Fresh hop season is upon us and I could not be any happier. Fremont has been giving us delicious but limited fresh hop beers from their kick ass Cowiche Canyon hop program, where they partner with hop growers to grow small plots of organic delicious hops.
For the first time this year they have rolled out a new seasonal pale ale that utilizes different hops as they become available. As much as I hate to see their great Summer Ale go away, I will gladly kick it to the curb for these fresh hop pales.
First released about two weeks ago we were treated to their Centennial hopped version of Field to Ferment, as the weeks have gone on we’ve gotten to come across each of the four variants, including Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic hops. The latter haven’t been available locally until today, which is partially why we held off from a review last week. All of these hops are fairly well utilized and are somewhat buzz-worthy hops in the industry, this is going to be fun to try them each on their own in the same base beer.
The aforementioned Summer Ale is a SMaSH beer (Single Malt and Single Hop), using 2-Row Pale and Amarillo hops. In this case they aren’t quite as transparent with the malt bill, though I can’t imagine it is much more than some 2-Row Pale and maybe a bit of Crystal malt for color, plus each fresh hop, some house yeast, and water. Keep it simple.
We are going to go in order of release, I had each of these within a week of its packaging date and wrote notes for each as I went. For the most part the appearance, mouthfeel, and overall impression were the same for each beer, so those are going to remain mostly the same across each beer, the key difference is of course going to be in the aroma and flavor category.