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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3138) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2007
22oz Bottle Pours out a very nice amber topped with a great off white head. A nice light hop aroma. Tast of light hops and a little bitter at the end. A good pretty nice body for a pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wabeer (2) - USA - OCT 11, 2007 does not count
22oz Bottle with code 267 1054M (2007 Edition) Center poured into a 16oz American Pint Glass Aroma: Unmistakable pungent, almost, oily fresh hop aroma, prominent citrus and melon characteristics with a hint of malt lurking in the background. Appearance: Bright Reddish copper color, clear, sizeable off-white head with very little retention, head started to almost immediately dissipate with formation of larger and larger bubbles which then collapsed, quite unstable and interesting to watch and depositing a highly varied lacing. Flavor: Fresh hop character is foremost, predominating throughout - resinous, green, and earthy, with a bit of detectable malt in the mid palette that peaks and then falls off into a bitter hoppy finish. Some malt sweetness in the finish, which is off-dry but fairly well masked by the aggressive hopping. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a full feel given by the palate’s immediate reaction to the pungent fresh hopping, mid-carbonation, creamy textures and no detectable alcohol, and at 5.5% stated, as it should be. Overall: Nicely fresh hopped pale ale, not over the top with the bittering as some other commercially produced fresh hop ales, this one would be truly sessionable if not for the slight sweetness belying a small amount of residual sugar. A solid effort this year by Deschutes, but not as compelling as some of the previous examples, however it is excellent to see Deschutes sticking with the pale fresh hop as an alternative to some of the other over-the-top extreme fresh hop IPA’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
Deep amber colour with an off white head. Hoppy fruity aroma with a light sweet note. Light caramel sweet flavor with hoppy fruity notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1832) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2007
NOV 2005 - Poured orange color with decent head and lacing. Aroma, flavor was grapefruit with a hint of grapefruit and a finishing of grapefruit. The mouthfeel was nice and rich. This beer reminds me of grapefruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009
Date: February 03, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark gold
Aroma: sweet fruity orange aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nice hop flavor and a long bitter finish

Date: September 20, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: portland brewpub
Score: 3.3 to 2.8
Score: ii+ to ii
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of caramel, light floral hops, light bitterness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3920) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 26, 2007
22 oz Bottle from Enniskillen; Nose of floral hops with a little pine and some caramel; Amber with a small off-white head; Flavor of light hop bitterness, caramel, and very light pepperiness; finish is light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa. Pours an attractive, mostly clear dark copper with a tight medium off-white head. This was bottled back in hop harvest time so the aroma understandably isn’t striking but a very pleasant mix of floral hops, a little pine and a hint of tea and biscuits. Flavor starts off with heavy, clean notes of toffee/caramel, then comes a rush of a somewhat orange-like citrus character, then some pine. Ends with the taste of some tropical fruit and iced tea - in a good way. A little on the sweet side, the bitterness is subdued and plays a balancing and flavor role in this beer. Medium bodied a soft texture and subtle carbonation. It would be nice to see how this was right after bottling. I will say that everything has melded together rather nicely in this beer since bottling.

   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 (1158) - 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 I’m 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.

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