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RATINGS: 1021   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Pours a clear orange pale with a fluffy white head and sticky lacing. It has a strong pine and earth aroma. The flavor has pine & grapefruit with an intense bitter bite at the end. A very refreshing, well made, and hoppy beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. A hazed orange color with an off-white head. A nice hop aroma, grassy, the a moderate malty flavor. A little too malty for my taste and not balanced enough. Rating from December 2005 notes.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Full nose decked with tons of hops pine and floral citrus aroma. Appears copper colored brass with some light sut floating about in equilibrium. Thick topping of foam and leaves behind plenty of beautiful lace. The flavor is delicious with a big smack of wet juciy hops that are so moist and fresh it would make Snoop Dogg say sticky icky icky. Damn good harvest ale. Great Divide just blows me away with how good they brew,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle to shaker (pounder). Pours out a gold-amber colour with a very nice foamy white head and excellent lacing. It is made from freshly harvested hops and only available about 3 months out of the year. Its nose is caramel and earth with light pine and definite hop elements. Taste is sweet, appealing, and hoppy with a caramel backdrop. Finish is bitter and sweet with caramel notes and a pleasant grass element. Complex and very flavorful

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
22 oz bottle. Deep copper color with nice looking carbonation and minimal head. Very grassy aroma with hints of citrus peal. This smells like the hop storage room at their brewery. Fresh tasting indeed! Pine, citrus peal and strong fresh grassiness practically punches you in the mouth while the malt struggles to hold the whole show up. Semi-dry body. Not a bad brew. Quite grassy though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Out of the 22 oz. bomber, this Pale Ale came out clear and bubbly, and readily formed a three finger thick head, which looked quite nice atop the pale amber colored body. The aroma was typical of the “C” hopped west coast products, with a leafy and citric hop profile. The hops were backed by the scent of sweet and partially caramelized malt. While not overly strong, especially considering the presence of the words Fresh Hop in the name, the smell was spot on for an American Pale Ale. The taste was well balanced between sweet toffee-ish malt and spicy dry hop oils. Not a lot of bitterness was present, except for a little grapefruit rind like flourish at the end of each sip. Feeling a bit thicker on the tongue than a run of the mill Pale Ale, this was highly quaffable, while not being watery. A well made beer, which was not quire the showcase of hops I was hoping it would be. The quality was however so good, it kept my disappointment from creeping into the score.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2006
22 oz. bottle Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head. Light spotty lacing. Has your typical citrus hop aroma. Flavor is mostly hop with some caramel malt to back it. No real lingering bitterness on the palate. Medium body. A good PA.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Amber and clear, small white head. Crazy strong floral, resin aromas, a little malt. High carb, fresh hop flavor. Great hop flavors but a little one sided, apparently that is their point.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 In short: Juicy hops and more juicy hops. Great thirst quencher.
How: Clear golden body with some particles and a medium white head
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In long: As the name suggests, the hops feel really fresh. Very floral freshly picked juicy hops abound from the nose. Light orange fruity flavour. Grass juice. Discreet malt profile. Despite being packed with hops, the finish is very juicy but only mildly bitter. Just very juicy hops wall to wall. Another winner from Great Divide. It’s all about those hops that feel fresher than a fart in an elevator.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smythe7 (3) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006 does not count
A good beer from the Divide. I was a bit dissapointed with the aftertaste. I might have expected a little more bitterness and hoppiness, but overall an enjoyable beer.


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