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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Pours a clear ruby red with a decent head and average lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of fruit. Flavor is dominated by grapefruity hops with a healthy backdrop of malt. A very nice APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
The taste of mother nature at its finest. FRESH HOPS! Almost like drinking grass. Smooth with earthy freshness dangling to the end. Light in flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. Clear brown-amber body. BIG aroma - a spicy hop combo of resinous green vines, grape skins and unsweet orange flesh. The falvor is a nice suprise - well-emphasized lightly roasted brown-to-caramel backing with the same green, resinous bitter hops on top. A differently-hopped pale, itís nice to have something other than grapefruit hops in an APA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 15, 2005
sweet citrus fruit aroma. grapefruit. copper color with off white head. tons of hops in this one! very bitter. the name is no joke. the hops taste very fresh and strong. possibly one of the hoppiest beers ive ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Wow. There should really be a category called double American pale ale. This has a great hop flavor. Fresh citrus, pine, and grapefruit. Also is superbly balanced with a light malt backbone. The best pale ale I have ever enjoyed

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Beer pours nice copper color with a totally retained off white head. There will be copious lacing with this one. Aroma is very hoppy, with notes of wet juicy pine. The flavor is hop heaven. Tons of wet juicy hop cones being squezzed into the imbibers mouth. If you donít like hops, please donít rate this. As for me, I canít thank Aubrey enough for this hop juggernaught. Oh yeah, the ABV is moderate enough to drink the bomber with no consequences.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Medium orange colored clear body with a tight white head. The aroma is fresh hops with oranges and a hint of pine. There is also some There is also some breadcrust with a little bit of almonds. The taste has some light grapefruit and a little hint of sharp pine. There is also some bread crust with a little bit of tobacco. This is a nice brew. Slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - 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 itís 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 (3360) - 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.

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