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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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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 193
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 193
Photo of budgood1
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

regularly priced at $13.50/six pack. bought for $11.00.

pours out a relatively clear bronze colour accompanied by a thin light tan head and sparse lace. hefty malt aroma paired with some citrusy hoppy notes. a bit of wet cardboard, and maybe a bit of cocoa and toffee. the taste profile is a bit of a conundrum in that it's oily and resiny in the hop department, while the above average malt profile throws down some generic base maltiness that really does nothing to pique any interest. no hint of alcohol. it seems a bit flat because of the lack of carbonation, and those two set backs seem to bury any wet hop flavours into oblivion. some herbal and resiny hop by products can be detected, and there is a muted flair of bitterness. oily, slick mouthfeel. full but flat body. poor drinkability.

overall, i'm quite disappointed. this could be past it's peak of hop freshness, but that's no excuse for the rest of the overall profile. i have a bit of trouble getting wet hop ales, and i've also been burned by brau brother beers in general over the years. so, with that being said, this is a complete flop for me, and i'm not afraid to say that this over priced concoction sucks in my honest opinion. definitely not recommended

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Photo of mothman
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a fizzy layer of white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fresh hops, pine, citrus, orange peel, hop resin, oily.

Taste: Way to oily and hoppy. Floral and citrus with grapefruit. Some pine. Sure it may sound good, but it is so oily and it takes everything away from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter and oily. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Kind of creamy. Leaves a big layer of hop resin. Very weedy.

Overall, not a wet hop that I want to drink. Not drinkable in my opinion. I definitely could not drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of crusian
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Chaz! thanks!!

pours a light amber/dark golden color with almost no head. On the nose we have what appears to be a mild fresh hop, not as punchy as I was hoping for. Some citrus and pine notes... but weak.
Taste, on the front is a smooth citrusy flavor that is quite nice, but it bitters as it rolls to the back of the palate into an unpleasant bitter taste, and an aftertaste of a bit of a pea taste. Seems like it may be missing some malt, to handle the hops... If they amped up the malt, it would be a bit more balanced. Basically not as smooth and balanced as I want from a wet hop brew.

It does get better the more I drink this, I suppose my palate is getting a bit fatigued.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on tap- reviewed from notes.

way darker than I remember from last year... Really deep caramel amber color. Off white head leaves huge gorgeous thick sheets of lacing. Great retention to boot. Aside from the color, this looks fantastic-- I don't like my IPAs this dark.

The nose is really spicy-- spicy hops for sure.
The beer has some caramel sweetness up front with a crackery dry malt in the middle.

The body is a little oily-- this is not as good as I remember last year's batch being.... I wonder if they used different hops, or if there was such a variation in the crop? (I suppose I should mention option number 3 for completeness-- I could just be misremembering what I thought of this last year, or I my palate could have changed...)

Overall, this is a bit of a dissapointment this time around. Last year was much better.

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Photo of birchstick
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from Nils, thanks man!

A - pours a caramel color with a nice looking head that settles to a creamy white cap over the top of the beer

S - the nose consists of a lot of caramel malts with some herbal and citrus hops, albeit the malt is stronger in the nose than the hops

T - the taste is similar to the nose. Caramel malts dominate the opening and middle of this beer. A bit of herbal and floral hops are on the backend. Leaves a little bitter on the exhale. Well balanced for an IPA.

M - creamy mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation

D - I was hoping for a bit more brightness out of the hops on this one for being a fresh hop IPA, but the malts really shined in this beer. That's not to say this isn't a good beer, just not a hoppy one for the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear orange color with red hues. The head is one and a half inches in height, and recedes slowly into a half inch cap of foam. The aroma is of butterscotch with a hint of citrus. I have come accustom to a little butterscotch in most of Brau Brothers beers, but it is so strong in this aroma that this beer smells like Worther's candy. The taste luckily does not have nearly as much butterscotch as the aroma. There is a little of if, but it fits into the rest of the beer. There is a strong bitterness, and nice orangey hop notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a decent beer. I could really get into it if it weren't for the aroma.

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Photo of MNAle
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2015 Review (ratings above)
Nice aroma, but not too strong, hints of juicy hops. Light amber color, well carbonated. 1 inch slightly off-white head that recedes quickly. Mouth feel is substantial for the style, but the hops are low on flavor, higher on bittering; not what is really expected of a fresh hop ale. Initial taste is mild, malty even (like last year) with an odd flavor that is not unpleasant; just odd. But the bittering hits quickly and lingers into the aftertaste fading slowly. The bitterness is not overpowering in and of itself, but it is the predominate characteristic of this beer over hops flavor or aroma. I wasn't particularly impressed with this year's 100 Yard Dash.

2014 Review
L:4; S:3; T:4; F:4; O:4 Rating" 3.76

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.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep opaque golden to golden brown color. Head formation is zero, but there is tons of bubbles just below the surface.

S - Very fruity hop nose, lots of grapefruit and oranges. Some caramel and crystal malting is present.

T - Starts off with lots of malts, specialties leading towards tons of nutty, caramel and toffee. Mid-stream gets more bitter, some grapefruit hops. I don't really get fresh hopping from this - not that piney. Finishes with a hair of bitter oily textures. Overall, this is just too nutty.

D - Moderate body, moderate to low carbonation. The body comes off creamy at times, and more thin on others. Has some bitterness on the tongue, oily.

M - Moderate drinkability. ABV is potent enough. Not at all filling. A bit of a abusive hit to the palette. As far as IPAs go, its pretty unoffensive.

Worth a try, just doesn't come across as anything special. For fresh hops IPAs I would look for something a little mroe balanced.

