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RATINGS: 1020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a nice reddish amber, with some oranges and what not. Good big off-white head. Aroma is powerful. Wow, I wasnt expecting this much straight-up hops. Smells like 3Cs, at least I know it's got some cascades in there and probably chinooks. Very dry hopped flavor on the finish. Unlike a nice IPA dosent have as much malt to balance. VERY Bitter, weird how 55 IBUs seems this bitter, but it's probably due to lack of balance and the freshness adds alot of acidity. Pretty good medium body dosent quit. Dosent seem to have a tremendous amount of personality.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Does taste fresh, I'll give them that. Otherwise it's a solid yet undistinguished brew. $3.99 here.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 A regular pale ale smell and flavor, lightly hopped and sweet, good solid malt background, but what I can’t understand is why such a common beer is $5 a bomber. Not worth the price.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Copper color, light tan head, thicker around the edge. Medium bodied, mildly hopped. The fresh hops do have a different kind of taste, earthy maybe. I expected more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Lighter colored, lighter bodied. This Maverick is just a nice fresh, medium hopped beer. The aroma and taste really reflected a certain freshness that's hard to describe. The hop flavors, though, left something to be desired. Thinner malts - but who needs a lot of malt to stand up to such a lightly hopped ale?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Copper color to the beer, with a nice white foam top that continues to bubble. The flavor is nice and crisp from the hops, but still enough smoothness to make it quite comfortable for consumption. Has a little bit more kick to it than and average pale ale. Odd but i've had IPA's that have had less hop action to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2003 does not count
2003, V1.0 on the bottle. I would say the best part of this beer is enjoyed before the first sip. Beautiful copper body with a slight head. The lace patterns left in the glass is exceptional. The nose itself seems sticky and was quite unique. The taste is average I would say. Having the name hop in the name, I expected this to jump out in flavor and really grab me. I was left with some hoppy flavor along with sweetness of the malt. All in all, not a bad beer, however I must say I was somewhat disappointed.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 2005 batch. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread), trace yeast (dough), hint of medicine. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Virtually identical to the 2003 batch, at least according to my previous review. The aroma is pretty one-dimensional (PNW hops and not much else) with a few trace unwanted elements. Fairly citric and somewhat abrasive in the mouth, but the balance is fine. Too grapefruit/pine-juicy for me to enjoy, but hopheads will find it more enjoyable. Definitely not a bad beer, but for the style it doesn’t really stand far apart from countless others of its kind.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Clear and bright copper with a lasting head and really nice lace patterns. Smooth, medium body with a mild carbonation. Malts were heavily toasted and lightly sweet (kind of honey-like). Hops were grassy and herbal. Some bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. 2005: Surprisingly tasty and very aromatic, if you like PNW hops. Hops surely contribute to head retention, as the (bottled) sample I had kept a rocky head and sticky lace all the way down the glass. Amber-yellow hue was nice, too. Great, resinous notes of pine, grass and citrus. Nice level of bitterness as well (strong, but not stark or too sharp).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Clear amber color with a medium beige head thats thick and lasting. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Flavor of mostly hops. (Pine and something I can't describe) Medium body and carbonation. Finish is long, bitter, but subtle and similar to the flavor.


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