When in Portland, this is the second beer I had at the Widmer Brothers Brewpub. It is their Fresh Hop Columbia Common. If you read my earlier blog, you know a little something about this brewery. If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog post. Let us get into the brew.
It has a nice copper color with a semi white head on this fresh hop ale. There is really no smell to the beer but picking up a little citrus smell. The taste has a sweet malty but yet has a citrus carbonation to the taste. It has a nice pale ale aftertaste, which is dry hoppy finish. It is extremely drinkable.
Closing out, the meaning of fresh hop is when they start the brewing process. There are fresh hops picked from the farm and then pour into the brew kettle. There is not many breweries that have ability to do this process unless they are by a few hop farms. Portland Breweries have this option and you see many fresh hop brews around the city. Even the little brew pubs get into the action of making their own fresh hop brew. We do not get many that make it out east because they are made in such a small batch. There are times that the breweries do not make enough and they want to take care of their home market, which I totally understand. I really enjoyed this one. I believe I had three while I was out in Portland and Seattle. This one was the best and impressed me. I would love to try this same recipe but not fresh hop next to each other to see the difference. I really enjoyed the citrus in the smell and taste. It is drinkable and I could have drank this beer all day. It is only available in their brewpub for a limited time only. Go get some or just put a bird on it! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/