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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Ugly pour...cloudy, murky orange, no head or lacing. Aroma is butterscotch, honey, and earthy pine hops. Flavor is sweet upfront and bitter in the finish. Palate the sweet is cloying. I probably should try this when it is fresh....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Picked up at State Line Liquors yesterday. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip. Pours a moderate copper color with a single-finger white head after a fairly hard pour. A bit of lacing remains on the edges of the glass; mostly spotty. Nose is light floral and citrus hops with a bit of earth. Light caramel malt. The taste is mildly hoppy with a bit of green character and some floral hops. Slightly bitter mouthfeel and a bit dry. Good drinkability and a pretty nice beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-09-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 A regular pale ale smell and flavor, lightly hopped and sweet, good solid malt background, but what I canít understand is why such a common beer is $5 a bomber. Not worth the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Clear copper hue with lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine and grassy hops, grapefruit, mild toasted malt, and dusty yeast esters. Twangy pine taste with biscuit malt background and a chalky aftertaste. The feel is dry and as mentioned chalky. A one trick pony, hops and not much depth, very average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (3797) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Gift from Pflug. Clear light orange color. Smells of light earthy hops. Taste is a musty old hoppy taste. Could be much fresher but is a little earthy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (2001) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours a light amber with a thin white head. Aroma is malty, not much of a hop presence. Taste is malty and peppery, not hoppy. This is fairly fresh and either the hops have faded quick or they were never there at all. Not great ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bomber bottled on 10/5, consumed 3/29. Would love to try one fresh. Aroma was grass, lemon, grapefruit and bread. Flavor was very similar but completely muted because of the age. Almost no carbonation. Iíll rate this again if/when I get a fresher example

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Hazy golden pour topped by a 1cm white head. Spicy, grassy nose feeling rather mineral. Hiding malts just canít really get through that juicy orangey, apricot-like, limey hop fest. As a result, it feels quite thin and eventually astringent despite the mostly diplomatic bitterness. Rather creamy texture nevertheless, medium carbonation. Bah.. I donít know. Good execution, but itís quite limited to a homework of dry-hopping. Certainly well extracted aromas in that regard, but I just canít dig as much as the many competitors who follow a less direct approach.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maltdog (618) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2007
As the cap releases its soft chuff Iím taking aback by an initial oniony odorÖ upon pouring, I am reassured by familiar aromas of grapefruit, peach, and candycanes, Subtler, soft pear and pudding presences vie with unexpected MDF and rice vinegar plot twists. Oh yes, the color is hazy amber, boasting a short but stubborn whipped cream head and a gazillion tiny uprising bubbles, and lace rings spiral dizzily inside my glass. The first sip bewilders with a buttery malt bombshell of fresh-churned creamy calories. Peculiar humulus traits follow almost meekly, comprised of cilantro and clove spiceÖ not fruity at all, as the bouquet suggests. An impression of chives arises intermittently in both taste and smell. The finish: green apple and wax crayons. Very odd indeed. A thick, fatty palate emphasizes the butter imagery and is further richened by soft, wooly carbonation. This confused concoction closes with a salty and minty toothpaste aftertaste and clipped, brambly bitterness. If one could ignore the myriad idiosyncrasies, the drinker would discover an utterly ordinary and bland beer... itís hard to imagine how such a hop-deficient, banal ale of meager attributes merits consistently high scores.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
soyorganic (283) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 On tap at Old Chicago as "liberally hopped ale" this beer looked like the rice beer Samurai and tasted like it but with more hops. Crisp, drinkable and with heavy carbonation but I was not too impressed.

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