This month has gotten away from me. I feel guilty writing about beer when work keeps piling up, but I hope to get back to regular posts in the next week or so. It's been so long since my last post that the Drunken Polack retired, then unretired from beer blogging. I didn't even get a chance to drink and review my Drunken Polack tribute beer, a beer I still have from my one beer trade with Dave several years ago, New Holland's Dragon's Milk. It's chilled now, so I will drink it soon.
Earlier this month I had Pizza Port Ocean Beach's Get Wet fresh hop IPA. It was outstanding, but I'm not sure if it's still available. I can't think of a more citrus flavored IPA. I know it sounds cliche to state that you can taste the hops, but it's kinda true. The hops impart a noticeable bitter, danky juiciness to Get Wet that is all citrus. It seemed fresher, and had dramatically more flavor, than Port's bottled fresh hop beer, High Tide, which was bottled in September.
Fresh hop beers are my new "fall" beer. It's unfortunate that most fresh hop beers are only available for a few weeks out of the year. I'm not a fan of traditional fall beers, as most Oktoberfest beers are too malty (and thin) for my taste, and pumpkin beers are, well... pumpkin beers. A little pumpkin beer goes a long way, and I'm good for about one every few years (and the Stone-Elysian-The Bruery collaboration pumpkin beer is in the fridge). If you can find a place selling fresh hop beers on tap, I'd recommend enjoying a pint or two.