GarrettB (1583) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 There is a national obsession over the essentiality of fresh foods. And as with any other border-to-border fad, it is sustained by careless anxiety rather than more learned means. Nobody disputes the value of fresh foods, particularly in cooking, and any food teetering on the edge of inevitable spoilage sensibly belongs in the dumpster. However, it is no excuse to condemn senescent food stuffs simply because they’ve become acquainted with your home kitchen for more than a day. Still, the meme continues and we’re all left juggling fad diets, fears of obscure molecules, and a regrettable phobia of middle aged greens. Always a good business, which translates to keeping abreast of current public fears, Great Divide Brewing Company presented their new hopsy beer with a crisp and age friendly title: Fresh Hops. The even put a great, green and lucid picture of a hops plant for the average American who has never been acquainted with one. I don’t blame them. The hops plant is too bitter, caustic and all around cantankerous to find a home anywhere but inside a beer bottle (though I’m sure there are exceptions). My first objective was to test the veracity of Fresh Hop’s name. Allow me to say, with all confidence, that it is indeed fresh and hoppy tasting. And that’s it. There is nothing beyond the cupric, transparent body, the vapid head and the hops laden aroma. It is an absolutely one dimensional beer, one flavor and, for me, only worth one try. Unless you like that simple, rakish hopsiness prickling up your tongue and into your eyes, invest in something a bit mellower and more complex. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
65 cl bottle. Amber colour with a weak head. Great aroma of caramel and heavy hoppieness. Very hoppy flavour with quite a lot of caramel, ends up very dry. Very enjoyable. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Has a great golden color. Smells wonderful. Tastes likes flowers and fruit with a differnt bitterness at the end. Not that bad but after I am done with this one I am going to have a Bitter Woman. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle: Amber, white head. Nose of wheat flower and caramel and a bit of toasty hops and lemon. The flavor is grassy with a pleasent hop character like a snatch of dry hops. Finishes lightly sweet; good drinker. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
Amber orange colour with an off white head. Very hoppy and fruity, notes of pine and a mild caramel maltyness. Hoppy and bitter flavor with a citric fruityness and a faint malty caramel sweetness.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours amber golden with a slight haze and an off-white head. Fresh, floral nose. Light-bodied with some caramel. Dry, aromatic, flowery hop finish. Nice, hoppy APA. Thanks to fiulijn for this one. 150306 joergen (27984) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Clear amber coloured with an off white head.
Sweet aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles.
Flavour of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. Thanx to Alex. Orange colour with a white head. Grapefruit, hop aroma and a light sweet malty, Grapefruit, hop taste. Medium to full body with a light sweet dry finish. fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Golden color. The aroma is hoppy, very nice, fruity (apricots and grapefruit) and resiny. The hops are lovely, the body is quite thin. Of course the end is extremely long and bitter (resins, hazelnuts). harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange with just a slight ring of foam. Wonderful citric grapefruit aroma, literally smells like I just cut open a piece of fresh fruit. Great hop profile! Body is kind of light, with that amazing hoppiness following through but the malt profile is really light, still well balanced and over the top which is exactly what I expect from a fresh hop style pale ale.