Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Latest Batch of Three Harvest Double IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that Three Harvest, a Double IPA brewed in collaboration with hydroponic hop farm Extreme Hops AL (Auburn, Alabama), will return for a Summer 2020 Limited Release in early July.

The second release in Wild Leap’s off-season fresh hop project with Extreme Hops AL, Three Harvest is a Double India Pale Ale brewed with “wet, unkilned whole cone Cascade hop” which were specifically “harvested for immediate introduction into the kettle.” Boasting a wealth of classic “notes of pine and grapefruit [hop] flavors,” the “well-balanced” Three Harvest -Summer 2020 (8.2% ABV) is “thick in body similar to other Wild Leap Double IPAs,”

“When [Ralf DuToit, Head Hop Farmer at Extreme Hops AL], approached us with his hop project, asking us to test the first harvest of his hydroponic hops, we couldn’t believe it,” says Wild Leap Co-Founder and CEO, Anthony Rodriguez. “Hydroponic hop farms in the U.S. are far and few between and generally produce a limited amount of hops. After we tested a small batch, we knew this was the start of something truly unique.”

“Three Harvest is the first beer to come out of our hydroponic hop journey with Extreme Hops AL and it’s nowhere near the last,” says Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “We’ve been working with Ralf and a research team out of Auburn University on best practices and methods when working with hydroponic hops. We’re adding different cultivations and strains of hops over the next few growing seasons, so consumers can expect our flavor profiles to expand in the near future.”

Curbside pickup for Three Harvest – Summer 2020 began at Wild Leap Brew Co. on July 13 and distribution is scheduled to begin this week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Three Harvest – Summer 2020 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; July 13, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
IBUs – 38
Featured Hops – Hydroponically grown Cascade hops from Extreme Hops AL
Fun Fact – “Named after the minimum number of harvests it can produce each year, Three Harvest Double IPA bypasses the constraints of growing season to produce fresh hop beers off-season.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Tasting Notes: Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

WildLeap3HarvestPourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we freshen up our weekend with a few cans of Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA, a special collaboration project from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) and Extreme Hops AL (Auburn, Alabama).

Named after “the number of harvests that the hydroponic hops will have each year,” Three Harvest is a 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.”

Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA officially debuted in early February 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.

Now that we are all up to date on how the beer was made, let’s get to know these fresh hydroponic hops over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Appearance:  A somewhat overzealous pour (we really do get excited about fresh hop beers around here) from a 12 oz. can produces a DIPA that is light golden in color and capped with right at two fingers of creamy white foam.  When held to direct light, the golden hues brighten, gain vibrancy and shimmer. The beer does have a gentle haze to it, but steady streams of carbonation can still be seen swirling up from the base to feed the top cap.  Head retention is good, eventually falling to a frothy ring that drops chunky lines of lace on the glass whenever it is disturbed.

Aroma:  Cascade hops are simply but beautifully showcased here in the nose.  Bright notes of grapefruit juice and zest abound while a bit of orange juice turns up to offer a light layer of sweetness.  A waft of pine then works its way in to supply some added sharpness and further amplify those grapefruit tones.  The malts are light and do not offer much other than a grace of nondescript sweetness.  The aroma is all hops . . . and all is right in the world.

Taste:  Just like the nose, this beer’s flavor is focused on showing an endless amount of love to those fresh hops.  Unmistakably Cascade, each sip is filled with an abundance of grapefruit zest and pine resin alongside that slightly grassy, green character you get from fresh hops. Any bitterness that surfaces is immediately tempered by a touch of sweet orange and a vanilla-laced floral presence.  The malts are not adding much as far as flavor, but it is clear that they are silently hard at work balancing everything out.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, Three Harvest has a soft, slightly creamy feel that reads more like a Hazy DIPA than a more traditional example.  Balanced nicely with the hops offering minimal bitterness, the overall experience is juicy but not too sweet.  The 8.2% ABV lends a bit of heat in the throat and chest, but it is subtle and not at all overwhelming.  The aftertaste is all grapefruit juice and zest.

Final Thoughts:  Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA does an excellent job of capturing and prominently featuring the essence of those fresh Cascade hops from Extreme Hops AL.  Wild Leap’s new-world approach to Double IPAs – falling somewhere in the sweet spot between West Coast and New England-style Hazy/Juicy examples – acts as the perfect vehicle to push and drive these hops to reach their full potential.  The hops lead with that sharp West Coast presence of grapefruit zest and pine, but any real levels of bitterness are quickly washed away by their juicier qualities.  Just when you think it cannot possibly get any better, that indescribable “green” note you get with fresh hops is the bow placed on top of the gift that is this wildly easy drinking Double IPA.  If you are at all a fan of Cascade hops, you seriously need to track down some Three Harvest Fresh Hop Double IPA while you still have the chance.  Prost!

Wild Leap Brew Co. & Extreme Hops AL Collaborate on Three Harvest Fresh Hop DIPA

WL_IndividPage_ThreeHarvestWild 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