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RATINGS: 1049   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2005
orange color, never ending head. taste is slightly bitter, very refreshing. a damn good beer actually. very well balanced something i would drink again any time.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle: Orangish golden, clear, large off-white pillowy head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   Very soily hop aroma.   Very similar on the tongue.   Much more soil based than other pales, and not as floral or citrusy.   Hop aspect is light to moderate.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, wants to be bigger tho.   Earthy finish, very minor hop bitterness.   Didn’t come across as terribly fresh to me.   Still prefer Deschutes Hop Trip for those beers that are brewed with "fresh" hops.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours with a creamy white head atop a clear golden body with few bubbles. Aroma is fresh, leafy citrus hops. Toasted, buttery taste with hints of toffee, not to be outdone by a solid piney, resinous hop presence. Clean, bitter and lasting finish. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1343) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.

The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.

Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I’ve had - as is, it’s still up there.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours maple brown with a tan foamy head. Floral hop fragrant malt aroma. Sour and bitter rind hop and acidic caramel malt flavor. Medium bodied and thin, fizzy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2005
This beer is a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper color; it is well carbonated and forms a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is enticingly hoppy with a resinous aroma of grapefruit, apricots, tangerine and a bit of pine and grassy notes. The aroma is quite nice with a serious sticky hop presence. The beer is fairly dry, but the malt in combination with the hops gives this beer a sticky sweet citrus character without being overly sweet or full on the palate. The flavor has solid notes of resinous pine as well as an equal amount of citrus and fruit; like grapefruit, apricot and peach.

The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, which does not particularly linger too long. The finish is quite smooth, it really just begs for taking another sip. The overall hoppiness and carbonation of this brew gives it a peppery bite as the beer sits in my mouth. This beer is really quite nice, perhaps the most flavorful Pale Ale I have ever had. The fresh, vibrant hop character is really nice and this beer is still fairly smooth without that intense grassy character I have had in other fresh hop beers.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle poured a nice copper amber with a decent head. Big citrus and hops aroma and easy drinking grapefruit and hops flavor. Decent medium powered IPA

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Could smell the citrus aroams on the pour. Copper color body with off white head and web like lacing left on glass. A light syrup like texture puctuates the citrus grapefruit and orange flavors. Syrupy fruity aftertaste, good stuff here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4195) - 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 don’t understand this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. I just consumed a Bert Grant’s 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 shouldn’t have followed an IPA with a Pale Ale or, this may just not be as good. Better as I got into it, but I’m not surprised that it’s not so highly rated.


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