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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Clear metallic-orange body with a cottony white head. Aroma of peanut skins, catbox, and grapefruit. Has a signature Great Divide house character. Very nutty, catty hop profile in the flavor. Semi-dry finish. Reminds me of Great Divide ESB. I tasted this fresh from the tank at Great Divide in October and later bottle samples. Interesting to see this develop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 22oz bottle, lovely straw gold body and a big fluffy head. I’m a huge fan of the fresh hop beers we see around this season, and I found this one to be pretty disappointing. In general I favor having a nice malt presence to balance even the heartiest hop bomb. But strangely I found the hop profile here to be pretty weak. Very little in the nose, and no pungency or bitterness as I was expecting. Solid and drinkable as is, but mostly average. Sad. I hope that I just got an off bottle - if so, I’ll rerate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2391) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Tap at Brouwers.

Had this one back to back with the Full Sail Lupulin Fresh Hop, and there’s no contest. This one can’t keep up.

Pours a light orange amber with a modest head and restrained aroma for a fresh-hop ale. Slightly vegetal flavor, a bit grainy, some hops....but yawn. Nothing special here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
22oz 2007 vintage. pours hazy copper with white head. nose is pretty grassy and piney. flavor is grassy, green, some piney and an odd earthy smoke to it. watery feel. this really isn’t a good harvest ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
natejgood (477) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Pours a clear golden amber with a substantial white head. It smells of crisp hops with floral tones in the background. The beer has a mellow sweet flavor right off the bat followed quickly by bitter hops, but the flavor disappears quickly leaving your mouth feeling clean. Not a bad beer, but the flavors seem to be somewhere in between a sweet beer and an overhopped beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2008
650 ml bottle. Golden orange body with a dense white head. Aroma is strong, fresh hops, very distinct, a bit floral. Surprisingly mild flavor considering the hoppy aroma, refreshing, grassy and bitter. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14061) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, hop, orange. Flavour is citrus, hop, orange, pine. bitter finish. High bitterness in the beer.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
(bottle from Weber St Liquor in Colorado Springs). Clear, light amber color. Medium off white head. Grassy hop aroma and light grass hop flavor. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Thin texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Clear amber. Lacy white head. Aroma is piney some sweet caramel. Flavor is ok but kind of dull when compared to some of the fresh hop ales that I have had. Medium bitter lightish palate.

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