RATINGS: 1070   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 17/20
QXR27 (4) - aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
At first glance the beer is clear clean with a nice moderate head. The aroma hits you right off the bat with fresh hops. As you take the first sip you are hit with a light caramel and breast notes, but the soothe flavor of the fresh hops quickly takes over. The fresh hops lend a nice earthy/floral flavor that quickly fades to a clean Finnish.

Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 19, 2017
From Mar 2007 Pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with little foam that leaves just a fine broken layer but there's plenty of lacing. The smell is very hoppy with lots of grass and grapefruit. The taste is pretty darned bitter for the style! Lots of citrus, some grass, and a wee bit of malt sweetness *just* before the finish and the actual finish ends up being on the bitter side....fancy that! ;^) Man, this is what I call paying homage to the almighty hop and to see it done so nicely in an American Pale Ale impresses the heck out of me. Okay, I'm just pouring in the last bit in my glass and there's some sediment that I didn't expect to see but it *is* very fine so I'm not going to deduct any points in the appearance category. Nor in the taste category....this one started off well and remained so to the very last drop. Yum. Bottom line: I'm glad I have another bottle of this stuff because this is an APA that is all about, no celebrates the hops. Good job Great Divide!

BeerRenter76 (1029) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/30/08. The aroma was my favorite aspect of this beer, it was a nice grassy, citrus mix that was noticeable upon opening. The body was a clear mid copper color with plenty of carbonation that left good lace. Mouthfeel was crisp but a touch watery. Flavor was pretty much pine, with very little malt presence. Overall this seemed more IPA than APA, but when somethings this good who cares

ryanscourt (1520) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2017
Very similar in style to the ipa. Very much a midwest ipa with fair body with plenty of malt balance.

malvrich (342) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2017
5 month old can > IPA A: Pours whole glassful of foam so off to a bad start. Eventually had to trowel it off the top. Otherwise, nice deep orange color with rocky beige head. Busy bubbles. S: Pine resin and sweet caramel scent. T: Big pine bitterness with just a faint caramel sweetness. More toasty or woody. A little grapefruit pith eventually shows up adding more bitterness but also some complexity. M: Medium body with average carbonation level. Bitter resinous finish. O: Fairly average overall though to be fair, it is very old. Still not a repeat purchase.

chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2017
12 oz can with a canning date of Oct. 2016. Look - Copper colored body with a creamy off-white head that leaves a thorough coat of film on the glass. Aroma - Hoppy citrus notes dominate. Subtle herbal and floral notes. Moderate complexity. Taste - Hoppy citrus notes dominate but with more pine and more grains. Moderate complexity and medium-mild bitterness. Feel - medium body with medium+, soft carbonation. Overall - a great Pale Ale that resembles a mild DIPA more than expected.

bigbish (715) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Another great beer from Great Divide. Fantastic flavor and well balanced. Great.

ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Poured from a can into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright orange color with a large white head. The aroma is full of hops and not much else. The taste is mostly hops with some malt in the background.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Can date of 10/12/2016. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy to transparent orange color. Sly carbonation rises. One finger white foamy head. Messy foamy lacing. The aroma had a super nice sweet to bitter piney hoppiness bursting over a nice malt backbone, not overbearing. The flavor leads with the piney hops, bitter and sweet. Dry piney aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Good carbonation and doesn’t distract from bitterness. Malt level seems appropriate to provide enough body. Overall, really nice APA surprisingly enough even with the date, I could drink this again, preferably fresher.

Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Draft. Clear caramel color with an average white head and nice lacing. Aroma is piney with fresh citrus and grains. Taste is grapefruit, pine, citrus, and grains. Average thickness and dry.

islay (2958) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2016
12 oz. can, consumed on 11-15-16. Pours a clear, dark bronze with a large amount of beige head. Scents of apricot and pine. Some toffee and dill in the aroma. Simple, dry yet floral-sweet flavor. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Decent flavor but has little to recommend it. Dry aftertaste. Soft in the palate. Easy to drink. Seems insubstantial in the palate. Nothing special. I’m guessing this beer was a bit better a few weeks ago.

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