Fresh Hop of Couve-Air
Heathen Brewing

Fresh Hop of Couve-AirFresh Hop of Couve-Air
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Style:
New England IPA
ABV:
6.4%
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4.05 | pDev: 4.44%
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3
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4
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Fresh Hop of Couve-AirFresh Hop of Couve-Air
Notes: Now this is a story all about how the beer game got flipped turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how we brewed this Fresh Hop in a town called Couve-air! On the West Coast born and raised in the brew house is where we spend most of our days. Mashing out, brewing, dry hopping all cool… and all drinking some pints after our brew, when a couple of guys who where up to no good, started drinking Budweiser in our neighborhood. We got in one little fight and big beer got scared, and we said “Get out of this town Budweiser you ain’t welcome in the Couve-air.”

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is actually not hazy at all, but nearly clear yellow with plenty of foam in the tall Belle-Vue glass. Quite aromatic with the mystery hops giving off peach and fermenting pineapple. Moderate acidity, even a bit winey. Fairly sweet for some balance. Flavors of orange with notes of papaya and green beans.

Quite drinkable and interesting. There's just a little sourish weirdness. But again a West Coast brewer seems to be able to make a NE style beer with a cleaner taste and mouthfeel. From the 16 oz can purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA, definitely New England style as billed. No date on can. Pours a darker golden color with a little yellow as well, slightly hazy, small white film of head and nice spotty lingering lacing. Aromas of fresh ripe mildly dank grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and orange. Also some floral hops and more faint herbal hops, with malt, vanilla and caramel. Taste follows the nose. A little juicy and well balanced. Very refreshing.
Crisp nice mild bitter bite. Smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very easy to drink. Well hidden ABV. Excellent!

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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned in 10/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.4%. Overall this is a fantastic NEIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Great soft feel and not aggressive. Feels like Citra and Simcoe. Extremely vibrant, juicy, dank, and earthy hops; with a great balancing wheat/oat/malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example.

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Fresh Hop of Couve-Air from Heathen Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4 ratings