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RATINGS: 1084   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewing with fresh hops is a big endeavor, requiring four to five times the hop volume compared to using pelletized hops. Although the process is complex, it brings impressive results: Fresh Hop is an American-style pale ale with moderate hop bitterness marked by a unique and intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma. Fresh Hop is a superbly refreshing, medium bodied, light-copper colored pale ale weighing in at 55 IBUs and 6.1% ABV.

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3.4
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours clear copper color. Aroma is of hops, pine is what I detect. Not much citrus. Flavor is quite earthy, a bit rough around the edges. Body is nice and smooth. Finishes with a nice bite. Great with pizza. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this one down from oregon.

3.7
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma is sharp bitter hops, citrus & floral, with a hint of caramel. Taste is citrus hops, sweet orange, hop flowers, and floral hops. Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

3.8
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2005
This was definatly one of the bigger hopped fresh hop beers, very big bitter backing to the fresh green hop taste. Very refreshing pale with a ton of hop floral flavor and aroma. Very nice orange body with a medium white head. Overall a very solid beer, just wish it had been released before it got cold here.

3.6
hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Bottle...A&K’s4thAHBT... Clear, amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Floral, citrusy nose with notes of caramel and grapefruit. Moderately bitter flavor is balanced by a sturdy, malt backbone. Grapefruit rind and toffee. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes bitter and then dry.

3.4
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Destructive hop aroma. Pillowy white head on a rich orange yellow body. Taste is hoppy to the max, with some toasted grain sweetness in the background. I dont know how fresh hops make this beer any different, but its good.

4.3
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Great pale ale! Caramel gold in color with a big, thick, rocky head. Tangerine-like amarillo hop aroma. Light and refreshing flavor, somewhat creamy. Nicely hopped with citric tangerines throughout. Pleasant bitterness at the finish. A winner. Thanks for hooking me André!

3.7
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Sparkling amberish copper, thick creamy white head with great lacing left behind. Inviting hopped up nose of fresh flowery and grassy tones, light citrus, with soft underlying notes of toasted caramel. Flavor was one in the same, holds the moderate bitterness throughout, and is followed late with a touch of the caramel malt. Light to medium bodied, prickly carbonation, dry bittering finish. Nice brew that would work well during my football Sunday binges. Thanks Brian D. Welcome to MD!

3.5
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Very well made if not awe inspiring. Plenty of hops, but not over blown (or as I’ve said before, my calibration is set at high). So, this is very drinkable and pleasant.

3.7
SpringsLicker (3639) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Start out with a huge, three dimensional frothy head of off white that rides on a dark orange body. Good, but not overpowering hop aroma. Good balance in the flavor with a nicely dry finish. Very decent APA.

3.2
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2005
A compact and frothy white head rests upon a deep amber hued beer with a slight haze. Aroma is full of vivid hop presence ranging from rich grass notes to surprisingly soft-edged grapefruit and pine tones. Straightforward, but clean, malt aroma of caramel and toasted bread is layered underneath the hops. Very close to Dale’s Pale Ale by the nose—I think I used those exact descriptors, even. Much the same again, the strong hop presence comes off very smooth and clean in the flavor…like a milkshake. A hopshake. Malt presence is perhaps slightly lacking to complete the experience perfectly—there is no caramel apparent in the flavor and only the thinnest hint of that toasted bread. Begins with moderate sweetness, light acidity and moderate bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness moderate acidity and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with a watery texture and average carbonation. 22 oz bottle, snifter.


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