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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop AleHundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010

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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by GeezLynn:
Photo of GeezLynn
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull amber brown hue, nice clarity with a thick, sudsy white head. Good retention.

S: Piney and somewhat grassy hop scents overlaying pale malt and a healthy dose of caramel.

T: Punchy pine and herbal flavors accompanied by a potent bitterness. Along with the hops, there is a sizable caramel malt base. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Carbonation and body are about medium. Slight oiliness adds to the overall feel.

This packs plenty of hop punch, but is also heavier on the caramel malt similar to an imperial IPA. Overall impression was good. A bit aggressive and heavy, but solid.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Reviewing the 2014 version.
Pours a lovely, pale, clear copper with a pure white head that quickly fades to some spotty lacing.
The aroma is loaded with citrus, pine, pineapple, a little dankness and a hint of malty sweetness in the background.
The taste is loaded with fresh hop flavor. Still, it's not overpowering. Piney and dank hop flavor with a hint of citrus in the taste and plenty of malty sweetness to back it up.
Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.
Overall, a tasty brew.

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date

A - Pours copper with one finger of off-white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Smell is both hoppy and malty. Hops are quite spicy and somewhat piney, with a bit of citrus as well. Malt is mostly caramel.

T - Caramel malt is the first taste I notice, but a significant hop presence does follow and persists with a nice bitterness through the rest of the taste. While the finish is mostly bitter, a small shot of sweetness appears late in the taste that is a nice compliment to the hops.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is a bit oily. Mouthfeel isn't exactly creamy, but the carbonation level is quite good. Despite the prominent malt presence, this finishes dry and bitter. Pretty nice.

O - A solid fresh hop ale that is a step below Surly Wet and Founders Harvest.

Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Just barely hazy amber-orange with thin white head and light lacing lines.

Smell: Mild citrus and a sharp dry herb-like spiciness that I can't identify. Not the biggest fan of the aroma.

Taste: Very herbal spiciness upfront with light citrus and pine. The malts are on the more toasted, caramel and grassy side of things but relegated to the background. Ends somewhat bitter but more tangy and spicy, with that strange herb taste carrying through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a medium, somewhat oily, body. Dry finish.

Drinkability: You really have to appreciate a Minnesota brewer growing their own hops, and this is certainly a fresh and unique beer. That said, this isn't my favorite mix of hops. Happy to try it, and did enjoy it, but would not seek out again.

Photo of deebo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fresh hopped ale which is currently all the rage.
A-Pours a clear golden tan with a creamy tan head that laces all the way down the pint glass.
S-Fresh hop bomb-grassy with lots of tropical volatiles dominant. There is a nice malty sweetness presence too.
T-The hops are fresh and they hit you quick and then hang on after a quick malt flavor. Like the biscuit malt in here-keeps this one from knocking out my bitter receptors.
M-Their is a fair amount of malt backbone here giving a nice body. The hops are a bit astringent and dry out your mouth, requiring more whistle wetting. Just a touch of alcohol bite too.
D-Pretty good-but I can't handle too many fresh hopped beers. After 1 of these I have to switch it up to something a little crisper.
O-If you like the fresh hop beers, this is a solid one to try! Like the maltiness-hops are a bit overwhelming but that is the point I suppose.

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Lively and clear amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention and a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Hop forward with a blend of citrus, grassy, and herbal hops. Notes of grapefruit, mango, and pine resin. Hops also have a herbal tea like smell. Under the hops there are hints of bready pale malts.

Taste: Like the smell, a big attack of fresh hops. Citrus hops including grapefruit, mango, and orange. What stands out the most here is a oily pine resin. Also some hints of grass and herbal tea. Caramel malts are pretty subtle but noticeable enough to provide some balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat oily and prickly but still fairly smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a wet hopped ale. Nice variety of hop flavors.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden / amber in color. A one-finger off-white foamy head that faded fast but left nice lacing.

Smell: Very Pine and Citrus hops with that unmistakable hemp-like fresh hops aroma. Not much malt or sweetness beneath, this IPA aroma is all about the fresh hops.

Taste: A blast of bitter pine and hemp fresh hops that mellows after a moment on the palette. A slight alcohol warming. A little malt in the background, but this is all about the fresh wet hops...and there are a lot of them!

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and crisp carbonation. Feels clean and sharp on the tongue.

Overall: I love the unique flavors of seasonal fresh hops, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's a hoppy IPA that features a boatload of fresh wet hops, and I like it.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

This is a good beer. It poured a copper clear with thick white head that is leaving a lace. The has fresh hop that is leaning toward bitter. The taste carries fresh hop and alcohol with a bread malt base. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this beer is sessionable and worth a try.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a glass at the Happy Gnome. I figured I should give this a try, the only MN fresh hop ale I've heard of. It's a decent first attempt, but not exactly up to snuff with typical IPAs. There was a big nutty, biscuit malt flavor with a slight creaminess that reminded me of English ales. There's a mild kick of hops in the finish, but this beer is by no means hoppy. There a mild citrus character to the aftertaste, but this beer tastes much more like a balanced amber ale.

