Favorite Wet Hop Beers in the Fall of 2013?

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  1. BeerIsland

    BeerIsland Zealot (548) Feb 9, 2003 Pennsylvania

    In a midst the pumpkin beers, wet hop beers become available. I'm curious if local versions of these are being made. I've been able to get about 1/2 dozen on tap in Lancaster, some national, most not. What are the favorites out there?
  2. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (511) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I thought Troegs Scratch 116 was awesome.
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  3. Sunn

    Sunn Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2012 Iowa

    I've tried a few different ones over the last couple of weeks I really enjoyed. Founders Harvest Ale, Deschutes Chasin' Freshies, and Deschutes Hop Trip were all really good. Port Brewing High Tide's another good one as well.
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  4. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    SN Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop, Deschutes Hop Trip and Chasin Freshies, and the NB Hop Kitchen Salmon free are the ones I have had so far. All pretty good IMO.
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  5. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,103) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Odell's Hand Picked IPA was (I thought) a different but very enjoyable take on a wet hopped IPA. Dry Dock's High Wired was really good too. As was Equinox's Hop Harvest 100% Amarillo wet hop IPA.

    Deschutes's Hop Trip proved once again to be fantastic and my favorite of the year, though.
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  6. Pumah25

    Pumah25 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 Iowa

    Harvest ale.
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  7. Msudukie

    Msudukie Disciple (322) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    I really enjoyed Broo Doo. Harvest Ale is very drinkable but just a step below in my opinion.
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  8. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Zealot (505) Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

    I only had a few this year. Wasn't crazy about SN Northern Hemisphere. Was pretty happy with Founders Harvest. But what really blew me away was NJ's Kane Brewing with their Oast House Head High. Really phenomenal stuff.
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  9. Sunn

    Sunn Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2012 Iowa

    Completely forgot about Broo Doo! Damn that beer was good, and the bottle art is one of the greatest things I've ever seen.
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  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,937) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    In the past I have enjoyed the Victory wet hopped beers (Harvest Ale & Harvest Pils). I have not seen these on tap (yet).

    I had a number of wet hopped beers at a Capone's event. I suppose my favorite there was a wet hopped beer by Great Divide (I don't recall the specific beer name).

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  11. Siriusfisherman

    Siriusfisherman Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2011 Colorado

    Fremont Brewing Company's Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale was the best one I had this year, absolutely amazing beer.
  12. Halluxone

    Halluxone Aspirant (258) Dec 7, 2012 Georgia

    Fresh Hop from Great Divide was really great this year...super piney and grassy and the greenest label I've ever seen.

    Really like Celebration, Hop Trip, and Harvest too. Favorite time of year with a wet hop in one hand, giant football team foam finger over the other. Life is good.
  13. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 Texas

    Freetail Hopothesis G.

    Bottled in San Antonio, no distro yet. So insanely good.
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  14. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,381) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Fat Head's Hopportunity Knocks and Hopstalker were amazing.. Founders was great as usual.. Columbus Super Fresh H-O-P was really good.. and FFF Broo Doo was extremely solid this year.. those were the standouts for me..
  15. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Broo Doo was fantastic.
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  16. madtrixter787

    madtrixter787 Aspirant (265) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Sixpoint Autumnation. All mosaic. All delicious.
  17. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (452) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Most of mine have already been said, but there is one that has been overlooked. Bridgeport Hop Harvest Pilsner was excellent.
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  18. bosoroni

    bosoroni Initiate (135) Oct 31, 2007 Illinois
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    BrooDoo, Founders Harvest, Sixpoint Autumnation

    eff! forgot Mr. Goroboros by Half Acre!
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  19. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (2,603) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    I'd take Founders Harvest Ale over SN Celebration, so far. However, I've never tried either of the Northern/Southern Hemisphere ales by SN, nor any of the others listed above, so I can't speak to them.

    Honestly, these wet hop ales are a little disappointing, considering you can get some truly amazing "normal" IPAs year-round. Not bad; just not mind-blowing.

    (Typed as I drink a Heady Topper....)
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  20. MattLatuchie

    MattLatuchie Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2013 Illinois
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    Broo Doo has probably been my favorite. Also really liked Sticky Fat (Half Acre) and Fresh Hop (Great Divide).
  21. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    I like love the heavier pine and green flavors, and the longer resin-y bitterness. I think many of us would take a Harvest over Celebration, but Celebration is much cheaper, much more available, and IMO a damn good beer.
    And if you don't like these wet/fresh hopped ales, don't drink them! :stuck_out_tongue: Save your money for the year-round IPAs you love.

