Reflections on Fresh Hop Season 2018

By: Sarah Collins

Fresh Hop Beer

Fresh hop season straight up got away from me this year, before I knew it October was here and even faster it was gone. So now, here I sit, well into the month of November and I’m just now having a chance to write about my fresh hop 2018 haul. While it may be well after the fact, here’s what I managed to get my hands on and what you should keep an eye out for next year.

Field to Ferment from Fremont Brewing

Field to Ferment from Fremont Brewing

Having gone to college in the Yakima valley, the hops from this region tend to hold a special place in my heart, so this beer excited me. Field to Ferment is filled with that dank pine flavor I love to see in PNW brews, but in a refreshingly light and zippy way.

Fresh Fluff from Matchless

Fresh Fluff from Matchless

This beer is the wet hop version of All Fluff, which is a beer I love. Filled with beautiful Citra aroma and fresh clean grassy flavor, Fresh Fluff has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Overall, light on the palate with a flavor that doesn’t linger. To be honest, I love what Matchless has been up to lately, thankfully they’re located along the drive from Seattle to Portland, which is mighty convenient for me!

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Fresh IPA from Fort George Brewery

Truly obsessed with this can design, so unique and different! The flavor was almost sweet, while remaining mellow on the pallet. The more you sip, the more the tropical flavors really start to shine. A lot of fresh hop beers tend to have similar flavor profiles, but this was something completely unique and ended up being my boyfriend Taylor’s favorite!

Green Magic from Mazama Brewing

Green Magic from Mazama Brewing

Once poured, this fresh hop pale ale had a thick foamy head and was perfectly carbonated and bubbly. The flavor was bright and piney and perfectly delicious!

Killer Lion from Double Mountain

Killer Lion from Double Mountain

If you’re looking for a full tropical flavor with super smooth mouthfeel, look no further than Killer Lion. The beer smells almost floral, but the finish has a NW resiny punch. The experience kept me guessing the whole way through and I liked it.

So Fresh, So Köln from Binary Brewing

So Fresh, So Köln from Binary Brewing

I’m a big fan of Binary Brewing and Josh over at Uptown Market has been relentlessly supportive of Twenty Something and Tipsy. I was stoked to get my hands on their very first fresh hop and subsequently wasn’t disappointed! Something I would like to drink in a German-style beer garden while playing games, this beer is super lite and biscuity.

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Stable Genius (Fresh Hopped) from Level Beer

I’m a big fan of the normal Stable Genius, so I was excited to give this beer a shot! I’d describe it as a citrusy zing, crisp and fresh. It paired really well with spicy Thai food, as it broke up the heat and cooled the pallet.

The Freshmaker from Matchless and Skookum

The Freshmaker from Matchless and Skookum

I know, another Matchless beer, but hey, I like what I like! This beer is made with fresh Citra and Mosaic hops and oooo baby they make a perfect pair! Overall, this beer is well balanced and downright delicious. The Freshmaker was my favorite beer of the batch!

What were your favorite fresh hop beers this season? Let me know in the comments at @twentysomethingandtipsy on Instagram and Facebook!

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