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RATINGS: 1069   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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3.8
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle poured a nice copper amber with a decent head. Big citrus and hops aroma and easy drinking grapefruit and hops flavor. Decent medium powered IPA

4.5
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Could smell the citrus aroams on the pour. Copper color body with off white head and web like lacing left on glass. A light syrup like texture puctuates the citrus grapefruit and orange flavors. Syrupy fruity aftertaste, good stuff here.

3.7
drfabulous (8224) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Very nice. My kind of beer. Solid hops. Good taste. Hard for me to go back to basic Pale Ales these days...I need the bite a beer like Maverick offers. Most folks don’t understand this style.

3.4
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. I just consumed a Bert Grant’s Hopzilla, so I am comparing this to that as well as the fact that my palate is a bit shot. Has a hop aroma like the Hopzilla. Hazy amber with little visible carbonation. Some off-white head, mostly diminishing. Head starts out relatively large but diminishes quickly. Better lace than the Hopzilla, but still not fabulous in that department. Not really as good as the Hopzilla. Sour. I probably shouldn’t have followed an IPA with a Pale Ale or, this may just not be as good. Better as I got into it, but I’m not surprised that it’s not so highly rated.

3.8
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Light amber color, good light but crisp hop aroma. Slightly fruity taste at first, lighter mouthfeel. Good hop flavor but not the strong bitter flavor of american IPA’s. The beer doesn’t have a lot of malt flavor but, it’s still well balanced because of the lack of strong bitterness

3.8
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
complex hoppy aroma with subtle berry notes, cloudy orange with lively carbonation and a tightly packed head, light body initially slick with subtle green apple notes then building resiny bitterness and overall very grassy throughout

3.7
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Copper with orange highlights. The nose piney, lemony, floral, citric, caramelly and very fresh. Lovely aromas. Great hop flavor but very little bitterness. Pacific Northwest Hops. Very grassy with leaves, citrus notes, pine sap, light fruitiness and caramel. I cannot say enough good things about Great Divide. It’s too bad they stopped making this beer. It was replaced by a DIPA called Hercules which I have yet to try. This is a very well rounded Pale Ale but it seems a little odd for Great Divide to brew two Pale Ales especially in a series that is supposed to be for the beer drinkers with a refined palate. This isn’t a big beer at all, just a plain n’ simple medium bodied, lightly hopped (for the style) american pale ale.

3
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours a clear copper color with a large off-white head and some decent lacing. Aroma and flavor are citrus, pine and a general hop note. Malt is balanced decently. A good APA but nothing to write home about.

2.8
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Clear copper hue with lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine and grassy hops, grapefruit, mild toasted malt, and dusty yeast esters. Twangy pine taste with biscuit malt background and a chalky aftertaste. The feel is dry and as mentioned chalky. A one trick pony, hops and not much depth, very average.

3.9
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours copper with light thinish head. Nose is flowery with a slight piney freshness. The hops in this beer remind me more of the fresh hop leaf rather than hop pellets. Body is medium with gentle finish. Not sure what I expected with this beer. Definitely not like an IPA. More of a clean earthy beer.


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