaminess. 4.25

Delicious. No more to say.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the brewery

appearance: served in my tyranena mini-nonic, clear-ish orange-amber body, creamy white head with a light filmy retention

smell: lovely hop bouquet - tangerine, bright grapefruit, lots and lots of citrus

taste: a really nice freshly hopped IPA - had this on tap at the brewery and loved it. I think its funny that it was a $5 draft but bombers are $3.75. Lots of bright fresh citrus - tangerine, clementine, pink grapefruit. Great stuff

mouthfeel: light and fresh, low bitterness

overall: one of the best fresh hopped IPA's on the market

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bomber with no discernible dating, but the nice thing about hop harvest/fresh hop beers is that you have a pretty good idea of how fresh they are so long as you know the year. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - A brassy golden color with amber highlights, but the body is shadowed by the massive blanketing two finger head the color of creamy off-white. The retention is outstanding, with the foam eventually dissipating to a still rather generous layer of creamy froth and larger bubbles. Leaves a sticky but patchy net of lace as the beer is consumed.

Smell - Citrus complexity, with tangelo, starfruit, clementine as well as some fainter notes of mango and nectarine. It's like a fruit candle, but with none of the cloying elements that often come with scented candles. A lightly faint biscuit element gives a little counterbalance. On the back end of the aroma is a light bit of herbal characteristic, like basil and thyme.

Taste - The taste of this beer is incredibly lush and refreshing, with light grain, like water crackers to provide a vessel on which to transport the cornucopia of hop flavor. There's only one other APA that has hit me like this, with definite IPA-like characteristics while maintaining it's identity due to a gentle but firm pale malt base. Orange blossom, tangerine, and lemon zest all contribute to the lovely hop bouquet.

Mouthfeel - Light and juicy, easy to drink and smooth. Mostly dry finish with some fruitiness that hints at sweetness. Each finished drink makes me want to take the next swig.

Overall, a fantastic take on the APA style that definitely skirts that line between Pale Ale and IPA. There's another well-known (and highly popular--with good reason) beer in the same style that I won't name, but that you can probably deduct, and I would say this beer is every bit as tasty in many ways. Both are hard to get for me, but this one is easier, so I might be making an annual tradition out of buying some of these each hop harvest. I also love the fact that some of the sales go to support the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Juicy, light, tropical. Very drinkable with a touch of bitter tingling at the end. Solid..........................................................................

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

translucent golden orange with a short white head. Splotchy lacing.

Stinky hops. Brian says peaches and I can get down with that.

Bright citurs. Hops dominate malt. Clean finish. Very bitter on the tail end. Omnom.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Smooth.

Wanna just gulp this one down. Upper echelon of pale ales for sure. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT, ArchEnemyBrew!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ramay86
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great mix of fresh hop flavors here with minimal bitterness. The simcoe seems most dominant but there is no shortness of tangerine and grapefruit as well.

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