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RATINGS: 1053   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Brilliant golden. Grassy exotically fruity hop aroma, pine as well. Attractive aroma. Good bitterness. Medium bodied, touch of crystal sweetness. Hop flavor is very grassy. Distractingly so. I enjoy the pungency of fresh hops, this is just too grassy for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Clear, opulent and magnifying brass in color with dusty grey cobwebs for the head. Consecutive pours yield a foamier, off-white head and sticky lacing clinging to the tulip. Alluring aromatic display of honey whole wheat bread, nectar, sweet floral hops, Harmony cereal, carnations and freshly mowed soccer fields. Subtle, but well said. Hops forward flavor, but its namesake tipped us off to that character trait. Enviable bitterness interjected by amarillo and cascade activities, forming a sweet synapse with grapefruit, grass and fresh pine potpourri. Bitter enzymes dehydrate the flavor sockets, and "fresh" serves as a fair descriptor. Bitterness is mostly enforced on the palate via the cheek pockets, succinctly balanced with the anticipated nod to the hops coming to full fruition. Bitterness prevails in the finish. Dangerously close to categorization as an IPA. Not much complexity, but it’s tasty, well done and a deviation from the textbook renditions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
The beer pours to a shiny orange/gold body with a thin bubbly white head. The aroma is hugely hoppy. Grasses (like a fresh mown lawn), weeds, stemmy and leafy. Very nice aroma. The flavor is hoppy but not extremely bitter. Nice malt backbone. The flavor is balanced and smooth. The palate is smooth, medium bodied, lightly bitter. VERY easy drinking. Nice. Needs a "touch" more flavor and this would be world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Clear reddish amber body, soapy tan head. Very fresh green leafy hops. Flowery green hops. Some sweet hop components in there too. Its a bit one-dimensional as far as aroma goes, but I still like its freshness. It would probably not be as good in a few months. Taste has... flowery and grass hops. Some slight caramel. Little noticable malt in the taste, but its still fairly balanced. Whatever kind of hops they used must not make it overly bitter. Overall, really good. A bit one-dimensional but a good drink and fairly well-balanced besides.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
orangish brown color w/ a fluffy white head some nice lace. Very fresh scent some pine, grass, and citrus hop with hints of some sweet carmel.. this smells nummy. Palate is full lightly creamy. Flavor is a dry bitter grass dominates not much sweet... smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Smell is overwhelmingly fresh...floral hop flavors escape even as I’m pouring this one. Another whiff reveals a subtle malt character, which balances the piney/floral hop notes nicely. Taste pretty much follow’s the aroma’s lead. Very palateable due to the malty characteristics offsetting the stronger hops. Doesn’t seem to have terribly high alpha acids, a very well balanced brew all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Pours a deep golden/amber color with a big off-white head.The aroma is dominated by piney and citris notes with a little malt trying to escape. The flavor is hoppy and bitter throughout. Not as grassy as I expected, more citrisy. Just enough malt backbone to balance the beer. Not as good as Sierra Nevada Harvest but a nice, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Dark golden to amber color with moderate off white head. Full PNW hop aromas with a hint of toasted bread and malt. Full hops flavors with grapefruit and light pine. Light toasted white bread underneath the hops are there, but not there to be a major role. more of and afterthought. Yes, the name implies hops, but ale also infers malt. A decent hopshead ale, just not balanced and relaxing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1437) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Pours out copper in color with fair white head. Aroma is kind of off-putting. Smells kind of dirty. However, the flavor has biting hops that are grassy and piney. A tasty beer but i can’t really tell any difference with the fresh hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear, medium amber color with a fair off-white head. Decent lacing is left as the head fades to a large bubbled ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is nicely fruity with notes of sweet caramel, some citrus qualities. Medium bodied, a bit cloying. Slight amounts of malt sweetness exist for a brief second and then the hop factor kicks in. Balanced very well, citric grapefruit flavors linger. Decently done. Do they grow hops in Colorado??

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