Sabro Fresh Hop
Crux Fermentation Project

Sabro Fresh HopSabro Fresh Hop
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,106
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #50,465
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 6.05%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
10
From:
Crux Fermentation Project
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  0
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Sabro Fresh HopSabro Fresh Hop
Notes:
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TheBricenator
TheBricenator from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Murky dark yellow/light orange with a billowing head that settles to 1-finger and leaves great lacing on the glass
Aroma: Lime-led citrus, herbal tea, wafts of coconut flesh, fresh pineapple juice, Incense Cedar, and some bready malt underneath
Taste: Tangelo, lime, and pineapple come on strong followed by herbaceous notes and cedar woodiness. Malt is present but not really a huge part of this crazy-flavored hop explosion. Initially I didn’t get much coconut at all in the flavor at first but did lightly once it warmed
Mouthfeel: Full but pretty light given the look of it, medium-high carbonation, a little slick, and a decent hop bite that comes on more like biting into fresh limes rather than classic hop alpha acid bitterness
Overall: This was a fun and pleasant surprise that I quite enjoyed. I don’t have much experience with Sabro hops as my other time I had a beer featuring it, the coconut was very prominent and personally, I didn’t think it worked well in beer but this has me re-opening my mind. Hands down the most unique tasting fresh hop beer I’ve had this year (probably ever) and the ‘hazy’ part of this was well done for my non-murkbomb-loving palate. Trippy to find a hop that to me brings super strong lime, pineapple, herbal tea, and cedar wood to the table. Delicious and fun to drink

Sunday at 07:43 AM
Photo of snaotheus
snaotheus from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2020-10-17
16oz can served in a big snifter. Gift from @mr-jj. Canned 09/14/20.

Pours hazy yellow-orange with a moderately large head that collapses to some islands and a pretty even sheet around the edges. Smell is mildly resinous, maybe some citrus. I could believe melon.

Taste is really fruity. Maybe a hint of citrus, but more papaya (I think), really juicy, not much bitterness. Melon rind bitterness comes through on a second taste. Definitely has some fresh hop characteristic, but it comes across with too much of a candy sweetness characteristic for me to love it.

Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat still. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's probably bottom quartile on my list of fresh hops this year. And that's not a terrible indicator -- there have been a lot of really good fresh hops this year.

Oct 17, 2020
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is amazing stuff, so glad i picked up a can this weekend, up there with the fremont head full as the top wet hop beers i have had this seasons so far, and there have been some mighty good ones, i love this time of year! what a fantastic expression of sabro in all its glory here, a hop i am seeing a lot of in this context this fall, in aroma and flavor this is insanely different, bright, and fresh, with bursting essences of coconut candy, floral white tea and jasmine, tangerine and meyer lemon, honeydew melon and honeysuckle blossom, white peach, green grape and gooseberry, and so creamy too in texture, unlike anything else out there right now, its almost hard to believe this all comes from hops, let alone one varietal. to me it takes on some southern hemisphere hop properties in that aromatic lime leaf and melon kind of way, just dripping with character. ripe and juicy for sure, not as oily and intense feeling in terms of texture as a lot of wet hop beers either, soft and almost delicate for being so flavorful, nicely carbonated and on the dry side without vanishing too quickly on the finish. the taste is more dynamic than the aroma somehow too, it just has so many layers and really is clean, no bitterness hardly at all, and overall just really amazing stuff, firmly cementing sabro as one of my new favorites, boy does it shine in this beer! bravo to crux on this one, not to be missed, a highlight of the season!

Oct 11, 2020
Photo of Scotchboy
Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply delicious 16oz canned in mid-September. Beautiful hazy straw with a huge fluffy head. Floral; green tea and coconut; tangerine and apricot; crisp clean malt profile; subtle sweetness blended with an edge of hoppy green bitterness; hints of white grape character; crisp, and then creamy; a nice Sabro tapestry, fresh-tasting.

Oct 10, 2020
Photo of draheim
draheim from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can (can’t read canning date on bottom of can, but September something 2020) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy pale yellow, standard NEIPA appearance. The thing about rating these New England IPAs is that they all start to look pretty much the same. Kinda hard to tell one from the other if you know what I mean.

Aroma is punchy lemon and grapefruit rind, some very faint biscuity pale malt.

Taste is likewise citrusy and bready. Bright acidic Sabro hops on a canvas of grainy pale malt. I keep hearing references to coconut when discussing Sabro but I don’t get it. Coconut is a distinctive flavor and pretty much only one thing really has it: coconut. YMMV

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, medium bodied. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a nice offering, good acidity from the fresh hops, maybe a notch below most of my favorites from the season. Still worth trying, but then most beers are.

Oct 08, 2020
Photo of bitterandstout
bitterandstout from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy, this. Getting pineapple,grapefruit a touch of lemon and a goodly dose of pine. Nose has a wee bit of the hops to it. Colour is a dark lemon almost orange. Pour was a nice 2 finger, very tight head leaving a decent lace. No floaty bits though. Very happy to find a fresh hop hazy.

Sep 30, 2020
Sabro Fresh Hop from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 10 ratings