Wet Hop Willie
Country Boy Brewing

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.78 | pDev: 8.2%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 12
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a brownish orange with a white head. Aroma is toasty (light and thin) bsicuit with some caramel, floral and a little grassy Flavor offers some of the light and thin biscuit and caramel but some orange citrus comes through in the flavor that was not there in the aroma, with the florals, and grass as well. A crisp, lighter mouthfeel. Overall, a solid wet hop APA here.I can't help but compare it to Deschutes Hop Trip and this one does pale significantly in comparison to it. This one is decent and worth my purchase but not great.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's with a balanced attack and slight emphasis on rusticity, that Country Boy celebrates these Kentucky-grown hops in pale ale form.

The typical pale ale appearance is delivered as the medium amber, copper stained hue plays on the visuals. Medium carbonation releases a thin sheet of foam to cap the beer and dispurse the pungent aromatics of malt and hops. Light retention yields interspersed pockets along the glass.

Hops strike first with the raw pungency of fresh hops- grass, herb, leaf, and stems all capture the scent of muddled hops. Highly fragrant with the plant matter that easily reminds the nose of wet hemp. The dank scent is complemented by soft caramel notes and hearty whole grain bread.

Caramel leads off the taste,but is short lived and the dry grain flavor takes command in nearly a spicy rye taste. But shortly into the taste, the beer becomes hop-centric with the taste of grapefruit rind, pine cone, fresh cut grass, muddled herbs, incense, and an overall earthy bark-like taste. The flavors conclude with the same malt/hop balance that started it all, but in a very crisp, dry and refreshing taste.

Medium-light in texture, the fleeting malt and carbonation provides a dry grainy base from which the hops spring onto the palate. Bitterness meets grassy astringency as the beer closes with focuse on an extended bitter aftertaste.

Highly refreshing, the beer is meant for high rate of consumption and in quick order. But despite the beer's dissapearing act, I wanted more focus on hops. The beer really wants to be an IPA when it grows up.

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Wet Hop Willie from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 12 ratings