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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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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3.5
Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
clear amber body with very little head.very "normal" hops and malts balance in the aroma and flavor.very typical.

3.5
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Fresh hop pine in the nose and flavor which is accompanied by mild light malts. Somewhat watery mouth feel.

3.5
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Tap at Toronado. Golden color, light head. This is more like an IPA than a Pale Ale, meaning it is distinctly hoppy. Aroma is light, a bit of flower and fruit. Flavor is hops all the way, but with a moderately bitter finish. An easily drinking beer, just the right compromise between a timid pale ale and a hoppy IPA. A good way to start the evening.

3.5
ABUSEDGOAT (2826) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Hazy orange. Aroma is grapefruit, citrusy fruits, caramel. Hard to describe the wet hop flavor/aroma in words, but it’s there. I’m not sure whether I prefer it, but it certainly made for an interesting experience. The last time I had a wet hop beer it was about 8 months old... so having it fresh made a big difference. Certainly something different than most APAs around here.

3.5
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Bottle... poured a hazy amber color with a thick white head that formed quickly and lasted a bit. I like this beer a lot, very crisp, refreshing hop flavor and slight malts, without the earthy bite that IPAs may have. (not to say I don’t like that), but it’s a nice mix up from IPAs. This finished very clean with a nice sweet aftertaste, which allowed me to be eager for more.

3.5
fiveacestx (972) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle - I was highly impressed with the deep orange pour, nice head and good lacing. Has a faint orange hop aroma and a dry hop taste. Thin mouthfeel. Good beer.

3.5
Fatehunter (2604) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours a finger of head on a hazy medium straw colored body. The aroma has some tropical fruit: mango and pineapple, along with lemon and pine. Nice. The taste has a moderate bitterness throughout, with caramel sweetness layered in nicely. Great balance and profile. The texture is a little fizzy. Quite enjoyable.

3.5
Zymurgeist2 (2334) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle to pint. Tropical juiciness dominate both aroma and flavor. Pours a clear golden-amber with off white head. Could use more malt backing. Can squeeze the citric, tropical juice out of this. Too one-sided. Low bitterness.

3.5
commonshawn (1311) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Tap at lucky 13. Light copper with small white head and decent lacing. Subtle aroma for the style. Smooth for an ipa. Hop and floral bitterness not as pronounced as expected. Nice and mellow.

3.5
Niksko (624) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours a cloudy dark amber with a fine off white head. Nose is subdued but nice. I get some mango, grapefruit zest, a little dank caramel. Flavor is similarly restrained, but shows impeccable balance. I get some really juicy mango and guava flavors on the attack, followed by some lime and grapefruit on the mid palate, along with some candy orange. The finish is long and evolves. It starts bitter with a grapefruit peel flavor, but then mellows into a slightly toasty, slightly spicy biscuity flavor. The aroma though nice, isn’t really a smack in the face. However the flavor is really wonderful, nuanced, balanced and complex. Slightly syrupy body which I wouldn’t have expected for a 5.5% beer. Really worth drinking.


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