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RATINGS: 1029   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 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 (3691) - 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 (3094) - 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 (1140) - 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 (1974) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle at Aaron and Kathyís Holiday/YeHa Party on 12-3-05. Courtesy of scraff. Amber bodied. Nose is obviously rich with hoips and very perfumy. Lots of pine and citrus throughout the aroma on the but a nice malt sweetness trying to balance it out. Taste has caramel, lots of hops, some maple, pine, bit of citrus and dried berries. Body has a bit of carbonation feel with a lingering bitterness. Finishes with big hops and hop bitterness, light caramel, sweet malts and some citrus fruits. Pretty good.


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