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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Gorgeous amber color. Floral aroma. The flavor is mellow, but a touch skunky. Pretty smooth to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bramblez (3) - USA - NOV 4, 2007 does not count
Wonderful round characteristics, it’s got a soft-yet-intense hoppiness you only recognize if you’ve gnawed on the fresh stuff. The finish is muted, perhaps it’s been in the bottle too long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2007
On draft. Notable for its sweet, ESB-y qualities, due to "wet hopping" I am told. I’ll certainly have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Bomber, pours lightly hazy golden amber with a two finger white head, great lacing. Aroma of wet hops, grass, floral, pine and some caramel. Flavor is a bit lacking from the aroma, everything is present, just hiding behind a watery base - ho,hum. What starts strong just can’t seem to deliver when it comes to actually drinking this one...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2007
amber color with light head - very strong hop aroma that smells like hops on the vine - nice and smooth flavor with little bittering hops and mucho flavor/aroma hops - very strong grapefruit taste balances well with the malt - I expected this to be another of those overhopped monstrosities but it was very well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Amber color with a medium head. Very fresh hop aroma with some floral/grass, tobacco, peas and some earthiness - a very impressive bouquet of hop smells. Flavor is smooth and delicious - tasty hop flavors that are super fresh and leafy/flowery. Nice malt backing. Good finish and very refreshing. As good as any wet hop APA out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7817) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
On tap at Toronado. This amber ale poured with a decent beige head. The hops are very tasty and not too bitter, and there is a nice balancing malt presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Draft, Toronado Wet Hop Festival. These are all great beers. In comparison to a lot of the others, this one is very malty, heavier tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Fresh green grassy flavor. Actually doesn’t taste too hoppy but that’s ok. Lemony flavor too. Wish I had more to say but I don’t. Don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. I was a bit underwhelmed but then again I was comparing against Great Divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle from Yonkers65. Thanks Bruce, I have had this on my wants list for awhile. Pours a slightly hazy amber with some reddish hues and a white head. Great wet floral hop aroma. This smell like fresh leaf hops right off the vine. Initial flavor of caramel, citrus, and toasted grains, in which the overall combination is somewhat unique. Mid palate has a very soft bitterness combined with hints of tangerine. Bitterness is quite mild on the finish, which has some subtle accents of grapefruit and tea. Nice beer with an interesting harmony between the malt and hop profile. Not a hop bomb, but there is nothing wrong with that.

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