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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
22 oz bottle picked up at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City. Nice copper color with an off-white head. Strong hoppy grassy aroma. Flavor was great, although a bit different than most pale ales that Iíve had before. Piney and citrusy but also a bit grassy like the description on the bottle implies. Slightly sticky, resiny mouthfeel. Solid APA. I wish this was easier to find .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Light copper color with tall off white head. The foam lasted to the last sip and left a nice lacing pattern along the side of the glass. Nice big grapefruit aroma covering up a small wedge of sweet malts. The flavorís hoppiness seems more subdued than what the big aroma has suggested. It starts off bitter and sweet with sweet and tart grapefruit and a slight sweet maltiness. Before midway the grapefruit bitterness enters. Midway and beyond a grassiness does join the part and adds to the growing grapefruit bitterness. Nice hoppy ale.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
The aroma is strong with citrus and pine hops as well as caramel. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The flavor is bitter with both citrus and pine. There is enough caramel taste to make it drinkable but the flavor is slightly astringent. The palate is smooth but not exceptionally so. Overall itís a good beer but thats all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3137) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Quite an tasty ordeal for a APA. its got the right amount of hop flavor for the hop lover. The taste of pine and hop citrus succeed where it had to.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
very quality beer. tastes stronger then 55ibuís nice grassy refreshing hop taste without being too bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
This beer pours a golden orange with a large white head leaving good lacing down the sides. I truly believe this beer should be classified as an ipa not an american pale ale. This is a good amount of hop aroma and flavor in this thing! Although I do note the citrusy slighty floral smell and flavor, this really is an ipa in my book! I like it though! Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Pours a clear, amber-copper color with a full, fluffy, off-white head thats lasts qute a while and leaves some lacing. Hops and more hops dominate with a grassy, slightly floral, slightly resinous, and slightly citrusy note; faint malt sweetness noted. Flavor is similar and like an unbalnced IPA; grass and pine take the forefront with light citrus. Only a touch a sweet malt breadiness. Palate is almost medium bodied, lively, and refreshing. Finshes with the bitterness really growing out of control, still resinous with some notes of herbal. Hop in the title is an understatement; there is plenty of hop character but no malt balance to speak of, and there is more bitterness than many IPAís Iíve had. Not necessarily more "fresh" than other beers, like Stoneís IPA, but certainly refreshing. If you like hops, this beerís for you.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
22oz bottle (thanks to Ty5592) poured a clear copper/orange color with a huge frothy off white head. The aroma was floral pine, citrus and some spice with a nice sweet caramel malt peaking though. The taste was of a fresh pale ale with some smooth hopping and a good malty balance. Also has an intresting hop spice in the finish. Overall a nice fresh hop beer, but just an ok pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Poured deep amber with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with great lacing. Solid smooth hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate balanced bittersweet flavor with a smooth bitter finish of average duration. Standout drinkable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a copper body and a tall pillow of ivory head. The aroma is rather nice. Olfactory brings a nice spicy musty fresh hops; suggestions of Spruce chips & Cyprus chips, some grapefruit zest, and a grassy raw at some times herbal bitter finish. The palate is a bit thin and Iíd have to say that the aroma is the most exciting aspect of the beer; otherwise, its just a $6 bomber of average pale ale, IMO.


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