Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA, a special collaboration project with hydroponic hop farm Extreme Hops AL (Auburn, Alabama), during the week of February 10, 2020.
Named after “the number of harvests that the hydroponic hops will have each year,” Three Harvest is a Fresh Hop Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale featuring “fresh Cascade hops directly off the hop bines” at Extreme Hops AL. Thanks to the use of “a hopping process new to Wild Leap,” Three Harvest (8.2% ABV) comes together to be an “easy-drinking and juicy Double IPA” that boasts “a citrus-forward aroma and classic Cascade grapefruit and pine flavors.”
“Timing with wet hops is critical, and introducing fresh whole hops to the kettle has a few challenges,” explains Chris Elliott, Wild Leap Chief Brewing Officer. “Because it uses wet hops right off the plant, we have to get the hops directly from the field to the kettle as soon as possible.”
“We were looking for potential breweries to collaborate with and we knew we’d found the perfect partner with Wild Leap,” says Ralf DuToit, Head Hop Farmer at Extreme Hops AL, “They’re adventurous, curious-minded people like us, so the collaboration couldn’t have been more natural.”
Three Harvest Double IPA officially releases on February 10 and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.
Release – Limited; February 10, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
IBUs – 38
Featured Hops – Fresh Cascade hops hydroponically grown at Extreme Hops AL
Fun Fact – “Hydroponic hops allow brewers to bypass traditional growing seasons and produce fresh hop beers off-season. With very few hydroponic farms in the United States, Wild Leap Chief Brewing Officer Chris Elliott seized the opportunity to experiment with wet hops.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia