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Bert Grant's Fresh Hop AleBert Grant's Fresh Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 10-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by mickstepp:
Photo of mickstepp
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a hophead anything called Fresh Hop Ale, I would naturally find appealing. But I found it to be quite a surprise. Not very hoppy at all. More sweet malt than hops in the taste. An attractive copper color in the glass and a nice frothy head with plenty of lacing action. The smell was more caramel than citrus. Appealing none the less. Mouthfeel supple enough but could be a little fuller and rounder given its malt prescence. This is an acceptable session beer but nothing special overall.I might have approached it differently had not the name implied that it was a heavily hopped ale. I'd bill it as an average offering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short twist off with no freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear tawny hue, thick frothy lacing that sticks like a champ!

Smell: Leafy citric hop, smell of faint grapefruit rind and juice. Mild toasted malt of the biscuity kind in the nose also.

Taste: Crisp and creamy moderate body, nice smoothness. “Fresh Hop” is right, lot of raw leaf flavours … not overwhelming but certainly fresh and raw. Oily from front to back with a bitterness that lingers with an obvious semi-pungent citric tone. Lightly toasted graininess, crackers like grain and bread crust. Faint esters, fruitiness and doughy yeast come to mind also. Finishes a bit dry with a good amount of lingering hop.

Notes: A different twist on an ale using fresh hops, very flavourful with a hoppy depth that is not seen much of anywhere. Well worth a try if you are a hophead and something you should seek out if you are looking for unique brews.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Amber, with glints of orange, white head, which left some nice fine lacing. Some hops in nose. At first blush, I really was abit disapointed in the lack of much of a burst of hop flavor. But after a few sips, I did pick up moderate resiny, oily hops. Nothing all that 'Fresh" and nothing all that "flowery". So, whats left is a semi hoppy Pale ale. Respectable, understated, drinkable and pretty good. Worth giving a try.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange w/ less than 1/2 finger tan head.
Disappears fairly quickly w/ thin lacing.
A nice balance of malt and hops...sweet at first, then herbal tea-like.
The taste is fairly basic for a pale real flavors jumping out at me. The hops are very mild and has a slight malt backbone...thin, but average for its style.
This brew contains no bitterness at all, it is actually a touch sour...aftertaste is very clean although...nothing lingering.
This beer is obviously very fresh, but definitely needs more bite in the hop department to be "Fresh Hop" IMO. I dig cascade hops and just wish I could enjoy them in this one.
Drinkabilty could be real high, but for me its not, simply due to the fact that nothing really excites me about this beer.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, clear copper-amber body. Orange-tinged frothy light-tan head with creamy lace.
Smell: Intense floral hops, bready/sweet malt, a certain earthiness.
Taste: Sweet caramel, bisquit malt, slight toastiness to start, followed by a crisp grapefruit/citrus dry finish with lingering oily hop bitterness. Nice balance (was expecting overpowering hops).
Mouthfeel: Rich malt fullness, tight carbonation delivers the hoppy oils that transition to the dry finish.
Drinkability: Straight marks. A good pale ale with a hoppy flare.

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Photo of cokes
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a absolutely lovely amber-orange. Wet, frothy head shows all kinds of stick. Filthy amounts of lace.
Cascades are the obvious main olifactory player. Good portions of bready malt as well. Decent smelling, but nothing extraordinary.
Taste follows suit. Bready malts and cascade hops. Bits of buttery toffee add to the mix.
Not quite medium bodied. But easy drinking and active inside of the mouth. Lightly fluffed and creamy mouthfeel.
Not as assertively hopped as I would have guessed. Still a good example of an APA. Just not something to jump up and down about.

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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent serviceable brew. Nicely and well hopped, though not much in appearance in the glass. Well carbonated too. Citrussy,bitter rather than sweet. Malted to make the APA style, it could pass for someone else's IPA. Drinkable and refreshing. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label reads "Featuring freshly picked Cascade hops". The website also states, "Fresh picked Cascade Hops are rushed to the brewery 20 minutes after they are picked and plunged into the brew kettle." Clear. Deep copper / mahogany in color with a fluffy ivory head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma offers a fresh, perfumy, grassy & citrusy hop. The body is medium with a very fine & moderate carbonation that leaves it somewhat creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of sweet caramel & dark toffee upfront, revealing grassy hop flavors as it crosses the palate, and finishing with a lingering malt & hop flavor as well as a gentle, earthy bitterness. The hop flavor is surprisingly round - not sharp, as cascades can sometimes be. And this beer is about hop flavor, not aggressive bitterness, and it's very well balanced. It's not a "knock you down" hoppy beer, but it is exceptional. Lively & rich, with a great drinkability.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange, with a light head that laces nicely on the glass. Aroma of fresh hop and light citrus. You can certainly taste the cascade hops in this one, although they're not as prominant as one would think. There's a distinct malty character to this beer that belies its name. Regardless, it's a good, solid, moderately hoppy beer. I was pleased to find it down in Georgia.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with an attractive beige head that settles over deep golden/brassy clear liquid. Lots of fresh leafy Cascades fill the nose, with some biscuity malt noted too. Taste is nice and hoppy...but without an over the top presence, with a somewhat light to medium bodied malt profile. Lots of hop flavors abound here, making it all balance out nicely. Finishes flowery and very tasty...a nice spin on an American Pale Ale, recommended!

