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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,102
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of sopor


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliant burnt organge amber color with slightly rocky hgead that fills the pint glass. Small bubbles dance lightly up the glass leaving a slightly lumpy film that lasts and laces decently. Some caramel and toasty biscuity nose with a hint of herbal hops.

This beer looks and smells great, but falls flat on it's face when you actually get around to drinking it. Thin caramel and toasty malt give way to a matchingly thin hop profile of herbs and lemen citrus zest. Floral hop aftertaste subsides. Every flavor is thin almost to the point of being watery. More bark than bite.

Moderately light body with lively carbonation that grows to frothiness on the tongue. Not that great of a brew, but perhaps a good pale ale for Macro drinkers to start ona craft experience with.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 16:48:44 | More by sopor
Photo of Illinick


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-burnt orange/reddish color with a frothy white head that dissipates to a thin, sticky white head with good lacing
S: Hoppy, floral/citrus nose with a hint of sweet malt in the background.
T: Big, pungently pleasant hop beginning and middle with a finish that displays some malty undertones that balance the hop. The real winner here is the traditional hop-bite that is displayed nicely.
MF: Light mouthfeel but as temp comes down the mouthfeel thickens up. My only complaint would be too much carbonation, but that comes with the territory.
Overall: A solid brew displaying nice characteristics of a traditional American Pale Ale. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 16:50:22 | More by Illinick
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


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

The other Great Divide beers I’ve had have been a little disappointing. However, this one breaks that mold. Big caramel color, with respectable head retention. This beer was very fresh, the “packy (ie)” said they had just arrived. Hoppy up front followed by caramel and pine. This beer was quick drinking, so I guess that makes its drinkability high. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 23:21:58 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 02:31:42 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of JackStraw22


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark golden/amber. Lots of frothy off-white head and good retention. Nice lacing too.

Smell: Very malty and sweet, molasses like. Not real hoppy in the nose, a little citrusy.

Taste/Feel: Deep malt backbone, a little buttery. Hops come out more upon warming, really changes the profile to back up the malt. Bitterness is clean and refreshing. Nothing too wild, just a good Pale Ale. Full bodied, carbonation is light.

Drinkability: I'd have another, wouldn't mind watching some football with a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 23:33:50 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of BeerResearcher


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

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date etched on label.
It pours a dark coppery amber color w/ a smallish beige head along w/ some patchy and trailing lace.
It has a dry hoppy aroma with a solid malty grain background.
A sweet caramel malty taste gives way to a potent hop concoction. Grapefruit, citrus zest, metallic and floral hop bitterness prevail.
A mild sugary taste vies for attention, throughout. Like a kid sister; she's cute but doesn't belong with the big guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 23:32:24 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer with a small off white head and some lace. There is a little sour wet grain aroma in front of a promiseing grapefruit note. The smooth malty start to the flavor has a hint of carmel in the background. Then the hops take over the back of your tongue with a peppery bite and a hint of citrus on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 22:48:32 | More by ybnorml
Photo of palliko


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is red amber with beige foam and some lacing. Aroma is creamy malt, floral, and plum-scented hops. Initial taste is mostly malt with some hop extract, mild fruit esters and slightly bitter. Finish is dry and hoppy, with a mixture of hops and barley. Okay. Might work as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 13:29:43 | More by palliko
Photo of buckiflyer

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

single bottle with no legible born on date. poured a massive foam head with orangish tint. Good hop smell, but not one that knocks you over. Tons of lacing, I was excited for my first taste. Surprising Malty taste with a hop finish. A little disappointed, for me a slightly above average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 03:05:26 | More by buckiflyer
Photo of ppoitras


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the amber brew. Pillowy head lasts well, with good lacing. Aroma is citrusy, piney hops over a sweet pale malt base. Taste is slightly spicy hops with some opposing sweetness, but not too much. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Nice APA, not too over the top. Nice session brew, but if you're looking for a hop monster, move along, nothing to see here...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 17:27:51 | More by ppoitras
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange color with a super off white head that fills half the glass before I finish pouring. Lasting head, surprisingly no lacing.
Got a mild whiff of malt, not nearly as much hop aroma as i expected.
Highly carbonated beer. An initial sharp hop bite tended to mask any other flavors that could be had. Its dry with a bit of malt, clean tasting i guess. I had hoped for a more diverse amount of flavoring.
Drinkable for sure, but not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 03:02:56 | More by hungryghost
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at a small eatery in the Denver Airport.

Appearance: Nice clear amber hue. Lots of fine carbonation rolling up to the base of a thick, creamy white head. Quite durable; left great sheets of lace on the glass walls.
Nose: malt notes were a bit subdued, as was the hops aspect. Rather earthy aroma countering a sweet grainy fragrance. Mild citrusy hops notes.
Taste: malt flavor dominates this brew. Starts off fairly sweet with some caramel character before switching gears and taking on a more earthy stance. Goes even further, yielding a slightly smokey flavor mid-palate. Hops bitterness is herbal with a bit of pine and rather mild.
Feel: medium body; has a moderately velvety feel and a dry finish.
Overall: a pretty drinkable APA. I can’t say it would become a staple in my fridge but it certainly beat out all the other beers on-tap at the Denver airport. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2005 18:34:38 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of ypsifly


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz with notches on the label indicating this was brewed in the third week of Feb.

Light copper with a decent white head that leaves some lace. Good carbonation gives it some retention.

Piney/citric hops paired nicely with slightly swet malt make up the nose. Not as strong as others in this style.

More hop (oil?) than malts, but it comes close to balance. There's a slight roasted note from the malt that is not out of place, but rather gives this one character. Clean, dry finish.

