Elm City Wild Hop Ale
Elm City Brewing Co.

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3.88 | pDev: 0%
Elm City Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This beer came to the table with a short head that dissolved into a nice lacing all the way to the bottom. It was gold/amber in color and a bit cloudy.

S: Hops, this beer definitely puts the hops up front but not abrasively, a little bit of both pine a citrus. Not much evidence of a malt backbone.

T: The first batch of this beer last summer was good but this was was much better. The hops take center stage (I'd love to know what kind they're using) with nice bitterness and some citrus/piney flavors just like in the nose. The malt has a nice slight sweetness at the end.

M: I did think this beer was a bit thin and could have benefited from a little more texture as a result carbonation was a bit high.

D: A very drinkable beer. I usually try something else after one at Elm City just because I can but this time around I ordered a second wild hop ale. Overall a very good beer that I look forward to more batches of in the future.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I showed up for the annual Oktoberfest (9/27/08) and eneded up being most impressed with this wild-hop ale instead of the traditional Fest bier. owner, Deb Rivest has grown her own hops in two locations which allowed Brewer Bill Dunn to create this crispy, hoppy ale. The ale is actually the same recipe as the Mounadnock mountail Ale that is popular at the brewery but the hops are pumped up and are local to the area. I think all brewery's should have acccess to their own loval hops!

It's a classic color, a well carbonated amber with a fine and quick to dissipate head. There's not much left after it subsides but that is usually the case with Dunn's brews.

The nose is packed with a unique fruity and bitter green scent, clearly the fresh, local hops have added so nice depth of complexity to this brew. There's also a slight peppery note and a crispy malt subtley.

The flavor is dominated by the fresh hops, a blend of tangy and sweet fruits pops out all over the palate. The beginning is sweet, like wild strawberries and them becomes slightly peppery and earthy finished by a classic mildly bitter finish. It's all held together by a light crispy malt that actually delivers really good balance.

Well, I came to enjoy the Oktoberfest brews but I left most impressed with this wonderfull, non-biiter hoppy ale.

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Elm City Wild Hop Ale from Elm City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2 ratings