What Fresh Hop IPAs are you looking forward to this Fall/Winter?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeastOfTheNortheast, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (265) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    As the title suggests, which Fresh Hop IPAs will you bee seeking out this Fall/Winter?
  2. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Initiate (105) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    Fresh hop season is almost all over.
  3. mambossa

    mambossa Initiate (125) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    I was looking forward to Fat Heads Hop Stalker, but they chose not to bottle it this year. :thinking_face::sob:
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  4. billydrinksbeer

    billydrinksbeer Initiate (87) Sep 15, 2017 Colorado

    Fremont's Field To Ferment series and Lagunitas Born Yesterday
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  5. Junior

    Junior Disciple (316) May 23, 2015 Michigan

    Born Yesterday is the best one that I have had. I am not planning to buy it this year, however.
  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Cowiche canyon or gtfo
  7. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (734) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Maybe for you in Oregon but for most of the country, these gems hit the shelves just about now.

    Although NoDa's HD&R has fallen off, their Sticky When Wet has been super in years past and looking forward to it again.

    Founders Harvest ale just showed up. One of the originals that made it to distro. It had fallen off the last few years but 2018 is the best it has been in a while. Crisp, bitter, clean>>excellent. But man at 7.6%, deadly.
  8. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (206) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Born Yesterday and I'd like to find some Yakima Fresh from Columbus Brewing.

    Hop Stalker was a no-brainer, but alas...
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  9. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (2,755) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest. A favorite of mine for many years.
  10. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,440) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    The same favorites I buy every year. Lagunitas Born Yesterday and Sierra Nevada Celebration. I want to get Founders Harvest Ale this year, too. I didn't buy it last year.
  11. jlharman

    jlharman Initiate (50) Apr 5, 2015 Washington

    My favorites so far CSA Farm Harvest by Matchless and Fresh Hop Double Crush by Reuben's.
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  12. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (265) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Born Yesterday and Celebration are both Fresh Hop beers and aren't out yet, so I don't think it is almost over unless almost means a couple months to you.
  13. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (201) Sep 7, 2006 Kentucky

    We don't get many fresh hop APAs/IPAs around here, but I was up in Chicago last weekend and visited Pollyanna for their 4th Anniv party and their fresh hop ale was FANTASTIC. Would have bought a case of it if it were in cans/bottles.

    And once Sierra Nevada Celebration comes out I'll be drinking plenty of it. Still my favorite IPA of all-time.
  14. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (1,771) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland

    SN Celebration! Hard to beat $12.99 12-packs of one of my favorite seasonal beers.
  15. elohim

    elohim Initiate (154) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia

    I'm jealous. My distro area only gets $9 6-packs, I would buy much more of it at that price point
  16. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (982) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    They barely made any this year :cry:
  17. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (982) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    Celebration isn't "Wet Hop", it's "Fresh Hop".

    Wet Head Full of Dynomite is the new one I am excited for. I've never had a hazy wet beer.
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  18. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Initiate (176) Nov 10, 2015 New York

    Bingo, all of my answers right here.
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  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    I'm heading to Fremont Saturday, I hope it's around. If not :cry::rage::sob:
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  20. Alefflicted

    Alefflicted Initiate (72) Dec 2, 2017 Minnesota

    Off the top of my head? Sierra Nevada Celebration and Northern Hemisphere Harvest, Lagunitas Born Yesterday, Founders Harvest Ale, Deschutes Chasin' Freshies, and Surly Wet. I know I forgot some that I really liked last year.

    Also while not and IPA Schells Fresh Hop Pilsner, is always a favorite of mine.
  21. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (1,968) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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  22. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (154) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    Celebration. Oh and Celebration. And I also look forward to Celebration.
  23. cser

    cser Initiate (49) Feb 12, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Born Yesterday
  24. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,181) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    OP's thread title is 'What Fresh Hop IPAs'. :wink:
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  25. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (265) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Columbus Brewing Yakima Fresh
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  26. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (982) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

  27. ssimpson89

    ssimpson89 Zealot (563) Jul 24, 2009 Illinois

    Founders Harvest, made with all Michigan grown hops this year, is better than ever. A thinner mouthfeel this year, but super flavorful.

    Also like a local, Heavy Handed from Two Brothers.

    Pick up both today, packaged on 9/20 and 9/17.
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  28. Averwo

    Averwo Disciple (308) Jul 4, 2013 Iowa

    Hopefully Surly Wet is better than it has been in recent years.
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  29. Jlabs

    Jlabs Champion (824) Nov 11, 2013 New York

    Born Yesterday for sure..love that stuff
  30. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (339) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I always pick up some Founders Harvest and Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, and if I see 'em I'll grab some Port High Tide and some Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Plus any others that may present themselves.

    Wet hop and fresh hop brews are an even bigger highlight of the year for me than Oktoberfest brews; I just wish the former were as widely and profusely available as the latter in my area.
  31. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (108) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    I haven't seen any wet hop beers on the shelf yet, apart from Founders.

    Are brewers putting a New England bend on these wet hop beers this year?
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  32. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    They got regular and hazy cowiche on tap at Femont
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  33. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (982) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    Awesome! I used to buy a case out here every year, and this year most stores got zero, and the ones that did got a case. I'm going on a mini-search at lunch today.

    How is the hazy version?? Did you try Wet Dynomite?
  34. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Going tomorrow, I'll let you know.
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  35. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Devotee (438) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey

    The "hoppy" trinity of wet hops of course:
    Founders Harvest, Born Yesterday, Celebration.
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  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,637) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I would love to purchase a Born Yesterday as it was brewed at the Chicago brewery in 2016. I bought three 6-packs in 2016.

    I thought last year's (2017) Born Yesterday was good - I drank one draft pint of this beer.

  37. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (134) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota

    Born Yesterday...wish they would can it. One can dream...
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  38. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (815) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Aren't all beers wet? :wink:


    Here's an article listing the "differences" but sometimes they appear to be used interchangeably.

    "Update (Sept. 2018). The Brewers Association’s Beer Style Guidelines now includes a definition for Fresh Hop Beer. Admittedly, the definition is somewhat at odds with what I say here, but I think a lot of brewers and consumers still agree that “fresh” and “wet” are used to mean, basically, the same thing. In truth, wet hop is a sub-category of fresh hop, but when most people say “fresh hop,” they’re talking about wet hop.

    Here’s the BA’s definition of Fresh Hop Beer: “These ales are brewed with freshly harvested hops. Such hops might be undried fresh or frozen cones or ground material, or, freshly kilned dried cones or pellets…”

    The BA does not distinguish wet hop beer as a category, but does note (in the complete definition of Fresh Hop Beer) that beers made using freshly harvested, whole cone hops that have not been kiln dried may be considered a subcategory of Fresh Hop Beer."

    I think technically there is no "Fresh Hop season", it just depends on where you're getting your hops from. There is a "fresh hop season" in different regions though.

    If I'm off on this, feel free to correct me, as the terms are a bit fuzzy.
  39. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Had a fresh hop pils from matchless in Washington, along with their fresh hop NEIPA. The pils was subtle but delicious, and the fresh fluff was just flat out awesome. I've had fresh hops at home, but having them in the heart of hop mecca is other world status.
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  40. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (982) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    Grab Citra Slicker if you can. The best wet I've ever had! Reubans makes some beauties as well.
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