Leapbeer Reviews #293 & 294 – The Last of the VI Fresh Hops
I’ve covered a bunch of fresh hopped beers so far in the blog. The last Vancouver Island fresh hopped beers I’ve found are the Hop Harvest Pale Ale by The Moon Under Water Brewpub and the Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA by Phillips.
First up is the Hop Harvest Pale Ale by The Moon Under Water Brewpub. This beer came out early in September of this year, right before the news broke about the change of owners/brewers. This is a lovely deep amber pale ale with a tight bubble cream coloured head on top. The piney fresh hop notes are starting to fade on this one a bit, but they’re still present on the nose. It has a supple malt body that has flavours of mild orange and tart bitterness to it. It is a lovely pale ale that I look forward to seeing the next iteration of it next year. It is of note with this beer that the fresh hops were used for the dry hopping of this beer (as specified on the label), meaning that the hops used in the initial boil were a dried variant of some sort.
Leapbeer #293 is Hop Harvest Pale Ale by The Moon Under Water Brewpub (2 pictures, the second shows off the beer colour better)
Brewery: The Moon Under Water Brewpub of Victoria BC
Released: September 8th, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/5.0% ABV
Availability: Very Limited (as far as I know)
Purchased @: Cascadia Liquor Liquor Store – Quadra St Victoria
Next I move on to the Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA by Phillips. This was one they teased way back in September on their facebook page. They included this beer in their “Super Massive Release” from October that coincided with Craft Beer Month. Before I get into it, I got to say that I disagree with the term ‘Strong Beer’ being on a sub seven percent beer. This is only half of a percent higher than the Salt Spring Snug IPA that they called a ‘session’ beer (I also disagreed with that assessment as well). This nomenclature confusion is nothing new to the craft beer world. A few months ago craft beer fans were excited to hear that ‘Craft Beer’ was being added to the dictionary, only to be disappointed when it wasfar more ambiguous than any of us expected. There’s a movement in the craft beer community that people are trying to standardization certain terms pertaining to beer. Personally I think session or strong should be in there as well. Anyone who has read @BGCanary’s campaign to change Alexander Keith’s name away from IPA (because it isn’t one) knows that this can be a long process to impact change on the beer world, but hopefully we can make it happen.
But enough about all this stuff, how about that beer? This is a fairly pale golden coloured IPA. Don’t let the colour fool you though, because this IPA packs a punch. There’s a fantastic bouquet of hoppy grapefruit and pine aromas to this beer. It tastes very reminiscent to their Hop Circle IPA to me, which I’m guessing is the base they used for this beer. The label shows that the hops are added within 24 hours of harvest to this beer, so that piney resinous gets into this beer quite well. The bitter profile of it lingers on your palate, staying with you between sips. Well done Phillips.
Leapbeer #294 is Green Reaper Fresh Hopped India Pale Ale by Phillips Brewing Company
Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria BC
Released: October 22nd, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/6.5% ABV
Availability: Seasonal Release – Part of Craft Beer Month Massive Release in October
Purchased @: Merecroft Village Liquor Store
Other Reviews: Joe Weibe (@thirstywriter), Ian Lloyd (@Left4beer), Beer Advocate, Rate Beer
One note is that with fresh hopped beers their potency diminishes each day they sit unconsumed. Do yourself a favour and drink them as soon as you can.
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