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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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Reviews: 69
Hads: 190
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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

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Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010

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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 190
Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of crusian
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mikey711
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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..

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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