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RATINGS: 1055   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This was a really good hoppy beer and was not overpowering, but instead, well balanced. It was more like and IPA than a pale, so if you are a hophead, try this. Itís great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale 22 oz bomber Recent brewing, refreshed 11/06 Medium pour in a tulip glass. Poured a clear deep amber copper with an average somewhat lasting off-white head with good lacing. Smelt strongly of sweet hops, pine, some sweet caramel tones, and light grapefruit. Taste was upfront strong bitter pine and moderate nuttiness with a light sweet malt bread and caramel backbone followed by a harsh bitter grassy hops bite with moderate soapy and horse blanket yeast touches on a long earthy pine finish. Palate was medium bodied, soft and oily, soft carbonation and moderate astringency. Overall, this is another winner from Great Divide. The hops taste is clean and perfect without being overbearing. There really is no flaw with this beer, although the hops punch could be too much to handle for some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 650 mL bottle, shared with the man, StompBrockmore. Here we go. Is everyone strapped in? Good....A hugely complex and flavourful FRESH HOP MONSTER. They werenít lying when they named this one. Really, really gorgeous. This is a hard style to do because of the finicky nature of the fresh hops - which is why most people just say "ferget it". Great Divide realizes this is a process worthwhile, and they donít mess around. It really pays off. Huuuuuuuge grassy/piney/citrusy/floral hop aromas, the taste is all of the above and more - even a bit of a sweet candied hop nature and cocoa powder (chocolate malts?) in the back of the throat. Everything is cranked to 11 with not one element overpowering any other. I didnít want the glass to end. Near perfect for the style. I feel like crying because I donít have any more of this. Amaaaaaazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
22 oz bottle-pours a big retaining foamy to rocky light tan head and copper color. Aroma is nice citrus hops, sweet malt. Taste is nice citrus hops-bite, sweet malt-caramel, pine. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
I donít give a crap who you are, you must admit that GD makes great beers. This one is no exception. I like my hops like I like my poontang, namely fresh, wet, and aromatic, and this one fits the bill nicely. The pour is dark straw with 2-finger off-white head and those awesome GD floaties. Aroma is huge wet hops and citrus, honeydew, mango, pineapple. The flavor is hoppy, fruity, caramel malty. Pretty dense palate for an APA, and a crisp, very smooth finish with great complexity and balance. This, in my opinion, is the new benchmark for APAs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericyyz (18) - three bridges, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Incredibly crisp. The use of whole leaf hops is very evident given the grassy aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (711) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Aroma is piney hops, pine-smelling resins upfront. Also some sweetness and citrus fruit smells. Pours copper with thick, foamy head. Smooth mouthfeel. Citrusy and floral flavors. Malt is also substantial, rounded behind the hops. A tiny bit of soapiness. Bitter and resinous finish. An ideal APA. Perfectly balanced despite the tremendous amount of hoppiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. A great hoppy aroma spewed from the bottle with a fruity and citrus smell. Bitter hop flavor with a light earthy taste. Awesome, even with the low IBUs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours copper w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Good head retention reducing slowly to reveal a spotty canopy. Mild aromas of brisk citrus rind w/ a slight biscuiting. Medium full nectar w/ moderate carbonation producing an oily texture. A fat and malty sweetness balanced by blistering fresh squeezed citrus rind. This brew is strongly flavored front to back. A nice bit of biscuit comes through at mid palate. The finish is long and lingers w/ sweet asprin juice. A well made brew. Overall: Blistering hops and a bit on the sweet side. Rich and tastey. The high hop rate seems to dwindle as the brew warms. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (541) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pint courtesy of Knightly Spirits. Pours a 1-inch of off-white head over a copper/amber body. Tight webs of off-white lacing. Nose is spicy and fresh with floral hops, grass, and subtle hints of orange zest. Same flavors on the palate with overtones of caramel and more enticing piney, resinous, floral hops. Medium/harsh carbonation and medium bodied. Not a complex beer, but very refreshing with well-balanced hop flavor. Like drinking Evergreen sap. Very nice APA.

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