Fall means hop harvest. Hop Harvest means fresh hopped beers. Hops are fresh picked off the vine and added to the beer usually within a day. Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO) is a released once a year concurrent with the fall harvest. This years release got a new label makeover, like Left Hand’s entire line has this year. Quick note, the first deliveries in 2010 are a bit thin, more cases to follow shortly.
Full of fresh hop flavors, this fresh-hopped IPA has become an annual cult classic. Brewed only once a year using fresh whole flower Colorado grown hops flown in from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia by Schwall and Spears Hop Freight Service. A strong malt foundation complements the bright floral hoppiness, allowing for a well-balanced, drinkable IPA.
Style: American IPA
Hops: Fresh Cascade, Warrior. Colorado grown
Malts: Pale 2 Row, Crystal, Wheat
Taste Expectations: Hops grapefruit & piney. Spicy & herbal are great descriptions. Sweet caramel toasted malts round this out.
Availability: 22oz bombers. Draft. Brewed seasonally once a year.