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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Part of the Bond Street Series. This Fresh Hop Pale Ale is all about celebrating the hop harvest in the fall. Fresh picked hops have to be added to the brew immediately and in abundance. Roughly 270 pounds of Crystal hops from Doug Weathers’ farm outside Salem, Oregon will be added to the 50 barrel batch in addition to some dry kilned whole flower hops. That adds up to approximately 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel brewed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
the proper glass: hazy copper-yellow body, orange-yellow highlight, moderate lacing, somewhat rocky light tan head that slowly diminishes into soapiness; bitter primarily, some sweet malt backing of course--perfume, apple, grapefruit, toffee; somewhat spiky palate, but altogether smooth and slippy; very good; this looks, tastes, and feels like a superior beer to me, but for whatever reason the aroma is not quite there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Bomber from the Bier Stein. Pours the exact color of apple juice with a very sizable white head which evaporates super slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Scent is heavily floral and the taste is piney with a bit of a soapy aftertaste. Highly sessionable ale from one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrownDogBeer (50) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Draft at McMennimans. Not super hoppy, somewhat piney sweet hop character. alittle funny tasting up front then trails with a mellow hop flavor. Overall good body. Another ’’fresh hop beer’’ that i feel falls short of expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours an amber orange with a good size foamy off white head. Aroma of pine, hops, malt. Flavor is citrusy fresh oily resinous piney hops balanced out with just enough malt and a touch of caramnel. Not super hoppy but the hop flavors and aromas are very fresh and refreshing. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
pure shiny bronze with long lasting sudzy lacey off-white head. nose has notes of potrouli, and a spicy somewhat piney sweet hop character. spicry, earthy hop flavors on a pretty light body, but as light as it is, the spicy hop flavors are there in full delicate force. bitterness is really tame here but hop flavors are everywhere...quite interesting, actually. certainly a great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle acquired via trade with explosivebeer...THANKS BRANDON!!! Bright, almost glowing sunset color with a 1/2 inch vanilla head. Very floral aroma, malty with caramel balancing out the pine. Very fresh/clean flavor...not the hop-bomb that other’s have become but extremely enjoyable. Brandon, thanks for gettin’ this one for me!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle... Clear, textbook-amber ale with a mid-sized, cumulus-like, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is both floral and earthy and bursting-at-the-seams with fresh, PNW lupulin. Medium-bodied and a touch slick with soft carbonation. More sweet than bitter up front - more bitter than sweet on the backside... earthy, piney. Modestly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2008
Very tasty beer. Not quite as aromatic as the Pliny I just had, but delicious in its own right. It’s a refreshing change of pace from some of the super-hoppy IPAs that seem to be en vogue. This is IPA done right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (780) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
amber color with thin white head. slight aroma of mellow hops and malty balance. nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2008
2008 version. Pours bronze with a very nice head (though it dissipates fairly quickly). There’s a sweet and salty combination to the nose, almost like kettle corn. Caramel malts dominate, with the fresh hops showing through - but not enough. Either I’ve become far too used to DIPAs, or the fresh hop efforts this year aren’t paying *nearly* enough respect to the hops. They come through more in the flavor, which is also dominated by (great) caramel malts. I’m a little disappointed, but there’s one thing I love about this brew: the aftertaste. There’s this subtle lingering flavor that is *perfect* - a wonderful balance that makes you want to sip more. Bonus flavor points for that. Palate is nice - lively but not overbearing, and clean.

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