RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Part of the Bond Street Series. This Fresh Hop Pale Ale is all about celebrating the hop harvest in the fall. Fresh picked hops have to be added to the brew immediately and in abundance. Roughly 270 pounds of Crystal hops from Doug Weathers farm outside Salem, Oregon will be added to the 50 barrel batch in addition to some dry kilned whole flower hops. That adds up to approximately 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel brewed.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boisebrewer (8) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2008 does not count
Really nice aroma, citrus, pear, definitely my favorite part of the beer. Nice copper color, not quite as clear as I would like, with a long lasting white head of foam. Hop flavor dominates at the beginning, but seems to fade into a nice malt flavor as the beer warms. Moderate body and carbonation. A good drinker, but I dont think it quite lived up to the hype of its label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Opaque orange pour with some white head. Light hop aroma of guava and apples. Flavor is composed of sweet malt, slightly earthy malt, a pinch of grassy hops, apples and tropical fruit. Like a typical APA with the addition of very nice and fruity hopping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours hazy copper, with a two-inch white, frothy, head. The retention lingers, and slowly reveals plenty of webbed lacework. Aromatics are still fresh and somewhat green. Plenty of tropical grassyness with some sweet malt to balance. Powdered mangoe, pineapple, and orange pulp. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is medium. The pallet is somewhat tame but incredible drinkable. Alcohol is nonexsistant, and the hops are somewhat subdued. The fruit is great, and the brew is quite dry and snappy. Peachy and citrus-laden, with light malt and balancing bitterness. Finishes quick and leaves you wanting more and more. A pitcher would be gone in no-time with a good pizza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2008
22 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was dominated by flowery hops and malty caramel, but there were also whiffs of grapefruit and sweat. Slightly sweet on the tongue with a strong hop flavor reminiscent of flower blossoms, citrus, and honey. There was also ample malty caramel and I occasionally detected a hint of coconut. Fruity finish with only mild hop bitterness peaking at about 2-3 out of 10. Excellent. Very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2436) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich translucent copper color with a small white head that lasts a short while.The aroma is strong with citrus--lots of grapefruit and oranges. The flavor is as citrusy as the aroma, there is plenty of grapefruit in the forefront with a bit of biscuit rounding out the sides and biter hops bringing up the rear. The mouthfeel is just a bit on the thin and watery side. The finish is short and a bit uneven with some astringency. Overall: Despite a few flaws it is still a quite enjoyable session beer. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Poured an effervescent amber with a tall fizzy/frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of grapefruit rind, a bit of orange, some bitter pine needles and perhaps a touch of sweetness. Flavor is a little sweeter than expected, with toffee balancing out some rather delicate notes of pine and grapefruit. Perhaps this bottle was a little older than it should have been, but I felt the hops were not as present as intended. The flavors were good, but a little more punch would have made this better. But I can only judge as I taste it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a clear burned orange with a big thick off white head that dies rather slow leaving big lacing on the glass. Nose is big ol hops but non abtrusive. Malt peeks out as well. Very tasty. A clean a crisp grapefruity hop that is well balanced and not bittering at all. Refreshing, crisp and smooth in the mouth with a very clean finish. Definition of a session beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours orange-amber. Nice cream-colored head. Thick mouthfeel. But thats where it stops. Unbalance bitterness in the taste. Personally, I like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bomber. Pours clear bright copper with a lacy white head. Sweet aroma of tangerines, pineapple, ginger, caramel. Light body and medium carbonation. My nose said this is a mis-labeled IPA. But the taste is peachy and soft, with almost none of the IPA bitterness. Super-dry, almost woody ginger finish. Im trying to think of a beer that could convert more people to being hop-heads, and I just cant think of one. I should have opened this about five minutes after I bought it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12-9-07 bottle.
Mostly clear amber color with a foamy cream colored head. It is very "green" - the aroma and taste are those distinctive fresh hop earthy tones I have seen in other fresh hops. Rich and hoppy flavor - not tart or overly bitter, but rather smooth and easy to drink.

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