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Photo of icecube
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into warm glass

A: Amber/orange color

S: Big citrus aroma

T: A nice grassy dry finish

M: Light bodied but still nice

O: This was a good wet hop IPA. It needs a little more malt backbone in my opinion. I would reach for it again but not my favorite. Still it is well made.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, resiny, white head that has great persistence and leaves lacing all over. Warm, grapefruit/pine aroma. Radiantly clear gold with a touch of amber. Starts bitter with big hop notes of grapefruit, then a lull. A flash of metallic as the bitterness builds to a medium level. Citrus rind in the finish with the malt finally having a presence.

Overall, not bad. Nicely aromatic, hoppy, and bitter, no real malt presence. I would like it more if it was more aromatic or floral in the hops; lots of grapefruit and citrus rind if you like that profile, though.

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Photo of david131
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice clear orange with a modest off-white head that has some decent retention.

S- Brown sugar, orange rind, and grass. Pretty malt forward.

T- Bitter orange rind, grass, and some very caramely malt.

M- Bitter up front with some nice carbonation.

O- A malt forward IPA that seems a bit odd with the orange rind aspect. Not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Thanks Doug!

Pours a clear copper with a large frothy and bubbly cream head. Fades to a rocky, clumpy layer with thick rings of lace. Average aroma for an IPA, much less a wet hop; mild malt sweetness, with light pine and citrus resin hops. Flavor packs a little more hop punch than the nose but is still a little too malt forward for the style. Caramel malt and juicy citrus dominate the body but the finish has a pleasant resiny, bitter aftertaste. Not bad, not great; if this was local and fresh I'd happily drink it.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Acadia cafe yesterday.

The beer pours an orange amber color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is probably its best feature, showcasing considerable orange and lemon/lime citrus, pine and some underlying earthiness. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this relatively dry IPA, except I really don't like the finish. The alcohol is very, very noticeable, imparting considerable heat on the finish. That really detracts from one's enjoyment of what is otherwise a pretty decent tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly, impressively bitter, but unfortunately hot, alcoholic finish. Drinkability is not this beer's best feature, as the noticeable alcohol finally had me giving up 2/3's of the way through my glass of beer.

If the brewers could somehow, someday tame the alcohol in the flavor profile of this beer, this would be a very enjoyble IPA.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker caramel gold. Thin head with light lacing.

Initial smell is hops. Aromatics seem to fad quickly. The hops are of the earthy spicy variety.

Taste is caramel malt and more spicy hops. There is some caramel mango on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick.

Overall this is a decent enough beer. For a fresh hop beer, it doesn't have the bright flavors I would hope for. Hops are a little too spicy for me on the finish.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is copper orange with an off white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers some fruit, hops, Rain. Ok aroma. The flavor is alright. Hops with a touch of fruit and a sturdy malt backbone. Fairly light bodied with solid carbonation. Lingering aftertastes blend fruit, hops, subtle yeast, malt, bread. Overall, this was drinkable and ok, but needs a few tweaks to move up the ranks in a very competitive style.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a glass stein.

Appearance- Unimpressive, white film on the top of the beer. The clear body is an orange-gold with furious columns of carbonation.

Smell- There is grapefruit, slightly grassy hop oil, and some pine. Just a little herbal note comes through as well. It has a pretty good range of scents.

Taste- So much more sweet malt on the palate that is a little surprising for a fresh hop ale. This is not to say the hops are not doing their part to bitter the beer, but it could be so much more intense.

The palate is full of resin and hop oil. There is some grapefruit, but it is buried.

Mouth feel- A watery, medium body that is under carbonated. This is a slightly off-putting feel for an IPA.

Overall- For a fresh hop IPA it is not nearly hop forward enough. There is not enough flavor hops to accentuate the bittering hops. And the malt is over done.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a single into a nonic (no bottle date)
Pours a slightly hazy copper, with an off-white head with a minimal head and little retention or lacing. Bready and some crystal? malt, tea-like slightly overripe fruitiness and a little spiciness too. Doubt I'd guess this was fresh hops. Definitely on the malty side. Substantial body in feel...a little heavy in fact. Not bad.

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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UncleJedi for bringing a bottle of this to us!

A-Brilliant golden kissed copper with a thin white head that settled out to a film of retention and left decent lace.

S-A decent amount of fresh hop goodness despite having a touch of age on it. Wish I wouldhave consumed this one sooner. Citrus rind and grapefruit with underlying sweet caramel malt support.

T-Citrus rind bitterness up front with a touch of herbal/tobacco leaf dankness accenting the fruit. Underlying malt base is moderately sweet.

M-Medium light to medium bodied, semi-sharp with good lingering hop bitterness.

D-Flashes of brilliance in this, "I should have drank this a couple of months ago" beer. Still went down nicely and I would certainly try this one again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3 Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale
12oz '11 bottle into Alchemist pint

A: Pours mildly cloudy orange amber color. A half finger off white head. Some carbonation flowing off the bottom of the glass. Not much by way of lacing after the swirl.

S: I know that we are in December now so this might be pushing towards the end of its life. I get hit up front with sweet malts then there is some piney hop notes. Maybe a little touch of fruit as well.

T: I get some mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. In the middle of the mouth, you get bombarded by the sweet maltiness. It's definitely not what I was expecting from a fresh hop brew. The finish was somewhat blah too. It left a strange aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied.

O: This one might have been better a little earlier in the season. I would definitely like to see what maybe September or October had for this beer. I have to go C+ or B- on this one. Not very good.

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Photo of mikey711
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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