BEER #1: NORTHERN HEMISPHERE HARVEST WET HOP ALE
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale is an India Pale Ale brewed using hops freshly picked from Eastern Washington. This beer arrives with the hop harvest (usually around September) and clocks in with a 7.2% ABV.
Created in 1996, Harvest Ale features Cascade and Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops—the same day they are picked—to our brewery in Chico where our brewers eagerly wait to get them into the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak.
I’m not gonna write out the title of this movie every two sentences, so I’ll just call it Wet Hop.
Wet Hop pours a rich amber/caramel color with plenty of carbonation floating around. The head is two creamy inches of off-white foam, which reminded me of a root beer float. Tons of lacing left stripes on the side of my beer stein.
The nose on this beer has hints of pine and caramel malts. I also detected sawdust, which was faint, but interesting.
Taste on this beer was a big blast of hops that reminded me of pine bark. The malts come through in the middle with a sweetness that counters the bite. It ends with a bit of smokiness that I wasn’t expecting. Aftertaste on this beer reminded me of a Riesen candy. As the beer warms the hoppy bite and malty sweetness mellow into a much more easy drinking concoction.
Mouthfeel is light, but as sticky as one would expect from a fresh hopped ale. The majority of this beer goes down smooth, but an offshoot decided to remain stuck to my gumline.
I don’t know how fresh the batch I tried was, but this beer was still quite good. The blend of hops and malts give you just enough of each to satisfy both amber ale and IPA fans. A decent way to start an Oktoberfest celebration.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 7 out of 10
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