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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | 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 martymoat
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours an almost clear amber color, just a tad of cloudiness, starts with thick bubbly head that settles into a dusting at the top with a spot or two of head like islands remaining.

S: MALT, MALT AND, MALT!, smells of caramel and nuttiness are present.

T: roasted malts to start for the taste, just like the smell a caramel taste and slight nut presence. After is a earthy hop taste that blends well with the malt, leaving your mouth with a slight bitter after taste..

D: great beer everything is balanced well, however to me I don’t feel like this is a pale ale I see it leaning more towards esb in characteristic *my opinion*

martymoat, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of gosurfobx
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with a three finger head. The head leaves alittle bit of lacing. The smell of the beer is mostly hops with some grassy and floral smells. The taste has a bit of maltyness quickly followed by a strong hop bitterness with some citrus from the hops, cascade I think. The mouth is good. A good drinkable pale ale.

gosurfobx, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a slightly hazed copper with little bubbles rising and a massive head, long lasting, decent stringy lacing. Aroma is almost absent it seems, just a peep of nice citric, floral hops coming through to me. Taste has nice bittering hops up front, pine and citric fruits, with a long, nice malty finish that seems almost English-styled. Mouth is medium bodied, enough carbonation to keep it lively, but really nice and creamy throughout.

objectivemonkey, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice auburn color with a 1/2" white head that retains well. Solid lacing.
Mostly malt in the aroma. Sweet malt. Brown sugar like.
Nice malt backbone. Hops don't really make an appearance until the finish. Mild hoppiness mixed with a little metalic bitterness. Not bad by no means, but I wish the hops had a bigger presence.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and mildly sticky
Nice drinkable session ale on a hot summer day.

wcudwight, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a golden yellow and there was not much head. The smell is hoppy. The taste is bittersweet. There is a deffinate hop presence. There is a lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. The beer is sticky in the mouthfeel. Smooth. I could go for this again. I have yet to be dissapointed by this brewer.

Enola, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of MDekker
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One in a series of Great Divide beers I've been going through...

Pours a hazy dark orange with a finger of off-white head. Nice looking. The smell is slight in many ways - hoppy, floral, sweet, and oily - pretty balanced. The sips are disappointing - there's a flash of flavor that vanishes almost immediately. I can hardly make out the flavors it's gone so fast. It's just...thin and quick. A slightly bitter finish came back, but overall, not much here. Mouthfeel was fine. It drank easy, but it was just...boring.

Great Divide hasn't thrilled me - the Yeti Imperial Stout was good, but all their basic 12oz beers have left me unimpressed.

MDekker, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Denver Pale Ale pours a light orange color with quite a large fluffy white head that overflowed my glass from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The label calls this an English pale ale, but it sure smells American to me. Citrusy, flowery hops dominate the aroma. Good malt backbone and citrusy and flowery hops balance it out nicely. Definitely not an English style beer, but a pretty decent American Pale Ale for sure. Recommended.

Drew966, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply put this is simply good beer. It is approachable and balanced with flavor and yet simple and easy drinking.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber copper color, with a frothy halo and decent lacing.

Smell: Malty in the nose. Crystal malts lead followed by an herbal citrus hop character and yet plenty of caramel sweetness resonates in the nasal cavity.

Taste: Fruity caramel malty hit the tongue followed immediately by a peppery spiciness that nibbles away at the back of your tongue. The aftertaste is surprising zippy with a lip smacking dry crisp bitter.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light weight in the mouth but it is so creamy and full of little hop prickles I was very surprised for an EPA. It is crisp and dry on the finish. Well done.

Drinkability: The is a session beer with out a doubt. Easy easy and tasty tasy.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Great Divide sampler 12er at Woodman's East here in Madison on the way up to Northern Bay Resort on Castle Rock Lake, WI.

Pour: light golden amber, crystal clarity, inch of foamy white head with soapy lacing.

Nose: caramel malt, leafy-bitter hops, citrus, a bit of funky fruit/lactose malt and a note of nuttiness.

