Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide

I've been trying the various fresh/wet hop beers that have appeared on the market this year in anticipation of trying to brew one myself using my own home grown hops. Unfortunately, those dreams are withering away like the hop plants in my backyard. Thanks to the hottest summer on record and ongoing drought conditions, it doesn't look like I'm going to harvest enough hops to even bother trying to brew one. Oh well, its never too early to start planning for next year.

The latest fresh hop beer I tried is the apply named Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing in Denver, Coloardo. Its brewed with fresh hops flown in direct from the harvest in the Pacific Northwest. Big, beautiful hop aroma. Very well balanced. The expected grassy and citrusy flavours are not overbearing and finishes with only a mild dry bitterness. Would make a nice session beer if it wasn't 6.1% ABV.

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