Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
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?
12-24-2011 07:22:30 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
12-17-2011 04:02:11 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-26-2011 23:44:04 | More by yourefragile
2.98/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
11-17-2010 00:20:35 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.42/5 rDev -36.5%
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.
10-14-2010 21:47:05 | More by mothman
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-05-2014 19:06:15 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
01-06-2012 09:48:54 | More by Huhzubendah
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
11-27-2010 17:38:29 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-20-2010 04:14:12 | More by Bighuge
3.81/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-18-2014 23:50:33 | More by GarthDanielson
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
11-22-2012 19:32:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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..
10-23-2010 21:36:18 | More by ZAP
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
10-16-2010 02:57:22 | More by KarlHungus
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
12-28-2011 23:04:34 | More by alexgash
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
10-30-2010 17:44:01 | More by morimech
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
02-13-2011 23:21:00 | More by Deuane
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
11-14-2011 00:39:36 | More by warnerry
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-18-2010 23:02:25 | More by jera1350
3.2/5 rDev -16%
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.
11-06-2011 02:07:24 | More by birchstick
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-01-2011 02:42:07 | More by garymuchow
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-23-2011 13:56:37 | More by inlimbo77
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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
11-16-2010 22:44:03 | More by gatornation
Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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