What Wet Hop Beers Are You Looking Forward To?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by honkey, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. honkey

    honkey Zealot (544) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    We're not far away from wet hop beers coming available. With them right around the corner, which beers are you looking forward to the most?
  2. Sinzanasti

    Sinzanasti Initiate (171) Apr 3, 2014 Ohio

    Fremont Cowiche Canyon and Columbus Yakima Fresh
  3. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (131) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    Chasin' Freshies and Born Yesterday are the ones I can always count on. Sierra Nevada's Wet Hop pack was awesome this year, and I hope they release it again. Plus, I always keep my eye out for Wet Hop beers from breweries I like. If I'm in the Midwest at the right time I always like BrooDoo from Three Floyds as well.

    Oh, and yours, assuming you're doing them again this year.
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  4. honkey

    honkey Zealot (544) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    Born Yesterday last year was the only wet hop beer I found in Bisbee. Luckily I love that beer.

    We will be brewing wet hop beers again. I think two IPA's and a Pale Ale if I remember correctly. The first two will use Amarillo in the whirlpool, one of which will be dry hopped with wet Comet and Citra, the other one will be dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe. The third beer will use wet El Dorado in the whirlpool and will be dry hopped with wet Idaho 7.
  5. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,422) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I enjoyed Born Yesterday a lot and Founders Harvest Ale

    Cool that your making some batches, cannot wait to sample them if they make it up to Phoenix.
  6. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (131) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    Sounds like some awesome hop combos! I'll be picking up some of each, for sure.

    I'm sure the bottle shop situation in Bisbee and Tombstone is less than stellar. If you haven't tried them yet, the others I mentioned are worth picking up next time you're in Tucson or Phoenix. I feel like most "harvest ales" are too (crystal) malty and not hoppy enough, but these beers avoid that and taste more "modern" to me.

    Years ago, I also trued and really liked Wendigo from Huss and 40 Acre from Mike Hess, but the trouble with wet hop beers is that they're usually one-offs.
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  7. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,240) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    I quite enjoyed Surly Wet (mosaic) last year so definitely looking forward to that. Born Yesterday certainly as well. I'd say Founders Harvest Ale too but it does not seem to hit the area in a timely fashion which is disappointing.
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  8. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Initiate (186) Nov 10, 2015 New York

    Those were going to be my two responses-Founders Harvest, Lagunitas Born Yesterday (still my all time favorite wet hopped). If anyone has any other recommendations for nationally distributed wet hopped beers, please share!
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  9. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Meyvn (1,496) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    Founders Harvest, along with SN.
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  10. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (288) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Lagunitas Born Yesterday
  11. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (235) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Founders Harvest, used to be able to say Victory Harvest too but those were different times.
  12. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Champion (832) May 2, 2010 Ohio

    Fatheads Hop Stalker, Founders Harvest Ale and Columbus Yakima Fresh come to mind. Can't wait.
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  13. islay

    islay Aspirant (214) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    Surly Wet, especially if Surly goes with any hops other than Mosaic, although I'm worried Surly will New Englandize this year's batch. In its best iterations, Surly Wet is among the best IPAs in the country.
  14. Junior

    Junior Disciple (342) May 23, 2015 Michigan

    Born Yesterday is the best one that I've had.
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  15. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (131) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    I've been wanting to try this for years, but I never see it on the shelves when I'm in the region during the fall/winter. I love Head Hunter, so I can only imagine...
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  16. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Champion (832) May 2, 2010 Ohio

    With the new, much larger location opening on 8/20, I have to imagine more production and wider distribution is inevitable. I hope you get your hands on some Stalker this year. So freaking good...
  17. bstyle

    bstyle Devotee (433) Apr 27, 2006 Indiana

    Three Floyd’s BrooDoo. If you’ve never had it, I’m happy to trade for your local wet hopped favorite. Cheers!
  18. honkey

    honkey Zealot (544) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    It’s hard to plan for wet hop beers for small breweries and especially hard when we are dependent on deliveries for them so it creates a scheduling nightmare, but I like doing it too much to skip them. Because of the logistics though, it basically necessitates that these beers are one offs. The cans we ordered this year don’t actually list the hop varieties in the description because we had to order cans before we knew what hops would be available in our production window. If I wanted to guarantee specific varieties at the time of ordering cans, I would have basically had to skip an entire round of beers but be prepared with the malts and yeast on hand... as you can probably guess it makes a cash flow problem. I think all those difficulties are what prevents more small brewers from brewing wet hop beers and packaging them. It’s slightly easier when the beer goes into all draught, but only slightly.
  19. ChrisSchlosser

