Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Homegrown Fresh Hop AleHomegrown Fresh Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned at Mikkeller Bar San Francisco. Served at 55º F in a cylindrical pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear, amber to copper color with a one inch, wheat colored head, amazing head retention (I mean this remained substantial throughout), and decent lacing.
S: Aromas of citrus, especially grapefruit and caramel, with a herbal spice note.
T: Semidry to semisweet. Flavor of caramel malt is great and citrus dramatically less than the nose. Raisiny or figgy quality. Reminds me more of a mild than a pale ale, per se (although I recognize these are in a spectrum). Light to medium bitterness in very good balance with malts.
M: Medium (although on the full side) bodied and lightly effervescent.
O: A delicious, American pale ale with very, very strong British roots. A bit strong to act as a session drink (probably why it is classified as an APA). Held up well with German cuisine.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rocknrao
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at toronado SF.

It's sort of a root beer brown. Not too much floral hop aroma. Good bitterness nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is chesnut brown, with good retention on the lacing, producing thin sticky lines around the cylinder. Smell is potent dank, pine-resin, citrucy hop profile, with also a decent malty biscuit undertones throughout. Medium mouthfeel. Pair with cedar plank salmon, or fresh herb crusted foods.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.08/5  rDev -4%

On tap at Beachwood, Seal Beach, CA.

Woo now. How we are talking! Smells like a fresh ocean of hops that maybe only Kelly Slater can barrel...but nah, Raul has this. So juicy, and a bit grassy like Natalie Wood starring in a Kazan film. So clean though...

Overall, it doesn't taste the best, it doesn't sceam at you... But the thang is just solid.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this (as Green Buds) at the SF Toronado.

This is a 6.2% wet hopped brew with Cascade and Chinook.

I think it’s worth mentioning the hops when I know them, if only to start recognizing flavor profiles and similarities in hop varieties.

This has an amber-caramel color. Just a richly hued amber all around, topped by tight foam lacing.
As it warms the aroma release a dank aroma with hints of caramel sweetness rounding the edges. There’s a piney, medicinal, almost vegetal note to it—which I just love, I must mention.
The flavor is rich, malty, almost gruit-like in it’s taste and finish. Insanely smooth, with the malty sweetness balancing out the apparent bitterness and the lightly dank flavors, along with marmalade and pine.

This beer is intriguing—a sipper more than something I’d quaff but still insanely enjoyable. Another solid Moonlight brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew. Pungent hops here. Tight pine and citrus tones hit the mouth, fresh and fairly clean. There is an earthy bitter tone to it. This carries a good profile, but strikes me as a bit one-dimensional and direct. There's nothing wrong with it; just sayin'. A nice beer, though the dirty bitterness is a detractor somewhat.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head faded down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of fresh pine and citrus hops with some nice earthiness and some sweet malts providing some balance and depth.

T - Starts off with lots of fresh flora and citrus hops. Some good grapefruit and earthy hop flavors come through. There is also some sweet caramel malt flavor building. Through the middle, the hop flavor gets a bit stronger alongside some more bitterness and malt flavor. The finish is again, big on the hop and bitterness with just enough sweet malts lingering.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dry and earthy mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced harvest ale with a nice hop and malt balance that still really features the fresh hop flavor nicely.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head. Good retention and leaves thick lace.

S: Grapefruit and melon, strong hop notes.

T: Hop dominated, with a lot of lemon and pine. Bitter, but the hops give a lot of complexity. Full-flavoured.

M: Medium-bodied, very resiny, sticky with hop oil. Refreshing for sure when at a cooler temperature.

O: Another great one from Moonlight. My thanks to Beachwood for being able to get these kegs.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flavor Bistro, review from written notes.
Served up by Brian from Moonlight no less, poured into a small stemmed wine glass.

Copious foam, so much so that it formed irregular peaks that rose above the rim of the glass momentarily. Body was a dark amber gold that had some haze to it, with visible streams of carbonation around the edges.

Mild aroma of C hops and specialty malt, sort of medicinal, hoppy but not really all that interesting, especially for a wet-hopped harvest ale. Reminded me of Sierra Nevada hemisphere harvest ales of the past.

Resiny and bitter hop flavor, citrus rind, grassy. Flavor defintely delivers the hop goods. Medium bodied, crisp and dry feel. Lightly sweet malt presence. Good for a pint, but not necessarily an attention-grabbing example of a wet-hopped APA.

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Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toad in the Hole.

Clear amber body. Short but dense, off-white head. Leaves a compact covering the whole session.

Juicy grapefruit. Some ganja and pine. Light caramel malts.

Lot of juicy citrus, grapefruit mostly. A subtle but strong malt backbone, biscuit like. The finish shows off pine hops with a bitterness that lingers for a while. It's a little creamy, most likely due to the fact that it's from the cask.

A very nice wet hop ale. Delicious.

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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 49 ratings