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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
22oz bottle. Filtered with a reddish orange amber hue. Thin layer of bone white head. Citrusy and slightly sweet. Slight resinous pine hop aromas. Medium bodied. Nice smooth caramel malt malt flavor. Dry middle into the finish. Which goes right into a tasty grapefruit bitterness. Spicy, piney, peppery fresh hops. Initial and short lived malt flavor then completely taken over by the hops. Another score from GD!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5773) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Golden orange pour with a strong hops aroma. A flavor of hops that don’t match up to the aroma but are there. It is kind of like eating grapefruit with salt on it, a toned down grapefruitty bitter. A good beer I bought on a whim and will go back and get another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Clear copper appearance with white head. Stong American hop aroma with a slightly grassy smell. Flavor mostly about the hops with the grassiness appearing here as well. Decent malt. Overall nice, but grassiness clearly detracts. Too big for a Pale Ale, should be an IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3980) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Pour is a copper with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is all things hops with some citrus and pine in there. Flavor is also all things hops with a nice dose of malts to round this one out. Very tasty and pleasing to all the beer sences. Being easy on the wallet puts this one over the top as an excellent example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5790) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Pours clear copper / amber with a rocky light tan head. The aroma has lots of floral / citrus hops that are quite green - it still has pretty good balance. Medium body with lots of carbonation that doesn’t interfere with the flavors. Flavor starts with a good amount of hops - floral / grapefruit / light pine with a good amount of malt backing it up. the finish has more pine hops and a good amount of resin along with some spice and spritz with the mix of carbonation and hops. Crisp, hoppy and wonderful. (8/3/8/3/16 - 3.8)
Rerate notes ~ just bumping up numbers from the 2008 version. The original notes are still valid, but I think I had this low on a couple of areas.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - 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.

   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.

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