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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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Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Lighter colored, lighter bodied. This Maverick is just a nice fresh, medium hopped beer. The aroma and taste really reflected a certain freshness that's hard to describe. The hop flavors, though, left something to be desired. Thinner malts - but who needs a lot of malt to stand up to such a lightly hopped ale?

3.4
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Does taste fresh, I'll give them that. Otherwise it's a solid yet undistinguished brew. $3.99 here.

3.4
ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a nice reddish amber, with some oranges and what not. Good big off-white head. Aroma is powerful. Wow, I wasnt expecting this much straight-up hops. Smells like 3Cs, at least I know it's got some cascades in there and probably chinooks. Very dry hopped flavor on the finish. Unlike a nice IPA dosent have as much malt to balance. VERY Bitter, weird how 55 IBUs seems this bitter, but it's probably due to lack of balance and the freshness adds alot of acidity. Pretty good medium body dosent quit. Dosent seem to have a tremendous amount of personality.

3.4
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
orangish brown color w/ a fluffy white head some nice lace. Very fresh scent some pine, grass, and citrus hop with hints of some sweet carmel.. this smells nummy. Palate is full lightly creamy. Flavor is a dry bitter grass dominates not much sweet... smells better than it tastes.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, light metallic, orange. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, light herbal, orange. Nice bite. Smooth, watery light-medium body, some chewiness.

3.4
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Destructive hop aroma. Pillowy white head on a rich orange yellow body. Taste is hoppy to the max, with some toasted grain sweetness in the background. I dont know how fresh hops make this beer any different, but its good.

3.4
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours clear copper color. Aroma is of hops, pine is what I detect. Not much citrus. Flavor is quite earthy, a bit rough around the edges. Body is nice and smooth. Finishes with a nice bite. Great with pizza. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this one down from oregon.

3.4
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours rich clear reddish amber with a medium head. Aroma is flowey, citrusy fresh hops. Some slightly sticky malt. Flavor is of fresh hops with slight cardboard/hard caramel in the back (very slight).

3.4
TheBeerGod (6209) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle at Aaron and Kathy’s Holiday/YeHa Party on 12-3-05. Courtesy of scraff. Amber bodied. Nose is obviously rich with hoips and very perfumy. Lots of pine and citrus throughout the aroma on the but a nice malt sweetness trying to balance it out. Taste has caramel, lots of hops, some maple, pine, bit of citrus and dried berries. Body has a bit of carbonation feel with a lingering bitterness. Finishes with big hops and hop bitterness, light caramel, sweet malts and some citrus fruits. Pretty good.

3.4
TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Partially filtered copper. Tiny-bubbled layer of sticky cream. Pleasant lemon oil, glaze, pinewood, and jellied malt scents. Tight carbonation with a touch of crunchiness. Briskly textured, initially, yet velvety soft with a mixture of pinewood and citrus. Slight “off” fruitiness protrudes at the center before a sprucy dryness swipes the palate clean. Hop character lacks brightness and also possesses a sharp edge of leafiness that lessens the body and contributes some acidity. Sound malt structure yields a buttered toast whisper along with some nuttiness, which aids in the displacement of the unpleasant acidity. Sharp aspirin (Amarillo is likely the culprit) notes waver in and out before sea salt, nutty malt, pinewood, and blood oranges complete the finish. Pretty unrefined, but not too shabby.


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