From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their “HOPDEVIL (a.k.a. Cowichan Valley Bine)” Fresh Hopped Pale Ale a beer using fresh hops from Maple Bay Hop Company. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of herbal hops with mild malts and citrus. The flavour is of grassy and herbal hops, citrus, grapefruit, mild stone fruit, biscuit malts and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. This is the first fresh hop I have tried from Iain Hill the brewmaster and it was in line with all of his beers. Very well made and full of flavour!
Commercial Description: The Hopdevil – that incarnate of the late summer storm capable of destroying hop fields before harvest – is feted each year by the farmers of Hoppeland, Belgium. After harvest, they parade & then burn effigies of the Hopdevil with the hope that he will be discouraged from returning. Of the opinion that a little superstition goes a long way, we raise a glass of HOPDEVIL – our fresh hop beer – to the prolonged absence of the Hopdevil in our local hop-growing regions. Brewed with Fresh Cascade hops from Maple Bay Hop Company this beer showcases the cones, using malt character only as a balance to the earthy & fruity hopiness. Flavours of honeydew melon & citrus escort this extremely session-able fresh hop beer.
Food pairing as per brewery: light savoury foods, spicy dishes
From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their latest edition of “Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale” a fresh hopped pale ale. The beer pours a orange amber colour with a tan head. The aroma is of honey, caramel malts, hops oils and a grassy finish. The flavour is of honey, caramel, sweetness, some earthiness, grassy and an oily finish from the hops oils. The beer has an alcohol content comes in at 5%. Having the addition of honey really makes this beer stand out. To many of the fresh hopped beers miss the point because they are styles that really need to be bitter. With a pale ale the hops bitterness is not as important and goes well like this.
Commercial Description: The most wonderful day of the year! It’s hop harvest time, and that means Harvest Honey Pale Ale. Harvest was ahead of schedule because of the hot summer we have had, and so today I brewed with Cascade, Centennial, and Mt Hood hops from Chilliwack! Expect to see this beer in the next couple of weeks cause with hops, fresh is best!
From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes the “Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale” a wet hopped pale ale. The beer pours light coppery colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, fruit, malts and fresh grassy hops. The flavour is of honey, fruits, malts, pine and fresh hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a nice wet hopped ale with a nice honey finish.
Commercial Description: Cascade hope were harvested in the middle of the night and rushed to the brewery where under a full moon and the smiling countenance of the beer gods a little brewing magic took place. The incredibly fresh hops provide an intense citrus aroma and flavour. The addition of wildflower honey brings even more flavour and a bright crisp finish. Only able to be made once a year with the hop harvest, get it while you can. Don’t miss out! – Jeff Todd, Brewmaster