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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States
braubrothersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 08-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of budgood1
2.06/5  rDev -44.9%
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

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Photo of mothman
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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Photo of nogophers
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Wer34truh
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

After having really enjoyed Moo Joo's, Hopsession, and Ring Neck, my expectations on this were pretty high, especially since it's a style of beer which I quite enjoy. Yet, it was significantly too bitter for my liking, with quite a lot of sour overripe fruit-flavor. I don't claim that this is a objectively bad beer, but personally, I could not get behind it. Does not feel like a fresh-hopped IPA at all, which was disappointing to me.

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Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Renegawam
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ebenicr
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of inbierveritas
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Revenant
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of crusian
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2015 edition. This beer pour a rich copper color with a medium sized head. The aroma leads with a whiff of citrus, followed by caramel, and mango. The flavor is more tropical fruit heavy than the aroma, and the caramel is strongly present. There is a touch of pine resin in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. Overall this is a decent beer, but not one of my favorites this fresh hop season.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
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 MNAle
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2015 Review (ratings above)
Nice aroma, but not too strong, hints of juicy hops. Light amber color, well carbonated. 1 inch slightly off-white head that recedes quickly. Mouth feel is substantial for the style, but the hops are low on flavor, higher on bittering; not what is really expected of a fresh hop ale. Initial taste is mild, malty even (like last year) with an odd flavor that is not unpleasant; just odd. But the bittering hits quickly and lingers into the aftertaste fading slowly. The bitterness is not overpowering in and of itself, but it is the predominate characteristic of this beer over hops flavor or aroma. I wasn't particularly impressed with this year's 100 Yard Dash.
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2014 Review
L:4; S:3; T:4; F:4; O:4 Rating" 3.76

15/22S/167/14/2222 date code, tasted on November 5, 2014. Your guess is as good as mine as to how old this beer was. My tasting leads me to think this one may have had some age on it.

Dark amber color, moderate carbonation, small off-white head that fades quickly, but has good lacing. Aroma is citrus hops with bready malt.

Initial taste almost a British malt followed by hops piney bitterness, with the bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. The mouth feel is thicker than expected for the style, with the maltiness dominating the initial taste.

Due to the initial maltiness, which does hold up throughout, this beer is better balanced that a typical American IPA, but it is still dominated by the hops in the end. The hops taste is more resin than citrus, despite the aroma.

I really have no idea how this “fresh hops” IPA compares with what is expected from a “fresh hops” ale. Whatever the fresh hops are supposed to bring, this seems more like a standard IPA, except that the British-style malts are more present that with a west coast style IPA. In other words, I got nothing but a normal IPA with better malt balance.

I really like the almost British bitter-style malt presence. Even so, given the price demanded for this six pack, it will be difficult to justify buying more.

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Photo of powpig2002
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of BillyLrsn
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of dheldman
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Chaz
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pale amber color that is interestingly brown... almost with a hint of green in it. Off-white creamy head with great lacing.

Nose is resinous and floral, but malt is the most noticeable scent, adding notes of toffee and biscuit.

Taste is quite bitter, but has a very strong malt backbone. Tastes slightly watery, but well-balanced. If this beer were to be slightly reduced, I would like it much more. For some reason it is very subdued for a fresh hopped ale.

Moderate to low carbonation - mouthfeel is great here, presenting a very consumable creaminess with hints of hop and malt here and there without blowing your socks off with carbonation or resiny bitterness.

Overall an okay beer. Not going to seek this one out when I've got other fresh hop options. Maybe it'll be better next year.

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Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Hundred Yard Dash Fresh Hop Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
3.74 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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