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RATINGS: 634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhclem (403) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Pours a hazy honey color with a substantial head. Lacing is pedestrian. This is a tricky ale to rate - the hops are subdued but blend very nicely with the malt. The low alcohol content also serves to keep this in balance. Silky mouthfeel. Aftertaste is dusty - but in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
junon (429) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Hmm. Im editing this. Something strange is going on. Tasting this beer again a couple weeks later and its totally different. Thinks my palate is jacked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
22 oz bottle from Port Carlsbad Bottle shop: Murky reddish-orange amber color with a medium eggshell white head. Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor starts fruity sweet with orange and apricot followed by a light citrus bitterness and a smooth, light dry finish. Medium bodied and tangy with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
poured from 22oz. bottle into a pint glass, thanks to tayner for the trade (drank 2/8/08) A: Nice golden orange color, pours very cloudy with a 2-finger frothy white head, which immediately begins to leave trickles of sticky lacing. S: Hoppy! Smells so crisp and refreshing, with loads of orangey citrus scents coupled with notes of floral hops too. A light bready, biscuity malt backbone makes itself known too. T/M: My initial thought was that this was possibly past its prime, as the flavors were the opposite of the aroma; the malts were right up front. But as I made my way through the bottle, the hops punched through and complemented the malts perfectly, dishing out ample juiciness. The beer isn’t as carbonated as I would like, but is very oily and slick, still feels really good in the mouth. D: This beer was really easy to drink, if I could get it on the east coast, it’d be a regular purchase of mine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
Bomber. Pours dark orange-amber with a large lasting white head. Aroma is citrus hops, with semi-sweet orange predominating and floral hints, plus a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is the same semi-sweet orange, slightly resiny, moving to a more bitter hoppy finish, with caramel malt in the middle. Fairly straightforward, but an excellently crafted and enjoyable APA, with what actually is a nice fresh hop aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
I would drink it again, but it is surprisingly uncomplicated as the pints stack up. Wonderful scents and tastes of apple, orange and bottom notes of sweetgrass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Cloudy deep orange-amber pour with a large lasting fizzy-frothy beige head. Pleasant floral hop aroma, lightly sweet malt - when I sipped it, I thought dry-hopped herbal green iced tea, very lightly sweetened. Light and soft mouthfeel, oh-so-gentle astringency and mild carbonation, and it finishes dry and sweet. Not much to say - damned tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Man, this brew is ten times better out of the bottle than it was on tap. Could have been the lines I guess. Pours a yellow orange color with reddish highlights. Nice, somewhat fluffy, white head that fades gradually and leaves a bit of lace. Great nose to this baby. Smells of earthy hops, esthery, dried grass smell. Tastes hoppy and malty all at the same time! Nice, clean, fresh hop taste up front with a dry malty finish. Palate is thin, nice active carbonation. Great beer out of the bottle. Drink it from a tap that you trust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottled, shared with P-Mo on a random Tuesday night sesh alongside a fat blizzle. Deep orange color with a medium haze, and some average white lacing throughout. Not much head, but a good floral wet hop aroma that makes the mouth water. Some butter and spicy citrus notes as well. Nice bouquet of sappy, resiny hops bitterness at the start of each sip that fades quickly. Crisp and refreshing finish, but no lasting flavor. Seems like a Sierra Nevada if it were wet-hopped. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2008
In the bomber bottle from Liquor Mart Boulder. Pours amber with a large off white head. A lovely hop aroma that is somewhat wine-like. The bitterness in the flavor is way up front and early, then the taste smooths out to a rich maltiness at the end with very little bitterness at all. receptor desensitization, perhaps? Good beer.

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