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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
Bosco (316) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
22oz Pours straw yellow, slight haze...med head with short linger. Grassy but not too sweet...sharp mouthfeel. Oh yeah, the hops are there. Enjoyable beer here. $5.50/22oz at Whole Foods, Boca Raton

3.7
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2007 Has a real airy quality to it, almost like liquified hop flavored cotton. Pours an orange/gold combo with a two finger off white head, solid retention. Mild aroma is mostly hops, grassy at first, then tropical fruit and medium-dry malts say hello. Flavor nicely accentuates caramel malt while staying focused on earthy hop character. Finishes semi-dry and with a salty bitterness, actually a little raw in the back of the throat. Palate is very creamy for a pale ale, medium bodied and slightly stinging. Nice hot weather beer, a little underwhelming at times but mostly tastetastic. This would pair just magnificently with mildly spicy Thai food.

3.9
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Nice stuff. Pours a nice deep golden hue with a good sticky head. Aroma is grassy and tart, not overpowering. Flavor is sweet and nicely hopped, nothing crazy. Very nice thick mouthfeel.

3.2
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2007
22oz. bomber. Clear orange/amber color with a medium sized off white head. Very mild hop aroma that is mostly grassy and piney, with some caramel lurking in the background. Perfumey hop flavor that was interesting, but kind of dull. Very little bitterness, with a decent malt balance. A bit of oxidation starting to show up. Overall just a very bland beer.

4
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a orange/amber with a two finger head that fades slowly to a rocky cap and thick ring, leaving behind clumps of foam on my glass. The initial pour was pretty clear, but when I poured the second half of the bomber their was plenty of sediment in the beer. Smell; pine resin and orange peel hops dominate the nose up front. A nice, solid caramel malt presence gives a good balance to the smell. Taste; as expected the hops are right there in your face, but manage to keep from becoming overwhelming. The malts are there just enough to add a bit of sweetness, that seems to set you up for the next bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is just about what I would hope for in the style.

3.5
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours not-so-hazy, not-so-clear.. Dark amber with frothy head. Smells of NW hops, yes, but I was expecting more in-your-face scents, considering the price I paid... Tastes very crisp and, well, fresh. Like a newly mowed lawn meets a grapefruit. The mouth-feel is what this beer is all about though. Not too watery, not too thick MAXIMUM palate points.

3.4
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
A rather undistinguished example of an American Pale. I would prefer to reserve the term fresh hop for beers and ales made with freshly picked hops, which is starting to emerge as a practice among better craft brewers. This is a good looking clear amber ale with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Nose of caramel and west coast hops, taste of malts, caramel and west coast hops. Not overbearlingly hopped (good) but no clear focus or intensity. Quite drinkable, unremarkable, not as good as a Stone, a Hop Devil, or a Dog Fish Head 60 or 90 minute among the India Pale Ales, or as Good as a Stone Pale or a 3 Flodys.

4.3
jcwattsrugger (12418) - 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
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
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.


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