Cowiche Canyon Organic Hop Lab #1 | Fremont Brewing Company

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Cowiche Canyon Organic Hop Lab #1Cowiche Canyon Organic Hop Lab #1

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dirtylou on 04-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 15
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $4.99. No freshness date.

Poured an orange-amber color, with an off-white head of unremarkable size. There's a fair amount of chill-haze.

The nose of this beer is made up of citrusy hops.

Citrusy hops hit the taste buds first, with a more bitter hop flavor then kicking in. Not much malt flavor here, just barely being detectable in the background. Things end on a dry note.

While most of the flavor of this beer is hops, it's oddly enough not as hoppy as I would expect such a beer to taste. Perhaps the hops are already fading, or perhaps Citra and Simcoe hops aren't a flavorful as I thought they would be. Anyway, this is a decent but not terribly remarkable IPA from Fremont, who have done better with other IPAs.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a nice two finger fine white head with good retention and great lacing. Nice aromatic aroma of herbal and piney hops and sweet malt. Flavor is citrus, piney hops, grapefruit in the middle. Finishes somewhat thin and dry, but pleasant malt and hops. Hops are not as defined as the smell, and the flavor seems a bit subdued. Pleasant medium body. Could use a bit more herbal hop intensity in the middle and finish, but nicely balanced and tasty IPA as expected from Fremont.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a reddish hue. Forms a sizable, rocky head that slowly reduces down to a thick surface coating and a thick ring around the edges. Some spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty damn good: toasty malt backbone with a blend of citrus hops, grapefruit, and pine with orange to a lesser extent and just a faint hint of onion.

T: Unfortunately the taste is not as spectacular as the aroma as the toastiness seems to dominate on both the front and back ends. The middle showcases turns a bit watery and offers up some moderate grapefruit hops before turning piney. Finishes with more toast and a resiny earthy bitterness that gives the beer a "dirty" feel to it

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: I had some high hopes for this beer and while the aroma had me, the taste didn't. Still a better than average IPA with a decent drinkability to it.

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, and I love Freemont's IPAs.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange with a small near-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grass, herbal, and sweet mangos, oranges, and tangerines. Smells great.

T - Bitter grass and some slight citrus.

D - Lower carbonation for the style and an average body.

O - A wonderful boutique and aroma, the taste is bitter but the citrus helps to save it a bit.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mfavoino
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured on 7/23/12.

Appearance: Pours a light orange with a big foamy head that receded quickly. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate the nose with an herbal/grassy scent too. Really lively citrus notes.

Taste: Follows the nose with a citrus hop sweetness that is not overwhelming. Light malts balance the hops, although this isn't a palate wrecker at all. Mild bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied for the style with average carbonation. Drinkability is a highlight.

Overall: I tend to like anything with citra hops, and this is another great example of an IPA that is flavorful and hoppy without being overwhelming. Definitely will drink this again.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of snaotheus
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours very slightly cloudy, very slightly coppy clear with a thin pale head and a fair amount of carbonation. Smell is delicious. Seriously delicious. Pungently sweet and flowery with a piney backbone.

Taste is a bit muted, but tasty. A lot of the sweetness and floweriness is lost or damped. I get a lot of hay maltiness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny pale orange color, with a bright white head, nice lace. Aroma is big floral hops, citrus, and a bitter astringency. Bits of malt sweetness comes through. Taste is nice juicy citrus, flowers and grass, subtle but consistent bitterness, with a light bready malt backbone.

The feel has a cream quality, mild crisp carbonation, and a lighter body that works quite well.

Overall, this is a quite nice, well put-together IPA. Great drinkability.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hated 22oz bottle into 10oz goblet. Poured an extremely attractive orange-amber color with an inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very good, a bold hop scent featured pine and citrus on a foundation of grain and malt. The flavors were the same, just notably brighter and bolder. The beer drank cleanly and the tasty hops lingering nicely.

The body was very good, fuller than typical, but not heavy or thick. The beer was crisp and clean with a dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, the 22 disappeared too quickly, another reason why why this should be in 12oz six-packs, I probably would have drank a whole sixer. Overall, an excellent brew. A must try if you see it and certainly worth setting up a trade for. A great beer, congratulation Fremont!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, appears to be the 1st (excluding the fresh hopped beer from last fall) in a line of cowiche canyon organic IPA's

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, bright orange body, bubbly white film, nice retention. looks good in the sunlight flooding in through my kitchen windows

smell: aromatic hops - some lush citrus, pineapple, lemon zest

taste: "brewed exclusively with organic Citra and Simcoe hops grown in the Cowiche Canyon of the Yakima Valley." I dont know exactly what Fremont is up to with this hop farm, but i wholeheartedly support it, along with everything else they do. This IPA has a great hop profile showcasing two of everyone's favorite hops - bright citrus, pineapple, lemon, moderate bitterness, a leafy freshness, finishes with a little more grain than i'd prefer but overall really nice.

mouthfeel: oily, body is spot-on, bitterness fairly light

overall: another winner from Fremont

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