Monday, November 11, 2019

Fremont Brewing Head Full of Fresh Hops Hazy IPA (2019)

Beer Name: Head Full of Fresh Hops (2019)
Brewery: Fremont Brewing Co. (Seattle, WA)
ABV: 6.8%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $5.19 for single 16 oz tallboy can

Date Canned: October 7, 2019
Date Purchased: October 12, 2019
Date Drank: October 16, 2019
When Brewed? Limited-time beer released in October 2019. Made for Fresh Hop season as part of the Head Full of Dynomite Series, an ongoing series with a new release about every six weeks. Fremont suggests to drink this beer within 60 days of canning.
IBU: ACT (a crap ton)

What's on the Can/Website: "Head Full of Fresh Hops starts with select fresh hops harvested in Yakima and loaded into the brew kettle within 24 hours of harvest.  Fresh hop beers signal the harvest season in the Pacific Northwest and are the height of our brewing year. Check out our website for the malts and hops used in Head Full of Fresh Hops as they are subject to change based on the harvest conditions... 'Friends bring happiness into your life, best friends bring fresh hop beer.' – VWPRead more here!

Hops: Fresh Mosaic, Fresh Eukanot.
Malts: 2-Row Pale, White Wheat, Rolled Oats, Flaked Wheat.

Where distributed: Fremont Brewing currently distributes to six states (WA, OR, ID, AK, CO, and Southern CA) and Japan. Read more here!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered. White head, some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Balanced resinous pine with tropical citrus grapefruit and pineapple. Possibly more resinous than last year, and I like that here. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Slightly more resinous forward than tropical, but the citrus grapefruit notes ultimately win out. Assertive tropical citrus on the aftertaste. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Very juicy with some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding to world-class IPA. I had to check back on my notes of last year's version to compare. Seemingly more resinous this season with more of the hops showcased. I prefer the 2019 version over 2018. Panda approves. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.688/5

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