RATINGS: 1081   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear, medium amber color with a fair off-white head. Decent lacing is left as the head fades to a large bubbled ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is nicely fruity with notes of sweet caramel, some citrus qualities. Medium bodied, a bit cloying. Slight amounts of malt sweetness exist for a brief second and then the hop factor kicks in. Balanced very well, citric grapefruit flavors linger. Decently done. Do they grow hops in Colorado??

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Palest pale hue, nearly nothingness, with a slim glimmer of a head, then none. Sad... Aroma is corny, thin, blah...very macro-feeling... Taste: Wetness, slight malt, big vegetal, corn reigns high, ...but nothing, really, no flavor to speak of...bleh... Light bodied, little mouthfeel/texture, slightly alcoholic, no finish to brag about, really, just a Polish malt likka...nothin’ but, y’all! If anyone can prove me wrong, I urge them to try!

Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Pours a medium amber color with a medium off-white head. Lots of fine bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Citrus/pine resin hop dominates the flavor. There is a little bit of grassiness towards the finish. I would say this stuff has more than 55 IBUs, but what do I know? I would definitely drink this beer again. Perhaps a bit expensive for the style.

Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
The aroma isn’t strong at all but there’s a bit of citrusy smelling hops. Creamy and lasting white head with good lacing. Orange color. The flavor is moderately bitter to the finish. Creamy texture and soft carbonation. It’s very one-dimensional but decent. A little overpriced.

alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Beautiful head and coppery color. Aroma is very hoppy, very much northwestern. Hints of crystal malts. Flavor is fab. Plenty of hop flavor - grassy and citrusy - without being very bitter at all decent malt balance. Quite good, and felt pretty fresh to me. All in all, not terribly complex, but delicious and adequately named.

ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2005
orange color, never ending head. taste is slightly bitter, very refreshing. a damn good beer actually. very well balanced something i would drink again any time.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle: Orangish golden, clear, large off-white pillowy head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   Very soily hop aroma.   Very similar on the tongue.   Much more soil based than other pales, and not as floral or citrusy.   Hop aspect is light to moderate.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, wants to be bigger tho.   Earthy finish, very minor hop bitterness.   Didn’t come across as terribly fresh to me.   Still prefer Deschutes Hop Trip for those beers that are brewed with "fresh" hops.

Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Pours with a creamy white head atop a clear golden body with few bubbles. Aroma is fresh, leafy citrus hops. Toasted, buttery taste with hints of toffee, not to be outdone by a solid piney, resinous hop presence. Clean, bitter and lasting finish. Great stuff.

Beaver (1885) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.

The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.

Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I’ve had - as is, it’s still up there.

BeerandBlues2 (14407) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours maple brown with a tan foamy head. Floral hop fragrant malt aroma. Sour and bitter rind hop and acidic caramel malt flavor. Medium bodied and thin, fizzy palate.

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