I’d never tried a “fresh hopped” beer before Great Divide Brewing‘s Fresh Hop Pale Ale.  I’m a big fan of using the freshest, highest quality ingredients whenever possible so I wanted to try it out.  This is definitely an exceptional pale ale.  The color was an awesome orange amber. It smelled great, something which I think fresh hopping might have a decent effect on.  It’s definitely hop forward like your typical APA, but it finished nice.

I’d really like to do a side-by-side comparison of the same beer, one made with dried hops and one with fresh hops.  I recently discovered that Deschutes Brewery just released a fresh hopped version of their Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  If I can get my hands on some I’ll be trying my little experiment for sure.

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