thehinge (297) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Clear orange pour with a small white head. Laces nicely. Piney aroma. Citrusy front end with a bitter finish. Crisp on the tongue. If you’re a hophead, give this a try. DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
On draught at the Draught House in Austin. Great aroma, very northwest. It has a medium body with a nice crystal malt sweetness. Yes, it’s pretty bitter and has some earthiness but this is balanced with the body and sweetness. Very nice as it warms, too. Great beer. branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color, clear, with a large, white frothy head. Aromas of hops, grapefruit, lime, and a bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth start, lively middle and sticky finish. Flavors of hops, grapefruit, and hints of citrus. Overall a very good beer - buy it.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
I poured a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, where it sat reddish-orange - the color of an ipa, really - beneath a generous 1.5-finger off-white head. This reduced to soap suds and abundant lacing as I drank it down. Aromas of grass and pine (as advertised!) mingled with the toasty, biscuity malts suggested by the deep color, and flavors followed suit. Hopping is surprisingly subtle for a wet hop ale, but make themselves known in a generally balanced and fresh-from-the-barrel experience. Deliciously fresh and surprisingly complex , this is best compared to FFF’s Alpha King as an apa that stands up to the best craft brews of any style. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle: I really liked this beer when if first came out but having one recently found it didnt taste nearly as good. I am not sure if this is feshness or memory. The body is much maltier and thicker than a usual pale, bitterness is moderate with lots of hop flavor. Neutral hop flavor, not particularly citrusy or spicy. Bitterness s closer to ipa then pale. Average beer when not fresh.
kingaugusta (286) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Pours clear gold with a foamy white head. nose is moderately strong hops with a bit of apple sweetness behind it. the flavor is less hoppy than expected but quite well balanced between a pleasant malt and modest West Coast hops. finish is short and sticky. basically a session IPA, just higher alcohol. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
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. JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Amazing beer! Pours the same copper color with a nice thick fluffy head. Great aromas with a nice fresh, green, resin hop smell...very, very pleasing. The taste is just delicious, with that amazing fresh taste of hops...with the green aspect to it, a little grassy, full of hop resins, citrusy, and sweet. Even though I wish the IBU’s were 15-20 higher, it really works perfect with this lighter malty sweetness. It is hands down the best APA I’ve had to date. I love that fresh harvest element kepano (281) - 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.