kepano (255) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. It’s 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 there’s really nothing to see here.
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 it’s 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, that’s not overly bitter.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. I’m guessing that the starting gravity on this brew was lower then they intended. Needs more malt,more flavor hops and more cowbell
ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GarrettB (1408) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 they’ve become acquainted with your home kitchen for more than a day. Still, the meme continues and we’re 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 don’t blame them. The hops plant is too bitter, caustic and all around cantankerous to find a home anywhere but inside a beer bottle (though I’m sure there are exceptions). My first objective was to test the veracity of Fresh Hop’s name. Allow me to say, with all confidence, that it is indeed fresh and hoppy tasting. And that’s 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.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle. Amber colour with a weak head. Great aroma of caramel and heavy hoppieness. Very hoppy flavour with quite a lot of caramel, ends up very dry. Very enjoyable.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a great golden color. Smells wonderful. Tastes likes flowers and fruit with a differnt bitterness at the end. Not that bad but after I am done with this one I am going to have a Bitter Woman.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber, white head. Nose of wheat flower and caramel and a bit of toasty hops and lemon. The flavor is grassy with a pleasent hop character like a snatch of dry hops. Finishes lightly sweet; good drinker.