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Old 09-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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Great Divide - Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Had one of these. Man, what a great blast in the face of hop aroma. That is exactly what I want in my pale ale.

I think they use wet hops. Is that the secret?

Anyone have any info on the ingredients or process for this beer? Must clone!

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Old 09-21-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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Yea most of the "fresh" or "wet" hop beers are made with fresh cut hop cones that still contain a good amount of moisture.
As for the recipe i have never seen one but i would check out there social media (if they have any) and look for pictures/posts of hop farms or any mention of what fresh hops they picked up recently.

All of the GD i had is super sweet so i would imagine they mash pretty high, 158?.
Pick your fav base malt toss in a good amount of crystal and a pinch of munich, most wet hops are lower alc so i would aim for ~5%
From what ive seen i believe wet hops are used in a 4 or 5/1 (depending on freshness) weight ratio for recipes.
I would also aim for most of the wet hops to be used at 5-flameout. Use a neutral known hop for the 60min bittering

I had a plant in the backyard this year but unfortunately it was the first year and i didnt get much, keeping them happy next season i hope to do a full batch with wet hops

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Old 09-22-2013, 03:40 AM   #3
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I had it fresh at the brewery, it is rather fantastic.

I am going to do a DIPA in a couple of weeks, have 2-3 oz of fresh hops I plan to add, see if it mimics the GD flavor profile.
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