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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Clear reddish amber body, soapy tan head. Very fresh green leafy hops. Flowery green hops. Some sweet hop components in there too. Its a bit one-dimensional as far as aroma goes, but I still like its freshness. It would probably not be as good in a few months. Taste has... flowery and grass hops. Some slight caramel. Little noticable malt in the taste, but its still fairly balanced. Whatever kind of hops they used must not make it overly bitter. Overall, really good. A bit one-dimensional but a good drink and fairly well-balanced besides.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
orangish brown color w/ a fluffy white head some nice lace. Very fresh scent some pine, grass, and citrus hop with hints of some sweet carmel.. this smells nummy. Palate is full lightly creamy. Flavor is a dry bitter grass dominates not much sweet... smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Smell is overwhelmingly fresh...floral hop flavors escape even as I’m pouring this one. Another whiff reveals a subtle malt character, which balances the piney/floral hop notes nicely. Taste pretty much follow’s the aroma’s lead. Very palateable due to the malty characteristics offsetting the stronger hops. Doesn’t seem to have terribly high alpha acids, a very well balanced brew all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Pours a deep golden/amber color with a big off-white head.The aroma is dominated by piney and citris notes with a little malt trying to escape. The flavor is hoppy and bitter throughout. Not as grassy as I expected, more citrisy. Just enough malt backbone to balance the beer. Not as good as Sierra Nevada Harvest but a nice, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Dark golden to amber color with moderate off white head. Full PNW hop aromas with a hint of toasted bread and malt. Full hops flavors with grapefruit and light pine. Light toasted white bread underneath the hops are there, but not there to be a major role. more of and afterthought. Yes, the name implies hops, but ale also infers malt. A decent hopshead ale, just not balanced and relaxing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Pours out copper in color with fair white head. Aroma is kind of off-putting. Smells kind of dirty. However, the flavor has biting hops that are grassy and piney. A tasty beer but i can’t really tell any difference with the fresh hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear, medium amber color with a fair off-white head. Decent lacing is left as the head fades to a large bubbled ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is nicely fruity with notes of sweet caramel, some citrus qualities. Medium bodied, a bit cloying. Slight amounts of malt sweetness exist for a brief second and then the hop factor kicks in. Balanced very well, citric grapefruit flavors linger. Decently done. Do they grow hops in Colorado??

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Palest pale hue, nearly nothingness, with a slim glimmer of a head, then none. Sad... Aroma is corny, thin, blah...very macro-feeling... Taste: Wetness, slight malt, big vegetal, corn reigns high, ...but nothing, really, no flavor to speak of...bleh... Light bodied, little mouthfeel/texture, slightly alcoholic, no finish to brag about, really, just a Polish malt likka...nothin’ but, y’all! If anyone can prove me wrong, I urge them to try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Pours a medium amber color with a medium off-white head. Lots of fine bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Citrus/pine resin hop dominates the flavor. There is a little bit of grassiness towards the finish. I would say this stuff has more than 55 IBUs, but what do I know? I would definitely drink this beer again. Perhaps a bit expensive for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
The aroma isn’t strong at all but there’s a bit of citrusy smelling hops. Creamy and lasting white head with good lacing. Orange color. The flavor is moderately bitter to the finish. Creamy texture and soft carbonation. It’s very one-dimensional but decent. A little overpriced.

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