Green Pig Fresh Hop Ale
Coalition Brewing in Portland, Ore.
Oh, to catch a $4 showing of Pacific Rim at the Laurelhurst Theater a block away while sipping a tumbler full of this bad boy.
Coalition's Green Pig embodies all the best parts about experimenting with fresh hops in a limited timeframe. Loaded more than 100 pounds of Cascade hops fresh from Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Ore., and brewed in a tiny 10-barrel facility across from its single-car-garage-sized pub, Green Pig has a pleasantly sweet hop aroma with relatively moderate residual bitterness. This year, Coalition brewed up two batches using early harvest and late harvest hops, but at least one still holds onto its traditionally understated citrus flavor and distinctly floral scent.It's a rare opportunity to call a hop laden pale ale or IPA refreshing, but Green Pig has a habit of providing it every year around this time.