Copper Kettle Fresh Hop #9
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
September harvest for fresh hops, also called "wet hops", come just once a year. A hybrid of our copper Mezzina pale ale, Fresh Hop #9 was named after our brew club member John (AKA bcm #9), who allowed us to pick fresh, organic Colorado hops from his garden for this limited release beer. Just about as fresh as you can get!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
August 24th, 2012 - I confess, I didn’t know we grew a lot of hops in Colorado. I don’t even know if hops grows (well) in Colorado, but the story behind Copper Kettle’s Fresh Hop #9 says it does. Made with lovingly tended homegrown hops, this pale ale is as engaging as the Copper Kettle brews that have come before it. The nose is deeply engaging and fascinating. It’s thick with a rich caramel note, but also with a heavy dusting of graham cracker dust - scents I’ve never stumbled upon quite as strongly in an APA before. The taste reflects the aroma’s caramel flavor, but less sweet, and the hop profile is nuanced, bitter, well balanced, and plays perfectly with the other tastes. I often feel a sinking feeling when I move from lighter beers like wheats and hefeweizens down to the pale ales in a taster line, but Copper Kettle’s beers are keeping up the pace - good across the first half of the board.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Cask at Taproom. Pours orange with a thin head. Slight citrus note on the nose. Slighter citrus note on the tongue. A little watery. Eh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Tap at the brewpub September 2012-I have to say cool store on this beer. The waitress here at this place was so sweet and cute! Pours lite copper hue with a small soapy white head. nose is brittish somewhat lots of earthy hop character and caramel malt is big here-resinous eathy- its cool yet different-wish it didnt have that diacytl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark orange red pour with white head, aroma has notes of wet dank grass, pine, biscuit, bready notes, some slight caramel, hints of orange and marijuana notes. Taste is some dank notes but pretty restrained, hints of biscuit, bread, some dark orange and grapefruit notes, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Tap at CK - hazy dark copper - minimal, soapy head - aroma of Biscuity malt, lightly floral hops - kind of dull in the nose, really - the flavor is a little more lively, but not by much - carbonation is low, almost cask-like - sort of a dull, bready flavor up front - a little clean sweetness - a light bit of diacetyl - earthy hop flavor, but not a lot of bitterness - at least not until the finish, which finally begins to jump out with the zesty, peppery hoppiness you expect from a fresh hop ale - sadly, it is a case of too little too late, though - not bad, but could have been so much more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (6999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
hazy bright copper without a lot of head. Aroma a little faint, but there is some honey laced caramel, without any detectable hops. Delightful sweet flavor of caramalt, subtle floral hoppiness, very mild bitterness ending sweet and caramelly. Not bad, just a little simple.

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