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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 26
Gots: 65 | 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 wcdoyle
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second Great Divide beer in as many days and I'm impressed with both. Color is a clear, light copper. off white head that draws down quickly to a film. Lightly fruity in the smell, which given the hops in the taste was surprising. taste brings lots of pine and florals to the mix with malty sweetness (caramel and grains) balancing out. Medium body, not to full of carbo. (Thankfully, I didn't;t have the exploding fountain effect like an earlier reviewer.) The hoppy twist gives this some solid drinkability.

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

another good find at john's in portland, bought by the bottle, dark burntorange color like most pale ales, not as fruity as other pales I have had.

The great divide continues to make great beers, this is one of my favorite micros.

very hoppy and bitter ore than fruity, great overall taste.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, amber color with a slightly off-white head that rose nicely before settling down, leaving a good lacing.

S - not much on the nose, faint malt aroma.

T - after a few sips, the beer ends up with a nice taste, rich in malt flavor with little bit of a hop 'snap'.

M - medium bodied, smooth drinker.

D - I could put down a few of these under the right circumstances (I'm alive and breathing!).

Final Note: Good Beer!

Photo of Kendo
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was part of a mixed twelve-pack I bought in May. Bottle is notched as having been bottled in the 4th week of April (presumably in '07 but there's no year info). . . . Just like the Ridgeline Amber and the Fresh Hops Pale Ale from this 12-pack, the beer exploded out of the bottle, resulting in a bubbly ivory-colored head that filled about 3/4 of a nonic. Plenty of bubbles rise to re-fortify the head and as a result it took over 10 minutes for it to settle to a level that would allow me to drink it. Body is a clear honey-golden and that head leaves lots of foamy clumps all the way down the glass. There is some sediment at the bottom of the glass when I'm done.

S: Not particularly strong in the nose -- cereal-grainy malt and faintly fruity hops.

T: First impression is that it's soapy and metallic, but that seems to dissipate with subsequent sips. There is a subtle fruity sweetness underneath, and it finishes with a piney, grassy hop kick, which leaves a bitter taste on the back of the tongue and mouth.

M: Fizzy -- too fizzy -- as expected from the giant head. Finishes kind of clean, however, but that fizziness seems to detract from the flavor, bubbling it away from the tongue instead of allowing it to wash over the taste buds.

D: OK.

Notes: In my opinion this does taste a bit more like an English Pale Ale (as the bottle describes it) than an American Pale. . . . As noted above, this is the 3rd or 4th bottle from that GD 12-pack that just exploded out of the bottle. I even let this one sit on the kitchen counter for about 15 minutes before cracking it open, and still it was all head. I hope this doesn't happen regularly with GD beers, but my experience with this 12-pack hasn't been all that promising. . . .

Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice change from the every day domestic beer. It has a good strong taste but with no bitter aftertaste.It also packs a little more punch than your average beer.This would be one of my top choices if I go to a bar that sells microbrews.I recommend trying this ...nothing negative to say.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, after all the hop bombs I've tried in the past few months, it's great to have something a tad more low key and drinkable. Pours a nice medium copper with a nice head that sticks around. Aroma is grassy with biscuity malts, not hoppy at all. Taste is very well balanced with a slight hint of malt chocolate in there. Taste is refreshing, with a nice dry bitter aftertaste. This would be a great session beer, it reminds me of some old English ales I have had in the past. Good stuff.

Photo of robocrouch
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass with a copper-ish color and a large white head that sticks around. Bits of yeast present.

S: Caramel malt is the biggest smell.

T: The sweet caramel malt is the first thing you get and it ends with a faint hop taste. Almost like the ghost of a hop presence. It is also very watery and weak in the finish.

D: Overall not impressed with this one. It seemed very unbalanced and the finish left a lot more to be desired. I would say pass on this beer

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Divide tap room. This was orange-red in color with a good white head that hung around for the duration of the beer. The taste was malty and hops seemed to be missing in action. This seemed like a decent pale ale but I prefer American style. I think this oen is a GABF gold medal winner but it just didn't wow me. The only beer that I have been unimpressed by from Great Divide. Even the raspberry beer made me lift my eyebrows.

Photo of ChrisA
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good pale ale. Definitely not as hoppy as the IPA or double IPA. Would be a nice transition for those drinking amber ales to try something different. Easily drinkable, would work well as a session beer. Not my favorite of Great Divide's offerings, but I would still order it if choices were limited.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good pale ale, one of the best I've had in a while. Pours a nice light amber color with a nice head that stays because of the white lacing it leaves. Lots of hop aroma right up front. Can't detect any kind of malt aroma from the aroma. Tastes great. Hop flavor explodes in the mouth with a lot of citrus flavors a hint of earthy pine, a smooth malt middle ground and finishes with a slight bitterness. Very well balanced. Very good beer. I could drink this one all night long, just over all a solid beer.

Good job. B+

Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty session beer! Smooth, crisp and light. Head is huge!!! I wound up spilling a few ounces as the head poured over the top of my 16 oz glass. The head is slightly off white (antique white as one review I saw on this site called it). Head retention is excellent. Leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. Smell is above average, sweet and malty.

Tastes very good. Smooth, sweet malty taste with a hint of caramel. Very crisp mouthfeel and more than rich enough for this style. This is a highly drinkable beer. Would be a great session beer and is good with food also.

Photo of Reed415
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber color, very respectable head

S - The nose has a very crisp maltiness to it

T - Earthy malt flavors, some hops, I would like a litte more hops to balance this beer out.

