FULL MOON PALE ALE: FRESH HOPS VS. DRY HOPS

Alley Kat Brewing Co., Edmonton, Alberta

  • Alley Kat recently released a fresh hopped version of their sessional Full Moon Pale Ale. Here we decided to do a side by side comparison of the two brews, to see what differences lie in the use of dried or wet hops.
  • Both beers are 5% ABV
  • Both beers are pretty much the same hue, although the fresh hop seems to be slightly darker, but that could also just be due to the different shaped glass that was used.
  • Nice, fluffy finger of head on each of the beers
  • The fresh hop has a nutty and pine tree aroma, while the hops are coming through first in the dry hop, its more soapy and floral in its aroma.
  • Both beers have a similar bitterness level ( not sure of their respective IBU’s). The fresh hops bitterness seems to mellow out and lay down at the end of the taste, while the dry hop is more sharp and has a slight drying affect on the mouth.
  • Both are really tasty and refreshing pale ales, with very similar flavour profiles, the main characteristic that makes these beers unique is that the fresh hop has a much more mellow and smoothness through the finish.
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