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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
The Hop and the Abstract Truth is the brewery’s fresh hop brew for the 2013 harvest. Essentially a Belgian-style pale ale/saison hybrid, the beer uses a grist combining flavorful English malts with raw triticale from Payne Family Farms in nearby Carlton Oregon, yielding a light but complex base for the fresh goldings hops added at a rate of well over ten pounds per barrel. With a range of spicy and herbal notes, the beer covers some ground on the palate and is respectfully named after one of the greatest jazz albums of all time - The Blues and the Abstract Truth, by Oliver Nelson. 5.1%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Draft at 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a slightly cloudy orange, medium amount of head. Aroma slight, resinous, dank. Body very lively, spicy. Finish is bright and light, sublime and just what I want in a fresh hop beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Growler thanks to brainlair! Pours a full haze light orange with mega buttermilk cream foam. Big retention. Nose is fresh orange and honeydew. Taste is dusty, apple, paper, white pepper, grass. Palate is stale, oxidized. Not even 48 hours old stored in fancy hydro flask. Sad face.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Tap @ Upright... Oliver Nelson beer, eh? Let’s see if HatAT is arranged as well as one of Nelson’s cuts. Nose had earthy-spiced hops with a classic Upright yeast spice character. It’s definitely rooted in the house Upright yeast (De Ranke yeast?) on both the nose and palate. Crisp, sort of drying. Grassy, floral, light citrus along the lines of zest and bitter rinds. Mild hop bitterness, not assaulting. Some bread-like malts but not too malty or sweet all together. This was great. Not really hitting the spot as a fresh hop beer (be warned), but a wonderfully hoppy Belgian-style beer none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2013
On draught at Septoberfest at Seven Brides Brewing. Full golden color. Fresh hop aroma with yeast notes. Taste is of floral fresh hops, slightly funky yeast, and light bread malts. Really fresh floral taste is a nice addition to the saison style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Draught. Pale gold with white head. Hop aroma, the freshness shows. Spicy flavor with some caramel and sugar. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a large white head. A sweet fruity and yeasty nose with some light pine. The flavor is big soapy Noble hops, low bitterness, saison yeast, biscuit, light lemon. Dry mostly. Quite good.

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