Taste: spicy, leafy hops, apricot malt, citrus peel/grassy bitterness, nutty finish.

Feel: medium-light with smooth carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: fairly drinkable as far as APAs go (not my favorite style) yet no where near as enjoyable as their Titan I had before this.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A monsterous head that nearly burst out of the glass. Tons of lacing all over the glass. A slightly hazy amber to sienna color with intense carbonation. Nice look.

S - A bit of caramel malt and crisp pine hops. A fairly mild aroma.

T - First there is a bit of maltiness meshed with mild pine hops. Then the flavor smoothly evolves into a sharp pine flavor with a nice pine bitter finish. It is simple and good.

M - Worst part of the beer, the carbonation is high, it is thin and rather drying.

D - Alright. It is nothing to fuss over, but it is easily sessionable and has a great flavor for barbecues. I will have this again is the oppurtunity arises.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 03, 2006
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 lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color-not the usual hazy amber of most pales I have had. Ok aroma-the hops are there but a bit muddied. Somewhat harsh bitterness followed by a decent helping of malt. Bitterness tends to linger. Ok mouthfeel-the lingering bitterness tends to overshadow the whole thing. An above average pale ale. Needs to be a bit softer if you ask me. I prefer Great Divide's other beers to be honest with you.

lackenhauser, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves generous lacing.

Smell is sweet carmelly toasted malt and nice aromas of citrus and floral hop.

Taste is dominated by an unexpected herbal mustyness that I didn't pick up from the nose. Maltiness takes a diminished role. Nice bready and caramel flavor. Generous hops still provide a rather clean minerally finish with citrus fruit character.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with moderate carbonation and slightly buttery.

A surprising brew. I find the unusual herbal mustyness thing to be one of it's charms. Hopped enough to be interesting, but certainly not a hop monster. Toasted malt is in good balance. A decent session brew.

Blakaeris, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Gasp100
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. I've heard the Great Divide name for a while but had yet to try any of their beers. This is a really nice, simple APA. Sweet caramel malts with a floral hop essence. Reminds me of Troeg's Pale Ale or maybe even a west coast like Red Seal. This is a really easy drinking brew and one I think others (non-BA's would really enjoy as well). I'm starting to home brew and if I could have something akin to this in my recipe book (and on tap) as a regular I'd be really happy and content. Very solid offering and one that makes me want to try the rest of Great Divide's lineup.

Gasp100, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Abita45
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Great Divide beer, poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Mediocrity ensued. It poured with a fairly creamy head, though not very thick. Good lacing. Lightly copper color and a medium hop nose. Nothing impressive. It has a medium, if not light, body and was easy to drink. It didn't really make a strong impression on me. As english pale ales go, I'd had hoped for a little somthing more in at least one of the categories, but this beer just seemed an average example of the style.

Abita45, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a thick tan head with good lacing and retention.

Smell has a nice biscuity maltyness with a light floral hop prescence.

Taste is as the smell would advertise, a nice bit of buscuity malts quickly overtaken by a crisp, but not overly strong bit of floral and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a touch of hop oilyness.

A nice easy to drink session style pale.

bashiba, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of nohead02
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I opened three bottles of this. Two of them were like a home brew gone amock. Got an inch and a half of beer and the rest of the glass filled with foam. Not surprisingly, those bottles were dominated by a yeast flavor. The bottle without the yeast problem wa certainly distinctive but not much my style. It was more a British style pale ale than American. Had a toasty flavor and decent aroma. I'll try again and see what kind of luck I have with this stuff. So far, though, I don't think this is going to the top of my Favorites list.

nohead02, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-rate 6-18-06: Obviously a much different beer than prior, now that infection control is under way. The nose is wonderfully hoppy and sweet with some grain husk and substantial malt underneath it all. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a medium body and mild-mod. carbonation. The hops are full, green, sweet and slightly pungent, and the finish is clean and crisp and hoppy. Cleanly fermented. No off-flavors. This time around, this is a world-class APA. I could drink this all day...kinda like a timid cousin of Stone IPA in it's hop flavor. A wonderful brew, highly recommended and inifinitely drinkable.