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Photo of bashiba
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Copper Red with a small amount of white head that lingers nicely.

Smells very Vegetal and hoppy yet with some malt sweetness coming through.

Taste is a very a controlled Malt with the Hop Flavors coming through. Despite the name this is not a super Bitter beer for Hopheads. It is very balanced, yet still showcasing the unique flavor of the fresh hops. Very Crisp and Clean tasting, almost like fresh asparagus. Very nice with a pleasing mouthfeel that isn't to watery or to thick. And great Drinkability. Its no wonder I am happy to pick this up every fall.

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Photo of schemb
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bait and switch, that's what I say. If you name it "Fresh Hops" it should smell and taste hoppy, right ? Sure you get a mild, British style pale, with Grant's signature appricotiness but where's the lupulin ? An especially egregious absence because the label mentions Casacade as the featured hops. Cascade flavor and bouquet where undetecable. Maybe someone left the bottle I had on a tanning bed ? HMMM, come to think of it , I did have it at the SUNset Cantina...

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Photo of oracle
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a growler consumed about 5 hours after pouring.

Beer poured a very slightly cloudy deep copper with thin head that left medium lacing.

Now, I've had a couple of Bert Grant's ales in the past and I was less than impressed, so I did not have real high expections. Boy, was I real suprised by this beer. Smell was very nice, with strong hop presences, cascade I think. (not sure)

I expected a one dimensional taste of hop bitterness. I couldn't have been more wrong. There was a strong hop flavor, but it was complimented very nicely by strong fruit flavors. this was one darn tasty and fine beer.

I'll be buying this one again in the very near future.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a different beer to say the least, but one that i enjoyed quite a bit. it pours a crisp orange/amber colour with a farily thin head that leaves a mild sticky residue on the glass. the smell is a mixture of earth, hop, vegetable, malt and a hint of sweetness. that said, it came across as a tad thin at times. the flavour , whilst basic, is unique in that it's no wher enear as hoppy as i expected, but has a subtle, oily hop balance with the malt flavour. the hop taste is more leafy and vegetable-esque (in a good way) and is something i've never experienced before in a beer. the finish is micely complimented with a hint of sweetness. the mouthfeel is right on in that this is smooth and a touch creamy. i could easily drink this one all night long. it's got enough flavour without being too bland and it's far from overpowering on any level.

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Photo of ccwenk
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers I have tried in the last several months. Was disappointed that the local shop ran out so quickly. The beer pours a light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left a nice light lacing. The smell got me right away with all that citrus and floral hops. Great taste and drinkability. Slightly malty and not bitter at all. I agree with the thought that it would make a great summer beer, but I will drink it whenever I can get my hands on some.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a glowing, gorgous red color with a nice, off white head. Leaves much lacing, and lots of nice little bubbles of carbonation.

Smell: Honestly, doesn't real smell like anything. I'm picking up a slight hop, almost rose smell, but not much else.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not many malts greet your mouth in this ale, mostly hops, and they're not even that present. The hops definitly have a unique flavor, but nothing strong. A barely above par taste. The mouthfeel is too light and empty, with no aftertaste.

Drinkability and Overall: This is different beer for sure, but nothing that great. I gotta give props to Yamika for trying something different, but this time it didn't go as well as hoped. A good tasting beer, and even better session beer, but just a little above average at best.

Once again, thanks to Bashiba for the brewski.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer takes a nice detour from the beaten path. From the label description of the use of freshly-picked hops, I expected a hops-for-the-sake-of-more-hops exercise in excess. What I found was a judicious use of hops with an emphasis on aromatics and flavoring, rather than bittering.

Poured a welcoming golden orange. Aroma was lightly herbal. Calling this an American Pale Ale brings to mind the aggressive use of PacNW hops, which is not the case here. The hopping is herbal with a "green" flavor - not green in the sense of not fully fermented, but rather a light, leafy note to the hops.