Photo of plfahey
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Orangish amber in color with great clarity. Low off-white head has fair retention.

Aroma-Awesome pungent, sticky, fruity, citrusy hops, with orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and light pine resin. Some caramel and bready character.

Flavor-Bready, toasty, and a light dollop of caramel. Hop flavors are less fruity/citric, but have plenty of green, piney flavors, herbal tea flavors. Moderately high yet soft hop bitterness is prevalent. There seems to be a slight, papery oxidation character, though it might just be a component of the hop bitterness. Caramel malt, resin, and hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Pretty damn tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate, but in a pleasant way.

Delicious, with heavenly aromatics-this is definitely one of my favorite wet-hopped beers. Enjoyed this with a piece of Carrot Cake-quite decadent. Couldn't be happier right now.

Photo of dbossman
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep orange and brown hue with a little head--actually just a thin film on top; lacing is decent

S: Lots of orange and grapefruit up front with a caramel malt undertone; aromas become a bit muted but decently pleasant

T: A nice hop bitterness up front; really fruity and tasty at beginning but it finishes with a bit of a metallic weirdness

F: Maybe a bit too carbonated as the beer hits the tongue; fairly oily--and a bit off in the texture

D: A decent beer that hides its abv well but that metallic weirdness got to me by the end though--not making me want much more

Photo of mikey711
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly golden yellow with good clarity and some rising carbonation. very good lace and pours with a good head. hold instead great. a bit too malty smelling, mostly caramel and toffee with some hoppiness. It has a hoppy aroma upfront but it drops off a bit. decent amount of bitterness and floralness. Good body but slightly astringent.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Stub & Herb's.

Poured a light amber with only a small head but one that left a web of lace down the glass.

The aroma is very good. Smelled of lemon and orange with a hint of pine backed up by a sweet bready malt.

Unfortunately, this doesn't taste as good as it smells. The flavor is a bit of a mess, too many hop characteristics fighting for attention. With a fresh hop, I'd think the brewer would want to stick with one or two hop varities. This is a cluster that is not pleasant.

It's a bit thin given that it's a wet hop.

I'm not sure I'd drink many of these, especially given superior IPAs in Minnesota and the surrounding states.

Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with two fingers of solid white head that had excellant retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The fresh hops do come out in the aroma. It has a herbal, grassy, and a little mossy quality. Malt adds a subtle toastyness. The flavor is also very herbal and grassy that gives this an English slant which is a bit unique for a fresh hop ale. Just a little citrus. I never tasted a thistle but I was surrounded by them my first 18 years, and I think this might taste like a thistle. Seems excessively bitter considering the hop flavor. The malt seems sufficient for a fresh hop ale. It gives just a slight sweetness and a little toast. Would of enjoyed a little more body but it is sufficent and is nicely carbonated. A good, locally sourced harvest ale that features the hops greatly. Well done.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LIQUORBARREL for this bottle.

A - Medium yellow; translucent. Once finger of cream coloured head.

S - Moderate bitterness us accompanied by some floral and citrus aromas with a slight sweetness in the background.

T - Moderate bitterness with spicy, grassy and earthy hop flavours. A slight sweetness in the background from the malt bill.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Lots of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

Photo of bjohn84
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 1 finger of fluffy white head, light brown and amber with great transparency

S - sweet bread, pine with tropical fruits

T - Floral notes with a sharp dry citrus. Noticeably less sweet than the aroma, high on the spicy hops, good lingering bitterness

M - Some oily texture to it, but really light on the body and medium stickiness

O - Overall pretty good, and love the aroma but a bit too much on the dry side of flavor for a wet hopped IPA

Photo of Another6Pack
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright, light copper. Medium head with some thin but sturdy lacing. Smell is more malty than hoppy, though both are present. As I understand from the Brau Bros. website this one has five different and uberfresh hop varieties that might be tricking and confusing my sense of smell.

Taste is excellent. Solid malt backbone to keep all those hops in check. Nice little hop spice at the finish. Favorite part of this beer is the minty/menthol finish after it warms up quite a bit. In fact, it seems to be a very different (and better) beer at 55 degrees than it was right out of the fridge.

Photo of minterro
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Spartan Sprits poured into a tulip glass

A & S: very sweet smelling like some kind of candy. The smell also incorporates floral and citrus hops. About a finger of foamy head that dies at a moderate rate. Transparent reddish orange colored beer. The lacing hangs on pretty darn well.

