Another wet hop winner from the Chico brewmeisters that gave us the rare and delicious Chico Estate Harvest Wet Hop Ale, the 12th Release pours a gorgeous amber color with a nice thick eggshell-colored head. The good news is that I don’t have to haunt the local BevMo! hoping for a shipment, I’ve found this little gem pretty consistently right down the block at the 7-11.
If “mouth feel” means that your tongue feels like it’s been ensconced in sweet velvet, then this nectar has it in spades. The 12th Release Harvest is brewed with fresh-picked, or “wet” Centennial and Cascade hops that Sierra Nevada collects in Yakima, WA then trucks down to Chico over night to retain as much of the hops’ natural aromatic oils and resins as possible.
The first sip reveals citrus notes with a spicy, almost green bud-like, aftertaste. “Hops and cannabis are related,” Talking Bob said, taking a deep pull. “I think I read that recently.”
We had planned on having a taste-off, sampling all three of Sierra’s Harvest brews: The Chico Estate and 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop, and the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop brews. We were distracted and ultimately derailed by a walk over to Iron Springs Pub & Brewery for fortification. But that’s another story. I’m sure we’ll get back to our experiment at some point. Anything for science!