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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
261
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 261
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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%
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%
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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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a six pack of this as a clearance item at a local Seattle drugstore chain; they had no idea what they had on their hands.

Not much to say here other than if you like fruity hops, you need to try this. It's as good as you imagine.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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

A: Clear orange with 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops hops hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, citrous.

T: ahhh.... taste isn't quite up there the aroma but it's quite good. Starts off awesome - grapefruit, citrous, slight pine bitterness at the end. Very very clean and refreshing. I do get a little bit of malt, but not much. The closest beer I can compare to is Zombie Dust (although ZD is less bitter than this).

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: Nice. Not top 100 nice, but it's really quite good. Quite a deal also at $3.99 a bomber - wish they can this and make it avaiable all year around.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear orange color with a one finger head on top, nice retention and lacing all around.

S: Wow, amazingly fruity. Tons of oranges and grapefruit, very juicy. Not much in terms of malt in the aroma. Extremely inviting.

T: More citrus fruit up front, orange, grapefruit, a little pineapple and pine on the finish. Slightly sweet malt mixed in as well, but the fresh hops dominate the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking, slightly bitter finish.

O: Extremely impressed, a very good APA, right up there with the best of them. If only it was made year round!

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my in-laws for thinking of me when they saw this "fresh hop" beer in their supermarket and surprising me with two bottles!! They have some fine taste in beer picking this one.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear gold-amber with a half-finger of white head.

Smell. Fresh oranges and grapefruit rinds, a little toasted light grains and some sweet mango. Yum!!

Taste. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit rinds, mango and some toasted caramel malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, very smooth carbonation.

Overall. Just an awesome fresh-hop pale with lots of tropical and citrus fruits. One of the best.
Loved it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading this beer to me! Thanks Hollis!

Poured into sinfter glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with small white head. Lacing clings everywhere little better than spotty lace.

Smell: Big fresh juicy hop notes. I am getting peach notes from the hops! Thats a first. Lots of citris flavors too. A touch of wet pine needles.

Taste: Just like the nose. Big, juicy, and fresh hops flavors that are well balanced very well. Nothing out competes the other in the beers hop flavor profile. Citrisy, maybe a hint of peaches, grass, pine, and grapefruit. A hint of cracker like malts.

Mouthfeel: on the high end of a light bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. Juicy hops. Such a drinkable APA.

Overall: Fremont makes superb hoppy beers. This beer will hang with any of the giants in its respective beer style!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Brewery and opend on 9.28.12.

A - Pours a clear brownish-orange with a one inch near-white foamy head with good retention.

S - Hoppy grass, leafy, resin, and herbal. Some dark oranges as well.

T - Very green, grass, leaves, pine, not much citrus, but a subtle amount of oranges and lemons.

D - Smooth, thinner body with a good carbonation.

O - Fresh Hop and earthy grassy goodness.

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Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled 10/6/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing orange with a creamy white head.

Aroma is pure grapefruit. Wow. 120 pounds of fresh organic Citra & Simcoe hops per batch, 24 hours from harvest to kettle.

Taste follows nose. Nothing but bright citrus hops and clean pale malt. Really nice crisp bitter finish. Absolutely drinkable, thirst-quenching, addictive. I could drink one of these every single day.

Once again, Fremont shows that it's a force to be reckoned with. Just outstanding.

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Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to draheim for this wet hop masterpiece. Wanted to share it but no one is around, needs to go today, guess it's all mine.

It pours a finely clouded golden, topped by four fingers of thick lather. Bas relief mountains of lace cling to the glass gravity-defyingly. Ah, the beauty of unfiltered and hoppy ale.

Mmm, a perfume of neutral sweet carrying aromas of sweet grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, even hints of fresh flowers and bitter herbs. Wish I had perfume of this aroma, I would encourage my wife to wear it, though probably we would end up with a brood of children nine months apart in ages.

The taste doesn't disappoint. All the flavors of the aroma come alive on the palate, aided by a hint of yeasty tart, and a balance that is staggeringly fine. It ends with a light, very clean bitterness drying the sip. It isn't a piney bitter, nor a bitter herb flavor, just a pleasant sort of clingy, resiny...what? Bitter floral is the only way I can describe it. Wonderfully delicious beer, a masterpiece of fresh hops!

Very light in the mouth with medium carb. and clean finish that lasts and lasts. Viscous and full flavored, it somehow also is superbly easy drinking.

The finest wet hop I've had this year. Better than Wet and Founders Harvest, my current favorites. Wish I could drink this all year, or even get another bottle for that matter. Buy this if you see it you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Mehinaman
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!

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10/22/2014. 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks, poured into an ale glass. Pours with two fingers of head, which is thick, mottled and cream-colored. Tons and tons of lace up the sides of the glass. Golden pale hue, clear with a few bubbles streaming from bottom of glass. Aroma is piney, resin, passionfruit, a little grass. Starts bitter, but then proceeds with a wonderful sweetness, but not overly so. Very clean and smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonate, looooong finish. I await this beer each fall, and was not disappointed this year. Really one of the best fresh hopped beers out there!

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

Package: 355 ml bottle.

Appearance - Dark gold..

Smell - Bright and beautiful floral, light citrus hop notes.

Taste - Right off the hop... you at hit by a perfect hop balance, but it isn't punch or over-powering but perfectly compliment a light sugar taste in the malt character that finishes with a light dry bitterness.

