Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 30
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although its ben awhile since i have had this I do remember some of the qualitys,it is one of the first pale ales I ever had.Had a decent copper color with a small head,had a firm malt background with hoppy herbal tones the most.Quite balances for a pale ale good malty background with floral fruity hop flavor.A little filling as I reacall but a pretty good pale ale.

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnce – This is a cloudy, almost muddy, orangish-brown in color with a predictably explosive head that left a beautiful, even white film on the inside of my glass. It wouldn’t go away.

Smell – The English malt is evident here. There’s a light toffee character to the nose and the hops are leafy and subdued.

Taste – The English character is in full force at the taste. This is definitely an EPA if there ever was one. The wonderful toffee is present but not overpowering. The toasted bread is light. The hops are very bitter and refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied and very slick in between the cheeks. The carbs are mild and just right.

Drinkability – If you are a fan of the style you will love this effort. This is a terrific drinker, well-balaned yet bold, with an incredibly smooth character.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great lacing! Great Head! Bright copper color. Very nice.

Aroma: Sweet and subtle orange hop aroma. Hints of Amarillo, touch of pine.

Taste: Very smooth malt background with a pretty large hopped front and back. Not overpowering in anyway but very apparent. Nice citrus fruits throughout. Grainy finish. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Starts bitter sweet finishes dry. Very nice.

Drinkability: Quite good.

Photo of nohead02
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I opened three bottles of this. Two of them were like a home brew gone amock. Got an inch and a half of beer and the rest of the glass filled with foam. Not surprisingly, those bottles were dominated by a yeast flavor. The bottle without the yeast problem wa certainly distinctive but not much my style. It was more a British style pale ale than American. Had a toasty flavor and decent aroma. I'll try again and see what kind of luck I have with this stuff. So far, though, I don't think this is going to the top of my Favorites list.

Photo of skybluewater
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard amber color. There's a small amount of lace. I don't get much of a smell from this one. The taste is rather odd (almost vegetal, but maybe that's just me...), with some grapefruit as well.

Overall, not the greatest pale (although who knows, I could grow to like it as I work my way through the sixer I have). I expected more from the brewers of the great Titan IPA and Hercules Double IPA.
Update: I've now finished the sixer, and nope, I don't like this beer. I'm downgrading the taste to 3. It's not necessarily a bad beer, I just prefer my brews vegetables without. ;-)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother Brian for bringing this back from his recent trip to Colorado..fresh from the source! The Denver Pale Ale pours from the bottle a deep amber/red color with a healthy creamy bone white head atop the brew. Quite a dark pale ale here. Aromas of toasty, biscuity malts mixed with a spicy, citric herbal hop presence. A bit of caramel as well. Nice stuff.

First sip brings a nice toasty, biscuity maltiness upfront. A touch of bready caramel mixes in with a somewhat spicy, earthy citric hoppiness. It goes down nice and clean with a mellow bitterness to clean off the palate. Overall it's a nice pale ale with a bit more of a darker, toasty malt background than most.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a nice carbonation that adds a bit of a creamy texture to the brew. This would be a nice session brew, although I think I'd probably opt for the IPA personally. A tasty pale ale that's good to drink, enough said.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good. A bit darker than your average pale ale. Great big billowy white head, much like the last G.D. beer I had.

A lot of cascade hops in the nose, but not super-strong. Smells hoppy in that restrained sort of way that pale ales have.

Pretty tasty. Maybe a faint touch of smokiness? The hops are restrained in the taste as well. Decent.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Bitterness on the finish without any real hop-blast.

I was pretty pleased with this beer. It deserves better than the (relatively) lower scores it has gotten so far.

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange with a monstrous fluffy off-white head that retains well and shows some lacing.

Its aroma is biscuity caramel malt and grassy floral hops with some citrus and pepper.

The flavor is sweet (almost candy-like) caramel malts, with some biscuit and a mild bitter finish. The bitterness in the aftertaste and finish comes out a little more as it warms. A little on the thin side.

Overall, a little too sweet for me, although it got better as it warmed. Not much of the classic English PA hoppiness.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a bottled on date and a nice description but no ABV.