A bit past the middle, the beer hits an odd, watery interlude in the flavor, but then picks back up and finishes well. In any other beer, this watery gap would be a flavor or mouthfeel detraction, but it is pretty easy to overlook here, since the general nature of the beer is light-natured without being too light bodied. Rather than being a weak IPA, this seems a unique sort of pale ale.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Personally “Bert Grant’s" has been a favorite brewery for many years, and I have sampled most of this fine breweries beers, so this was a treat, a new beer to me and my thanks goes to fellow “BA” Matt Zwolinski (Mzwolinski) for this bottle.

The color as it sets in my glass an unblurred burnished copper, the head prosperous, the texture spumous, the lace is a nice glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. The aroma of fresh hops, malt, citrus crisp and fresh, a pleasure to the old schnozzle for sure. The start is mostly malt, the top middling in its feel to the palate, the finish modestly acidic, pertinent hop presence, and a long lasting dry as a desert bone aftertaste, quite tasty.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish tinge of gold. White head, which I had trouble gauging. I drank this at home, pulled out one of my father's mugs to pour it into, and found that the mug was actually just short of 12 oz. Strange? Yes, very much so. So I was left slurping up beer just to fit the last little bit in the mug, and lost all the head.

After all that, the taste was also a bit of a surprise. Given the name of the beer, I was expecting a highly hopped AIPA. This, however, was a highly balanced and enjoyable pale ale. Nice malt sweetness, with a very pleasant and noticeable hop presence. Good hop finish. Very good, very drinkable, very nice.

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Photo of carln26
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to first try this beer at the pub on Yakima last year on the 1st day it was served that season and was truly knocked out by it. This was the 1st chance I’ve had to try it from the bottle and to write a review. It came out of the bottle a deep copper/red color with just a slight head that did not retain, and no lace to speak of. The aroma is deep floral hops with a malt backbone. The taste is dominated by the floral character of the hops with a medium malt backbone. Medium mouth feel and drinkability. I recall this beer having a much more intense hop flavor on tap last year, and I’m sorry the bottled version didn’t quite capture that.

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Photo of zacharius
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color with a foamy white head that hangs out for the entire drink. Smell is very faint, some breadlike malt detected but mostly floral hops aroma. Taste is of fruity esters and oily resionous hops. The beer is not too bitter but has a very deep hop flavor. Hops develop their bitterness upon drying so it is a hoppy flavor without to much bitterness. Hop flavor hangs into the mouth long after drinking. Just like sucking on a hop cone only not quite as bitter. Body was a bit thin, it could have used more malt to balance the brew. A great session beer, make sure you get the six pack.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken on a 1/30/05 sampling.

Appears a deep amber with about a half inch head off white head forming on top. The head drops quick leaving no signs of lacing and barely and bubbles. The aroma was full of malty sweetness with an underlying hops presence in the background. Notes of doughy malt were present but overall there was a lack of Fresh Hops. Taste was similar with a dominate malty sweetness over a small showing of earthy hops. Really reminds me of a soda like flavor. Finish is sweet and malty. Nothing special about the mouthfell, on par with what you would expect. Drinkability is ok. This really seems unbalanced towards the malts with a noticeable lack of hops in the aroma and taste. Not bad just not something I would have again. Thanks goes to Steve for the bottle.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a deep amber, clear brew with a low head that left some lacing on the glass.

The aroma was of medium bodied malts, caramel, and the unmistakeable smell of Cascade hops. I expected more hop, though.

The taste was also surprising. I got a malt taste, but it was not strong... some caramel, a little bit sweet, and a touch of hops. A far cry from what I expected as a "Fresh Hop Ale".

Mouthfeel was OK... but I give it just an average drinkability as I would not particularly seek this one out again. It didn't really impress me much.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from, well, somewhere...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear, coppery amber brew. Head fades to a pillowy half or it's start, and lacing is good. Aroma is nicely balanced, with malt sweetness apparent, but piney and fruity hops making their appearance as well. Taste leans a bit more towards the fruity hops side of the balance, but grains still play a nice part. Mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth, and drinkability is very nice. One of the better Bert Grant offerings I have had, along with the Perfect Porter. Check it out yourself and enjoy.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok Bert grant's a classic NW micro..not the same since Bert departed IMO..but they seem to be making a comeback and some good ales recently
Bought in the 12 oz brown stubbie..great simple yet descriptive Yakima brewery label..still got a drawing of auld Bert around the neck.
Lovelly looking..handsome indeed beer..a dark amber with a small off white head that goes fast but gorgeous lacing stays.
Well what can one say about the smell..but zesty Cascade hops and fresh too.
same can be said about the taste..but there is a noticable malt backbone to carry the floral hoppiness.
very nice on the palate..quite smooth in fact for one so hoppy.
A very very drinkable beer..I could polish off a six pack no problem..recommended.

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Bert Grant's Fresh Hop Ale from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 57 ratings