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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lazyjay (5) - Atlanta, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
Poured with a nice amber color and big head. Grassy aroma hops dominate and hold all the way through. Balanced well with medium body of sweet malts. This is an excellent drink. I kind of view it as a barley wine light. To me its on the edge, any more hops would be over the top and any more malts would be too much. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2006
pretty caramel color with a rocky/creamy head. aroma reminds me a lot of Goose Island IPA, lots of pine and grapefruit, but this one is aged a little as there is a fair amount of caramel going on there. flavor is lots of pine, lot of caramel maltiness, moderate body. finish is quite long with bitterness lingering for quite some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (12102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized, frothy white head. Definitely a nice fresh hop aroma. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel malts. Tastes of caramel, hop leaves, grapefruit, and lightly nutty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3370) - 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 (2729) - 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 (7584) - 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.

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