Leapbeer Reviews #262 Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale by Hoyne Brewing Company
I’m again covering another wet hopped beer. They are notoriously fragile brews, and should be consumed as close to release as possible. One really cool thing about this beer, the Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale, is that it is an infusion of Victoria grown hops. A regular Leapbeer reader and friend of the brewers in Victoria has some Cascade hops growing in his backyard. This year Sean Hoyne came by Kev’s place at harvest time and grabbed 9 pounds of the little beauties for this beer.
Here’s the hops plants during the summer before getting added to this beer.
Another really cool thing about this beer is the label. Even my wife wanted to know if this would be available in a format that we could put it up on the wall. Hoyne needs to be commended on the quality of their labels.
So now that I have gushed about the externals of this beer, what about whats inside. This beer pours to a deep amber colour and smells very piney. I’m reviewing this on my 2nd bottle of the Wolf Vine, about 2 weeks after release. I definitely notice a deterioration of the hops at this point. That said it still has that thick resonant pine odor I was expecting. It isn’t 100% hops to this beer though, as it has a nice malty caramel characteristic to it as well. There’s also a mild orange flavour to it as well. Kind of an intermingling of toffee and orange. I like the balance between the sweet malts and the wet hops. There is a certain chewiness or thickness you get from this wet hopped beer. Almost sap like. All in all, a fine offering from Hoyne.
Leapbeer #262 is Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale by Hoyne Brewing Company
Brewery: Hoyne Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: September 24th, 2012 (estimated)
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/5.3% ABV/
Availability: Limited Run
Purchased @: Oyster River Liquor Store & Cascadia Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Ian Lloyd (aka left4beer), Beer Advocate & Rate Beer
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