M - Medium body, very light carbonation

D - Is pretty good with this beer, tastes alright. Very mild beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: pours a thick, creamy 2 finger head, crystal clear amber color with a slight orange color.
S: The first hint was citrus with a malt background. The citrus recedes into the background pretty quick leaving just a malt smell.
T: There is no hint of citrus hops in the taste, it is all earthy (english) hops with a nice malty/bready backbone. Nicely bittered but, not overwhelming.
M: Light but, in a good way.
D: Very true to style but, with a hint of America :) I am a fan of this beer and will definitely pick it up again. Knock .5% off and I could drink this all night, great session beer or intro to real beer for your BMC friends.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- A warm dark copper color to the body that is crystal clear with a thick rocky head of light tan. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft hoppy note with an earthy pine hint.

T- This beer has a pine hops flavor that covers the soft pale malt notes with a hint of light toasted notes. The toasted malt notes are stronger than the pale malt. The notes of pineapple weed and pungent hop bitterness increase as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth malt flavor with a nice pine hops are complimented by the malts.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice grainy flavor, just like Titan, but a slight bit less intense. Similar beer, just not quite as loaded with flavor. Nice, nice, session brew, with some kick. Nice craggy head and beautiful lacing down the glass. Nose of piney hops and oatey grains. Satisfying beer and highly recommended.

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

Denver pale ale poured into an ipa glass, pours an rustic amer color with fluffy head that leaves a nice bit of leace on the glass. Smell is bitter sweet with floral a floral hop smell. taste is a bit chewy with roasted malt body with a bit of hop bitterness towards the end and aftertaste. Very refreshing and good I would drink this often if given the opportunity.

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a white head that shows a decent amount of lace. The aroma consists of malt, caramel and some citrusy hops. The taste was some caramel malt flavors and a dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that is worth trying.

Photo of jettjon
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle with freshness date evidently scored 2003; strangely enough, the dates only ran through 2005. However, the beer showed no signs of being more than two years old; perhaps this is a peculiarity with Great Divide labels (see my review on Ridgeline Amber). Into a pint glass, it’s a reddish brown opaque color with a very thin head of white foam. Rapid fade leaves a scattered cap and thin ring with no lace. Pretty average appearance. Nose has a definite hops bouquet; you know what you’re getting into with this beer. Taste of solid hops but not overwhelming; piney, spicy, with a fade toward mellow malt, and a light bitter finish. Not too bad for a pale ale. Mouth is smooth and bubbly with lively carbonation and a nice crispness on the tongue. Drinkability is good; this is definitely a sessionable brew (though I did not find ABV listed).

Overall: The label states that this beer is a winner of various awards for English Style pale ale, and it presents as such, though with a bit more assertive hops character. A good hoppy English Pale; worth a try.

Photo of Absumaster
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orange, brown, amber color with a thin head and a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell is full of citric hops nicely balanced by the toasty caramel hops. There is a good malty base, which is a little husky and has some wort-smell and some marmelade, even some beef stock.

Taste is malty balanced by the citric hops that have grapefruit and orange zest in there. Bitterness seems to differ every sip, when the beer warms it starts to become more bitter. The yeast doesn't add any fruitiness and is pretty clean and maybe somewhat biscuity.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky, even more when the beer warms. Drinkability is very good, especially because of the superb balance this beer has. I like it!

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper ale with a white head that produces thick lace

S - Odors of piney hops w/ a lemony scent

M - Medium light body with gentle carbonation and an easy drinking bitter quality

T - Caramel maltiness mixes with subtle hops. Biscuit-like toasted qualities blend with citrus and gentle spiced hop flavors.

D - Excellent ale with pleasing hop bitterness and residual sugars. A balanced a quaffable ale that could use a pinch more effervescence to be great.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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

Hazy orange, red and amber fills the glass. About a finger head that's fading slowly. Decent lace, but it's slick, doesn't stick to the glass very long. Nice colors. Nice creamy looking head. Looks tasty.

A distinct mix of bread yeast and grapefruit. A touch of strawberry. Maybe some faint, faint floral notes. Not too bad, but not a whole lot here.

Strong grapefruit flavor throughout. A bready, yeasty taste sits on top of that. Carbonation imports a faint note of cola. There's that hint of sweet strawberries again. Favors the grapefruit a little more than I'd prefer, but all in all it's pretty tasty.

Reasonably well balanced. Favors the bitter side, close to an IPA really, but the carbonation seems to somehow balance out the bitterness a little (not the malt). Still seems more bitter than the norm for this style though. Light to medium bodied. A touch of creaminess in there.

A little more bitter than my tastes usually prefer, certainly for an English style pale ale anyway, but nothing about it is undrinkable. A tasty brew.

Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my bigger-than-a-pint glass. Ridiculous amount of head forces two pours and a waiting period. This is the most carbonated beer I've ever poured

Appearance - a rich, amber graident with ruby highlights and a bubble bath head on top

Smell - Strong odor of citrus and pine needles. I think I'm getting a bit of bready malt smell coming through, as well.

Taste - Very round flavor, hitting everywhere on my tongue. Robust bitterness up front and a smooth malt in the back. Hops are aggressive, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel - For a pale ale, this has a nice, creamy characteristic to it, almost more like a stout or porter. Love the carbonation.

Drinkibilty - Oh, you could go through quite a few of these in a short time.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brew pours about a finger in a pint, head retention won't win prizes but the lacing is quite lush. The nose is sweet with malt and some aromatic floral notes. The tasting is also dominated by the malt - somewhat sweet with good carbonation, and some ester flavors..some spice, some spring flower. Finishes with a very lightly toasted biscuity taste and faint bitterness. Good thick mouthfeel in the pale ale category. This could be called a copper or amber ale to avoid competing with hop-laden demi-IPAs but carves out a good niche for itself as a malt-driven pale ale.

Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.