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Friday, September 26, 2008

Fresh Hop Ales Coming On Line

Ah, fall, the time when the serious beers come out. (Sort of like the movie calender, no?) In particular, it's fresh hop time. The harvest is in, the beers have been brewed, and now they're starting to pop up around town. Here's a brief run-down.
Rock Bottom Hop Harvest
Hops: Tettnang
Available: Released 9/4

BridgePort Hop Harvest
Hops: Centennials (70 IBU)
ABV: 7%
Available: Already released in bottles and on tap.

Full Sail Lupulin
Hops: Mt Rainier, Cascade and Nugget (70 IBU)
ABV: 5.8%
Available: Pilsner Room in Portland, Brewery in Hood River

Laurelwood Hop Bale Ale
Hops: Liberty (56 IBU)
ABV: 6.2%
Available: Released Wed; available at the brewpub

Double Mountain Killer Green IPA
Hops: Crystal (60 IBU)
ABV: 7%
Available: Released yesterday
Info from the 2007 version--I'll update it if the recipe has changed.

Pelican Elemental Ale
Hops: Sterling (85 IBU)
ABV: 6.5%
Available: "Soon"

Rogue Independence Ale
Hops: Homegrown Willamette and Centennial (85 IBU)
Available: NA

Deschutes Hop Trip
Hops: Crystal (35 IBU)
ABV: 5.5%
Available: October 18
Others with fresh hop ales (but no info!): Hopworks Vienna, Ninkasi.


  1. Jeff,

    I took some out of town guests to the Pelican Pub as part of a visit to the coast. My buddy is a pretty big hophead, as am I and we were struck by the Elemental this year. The hop element comes forward in the middle of your drink - and perfectly grassy. I hadn't been impressed in years (?) past, but this is a winner.

  2. Just had an Elemental today. I concur, upfront hop aroma and very round in the mouthfeel. For 111 IBU's it's very drinkable.