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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4660) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Sure enough, a fresh hop aroma - hops over lemon jello. Clear orange-brown beer, short tan head, bad label. Grapefruit, not too sweet, a bit grassy. AnotherAPA, huzzah. Slight vegetables in the middle of a pine finish. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6227) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pleasant medium orange pour with an ever present sticky, fluffy white head that leaves a generous coat of lacing. Fresh aroma of spruce and mint. Flavor is full of hoppy citrusy grapefruity goodness with a hint of mown grass and spearmint. Mouthfeel is thick enough but has an odd artificial texture to the finish that dampened my enthusiasm for this one after the second glass. Overall, though except for the aftertaste, fresh and satisfying.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Amber color with with slight off white head. Malt aroma with a grassy citruisy aroma. Nice smooth malts up front and then finishes with bitter citruisy hops. Good easy drinking pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2006
As Jason mentioned, cool label graphics. Light amber/orannge with medium-sized white head. Potent and bitter aroma of hops. surprise. Not too much for a malt balance. I love hops, but not when they are presented in this manner. I guess this is supposed to be close to the "harvest ale" many breweries such as SN are putting out, but i dont think this one has as much going on. Good, not great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
First off, I love the label graphics. Pours sparkling amber with a large creamy head, heavy uniform lacing. The aroma screams northwest hops- I love it! Fresh squeezed grapefruit, spruce, and perfume combine into a true force to be reckoned with. Intense hop flavor dominates, zesty spruce and grapefruit wrapped in a bold bitterness. Finish is quite bitter, sprucey, and cleansing. This beer is not for the timid, serious hopheads only need apply.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2006
(2006 Edition) This beer has a nice a “fresh hop” nose. The palate is rich in complex hop flavors, that are reminiscent of pine cones and grapefruit skins. A beer that is most focused on hop flavor and aroma, but the bitterness balances things out. This is certainly a wonderful beer that I would love to see in six-packs in the future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
22oz bottle. Aroma: Light pine and grapefruit, strong grassiness and a touch of earthy spiciness. Some malt sweetness and light caramel. Appearance: Light amber in color and fairly hazy. Off-white head was full and frothy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Lots of somewhat juicy hop flavor. Citrus, pine, resin, and a strong grassy and hay flavor. Some earthy hop flavors into the finish. Medium sweet maltiness with a nice caramel note. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: We don’t get alot of these wet hopped beers in the midwest, so I grab them up when I see them. This one was good, with a nice fresh hop flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bomber; pours a perfect amber with a medium sized off-white head, excellent lacing. A more subdued aroma than expected with some pine, grass and resin coming through. What the aroma might lack the flavors brings on strong. A near perfect bite with a big hit of fresh hops, citrus, grass and a nice lingering after taste of hops that makes you want more. This is a really crisp beer and well worth a try; you won’t regret it!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 650 mL bottle, shared with the man, StompBrockmore. Here we go. Is everyone strapped in? Good....A hugely complex and flavourful FRESH HOP MONSTER. They weren’t lying when they named this one. Really, really gorgeous. This is a hard style to do because of the finicky nature of the fresh hops - which is why most people just say "ferget it". Great Divide realizes this is a process worthwhile, and they don’t mess around. It really pays off. Huuuuuuuge grassy/piney/citrusy/floral hop aromas, the taste is all of the above and more - even a bit of a sweet candied hop nature and cocoa powder (chocolate malts?) in the back of the throat. Everything is cranked to 11 with not one element overpowering any other. I didn’t want the glass to end. Near perfect for the style. I feel like crying because I don’t have any more of this. Amaaaaaazing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
i didn’t enjoy this fresh hop beer as much as others. i did not have that Pacific NW hop aroma or flavor. very earthy and grassy with hardly and citrusy sweetness. was good, but i expect a certain freshness with wet hop beers and this just didn’t have it.


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