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RATINGS: 1048   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.


3.7
   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 (960) - 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 ďCĒ 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 (6104) - 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
The look:
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. Itís 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 13, 2006
bottle. had this out of the fermenter 2 years ago. waited to get a bottle when i was in texas, then i left texas, then the bottles that showed up in kentucky were old so i didnít bother to rate them, but now, finally i have some fresh hop. when was it bottled? last fíing week thats when. wow, itís working right now too. light brownish tan body with a huge sticking head. aroma is well, hops, but not the biting in your face ipa hops, this is grassy with a bit of toffee coming through. nice grassy flavor with some light lemon and lime hints. a classic malt profile tah t has some caramel, a touch of fruit, and just a solid sweetness that i canít really put a label on. grassy lingering finish i really enjoyed this and plan on enjoying a few more over the next few months.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Hazy golden pour topped by a 1cm white head. Spicy, grassy nose feeling rather mineral. Hiding malts just canít really get through that juicy orangey, apricot-like, limey hop fest. As a result, it feels quite thin and eventually astringent despite the mostly diplomatic bitterness. Rather creamy texture nevertheless, medium carbonation. Bah.. I donít know. Good execution, but itís quite limited to a homework of dry-hopping. Certainly well extracted aromas in that regard, but I just canít dig as much as the many competitors who follow a less direct approach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of head dips into the orange gown.
-Spicy, piney hops evolve into orangey fruitiness in the nose.
-Grassy, leafy, herbal hoppiness lathers the tongue in generous yet never exaggerated doses.
-Lush maltiness benefits from the soothing carbonation.

What if you dig deeper?
-The juicy hop bitterness is pleasantly spicy and satisfyingly lingering.
-The malt provides plenty of body, but few flavors.
-Yet another very good Great Divide product, right within the advertised style.

Bottle; no date.


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