RATINGS: 1084   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Amber and clear, small white head. Crazy strong floral, resin aromas, a little malt. High carb, fresh hop flavor. Great hop flavors but a little one sided, apparently that is their point.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 In short: Juicy hops and more juicy hops. Great thirst quencher.
How: Clear golden body with some particles and a medium white head
The look:
In long: As the name suggests, the hops feel really fresh. Very floral freshly picked juicy hops abound from the nose. Light orange fruity flavour. Grass juice. Discreet malt profile. Despite being packed with hops, the finish is very juicy but only mildly bitter. Just very juicy hops wall to wall. Another winner from Great Divide. It’s all about those hops that feel fresher than a fart in an elevator.

smythe7 (3) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006 does not count
A good beer from the Divide. I was a bit dissapointed with the aftertaste. I might have expected a little more bitterness and hoppiness, but overall an enjoyable beer.

Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - OCT 13, 2006
bottle. had this out of the fermenter 2 years ago. waited to get a bottle when i was in texas, then i left texas, then the bottles that showed up in kentucky were old so i didn’t bother to rate them, but now, finally i have some fresh hop. when was it bottled? last f’ing week thats when. wow, it’s working right now too. light brownish tan body with a huge sticking head. aroma is well, hops, but not the biting in your face ipa hops, this is grassy with a bit of toffee coming through. nice grassy flavor with some light lemon and lime hints. a classic malt profile tah t has some caramel, a touch of fruit, and just a solid sweetness that i can’t really put a label on. grassy lingering finish i really enjoyed this and plan on enjoying a few more over the next few months.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Hazy golden pour topped by a 1cm white head. Spicy, grassy nose feeling rather mineral. Hiding malts just can’t really get through that juicy orangey, apricot-like, limey hop fest. As a result, it feels quite thin and eventually astringent despite the mostly diplomatic bitterness. Rather creamy texture nevertheless, medium carbonation. Bah.. I don’t know. Good execution, but it’s quite limited to a homework of dry-hopping. Certainly well extracted aromas in that regard, but I just can’t dig as much as the many competitors who follow a less direct approach.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of head dips into the orange gown.
-Spicy, piney hops evolve into orangey fruitiness in the nose.
-Grassy, leafy, herbal hoppiness lathers the tongue in generous yet never exaggerated doses.
-Lush maltiness benefits from the soothing carbonation.

What if you dig deeper?
-The juicy hop bitterness is pleasantly spicy and satisfyingly lingering.
-The malt provides plenty of body, but few flavors.
-Yet another very good Great Divide product, right within the advertised style.

Bottle; no date.

Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Golden amber ale with a thin creamy white head. As the name and label suggests, fresh green hops, resinous quality, and orange menthol notes. In mouth, a nice floral hops, light grapefruit, oily mouthfeel and pinhey. Almost minty. Medium bodied. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Pours a nice golden orangish color. Aroma is big citrus/piney hops with some floral and fruit. Flavor of a classic pale, mildly sweet malt action followed by great hop flavor bite, smooth throughout and a great finish.

iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2006
22oz bomber, no date. Had this a long time ago, but I think it was before I joined the site. Pours a hazy orange copper with s moderate, creamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and some pine, slight earth and caramel malts. Taste is fairly bitter with some caramel sweetness coming in 2/3 through. Again, piney, earthy, and grapefruity hops are dominant. Mildy bitter finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. In the world of APAs, though this one was good, it didn’t really stand out from the rest. I did like this better than their Titan IPA.

Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2006
SIgnificant grapefruit C hop aroma, quick fading head, lots of lace. Bitter like an ESB dying but very drinkable on a scorching Saturday. Drying aftertaste, tasty complex bitterness,like the hops, citrus, well malted, well carbonated. Some of the fresh homebrewed taste from this sub-style.

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