BREWERY: Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas
STYLE: American wet hop ale (also called fresh hop ale or harvest ale); freshly harvested, un-kilned hops -- as opposed to dried hops -- are used to brew these ales. The fresh hops contain oils that enhance the aroma and add a delicate, fresher, hop flavor.
THE PITCH: Although the hops aroma and flavors are prominent, this juicy pale ale isn't overtly bitter. It shows a wide range of hop flavors: floral, grapefruit, herbal, tropical fruit and lemon-lime. Mid-palate, a slight malty sweetness balances out the bitterness, without masking the hop flavor. A bitter hops note turns up on the back end. With a medium body and an alcohol content of 5.6% (a.b.v.) it's a very drinkable, hop-enhanced beer.
FUN FACTS: Hops from Crosby Farm in Oregon were delivered to the brewery within 24 hours of harvest for this annual brew. The initial boil uses fresh-cut Centennial hops; fresh-cut Equinox hops are used for dry-hopping the ale -- a late addition of hops that enhances the aromas.
SERVE IT/PAIR IT: Drink now, while it's fresh! This beer is easy to drink on its own, but would pair well with a wide variety of foods too. Try it with cured meats and sharp cheeses, Mexican food, grilled sausages, and spicy Asian food.
GET SOME: Although widely available now, this is a limited, one-batch release; sold in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles for about $10.29.