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RATINGS: 1074   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
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Quite an tasty ordeal for a APA. its got the right amount of hop flavor for the hop lover. The taste of pine and hop citrus succeed where it had to.

4
tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
very quality beer. tastes stronger then 55ibu’s nice grassy refreshing hop taste without being too bitter.

3.9
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
This beer pours a golden orange with a large white head leaving good lacing down the sides. I truly believe this beer should be classified as an ipa not an american pale ale. This is a good amount of hop aroma and flavor in this thing! Although I do note the citrusy slighty floral smell and flavor, this really is an ipa in my book! I like it though! Cheers!

3.5
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Pours a clear, amber-copper color with a full, fluffy, off-white head thats lasts qute a while and leaves some lacing. Hops and more hops dominate with a grassy, slightly floral, slightly resinous, and slightly citrusy note; faint malt sweetness noted. Flavor is similar and like an unbalnced IPA; grass and pine take the forefront with light citrus. Only a touch a sweet malt breadiness. Palate is almost medium bodied, lively, and refreshing. Finshes with the bitterness really growing out of control, still resinous with some notes of herbal. Hop in the title is an understatement; there is plenty of hop character but no malt balance to speak of, and there is more bitterness than many IPA’s I’ve had. Not necessarily more "fresh" than other beers, like Stone’s IPA, but certainly refreshing. If you like hops, this beer’s for you.

3.7
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
22oz bottle (thanks to Ty5592) poured a clear copper/orange color with a huge frothy off white head. The aroma was floral pine, citrus and some spice with a nice sweet caramel malt peaking though. The taste was of a fresh pale ale with some smooth hopping and a good malty balance. Also has an intresting hop spice in the finish. Overall a nice fresh hop beer, but just an ok pale ale.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Poured deep amber with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with great lacing. Solid smooth hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate balanced bittersweet flavor with a smooth bitter finish of average duration. Standout drinkable brew.

3.5
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a copper body and a tall pillow of ivory head. The aroma is rather nice. Olfactory brings a nice spicy musty fresh hops; suggestions of Spruce chips & Cyprus chips, some grapefruit zest, and a grassy raw at some times herbal bitter finish. The palate is a bit thin and I’d have to say that the aroma is the most exciting aspect of the beer; otherwise, its just a $6 bomber of average pale ale, IMO.

3.9
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pine and citrus aroma. Small head, with beautiful lacing. Flavor is nice refreshing hoppiness, perfect with spicy molé. Pretty tasty APA (or IPA?), another good one from great divide . . .

3.4
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Bottle purchased at G’s in Plano, Tx. Pours a pale copper with a fizzy, retentive head and large carbonation bubbles. Fresh floral and grassy hop aroma. Medium thin british bitter like mouthfeel. Initial malty flavor of toffee, that transitions to a grassy bitterness, mildy accented by hints of orange. Finish is dry with and strong leafy and herbal hop bitterness. Resiny bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth. Not bad, but for the same price, I’ll take a Hercules. $6 for a bomber of Pale is a little overpriced in my book

3.4
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle at New World Brewery. <P> The aroma is all pine and citrus with some floral notes buried beneath. Very intense, but it doesn’t smell any fresher than a normal beer hopped all to heck. <P> Body is a light gold and holds a nice looking thumb thick white head that is mostly lasting. <P> Hops, hops and then some mild sweet malt and then more hops. It’s good for what it is, a massively hopped pale ale. I might even drink it again, but I wouldn’t drink it a lot.


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