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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours copper and clear. The aroma is floral and sweet. Tastes like cascade hops with a sweet then bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2006
bottle at the Fort Wayne tasting - This beer has a nice, hoppy aroma with a hint of pine. The hops certainly dominates the flavor, which is pretty well balanced. The mouthfeel was a little watery and more bubbly than I expected. It finishes moderately bitter. Good beer, though could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of Degarth. Slightly hazy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fresh, lightly citrusy hop aroma. Medium body, sweetish caramel and fruit - peach in particular. A light hoppiness in the finish. Not much hop trip here. 170607

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Draft in CdA Idaho. Nothing really wrong with this, itís just a pretty bland, run of the mill, slightly boring brew. Not that I expected anything more. Light, bready, clean taste with just a touch of hops, which do nothing but compliment the heavy barley malted backbone. Drinkability is its best quality....this is a very clean crisp brew that could compliment the right occasion, however I usually prefer something bolder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2007
22oz from Liquid Solutions. Nice copper pour with a fairly lively head. Itís got a nice aroma, but not a face-puncher like some of the fresh hop brews. And in fact, itís generally more modest and understated than Iíd expected. Nicely floral, with a slightly dry finish and a light mouthfeel. Pleasant, but a slight disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours orange-amber. Nice cream-colored head. Thick mouthfeel. But thatís where it stops. Unbalance bitterness in the taste. Personally, I like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, off white head. Aroma is subdued citrus hops, touch of malt. Flavor is hops, citrus and pine. Not overpowering, bitterness is very mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2008
Very tasty beer. Not quite as aromatic as the Pliny I just had, but delicious in its own right. It’s a refreshing change of pace from some of the super-hoppy IPAs that seem to be en vogue. This is IPA done right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
popery (1391) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
A nice, hoppy pale ale. Hop Trip pours a bright red-gold with a nice off-white head. Thereís some lacing. The aroma is bright and floral with the smell of fresh hops. The malt sweetness has a pleasant caramel aroma. The flavor is similar, fresh, floral hops blended with pleasant caramel malt. Itís a very pleasant pale ale. However, Iíve felt somehow disappointed in both this yearís and last yearís version. I like my fresh hop ales big and bright and Hop Trip is just a bit restrained and balanced for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Draft at Fatherís Office. Poured golden amber with tiny head. Aroma was faint hops, sweet, and soapy. Taste was malty, hoppy. Medium pallet. Overall just ok.

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