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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Amber color with with slight off white head. Malt aroma with a grassy citruisy aroma. Nice smooth malts up front and then finishes with bitter citruisy hops. Good easy drinking pale ale.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
The aroma is strong with citrus and pine hops as well as caramel. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The flavor is bitter with both citrus and pine. There is enough caramel taste to make it drinkable but the flavor is slightly astringent. The palate is smooth but not exceptionally so. Overall it’s a good beer but thats all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Golden straw colored ale that starts with a good head. Piney, citrusy hops with an undertone of rabbit pellets and circus peanuts (the candy kind). Not much of a malt backbone, which causes this to be a little off balance. Good if you’re a hophead. Thin on the palate with a long bitter finish. Take that Keystone Light!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Cloudy golden amber with a respectable off-white head. Big rush of citrus/pine hops with traces of caramel. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Flavor echoes the citrus/pine hops aroma. Nice bitterness and freshness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Poured from bomber, medium amber, forms medium to small foam, a little lacing. Aroma of malts, hops, wet forrest, ocean water. Flavour is hops with a predominate, malt character. Grasses come though, a very drinkable beer. Bitterness is well balanced, overall well made beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2448) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Although it is an APA it is a weak representation of style. Hops are too weak and the taste is lacking in the amount of hops that I like. There is a bit of a nutty toffee like flavor but the body is weak and watery. Decent but nothing great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
I didn’t think this was as spectacular as most do. There was a filtered amber body with very thick dimpled white head. There was a lot of citrus on the nose mostly grapefruit, but it was not as stellar as many of the other Am. Pale Ales you see.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled 10/2007
Copper-golden color, good creamy off-white head, some lace. Malty, juicy hops and some freshier clover-like hops too. Dry hoppy, bready and of course very bitter. Some grassyness, which comes with odd rubbery flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a white head. Grassy and floral aroma with a nice caramel malt balance. The flavor is floral, grassy, and herbal, and again very well balanced. Not bad.


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