Appearance: The body has a slight haze and a faded orange gold color. There is a lot of tight fine carbonation supporting a tall off white head. The head is thick, creamy and long lasting. It also makes lots of cool lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose there is a mix of modest pale bready malt with some balanced hops. The hops are some what lemony, floral and leafy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a good base maltiness with a solid bready and pale grain with a light fruity back note. This hooks up with the hops and brings nice floral and mild lemon like citrus notes with a little herbal/leafy character as well. The hop bitterness takes over in the finish and lingers nicely and begs for some nice salty pretzels. LOL

Notes: This is a solid English Pale Ale with a touch of American boldness and flare.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown with the "month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Bight and copper toned, decent off-white lace appears on top.

Smell: Sweet and delicate flowery hop aroma, some fruitiness from the malt also.

Taste: Very smooth with a sweet hop oil flavour riding on top of the malt backbone. Light pungent American hop bitterness flexes a bit, mild fruitiness balances. Finish dries perfectly with a grain and hop mesh.

Notes: True characteristics of an American Pale Ale. Distinct hop profile with a straight forward malt palate.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be careful with the pour! Enormous, rocky, offwhite head fills he glass before the bottle is half empty. Considerable patchy lace all over the glass, after the head settles down.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine, with citrus dominating the pine. A hint of pale malt is noted.

Mouthfeel has a mild, pine hops bite, and the carbonation is medium, in spite of the overcarbonated appearance of the pour.

Grapefruit and pine are the dominant flavors, echoing the nose. Hops last the distance but never get rough or rowdy. Pale and caramel malt emerge as it warms, and lend a good, drinkable smoothness.

A nice American Pale Ale, with good drinkability, but nothing to set it apart from the crowded field.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with "month and week bottled" info notched onto the label. Pours fairly dull, typical almond amber. Clear. Creamy tan head, showing decent retention and then leaves ample spotty lacing. Dull malty nose. This one is Brit style all the way, malt/hop, sweet/bitter balance, sessionable, easy drinker. Pleasant and nicely crafted offering.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, dark-gold, medium carbonation

Smell: caramel and malt

Taste: caramel and malt to start followed by a hoppy, grassy, tobacco, and tea finish

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, smooth, medium body, medium carbonation that is felt, dry, and crisp

Drinkability: I could have two or three. This is slightly above average for the style. I love the taste of tea that I get. I could see myself wanting this inearly spring or late fall.

Photo of badmoon
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Reddish orange hue. Decent finger's worth of head. Disappears quickly leaving a slight bit of lacing.

S: Sweet. I'm picking up some citrus, and spice. I'm also detecting some grassy notes.

T: Mellow hop flavors. I'm getting some bread-like flavors and good malt texture. Stays on the palette nicely.

M: Interesting body. Low carbonation. I would categorized this as chewy. It wasn't what I was expecting.

D: I love it! This could be a session beer for me. Not hard to get into this one.

Overall: Excellent beer. I was not expecting it to distinguish itself like it did. I will be purchasing this again!

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap version at Brew's Cafe in Granville, OH (in case you are IS in the middle of nowhere).

Appearance: Dark, almost "burned" orange appearance. Served with minimal head but it had good lacing of the glass.

Smell: A pleasant mixture of spicy and citrusy hops.

Taste: Hoppy, but nothing to write home about. I just happen to like a more assertively-hopped IPA. Little bits of malty sweetness creep in, but the flavor is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Your basic pale ale. Crisp and puckering on the back end with just a little bit of a hoppy aftertaste. A pretty solid pale ale when all is said and done.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Bottled on January 23, 2011.

Appearance: Brilliant amber-orange with thin white cap and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel & toasted malt. Spicy, floral & citrusy hops. Somewhat metallic.

Taste: Nice malt backbone of caramel, biscuit and cherry. The spicy hops provide some counterbalance and are a little more dominant on the finish, with a light citrusy kick.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, nice creamy body that is fuller than expected, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very solid English Pale Ale. Well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant gold to amber under a 2” sudsy white foam collar that produces Belgian window lace.
S: malt, earthy hops, slight fruit.
T: Starts with sweet malt and segues into a lingering hop finish – the finish is a combination of malt and hops
F: Smooth, creamy, refreshing, medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: very drinkable, well balanced American pale Ale that starts with a burst of malt and finishes with a nice array of hop flavors

Photo of Osiris9588
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light bronze with a golden hue, from a 12oz bottle. The head if creamy, leaving a large fluffy cap, with great retention and substantial lacing.

