Friday, October 21, 2022

Oakshire Brewing Hop Harvest Fresh Hop IPA (2021)

Beer Name: Hop Harvest (2021)
Brewery: Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR)
ABV: 6.5%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: September 21, 2021
Date Drank: January 30, 2022
When brewed/released? Seasonal beer, usually released from September to November because it is a fresh hop IPA.

Commercial Description: "Fresh Hop Hazy IPA with Strata and Simcoe"

Where distributed: Oakshire Brewing is likely just found in the Pacific Northwest. Oakshire has their original spot in Eugene and a beer hall in Portland.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head, some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Mostly citrus with complementing hop/malt. Slight dank presence. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Largely follows the nose. Pleasing citrus/fruity experience with complementing hop and malt. Nice citrus on the back end.  4.25/5

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

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. I probably should have gotten to this one a lot earlier than when I drank it (drinking it several months after fresh hop season ended), but the beer held up well during that time. Hop Harvest is a solid pick with good fruity citrus presence throughout and bitterness held in check. It's not the biggest standout IPA, but it should land among my choices depending on what I saw on tap. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.2/5

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