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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Copper color, light tan head, thicker around the edge. Medium bodied, mildly hopped. The fresh hops do have a different kind of taste, earthy maybe. I expected more.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2005
A compact and frothy white head rests upon a deep amber hued beer with a slight haze. Aroma is full of vivid hop presence ranging from rich grass notes to surprisingly soft-edged grapefruit and pine tones. Straightforward, but clean, malt aroma of caramel and toasted bread is layered underneath the hops. Very close to Dale’s Pale Ale by the nose—I think I used those exact descriptors, even. Much the same again, the strong hop presence comes off very smooth and clean in the flavor…like a milkshake. A hopshake. Malt presence is perhaps slightly lacking to complete the experience perfectly—there is no caramel apparent in the flavor and only the thinnest hint of that toasted bread. Begins with moderate sweetness, light acidity and moderate bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness moderate acidity and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with a watery texture and average carbonation. 22 oz bottle, snifter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bright orange/amber, nice white head. Lively, fresh grapefruit aroma. A very well rounded hop flavor, though a little quick on the finish. Watery, not super oily. Typical hop-driven beer; one-dimensional.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Lucious gold, light tan craggy head. Nose has grapefruit, resin, medium toasty malt. Flavor shows honey, earthy/herbal hops, some resin. Quite bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Clear metallic-orange body with a cottony white head. Aroma of peanut skins, catbox, and grapefruit. Has a signature Great Divide house character. Very nutty, catty hop profile in the flavor. Semi-dry finish. Reminds me of Great Divide ESB. I tasted this fresh from the tank at Great Divide in October and later bottle samples. Interesting to see this develop.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
A hazy amber beer with a nice beige head. The aroma is sweet and extremely hoppy giving it notes of citrus and pine. The flavor is sweet and dominated by hops and grass, but also with notes of wood. The mouthfeel is very dry, and it has an OK bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. A hazed orange color with an off-white head. A nice hop aroma, grassy, the a moderate malty flavor. A little too malty for my taste and not balanced enough. Rating from December 2005 notes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4359) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Sure enough, a fresh hop aroma - hops over lemon jello. Clear orange-brown beer, short tan head, bad label. Grapefruit, not too sweet, a bit grassy. AnotherAPA, huzzah. Slight vegetables in the middle of a pine finish. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Orangey tan body, small offwhite head, sweet hoppy aroma with strawberries. This does have a freshness to the hops in the flsavor profile; unfortunately, after a nice start, the flavors disappear into a weak finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Deep amber orange, moderate head, average lacing. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, freshly mown grassy hops with a caramel backbone. Flavor brings this with a surprising amount of alcohol. Moderate bitterness, but quite bitter for an APA. Medium bodied with a bitter alcoholic finish. I love wet hop beers, but this was easily the worst one I’ve had.


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