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RATINGS: 1077   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (12251) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
22 oz bottle-pours a big retaining foamy to rocky light tan head and copper color. Aroma is nice citrus hops, sweet malt. Taste is nice citrus hops-bite, sweet malt-caramel, pine. OK carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Amber with nice head. Nose of hops and grapefruit. Taste of malts and some grapefruit/citrus....good hop flavor. Good mouth feel with nice hoppy aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2007
22 oz bottle via BA SECRET SANTA (thanks Lackenhauser!). Pours a clear amber with a large beige head. Nose is mostly floral & citrus hops. Taste start with some sweet malts, then some orange/grapefurit hops that linger into the finish and the aftertaste. A bit grassy and a bit of toffee comes through as well. High carbonation. medium body. A pretty tasty hoppy pale ale. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Golden straw colored ale that starts with a good head. Piney, citrusy hops with an undertone of rabbit pellets and circus peanuts (the candy kind). Not much of a malt backbone, which causes this to be a little off balance. Good if youre a hophead. Thin on the palate with a long bitter finish. Take that Keystone Light!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiller (3) - Lawton, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
Hoppy. Good. I enjoyed a 22 oz. bomber all by my myself. Unfortunately I enyoyed a few more assoted lawnmower brews after this, and ended up wth a considerable hangover the next day. I never knew hops could leave a person with such a headache.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2630) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Deep amber orange, moderate head, average lacing. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, freshly mown grassy hops with a caramel backbone. Flavor brings this with a surprising amount of alcohol. Moderate bitterness, but quite bitter for an APA. Medium bodied with a bitter alcoholic finish. I love wet hop beers, but this was easily the worst one Ive had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
illini08 shared a bomber of this with me a couple of nights ago, thanks Jeremy. great looking APA and the aroma and flavor were outstanding as well. citrus and pine resin aroma and flavor with a finish which leaves you craving more. under-rated IMO.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
22 oz bottle picked up at Johns Grocery in Iowa City. Nice copper color with an off-white head. Strong hoppy grassy aroma. Flavor was great, although a bit different than most pale ales that Ive had before. Piney and citrusy but also a bit grassy like the description on the bottle implies. Slightly sticky, resiny mouthfeel. Solid APA. I wish this was easier to find .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8271) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Light copper color with tall off white head. The foam lasted to the last sip and left a nice lacing pattern along the side of the glass. Nice big grapefruit aroma covering up a small wedge of sweet malts. The flavors hoppiness seems more subdued than what the big aroma has suggested. It starts off bitter and sweet with sweet and tart grapefruit and a slight sweet maltiness. Before midway the grapefruit bitterness enters. Midway and beyond a grassiness does join the part and adds to the growing grapefruit bitterness. Nice hoppy ale.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
The aroma is strong with citrus and pine hops as well as caramel. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The flavor is bitter with both citrus and pine. There is enough caramel taste to make it drinkable but the flavor is slightly astringent. The palate is smooth but not exceptionally so. Overall its a good beer but thats all.


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