Pacific Northwest – It’s been over a month since the hop valleys of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington were picked clean, to supply the region (and the country) with its fill of hops. During this time, some breweries as they have past brewed fresh and wet hop ales, to celebrate the hop harvest.
Traditionally this brewing process is not associated with one style or another, although some argue that the dominant beneficiary is the India Pale Ale. True, when one thinks of hops in the Northwest., the mind wanders towards the IPA, but there are other styles that benefit from a brewers unwillingness to let the hop flower dry before using. With this thought in mind Bridgeport created their Imperial India Pale Ale, Hop Harvest.
Announced as far back as September 16th, this ‘triple hopped’ Imp. India Pale, manifested a hearth of enthusiasm in this writer, who has anxiously waited for this beer to arrive. With bottle in hand we elected to share our thoughts on this beer.
Hop Harvest Imperial India Pale Ale, is a fresh-hopped beauty with a golden orange hue and clearly unfiltered as it was without clarity. Resting on this ocean of Centennials is a strong tapioca-colored foamy head, that recedes slowly leaving a tattered cobweb of lace inside the glass.
Sipping we are slowly introduced to elements of citrus, bits of pine
As we sip we pick up citrus, but an overall theme of balance throughout. There is some noticeable spiciness accenting each sip, but nothing overpowering. Overall this beer does not feel heavy at 6.56%
This year’s Hop Harvest features fresh Centennial hops from third-generation, family-owned Goschie Farms in Silverton, Ore. When announced by Gayle Goschie, farm head of Goschie Farms, the crop was ripe for harvest, BridgePort’s Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, and family, drove to the farm with utility trailer in tow.
Armed with burlap bags, the group took to retrieving 400 pounds of fresh Centennial hops that were quickly sealed and loaded into the trailer for the drive back to the brewery. Within an hour, crews cut open the sacks and hops were blended with the base beer that had been prepared in advance and cooled to prevent cooking off the natural citrus and floral notes of the hops. Almost two weeks later, brewers lightly filtered the beer and filled kegs and 22-oz bottles with this farm-fresh brew.
BridgePort will host a Hop Harvest release party Thursday, September 16 at 5:30pm at the BridgePort BrewPub in the Pearl at 1313 NW Marshall St. Free and open to the public, attendees can be among the first to sample the new brew while supplies last and purchase a limited-edition 22-ounce bottle of Hop Harvest. Guests will also be given the opportunity to meet Gayle Goschie who, along with her brother, runs the certified sustainable and salmon safe Goschie Farms.
BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Stats:
IBU’s: 65 ABV: 6.56% Color: Deep Amber OG: 16.0
You Should Try This. Fall is often the time of continued labors to get the house in order for the winter. With chores like mowing the lawn, tending the fields, or raking the leaves, this beer offers relief to those that seek it out. Feeling like a side dish or entree, then settle on a ham sandwich, some lamb, or maybe a chef salad with some zesty dressing.
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About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.