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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4170) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Clear flat body with an amber color. Aroma was floral, pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, nutty and fruit. Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Light sweet flavor with light to moderated bitterness. Light dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of berries, pine needles, hops and grass. Fruity flavourof hops, pine needles, grass and grape fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1251) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2007
GABF 2007. Most of the fresh hop brews I’ve tried are a little underwhelming, and this one falls in line w/ my expectations. Very watery.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
22oz bottle. Orange amber color with a sticky head and some sediment in the last pour. malty aroma for the most part, but a nice citric hop quality blends in the background, despite this being way beyond the age where you would expect the fresh hops to still make an impact. The flavor is a clean, fruity maltiness with a little hop balance. Almost falls on the less hoppy English side after all these months. Nice fruitiness adds character. This is definitely an elegant pale ale. Tastes quite malty and balanced with the time that has elapsed since last fall’s hop harvest, but still quite nice. I’ll definitely be getting some of this fresh when it comes out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10184) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle... Clear, textbook-amber ale with a mid-sized, cumulus-like, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is both floral and earthy and bursting-at-the-seams with fresh, PNW lupulin. Medium-bodied and a touch slick with soft carbonation. More sweet than bitter up front - more bitter than sweet on the backside... earthy, piney. Modestly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle from Kan Presents: Fresh Hops - a blind tasting. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Fresh hoppy, pine, citrus, candied and soapy aroma. Smooth light and sweet. Citrus, toffee, caramel, lemon, candied sugars, and bitter pine. Too sweet, cloying, strange and not as enjoyable as it could be. 7/3/7/3/14 = 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle an extra in a trade a believe. Pours an amber body with a hefty white head. An obvious huge hop nose, earthy and floral resins, grass, pine, hints of citrus and grapefruit. Light caramel, finishes a bit dry. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice pale orange body, very translucent, with a thick off-white head with decent retention. Light notes of citrus peel and grapefruit fill the nose. Great up front hoppy dry flavor of pine needles and grapefruit. Very bitter finish that is uncharacteristic or unexpected, at least. Finishing each sip makes me want to swallow twice.

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