This year it seems I have completely skipped over pumpkin ales. At the point of this writing I have had 2 pumpkin ales and one sample. I am just not in the mood yet for one of them. But never fear, if you are not a fan of pumpkin or if you want something else, wet hopped beers are here.
So what are wet hops anyways? Borrowing from Chow.Com’s What Is Wet Hop Beer? Post:
“Hops are the seed cones of the plant species Humulus lupulus, and they’re actually very delicate flowers. They don’t survive long after being cut, which is why almost all hops are dried immediately after harvest, to preserve the valuable oils and resins that add so much savor and tang to beer. Most hops used by brewers are in this dried or pellet form. There was, however, an obscure European tradition of brewing a special seasonal beer with just-harvested green, a.k.a. “wet,” hops.”
One of the first wet hopped beers was from Sierra Nevada came out in the mid 90’s, and they have only been growing from there.
This year Sixpoint replaced Autumnation (which had been a pumpkin ale until last year, when they reinvented it as a wet hopped beer) with Sensi Harvest. As an interesting twist, Sensi is squarely a “session ale” coming in at 4.7% ABV.
Fresh is the best way to describe the taste, the hops are grassy and clean. Refreshing is the best way to say it. It is extremely balanced, a little malt peaking through, and no bitterness to speak of. It may be a bit light on the mouth feel, but given the ABV, that makes sense. I would not call it watered down or anything. I prefer it to last year’s Autumnation personally.
This is one of the best session style beers I have tried. I really wish you could have this all Summer in place of the session IPA’s out there.
This is going to be one of those posts, where I feel like I am stating the obvious.
Seriously why did it take me so long to try this? Hands down Fuller’s has to make the best Porter out there. Edmund Fitzgerald is great, as is Founders’ Porter, but man they have nothing on this one.
As Fuller’s Describes it: “London Porter, is brewed from a blend of Brown, Crystal and Chocolate malts giving it creamy delivery balanced by traditional Fuggles hops.”
Man, there is so much roast and chocolate notes going on. Not to mention how supremely balanced it is, sweet but not too much, bitter but in a coffee kind of way. Smooth and velvety sipping, pure elegance really. It leaves you wanting another, and given the ABV (5.4%)this is pretty sessionable if you wanted to do that. Though I would rather savor them one at a time.
If you haven’t had it yet, you need to try it. Fall is here, and there is no better time for a fantastic Porter.