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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Dark amber pour with a nice beige...somewhat creamy head. Dry with a nice body. Very grassy/hoppy with a kind of sweet grapefruit taste. I love it! Another quality brew from Great Divide!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - FEB 4, 2009
I should have rated last year’s version as I enjoyed that a bit more, but all in all, a good IPA. Hoppy - more on the sweet side this year, it seemed to have less of that IPA crispness. I would say piney hop flavor this year. Again, a nice IPA. I look forward to next year’s edition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2007
22oz. bottle into lager glass. Pours a clear, dark copper with a light white head that laces nicley. Aroma is heavy on grpaefruit and lemon with a noticable hoppyness. Flavor is of fresh hops, grass and grapefruit with a slight pine finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down easy. Great APA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours not-so-hazy, not-so-clear.. Dark amber with frothy head. Smells of NW hops, yes, but I was expecting more in-your-face scents, considering the price I paid... Tastes very crisp and, well, fresh. Like a newly mowed lawn meets a grapefruit. The mouth-feel is what this beer is all about though. Not too watery, not too thick MAXIMUM palate points.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSquare (116) - - OCT 21, 2012
Interesting beer-- I agree with the label and "Fresh Hop Pale Ale" rather than anyone who tries to call this an IPA. But it’s one of the hoppier pale ale’s you’ll taste. Aroma is a litle dank and subtle, with some of that pilsnery barley must that tells you not to expect too much hop. The coppery color and minimal head complicate that message a bit. The taste has a nice sharp edge to it, but it just gets your attention and then subsides very slowly into softer grassier flavors-- eventually it’s actually a very dry, clean finish. The resiny undertones are really nice and complex, but this beer is about balance and a long, developing and fading flavor, rather than an IPA tastebud burner. Palate is on the thick and mealy side for a pale ale, as to be expected. Feels like a resin has been infused gently throughout. Very drinkable, and relatively low abv considering the hop flavors. Ah, the glory of wet hoppitudenicity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Medium copper color, egg-white head, good lacing. Nice full aroma. Really nice, crisp mouthfeel. Great hop flavor, citrus (grapefruit, and a bit of orange), pine, resin, very balanced. Great Divide rarely disappoints - very nice pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottled. Smell of a lot of hops, pine, grass. Pours golden with a nice head that last. Taste hops, citrus, pine and grass. This beer is a nice mellow hoppy beer if you want something that has favor but is still easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Very strong hop bitterness with excellent aroma. Looks great and tastes even better. This is a must for any hophead!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden orange. Aromas of malt, grass, citrus, slight caramel and a touch of alcohol. Initial taste is malty with a slight bitterness. A tad spicy with a nice grassy flavor. Has a smooth piney/citrusy bitterness to it that hangs around. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and a tad bitter. Overall a solid pale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours copper with a small head and good lacing. Aroma is hops. The taste is an excellent blend of hops and grapefruit. Almost like an IPA. I really enjoyed this one.

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