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RATINGS: 1020   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Poured a clear, golden color with a pillowy white head that left some of the best lacing I have ever seen. Aroma of hops and some pine. Entry is a nice malt with a hint of citrus, that leads into a piney, resiny hop hit. I would have liked more citrus flavor to accompany the hops on the end, but it was still nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubelknv3 (968) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Wood, mild whiskey, grapefruit, and dry hop aromas. Golden-Amber with off-white head; decent lacing. Oak, wood, pine, and grapefruit flavours. Lasting bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Tasting GABF. Yellow with white head. Medium body. grass/floral hop aroma. Citrus hop taste and very smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Pours a nice pale amber with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma has really nice grassy and citrus hop notes, maybe just a little bit too much of a malt counter. With these fresh hops I end up wanting it to be a bit off-balance in the hops direction, and this is just the opposite. The flavor is certainly grassy - could just be the hop variety used, but it definitely has a lot of grain / wheat flavor that I think takes away from the hops. Still good, but not even close to my favorite fresh hop.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. While this beer has an amazing aroma the flavor, while good, doesn’t quite achieve the same bang. The aroma is very bright and full of orange and other citrus with some spruce behind it. The flavor is smooth and tasty but muddled, typical hop/malt balance, not so complex.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
From bottle. Nice hop aroma, slightly stale, with underlying sweetness. Slight medicinal bitterness to the nose. Rich amber hazy with creamy lacing off-white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation; gushed when opened. Starts medium-dry with some good hop flavor, rounded malt sweetness. Light alcohol an dmild grassy notes. Finish is medium bitter that gets dryer and chalky in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Orange and crystal clear pour with a creamy off white head. Aroma is citrusy, floral and maybe just slightly grassy. Taste is hop dominate, with fruity and bright lemon and orange citrus punch supported by some sweet malt and possibly some caramel. Not too bitter and balanced. Really I expected this to be way stronger in the hop aroma and flavor. Really just kinda a let down on overall hop character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Clear copper pour with a white head leaving heavy lace. Smooth, medium, light-toast body and fairly balanced. Pleasant but not overpowering fresh hop aroma. Tad watery/lightweight in the finish. A bit down on the Fresh Hop list, but a solid APA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1567) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours a clear medium shade of gold with a soft white head. Nose is fresh cut grass and orange peels. Flavor is citrusy hops and a bit a of sticky medium bodied finish. I’m not overly impressed with this, but it is pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1764) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Dark golden-red with a very large, creamy off-white head. Spicy, black-pepper nose atop wet grasses, light grapefruit and vanilla cookies. Mild bitterness that turns slightly more bitter as you hold it in your mouth - resinous pine hop flavors, light caramel. An ancient bottle just purchased yesterday (bottled 17 months ago - shame on me for not checking the clearly stamped bottled-on date before purchase) but I thought it held up remarkably well. I didn’t pick up any cardboard or other messes, and I was really looking for them.


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