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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Very nice. My kind of beer. Solid hops. Good taste. Hard for me to go back to basic Pale Ales these days...I need the bite a beer like Maverick offers. Most folks donít understand this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. I just consumed a Bert Grantís Hopzilla, so I am comparing this to that as well as the fact that my palate is a bit shot. Has a hop aroma like the Hopzilla. Hazy amber with little visible carbonation. Some off-white head, mostly diminishing. Head starts out relatively large but diminishes quickly. Better lace than the Hopzilla, but still not fabulous in that department. Not really as good as the Hopzilla. Sour. I probably shouldnít have followed an IPA with a Pale Ale or, this may just not be as good. Better as I got into it, but Iím not surprised that itís not so highly rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Light amber color, good light but crisp hop aroma. Slightly fruity taste at first, lighter mouthfeel. Good hop flavor but not the strong bitter flavor of american IPAís. The beer doesnít have a lot of malt flavor but, itís still well balanced because of the lack of strong bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
complex hoppy aroma with subtle berry notes, cloudy orange with lively carbonation and a tightly packed head, light body initially slick with subtle green apple notes then building resiny bitterness and overall very grassy throughout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Copper with orange highlights. The nose piney, lemony, floral, citric, caramelly and very fresh. Lovely aromas. Great hop flavor but very little bitterness. Pacific Northwest Hops. Very grassy with leaves, citrus notes, pine sap, light fruitiness and caramel. I cannot say enough good things about Great Divide. Itís too bad they stopped making this beer. It was replaced by a DIPA called Hercules which I have yet to try. This is a very well rounded Pale Ale but it seems a little odd for Great Divide to brew two Pale Ales especially in a series that is supposed to be for the beer drinkers with a refined palate. This isnít a big beer at all, just a plain ní simple medium bodied, lightly hopped (for the style) american pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours a clear copper color with a large off-white head and some decent lacing. Aroma and flavor are citrus, pine and a general hop note. Malt is balanced decently. A good APA but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Clear copper hue with lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine and grassy hops, grapefruit, mild toasted malt, and dusty yeast esters. Twangy pine taste with biscuit malt background and a chalky aftertaste. The feel is dry and as mentioned chalky. A one trick pony, hops and not much depth, very average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours copper with light thinish head. Nose is flowery with a slight piney freshness. The hops in this beer remind me more of the fresh hop leaf rather than hop pellets. Body is medium with gentle finish. Not sure what I expected with this beer. Definitely not like an IPA. More of a clean earthy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2004
2003 series. Pours clear amber/copper with a thin-medium off-white head. Grassy, piney hops aroma. Piney hops flavor is played off a biscuity, caramely, lemony malt matrix. Aftertaste returns to piney/grassy hops. Enjoyable yet nondescript; I'm not sure how this fits the "bold and assertive" category the "Maverick" series claims to entail.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Light orange/copper color with thick, rocky off white head. Aroma is somewhat malty, hint of caramel, along with mild amount of piney, slightly grassy hops, bit of corn. Flavor is mildly hoppy, touches of malt, fair amount of a metallic off taste. Finish is slightly acidic with a firm bitterness. Frankly I was expecting more out of this. Iíve like several other Great Divide brews, and while this isnít exactly bad, itís not particularly good either.

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