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RATINGS: 1073   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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MIBRomeo (2579) - 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
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 (6261) - 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 (2787) - 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.

3.4
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bomber. Cushy off white head sitting on a medium amber beer. Strong aroma of, duh, fresh hops along with some toasty malt, a bit of fruit as well. Flavor is quite bitter, starts out pretty malty but there is quite a kick at the end from the hops. I’m surprised this has only 55 IBUs with the kick in the pants you get. Medium bodied. Pretty dry. Nice beer, nothing all that special though.

3.4
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours a rich amber color. Aroma is malty with mild hops. Flavor is intially bitter with a mild hop and malt finish. A nice pale ale.

3.4
smythe7 (3) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006 does not count
A good beer from the Divide. I was a bit dissapointed with the aftertaste. I might have expected a little more bitterness and hoppiness, but overall an enjoyable beer.

3.4
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2009
I was expecting a lot because Great Divide makes great beer. I bought it with out hesitation. Friar Tucks in Peoria, IL sells old beer. It was from 07. I will re-rate this beer from a better store. Cloudy Copper pour with an off-white head. All I could smell was the malt. All I could really taste was the malt. It was tasty because Great Divide makes good beer. I am sure this would of been better fresher. It left great lacing on the glass. I am sure I would rate this better, but Friar Tucks in Peoria, IL sucks in rotating beer. I will re-rate this by going to a better store that takes pride in selling beer at its freshest.


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