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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,105 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Ratings: 1,105 | Reviews: 569 | Display Reviews Only:
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +34.8%

08-22-2013 00:21:18 | More by timjim1327
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bendukes86

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +34.8%

03-17-2013 01:23:40 | More by bendukes86
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leeswagerty

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-27-2011 06:01:32 | More by leeswagerty
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mkrass

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +28%

08-17-2013 03:51:41 | More by mkrass
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kerplunk051

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +28%

02-17-2013 14:15:16 | More by kerplunk051
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +28%

08-21-2013 02:48:18 | More by NOLANDMAN
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Codyk23

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +28%

04-22-2012 21:47:22 | More by Codyk23
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Baxterbl

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +28%

02-07-2014 02:55:00 | More by Baxterbl
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Myles


4.75/5  rDev +28%

06-12-2012 05:23:17 | More by Myles
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jeremy_zeman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +28%

05-14-2014 01:31:01 | More by jeremy_zeman
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coombuyah26

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard American pint.

At first glance, this isn't all that different than your standard APA. It's a nice amber color, but nothing overly glowing. Has a clean, white 1 finger head after the pour, but it doesn't stick around for very long. The appearance is the only thing that I find average on this beer. The smell holds little back: sweet, earthy hops right up front, but the malts get in there too. The same could be said for that first swig of it: more hops than it would lead you to believe right up front, but a really nice malty backbone that a lot of beers with this much hops seem to leave out. In fact, the balance on this one is really spot-on. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than your typical pale, with medium, foamy carbonation, but this beer is really very drinkable. I think the mouthfeel is really where it excels. Overall, this is my favorite standard pale ale. The 5.4% is hard to believe from a beer that packs this much hoppiness, but I don't think there's much that could get better about it. A staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:38:17 | More by coombuyah26
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LukeD23

Delaware

4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Pale Ale. I really enjoy toasty malt flavors in pales and this one has it goin for it. Great biscuity flavor backed by a great earthy hop presence. I think this is a extremely high quality Pale Ale and would recommend it time and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:14:02 | More by LukeD23
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange/amber/tan color, the hues slightly remind me of the look of a marzen. The head is about 3/4 of an inch an has pretty good retention. Carbonation is visible. This is truly a visually appealing beer. Smell is of toffee, grainy malts, and citrus hops. The taste emphasizes the malts, but it still doesn't seem disproportionally flavored to me. The taste starts with a caramel sweetness them gets a mottled more toasty. A slight bitterness is imparted by the citric hops. Mouthfeel is good, feels satisfyingly thick, often other pale ales feel a little weak in this dept to me. I really enjoyed this, I'd love to get my hands on more of it to drink as an everyday sort of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 06:34:12 | More by gkunkle
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-rate 6-18-06: Obviously a much different beer than prior, now that infection control is under way. The nose is wonderfully hoppy and sweet with some grain husk and substantial malt underneath it all. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a medium body and mild-mod. carbonation. The hops are full, green, sweet and slightly pungent, and the finish is clean and crisp and hoppy. Cleanly fermented. No off-flavors. This time around, this is a world-class APA. I could drink this all day...kinda like a timid cousin of Stone IPA in it's hop flavor. A wonderful brew, highly recommended and inifinitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 01:29:08 | More by Mitchster
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HotterThanHell

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big hop head and that is probably why I really like this beer.

This APA has a wonderful copper color with a decent head and some long lasting lacing on my old Pete's pint glass.

The smell is of hops and that's it. Although it is not an overpowering aroma.

The taste is exceptionally balanced with the hops present throughout the drinking experience, letting some malt character through from time to time and just the right amount of bitterness on the end.

For me, this is truly an exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 04:42:50 | More by HotterThanHell
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a brown bottle blue label "DPA" that I took out of a 6-pack.
the pour on this was sensational..huge thick foam rushed to the top of the glass threatening to overrun...then settled into a beautiful meringue like head that actually had stiff peaks! retained fluffy head all the way through..cloudy golden/amber hue.
smell was also impressive floral hops and whiffs of dark fruit.
big bouquet of hops hit up front on the taste..mellows to a carmel malt taste, then finishes with some dry hoppiness...
mouthfeel was a bit chewy..but only slightly so....
drinkability was very fine, I am not usually a big fan of these type beers, but this one is well crafted and might start makin me look for more like this, I wish now I had bought the whole 6-pack..damn....good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 00:53:53 | More by steinlifter
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very nice pungent citrus floral smell from the hops. Its like a sweet citrus fruit and its quite an amazing smell for a Pale Ale. Definitely not your typical aroma. The taste is very smooth, rich and creamy body with a cereal, bready malt sweetness. It then ends with the fruity citrus hops at the end with just a bit of a lasting hop bitterness.

This beer is so well balanced and definitely my favorite English Pale Ale. The nice pungent citrus, fruity hop smell made me think it'd be bitter but its less bitter than all the well crafted American Pale Ale's but has all that hop flavor. The hop flavor plus the body and mouthfeel of this beer makes it a unique pale ale amongst the sea of pale ales.

Its so easy to drink and matches up so nicely with the best of the best beers out there. Great Divide is such a top notch brewery even their Pale ale is a winner. Good beer from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:41:12 | More by thebrood1987
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jmbraxton

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

09-09-2012 15:42:55 | More by jmbraxton
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-16-2012 18:44:23 | More by Zachb4au
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

05-04-2012 20:47:13 | More by poopsmitherson
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pagesofphotographs

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

09-30-2013 15:42:28 | More by pagesofphotographs
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Rob315

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-02-2012 00:42:05 | More by Rob315
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Amalak

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

11-23-2011 03:00:51 | More by Amalak
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the variety box I picked up a couple of hours ago.
A - Amber yellow in color with cool lacing head
S - grain Malt and citrus hops to nose smells great.
T - Very smooth pale ale. Slight hops and malts blended nicely
M - on the palate damn good pale ale
D - will stumble upon this again. Must track down the yeti.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:03:31 | More by DrDemento456
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass. Slightly hazy golden color with a thick viscous white heading .Left lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is mostly of soggy bread with a slight gingery-spice aroma. Subtle aroma of hop to clean thing's up.

Taste is clearly pronounced with hops. This one was shocking as I was getting a big aroma of malty goodness in the nose this taste's mostly of bitter hoppies.The malts have taken a backseat and finished up with a spicey twang.

Mouth is very smooth,crisp and bitter on the palate. MEdium bodied and very alive and tingling on the palate. Excellent carbonation in which you can swirl and swirl and it never goes flat.

An excellent pale ale and I must add this to my list of must have beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 22:59:28 | More by TheFightfan1
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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.