RATINGS: 1081   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3292) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev, Dave B. & R. - courtesy of me, from Premier Gourmet. Dark golden-copper colour with a small white head that leaves lots of lace. Fantastic aroma of tea, lemon, grapefruit and mild caramel. Flavour has lots of grapefruit, but its not sharply bitter like some APAs. Theres some nice woodiness in the background to keep it balanced. Really nice stuff - another winner from Great Divide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Malt is not as sweet as the Titan but has similar biscuity notes. The hops are sharp and punishing with notes of pine. The mouthfeel is thick for a pale. My least favorite of the big bottle series which still places it far above other brewers. Makes me jones for an Oak Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Poured deep gold & coppery with a strong, sustained head. Nose of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Initial taste of wood, pine & grapefuit finishing with a alcohol heavy, tangy warming feel. This beer is anything but subtle. Frankly, Im surprised the IBUs & alcohol content arent higher. I love it, nevertheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This was a really good hoppy beer and was not overpowering, but instead, well balanced. It was more like and IPA than a pale, so if you are a hophead, try this. Its great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Partially filtered copper. Tiny-bubbled layer of sticky cream. Pleasant lemon oil, glaze, pinewood, and jellied malt scents. Tight carbonation with a touch of crunchiness. Briskly textured, initially, yet velvety soft with a mixture of pinewood and citrus. Slight off fruitiness protrudes at the center before a sprucy dryness swipes the palate clean. Hop character lacks brightness and also possesses a sharp edge of leafiness that lessens the body and contributes some acidity. Sound malt structure yields a buttered toast whisper along with some nuttiness, which aids in the displacement of the unpleasant acidity. Sharp aspirin (Amarillo is likely the culprit) notes waver in and out before sea salt, nutty malt, pinewood, and blood oranges complete the finish. Pretty unrefined, but not too shabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly bubbly clear amber with a huge lasting rocky white head. Nice lacing. Fantastic aroma of fresh hops (citrus & pine) with a touch of malt -- awesome! Delicious flavour is very hoppy and nicely balanced with sweet malt. Medium to full bodied. A great session Ale and another excellent beer from Great Divide.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Lucious gold, light tan craggy head. Nose has grapefruit, resin, medium toasty malt. Flavor shows honey, earthy/herbal hops, some resin. Quite bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured clear deep amber with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of fresh funky citrus and pine hops. Flavour follows the nose, strong resiny (and as tupalev says, herbal) hops backed up ably by solid lightly sweet malt, quite balanced with a long finish, almost pungent at the end. Quite a full bodied APA, juicy, creamy and astringent. Like a lot of Great Divides, a solid offering. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown harry and blankboy (you both have this beer I think, so Ill credit both of you for bringing it, as I cant recall who exactly brought it!). Dark orange/light brown, small bubbly white head. Lovely piney fresh hop aroma (imagine that!) - very herbal and fresh - unique. Lovely unique hop taste - much more malt than I was expecting. The fresh hops assert themselves more in the finish - what a linger! That just stays in the back of your throat screaming for more, I love it! Very herbal/plant like quality to the hops. Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced. A really good session like beer from a brewery that never disappoints and is probably my favourite American Micro right now. And my 1000th rating, cheers to all I have had the good fortune of meeting and sharing a pint with, especially the local Toronto Ratebeerians and Bartowelers who got me in to this whole thing. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks Andr!) Oh fantastic, another of these chalky beers I seem to love so much! I know its a beer that is supposed to be about the hops, and it is, but the chalky nose, flavor and mouthfeel jump out at me immediately and really appeal to me. Husky, grainy, mildly sweet malt sets a solid and flavorful base. The hops actually tastes like hops here, thats always a good thing, and shows much acidity, some citrus, and a moderate bitterness, balancing the beer out quite nicely. Some alcohol seems evident as well, and combined with the acidic hops kind of cleans out my sinuses. Surprisingly, the nose is much more balanced toward the husky grains, with the hops being more restrained than in the flavor. Medium "plus" bodied, well-carbonated, dry and very crisp right from the sip, but especially in the finish. Medium amber color has perfect clarity. The bubbly, off-white head rises to over an inch on the pour, covers the beer in a thin but full layer for the entire session, and decorates most of the glass with an amazing and beautiful coating of tightly-packed ice crystal lacing. Overall, this is an excellent pale ale with a brilliant hop character, a beer Id definitely buy if it were available in California.

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