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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
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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 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).

Added by dirtylou on 10-16-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
261
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
15%
 
 
Wants:
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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 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 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 brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -2.7%
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 DaftCaskBC
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 1/4" cream coloured head over amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Strong presence of pine, earth, and grass.

T: Earth, pine, grass, flowers, biscuit malt and citrus on the back end. Excellent.

M: Smooth medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful and extremely drinkable beer. One of the better fresh hop beers I have had.

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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 Treebs
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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 doughanson78
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is actually a Pale Ale not an IPA.

A: Nice pale orange color with a very slight haze. One finger, real rocky, off white head with awesome retention and very nice lacing.

S: Great citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit mainly but not the sour grapefruit smell. Apricots, mango, and some tangerine are also present. Love the smell of Citra hops. A very light caramel malt peeks through.

T: Caramel upfront. Then a blend of hops reminiscent of Zombie Dust. Resiny, citrus, earthy, pine, and finishing with nice floral notes. A touch of bitterness. Flavors just shining through.

M: Medium body. Medium high carbonation. Oily. Good dryness.

O: Another amazing beer from Fremont. Citra hops are amazing. Definitely need to get some Kern River Citra! I can only imagine what that is like.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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 kemoarps
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
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 rand
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 SammyJaxxxx
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an undated green can but I know it is fresh.

A: A little murky but golden yellow. A finger or so of fluffy head that leaves lacing galore
S: The smell hits the nose as soon as the can is opened. There is orange, lime, cantaloupe, tangerine
T: Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Bitterness and sweetness battle for center stage there are hints of rind and pine on the finish
MF: Clean crisp. The hops assault the tastebuds.
O: A great example of fresh hop beers. This beer does a wonderful job of highlighting the beauty of fresh hops

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Photo of Parmesan
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.

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Photo of LouZ
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.

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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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 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 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 czechsaaz
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
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 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 distantmantra
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA. October 18th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a pale orange color with a very minimal haze. There is a one-finger head of off white foam that sticks around. The lacing is similar and does not dissipate.

S: This has a fantastic citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, apricot nectar and mango. There is a hint of caramel malt, but the Citra hops in this beer are wonderfully fragrant and really dominate here.

T: The initial taste is one of caramel malt, but it quickly melds into a strong bitter hop note. Touches of pine, citrus, lemongrass are present.

M: The beer has a medium body with average carbonation. The mouth feel is dry yet oily.

O: Fremont knocked it out of the park with this one. They're not allowing growler fills of this at the brewery, so I'll need to track down some bombers.

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Photo of Skrumpy
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!

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