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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,208
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of jettjon
3.48/5  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
4.3/5  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 +10.5%
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
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.

Photo of skillerified
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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%
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
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

I've enjoyed many of these over the years--and am enjoying one currently as well.

Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown in color. Frothy white head that never quite recedes. Nose is ery mild and leans towards the malts with just some slight spruce.

Flavor is straight forward and simple. Not complex in the least--and that's not a bad thing. Great beer for those nights when I don't want to be inundated with crazy amount of hops, malts or unique flavors. I am even picking out some wood-like tannins. Medium body that I find tends to improve or regress depending on the age of the beer.

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

Color of the body is amber and the head was white but it falls fast.Smell is of malt and taste is malt and some hop.Taste is actually good and I didnt think I was a fan of english ipa's but its g ood.This would be a good session beer and is easy on the palate and goes down easy and.The mouthful is light and is between thick and thin.I liked it quite a bit and would have again for sure.

Photo of peabody
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a light yellow amber color with lots of suds that stay with the brew for quite a while.
Smell is like soured socks or rotten grapes.
Taste is very strange. It is like a rotten flavor followed by the dark bitter hops. The hop part is nice though.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but still clean.
GD has much better beer than this. Not the best pale ale.

Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper. Off white head that rims perimeter of glass. Clarity is pretty weak.

S: Nice hoppy nose - piney/floral. Not too much else going on here. Maybe picking up some caramel malt in the background but nothing significant.

T: High hop flavor dominates. Picking up some sharp citrus grapefruit and a little pine but grapefruit more than anything. Malt backbone is weak and not particularly pronounced.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation for a pale ale. Hoppy bitterness is not at all puckering.

D: This is often my go to beer when drinking with friends. Despite its lack of hop/malt balance this beer is good and I enjoy drinking it regularly.

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

Poured a cloudy amber yellow with a 4 finger head. Not sure why so much foam in this pour but it finally settled down with a very nice lacing that lasted until the end.
Medium mouthfeel with a nice carbonation that left a nice clean aftertaste
This tasted more piney than citrus to me, just the opposite of their Titan IPA which is a favorite of mine
Very mild smell with hints of pine and a little bit of citrus
Nice English PA, one that would be very good this summer

Photo of mightyhef
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried in a bottle at the East Ave Cafe, Pawtucket,RI

Slightly citrus smell with a strong lace around the glass...a mid-range taste...hoppy but with a citrus background...a middle of the road Pale Ale...I gave it an extra .5 for drinkability becuase it was smooth enough to be a session beer.

Photo of RevDru
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light gold in color with a thin head formation. Foam retention is quite good, due to fairly heavy carbonation.

S - Clean, lemony, with just a slight chocolate tone, almost like white chocolate.

T - heavy citrus, yet not too bitter. An herbal warmth similar to cinnamon and cumin. Perhaps some vanilla.

M - Nice carbonated bubbles. Very crisp and cleansing, like a green apple.

D - Nothing really bad to say about this beer. Better and average, but not extremely outstanding.

Photo of kkipple
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it’s cause I’ve been storing this bottle of Great Divide Pale Ale sideways for a few months, but it drops a lot of sediment into an otherwise beautiful beer. A 2 finger compact off-white head is the finishing touch on the clear bronze beer below.

Smell is perfect for a pale ale. Just perfect. Floral “English” hops and sweet caramel malts, neither overpowering the other – what’s not to like?

Taste is a mellow, clean malt / hop combo, wonderfully balanced. I keep thinking it’s English, but then I change my mind. Whatever this really is, it’s quite tasty. Finishes dry and bitter, but very smooth. I drank this one absurdly fast and only afterwards did I realize I had taken but a few sparse notes. Guess it’s a winner, then!

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, goes down super easy and leaves a nice lingering bitter leafy hop aftertaste in the bargain.

This may be the best pale ale I've ever had. It’s simple and fresh tasting and eminently drinkable. I could enjoy another immediately. Great Divide knocked this one out of the park in my opinion. Try it!

