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RATINGS: 1048   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours a clear copper color with a large off-white head and some decent lacing. Aroma and flavor are citrus, pine and a general hop note. Malt is balanced decently. A good APA but nothing to write home about.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This simple beer deserves no more than a simple review. Yawn. No matter how difficult the brewing process is, and how formidable of an enterprise it was to acquire the ingredients, if your beer is bland you still have a problem. My feeling about Fresh Hop is that Great Divide may have focused too much on a gimmicky and marketable procedure than on creating a genuinely good beer. The appearance is nothing to complain about, a pleasing deep orange body topped of a frothy white head. The true problems begin at the nose: an easy hop aroma, the classic grapefruit and slightly floral tingle. Itís great for your bathroom, but I enjoy discovering some complexity in my beer. The flavor takes you no further, with only the slightest caramel malts giving any sort of balance on the palate. Drinkable and decent for conversation, but thereís really nothing to see here.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bomber, poured golden with some amber, some bubbles that disapated, scent of sweet with piney hops, drink of hop bite, citrus, malts, hops linger on the tongue, the hops overshadowed the malts, I thought there could be more malts in this one, its ok.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
i didnít enjoy this fresh hop beer as much as others. i did not have that Pacific NW hop aroma or flavor. very earthy and grassy with hardly and citrusy sweetness. was good, but i expect a certain freshness with wet hop beers and this just didnít have it.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Clear copper appearance with white head. Stong American hop aroma with a slightly grassy smell. Flavor mostly about the hops with the grassiness appearing here as well. Decent malt. Overall nice, but grassiness clearly detracts. Too big for a Pale Ale, should be an IPA

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
(Bottle,shared by Beermouth, thanx) Really like this beerstyle, but not many danish brewers ahs seen the light, yet. Hazy, sal beige head. Dull aroma an a kind oīdul taste. Like shooting a gun into a pillow, surstained, kept in the dark. On the other han, it would be a nice sessionbeer, could I have it on a daily basis.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle @ ōlbaren. Hazy amber coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Kinda easy drinkable. Quite good balance but a little too anonymous.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Pours coper with a white head. Smells of earth, caramel, yeasty. Tastes of caramel, fresh malt, sweet. Not seeing the loyalty to this one.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
22oz bottle (new label).....pours a dark apricot brown with a thin soapy white head.... aroma of biscuity malt mostly and barely any hop character if any at all .....caramel and biscuity malt upfront. sweeter towards the middle and a hop bitterness finally comes through in the finish. medium carbonation. not too much going on in this fresh hop beer. canít say that iím a fan. perhaps not the freshest bottle?

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 2005 batch. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread), trace yeast (dough), hint of medicine. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Virtually identical to the 2003 batch, at least according to my previous review. The aroma is pretty one-dimensional (PNW hops and not much else) with a few trace unwanted elements. Fairly citric and somewhat abrasive in the mouth, but the balance is fine. Too grapefruit/pine-juicy for me to enjoy, but hopheads will find it more enjoyable. Definitely not a bad beer, but for the style it doesnít really stand far apart from countless others of its kind.


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