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Fresh Hop | Indeed Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
indeedbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
2013: Mosaic
2012: Centennial

Added by JackieTH on 09-17-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
71
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
27.66%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 71
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indeed's Fresh Hop Ale, fourth release from our newest Minneapolis brewery, their second seasonal. Brewed the same way as Town Hall's Fresh Hop and Surly's Wet, tons of hops, just picked, flown straightaway and dumped into the kettles. In fact, I think this one was brewed the very same day as Surly Wet, if we can go by Facebook posts and such.

It's a clear, golden hue, under a gorgeous, crystal white head, lace-leaving, looking lovely.

Aroma: Ah! Fantastic! Hints of tropical fruits, citrus, pine, and something …well, just beautiful. I'm a devoted hophead, and this is my crank, right here. Ah, glorious humulus lupulus!

Taste: Mmm! Yu-um! There's a special malt, only one, at work here, and it's identified as an Irish Stout malt. Why is the beer so pale and clear, then. There's things I don't fully understand. Someone will inevitably school me, or I'll figure it out, nonetheless. In any case, this Irish malt with the Centennial hops really brings forth nothing less than deliciousness. And at 5% ABV, there's nothing stopping the quaffing. Except the cost. Shipping out tremendous amounts of hops isn't cheap. Nothing good ever is.

It drinks wonderfully, it's lean bodied, full of zest and verve, and spills out nothing but happiness. Nicely bitter, but without any punishment. Damned delicious. Mmmm, I'm in hop-head heaven.

Here's what the brewery says about it: "Our first annual Fresh Hop offering is a sessionable single-malt pale ale brewed with Irish Stout Malt and wet Centennial hops harvested in the Yakima Valley less-than 24-hours before being added to this brew. Join us in celebrating the hop harvest and the beginning of fall." 5% ABV.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bsp77
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoppy aroma, somewhat can tell it's Mosaic. The taste is driven by the hops as well - very bitter and hoppy, but I am not getting the full range of Mosaic hops. Caramel and toasted malt backing, but definitely on the bitter side. Nice dry finish. Very good Pale Ale, but it isn't clearly a fresh hop or Mosaic driven.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fresh herbal aromas including mint, pine, grass, berry.
It’s a slightly copper tinted brilliant amber beer with a 1” white foam cap with a very slight gold tint.
The fresh Mosaic hops dominate the palate with big mint, grass, pine and vegetal flavors with some melon and orange in the background. Mint and melon are the two big flavors and they provide an interesting mix.
Medium body and carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul, MN. Served in a chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a pale straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with lots of earthy, floral, and citrus hints. Big upfront hop presence with floral hints and earthy hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Decent scent of malts in the background with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, toast, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy and nicely bitter hop forward taste with big earthy, citrus, and floral notes. Upfront floral and grassy hops along with some dank pine resin. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, and pineapple. Bready malt background with notes of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, toast, and yeast. A solid fresh IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily. Smooth and drying.

Overall: A pretty nice fresh hop IPA. Very hop forward but moderately bodied and pretty clean and smooth.

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Photo of andrew8626
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Cooper
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BuckeyeOne
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul.

Poured 10 oz. into a tulip a straw color with a decent white head that left a bit of lacing, though it didn't coat the glass. Nothing spectacular.

For a fresh hop ale, this was disappointingly underwhelming in its aroma. Truly I tell you, there was little to no aroma at all. I specifically let it warm a bit after my first olafactory experience and got nothing, even with a healthy whiff. Disappointing.

The taste left much to be desired. No pine, no citrus, no earthiness, no nothing but bitterness. This is one of the most bitter beers I've ever had. This must be what the Mpls homers look for --- all bitter, no flavor (see my review of Masala Mama). This was a waste of some fresh Yakima, Washington hops. It's obvious the brewers think that malt is an offense to a good pale ale. Oh, the humanity. Sub-par.

Good carbonation. Average.

I would not try this again. I get to Mpls now and then, and based on this effort, I would typically not give Indeed Brewing another thought. I will, though, in good faith, expect that they'll get their shit together over time. I'll check them out in a few month and see what's what.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CCutch
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsaffert
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at hello pizza

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of nice white head a bit of lacing
S--tropical earthy with citrus notes sweet malts
T- very good with nice tropical hop tastes a wave of citrus notes with lemon zest balanced with baked bread malts
M- crisp and zesty medium carbonation
O- fresh tropical hops in a 5% ABV PA was very tasty

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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