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RATINGS: 1069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
lhns03 (103) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Fresh hop in all of it’s dank, wet forest glory. Pour is really pretty with a clear copper gold and a thick, rocky white head. Aroma is super grassy, dank, wet, vegetal, with just a hint of lemon. The flavors are brighter but remain very fresh hop like with more of the citrus showing through and good balance from caramel malts. Good medium body with lots of fresh carbonation. Solid styled fresh hop/wet hop pale ale.

3.2
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
What is the appeal of "fresh Hops" I have not found it yet. Am I just old and stuck in my old-school ways? I think it’s a fad that needs to end. Enough for the soap box. This beer has a great look. It’s golden and the white head just rocks the glass and stays. On the nose I’m getting some malt sweetness and some citrus hops and some grassyness. but it is nothing all that special. Medium body with a drying bitter finish. Now, for the important part, I’m getting bitter and grass in the taste. The malt really is not coming through for me. This is an average, at best, APA.

3.8
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Orange in color, poor head retention. Herbal/citrus american hops aroma - the name speaks for itself. Defintely on the bitter side although not overwhelming. Good balance of hops VS malts."Very appetizing in its bouquet."

3.7
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Big fresh hop aroma presenting grassy and hay-like notes. Some slight malt sweetness creeps in as well. Appearance is copper-gold color with a barely off-white head with decent retention. Slightly hazy and low carbonation. Taste big bitterness, medium sweetness and some nice fruity esters noticeable on tasting more that in aroma only. Medium body, kind of a sticky/oily texture, medium carbonation. Bitter attack, good malt backbone in middle and a long dry finish. I’ve had many fresh hop beers, IPA’s being the fave, but this is a very enjoyable beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to have again, but might pick something in a slightly lower price range that has reasonably similar good beerness to offer.

3.9
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 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

3.7
califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - APR 11, 2012
Pours a clear amber color with a big white head and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, citrusy fruits and grassy hops. Taste is of grassy hops, caramel malts, grapefruit citrus and pine. Seems well balanced. Medium bodied.

3.7
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle to shaker (pounder). Pours out a gold-amber colour with a very nice foamy white head and excellent lacing. It is made from freshly harvested hops and only available about 3 months out of the year. Its nose is caramel and earth with light pine and definite hop elements. Taste is sweet, appealing, and hoppy with a caramel backdrop. Finish is bitter and sweet with caramel notes and a pleasant grass element. Complex and very flavorful

4.1
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours a murky Copper/Orange Colour with descent head into a Shaker Glass. The Aroma is of Freshly Mowed Grass with loads of Pine Needles. The mouthfeel is full bodied wow and a nice wallop of heft in the aftertaste of sugar and malt. This is very refreshing with the characteristic citrus notes. Some Lacing on the glass is visible. Kudos to the brewmaster in Denver for this Gem. Enjoy!

4.1
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 21, 2011
Light color on pour. Great hops aroma right from the start. Very tame flavor but still a nice amount of bittnerness. Really nice!! Glad I have a 22oz bottle!

3.3
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottled in Sept. 2011, drank in Mar. 2012; could attribute to mild flavors S: gold color, slight haze, solid collar, thick lacing A: very light smell, not much going on, but there is a faint sweetness, kind of like a creamy butterscotch T: very mild bitterness, slightly sweet at the beginning, dries out at the end, medium finish O: this is a good beer, but not a lot going on. I'm afraid the "fresh" hops are no longer fresh ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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