Fresh Hop Ripe IPA
Great Notion Brewing

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American IPA
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4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
Great Notion Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Fresh hop version of our all-Citra hopped hazy IPA, RIPE.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of amano_h
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The easiest way to describe what this tastes like would be to compare it to a screwdriver mixed with high pulp orange juice without any of the grainy / fusel alcohol aftertaste the vodka leaves behind toward the end.

Unsurprisingly an abundance of bright (ripe) oranges, cantaloupe, and lychee jelly comprise the first impressions of this super fresh beer brewed with super fresh hops. The malt, as usual, is nowhere to be found save for a faint hint of cracker crumb / cracked oats on the tip of the nose.

As aforementioned this doesn't drink like beer at all; no palatal element of this brew remotely resembles your stereotypical notion of "beer" at all; this drinks like spiked orange juice from start to finish with little accents of secondary (i.e. "unimportant") flavors in the form of melon, and tropical fruit cocktail. One clear distinction between the regular Ripe and Fresh Hop Ripe seems to be that Ripe had a slight hop burn toward the tail end, where its Fresh Hop counterpart is completely devoid of it -- they do, however, both produce the same intense hoppy burps.

Medium-bodied, creamy, sticky, dry. This is every hophead's wet dream in liquid form. Wish I could hook this up to my kitchen faucet at home and drink / cook everything in it.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

The beer pours a hazy, nearly opaque golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is really the best thing about this beer, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, underlying dank weed, some water melon and fresh green tobacco leaf. I don't really pick up all that much of the fresh hop character on the palate, though there was still plenty of tropical fruit and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. Unlike the regular Ripe IPA, this beer actually had some noticeable bitterness on the finish (not a lot, but more than I get with the ripe). Drinkability is very good in this well crafted NE style IPA.

Very nice beer from the folks at GN.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, pours like orange juice, pulp free of course, with a thin white frothy head. Bursts of so much citrus goodness in the aroma and flavor, fresh peeled rind, and pine to finish it off. Its decadent smooth and well balanced feel make this too easy to drink. Just another wonderful NEIPA from these guys making me wonder who the real kings of the style are. Cheers!

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Fresh Hop Ripe IPA from Great Notion Brewing
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6 ratings