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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pine and citrus aroma. Small head, with beautiful lacing. Flavor is nice refreshing hoppiness, perfect with spicy molé. Pretty tasty APA (or IPA?), another good one from great divide . . .

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Bottle purchased at G’s in Plano, Tx. Pours a pale copper with a fizzy, retentive head and large carbonation bubbles. Fresh floral and grassy hop aroma. Medium thin british bitter like mouthfeel. Initial malty flavor of toffee, that transitions to a grassy bitterness, mildy accented by hints of orange. Finish is dry with and strong leafy and herbal hop bitterness. Resiny bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth. Not bad, but for the same price, I’ll take a Hercules. $6 for a bomber of Pale is a little overpriced in my book

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle at New World Brewery. <P> The aroma is all pine and citrus with some floral notes buried beneath. Very intense, but it doesn’t smell any fresher than a normal beer hopped all to heck. <P> Body is a light gold and holds a nice looking thumb thick white head that is mostly lasting. <P> Hops, hops and then some mild sweet malt and then more hops. It’s good for what it is, a massively hopped pale ale. I might even drink it again, but I wouldn’t drink it a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Poured a plain amber color with a good head and AMAZING lacing. Aroma was of pine and citrus. Flavor was much the same with a nice malyness to it as well. Another solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Excellent Pale ale, although I would put at the IPA end of the pale ale range. Crisp and very hoppy. Reminds me of SNCA

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle 22oz. Poured a golden color with a 1 finger white head. has an aroma of hops and the taste is very hoppy also hints the name.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Pours golden copper with a thick, frothy, creamy head. Strong aroma of grassy, citrus hops, with a hint of barley malts, and a slight nuttiness. Very forward citric/earthy hops, with semi-sweet caramel and barley malt background in the flavor. Palate is medium, nice and bitter with a little bit of spice from the hops, roasty malts linger, and a little nutty on the long finish. Very well balanced, and could easily pass for a good IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Orangey tan body, small offwhite head, sweet hoppy aroma with strawberries. This does have a freshness to the hops in the flsavor profile; unfortunately, after a nice start, the flavors disappear into a weak finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bomber. Pours a deep, clear copper, with a creamy off-white head that last. There are some floaties in the glass (and bottle)...not sure why. Perhaps some yeast. Aroma is a nice mellow hoppiness with some toasty and grassy notes....pleasant. Medium body, some warmth in the finish. Flavor starts with an accertive bitterness, that last into the finish. Intense hop flavor, but the base beer carries it nicely. Some slight sweetness. Overall, a very nice, everyday drinking APA...very enjoyable, and much more flavor and complexity than is usually found in this style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 20, 2006
Copper/amber body, with an off-white head. Even though the head diminished to a relatively thin layer, it produced a nice lace all the way to the end. Grapefruit aroma, and that is carried through in the flavor. Malts are also present, but they play a very minor supporting role. Somewhat lingering, grassy aftertaste. Full-bodied and quite smooth. Highly enjoyable beer. I can’t wait to try a few other Great Divide brews.


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