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RATINGS: 650   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - 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 (1072) - 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 (6376) - 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 (999) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured from the tap into a nonic. Dark gold/amber color, ivory one finger head. Good lacing. Sweet citrus and floral hops fill the nose. A very explosive fresh hop aroma. Taste echoes the smell with sweet orangey hops, wet pine needles, flowery hops, biscuity malt. Not really any bitterness to speak of. Very very tasty. Carbonation is great and the body is between thin and medium. Smooth and pleasant. Extremely drinkable with its low alcohol and sweet, accessible, and enticing fresh hop flavor. Much better than from the bottle, the tapped version of this beer ranks near my absolute favorite APA of all time: Alesmith X.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
22 oz bottle, via kenb. Pours a clear orangish copper with a nice one finger creamy off-white head that left some intricate lacing. A nice fresh lively hop nose greets me from a foot away. Nice and floral smelling with lighter touches of tangerine and orange zest. A good bit of toasted and lightly caramel malt as well. A pretty full nose for an APA. The flavor is nicely hoppy and floral with minimal bitterness and a light toasted crackery malt base. Lingering leafy hop finish with some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with nice fine fizzy carbonation that kept it feeling lively yet not overcarbonated. A pretty darn aggressive beer for "just" an APA. This shoots right into my top 5 APAs, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
22 ounces. This is a beer that I was lucky enough to stumble upon. It has an orange body, a creamy and frothy off-white head that lasts for quite some time, and average carbonation. The aroma is of flowers and light citrus (orange) with a hint of apple and pear. The flavor is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. I was expecting more hop and bitterness than I received. The flavor is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an India Pale Ale in terms of hoppiness. The flavor is both sweet and bitter on the initial flavor as well as the finish. As Hop Trip warms, a faint maltiness and smidgen of brown sugar become more apparent. The wife made broiled honey-lime salmon fillets with scallions to accompany this. The taste of the salmon was somewhat understated, which was a good match for the ale. Neither the ale nor the salmon overpowered the other. All in all, a good ale and a good meal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo Carmel Mountain. The best pale I’ve ever had hands down. Pours a beautiful burnt orange amber with an off white head and great lacing. Amazing nose on this beer, aromas of lemon, grapefruit, pear, grass, pine and coriander. Medium bodied with a great balance of hops and malt.

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