T & M: not as hoppy as I thought it would be (seems to be a trend with the wet hopped beers I’ve tried, at least so far). However, a trend I do see in the wet hopped beer is that it tends to have a big bitter presence throughout the taste, and lingers way after. Nice citrus tone in the middle of the taste. Malty backbone is very present in this beer. Very smooth velvet-es medium bodied and low-ish carbonation.

O: I heard good things about this beer and it lives up to expectations. I really enjoyed this beer and think its super underrated.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from a friend, thanks again Matt.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- a nice copper color with about a finger of head that left a lot of lacing as it faded

S-lots of piney hops to start with just a hint of some bready malt

T-starts with pine hop bitterness and has only a slight dry cracker malt flavor through the bitter finish

M-medium body with some good carbonation

O-I think this was my first fresh hopped beer not sure I could finish of a six pack of it but it wasn't something I would turn down if I was offered another one

Photo of syrupjoe
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pale amber color that is interestingly brown... almost with a hint of green in it. Off-white creamy head with great lacing.

Nose is resinous and floral, but malt is the most noticeable scent, adding notes of toffee and biscuit.

Taste is quite bitter, but has a very strong malt backbone. Tastes slightly watery, but well-balanced. If this beer were to be slightly reduced, I would like it much more. For some reason it is very subdued for a fresh hopped ale.

Moderate to low carbonation - mouthfeel is great here, presenting a very consumable creaminess with hints of hop and malt here and there without blowing your socks off with carbonation or resiny bitterness.

Overall an okay beer. Not going to seek this one out when I've got other fresh hop options. Maybe it'll be better next year.

Photo of MNAle
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15/22S/167/14/2222 date code, tasted on November 5, 2014. Your guess is as good as mine as to how old this beer was. My tasting leads me to think this one may have had some age on it.

Dark amber color, moderate carbonation, small off-white head that fades quickly, but has good lacing. Aroma is citrus hops with bready malt.

Initial taste almost a British malt followed by hops piney bitterness, with the bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. The mouth feel is thicker than expected for the style, with the maltiness dominating the initial taste.

Due to the initial maltiness, which does hold up throughout, this beer is better balanced that a typical American IPA, but it is still dominated by the hops in the end. The hops taste is more resin than citrus, despite the aroma.

I really have no idea how this “fresh hops” IPA compares with what is expected from a “fresh hops” ale. Whatever the fresh hops are supposed to bring, this seems more like a standard IPA, except that the British-style malts are more present that with a west coast style IPA. In other words, I got nothing but a normal IPA with better malt balance.

I really like the almost British bitter-style malt presence. Even so, given the price demanded for this six pack, it will be difficult to justify buying more.

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a mostly clear amber/orange color with a beige head..smell was hops ,citrus and malts....taste was mild hops first but not fresh it was followed with citrus and some malts finished it off..mouth feel was well carbonated with a hop presence but not for a harvest ale..it was ok ill try again next year..but its not on my list of harvest ales come october

Photo of PieOhMy
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip

A Golden amber, transparent. Pencil thin lacing. No head. Slight bubbles/carbonation.

S Has a nice grassy and fruity aroma. Can smell the dank wet hops as well, although this is not too prevalent.

T Very dank. Pine resin. Orange and grapefruit peels with some lemon zest. Has a nice amount of hops in the flavor, nothing overpowering, but noticeable and enjoyable.

M Thin, crisp with some zest from carbonation. Smooth finish with a bitter aftertaste remaining.

O This is a pretty solid, if not outstanding, wet hop ale. Good blending of the flavors so nothing really overpowers anything else. Refreshing. I would have another.

Photo of Megahertz
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Thanks to Warren W for the sample!

A - Clear blonde with a white frothy head.

S - Spicey and strong initially, very delicate, decreases over time.

T - Slight caramel with strong spicey hops, finishing with a nice malty sweetness and strong hop fruitiness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - Could drink this all the time.

Photo of JamesMN
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale caramel with good clarity and a thin off-white cap of suds.

Aroma: Sugar-crusted pineapple, caramel malt, and tangerine.

Taste: Starts with solid hop bitterness that morphs into an earthy and pineapple/citrus hop flavor. The malt doesn’t quite hold up its end of the bargain and the result is a slightly water effect but basically where it should be for a pale ale. The finish adds a dash of sweet and bitter hops and the aftertaste is engulfed by strong peppery bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in body with smooth carbonation. Average drinkability. Just feels a bit weak overall.

Final Thoughts: I’ve let this beer sit in the fridge for about a month and its still tasting pretty fresh. It packs enough bitterness to keep a hop head like myself interested but the lack of malt presence is a bit of a let down. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.