Mitchster, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours an auburn color with a great, big head that lasted well. Aroma is subtle, kinda hoppy with a bit of malt. Not much there for me. Taste was good, but nothing special. Just seemed a bit boring to me. Mouthfeel was light in body with a lot of carbonation. Overall a good, drinkable beer but just not something that grabbed me.

AaronHomoya, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Insane 'woosh' upon cap-crack, and the most high-stacked head this side of some Belgian beers. Intricate canal-system of lace. Rusty-bronze in color.

Aromas are soft, mild hops manifested specifically as distinctly analogous to raspberry. Has alot of floral qualities initially, then subsides to GD's consistently gummy across-the-board profile and concord grape. A rather ragged - and metallic - bitterness then drags down the package's overall drinkability. Still, a commendably flavorful and distinct Pale in a generally snooze-worthy style. Hop flavor lingers on and on.

Fizziness and lingeringly harsh bitterness do drag down the mouthfeel, but the nice hop-induced dryness and overall drinkability would make this a nice option. Plus, the beer definetely tasted better by the second round.

English pale ale? I think not.

GreenWBush, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of NVbeer
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from a brown 12oz bottle. Has a nice amber/dark yello color with about 1/2" white head that slowly disipates leaving just a thin layer of head. No sediment noted, very eye catching.
Has light hop smells note, no malt smells noted. this carries over to the taste with mild hops noted initally, and intensifiying over time.No over the top hop flavor noted.
This beer holds well in the mouth, moderate level of carbonation which matches well with this.
This is very pleasent to drink, not highly hopped like a Sierra Nevada, but not a bad Pale ale. Would not travel out of my way for this, but very nice drinkable Pale ale.

NVbeer, May 29, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's

bottled 2nd week of February

appearance: pours a hazy copper-amber, 1/4" white cloud head - not much retention, decent lacing around the rim...pretty indicative of the style

smell: holy metallic aroma...i really am not a fan of the giant rust whiff that comes across first here. light floral hop presence behind, spicy toasted malt, caramel

taste: metallic presence still exists but not as offensive as the aroma...very grainy, deep toasted malt, light caramel presence, moderate citrus hop presence, english hops. alright but not a fav

mouthfeel: offensive metallic feel, medium body

drinkability: moderate

dirtylou, May 10, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive tannish puffy head. Smell is mainly hoppy with some malt also present. Taste is predominately hoppy with some malt in the background. Finish is more dru than malty and very pleasant. A very enjoyable beer from Great Divide.

tgbljb, May 08, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a medium amber hue with a cream colored head that stacked up quite nicely. Minimal laceing with a few columns of beading to be found.

Smell: The aromas are very pleasant. Nice caramel malts, citrusy tangerine hops. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste: A little bit of alcohol sting with sharp citrusy hops. A semi sweet malty body.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and slick, easy to drink.

Drinkability: I could session this one out. I would recommend this one to you. Hope you enjoy.


cheers2beers, May 03, 2006
Photo of lawrence76
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these at Bukowski's sunday night.

I had been a rough weekend so I felt like having a few "session" beers (rare for me), and I am glad I decided to try this.

Buk's must have just added this one, and I think the keg was still brank-spankin' fresh...it was a great, easy drinking beer that was not at all the boring, dry pale session ale I so loath.

Appearance was a lovely copper...somewhat cloudy (tough to tell though in a dark bar) -fluffy white head that lasted until the last sip

Aroma was of smooth fruity hops & nice creamy malts

Mouthfeel was velvetly, almost decadent...a nice surprise in a low gravity beer such as this. Perhaps they used some wheat, or just high quality barley malts mashed at a high temp. This is how I craft the occasional low gravity ale I brew at home. I like some actual body in these beers, and Denver Pale Ale has it

A nice smooth hop presence...possibly Simcoe...tough to be sure. Not overbearing, a good balance.

This could be by new favourite session beer....for those rare occasions when I crave one..excellent

lawrence76, May 01, 2006
Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.