Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 24
Gots: 55 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of Very citrussy grapefruit, floral, piney, with carmel and malts. Juicy hop and fruity, with bitter aftertaste. Certainly not a lot of malting, more IPA and can pass as one. light golden yellow with a bit of froth. Understated carbonation. A good one.

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room in Denver, CO.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and citrus zest along with an off-putting herbal and skunk aroma. Taste is of malt and citrus zest/pine hops with a very herbal quality. Mild hop bitterness on the palate fades quickly. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is alright but I wouldn't get it again most likely.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Great Divide. Apparently have never had this. Golden color. Lots of grainy malt. Light bitterness. No hop flavor.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of large rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy hops in the nose along with some faint hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of earthy hops along with notes of bready and buttery malts. A light amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and very well balanced. It's a nice change of pace having this compared to American Pale Ales.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, honey color with a nice white head and guite a few shards of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a very grainy hop aroma

Taste: Starts out biscuity, but the grainy bitterness supercedes the sweet malt by mid-palate and continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The grainy element of the beer doesn't really do it for me; I just think it is very rough

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A terrifically drinkable pale ale. Simple and true to style. Nice esters and malty sweetness to the nose. No yeast, not grain, just clean aromas. Look is traditionally an APA: golden and well carbonated. Flavors are totally of barley malt. Not too heavy, or trying to pick up too much fruitiness. Not too weak. Warm fermenting hopping brings out nice esters in flavor, bitterness, spiciness and slight hints of caramel and toast. Body falls a bit short, but has fair creaminess. Aftertaste is mildly malty and bitter. Very appropriate to style.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head with lots of thick lace and good retention. clear amber with golden hues.

S: Nice hops and grapefruit. A little surprising for an english pale ale.

T: Nice oak flavoring with nice hop and malt character which transitions to floral notes and more oak in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice example of an english pale ale in the taste. A little off in the aroma. A very good beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunshine bright orangified amber. The good-sized head is ecru in color, semi-stiff, finely pitting on top and takes its sweet time disappearing. Abstract patterns of lace are beginning to adorn my pint glass. Very nice pale ale nose. A generous amount of floral, citrusy hops were used, I'll bet.

The first thing that impresses me on taking a swallow or two is the mouthfeel. DPA has one of the most full, creamy mouthfeels that I've experienced in a beer of this style. As a big body lover, I approve, though some may prefer a bit less heft. The flavor follows the nose for the most part. Citrus-floral hop start, solid caramel malt middle, bitter/slightly dry finish.

Denver Pale Ale carves out its own little niche in the style. Although it isn't among my very favorites, I can see how it's won some awards along the way.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now I really do not believe this one was never tried by me, but there are actually still a couple Great Divides I need to get my hands on. This one was going to go down on tap though so that will make it even sweeter. Poured very nice hazy yellowish tinted amber with a more then ample two inch plus foamy and sticky head on top. This faded reluctantly down to just a small thin film across the top and that pretty much stayed the entire time. Now there was a good amount of side glass lace present here and this had a really nice effect of the look of this. I know it was a pale ale, but it was really starting to look like an IPA. Smell was very hopped, but also nice and light. Very nice blend of floral hops and light grassy grains. The flavor was very similar to this as well. A very nice hopped up front greeted you right away and was quickly followed up by the nice and almost a touch of sweet grain like back to it. Long drawn out dry finish left a really nice taste and follow through. The feel was great. Lots of carbonation really helping to push it along and lighten it up nicely. Absolutely great session ale, something that could have gone on and on and it would have been no worry to me at all. I really liked this one overall; I thought it was a fine example of a big hopped west coast pale ale. Something that was light enough to get let you put down a couple, while at the same time, really had a nice touch of floral, bitter hops to it. I would definitely recommend this one and will have to go pick some up; this could become a staple of the house very easily. Just seemed like the perfect session ale.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, pale copper body with a sudsy white head. Good lacing, too.

Smell: Toasted nuts with a bit of caramel and some light soapy, floral hop notes.

Taste: Light caramel malt sweetness with more of those toasted nuts. Hops, though relatively mild, provide flavors of grapefruit and lemon. The taste of pine appears just before the brief, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay!

Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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 biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle, a participant in the awesome local practice of mixed sixed-packs.

This beer pours a crystal-clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent spectral clouded lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of grainy, bready, and somewhat pastry-like caramel malt, a bit of sweet biscuit, and earthy, floral, and light citrus-tinged hops. The taste is biscuity, grainy pale and caramel malts, a bit of gritty straw, some faint lemon and lime citrus twinges, and earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly understated and pleasantly subtle, the body a near medium weight, and mostly smooth, the edgy biscuit and hops notes taking a wee poke at this stage. It finishes rather dry, the same biscuity graininess and hop notes from the mouthfeel slip-sliding and tap-dancing gaily through the end.

A pretty slavish ode to the headier of the English pale ales out here, even delving slightly into ESB territory. Denver can be proud to call this their own session ale, even if the style and ABV hardly qualify it as such.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

decent english style pale ale. pours a darker yellow color with a medium head. smells very english, tons and tons of malts, like a dense loaf of fresh bread. some more hops in the flavor, but only in there at the end. feels pretty good too in the mouth. lots of body here, and enough carbonation. easy drinking but not particularly thrilling. overall good beer in the great divide lineup

Photo of TMoney2591
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Let's hope our Colorado brethren don't start clamoring for a new style, the DPA... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises earthy and spicy greens, light leek, cilantro, mustard seed, and peat moss. ...Didn't see that coming, like a surprise roundhouse from JCVD. The taste is mostly a blast of spicy and salty greens (think a salad of cilantro, chive, parsley, and spinach, all drizzled with a chlorinated peppercorn dressing), though there is a backbone of mild biscuit trying desperately to bring things back to reality. No avail, I'm afraid. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, this is a strange and downright unpleasant (or, if I'm not being so euphemistically-inclined, nasty) beer. It's touted as a balanced and mild English-style pale ale, but it comes across as an oddly spicy and salty mess. I thought I got a bad bottle, but, upon talking with others who have had it from the source (on tap in the Rockies), it's clear this stuff is just plain awful.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 12oz bottle pour out an orange/amber color with a two finger head. It did leave a little lacing.

S - The main two aromas were hops and grasses. There was a yeasty/alcohol smell, too.

T - It was dominated by a malt flavor, but there was a nice hop balance to it. A slight bitter aftertaste.

M - It was fairly soft on the palate and it was light-bodied.

D- I enjoyed it and would like to have more than just the one that I purchased.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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