Wet Hop American Summer is our annual Fresh Hop beer, with the recipe changing each harvest season. This year we decided to go with a dark American wheat beer for the base recipe with 30 pounds of fresh Citra and 20 lbs of fresh Centennial hops, which were harvested at full ripeness and then immediately shipped to our brew pub over night. 2-Row, wheat, and cara malts were mixed with a smidgen of Briess Midnight Wheat, a debittered black wheat malt, which lends this ale it’s blackish hue with mahogany highlights. All but several pounds of hops were added in the last 15 minutes of the boil and post-boil combined, for maximum flavor and aroma effect. The result is a dark, but extremely smooth and drinkable ale with a huge nose of juicy fruit, grass, and pungent mango, with bready malt and coffee notes coming along for the ride in flavor. The finish is clean and silky without the lingering bitterness that one might expect from the aroma of this beer. One can easily envision themselves strolling amongst the hop fields after the sun has gone down while enjoying this special brew.
Wet Hop American Summer ’13: After Dark will be tapped on Friday, October 11, 2013 and will last as long as it does.
Due to limited availability, our Brewpub Exclusives are not available for growler fills.