Mouth-feel - Light, and silky smooth.

Overall - The hop bill on this is amazing, and is perfectly balanced. It is so light and smooth on the tongue as well. This is one of best ales I have ever had...

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

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours bright golden orange with a big head that fades fairly quickly, leaving some medium lacing and a slightly clumpy film. Medium-low amount of slow carbonation snaking its way up to the surface. Smell is a very attractive but somewhat mild hop profile with some honeysuckle sweetness in it.

Taste is fairly sweet, again nice hop profile but mild (I guess this is a pale ale, not an IPA). More floral sweetness. Nice but relaxed beer.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, this is a good, laid back beer.

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2015-09-26
Having a bomber now in a big mug. Bottled 2015-09-19 -- a week ago.

Smells and tastes great. I rarely change my scores, but I'm increasing them now. This is an awesome beer.

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

I used to think Big Time brewing was the best Seattle brewery. Ever since Bill Jenkins left Big Time (former head brewer) I've been calling Fremont Brewing the best Seattle brewery (that's not a dis on Drew the new brewer at Big Time, I haven't had a chance to try much of his stuff yet). Anyway, with this beer, Fremont once again proves to me that they're worthy of such lofty acclaim.

When I see an IPA this color, golden with a splash of autumn orange, I usually know I'm in for a treat. The darker orange the IPA the sweeter it usually seems to be ... and I'm not a fan of sweet IPA's. This one settles into the glass with a dense looking off white head that doesn't stay around too long but does leave some pretty lacing behind.

One whiff and wow ... green hops invade the nostrils. There's a bit of caramel lurking in the background that really fills the aroma out nicely. The dominant note though is definitely fresh hops: Pine needles, orange wedges, and pineapple. Marvelous.

Oh hello citrusy orange and caramel, nice to meet you here! I think I'll take another sip and meet you all over again. Wait, is that our friend Pine Tree over there in the corner with Bitterness? Yes, why tell them to get over here. I like Bitterness, and this particular guest seems to linger a long time.

Really, this tastes great and is absolutely one of the best examples of a fresh hop IPA I've had. This is a beer that makes me wish it was hop season all year around.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into an IPA Glass

L: Somewhat hazy gold with a 1-finger white head - slow to dissipate
A: Hops - citrus, fresh cut grass, excitement building
T: Follows the nose with some piney resin on the back end, mild bitterness,
M: Great carb, crisp, light
O: Wowzers! Excellent hopped out Pale - terrific

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark orange body. Mostly translucent with a bit of cloudiness. Yields a thick, dense, pillowy, bright white head that hangs around seemingly forever. Leaves incredible lacing. It doesn't get much better than this from an appearance standpoint.

S: Citra hops jump out of the bottle before even poured. Mango and tangerine dance around in the glass, backed with some pine and resinous hops.

T: Sweet exotic fruits dominate the upfront taste, which quickly transforms into a bitter, piney hop explosion. The finish is crisp and clean with lingering resin and tangerines.

M: Medium body. Crisp. Clean. Refreshing. Moderately high carbonation. Sticky and Prickly dryness.

O: This came to my doorstep with a ton of hype from a buddy that is local to Fremont, so I must admit that I was very excited going into this one. Boy, did this one deliver and actually exceeded the hype train that he was driving. A ton of juicy sweet character, but is not short on hop notes and complexity either. I wish I had more than just the two bottles. Big thanks Anthony!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 09/15.

Bright and bold golden orange. Hazy. Great head, little lacing, decent retention.

Awesome nose on it. Heavy on the citrus and tropical fruit. Orange juice, mango, apricot, pine. So vibrant.

The flavor brings it, too. Super juicy. Tropical and citrus. Pine is a little heavier in the taste than was in the aroma.

Clean, fresh, finishes dry. Good carbonation.

What a great pale ale. And in a can. Get some.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Both in cans and on-tap at the Yakima Fresh Hop Ale festival. Yum! This is pure fresh hop goodness. One of my favorite fresh hop beers - really captures the essence of hops. Dank, resinous and delicious.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright gold with a touch of haze and moderate carbonation streaming to the top. Big fluffy white head with excellent lacing on the sides of the glass.

A: Huge and fresh pine resin, mango, pineapple, and some clean grassiness. Crackery malt with a touch of candy sweetness and neutral yeast character.

T/M: Nice clean bitterness upfront, moves into big grassy, piney/citrus hops with some mango and pineapple to boot. Hop flavors blend with some light biscuit malt notes and some candylike character as well. Beer finishes bitter and dry, with lingering hop flavors.

Overall, one of the best American Pale Ales I have ever had, if not the best. The hop flavor and aroma is super juicy and resiny, the malt balances perfectly, and the whole package together is nothing short of world-class. I wish I could have swung another bottle, but I am glad to have tried one.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber enjoyed on 10/11/12.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a generous head that receded quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Wow, tons of citrus aromas. Orange, grapefruit, tropical fruits. Hops are huge and remind me of ZD (yeah, I said it...most be the citra). Fresh.

T: Initially taste lots of grapefruit, orange, and some more herbal/resin hop flavors. Sweet. Malt isn't center stage, yet the beer is still not one dimensional. Finishes clean and smooth with a soft hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Fremont kills it again. Really delicious, refreshing, and one of my favorite hoppy beers. I need to buy more before it's all gone.

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