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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of Higravity


3.03/5  rDev -18.3%

Definately a beer in the English Pale tradition. Another boring offering from GD. Could have been something better, but it has a metallic taste and the hops are lifeless, just kind of there. It has a decent mild amber color with a white head. Forget about this beer I know I did.

02-21-2006 16:40:15 | More by Higravity
Photo of jnelson54


3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

Sweet floral cascade aroma
on the nose a sweet malt gives way to cascade bitter and an oaky smokey flavor
the Feel is a little thin for a great divide beer usually they are a meal in a bottle

good beer worth a try if you can find it not for everyone though

02-14-2006 04:02:11 | More by jnelson54
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hoppy with some caramel overtones. Starts sweet but the hops are there, finish is clean. Not bad for a pale that are usually loaded with hops. $1.95 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

02-13-2006 23:59:48 | More by jdhilt
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

02-02-2006 23:36:18 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of phishgator


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

This brew pours out with a nice head and copper color. The aroma is not that strong and it has faint hints of typical English bitters. The taste reminds me more of an English bitter of English pale ale than an American Pale Ale. It's has that mellow, buttery, just sort of "ale" favor that you get from bitters. The mouthfeel is very consistant with a mild pale ale and well balanced. It's probably a great session brew.

02-02-2006 15:53:21 | More by phishgator
Photo of bgraney


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Lively amber color with a huge, spectacular head. A little darker than I was expecting.
Smooth lemony hops aroma. Not overwhelming but I didn't have to search for it either.
Excellent lemony taste with a background of hoppiness.
Will probably become my default pale ale since it's available locally. I liked it a lot and found after the first one I was ready for another one.

01-31-2006 17:57:47 | More by bgraney
Photo of Hhawk06


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

This one poured with a beautiful, two-fingered and fluffy head that has a bit of a peach hue. The beer itself is straight copper in color. The nose is wonderfully complex and assertive. Bountiful floral hop elements mix with prominent sweet malty notes. The body is medium but the mouthfeel has clear traction to it, leading you to believe it will be gritty and hoppy. As Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend. The lovely hop notes are balanced well with what can mostly be described by a sweet, creamy malt concoction. The contrast is unreal. It finishes with a puckering kick, but floral remnants keep it an easy-to-drink offering. A very complex beer for the style.

01-26-2006 11:05:48 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of Franchise


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

This pale ale pours a maroon reddish color that leaves a very thin beige lace that sticks to the glass. The aroma is sweet, honey, herbal tea, spices, crystalized sugar. The taste starts bitter, somewhat tannic like a strong tea. Then the beer then gives you an unsweetened fresh lemonade tanginess, that quickly sweeteness with a honey coating on the throat. I like this beer, it kind of brings a new kick to the pale ale but still sticking to the tradional style. I paired this with a lemon glazed chicken over wheat rice to mirror the lemon, honey sweetness, and some wheat flavors I found in the beer.

01-25-2006 00:44:21 | More by Franchise
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours out a clear orange-copper color with a big, rocky white head that holds on to the last drink in a little collar and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Streams of carbonation continue to the last sip as well, which is nice.

Smell is doughy, biscuity malt, slightly tinged with honey and a bit of sweetness paired with bitter, slightly grassy English hops. Nice sniffing, but nothing too amazing.

Taste is quite pleasant, though, the big biscuity malt comes through clearly, and the English hops come on the back end to give it a slightly-bitter, orange/citric flavor. Slight toasted-grain character in there as well, aftertaste is fruity and lovely. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, perhaps a bit thin, but maybe to the credit of the drinkability in the end.

Overall: A very drinkable pale ale that I could keep in my fridge any day of the week. Nothing too challenging, but a brew with enough going on to keep you interested.

01-18-2006 03:32:38 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of pjwilson


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

a: poured with a fantastic head that kicks it the entire length of the beer. Color is very transparent and yet this is bordering on amber. sort of a light amber. Looks great.

s: the aromatics aren't jumping out on this one at all. sort of a shame really. what is there is defiantly dominated by chocolate and bisquity malts. a faint dash of englishy hops.

t: very good. certainly very different than what i was expecting. the chocolate and bisquity malts take precedence over the hops. However there is certainly a lingering bitterness, just no hop flavor.

m: very smooth and very great. The tingling bitterness follows up the fantastic mouthfeel. Just about perfect...full without a hint of heaviness

d: high, this is a session beer, i write this review with no knowledge of the abv. because my Internet is down. but this is a really fantastic all around beer.

