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 Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest collaboration beer “Hop Attack! Fresh Hop IPA” made in conjunction with Chris Sartori of Sartori Hop Farm in Chilliwack BC. Like all fresh hop beers this beer was made with hops that were picked and brewed with in a very small window. With Hop Attack the brewmaster Julia Hanlon was able to brew with these fresh hops less than 6 hours after picking. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma is citrusy, grassy, herbal and finishes with earth. The flavour is of citrus, honey, herbal, grass, caramel, sweetness, mild bitterness with a dank and oily finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with and IBU of 50. This beer does a great job to hold its own against other fresh hopped beer that are being released right now locally. I just wish that fresh hopped beer had more of a West Coast IPA feel but that is just my preference. Make sure to pick up a few bottles asap as like all fresh hopped beer you should be drinking it as soon as possible after the release as the hop oils break down over time.
From Persephone Brewing Company out of Gibsons BC comes their “Harvest IPA” a beer that is wet hopped with their own hops gown on site. These hops are only one year old and most hops do not really achieve the best oils until a few years in. Persephone Brewing took a huge gamble with wet hopping this beer with their young hops. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of biscuit malts and floral/earthy hops. The flavour is of earthy hops with a decent hops bitterness, resin, citrus, but the real star of the show is the caramel and biscuit malt backbone. The alcohol content comes in at a very respectable 6.5%. The real star of this beer are the malts but this is an amazing wet hopped beer and is a very welcome addition to the local landscape. I have my bets that this beer will be even more amazing for the next few years as the hops plants mature. If you can still find a bottle then do not hesitate as this is one awesome beer.
Commercial Description: This light amber IPA is brewed with fresh cascade and centennial hops grown on Persephone’s farm. This beer has an aroma of orange and grapefruit, a subtle citrusy, grassy flavour with a light caramel malt background.
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
So limited its sold out before you can arrive at the store!
From Driftwood brewing in Victoria BC comes the “Sartori Harvest IPA” a wet hopped IPA. All hops used in this brew were picked at the Sartori Cedar Ranch in Chilliwack and brought back to Victoria and put into the brew kettle without drying them (most hops is dried and turned into pellets). Being a wet hopped beer the flavour of this beer can and will change year to year and should be consumed as soon as possible as the flavours will die off faster than regular. This years batch pours a very light golden yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, pine with some earthiness and sweetness and maybe a hint of citrus. The flavour starts out with a sweet citrus up front then comes in with pine, resin, caramel, malts, earthiness that builds to a nice bitter hops. This years edition seems very thin but that does not hurt the flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 7% and the IBU is probably similar to last year but a bit lower than the 75. This bottle was super fresh as it was bottled on September 23th and consumed September 26th! It may taste quite a bit different than last years batch but that does not change the fact it is an amazing beer! I just wish it did not sell out so bloody fast even year!
Commercial Description: This wet hopped IPA can only be brewed once a year, immediately following the hop harvest, when fresh wet Centennial hops are spirited from the Sartori Cedar Ranch near Chilliwack to our brew kettle in Victoria. Centennial wet hops have a very unique and rich profile that is allowed to shine through the 100% Canadian malt base we brewed with in 2013. A true celebration of the BC hop harvest!
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Curried Chicken, Gorgonzola cheese