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RATINGS: 1079   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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3.5
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!

4.3
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 650 mL bottle, shared with the man, StompBrockmore. Here we go. Is everyone strapped in? Good....A hugely complex and flavourful FRESH HOP MONSTER. They weren’t lying when they named this one. Really, really gorgeous. This is a hard style to do because of the finicky nature of the fresh hops - which is why most people just say "ferget it". Great Divide realizes this is a process worthwhile, and they don’t mess around. It really pays off. Huuuuuuuge grassy/piney/citrusy/floral hop aromas, the taste is all of the above and more - even a bit of a sweet candied hop nature and cocoa powder (chocolate malts?) in the back of the throat. Everything is cranked to 11 with not one element overpowering any other. I didn’t want the glass to end. Near perfect for the style. I feel like crying because I don’t have any more of this. Amaaaaaazing.

3
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
i didn’t enjoy this fresh hop beer as much as others. i did not have that Pacific NW hop aroma or flavor. very earthy and grassy with hardly and citrusy sweetness. was good, but i expect a certain freshness with wet hop beers and this just didn’t have it.

4.1
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
650ml bottle, shared with VeloVampire - wow, really nice hop aroma just upon popping the cap on the bottle. Poured a golden amber with a really foamy white head. Nice! The aroma is lots of hops, sweet and piney and rich. I could’ve probably just sat smelling this one. I knew right there this was going to be a fantastic beer. The taste surprised me - right off the top I of course were fresh hops, followed by some caramel/milk chocolate (!! perhaps they used chocolate malt?) and more sweet, citrusy, piney, resiny, grapefruity hoppiness that goes down so smoothly. There is a huge hop flavour to this beer, but without the bitterness of an American IPA. Like it’s name implies, this is a really fresh tasting and refreshing beer. Beautiful stuff!

3.9
Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Great Divide is another one of those breweries that just doesn’t produce bad beer. This one is no exception. Pretty typical west coast APA/IPA. Piney hops, citrus, a little malt. Great smell, excellent color, lacing, etc. etc. etc. etc. Damn good.

3
BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 28, 2017 Bomber, poured golden with some amber, rhere were some bubbles that dissipated, sweet scents with piney hops, hop bite was generous, citrus, malts, the hops lingered on the tongue, the hops overshadowed the malts, I thought there could be more malts in this one, its ok.


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