Props to breaking the mold in the pale ale style and doing it in such a great way. This is more like a hybrid style closer to something like Fat Tire than Sierra Nevada. Which makes sense given the geography. :) Also, it's very good that this beer is alot more than just a light version of the breweries IPA; this is a whole different beer. Gold medal winner at both the World Beer Cup and Great American beer Fest Very happy Great Divide is in Cali now. Colorado, you are the bomb. New Beligum, Boulder (not in cali..yet) and Great Devide. All hail!

01-11-2006 07:09:37 | More by pjwilson
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

This beer poured a really nice orange amber color with a good uneven tan head.
The aroma is hoppy and fruity sweet. Almost honey twinge to it. The taste is great. It kinda reminds me of Middle Ages Syracuse Pale ale. Really simple with a good fruity side to it. Hops and malt is very well balanced. Simply a pleasure to drink. Good for a not too bitter mood, awesome balance of flavor. Fresh and crisp. A hint of roastiness. Medium body. INSANELY drinkable.

01-09-2006 06:26:09 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of DogFood11


3.6/5  rDev -3%

Lacing is admirable, good coating all the way down. Clear light copper with moderate carbonation.

I think the thing that distinguishes this brew from the run of the mill APA is it has a solid malt body and the hops are somewhat of a compliment rather than the dominant force. Very fresh and clean tasting. Almost has a pick-me-up type of feel its so damn young and lively.

Light on the palate and easy to drink, this is one of the more rare APA's that doesn't grind on me and I could drink a session worth of these 5.6% pale's.

01-08-2006 02:56:12 | More by DogFood11
Photo of allengarvin


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Clear copper-colored beer with a moderate head of froth. Good lacing. Aroma has pleasant hops, tending citrusy. Disappointing flavor: strong bitterness, but hop flavor is somewhat vegetal. Malt base is light. Finishes quite dry. Moderate carbonation and body.

Great Divide has hit many home-runs in the last couple years with their special beers, but the original lineup continues to disappoint, largely. They should drop this one from the lineup and move one of their excellent 22-ouncers into its place.

01-04-2006 02:08:26 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Naes

New York

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

It’s a golden brown in color with a ridiculously large head of off-white foam.
The aroma is of floral hops and has a solid roasted/caramel malt backbone.
The flavor starts out slightly bitter from the hops then has a strong caramel malt middle and finishes dry with the hops again. It is slightly grainy/bready as well.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and generously carbonated.

It is quite good aside from its explosive head. It overflowed my pint glass on both pours.

01-03-2006 01:38:02 | More by Naes
Photo of Quaffer


1.68/5  rDev -54.7%

Appearance: This beer poured a clear amber that had just enough red highlights to be called copper colored. The off-white head rose up to two fingers easily. It lingered quite awhile, slowly dissipating and becoming dense and fluffly. As it sank back into the beer, it clung heavily to the side of the glass. There was some light lacing left behind as I drank.

Smell: A base of sweet and roasted malts provided a backdrop for the pungent hops. They were sour smelling and reminded me of vegetables that have just started to rot. That thick, sickly sweet pungent smell. That was it, really.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and thin feeling, to the point of being watery.

Taste: The hops provided a brash, muddled bitterness that had no depth. It was like a thin, fragile, scratchy skin of hops that covered . . . well, nothing. There was no malt presence underneath to back it up. Just dry, harsh, and ugly. Oddly, the aftertaste reminded me of stale cigarettes. It was like I was drinking out of an old ashtray. I have no clue where this flavor came from nor do I care to find out.

At least it looked good . . . as it went down the drain. One of only a few drain pours for me.

12-20-2005 23:40:24 | More by Quaffer
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

11-28-2005 03:23:53 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of RBorsato


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

Bronze-ish gold with a low tan head and a bit overcarbonated (due to age?). Unfortunately, oxidation has set in on this six pack and latest example I've tasted and it didn't take long. I tried one from the same sixer a few weeks ago and it was fine. Malt based English Style Pale Ale with just enough hops to balance but not enough to be noticed in aroma or flavor in any way. Light-medium bodied.

Make sure this one is fresh (less than 6 months) when you buy/taste but it's just above average even then.

Per GD website:
Bronze - GABF - 2002 - Classic English-Style Pale Ale (label)
Gold - GABF - 1999 – Classic English Style Pale (label)
Bronze - GABF - 1997 – Classic English Style Pale

Bottled: 4th Week March (notched) '05'
Last Tasted: 11/14/05

11-15-2005 23:45:12 | More by RBorsato
Photo of russpowell


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Copper flavored body with a chunky white head that retained well all the down, with adequate lacing.

Smell: Flowery hops dominate, but thats not altoghter bad.

Tastes: Flowery hop taste is competiton with a malt background (the hops win). Fruitty & slightly nutty taste come through.

