Each year we look forward to a warm sunny day in early September to pick Fresh Hops at the Rogue Farms. This year we picked Sterling and Amarillo hops for our annual version of Sophie, a fresh hop red ale. Utilizing the mash tun for a giant hop steep we were able to produce this wonderful fresh hop ale with a spectacular citrus aroma and a lingering bitterness. The base recipe is focused on a clean, malty taste to balance against all the fresh hops resulting in complex beer with malt followed by a smooth bitter and a lingering citrus hop flavor. This beer is a great example of the fresh hop experience we have the opportunity to experience here in the PNW. As the Summer is over this is a reminder of what a great hop season it has been.