    ChrisSchlosser Initiate (99) Nov 15, 2013 Ohio

    Fat Heads Hop Stalker is one of my favorite IPAs. I have yet to try Columbus Yakima Fresh but I've heard it's great. Definitely have to get both this year.
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  20. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (131) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    Yeah, I'm sure its a logistical nightmare for the small guys especially those in a location where hops aren't grown. I've run into the same problem trying to work it all out on a homebrew level, so I can only imagine. I'd guess the story is a bit different for the big guys like Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas; they're apparently able to produce the "same" wet hop beers every year. I appreciate the effort you put into these year after year!
  21. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (133) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    I used to wet myself over these, but now I'm content with just buying Lagunitas Born
  22. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (814) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Fatheads hop stalker and and founders harvest ale. I'm told Columbus Yakima fresh is worth checking out so I'll be looking for it as well.
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  23. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (272) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    None of them. Why wait for wet hopped beers when I can grab a handful of clippings out of the mower bag any time I want?
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  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,756) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    If Lagunitas can recreate their magic of Born Yesterday from 2016 (from the Chicago brewery) I will be very, very happy. If this year’s version is like last year’s (2017) I will buy one 6-pack and be done.

  25. ypsifly

    ypsifly Meyvn (1,031) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    North Peak Hoodoo, I'll take home others but that is the only one I really look forward to.
  26. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (131) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    I can't speak to Chicago vs. Petaluma 2016 seeing as I didn't get to try the Chicago version, but I will say the following:
    - Petaluma BY 2016 was perhaps the best beer I have ever had.
    - 2017 BY from both Chicago and Petaluma were a let down, compared to my previous bullet point. The Chicago version was hazier, but I can't say I noticed a major difference other than that.

    Either way, I'm with you.
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  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,756) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I had the Chicago brewed Born Yesterday in 2016 (and 2017 as well). There was a fair bit of discussion in 2016 which seemed to indicate that the Petaluma version was clear(er) and the Chicago version was hazy/turbid.

    I suppose we will see what 2018 brings?:thinking_face:


    P.S. One more tid-bit. I purchased a number of 6-packs of the 2016 version and I can report that this version started to get oniony (too oniony for my palate) a little over 30 days from bottling. Those beers within that 30 day window were glorious IMO.
  28. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (131) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    I'd agree with that assessment. I got a lot of fruit and citrus from it when it was fresh, but by January it was too green oniony even for me. I did enjoy it in the interim, though, while the onion was there, but a bit more subtle.

    I do not know what made that beer so magical, but I sure hope Laginitas does, or can at least recreate it!
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  29. breakin_anklez

    breakin_anklez Initiate (27) Aug 8, 2018 Virginia

    Charlotte has a couple that I enjoy,

    NoDa Stick When Wet
    D9 Cryonic
  30. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,262) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Comrade superdamp, hoperation ivy, great divide fresh hop and ceviche cañon are all on my radar.
  31. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,134) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    None, not a fan of Founders Harvest and Victory stopped brewing their harvest which I adored. Not sure what others I will even see in distribution.
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  32. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (234) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Troegs Hop Knife
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  33. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,679) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    Fresh Hop season is already upon us here in the PNW. The crop seems to be coming in early this year. There's too many to tick, ya can never get em all.
  34. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,134) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I also thought it was a wet hop beer years ago but apparently it is not one.
  35. mambossa

    mambossa Initiate (130) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    Fat Heads Hop Stalker. There is no comparison.
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  36. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Initiate (105) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    I'm excited for all the fresh hop beers.
  37. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,110) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Laurelwood FH Workhorse
    Barley Browns FH Pallet Jack
    Sunriver Da Bomb and Da Kine
    Crux Mo Fresh and Cruxtennial
    Double Mountain Killer Green
    Fort George Fresh IPA
    Fremont Field to Ferment series and Cowiche Canyon
    Whatever Breakside does

    Hope to catch some CO/NM fresh hops this year too:
    La Cumbre Monzon
    Comrade Superdamp
    Station 26 FH Juicy Banger
  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,756) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    @makalarch posted about his recent visit to Victory - Downingtown:

    “For the first time in what seemed like a while they actually had a nice assortment of experimental one offs and beers not in distro.”


    I wonder if Victory might reconsider their stance on producing wet hopped beers? Maybe in 2018 we there will be a Victory wet hopped beer?


  39. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Poo-Bah (2,840) Feb 22, 2013 Ohio

    Hit me up in mid October I will send you some. The key to Hop Stalker is pound them quickly within a couple weeks they change. That being said, Columbus Brewing Yakima was next level last year. Hope to see HopStalker in cans again like the 1st year.
  40. makalarch

    makalarch Aspirant (234) Jul 31, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Uh yeah the harvest was fantastic.
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