Photo of Matthew
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden copper like color with a nice 1/2 inch of fluffy white head. There is lots of lacing around my glass as I sip away. Decent retention. Head fades pretty slows but eventually all but disapears.
Pronounced grainy malt profile with lots of phenolic notes. Some general hop characteristics are present but not very well defined.
Honey like and grainy maltiness up front with a backdrop of some citrusy hop notes. Pretty well balanced.
Good medium to low bodied beer with low to medium levels of carbonation.
This is a drinkable APA from Great Divide. Pretty straight forward characteristics with a nice aroma and taste.

Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- huge, off white thick and frothy head, very good retent, light copper honey in color, cloudy, thin lacing

S- malts and hops, balanced, nutty, citrus, some alcohol

T- good balance, nutty roasted malt flavor with citric hops, warming, spicy, hints of choclate

M- warm, coarse, light bodied, smooth flow

D- sessionable, tons of flavor and an easy drinker, this is one heck of a brew, must try

Photo of umustdrink
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - After about 15 pours of this beer I still can't get down how to pour it without half the glass being head. Good thing it doesn't last very long. Hazy orange color with tons of bubbles up the sides of the glass, indicating high carbonation.

S - Zesty orange citrus smell. Very hoppy.

T - It's hard to get a feel of what the beer tastes like within the first 10 or 15 minutes due to heavy carbonation. Otherwise very hoppy and citrusy.

M - Carbonation is overpowering and the mouthfeel is almost burning, detracting from the ability to actually taste the beer. This effect lessens after about 15 minutes.

D - The beer has a very good taste but the heavy carbonation almost ruins it. I would probably try this again, hoping that my next batch wouldn't have as much carbonation as the one I had.

Photo of Dizzy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a light tan head. It leaves some lacing. Aroma is floral and earthy hops, maltiness in the background. Finish is very bitter. Hops dominate the flavor. Medium bodied. This is a good one, this would be a good session beer.

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

Brushed yellow-gold body, no carbonation steams, and a big frothy off-white head with a yellow cast close to the main body.

Soft aroma of floral hops. Pleasant but could be a little more prominent.

Taste has a nice malty kick-off, light caramel. Makes itself at home before a balancing wave of floral and earthy hops arrive to add some bitter seasoning, if not quite an actual hop bite. Very well balanced. Mild hop tingle thru the aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel - solid enough but refreshing too. Excellent drinkability. Good sesson ale.

A fine example of an American English-style pale ale. Recommended.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with jhammerly. Pours a clear golden/orange color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing afterwards. Scents of slight malts, hops, spices, and some caramel. The taste is sweet malts and hoppy, nice caramel/hop bite in the finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Drinkable, another nice GD brew, would recommend.

Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a whopping five finger pillowy off white and brown swirled head. There was excellent stubborn retention and plentiful sticky lacing.

The smell featured a flowery, grassy hop aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness.

The taste was upfront mildly spicy with a solid doughy grain bill. Flowery hop aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was smooth but a bit thin. Dry finish.

Overall a good drinkable pale ale. A decent rendition of the English style.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Denver Pale Ale was bottled the second week of June.

Strait up amber – crystal clear – fairly large head – extremely lively carbonation

Hops, citrus and bitter – mild sweetness – a little barley – smells like a toned down IPA

Bitter hops – sweet malt – nice meld, but light

Foams up nicely in the mouth – mild carbonation sting

Not bad. The color is beautiful and I couldn’t ask for a livelier brew. The taste is mild and modest, and exemplifies all the advertised aromas nicely. DPA feels good in mouth and stomach.

I’ve been completely impressed by Great Divide. I can’t wait to taste their other offerings.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide- DPA

Appearance- Light copper with a huge frothy head.
Smell- Spicy pine hops with a sweet caramel malt.
Taste- Bitter pine hops with a touch of nuttiness. Nice thick caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Big flavor up front with a nice slighty dry bitter finish. Thirst quenching.

Overall- A delicious Pale Ale. A session beer, must!!

Photo of jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a giant white/tan frothy head. This beer has a ton of carbonation. The smell is a pleasant bread "bisquity" aroma with floral, sweet malt, and some hops. The taste is creamy with bread yeast, hops, and some sweet malt. The after taste is a bit mettalic, holding the rating down. The m/f is light and the flavors mix fairly well. A good everyday beer that is light ,refreshing, and worth buying.

Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.