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It’s still fresh hop season and you know what that means, another blog post featuring a few other freshly hopped beers. This week, I’m putting a local brewery up against two of the country’s biggest craft breweries. Do you think they have what it takes? David vs. Goliath. Let’s find out!

– Tyler

And Now, the Brews


 

Lagunitas | Born Yesterday | Pale Ale
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Hops straight from Yakima Valley and into the brewery, Lagunitas‘ Born Yesterday has to be one of my favorite fresh hopped beer right now. With a blend of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Indigenous Catawampus, this beer has a nose full of cannabis, citrus, tropical fruit, and some lingering pine. An uber-hoppy forward flavor pummels the taste buds with herbal notes followed by tangerine, pineapple lemon, and a solid malt backbone to help even it all out. Yes. So good!
6 pk Bottles | 7.2% ABV | 60 IBUs

 


 

Founders | Harvest Ale | Wet-Hopped Ale
Founders Harvest Ale Another heavy hitter in the freshly hopped ale category. Founders‘ Harvest Ale is brewed with hops that were picked a mere 3 hours prior to them getting dumped into the wart. A great pine forward aroma with some fresh citrus, and floral hops trailing close behind. The flavors are similar with an added vanilla, caramel, bready malts, and zested citrus. Smooth with a creamy mouthfeel puts this right up there as one of the best fresh hopped beers from a national brand!
4 pk Bottles | 7.6% ABV | 70 IBUs

 


 

Finnegans | Running with Axes | Pale Ale
finnegans-running-with-axes Now for something BRAND NEW and hyper-local. Brewed with hops Mighty Axe Hops (Fridley & Ham Lake), Finnegans‘ Running with Axes was brewed with over 150lbs of Centennial and Cascade hops that were picked the day prior to the brew day. With a complex aroma combination pine, citrus, mild juniper, and caramel, it’s hard not to drink too quickly. On the tongue, flavors of bitter pine, tropical fruit, and cannabis are all held together with a caramel and bready malt backbone. Easily holds its own up against the two other brews up above! Not only a testament to the brewers but a huge compliment to Mighty Axe Hops!
4 pk Cans | 5.5% ABV | N/A IBUs

 


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