The smell is dominated by spicy hops, wtih some citrus zest, toasty malt, and bit of nutmeg. The flavor consists of lemon peel, strong, bitter hops, toasted malt, and has a nutty, slightly phenolic finish.

The mouth is medium-bodied with ample carbonation. It's bright on the tongue, then smooths into a creamy, malted middle, then finishes bitter and dry, and slightly phenolic. I like it all, though the aftertaste seems a bit too harsh.

The drinkablity is strong, though the harsh finish diminishes it some, especially for those who do not care for those bitter and phenolic characteristics. However, as long as it is allowed to warm a bit, the finish is not overwhelming, and proves well rounded on the whole.

It's a solid, rather distinctive ale overall.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp and clear copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing head that almost overflows. Decent retention and lots of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy and floral aroma that leans more towards malty than hoppy. Pale malts with good hints of bready biscuit, grains, straw, crackers, yeast, butterscotch, and some caramel. Slight hints of honey sweetness. Earthy hop presence with hints of grass, pine, flowers, and citrus orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Leans towards the malty side but still well balanced.

Taste: Like it smells, a clean bready malt driven taste with some nice earthy hop notes. Bready pale malts with a taste of biscuit, grains, crackers, straw, butterscotch, caramel, and yeast. Some honey like sweetness and spice. Solid balance of earthy hops with some floral notes and some grass, pine, and citrus orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Definitely a English style taste with the strong biscuit presence. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the English Pale Ale style. Good bready biscuit taste with some nice earthy backing hops.

Photo of Dusty278
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber with a nice thick head that stuck around as kinda sticky lacing.

S: A nice fresh hop aroma with hints of some kind of citrus.

T: Nice and hoppy, some caramel malt detected, slightly bitter finish...good brew.

M: Medium body,Balanced carbonation.

D: Good session beer, not too pricey, I'll enjoy the rest of this six pack.

Photo of Dizzy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a light tan head. It leaves some lacing. Aroma is floral and earthy hops, maltiness in the background. Finish is very bitter. Hops dominate the flavor. Medium bodied. This is a good one, this would be a good session beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange beer, dark yellow, lots of solid particles in this beer. Aroma was sawdust, a tiny amount of floral hop quality.

Taste, bitter, not hoppy though. A little bit of caramel, offputting aftertaste. Gritty. Yeasty. Once your palate gets adjusted, becomes easier to drink. Somewhat lemony. Too pricy at almost $10 a 6 pack.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish medium amber appearance, creamy 1/2 inch head that's shiny and a pale tannish white. Nice laces, interlocking webs of crystalline foam. Aroma is reserved, minimal malt and a somewhat sharp huckleberry flowery hop smell. Malt flavors assert early, medium body and carbonation, some bits of pizza dough breadiness and pale caramel. Hop balance is good and leaves the floral impression slightly behind as there is a weak assertion of a juicy bit of citrus rind. Not piney at all. Not as aggresively hopped as many in the American style. Decent beer here, a little on the straight forward side for me to pick it up again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brilliant copper hue with a bright white head. The foam pours on thick and dwindles slowly leaving behind fine speckled lacing patterns between sips, a very nice appearance. Aromatics offer up a nice bread dough or biscuit malt sweetness with dry yeast notes, on the backend comes delicate floral and light citric hops flowing. Flavor is beautifully balanced APA, not aggressive with hop bitterness but has herbal and floral hop flavor. Malts are nice with biscuit malt flavors holding up the backbone of this brew. It is definitely English style compared to most APAs, you almost ask yourself where are the hops? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slighty oily texture going on, carbonation is soft and mild, which fits the flavor profile well. Drinkability is solid, if I had a sampler pack of the GD offerings this would be no problem.

Photo of timontheroad
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow color. Thick half inch head, nice retention but left little lacing. Aroma is lots of bready malt, with just a hint of pine. Taste is pretty bready, with a bit of hop bitterness, not much else. The mouthfeel was rather thin and unremarkable. Overall, this one wasn't too bad, but not that good either, probably won't need to try again in the future.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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