Fresh Hop 2007 - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6
3.95/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A-orange/tan color..nice pillowy white head
S-definitely floral and citrusy....Tobacco, cannibus, bong resin, pink grapefruit...
T-Good bitterness....grapefruit rinds...tobacco...weed....hops overwhelm the malt...can't really distinguish any malt flavors but it keeps this from becoming pure hop juice.
M-Pretty bitter and puckery....the hop smack lingers onto the long finish.
D-I look forward to this release every year and this years is no disappointment. It is probably the bitterest and unbalanced of the last three years that I have tried. If you want something close to hop juice this is it. It is hard to find good hoppy beers in my neck of the woods so this is quite a treasure. Thanks to BigHuge for the growler.
Serving type: growler
11-16-2007 05:54:47 | More by ZAP
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Orangish amber in color, pillowy, web-y off white head that left some awesome lacing. Pungent, stinging hop aroma, packed with citrus flavors of ornage, grapefruit, and tangerine, as well as some apricot and mango, and ofcourse plenty of pine resin. Through all of this, believe it or not, there is a bit of toasty malt detectable that provides a voice of reason through all of this insanity.
The taste has a sharp bitter edge to it, but its amazing how the hop flavors readily unlock, bitter orange and grapefruit rinds. Again, a touch of the that toasted malt does show up, but whos kidding who here.
Overall: you can't really call a fresh hop ale balanced, but compared to last years from Town Hall, I felt like this one was a bit more palatable. Last years seemed a bit too piney, and taste bud stripping when it was first released, while this years had more citrus right in your face, and the malt was atleast decectable. I will leave you with the last line from my hand written notes.
Serving type: on-tap
10-18-2007 23:28:06 | More by dfried
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Light copper appearance. Slightly hazed. Thin, bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is decent enough. Aromas don't get much better than this. It's like SNPA's aroma squared....make that cubed. Great cascade hop aroma. Fresh and inviting to say the least. Flavor is all about the hops, as it should be, but I'd be remiss not to at least state the fact that the malt foundation is solid enough to handle all those pounds of fresh, wet cascades. Malts are toffeeish in nature. Hops are fresh, resisinous and canabis like. They also lend a a juicy pink grapefruit bitterness to it all. Very refreshing and flavorful. The mouthfeel is quite agreeable. Moderately carbaonted and medium bodied. Gonna be a treat to my senses tonight going through this growler.
Serving type: growler
10-11-2007 02:26:41 | More by Bighuge
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at the brewpub: Bright, clear, medium pale gold color. Starchy tight white foam on top reaching finger high height lasts well before setting as a light skim and collar. All sorts of weird lacing patterns that looks like thick cob webby stuff.
Bold citrusy nose with a slender pine resin undertow. Thoughts of grapefruit, lime, and lemon are present with the freshness of crisp morning air.
Mmm...hops all over the place. Crunchy, bright, fresh, brittle, and bold. Tons of raw citrusy action of juices, pith, and peel balanced slightly with a bit of toasted tender sweetness and piney resin oils.
Quite snappy and yummy with a wonderfully pleasant bitterness thats handled well and lasts forever and a day. A fun tingling dance of hops that brings lemon and grapefruit around and around and around again with lots of buzz, zing, and snap.
Feel is quite big and bright with a snappy crunchyness and wonderful crisp notion of tangy hop citric juices and floating pine ascents. Big finish of clean inviting bitterness of pine and citrusy things.
Beware; the tongue will need a break from time to time, but man this stuff is tasty fresh and very impressionable. If you like'a da hops, then you gonna like'a dis beer!
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2007 16:53:41 | More by tavernjef
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Juicy apricot beneath a beauteous crown that is darker than ivory and lighter than ecru. The finely pitting upper surface gives ground with reluctance and deposits a tremendous amount of delicate Belgian lace in its wake. Tons of hop resins result in incredible looking beer, that's for damn sure. My second pour and the now lace-crusted glass give me no choice but to go with perfection.
The nose is pure, atomized Cascade hop cones. I have no doubt that, when fresh from the kettles, the aroma would have garnered a perfect score with ease. I can say that because I've experienced a few of Hoops's single-hopped pale ales before. It's still amazingly bright and pungent. White grapefruit is out in front, followed by pineapple and an appealing citric funkiness that I didn't know was present in this particular hop.
It's unfortunate that I'm not drinking Fresh Hop 2007 on the day (make that the minute) of its release like I did last year's version. Today is 14 days since the start of brewing and 10 days since the unveiling. It's still mindblowingly hoppy beer, but it isn't as 'rip the top layer off your tongue and widen your eyes' abusive as its predecessor. That beer was an experience second to none.
I'm still a little surprised at the flavor profile. I always had in mind a certain grapefruit rind and lemon character for this hop (it's tough to put into words exactly what I mean) that isn't what greets my buds with each swallow. It's close, though. I guess I like Centennial and Columbus more than Cascade. Don't get me wrong, we're talking fine distinctions here. This is still shockingly good beer that is compulsively drinkable.
Like Great Lakes and their bottled beer, this brewpub stands out from the pretenders when it comes to mouthfeel. This one is near perfect for the task at hand. It's at least medium for the style and actually seems to increase in viscosity from the start of each mouthful to the finish. The still rampant alpha acids give the tongue a lively scrubbing, even as the malt sugars and the hop resins lay down a fine layer of stickiness.
I've just realized that Town Hall is responsible for three of the four best APAs that have ever entered my glass. Columbus Pale Ale, Fresh Hop 2006 and Three Floyds Alpha King are the others. I will do everything in my power to make the trip north next September to get one of the first pints (and a growler) of Fresh Hop 2008. Thanks to my lovely wife 'M' for bringing this beauty home from her recent pleasure trip to the Twin Cities.
Serving type: growler
10-04-2007 22:11:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
This year, 200 pounds of Cascades, picked last week, shipped out via FedEx on Wednesday, started the brewing Thursday.
Didn't catch the abv on it, but it's not about the booze, it's all about the amazing, in-you-face hoppitude.
Two pints at the pub for the tapping, and now I pour from a growler into an Urthel tulip glass.
Hazed, pale apricot/peach appearance, lively head, white and bubbly. Lovely.
Amazing aroma Fresh, vibrant pine and citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Bold and beautiful.
On the tongue and in the mouth: Bam, bam, bam! Slick and sleek, big bitterness blasts the palate, coats the senses. Rides up and down the tongue, tickling every bump and every inch of it.
Lean-bodied, not a word from malt, but, of course, that's not the point of this ambitious experiment. Not so much body, but the huge citrus-y hop flavor hangs on the tongue forever!
If you really, really want to taste the hops, when "a kiss of the hops" won't do...damn, but this is the stuff.
And the tradition continues...there's my complimentary hop cone floating in the froth inside the growler.
Some might call this too extreme. I call it love.
Serving type: growler
09-25-2007 05:40:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Fresh Hop 2007 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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