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 GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/05/05- Had on tap at the Toronado Wet Hopped Festival in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 6oz samplers poured via tap.

Appearance- Amber colored pour, slight rimmed head with average lace.

Smell- Wonderful fresh fruit hop scent. Not quite as good as the Bear Republic, but almost there.

Taste- Pretty much all these IPA's had a kinda similar taste. They all tasted very fresh, but some had more hop kick than others or were a tad more watery. This was was a bit above the middle which made it ultra drinkable. Great hop flavor as well as malt backing.

Mouthfeel- Was like drinking water...in a good way though. Very smooth.

Drinkability- pjwilson is on the right track. This brew is session quality at it's finest for an IPA. Their Chinnok was good as well, but this one was #2 at the fest for me.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the highlight of the wet hop fest at the toronado, and thus worthy of mention.
Appearance: it is a nice amber color, mabey one shade lighter. not much head
smell: like sniffing a bag of hops. this a wet hop ale, made fresh. man does it smell great.
taste: too much. yet i want to keep sipping. It's like the strongest double ipa, but even stronger and yet in a 5.5 percent malt base. But in Laymen's terms, it's just damn good. I think even the non beer drinkers would like a 6 once of this. because it just hits the spot. Like I said, I tried 10 wet hop ales, and this was heads and shoulders above
drinkability: like all moonlight beers sadly out of my reach unless i come to the bay...which isn't such a bad ride. But yeah, if this was commonly avaliable,it would be a damn fine session beer.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a combination of orange and gold with little head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is very nice, bringing a burst of hops. The taste is good too, with hops coming out strong right away but they strangely fade in the finish leading to a sense of flatness. The mouthfeel is good, and it's very easy to drink.

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Photo of carln26
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Tornado. It poured a deep copper color, clear with a thin tan head. Aroma is all sweet hop flower fresh pine, grass. Taste has the pine grass and grapefruit, slight sweetness on the finish. Awesome smooth mouth feel very drinkable. This is a great, fresh harvest ale.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at RFD's in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber with a smallish ivory white head. Decent head retention, but not phenomenal. Left small specks and faint rings on the glass.

Smell: Aromas of an anthro major's dorm room. If I ever doubted that ganja and hops were related, I certainly don't any more. Very herbaceous and green. Faint whiffs of citrus.

Taste: Earthy, vegetal hop juices with a decent caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin and light in body with lingering bitter aftertastes.

Drinkability: A great beer with a wonderfully soporific effect from the smell alone. Who needs a bong when you have this?

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on Draft at the O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival, 11-20-04.
Sample #2 of 16.
Overall Mark (on the day) = 4.5.

Only the odd lone white bubble on the surface after the pour, but this settled completely flat with minimal head if any. Little carbonation.

Very flowery on the hooter. Floral hops that had a slight sweetness in the background, freshly picked spearmint rubs against a raw green hoppy aroma that was almost perfumey at times.

My notes were simply; Very Bitter!! Moonlight allegedly uses the same hop field as Russian River. I believe that there are two versions of the Homegrown Harvest Ale, it is either dry-hopped with Wet Cascade or Chinook, the Keg at O’Brien’s was 100% Wet Chinook according to Vinnie of Russian River if my notes serve me right, but I could be wrong. Who cares because this was one of my favorites, for it had a very juicy fruity sweet feel right at first that built up into a freshly grass-stained hoppy middle and a very bitter minty finish with some citric elements. Quite the ride!!!

The initial fruity sweetness, the raw green hops and then the bold bitterness somehow gave the body a dominant feel in the mouth throughout. A big beer on tongue and a tad puckering on the cheeks after the swallow.

Another immensely drinkable offering at O’Brien’s. This was my first Moonlight brew and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Solid drinker. More please!

After getting my O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival Pint Glass for just $3, I decided to hit the Moonlight for Sample #2. Unfortunately when I asked for my Homegrown Harvest Ale I forgot to make it clear that I only wanted a sample, as a result I ended up with a whole Pint of Moonlight. Oh well, much worse things have happened. Bloody Excellent!!!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a wet hop tasting at RFD’s in Washington DC. This came out a golden orange with a slight white head that left a few rings of lace around glass. Very grassy and earthy aroma here with backing by citric hops. Taste is more of the same with earthy flavors dominating over minor citric notes and a touch of juicy sweetness. This tasted as if they could have squeezed the hops over a glass and served it its so hoppy fresh. Dry bitter finish with a light to medium oily body and excellent drinkability. Too bad there are not any wet hopped beers readily available around here besides Sierra Nevada’s I really enjoyed this beer.

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Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale from Moonlight Brewing Company
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