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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Three Harvest by Wild Leap Brew Co.

February, 2020
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Three Harvest by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Double IPA (category 22A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The focus of the Double IPA style is hops, hops and more hops. Additionally, despite being a high-alcohol content style, Double IPAs are fairly drinkable and lack a heavy malty body, which are more typical traits of beers of this alcohol content. Three Harvest was brewed with fresh, hydroponically grown Cascade hops from Extreme Hops AL. Three Harvest measures in at 8.2% ABV and 38 IBUs.

Three Harvest pours golden in color and very hazy with a medium, finely beaded, mousse-like white head. The aroma is of moderately strong citrus hops with notes of honeydew melon and white grape; no malt or esters are evident. The flavor is similarly hop-prominent with flavors of citrus, melon and white grape. The bitterness is quite low as the beer finishes with prominent citrusy and herbal hop flavors.

The hop character of Three Harvest is unusual for the Cascade variety, but the flavors work well together and add a layer of complexity that would not be there otherwise. The bitterness is quite low for the style, but the beer does not come off as being overly sweet. Regardless, this is a great beer that all will enjoy.