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RATINGS: 1079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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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4.8
johnbuck100 (306) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 One of the best beers I have tasted in approximately 38 years of drinking beer. (Ok the first 10 years - ages 15-25 were pretty much wasted on crappy beer - I didn’t know better) . This beer, a 1. 5 pint bomber bottled on Sept 29, 2009, was so incredibly delicious that I immediately purchased 2 cases from my local distributor (Pennsylvania has great beer but extremely antiquated beer laws - case only). Imagine the best, most fresh tasting , most hoppy full bodied pale ale you have ever had in your life, and this beer is it. Nirvana, the beer.

4.7
SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Full nose decked with tons of hops pine and floral citrus aroma. Appears copper colored brass with some light sut floating about in equilibrium. Thick topping of foam and leaves behind plenty of beautiful lace. The flavor is delicious with a big smack of wet juciy hops that are so moist and fresh it would make Snoop Dogg say sticky icky icky. Damn good harvest ale. Great Divide just blows me away with how good they brew,

4.7
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Lucent copper, thin white head, sticky medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Aroma: sweet caramel malt, lots of fresh intense american hops.

Taste: caramel malt, tons of fresh citrusy hops, some bready yeast.

Super hopy but not bitter, actually bitterness and sweetness are fairly balanced.

4.6
mnurda (1305) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Wow. What a beer. Hops are the predominant feature. Great tasting. UNreal. Can’t wait to get some more.

4.6
obguthr (6827) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Strawberry and pineapple nose. Shimmering amber with nice streams of carbonation, medium white head, nice lacing. Excellent strawberry and rose hip initial punch, swiftly turning to grapefruit peel and ending grassier but equally as bitter. Fantastic transitions. Alcohol is unnoticeable, but the body is there. This is better than most IPAs, and really too hoppy to be considered an APA. Rated conservatively.

4.6
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2010
They pretty much got everything right there. It looks brilliant, crisp and golden with a permanent, proud white crest. Fresh, beautiful citrus on the nose, Delicate and light with a resinous sweetness. Biscuit and caramel come out in the malt with a nuttiness floating around too. The hops lend a great floral character light and tangy without domination. It is smooth and oily in the mouth with a tingly little carbonation which carries just enough dryness into the finish. A great strength too, nothing silly or overwhelming, a great drinkers beer.

4.6
Beermogul (28) - USA - DEC 30, 2011
22 oz bottle. Golden amber in color. Smells of mown hay, lemon and fresh green herb. Nice, stiff ad clingy head. Medium body and velvet smooth, it has an intense bitter grapefruit, grain and gritty flavor. The finish is crisp with some of that silky resinous feel in the end. This BEER is very well balanced in the middle with a lot of hop flavor and a more than adequate mouthfeel and malt backbone. Best fresh hop I have had.

4.6
Fatehunter (2640) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Cloudly amber color. A good inch and half of white head. A really great looking beer. Aroma: Got your hops right here. Citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit and a sweeter citrus; like a ripe orange. Great balance of bitter hops and sweeter malt, with the hops winning out. Of course they do, it is a fresh hop ale. The aftertaste of bitterness lasts for awhile afterward. Sublime. Very soft body, carbonation dances on the tongue. I am not sure what it is, but the texture of the beer is amazing. Best fresh hop ale I have had this season and a great ale overall. The body really surprised me, to have the bitterness biting at the tongue with the softness of the beer really created a perfect experience.

4.5
wlajwl (7207) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Aroma is yeast, pine, tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of biscuit malts. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, mild to medium hop resin, malts and a long and heavy bitterness in the finish. Can’t remember if I’ve had a wet hop APA as opposed to an IPA; either way this was great.

4.5
MetalNHopHead (2264) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 29, 2015
After tasting the monstrously fresh Born Yesterday, I was concerned Fresh Hop would be overshadowed. (Fresh Hop was just short of a month past the bottling date compared to a day past), but I need not have worried. Great Divide always turns out a great hop-focused beer. With a grassy aroma, Fresh Hop hints at aggressive American hops. Flavor, however, is balanced rather than intense. The dank earth tones are offset by sweet biscuit malt tastes. There’s also some grapefruit. Wet, bitter hop sensations on the palate. If you like pursuing fresh herbs, this doesn’t disappoint.


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