lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Pours a clear, brilliant amber with a dense creamy ivory head. Lots of lace, chunks of lace, sheeting of lace. Smells almost exclusively of bright, grassy hops.
Tastes of fresh herbal hops. Soem bitterness here but not overwhelming. More fresh and floral than bitingly bitter. SOme nice fruity malt to back it up. Hops stick to the mouth but the beer is fairly light otherwise. Nice stuff! jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 2010-07-31. Crisp golden body with a small white head. 3+ Flavour has a modest green hop profile, mild supportive malt. 6+ Aroma of green vegetation, leafy hops. Average palate. Lots of green hops, but not much citrus? Likely starting to fade a bit but enjoyable if not outstanding. 7/3/6/3/14 - 3.3 Bottle at ChrisOs Pre-GBBF Shindig 2010
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
2006-07-XX. Golden orange with a small creamy white head. Moderate not quite floral, leafy hops in the aroma. Fairly similar flavour, green leafy hops build with each sip, very mild resin. Quite hoppy, but not particularly bitter. Average palate. Solid quaff. 7/3+/7/3/14 - 3.6 Bottle. Following Michigan Brewers Festival 2006
Beautiful head and coppery color. Aroma is very hoppy, very much northwestern. Hints of crystal malts. Flavor is fab. Plenty of hop flavor - grassy and citrusy - without being very bitter at all decent malt balance. Quite good, and felt pretty fresh to me. All in all, not terribly complex, but delicious and adequately named Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Aroma is hoppy, with a bit of honey, and a thick white head. Taste is much like the aroma, it’s a pale ale, which is a bit sweeter then most. It’s a very quality beer. Northwest style hops, would do better with higher IBU’s. kepano (280) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This simple beer deserves no more than a simple review. Yawn. No matter how difficult the brewing process is, and how formidable of an enterprise it was to acquire the ingredients, if your beer is bland you still have a problem. My feeling about Fresh Hop is that Great Divide may have focused too much on a gimmicky and marketable procedure than on creating a genuinely good beer. The appearance is nothing to complain about, a pleasing deep orange body topped of a frothy white head. The true problems begin at the nose: an easy hop aroma, the classic grapefruit and slightly floral tingle. It’s great for your bathroom, but I enjoy discovering some complexity in my beer. The flavor takes you no further, with only the slightest caramel malts giving any sort of balance on the palate. Drinkable and decent for conversation, but there’s really nothing to see here.
Ungstrup (38243) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
A hazy amber beer with a nice beige head. The aroma is sweet and extremely hoppy giving it notes of citrus and pine. The flavor is sweet and dominated by hops and grass, but also with notes of wood. The mouthfeel is very dry, and it has an OK bitterness. Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours a rich amber color. Aroma is malty with mild hops. Flavor is intially bitter with a mild hop and malt finish. A nice pale ale. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a short blurb about the APA on the left side of the front label, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy caramel copper with a fluffy, foamy, bubbly pale tannish/white head that settled into a semi-clingy, thin bubbly lacing, decent carbonation. Had a nice caramel malty and grassy/citric hop nose, the hops are actually raw, fresh smelling as advertised. Delicious tasting, a fresh cut grassy, citric tinged hoppiness, mild in it’s bitterness, balanced by the caramel maltiness and a crisp grassy, malty finish.
I really enjoyed this APA from Great Divide, had a really fresh, raw hop taste, which I like, that’s not overly bitter.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
Hop aroma, but not full or flowery,orange red color, hops dominate a surprisingly thin body, the bitterness is there but it is short on hop flavor and aroma. I’m guessing that the starting gravity on this brew was lower then they intended. Needs more malt,more flavor hops and more cowbell ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
Hoppy and thats pretty much it. I am giving it a decent rating because it does exactly what you would expect from its name - takes hoppiness to an extreme - though I am in agreement with the previous reviewer in that I prefer something more mellow and complex, such as DFH 90 minute. But hardcore hopheads will love this one.