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RATINGS: 1055   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.


1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle from Cavie. Smells like Christmas trees. I’m not a fan of a lot of Hops, and the hops are very prevalant. A slight musk smell is also noticed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours a hazy gold color with huge white head, nice balance of malt and hop, wish I could try a fresher one than I had

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Pours a clear copper with very little head. Strong fresh hop lacing, but not the sticky thick kind that marks an IPA. Not as floral as the Sierra Nevada, & a bit more bitter & dry. The fresh hop taste does remain, though.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
I was expecting more from this beer from mostly good to great ratings, but was disappointed. The fresh hops are very evident and pack an initial punch with lots of pine cone and floral scents in the aroma. The appearance is a dark cloudy copper color that pours with very little head that dissipates quickly with some lacing left behind. It’s a chewy beer with lots of resin and an almost oily mouth feel that coats your throat. Taste has lots of pine and cut grass with some other floral flavors that come through after the beer warms a bit. It certainly has a freshness factor to it, but that doesn’t make it a great beer, only a good one. Drinkable but not one I would seek out again and again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2009
Aroma of fresh flowers and citrus. Appearance is amber with medium head. Taste is bitter but not overwhelming with hints of citrus and fruit. Overall a very good and tasty beer however not very complex.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2008
New label for 2008. Nice amber color, fluffy persistent head. As the commercial description says, "intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma." I like bold hops, but this needs balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn’t sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems ’smoother’ and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick. This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
A nose of strawberries, "rulltårta", metal, grape and lemon. Taste is of citrus, dandelion, anis, iron and grass. It has a little acidity to it, and finish is bitter and salty in a well-balanced way. Very drinkable and elegant for an APA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (dated Oct. 3, 2012) into a becker pint glass. Pours a honey golden with rich amber hues with a fluffy one and half finger head. The smell of sweet pineapple and fresh grassy notes on the nose is very inviting. Opens with pineapple, flora, and grassy accents, joined by slight breadiness and malt with just the perfect level of sweetness to balance this brew midpalate. Finishes smooth with just a hint of grapefruit rind and pine sap and a slight bite. Medium bodied with a slick, oily, and slight soapy mouthfeel, perfect for a wet hop ale. I look forward to this brew every year. The drinkability of the brew is exceptional as the other characteristics of the brew are not overwhelmed by intense bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a pale orange with a thin off-white head that lasts. Flavor, honestly reminds me of a dumbed down hercules. The hops are subdued and piney, the malts are robust and roasty. It’s a nice beer but from great divide, I’ve come to expect better


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