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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle shared with GregClow and Blankboy, courtesy of Blankboy. Huge hop aroma, not resiny but rather fruity and almost floral. Dark orange pour with a good sized white/orange’ish head. Taste is subdued compared to aroma but still good - lots of hops, balanced well with the malt and an almost floral character to the whole thing. A nice Pale Ale, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Pours amber with a decent sized off white head. Floral and grapefruit aroma. I thought the sweet malt and honey flavor really dominated the hops in this beer. I thought something called Hop Trip would have a lot more bitterness to it. Still a solid beer, just not quite what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Body-pretty amber body with a thick ring of bubbles and a thin film of bubbles. Nose-crystal malt, clear fresh hops, sweet honey. Taste-very medium hop aroma, light watered down soapy dishwater, medium bitter, low sweetness, light rust, fresh hay, grass, ultra watered down crystal malt, grapefruit, floral hops on the finish. Good flavor through and through that I like, but the finish is a bit on the dirty side. Good overall flavor but it finishes watered down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2008
Pours a nice golden colour with a creamy white head. Big hoppy aroma, lots of resiny notes and citrus fruit, a touch of vanilla and caramel add a nice degree of complexity... but really it’s all about the hops. Medium body, and not as bitter as I’d expected which is a good thing because it really shows some great balance while still displaying the hop character well. Fruity flavour, a little citrussy, some light malt and vanilla. Hoppy, resiny finish. A great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepsouth (23) - biloxi, Mississippi, USA - MAY 1, 2008
the beer pours an orangish color with tons of creamy tan head. the smell is very sweet and hoppy. i also detect a floral character to it as well as banana. the hop bitterness of this beer is not overwhealming and the malty sweetness is much more than i expected in a fresh hop beer. the taste is citrusy and i also detect honey maybe? the mouthfeel is medium but fluffy. this is an awesome beer i could easily drink several of and would seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2008
This reminded me of the Mirror Pond recipe, with an amped up hop bill, and a bigger, darker malt background. The nose is fresh and floral, which is great, I love the nose, but the palate and mouth-feel left some lacking and much need complexity. Very crisp, but a bit too astringent, but a solid malt base. Needs some tweaking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2008
Pours a dark amber in color with a nice quarter inch head. Smell is mostly malts with some piney hops to go with it. Taste is much the same with a nice hop kick in finish. This strikes me more as a subtly hopped red than anything else. Different, but I like it. Decent mouthfeel. I still think there are not enough hops to balance all the malt that was used. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2008
Deschutes is an odd brewery. Some of their stuff is absolutely killer (Obsidian, Abyss, Jubelale) whilst others are pretty... uh, not so good (Black Butte, Mirror Pond). This one kinda lies in between, but erring on the good side. I guess I was primarily impressed because it was a (very) rare US beer with genuine yeast character which really filled out the aroma beautifully. Bright citrusy hops (reminiscent of old-school LCPA) and sweet caramel blend with apricoty esters. Oddly it tastes quite different to how it smells - certainly not your classic APA. Quite sweet and caramelly with lots of stone fruit, spicy puddingyness and rather faint floral hoppiness. Weirdly enough it reminded me of Red Hill’s seasonal beers (Hop Harvest obviously, but also Christmas, Temptation and Belgian Blonde). No citrusy hop flavour and decidedly lacking in bitterness, though not finishing too sweet. I thought it’d taste a lot hoppier. Still, pretty good, interesting stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2008
Reviewed on: 11-12-2006 Serving type: bottle When I opened this bottle I was surprised that I got such a beautiful smell of fresh hops. Nice lacing and a nice orange-amber color. The first taste reminds me of hops, grass and peaches. The mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. I preferred this over Great Divide Fresh Hop by far. The low ABV adds to the drinkability.My first thought was to go back to the store and buy the remaining bottles, so I did. This is one of the best Pale Ales I’ve had in a long time. At 3.49 for a 220z. it was a really good deal. If you get the chance, try this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle on 3/26 in Frisco, CO. Deep amber pour with a full, off white, durable head and good lace. Fresh hoppy aroma primarily of citrus, with some pine. A nice laight caramel also makes a presence. Medium body and carbonation, dry on the palate, yet nicely smooth. Solid malty base balances well with a thirst quenching bitterness. A very nice APA.

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