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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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86
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010)
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Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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

gatornation, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of crusian
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

crusian, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a amber-orange in my fluted pint glass. A strong, 1 inch head sits on top at first, but dwindles to a slight crown. Carbonation is on the stronger end for the style. Great lace down the side.

S: Strong piney hops with some grapefruit and orange too. I get a light, almost cinnamon spiciness. The aromas end with a fairly resinous aroma.

T: Grassy and spicy hops at first. Next come the malts. They are stronger in this beer than in other fresh hops. I get a faint caramel flavor with some toastiness. Good malty sweetness to balance out the strong hop flavors. The hop profile of this beer leans more towards the resiny, piney flavors. There is some strong grassiness too. Interestingly, I note some cinnamon like spiciness (Mt. Hood maybe?). The beer ends with a slight citrus note, with grapefruit being the most predominant. Not a citrus bomb IPA at all. The grassiness is just a little too much for me. It leaves a "green" bitterness in the back of my throat.

M: Light-medium body. Moderate-strong carbonation tickles the tongue. This beer finishes fairly dry, but leaves a resiny stickiness in the back of the throat.

D: This was a good wet hop IPA. It had a few minor faults, but overall was really solid. I'll definitely be trying subsequent batches. I don't know if I'll pick up another sixer of this with some better options that are available.

brewdoc75, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

mikey711, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of ZAP
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..

ZAP, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jera1350
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.

jera1350, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of bsp77
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.

bsp77, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of dougofthefuture
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Fairly transparent light copper body. Minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S. Fresh is right. Earthy, grassy, a bit of pine. The malt backbone is somewhat present as well. Somewhat sweet in an incongruous way.

T&M. Right away there is a sensation of a strong herbal tea. These aren't normal flavors though. Almost more herbal than bitter, in a grassy, backyard mulch way. It maintains that fresh sensation which keeps it interesting. I wish it was a bit more on the dry side to complement the tea-like flavors. The sweetness confuses things for me.

D. The alcohol comes through fairly strong for 6.8%. It isn't amazingly easy drinking, but remains unique. Worth a shot!

dougofthefuture, Oct 07, 2010
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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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