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RATINGS: 1084   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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YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Cloudy golden amber with a respectable off-white head. Big rush of citrus/pine hops with traces of caramel. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Flavor echoes the citrus/pine hops aroma. Nice bitterness and freshness.

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CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Poured from bomber, medium amber, forms medium to small foam, a little lacing. Aroma of malts, hops, wet forrest, ocean water. Flavour is hops with a predominate, malt character. Grasses come though, a very drinkable beer. Bitterness is well balanced, overall well made beer.

3.3
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Although it is an APA it is a weak representation of style. Hops are too weak and the taste is lacking in the amount of hops that I like. There is a bit of a nutty toffee like flavor but the body is weak and watery. Decent but nothing great.

3.3
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
I didn’t think this was as spectacular as most do. There was a filtered amber body with very thick dimpled white head. There was a lot of citrus on the nose mostly grapefruit, but it was not as stellar as many of the other Am. Pale Ales you see.

3.3
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Poured a clear, golden color with a pillowy white head that left some of the best lacing I have ever seen. Aroma of hops and some pine. Entry is a nice malt with a hint of citrus, that leads into a piney, resiny hop hit. I would have liked more citrus flavor to accompany the hops on the end, but it was still nice.

3.3
TBone (17565) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled 10/2007
Copper-golden color, good creamy off-white head, some lace. Malty, juicy hops and some freshier clover-like hops too. Dry hoppy, bready and of course very bitter. Some grassyness, which comes with odd rubbery flavors.

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blipp (9284) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a white head. Grassy and floral aroma with a nice caramel malt balance. The flavor is floral, grassy, and herbal, and again very well balanced. Not bad.

3.3
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with no head. Aroma of hops with a malty balance. Flavor is piney hoppiness with some malt. Flavor is very good, but the finish was a bit thin. Decent beer.

3.3
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle pours a light amber with a nice, fluffy couple inches of head. Very soapy lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is hops, but less than I was expecting. There are more hops in the taste, but they are more ’watery’ for the lack of a better term. The beer seems to have no edge to it. A very easy drinking and way too easy to finish beer. But not much more than that.

3.3
mcc5468 (122) - USA - FEB 4, 2009
I should have rated last year’s version as I enjoyed that a bit more, but all in all, a good IPA. Hoppy - more on the sweet side this year, it seemed to have less of that IPA crispness. I would say piney hop flavor this year. Again, a nice IPA. I look forward to next year’s edition.


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