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RATINGS: 1084   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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4.1
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Very smooth hop flavor with an almost honey finish. Very accessible and delicious

3.4
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
I was expecting more from this beer from mostly good to great ratings, but was disappointed. The fresh hops are very evident and pack an initial punch with lots of pine cone and floral scents in the aroma. The appearance is a dark cloudy copper color that pours with very little head that dissipates quickly with some lacing left behind. It’s a chewy beer with lots of resin and an almost oily mouth feel that coats your throat. Taste has lots of pine and cut grass with some other floral flavors that come through after the beer warms a bit. It certainly has a freshness factor to it, but that doesn’t make it a great beer, only a good one. Drinkable but not one I would seek out again and again.

3.8
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2009
Aroma of fresh flowers and citrus. Appearance is amber with medium head. Taste is bitter but not overwhelming with hints of citrus and fruit. Overall a very good and tasty beer however not very complex.

3.6
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn’t sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems ’smoother’ and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick. This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.

3.1
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2008
New label for 2008. Nice amber color, fluffy persistent head. As the commercial description says, "intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma." I like bold hops, but this needs balance.

3.8
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
A nose of strawberries, "rulltårta", metal, grape and lemon. Taste is of citrus, dandelion, anis, iron and grass. It has a little acidity to it, and finish is bitter and salty in a well-balanced way. Very drinkable and elegant for an APA.

4.2
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (dated Oct. 3, 2012) into a becker pint glass. Pours a honey golden with rich amber hues with a fluffy one and half finger head. The smell of sweet pineapple and fresh grassy notes on the nose is very inviting. Opens with pineapple, flora, and grassy accents, joined by slight breadiness and malt with just the perfect level of sweetness to balance this brew midpalate. Finishes smooth with just a hint of grapefruit rind and pine sap and a slight bite. Medium bodied with a slick, oily, and slight soapy mouthfeel, perfect for a wet hop ale. I look forward to this brew every year. The drinkability of the brew is exceptional as the other characteristics of the brew are not overwhelmed by intense bitterness.

3.7
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2009
This is a great beer. Soft and tender like an old lover. This pours light amber and clear with an off white head. Nice lacing with a head that does not settle too quickly. Floral nose, almost soapy. Sharp flavor, crisp citrus (grapefruit dominates with some lime). Finishes is of refreshing hops. A great Beer!

2.9
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a pale orange with a thin off-white head that lasts. Flavor, honestly reminds me of a dumbed down hercules. The hops are subdued and piney, the malts are robust and roasty. It’s a nice beer but from great divide, I’ve come to expect better

3.9
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Wonderful aroma. Real clean and crisp. Slightly above average for a fresh hop beer


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