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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty ordinary aroma, but a good flavor balance. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a spare fizzy light brown head that is mostly diminishing and spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, cereal, toasted), heavy hops (flowers, spruce, orange), average yeast (cheese) and notes of pineapple and honey. Average flavor duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness, mineral notes. Medium bodied, alcoholic textrure, lively carbonation and astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
A middle of the road NW IPA... plenty of fresh hop taste and grapefruit-esque citrus power. Pours lightish amber with non-existent head. Filtered. Iíd recommend as a good refreshing IPA, but not an asskicker IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Bomber with the code 275 094OG on the left lower part of the label, from stoutlover72, consumed on 1/28/07
Bottle conditioned, though fairly well-filtered prior to that, the beer shows a medium-bright copper-peach body with a medium-sized white head that recedes slowly to cover, leaving light lacing in patches, behind. Clarity is high, carbonation is quite profuse in the liquid in small streams.
Very dry nose, extremely so. Lemon-like notes add plenty of bitterness, while hints of tangerine juice and mimosas give a slight sugary edge as the pale malt sugars are lightly felt. Definite toastiness, though not overdone, makes things lightly sour towards the end, while floral notes from the hops are quite heady without being overly bitter or fruity. Interesting. Some soapiness and an almost bubble-gum and lemon note that I associate with crystal hops seems pervasive, as does a plasticy yeast. Definitely lightly phenolic on the end. No alcohol noted, and I enjoyed it, but itís just way too dry and leafy, without enough round or bright flavors to give it more depth. The body seems filtered from the nose, not having that sumptuous, full aroma of solid malt backing.
Hops are definitely well-done to start, with cherries, lemons, tangerines and plenty of floral notes all dancing about. Honey is oddly matched with a bit of grainy, almost biscuit-like character, as the malt flavors pass through. The finish is alive with yeast plastics and a crunchy, diacetyl note of popcorn (not overly buttery or burnt though). Couldnt get passed that. The carbonation is very forceful and dosent seem to settle out easily or provide for a very creamy body, though perhaps that has something to do with the extreme attenuation, light toastiness and filtration. I really feel like I need to try another bottle of this, as I donít see any of this in other reviews (do see the dryness though). Iím not a big fan of crystal hops though, so that may have something to do with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2007
(22oz bottle) Lightly hazed amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, floral, caramel. Taste seems somewhat muted, medium sweet, orange, some lemon/grapefruit, caramel, light wood. Somewhat dry finish. Watery light-medium body.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thick orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol, hops, pine needles, and spices. The flavor is sweet malty and dominated by hops and pine needles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
22 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. Had a perfume hop aroma with an added musk scent which I thought was peculiar. The appearance was an autumn orange that of a tree leaf but showed very tiny bubble carbonation. The drink was funky and had a perfume hop flavor the same as I found in the aroma. Not a memorable beer or worth trying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Cloudy golden with medium white head. Hoppy aroma with grassy notes. Sweet flavour with hoppy, citric and piney notes. Bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5730) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2009
(11/4/08) Draught at Hamiltonís in San Diego. Deep golden color. Aroma of resinous hops. Flavor with some malt and caramel but mostly very resinous hops and some pine. Medium-bodied, a bit oily.

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