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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 2010-07-31. Crisp golden body with a small white head. 3+ Flavour has a modest green hop profile, mild supportive malt. 6+ Aroma of green vegetation, leafy hops. Average palate. Lots of green hops, but not much citrus? Likely starting to fade a bit but enjoyable if not outstanding. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.3 Bottle at ChrisOs Pre-GBBF Shindig 2010

2006-07-XX. Golden orange with a small creamy white head. Moderate not quite floral, leafy hops in the aroma. Fairly similar flavour, green leafy hops build with each sip, very mild resin. Quite hoppy, but not particularly bitter. Average palate. Solid quaff. 7/3+/7/3/14 - 3.6 Bottle. Following Michigan Brewers Festival 2006

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Beautiful head and coppery color. Aroma is very hoppy, very much northwestern. Hints of crystal malts. Flavor is fab. Plenty of hop flavor - grassy and citrusy - without being very bitter at all decent malt balance. Quite good, and felt pretty fresh to me. All in all, not terribly complex, but delicious and adequately named

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Aroma is hoppy, with a bit of honey, and a thick white head. Taste is much like the aroma, itís a pale ale, which is a bit sweeter then most. Itís a very quality beer. Northwest style hops, would do better with higher IBUís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This simple beer deserves no more than a simple review. Yawn. No matter how difficult the brewing process is, and how formidable of an enterprise it was to acquire the ingredients, if your beer is bland you still have a problem. My feeling about Fresh Hop is that Great Divide may have focused too much on a gimmicky and marketable procedure than on creating a genuinely good beer. The appearance is nothing to complain about, a pleasing deep orange body topped of a frothy white head. The true problems begin at the nose: an easy hop aroma, the classic grapefruit and slightly floral tingle. Itís great for your bathroom, but I enjoy discovering some complexity in my beer. The flavor takes you no further, with only the slightest caramel malts giving any sort of balance on the palate. Drinkable and decent for conversation, but thereís really nothing to see here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
A hazy amber beer with a nice beige head. The aroma is sweet and extremely hoppy giving it notes of citrus and pine. The flavor is sweet and dominated by hops and grass, but also with notes of wood. The mouthfeel is very dry, and it has an OK bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours a rich amber color. Aroma is malty with mild hops. Flavor is intially bitter with a mild hop and malt finish. A nice pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a short blurb about the APA on the left side of the front label, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy caramel copper with a fluffy, foamy, bubbly pale tannish/white head that settled into a semi-clingy, thin bubbly lacing, decent carbonation. Had a nice caramel malty and grassy/citric hop nose, the hops are actually raw, fresh smelling as advertised. Delicious tasting, a fresh cut grassy, citric tinged hoppiness, mild in itís bitterness, balanced by the caramel maltiness and a crisp grassy, malty finish. I really enjoyed this APA from Great Divide, had a really fresh, raw hop taste, which I like, thatís not overly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
Hop aroma, but not full or flowery,orange red color, hops dominate a surprisingly thin body, the bitterness is there but it is short on hop flavor and aroma. Iím guessing that the starting gravity on this brew was lower then they intended. Needs more malt,more flavor hops and more cowbell

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
Hoppy and thats pretty much it. I am giving it a decent rating because it does exactly what you would expect from its name - takes hoppiness to an extreme - though I am in agreement with the previous reviewer in that I prefer something more mellow and complex, such as DFH 90 minute. But hardcore hopheads will love this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1134) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 There is a national obsession over the essentiality of fresh foods. And as with any other border-to-border fad, it is sustained by careless anxiety rather than more learned means. Nobody disputes the value of fresh foods, particularly in cooking, and any food teetering on the edge of inevitable spoilage sensibly belongs in the dumpster. However, it is no excuse to condemn senescent food stuffs simply because theyíve become acquainted with your home kitchen for more than a day. Still, the meme continues and weíre all left juggling fad diets, fears of obscure molecules, and a regrettable phobia of middle aged greens. Always a good business, which translates to keeping abreast of current public fears, Great Divide Brewing Company presented their new hopsy beer with a crisp and age friendly title: Fresh Hops. The even put a great, green and lucid picture of a hops plant for the average American who has never been acquainted with one. I donít blame them. The hops plant is too bitter, caustic and all around cantankerous to find a home anywhere but inside a beer bottle (though Iím sure there are exceptions). My first objective was to test the veracity of Fresh Hopís name. Allow me to say, with all confidence, that it is indeed fresh and hoppy tasting. And thatís it. There is nothing beyond the cupric, transparent body, the vapid head and the hops laden aroma. It is an absolutely one dimensional beer, one flavor and, for me, only worth one try. Unless you like that simple, rakish hopsiness prickling up your tongue and into your eyes, invest in something a bit mellower and more complex.

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