Mouthfeel: Balance is slightly skewed to the bitter side, but good levels of carbination.

Drinkable effort that doesn't stand out in the pack, but is solid ale.

11-06-2005 04:49:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of woemad


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.90. The PA in DPA made me think IPA, so I was a little bummed to find out it was just a pale ale. Fortunately, it was a pretty tasty pale ale.

Poured a slightly hazy copper/amber color, with a big, creamy off white head that took it's time to settle and left big curtains of lace on the insides of my pint glass. This looks pretty damn good.

The smell was pretty good, too. The hops are the most noticeable aspect of this, though the yeast lends a nice breadiness to the proceedings as well. The hoppiness is sharply spicy and citrusy, and is discreetly backed by a mild mannered sweet maltiness. I've had beers labeled as IPAs (lame ones, I admit) that don't smell as assertively hoppy as this pale ale. I'm not getting English pale ale out of the nose of this. I'm getting "This is a hoppy pale ale. If you're wanting something like Bass, you might as well perform a preventative underwear soilage now so that you can quickly move on to the cleaning stage."

The taste is a little more mellow than the nose, but it's still an assertively hoppy pale ale. The dry hoppiness is the most notable aspect of this beer's flavor. Fortunately, it's a mingling of a sharp, spicy, bitter hoppiness and the less bitter, citrusy hoppiness. After the dry hoppiness, there's a malty, bready backbone that intrudes on the festivities, and keeps this from plunging into unbalanced land. Not a beginner's pale ale, but very tasty nonetheless.

The mouthfeel for this is kind of oily. Its a medium bodied beer that has just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

To my way of thinking, this is a pretty tasty pale ale. I tend to prefer the more hoppy, American style pales, though an English pale is a pleasant session beer. This is not the latter, and I'd happily drink several of these, and wouldn't shy away from it in the store.

11-02-2005 08:06:47 | More by woemad
Photo of kdog630


3.45/5  rDev -7%

Poured to a golden amber with a decent head. Slightly hazy in appearance, but not so much that detracted from the overall experience. Unfortunately, the head disappeared pretty quickly. Citrusy aroma but the malt does come through. Not nearly as hoppy as their Titan.

Balanced flavor with a crisp finish.

Had moderate carbonation but could have used more. Definitely a drinkable brew for times when a wheat is too weak, but an IPA might be a little much. Would stand up well with lower alpha APAs.

10-30-2005 23:43:45 | More by kdog630
Photo of HappyHourHero


3/5  rDev -19.1%

I let it sit on the counter to warm up for about 15 minutes, and boy did the head take off when I poured. I got through about 2/3 of the bottle and ended up with a foamy 3" thick head that was dark cream in color. The beer itself is crystal clear, copper in color, and has streams of tiny bubbles rising throughout. The aroma is light and crisp with just a hint of malt to go along with notes of orange from the hops. The citrusy hop aroma is a bit strange, almost aritificial/chemical and a bit distracting. Searching the bottle I find it was bottled in the first week of June. Not the freshest pale ale I've had, but it should be fine. The strange chemical orange flavor seems to enter my mouth along with the beer, but it's not stopping me. Flavors are faint and crisp. Very light malt base reminds me of white bread, and then there is a dash of sweet citrus hop flavor. The finish is strange with a bitterness thatis mild, but is still overpowering and a bit of plastic thrown in for good measure. I don't know if it's old or bad, but based on Great Divide's other beers and pieces of this one I know this beer can be much more.

10-25-2005 21:54:31 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of whynot44


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Light/medium bodied, hazy light orange color with a robust creamy head.

Aroma is primarily hops - spicy, citrusy - with a bit of fresh bread thrown in.

Taste starts with a bit of mild malt and yeast, spicy hops kick in for the finish with a touch of oranges all the way through. Fairly crisp, moderately dry finish.

10-15-2005 06:23:06 | More by whynot44
Photo of mjbrewboy


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Sampled in Denver during GABF week. A delicious pale ale with a very nice nose of pine and a touch of citrus. Great body and nice beer foam when poured into pint galss. Color and clarity were fabulous. This is a great pale ale that is amazingly drinkable. I also thought the label was well done.

10-09-2005 18:02:47 | More by mjbrewboy
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a nice copper color with a 1-inch off white foamy head. The nose is a very nice balance of citrus and floral hops and select malts. The taste is very hearty and earthy. Bitter hops with a nearly skunky edge are combined with floral hops, which make for a clean, dry finish. Seems to taste just a little off the beaten path. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the drinkability is fine. Not a bad beer here, but not a sensational one either.

10-05-2005 15:23:24 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -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

10-04-2005 21:14:11 | More by brentk56
Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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