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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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010)
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Photo of minterro
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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 birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of readbaron
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep amber orange with plenty fluffy white head and nice retention and lacing.

Nose on this is nice - piney, earthy hops, a bit of citrus, and some sweet honey, caramel malt. A bit of booze.

It's a fairly bitter/piney beer. Pinney hops dominate the favor profile. Some malt backbone underneath, and some booze at the finish. All in all a solid effort. Not my favorite, but good.

Feel is nice - medium bodied, a bit dry, somewhat creamy carbination.

Overall - a solid IPA.

Photo of plfahey
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Mdog
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, ok head.

Smell: Very fresh, pine and citrus dominate.

Taste: Caramel sweetness but lots of citrus. Semi dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty balanced for a fresh hop beer, not too bitter to have several.

I tried this at a tasting last year but didn't get a bottle until this year. Very good aroma but not a hop bomb in the taste. On the bitter side but balanced well with the sweetness. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- an amber-hued orange with about 1/8" of white head that leaves very little lacing.

S- Pine, orange and pineapple

T- Pine, citrus peel, and a mildly bitter aftertaste with hints of pineapple afterward.

M- Not much carbonation, medium mouthfeel

O- A very tasty beer, but the price is high for a good beer. I would gladly drink this on a regular basis (if the availability was year-round) if it was about $4 cheaper for a six-pack.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a New Belgium stem.

A: Dark amber in color with an eggshell head that quickly settles to a thin lace on the surface. Light carbonation.

S: Hops dominate over anything else. Piney, with citrus peel and some earthy undertones.

T: Much like the smell, but malt is more apparent. Some caramel notes, along with a blast of pine, grapefruit, and a bitter finish that seems to last forever.

Notes: This beer has medium body, and a very viscous mouthfeel. While it is good, it does have a few flaws. It isn't quite as balanced as I expected, and the finish is almost a tad too bitter (in a medicinal way.) Nonetheless, it's a solid effort by the folks at Brau Brothers.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 MattyG85
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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 hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2 finger head. Can smell the hops when pouring. Color is a dark orange copper. Good retention. Decent lacing.

S. Really nice floral hop smell. Get some citrus fruit. Nice grapefruit aroma. Smells like a fresh hop IPA should. Really dominant hop smell, and not a lot of malt. Kind of a sweet smell.

T. Where are all those hops from the aroma. Not really any hop flavor at all. Has a bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. Not a whole lot of any flavor going on. A little biscuity malt, and then the bitterness.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. Overall I have to say I was really let done in the flavor of this beer. A really great floral hop nose that promises sour grapefruit and other hop flavors, but nothing. Just a really bitter beer with no flavor. Too bad. All in all its not a bad beer, just a tease.

Photo of jjanega08
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No Freshness dating

A= Pours a nice golden orange color. Not the most exciting color but at least it doesn't look unnatural. The head is a solid two fingers with steady retention and pretty decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like fresh green hops. I feel like I'm walking through the hop yard. Tasty green hops with a nice grassy floral character. A slightly sweet note to it that balances it out nicely. I almost feel like there is some darker roasted malts in it hidden somewhere but I can't say for sure.

T= The taste matches the smell nicely. Great balance and a ton of character in this beer. So fresh and green. The green character actually feels like I'm licking a hop plant and it's prickly on my tongue. A tasty treat indeed.

M= Prickly and a little sweet in the finish.

O= This is one hell of a wet hop IPA. Brau Bros has a few really nice beers but nothing on this level. This is amazing. Founders Harvest was my favorite wet hop beer until this one. Shame it's so limited.

Photo of icecube
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 katan
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of JackieTH
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 update: Fantastic this year. Really nice tropical-tangerine smell and palate notes added to an already very nice IPA

prior 2010 notes:

Appearance: Light reddish orange with a minimal head.

Smell: Big pine, citrus and floral hop right up front with underlying biscuit malt.

Taste: Much like the smell. Big hops hit all the major food groups on a malty backbone. The malt balances enough to really lets the hop profile shine. Fresh, very bitter & very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This one hits all the right notes for a fresh hop beer. Very good.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 John_M
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
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 gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 crusian
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.