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RATINGS: 1078   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2014
This is the 2014 version, not the 2013 version being sold in 2014... Pours a lite copper, with white head. Aroma is dank hops, just hint of sweetness. Taste is lite, hoppy, not too bitter, finishes dry. Nice pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (650) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Poured from a bottle. This is a tasty beer! Short lived head, but good lacing and a fruity aroma and taste that went down quite smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6197) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle: Pours copper-amber with a short, off-white head. Pine, grapefruit aroma. Taste is caramel malt, orange/grapefruit-peel. Resiny. Floral, piney, leafy bitter....dank hops... Wonderful, even bittering throughout.....without going over the top. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1733) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Aroma of grapefruit and pine resin, clear caramel color virtually no head. Dry feel with a great taste of hops, citrus and pine resin with a slightly sweet malt undertone. Bitter sweet hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JpTree (7) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
Tasted at taproom. Balanced floral, citrus, and pine aroma. Soft mouthfeel with bright bitterness turning into a pleasant citrusy after taste. Not dry on the finish. Nice fresh hop beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1625) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, copper color with a thick, white head. Strong, citrus aroma with a nice, wet hoppy finish. Grassy notes with a thick, fresh hop presence. Dry finish. Pretty darn good balance. Really, really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10445) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"i was hoping for great, and got very good. no complaints, my expectations for GD have become so high its hard to measure up. this has a nice zesty, spicy, grassy and citrus hop bitterness which is very nice in the flavor and nose. a little light bodied, but fitting for the style. not a ton of malt presence. slightly darker than usual for the style. nice beer. one of the better pales ive had."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Served on-tap at Als of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours a pale copper with no head whatsoever leaving no lacing at all. It appeared to be served far too cold.

S - Hints of piney hops and faint citrus fruits but both were fairly muted. Lots of sweetness from the roasted caramel malts.

T - Similar to the nose. Muted flavors of citrus fruits and piney hops. Strong roasted caramel malts that overpower nearly all other flavors. Is this one a little past its prime? Looks like it. It is a borderline malt bomb at this point in time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slight hop bitterness on the finish with more and more malt coming thru as it warms.

D - One of these was enough for me. It seemed to be a little bit old. I think I might revisit this one down the line when I know I can guarantee the freshness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (700) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Clean orange color in glass. Smell is green, northwest hops. Wet, piny hops upfront. Grassy, apricot middle. Slight bitterness at the end. Everything felt a little rounded.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (945) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Fresh, dank, catty hop aroma coming out of the bottle. Slightly hazy golden yellow with an enthusiastic white head. I was expecting a really hoppy, bitter flavor, but its actually quite restrained. Seems to be more kettle hops than aromatic, however Im drinking this almost 1 month past the best by date, so that might be having an effect. Good caramel sweetness helps balance it out, but its maybe a bit too sweet. Hops are earthy and slightly catty resolving to some piney notes. I thought this was an IPA, but I now see its labeled only a PA, so this is actually quite to style. Enjoyable and nicely hopped for a PA. It would be interesting to see what this is like kicked up to an IPA though.


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