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RATINGS: 1055   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle: Clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, citrusy hops and pale malts. Flavor, piney with some sweetness up front. Finishes bitter and dry. A nice refreshing pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1732) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. A little disappointing here. Nice hoppy aroma and not much of a look. Flavor is good but a little unbalanced and rough at times. Good palate though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Ahhh yes. A Pale Ale that is worth evry penny spend on it. This is more like a IPA and even better than some IIPA’s. Beautifully done with some lemon zest and loads of hops. This is a wonderful example in this style and I am rating it as such.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours a clear bright copper with a thin white head. Grapefruit and pineapple in the aroma and taste. Crisp finish. An APA that tastes more like an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2006
22 oz bottle, of which I rate the second glass I poured, rather than the first. Poured clear orangey gold with a nice long lasting head and fair lacing. The first glass I had was good, like a punchier Sierra Nevada pale ale, but the second glass seemed to have all of the hop character. Aroma was faint, but adopted that grassy characteristic the label mentions. Malt successfully balances the beer, and the hops and malt never clash. I think the hop flavor has an almost basil or oregeno character; grassy yes, but sweet and herbal. There’s a piny woody bitterness in the finish, but the fresh from the garden quality lingers back there, and lasts longer than any bitterness. Good stuff, a classic APA taste, with a unique hop flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1073) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
Amber appearance with a nice head which fades a little upon drinking. Aroma is of hops primarily pine and some grapefruit/citrus notes. Flavor is much of the same. Definitely a strongly hopped APA, but it remains very drinkable. Strong yet well balanced, I would definitely recommend this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2006
22oz bottle - First time I’ve seen this one in Ohio - Pours amber wtih a short offwhite head that fades back to a film and laces from there. Good aroma of citrus and pine along with some herbal notes. Flavor is a nice balance of citrus hops and caramel malts. Notes of pineapple, grains, toffee, and lots of fresh hops can be tasted throughout. Palate is smooth and well balanced and quite easy to drink.. Very nice pale ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Cloudy brownish orange, big dense foamy head. Big piney aroma. Lots of hop in the flaovr. Fresh hops, even, as the name suggests. Subtle malt, vague caramelly malt flavors. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2706) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2006
22oz. bottle. Aroma is indeed freshly hoppy, leafy, green and inviting with a good amount of juicy citrus and a certain herbal tone, coupled with a faint amount of pale, toasty malt sweetness. Light-medium amber color, mostly clear, with a lasting, thick head and very fine lacing that also point to an increased presence of hop oils in suspension. Flavor profile is fairly interesting in that it of course showcases the hops as well, these being primarily floral and citric with a brief hint of newly-mown grass, but do not yield a correspondingly high level of bitterness and even allow a bit of the underlying sweet, lightly honeyish, toasty malts to peek through towards the finish, which is otherwise clean and resinous. Palate is very smooth and a bit oily, body is medium. Not much complexity to note here, but certainly superior to your typical American-style Pale Ale. Supremely easy to quaff, and I’d have to recommend it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Floral, grapefruity and hoppy aroma. Golden amber color with quickly diminishing white head. Well balanced flavor with a bitter hoppy finish. Malty citrusy flavor. Good creamy mouthfeel. Solid pale ale.


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