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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Golden color. The aroma is hoppy, very nice, fruity (apricots and grapefruit) and resiny. The hops are lovely, the body is quite thin. Of course the end is extremely long and bitter (resins, hazelnuts).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange with just a slight ring of foam. Wonderful citric grapefruit aroma, literally smells like I just cut open a piece of fresh fruit. Great hop profile! Body is kind of light, with that amazing hoppiness following through but the malt profile is really light, still well balanced and over the top which is exactly what I expect from a fresh hop style pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle. Classic floral aroma. Amber body with 1 finger head. Good lacing. Decent amount of hops for the style. Toasty nutty flavor on the finish which I am not super fond of. Okay but no where near my favorite in this style. This is the first of the Great Divide beers Iíve had which wasnít great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6016) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle: Aroma of caramel, fruit, and citrus hops. Pours a transparent amber with a big creamy off-white head with very good retention. Great lacing. Sweet caramel and and light fruitiness up front. Finishes with a decent grapefruit hoppiness for balance. An above average APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bomber. Cushy off white head sitting on a medium amber beer. Strong aroma of, duh, fresh hops along with some toasty malt, a bit of fruit as well. Flavor is quite bitter, starts out pretty malty but there is quite a kick at the end from the hops. Iím surprised this has only 55 IBUs with the kick in the pants you get. Medium bodied. Pretty dry. Nice beer, nothing all that special though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Hazy copper color with a thin head. Strong aroma of citrus, especially orange and grapefruit. Some grasses too. Just a bone dry, suck-the-moisture-from-my-mouth blast of hops right up front. Citrusy overtones with a fairly good balance of malt. Thatís a damn tasty pale ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Slightly hazy copper with decent sized off-white head. Aroma although somewhat muted, is very well balanced pine hop resins and sweet malt. Flavor much the same, Sweet malt up front, gently fades to pine hop bitters. Donít get any grass whatsoever, as listed in deScription. Finishes with a tiny bit of harsh hop bitterness. Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel. Great lacing almost entire snifter is covered in thick film. Regardless of what many second rate IPAís are listed at, I would guess this has more IBUís than alot of them, (getting some pretty big hop belches right now). Very drinkable, summer-thirst-quencher. Even more enjoyable than my score indicates, but hard kick up any of the categories. Definately underated IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Big head and some lacing. Dark orange beer. Fresh gentle hop aroma grows in strength. Warm malt flavour with assertive hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Clear metallic-orange body with a cottony white head. Aroma of peanut skins, catbox, and grapefruit. Has a signature Great Divide house character. Very nutty, catty hop profile in the flavor. Semi-dry finish. Reminds me of Great Divide ESB. I tasted this fresh from the tank at Great Divide in October and later bottle samples. Interesting to see this develop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
On draught at the Draught House in Austin. Great aroma, very northwest. It has a medium body with a nice crystal malt sweetness. Yes, itís pretty bitter and has some earthiness but this is balanced with the body and sweetness. Very nice as it warms, too. Great beer.

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