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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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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is clear and orange with a soft white / tan head of small bubbles.

Aroma is sweet like peaches and fruit, nice hoppiness.

Beer is medium in body and rather sweet with a nice finish and mild bitterness. The hops in the midpalate are fruity and well incorporated into the entire beer. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:02:11 | More by drabmuh
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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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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber body. Tight and dense cap of cream colored head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is piney hops. Not very forward, but noticeable. More hops are noticeable on the buds. Hop flavor fills the mouth. Fruity, piney, grassy and ctirusy. Malt backbone is more than sufficient. Caramel based. Bitterness is even keeled and enjoyable. Body is big and full. Medium-full I'd say. Liightly carbaonated and very drinkable. This is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:14:12 | More by Bighuge
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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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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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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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ZAP

Minnesota

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

I'm not a fan of just plain "bitter" IPA's and while this one does have a big dose of bitterness, it has more than that.

The pour produces a deep gold colored ale with a nice puffy white head on top. The aroma is piney, herbal and grassy...fresh? Definitely...Malt also blends in with some light toasty/biscuity aromas. Gotta boost the aroma to a 5.0 as the wife just came in and asked why my beer smells like ferns and she doesn't like beer and was a couple feet away...

The taste....yeah it's pretty bitter....biting finish....but it never seems hop juice like because it also has some nice herbal/grassy note salong with almost a sweetish maltiness.

Not my favorite fresh hop IPA but it is impressive in its own way. Great hop juice burps..

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 21:36:18 | More by ZAP
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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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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:21:00 | More by Deuane
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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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:57:22 | More by KarlHungus
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morimech

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 17:44:01 | More by morimech
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking the last day of January 2011. I suppose this has some age on it and loses it designation as "fresh". Oh well. Still in the stores and on the shelves.
Still abundant hop aroma. Still pretty complex too. Citrus and earthy are the first to appear. Still hop oil. Faintest background of malt with a sweet caramel quality. An enjoyable aroma.
Cloudy, hazy orange amber. Small white creamy and very persistent head. Nice job on that one.
Flavor is equally complex as the aroma, but not as pleasing. Finishing with a very long bitter finish, the drink starts simple enough with a soft fruity sweetness, but the hop flavors that follow are less distinct and are approaching muddiness in the inability to show a flavor profile one longs to return to. Each drink is not a copy of the previous. Sometimes the bitterness is excessive and distracting. Other times it blends with the hop flavors in a more satisfying way. Malt flavors show more as it warms.
Smooth and drinks flatter than the carbonation that appears after drinking. Moderate to bigger body with a slightly oily feel.
Body and hop intensity closer to DIPA, but with a lower alcohol. A fine attempt at a very hop intensive and complex ale. Not quite refined enough in the end, but an interesting drink that is not without its favorable attributes.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:42:07 | More by garymuchow
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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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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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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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jera1350

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker gold color with a one finger head that recedes pretty quick, but leaves some lacing.

Literally smells like a hop just pulled off of the vine. Big citrus and hop kick.

Huge bitter hop burst right off the bat. Pine resin, bitter grapefruit and some butterscotch sweetness. Plenty of hop bite all the way through and into the finish.

Some prickly carbonation in a medium body.

For a fresh hop, this is right on, but it would be even better if the bitterness was kept in check a bit. I really enjoyed it and recommend it for all hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:02:25 | More by jera1350
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a one finger foamy white head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, grapefruit zest, grass, and pine.

The taste is a lot like the aroma. Bitter with grapefruit, grapefruit, zest, grass, and pine. There is not much detectable malt to balance this out. Not bad by any means, but a little more bitter than I would normally like.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Oily, resinous, and finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste. A nice fresh hop beer which would be better if it had caramel malt for balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:46:54 | More by hardy008
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:21:21 | More by MattyG85
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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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birchstick

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:07:24 | More by birchstick
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 22:14:07 | More by bsp77
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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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