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RATINGS: 1070   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 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 (4903) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 for a pale ale this is really the shit. pours copper orange with a whisper of haze, fluffy mushroom head. nose of grassy, resiny cascade hops. as the brew slips over your lips and evelops the tongue huge citrus pine flavors burst. bitter grapefruit that squeezes the parotid glands to excess salivation. nice balancing of fullness on the palate and malt. as the bottle states you definately get a feeling of big hop freshness. bernie the brewmaster told me this beer was a nightmare to brew, they were picking hop flowers out of every inch of the system for weeks. well worth it. for a smaller abv in the pale ale group a top notch everyday drinking beer. if i could get some more....delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of pine, citrus, toasted bread, and caramel. Flavor of fresh hops, malt, and toffee with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lazyjay (5) - Atlanta, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
Poured with a nice amber color and big head. Grassy aroma hops dominate and hold all the way through. Balanced well with medium body of sweet malts. This is an excellent drink. I kind of view it as a barley wine light. To me itís on the edge, any more hops would be over the top and any more malts would be too much. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1532) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2006
pretty caramel color with a rocky/creamy head. aroma reminds me a lot of Goose Island IPA, lots of pine and grapefruit, but this one is aged a little as there is a fair amount of caramel going on there. flavor is lots of pine, lot of caramel maltiness, moderate body. finish is quite long with bitterness lingering for quite some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized, frothy white head. Definitely a nice fresh hop aroma. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel malts. Tastes of caramel, hop leaves, grapefruit, and lightly nutty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3187) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev, Dave B. & R. - courtesy of me, from Premier Gourmet. Dark golden-copper colour with a small white head that leaves lots of lace. Fantastic aroma of tea, lemon, grapefruit and mild caramel. Flavour has lots of grapefruit, but itís not sharply bitter like some APAs. Thereís some nice woodiness in the background to keep it balanced. Really nice stuff - another winner from Great Divide.

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