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Town Hall Fresh Hop Ale 2007

Town Hall Fresh Hop Ale 2007
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This American pale ale is brewed with 100% wet hops. (Freshly picked hops that are still wet from the vine). Thanks to the well established transportation network of today, these 200lbs of Cascade hops were picked from the vines of the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday and in our brew kettle Thursday @ 9:38 am. Experience the earthy, garlic, piney flavor of the raw wet hop!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4865) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Gold color with a medium head. Very light hop aroma, which surprised me. The taste, however, is not light. Incredibly punishing onslaught of citrus and pine hops. The hops almost disappear as if overwhelmed by pure alpha acid. Enjoyable for the first half pint, then just painful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap. A clear amber color with a good sized chunky head, nice lacing. Aroma of a whole lot of pine, some citrus as well. Strong bitterness. Nice beer, hops are showcased.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2007
This year, 200 pounds of Cascades, picked last week, shipped out via FedEx on Wednesday, started the brewing Thursday. Didnít catch the abv on it, but itís not about the booze, itís all about the amazing, in-you-face hoppitude. Two pints at the pub for the tapping, and now I pour from a growler into an Urthel tulip glass. Hazed, pale apricot/peach appearance, lively head, white and bubbly. Lovely. Amazing aroma Fresh, vibrant pine and citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Bold and beautiful. On the tongue and in the mouth: Bam, bam, bam! Slick and sleek, big bitterness blasts the palate, coats the senses. Rides up and down the tongue, tickling every bump and every inch of it. Lean-bodied, not a word from malt, but, of course, thatís not the point of this ambitious experiment. Not so much body, but the huge citrus-y hop flavor hangs on the tongue forever! If you really, really want to taste the hops, when "a kiss of the hops" wonít do...damn, but this is the stuff. And the tradition continues...thereís my complimentary hop cone floating in the froth inside the growler. Some might call this too extreme. I call it love.

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