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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,157 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 37 | 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: 1,157 | Reviews: 569 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.8%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, May 31, 2014
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.

metter98, Oct 18, 2012
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

brentk56, Oct 04, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 13, 2004
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 20, 2005
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Feb 28, 2013
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jaydoc, Aug 21, 2013
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 04, 2007
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.

oberon, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 10, 2013
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.

TMoney2591, May 30, 2013
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.

zeff80, Jul 25, 2006
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.

biboergosum, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's dlagship Denver Pale Ale strattles the fence between an English-style and American pale ale. The brewery promotes it as English-style, and to their credit it certainly wins enough medals when entered into competition as such. But Michael Jackson has called it an American-style pale ale, as have many others. It's amber colored body is a touch darker than what we might normally think of as American (although it certainly fits within the guidelines), but color alone does not make it English. The nose, however, does. The hops are decidedly floral and grassy, over some yeasty fruitiness and a lightly sweet malt base. It's medium-bodied with a standard carbonation (right @ 2.5 volumes CO2), and it's a bit airy and smooth across the palate. In the flavor, however, some more hop flavor is present than might be expected in an English version. Still, it's nicely malty with a wash of crystal malt character; and some delicate yeasty fruitiness rounds it out. But does it have the depth of malt character to make it truly English? That could be argued, but it's also fairly clean and straightforward like and American pale ale. But regardless of its designation, it's quite nicely balanced with malt, hop and yeast all present but distinct, and anchored by a solid but far from obtrusive bitterness. It finishes dry with some quickly fading malt and hop flavor, followed by some mold, lingering bitterness. Very well done!

NeroFiddled, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SocalKicks, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brownish orange color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malt and touches of hops and fruit.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of caramel, citrus & a mild hops burst. It’s a little sweeter and more flavorful and than most other beer of the style. The after-taste is kind of sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, it’s well-worth sticking with for an evening and one of the best English Pale Ales I’ve had.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 20, 2007
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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.