hops being adding to the mash
Hops, like most plants have many different species. each one featuring a different taste quality than the other. brewers will now grow their hops specifically based on which flavors they are wanting to feature in any number of their beers. the brewer will harvest then either dry or use them fresh in their brewing method. most time the hops are added to the brewing method right around the time the brew begins boiling. although some breweries will add the dried hops directly to the beer then filter them out, others will sometimes pour the premature beer through a large strainer loaded with fresh hops. it simply adds a different flavor to the brew by quickly exposing the mix to the oils on the flowers. Think of hops like tea leaves in boiling water. same concept.
example of wet hopping using a strainer
|Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter|
|River Horse Special Ale|
|Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale|
|Anchor Brewing Porter|
|Otter Creek Black IPA|