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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Thanks to bmartin08 for the bottle. Hazy orange with a medium to large head. Fair lacing. Aroma is sugary caramel mainly with some grassy and floral hops. Tastes almost like an English Pale. Very big caramel malt with just an undercurrent of hops. They are fresh hops, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1040) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Giving the drinker a peek into the conception of a pale ale is Deschutes with their American pale ale, Hop Trip. The marketing on this beer gives me the impression that it is big and loud; the perfect beer for a dedicated hop head. Already Iím a little queasy. Still, I cling to a lingering hope that this pale may be subdued, and move to pop the cap. The thick and clouded bronze beer wells up quickly, whipping up a thick, creamy and pillowy head. Its grip on the glass seems strong, but affected, producing a widely spaced lacing that reminds me of an old and ragged doily. I make extra effort to draw on the aroma, it being both wet and diluted, but at last begin picking up the scent of wet Saltillo tile, mineral water, grapefruit, hops (of course), pineapple and most delectable of all, angel food cake. The sugars are faint, both because they resemble faintly sweet desserts and because they appear in a faint aroma, but they mingle well with the mild bitterness of the hops. So far, so good. The Hop Trip has all the symptoms of a feverish pale ale, but shows some restorative capabilities with the pineapple and angel food cake. My tongue curls in dread of a hop whipping, but finds the Hop Trip to be surprisingly gentle. Grapefruit with all the fructose extracted washes over the tongue in wave of mild bitterness, followed by a grapefruit-biscuit duo. The first 1.5 seconds of the pure grapefruit flavor is really dull, and the proceeding drier, grainier stage makes my salivary glands work overtime, but these two flavor forms are the entirety of the Hop Trip. Yes, I was practically sniveling in fear of a hop lashing, but this is just a tad too lifeless, even though the aftertaste is pure bliss.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle scored in Haines, AK. Nice lacing and head retention. Hazy amber color. Very fresh tasting indeed. I think Mirror pond is the base recipe for this one. Nice lacing and decent head retention. biscuity british base malt flavors (Maris otter?) generous caramel/dextrin flavors, but not too cloying. Surprisingly, not much hop aroma at all. Nice spicy, mild, soft hop flavors. Similar hop falvors to Hallertau MF or Mt. Hood. Extremely drinkable, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle. A hazy amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma is citric, peach and caramel, the taste is light sweet hoppy, citric and peach. Medium body with a light sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of berries, pine needles, hops and grass. Fruity flavourof hops, pine needles, grass and grape fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Clear flat body with an amber color. Aroma was floral, pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, nutty and fruit. Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Light sweet flavor with light to moderated bitterness. Light dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of Degarth. Slightly hazy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fresh, lightly citrusy hop aroma. Medium body, sweetish caramel and fruit - peach in particular. A light hoppiness in the finish. Not much hop trip here. 170607

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Poured a peachy amber with an ephemeral white foam and adequate lacing, Hop Trip isnít crafted for appearances. The label tries its best to speak of flowers with machismo, but obviously doesnít quite succeed. The nose similarly yells of sweetened ruby grapefruit and proceeds to spew orange, pineapple and peach yogurt. Hints of spruce, acacia honey and artificial cherry add to the sweet aroma, but it unfortunately lacks the proper balance and construction to bring these individually appreciable scents together. On the palate, Hop Trip further degenerates in a fizzy mess of butter on charred toast, burnt peaches, ginger and grapefruit. Finishing with a cheesy hop flavor, the aftertaste develops a respectable fruit and caramel character. Hop Trip is totally unexciting and very forgettable, not much of an excursion at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2494) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Large tan head with very good retention, plenty of sticky webby lacing. Hazy amber glow in the glass. Nose is soft with grainy malts and lightly spicey hops, citrusy and grassy with a bit of pineyness. Body is lightly medium, lightly oily and coating, a touch resiny. Light hop flavors up front, citrusy and a bit earthy, lightly piney, caramel malts,licorice and some light melony notes/ Lightly sweet finish with a mild hoppiness. I do beleive i sat on this one a bit too long as fresh hop brews are made to be drank very young, oops! Props to jake65 for this one, thanks bro!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2007
A fresh bottle of this is just great stuff. Some slight grassiness on the nose from the fresh hops, but thatís forgivable, ícause thereís also a whole lot of fresh citrus hops coming through too. The hops are really nicely balanced in the mouth with a great grapefruit flavour and sweet malty flavour present in moderation. Eminently drinkable!

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