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RATINGS: 1020   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Clear amber gold color with a medium stacking head of off-white fluffy foam on top. Top stays present for good length, fading slow to a hefty skim and collar. Lacing is in a fine, tightly spotty sheeting across the glass. Nice looking glass of ale. Aroma is of pale citrus, dullish-like orange and grapefruit with a spritz of lemon. Lots of pine-sided woodyness hovers over the top. Semi resinous and floral with a grassy touch, but mostly woodish and pale citrus. Clean and pungently pleasing. Taste is more wood toned then citrus, at least in this serving, perhaps an actual fresher bottle would have had more of the citrus tones more forward. As is, this time around, the wood is a bit heavy and bringing it to one side of the hop scale that isnít really keeping a good balance from others GD Fresh Hops Iíve had. Medium to light bitterness, semi drying into the finish with some citrusy tones, but more piney and thickly prevalent in wood flavors that take away from the crispyness that pops in front. Feel is about medium, a bit parching in its bitterness and dryness, but stays the course(coarse) and keeps a very teetering balance that could fold either side into too much pine and/or too much parchness. That said, for no other reason then this- its damn drinkable. It keeps a nice clean profile overall while grabbing hold with woody, citrus tinted bitterness, and maintains a doughy little malt backing while doing it. Some sweetness finds its way in around the corners, in the middle, and very, very late after the finish. Which in turn helps this become quite a fun ride to drink down. After finally sitting down with this one, it seemed a bit more woody then the others Iíve had in the past month or so. A little more clean, snappy, crisp, and citric and this bottle would have nailed it, much like previous bottles. Another bottle or two and another review may be in order...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2006
The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a moderate semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to surround the glass. Nose has pleasant hop floral aroma backed buy sweet malt, start is slightly sweet, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic with nice hop spiciness, dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer and Great Divide a long time favorite brewery.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a pale orange with a thin off-white head that lasts. Flavor, honestly reminds me of a dumbed down hercules. The hops are subdued and piney, the malts are robust and roasty. Itís a nice beer but from great divide, Iíve come to expect better

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Poured orange with an off white fluffy head. Quite carbonated with huge lacing all the way down. Aroma was sweet citrus hops (orange peel and lemon) with a grassiness to it. Good malt body with sweet lemon and orange flavors. Very hoppy, but not too bitter. Refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bright orange/amber, nice white head. Lively, fresh grapefruit aroma. A very well rounded hop flavor, though a little quick on the finish. Watery, not super oily. Typical hop-driven beer; one-dimensional.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Perfectly clear amber, almost copper, with a thick, lasting, lumpy off-white head. Grassy, orangey, floral hop aroma is obviously too slight to be an IPA, but pleasant. The flavor has higher bitterness than the average APA, and it overbalances the malty, but slightly thin body by a tad. Overall a good beer, though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Its awesome. Somewhere between gold and amber with a white lacey head. I have a hard time calling this one a regular PA as its way hoppier than most IPAís Iíve had. Flavor is very similar to their Hercules double IPA but lighter. To be honest though, at $6.99 a 22oz Iíd buy the Hercules or Old Ruffian first. If it were cheaper in a 6-pack it would be a regular buy.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnurda (1087) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Wow. What a beer. Hops are the predominant feature. Great tasting. UNreal. Canít wait to get some more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Finally found this in Atlanta. I really the fresh hop beers, when I can get them. The aroma was only moderately hoppy with distinctive grass and citrus. Rocky, off-white head wit excellent lacing that lasted longer than I expected. Initial flavor was moderately bitter with a light, sweet, short finish. Carbonation was quite flat. This was a good, but not great beer. As far as "fresh hop" beers go, this is the best Iíve had for a while.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1889) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Amber in colour with medium carbonation and good head retention. Not much of a surprise with the aroma.. the c-hops are huge with this one. Loads of pine resin, orange, and grapefruit, with some minor floral and grassy notes. In the mouth, there is a decent amount of caramel malt presence, and a bit of a peppery note, but really, this beer is all about the hops... with more citrus, pine, and some green hop cone flavors. Itís fairly heavy in the mouth too. Not really all that balanced, but if you like hops, this is the beer for you.


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