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Beer #2

Beer:  Fresh Hop

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Location: Denver, CO

Appearance: Pretty pale straw, but maybe that’s because I didn’t have a full glass to gauge color.

Aroma: Lots of pine, some citrus, and some floral notes. Didn’t smell any malts here

Taste: Pine bomb.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, with a light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Great session beer, perfect for watching tv or movies.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+

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Here’s the next beer from my time at Belmont Station….

Description: This is Ninkasi’s famous Tricerahops DIPA hopped using fresh amarillo hops. Amarillo hops are incredibly difficult to get fresh, and the only other fresh amarillo hop beer I’ve had is Fresh Hop Twilight, which is basically a hop revolution in a glass. This beer has some serious shoes to fill.

Beer: Fresh Hop Tricerahops

Brewery: Ninkasi

Style: DIPA

ABV: No idea, not listed on Beer Advocate

Location: Eugene, OR

Appearance: Dark orange, with a finger and a half of head that lingers for a while.

Aroma: Amarillo hops, and that’s it.

Taste: This beer is delicious. Really pronounced floral, citrus, and pine notes that only amarillo hops can provide. The hops are nicely balanced out by the malt backbone of the beer. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth but leaves a little bit of a film in the mouth, which I’m perfectly okay with.

Drinkability: If only Belmont Station filled growlers…..I would have filled two.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A

A Night at Belmont Station

I’m currently in the process of accumulating amazing beer for an epic tasting once I’ve finally moved into my new apartment. I’m not quite up to where I would like to be at the moment, so I went over to Belmont Station to buy a few beers as well as enjoy a brew or two in the process.

Very pretty head, and a creep gnome dude on my glass.

Description: Basically a saison hopped with 100lbs of Magnum fresh hops.

Beer: Hits from the Vine

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Saison

ABV: 6.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Orange/yellow, with 3 fingers of pearly white head with big bubbles. Left some nice lacing too.

Aroma: Dry, hoppy, with some grass and earthiness.

Taste: A little bitter, with citrus and spices following up. Hops come in towards the end, and I was surprised at how subtle the hops were in this beer. I expect a fresh hop beer to punch me in the face with those citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light with medium carbonation. Super duper dry though. Almost as dry as reading a bad book, but much more pleasant!

Drinkability: Very sessionable, you could have this sucker with dinner, dessert, and for a nightcap as well.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+

Deschutes Fresh Hops!

I went to Deschutes for a few drinks tonight with a friend, and winded up getting a sampler tray of all the fresh hop beers that deschutes had to offer. I’m going to get this out right now. Hop trip and fresh hop twilight ale were the best. Both are in A+ territory. If you have access to this, get it. NOW.

From left to right, top to bottom: fresh hop chainbreaker IPA, fresh hop inversion IPA, fresh hop oktoberfest, fresh hop mirror pond pale ale, fresh hop twilight ale, hop trip (which is always fresh hopped)

Descriptions from the brewery:

Fresh hop chainbreaker IPA: brewed with hops straight from the valley, this white IPA is a subtle citrus blend of cascade and citra centennial hops.

Fresh hop inversion IPA: Our big, bold west coast style India pale ale enhanced by the presence of fresh heritage cascade hops.

Fresh hop oktoberfest: Our 2011 fresh hop oktoberfest utilizes classic german pilsner, vienna, munich malts, as well as german northern brewer and hallertau hops. A traditional sour wort strain was added from the Distelhauser Brewery in germany, for a refreshing, zippy finish. Fresh sterling hops define this brew as an authentic seasonal creation!

Fresh hop mirror pond pale ale: Our favorite pale ale plus our favorite time of the year (hop harvest!!!) equals one of the staff’s most loved beers. This pale is tawny colored and full bodied with a distinctive lingering hop flavor attained by adding copious quantities of fresh cascade hops.

Fresh hop twilight ale: The hops did not “get the memo” that it was Labor Day weekend when they decided to mature for picking. So-off we drove to Yakima and picked up 150lbs of fresh amarillos from Gamache Farms. All of the traffic was headed the other way. Against the flow-how we get it. Big thanks to Aloha produce for their help. Enjoy!

Hop trip: Obsessive longing and flawless execution converge. We wait restlessly all year for the hop harvest celebration; our one chance to capture the bright citrus and pine essence of fresh hops. Hop drive and brewer synchronize their timepieces. Vine to kettle in less than 4 hours. Enjoy!

It is Time

For FRESH HOP SEASON!!!!!!!!! Since the pacific northwest grows a huge percentage of the nation’s hops, we are naturally very good at this style because it takes much less time for local breweries to get their hands on the freshly picked hops in comparison to breweries located elsewhere.

Description: This noble, fresh hop version of our classic american pale ale arose from a single plot of heirloom cascade hops. Revived by our brewers from the original rootstock developed at Oregon State University, grown by Goshie Farms in Oregon, this very limited release is just for you.

Beer: Fresh Hop Mirror Pond

Brewery: Deschutes

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Amber, with a little bit of head that leaves wonderful lacing. Darker than the normal mirror pond i think

Aroma: Pine, citrus, and apricot. Not much malt smell

Taste: Low on hop bitterness, high on hop flavor, with pine, orange peel, and some floral hop notes coming through. I can also taste some sweet malts as well, but I have to look for it to find it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth

Drinkability: Super drinkable, you really don’t realize how quickly the bomber goes till it’s gone.

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: A+

A lot of people think that this is the best fresh hop beer from deschutes if not the best fresh hop beer out there. It’s very good, but I want to try this year’s hop trip before I pass final judgement.