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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours clear copper color. Aroma is of hops, pine is what I detect. Not much citrus. Flavor is quite earthy, a bit rough around the edges. Body is nice and smooth. Finishes with a nice bite. Great with pizza. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this one down from oregon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours rich clear reddish amber with a medium head. Aroma is flowey, citrusy fresh hops. Some slightly sticky malt. Flavor is of fresh hops with slight cardboard/hard caramel in the back (very slight).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle at Aaron and Kathy’s Holiday/YeHa Party on 12-3-05. Courtesy of scraff. Amber bodied. Nose is obviously rich with hoips and very perfumy. Lots of pine and citrus throughout the aroma on the but a nice malt sweetness trying to balance it out. Taste has caramel, lots of hops, some maple, pine, bit of citrus and dried berries. Body has a bit of carbonation feel with a lingering bitterness. Finishes with big hops and hop bitterness, light caramel, sweet malts and some citrus fruits. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bomber. Cushy off white head sitting on a medium amber beer. Strong aroma of, duh, fresh hops along with some toasty malt, a bit of fruit as well. Flavor is quite bitter, starts out pretty malty but there is quite a kick at the end from the hops. I’m surprised this has only 55 IBUs with the kick in the pants you get. Medium bodied. Pretty dry. Nice beer, nothing all that special though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours a rich amber color. Aroma is malty with mild hops. Flavor is intially bitter with a mild hop and malt finish. A nice pale ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smythe7 (3) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006 does not count
A good beer from the Divide. I was a bit dissapointed with the aftertaste. I might have expected a little more bitterness and hoppiness, but overall an enjoyable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10616) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours maple brown with a tan foamy head. Floral hop fragrant malt aroma. Sour and bitter rind hop and acidic caramel malt flavor. Medium bodied and thin, fizzy palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
The aroma isn’t strong at all but there’s a bit of citrusy smelling hops. Creamy and lasting white head with good lacing. Orange color. The flavor is moderately bitter to the finish. Creamy texture and soft carbonation. It’s very one-dimensional but decent. A little overpriced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Pours a medium amber color with a medium off-white head. Lots of fine bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Citrus/pine resin hop dominates the flavor. There is a little bit of grassiness towards the finish. I would say this stuff has more than 55 IBUs, but what do I know? I would definitely drink this beer again. Perhaps a bit expensive for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4993) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Dark golden to amber color with moderate off white head. Full PNW hop aromas with a hint of toasted bread and malt. Full hops flavors with grapefruit and light pine. Light toasted white bread underneath the hops are there, but not there to be a major role. more of and afterthought. Yes, the name implies hops, but ale also infers malt. A decent hopshead ale, just not balanced and relaxing.


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