    (Typed as I nurse a Celebration)
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  22. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,013) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I hate to say this, but deschutes really disappointed me this year. Chasingfreshies was my favorite wet hopped brew last year but didn't impress me at all this year. Mystand outs were ska brewing hoperation ivy and gdbc fresh hop. That was a damn fine beer.
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  23. WheelsPSU

    WheelsPSU Zealot (536) Aug 25, 2013 New Jersey

    Founders Harvest Ale. Oh, that was already said by everyone? A local Brooklyn favorite from Sixpoint (Autumnation) is pretty good.
  24. Rasmon

    Rasmon Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2013 Minnesota

    Surly Wet
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  25. ChesterHop

    ChesterHop Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2010 Connecticut

    Founders Harvest Ale without a doubt.
  26. dzyneguru

    dzyneguru Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    Founders Harvest, Indeed's Mosaic Fresh Hop, and Town Hall's Fresh Hop 100 were all outstanding - really missed Brau Brother's 100 Yard Dash though.
  27. mrcraft

    mrcraft Meyvn (1,342) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    I only had one this year. Fresh Founders Harvest Ale. Nothing to compare it to, but it was outstanding.
  28. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,336) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    Correct. Thread over.
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  29. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,689) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Surly Wet by far my favorite

    And on the next level
    Chasing Freshies
    Great Divide
    Founders Harvest
  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,937) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “Honestly, these wet hop ales are a little disappointing, considering you can get some truly amazing "normal" IPAs year-round. Not bad; just not mind-blowing.”

    I hear what you are saying. The best way that I can articulate it is that wet hops provide a different quality from dried hops. Perhaps a good analogy for those foodies out there is cooking with fresh herbs vs. dried herbs. I am not prepared to say that one is ‘better’ than the other but they are certainly different.

    I homebrewed a Harvest Ale using Nugget Hops that I picked as the wort was boiling (that is a fresh as it gets!). That beer is a very nice and pleasant beer. It certainly is not a beer like Heady Topper but does every beer need to be a Heady Topper? I should caveat that I am a HUGE fan of Heady Topper.

    So, I suppose a proper summary would be that wet hopped beers are different from beer brewed with dried hops and maybe beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

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  31. sethmc01

    sethmc01 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Wisconsin

    As I sit here enjoying a SN Celebration, I remember why I look forward to it every year! Fantastic.

    My first year trying Founders Harvest Ale. Thought it was outstanding.
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  32. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (2,603) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    I should clarify that I do not, in any way, dislike these fresh hop ales (Celebration and Harvest). Rather, I felt a little let down after all the hype on the forum, and they ended up not being right up my alley as far as my preferred IPA profile.

    Nothing wrong with them at all; I can appreciate them, and I DO like them, just not quite as much as I'd hoped.

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  33. logjammin

    logjammin Aspirant (228) Jan 26, 2012 Louisiana
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    The broo doo I had was very disappointing. Seemed like a malty mess which really confused me. Wonder if something was up with it
  34. willth

    willth Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 Illinois

    Shorts kind ale. Hands down
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  35. PickleBucket29

    PickleBucket29 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 Illinois
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    I realize it's been said on this thread, but Founders Harvest Ale was great. Not only the best wet hopped ale of the seasone, but one of the best releases of the year.
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  36. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,251) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    i liked Schells fresh hop pils (mosaic) this year
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  37. PhillyBeerGuy72

    PhillyBeerGuy72 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 New Jersey

    Just picked up a growler of Great Divide Fresh Hop. Very tasty.
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  38. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Just had SN Northern Hemisphere, amazing beer
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  39. largadeer

    largadeer Poo-Bah (3,495) Sep 24, 2006 California
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    Had quite a few this year, and most of them sucked. Cellarmaker's Questionable Origins was probably the best.
  40. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    Yea I thought that's what you meant. And they do generally have a different profile. For those of us that want a vegetal, piney, almost kushy beer- they're great! I'd be really interested to trying a wet/fresh Centennial hopped beer like Two Hearted to see how citrusy it is.

    IMO it was a very good year for wet/fresh hops, IF you really like the flavors they provide. The raw hop flavor seemed surprisingly strong in both SN's beers and Founders. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Deschutes, but they were still great beers.
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