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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to ditmier!
Reddish-amber, moderate white head. Nose only slightly bitter, a lot of candyish orange soda. Piney, tea-like orange soda flavor. Palate is surprisingly creamy, a little sticky, moderate body but not much carbonation. Pleasant beer given that the sweetness is light here, avoiding the usual pitfalls like heavy caramel and such.

3.6
daleharshman (1074) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
New release bomber from Beverages 4 Less ($5.99). Pours a dark honey amber with thin layer of white-ish head. Earthy aroma of fresh hops -- flowers, pine, mowed grass, melon, leather. Nice light flavor of very fresh hops -- pine, flowers, melon/apricot, mint with a light maltiness as well. Light mouthfeel and lightly bitter oily finish.

3.6
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Clear copper orange pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is fresh, grassy hops, tropical fruits.Flavor is floral, astringent, light caramel, nice bitterness, somewhat nutty.

3.6
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a very nice looking amber with thick beige head. Aroma is nice, floral, hopy, light caramel. Flavor was a little weaker then expected, but it was nice, some hoppy flavor, light malt, little grassy with some dirt. Mouth feel is medium body, medium-high carbonation, kinda watery. Overall, not bad.

3.6
douglas88 (9630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2009
22 ounce bottle at the Beerhive. Pour dark amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, earthy hops. A smooth sweet flavor; fresh citrus hops,caramel, earthy flavors. It grows on you and is a nice Pale Ale. Easygoing.

3.6
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Orange-amber and clear, no head or lace to speak of. Light carbonation, plenty of flowery and grassy hops combined with a sweet and toasty malt flavour. No sourness about it, medium body. Pine resin finish that fades without much bitterness. Very interesting APA, not an IPA despite being heavily hopped. Very well integrated.

3.6
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
nice full body for this kind of beer. makes you think it’s got a lot more alcohol than it really does. very balanced, maybe more on the sweeter side. hops are there but not overdone. finish is a little short. grassy. my bottle says best by jan 10, so maybe i didnt get the freshest bottle. it’s a little bit on the tame side, i’d like to see them try to do something exciting with it, but for the time being it’s a really nice APA

3.6
claytonaugust (6) - USA - MAR 6, 2010 does not count
22 oz, bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Well balanced, not as hoppy as I expected. Fruity, sweet with hints of apricot and citrus. Hop flavor without the bitterness.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10812) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a nice clear dark amber color with a medium soapy white head. The aroma has a nice combination of citrus, pine and lightly herbal hops with a touch of caramel tossed in. The flavor is similar with the caramel being a little more noticeable. Crisp hop character; this is good fresh but probably doesn’t hold up very long. The finish has a dash of pepper and an overall earthiness. Good APA.

3.6
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Decent pale ale. Nothing to rant and rave about, but very drinkable. Light hop bite....wish there was a bit more. Overall, solid offering, but remember that this is not an IPA, so don’t expect a hop slap on your hop trip.


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