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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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3.7
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2006
22oz. bottle. Aroma is indeed freshly hoppy, leafy, green and inviting with a good amount of juicy citrus and a certain herbal tone, coupled with a faint amount of pale, toasty malt sweetness. Light-medium amber color, mostly clear, with a lasting, thick head and very fine lacing that also point to an increased presence of hop oils in suspension. Flavor profile is fairly interesting in that it of course showcases the hops as well, these being primarily floral and citric with a brief hint of newly-mown grass, but do not yield a correspondingly high level of bitterness and even allow a bit of the underlying sweet, lightly honeyish, toasty malts to peek through towards the finish, which is otherwise clean and resinous. Palate is very smooth and a bit oily, body is medium. Not much complexity to note here, but certainly superior to your typical American-style Pale Ale. Supremely easy to quaff, and I’d have to recommend it.

3.8
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Floral, grapefruity and hoppy aroma. Golden amber color with quickly diminishing white head. Well balanced flavor with a bitter hoppy finish. Malty citrusy flavor. Good creamy mouthfeel. Solid pale ale.

3.2
Aurelius (5570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Sure enough, a fresh hop aroma - hops over lemon jello. Clear orange-brown beer, short tan head, bad label. Grapefruit, not too sweet, a bit grassy. AnotherAPA, huzzah. Slight vegetables in the middle of a pine finish. Medium body.

3.6
PorterPounder (8283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pleasant medium orange pour with an ever present sticky, fluffy white head that leaves a generous coat of lacing. Fresh aroma of spruce and mint. Flavor is full of hoppy citrusy grapefruity goodness with a hint of mown grass and spearmint. Mouthfeel is thick enough but has an odd artificial texture to the finish that dampened my enthusiasm for this one after the second glass. Overall, though except for the aftertaste, fresh and satisfying.

3.3
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Amber color with with slight off white head. Malt aroma with a grassy citruisy aroma. Nice smooth malts up front and then finishes with bitter citruisy hops. Good easy drinking pale ale.

3.5
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2006
As Jason mentioned, cool label graphics. Light amber/orannge with medium-sized white head. Potent and bitter aroma of hops. surprise. Not too much for a malt balance. I love hops, but not when they are presented in this manner. I guess this is supposed to be close to the "harvest ale" many breweries such as SN are putting out, but i dont think this one has as much going on. Good, not great.

4
JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
First off, I love the label graphics. Pours sparkling amber with a large creamy head, heavy uniform lacing. The aroma screams northwest hops- I love it! Fresh squeezed grapefruit, spruce, and perfume combine into a true force to be reckoned with. Intense hop flavor dominates, zesty spruce and grapefruit wrapped in a bold bitterness. Finish is quite bitter, sprucey, and cleansing. This beer is not for the timid, serious hopheads only need apply.

3.7
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2006
(2006 Edition) This beer has a nice a “fresh hop” nose. The palate is rich in complex hop flavors, that are reminiscent of pine cones and grapefruit skins. A beer that is most focused on hop flavor and aroma, but the bitterness balances things out. This is certainly a wonderful beer that I would love to see in six-packs in the future.

3.6
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
22oz bottle. Aroma: Light pine and grapefruit, strong grassiness and a touch of earthy spiciness. Some malt sweetness and light caramel. Appearance: Light amber in color and fairly hazy. Off-white head was full and frothy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Lots of somewhat juicy hop flavor. Citrus, pine, resin, and a strong grassy and hay flavor. Some earthy hop flavors into the finish. Medium sweet maltiness with a nice caramel note. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: We don’t get alot of these wet hopped beers in the midwest, so I grab them up when I see them. This one was good, with a nice fresh hop flavor.

3.9
mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bomber; pours a perfect amber with a medium sized off-white head, excellent lacing. A more subdued aroma than expected with some pine, grass and resin coming through. What the aroma might lack the flavors brings on strong. A near perfect bite with a big hit of fresh hops, citrus, grass and a nice lingering after taste of hops that makes you want more. This is a really crisp beer and well worth a try; you won’t regret it!


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