O’hare’s Beer Club December 2012 Box
From Deschutes Brewery in Oregon comes their “Hop Trip” Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Hops for this beer are harvested on Labor Day near Salem at Doug Weather’s Crystal hop farm. The hops are rushed back to the brewery and tossed into the kettles within 4 hours of harvesting. The beer pours an amber/copper colour with an off white head. The aroma of the beer is of an earthy, piney hops, sweet citrus and some caramel malts. The flavour of the beer is citrus and tropical fruits up front with some earthiness, pine, malts and some smooth mild hops. Like all fresh hoped beer this beer has a very smooth taste. I wish I had got a 6 pack of this beer and not just the one beer in the beer club box. Good stuff! There is some conflicting information about the IBU and alcohol content so I will go right of the Deschutes website and tell you that it is 5.7% alcohol and has an IBU of 46.
Commercial Description: Each year around Labor Day, Deschutes brewers high-tail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, we hustle back and toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. Our reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. It’s something only Deschutes would take past the idle-talk stage. Brewed with Salmon Safe Hops.
Malt: NW Pale, Extra Special, Cara-Munich, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Centennial, Fresh Crystal
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Earthy cheeses, salads and poultry.