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RATINGS: 1055   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Brewing with fresh hops is a big endeavor, requiring four to five times the hop volume compared to using pelletized hops. Although the process is complex, it brings impressive results: Fresh Hop is an American-style pale ale with moderate hop bitterness marked by a unique and intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma. Fresh Hop is a superbly refreshing, medium bodied, light-copper colored pale ale weighing in at 55 IBUs and 6.1% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2005
A compact and frothy white head rests upon a deep amber hued beer with a slight haze. Aroma is full of vivid hop presence ranging from rich grass notes to surprisingly soft-edged grapefruit and pine tones. Straightforward, but clean, malt aroma of caramel and toasted bread is layered underneath the hops. Very close to Dale’s Pale Ale by the nose—I think I used those exact descriptors, even. Much the same again, the strong hop presence comes off very smooth and clean in the flavor…like a milkshake. A hopshake. Malt presence is perhaps slightly lacking to complete the experience perfectly—there is no caramel apparent in the flavor and only the thinnest hint of that toasted bread. Begins with moderate sweetness, light acidity and moderate bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness moderate acidity and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with a watery texture and average carbonation. 22 oz bottle, snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours a clear orange copper with a thick and well-lacing, sticky off-white head. Has an earthy, toasty dry caramel aroma with some fresh piney hops. Body starts with a touch of sweet caramelized sugar balanced with some resiny pine and spruce. Finishes crisp, lightly toasted and bittersweet. A very drinkable beer, but I think a different hop might make it more balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle. Very pretty dark iced tea body with a loose lasting foamy head. Nose-big PNW hop nose. Taste-bitter upfront and the bitter gives away to a nice hoppy sweetness. The malts could be a little more agressive, IMO. If the malts were increased it would help bring down the bitter and add some sweetness to a very dry beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours medium gold-orange with good white head that fades quickly. Lots of grapefruit hops in aroma. Caramel malt hits you pretty good at first, but has a great balance with the bittering hops. A very nice Pale Ale indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle, clearn orangy ambery pour. Huge hop aroma of grapefruit, but not incredibly rindy. Nice backing of caramel malts, and balanced big hopy flavors of pine and grapefruit. Well done american pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Poured a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Hoppy aroma thats citrusy and floral. Hoppy flavor mixed with nice caramel malt. Mildly itter finish. Very nice balance with plenty of flavor and aroma. I am glad this comes in 22oz bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, light metallic, orange. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, light herbal, orange. Nice bite. Smooth, watery light-medium body, some chewiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Bottle
Pours a full amber with a nice, lingering head. Flavor is a rush of grapefruit, with a bit of pine in the finish. Notes of orange and a bit of peach are in there as well. Palate is bit watery. Overall, a great brew. This one was still in the tanks when I went to the Great Divide gathering during GABF, which makes it exciting to drink.
Tap at Flying Saucer, 11/9/07. Same as above but much more bitter and tangy, as well as thicker on the tongue. A more complete and enjoyable version than the last bottle I had. GREAT brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (928) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Wasn’t sure if this was anything special on the initial taste but I really warmed up to it. Dark gold color. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Don’t know if I taste fresh hops but I will say the hop flavor definitely lingers in the mouth longer, which is always a great thing. Interesting and a great brew. Hands down the best Pale Ale I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Nice copper pour with a pretty decent size, and lasting eggshell head. As advertised, the aroma is indeed that of fresh hops, mostly citrus, some pine. Surprisingly hoppy for a beer with 6%abv... kinda like an double ipa "light". Could use a bit more malt to shore it up. Pretty good, regardless.

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