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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Bunches and bunches of wet hops are added at first wort, through the brewing process, and finally at conditioning through dry-hopping. Brau Bros’ boasts the state’s largest hopyard, with eleven varieties spread out over the eastern acreage. Harvested only minutes before use, multiple varieties contribute a complex blend of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Our unique soil and terrain produce unequaled hops and contribute to a one-of-a-kind ale. Notes of grass, herbs, and green tea are evident and are indicative of truly authentic wet hopped beer. We preview darker October beers by incorporating Vienna Malt along with premium Two Row Pale Malt and tangy Biscuit Malt.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
empirebeer (3) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011 does not count
A completely enjoyable beer for you hop fans. Just as the label says, it is indeed fresh. Easy to recommend this beer, and suggest you buy a couple of six packs because you will want to come back to this beer often. Great to remind you of spring through the long Minnesota winters. Really nice finish, so don’t rush through your pour.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5606) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Mostly clear orange pour with a small soapy white head. Awesome aroma of floral hops and slight caramel malt - grapefruit and tea in there as well. Medium palate with appropriate carbonation. Taste is slight caramel malt, big floral/citrus hops but very well balanced. This is really well done - my favorite offering from Brau Brothers to date.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Bright caramel in color with a large, frothy, white head. Plenty of caramel, orange, grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is fairly malty with more caramel, toffee, and not as much citrus as I hoped for. More of a pine flavor from the hops. Fairly bitter. Pretty good, but not near the top for fresh hopped beers for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2011
(bottle) Pours a slightly hazy, but mostly clear dark amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is certainly and predictably hop-forward, with nice scents of grapefruit, light pine, and plenty of orange that when swirled smells a lot like orange zest infused caramel. Pretty nice. Further scents of ambrosia salad. Taste is a little more malt-forward than expected, with plenty of caramel, light toasty biscuit, and a solid amount of purely bitter and grassy hops. Tastes a bit like a darjeeling tea. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation gets just a bit too spritzy. This is a solid beer, and having tried more Brau Brothers brews recently, it seems they have finally controlled the QC issues that plagued their earlier days. This is good to see, and it will certainly prompt me to continue to purchase their products.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Poured into sample glass. This is one of, if not the best, fresh hop ale I’ve had. It just smells and tastes fresher than anything out there! Aroma is wonderful and full of every hop smell that you’d expect and then some. Delicious!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Just barely hazy amber-orange with thin white head and light lacing lines. Aroma: Mild citrus and a sharp dry herb-like spiciness that I can’t identify. Not the biggest fan of the aroma. Taste: Very herbal spiciness upfront with light citrus and pine. The malts are on the more toasted, caramel and grassy side of things but relegated to the background. Ends somewhat bitter but more tangy and spicy, with that strange herb taste carrying through. Palate: Moderate carbonation, with a medium, somewhat oily, body. Dry finish. Overall: You really have to appreciate a Minnesota brewer growing their own hops, and this is certainly a fresh and unique beer. That said, this isn’t my favorite mix of hops. Happy to try it, and did enjoy it, but would not seek out again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3635) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Probably my most favorable reaction to a Brau Bros. beer, from the label to the finish. Nice aroma in particular, suggesting both bountiful hops of a particularly floral nature and some balance. I get the grassiness and the tea, in particular. There’s a little sweetness which tilts the hoppiness over from bitter astringency to tingling, lilting, and fresh hops. Not the most sophisticated beer in the world, and not my favorite style, but a very legitimate effort from a relatively young brewery with a so-so track record thus far. Good work. Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (768) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Brau Brothers comes through again. Pours amber with an off white head. Lots of lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma and flavor. Very refreshing brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2011
In short: A crisp, grassy, piney, very bitter and unfortunately a bit phenolic IPA. Good beer that could have been excellent
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few days after purchase. Sent to my by oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: Nose of mild grassy green hops. Taste has a solid toasted malts backbone with low sweetness sensation. Only a light caramel and hard candy sensation. Hopping is very assertive. Plenty of green grassy and piney hops, some citrusy notes. Somewhat aggressive bitterness but without going overboard. Overall the beer was very clean, crisp and sharp. Carbonation was very active which is perfect for this type of aggressive bitterness. A plastic/phenolic bite in the after-taste that resembles alcohol but probably is not. If it wasn’t for that strange phenolic bite at the end this would be a an excellent IPA. Too bad for the light phenolic notes but sometimes little details can make a big difference. Allow me to demonstrate:
"I am against you jerking off while drinking a beer" (you tell me “mind your own business”)
"I am against you, jerking off while drinking a beer" (you tell me “get the fuck away from me”).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Thanks to Santa for this! Clear copper hue with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is light pine and grains. Lights grapefruit, pine and bisquity/toasty


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