Smooth in the mouth. Good beer for a hot night.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 05:36:37 | More by ypsifly
Photo of BeerFink


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

Pours a really attractive crystal clear amber color with a sticky, rocky white head. Sticky rings of lacing are apparent on the glass. Smell is grassy with some lemons and citrous, also some caramel. Overall, the taste is a little bland. Toasty malts and subdued caramel mix with clean herbal English hops. Some grassiness is there as well, along with a hint of subtle citric American hops. I was expecting a little more hop flavor from Great Divide after enjoying their IPA and DIPA. Although this seems to be more in the English style of pale ales, it is nevertheless a well balanced, easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 02:41:29 | More by BeerFink
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mildly malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has a citrus hop aroma and a toastey quality. The taste is decent. It has a soapy flavor that is the product of citrus hops and light crystal malts. There isn't much balance here. It has a musty, bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average American pale ale. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 22:52:53 | More by WesWes
Photo of redmosquito


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber color, with a solid white head and little floating yeast chunks. Surprisingly fresh floral hop aroma, followed by a strong toffee aroma with a slight buttery tint. The flavor brings out the caramel and toffe with a significant up front bitterness. Decent body with just a little slipperyness in the finish. This was a good beer, which I suspect would be better if a little more fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 19:59:32 | More by redmosquito
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a balance between the malt and the hops, with the malt coming out slightly ahead. The flavor is sweet at first, a little like honey. A nice dose of piney hops come through, but this is not as hoppy as most American pale ales. I think this beer would have been pretty good if it were just a little lighter. There were some nice flavors, I just thought it was too filling.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 23:46:33 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired this beer in a "brewers mix pack" along with 3 other Great Divide Brews. The Appearance is almost amber but perhaps a little paler but definately one of the darker APA's ive tried...it poured with a 1 finger pearl white head that dissapated quickly but left nice blotchy lacing along the glass. The aroma is interesting, with a sweet maltiness (caramel malt maybe?) followed by a subtle floral hops scent. The taste is interesting but for me doesnt live up to the smell, first the hops hit your tongue with a mild bitterness (definately not one of the hoppier American Pale's) followed by a bit of bready malt flavor but quickly reverts back to the hop oils with a lightly bitter and dry finish. The moughtfeel is descent with a medium body and moderate carbonation which is really what is expected of this style. An easy drinking American Pale that could be a nice session beer, but isnt really hoppy or complex enough to make it a standout brew in any sense. Not bad by any means and could possibly be a "gateway" beer for future hopheads because it has that wonderful bitterness we all love but doesnt overwhelm the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 04:25:55 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of mynie


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

Pours up regular amber like any old APA only with a very nice and retentive head.

Strong hop character on the nose. A bit of bready malt in there as well, but its almost all hops. Nice but not very complex.

Very earthy hops upfront, moving into a sweet toffee malt, and ending with combination of malt and hops into a solid backbone. Simple and tasty, but nothing to write home about.

This tastes like an APA that should be a lot hoppier than it is. Really, it's not complex enough to be impressive and it's not bitter enough to get the attention of hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 05:43:20 | More by mynie
Photo of neonbrown82


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't too thoroughly impressed by this beer, but it was still a refreshing change of pace. It almost seemed to be more of an English style than American. The pour was slightly hazy and amber/copper hued with almost no head that faded to a film. Smells of noble hops and pale malts. Almost smells like a hoppy tea with the hay-like sweetness of the malts in the bouqet. The taste is kind of buttery and sweet, kind of similar to a Fullers London Pride or Sam Smith's Pale. The hoppiness reminds me quite a bit of Boulevard's Pale Ale, though slightly subdued compared to the traditional APA style, IMO. I will probably try other Great Divide brews in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 05:23:33 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of ElGordo


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper hue with a one-inch off-white head that hangs around for a little while. Good carbonation keeps coming. Pleasant aroma is characteristic of an English pale or mild ale - smooth, subtle malt with just a whiff of hops in the background. Similarities to the English style continue on the palate. Rich, almost creamy body holds a mild, slightly bitter palate up front with a touch of spiciness (black pepper), followed by a touch of bitter hops on the finish. Aftertaste is a little harsh. Could be a decent session beer; makes me wish I'd bought more than a single.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 04:27:46 | More by ElGordo
Photo of mschofield


2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber-gold, topped with a thin off-white filmy head, leaves thing rings of lacing.
Light aroma, citrus, herb and bread.
Bready and citrus notes make up what taste there is, some slight piney bittering hops but it could use a lot more.
Medium bodied. The appearance is too light, the aroma is too light, the taste is too light and the bitterness is too low.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2005 00:21:19 | More by mschofield
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

to start off i expect a bit more hop aroma in my pale ale, maybe that is why it is GD classifies it as an english pale ale? this accounts form my lower smell and taste scores but it still having a high over all score. it is a good beer.

poured a nice copper with a decient head that fell into lace.
the aroma was lacking a hop aroma imo, maybe its because i'm from michigan and this is a hop head state, ipa's are number 1 sellers here.
that taste was very malty with a good bitterness and a little hop flavor. but it was not very fruity or aromatic like i do expect from a PA.
the mouthfeel was easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 20:03:32 | More by plaztikjezuz
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 03:29:23 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent mixture of copper and amber tone with a white lacey head that appears to float nicely. A definitive hoppy aroma, some fresh fruit also quickly detected. Up front, oily and slick, hops presence is full and bitter with a malt-based middle. Dry and grainy, a bit of caramel rides in the background. Juicy hops and citrus rinds round out this very nice beverage. Some hops-heads may question it’s character, yet this is a pretty well balanced APA, session-able indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 02:22:20 | More by GeoffRizzo
Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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