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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Poured a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Hoppy aroma thats citrusy and floral. Hoppy flavor mixed with nice caramel malt. Mildly itter finish. Very nice balance with plenty of flavor and aroma. I am glad this comes in 22oz bottles.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, light metallic, orange. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, light herbal, orange. Nice bite. Smooth, watery light-medium body, some chewiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Bottle
Pours a full amber with a nice, lingering head. Flavor is a rush of grapefruit, with a bit of pine in the finish. Notes of orange and a bit of peach are in there as well. Palate is bit watery. Overall, a great brew. This one was still in the tanks when I went to the Great Divide gathering during GABF, which makes it exciting to drink.
Tap at Flying Saucer, 11/9/07. Same as above but much more bitter and tangy, as well as thicker on the tongue. A more complete and enjoyable version than the last bottle I had. GREAT brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Wasn’t sure if this was anything special on the initial taste but I really warmed up to it. Dark gold color. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Don’t know if I taste fresh hops but I will say the hop flavor definitely lingers in the mouth longer, which is always a great thing. Interesting and a great brew. Hands down the best Pale Ale I’ve ever tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1056) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Nice copper pour with a pretty decent size, and lasting eggshell head. As advertised, the aroma is indeed that of fresh hops, mostly citrus, some pine. Surprisingly hoppy for a beer with 6%abv... kinda like an double ipa "light". Could use a bit more malt to shore it up. Pretty good, regardless.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Thin, reedy grapefruit monstering around as a nicely colored but anorexic beer one might find anywhere. Have I said anything about the body and the flavor? Thin and acidic, but not in a good way. Not infected, just one dimensional! I usually like this dimension too.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
poured the fresh hop into a levitation glass and was shone an ice tea like looking body with a nice 1 inch head.as the head sat it left nice lacing on the glass.aromas were a very nice balance of fresh pine hops,and sweet caramel malts.flavor was fresh and crisp with the pine hops standing out the most.this is an awsome pale ale!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours with a storm of carbonation. US caramel malt, smooth resinous hops and herbal/vegetative aromas. Craggy firm head. Huge hop flavor that is with citrus and pine. Good malt skeleton with just the perfect amount of sweetness. Clean bitterness and a lingering hop flavor. Very delicately balanced and quite refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 2006 version much better than 2005. Huge, grassy, resiny hop aroma and flavor. An excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Sturdy copper beer. Floating, sponge for a head. Rocky. Fantastic. Fruity malt aromas abound. Slightly sticky. No cardboard. Hops strike quickly and are devastating. Thick floral presence. A juggernaut of aromatics this one is. Sweet atfirst on the palate with a distinct biscuity center. Flowers bloom on the edges and then rip into a bitterness on the far edges of the palate into the finish where the adjunct bitter resin sticks for a LONG time. Excellent beer. Nice in the mouth...perhaps a tad too carbonated but that’s really just being nitpicky.


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