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

Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop AleHundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010)
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 18:16:28 | More by AleWatcher
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 02:18:45 | More by BuckeyeOne
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 17:38:29 | More by johnmichaelsen
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 00:20:35 | More by tempest
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 21:47:05 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, biscuit, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and fairly balanced malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, light honey, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of citrus/grassy hops with moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice wet hop ale. Good balance of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:06:15 | More by superspak
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Hundred Yard Dash

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonick pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Darker amber with a slight haze. Finger of off-white head. This settled to a patchy dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Earthy hops, dank, a bit resinous. Grassy, a little floral, mild citrus. Seems wet hopped.... And yet I'm drinking this in March...

T) Follows the nose as mentioned above, but also achieves pretty decent balance with a good malt backbone. I'd say the flavor is not quite as hoppy as the nose indicated.

M) Medium bodied with no carbonation issues. Even with a fair amount of hop bitterness, this goes down pretty smooth.

O) Another enjoyable beer from Brau Brothers. I've had better wet hopped ales, but I'd go for this again. Nice aroma, and flavor. Easy drinking... Glad to recommend...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 19:44:07 | More by RoamingGnome
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, copper-caramel coloring with a slow, steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a low profile, filmy, sparse coating of white head. Aromas of citrus sweet, with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit blending together in a tasty balance, as well as some resinous highlights, and a subtle biscuit backbone. Flavors are resinous and floral forward, with a blast of citrus blend to follow, a toasted and caramel backbone, and subtle notes of pine and grass. Light, smooth bodied in mouth, with a subtle resinous and sweet aftertaste, blending the caramel and citrus notes. The finish is smooth, slightly effervesced and slightly dry. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:50:33 | More by GarthDanielson
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:28:35 | More by JamesMN
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:42:13 | More by PieOhMy
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:06:21 | More by TheSSG
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -46.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:50:33 | More by budgood1
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:32:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Megahertz

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 21:55:38 | More by Megahertz
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 03:05:06 | More by Powderhornphil
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theHoff77

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet talked into buying it but I support my Minnesota brewers.

A - I describe it as orange gold in color. Not much for a head on it or lacing.

S - The hop notes are most prevalent. Also some sweet notes and grass.

T - Slightly sweet and citrusy. Get the hops, seems kind of earthy to me, and I might be the only to say this but corn. Maybe it's a Minnesota thing.

M - Lacks the bite of a typical IPAs, which makes for an easy drinker.

O - A solid meh, although very drinkable. The guy at the store said he liked it more than WET, and I've determined that's crazy talk. It lacks distinctiveness and this would be a good IPA for someone with a palette preference for something mild. My recommendation is try to and find it on tap or get a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:29:06 | More by theHoff77
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bjohn84

Minnesota

3.8/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:52:10 | More by bjohn84
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 09:48:54 | More by Huhzubendah
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Medium copper body. Clear and clean. Finger of whipped, dense, beige head. Good retention and lacing. Juicy hop aromas of pine pitch, Juicy Fruit, orange, resin, and grapefruit. Some butterscotch malt backbone.

Some caramel and toasted malt notes up front. Herbal, piny, minty, pineapple hop flavors with a good dose of bitterness settle in. Tropical fruit and butterscotch provide some sweet balance, but the hoppiness is definitely driving this thing. Finish is long and dry with lingering hop resin bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Maybe not as good now as when it was fresh, but this is still a tasty, hoppy brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:04:34 | More by alexgash
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 18:12:19 | More by Pintofbrown
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:44:04 | More by yourefragile
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cocogan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pint glass. pours copper-orange with a one finger white head that recedes immediately. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Grass, lemon, grapefuit rind, grain, alcohol.

Taste: Craisins, toasted malt, wood, alcohol warmth, grapefruit, floral notes, finishes with mild sour bitterness.

Mouth: Medium bodied. A slightly creamy and smooth body that remains consistent throughout each drink.

Overall: Good. I like to use Surly Wet as the benchmark for fresh hop IPAs so I expect a stronger citrus/floral taste, with that said this is a solid representation for an Ameican IPA that is slightly underrated so far on this site.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 00:32:22 | More by cocogan
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brau Brothers 100 Yard Dash, A Ridiculously Fresh Hopped Ale, Brau Brothers Brewing Company, Lucan, MN, Pop 220.
And that's all you need to know.

Clear, amber/bronze coloring, sizable, long-lasting snowy-white head.

Hop aroma: fresh, lively, loud, and lovely. Floral, fruity, bitter, citric, piney, grapefruit and orange. Spills into the nostrils with power, poetry, and aplomb.

Pounds onto the palate persistently. Clambors on board, spreading bitter hop flavor up and down, in and out, all about. Bitterness lingers long on the tongue. Moderate malt body holds down the fort, keeps all in check, maintains a tight spreadboard for the ever-bouncing hop attack.

My first encounter with this one was on tap, and was not good. I wasn't pleased at all, and wondered what all the fuss was about. Once again, I'm drinking this a bit late in the season, this one being my final bottle of the 6-pack. Consider me a fan. The success of this fresh hop ale has me hoping BBBC tries their hand at an IPA some day soon. Maybe Lucan will be a hotbed for hopheads?

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:22:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 13:56:37 | More by inlimbo77
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david131

California

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:51:07 | More by david131
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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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