Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

580 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 580
Hads: 1,271
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 31
Gots: 88 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at the local Jewel/Osco store as part of a build- your-own six pack for $9.99, making a single 12oz bottle $1.67 each. Bottled on date of April 5, 2013 is stamped on the side label.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pale golden/orange color with a ½-finger of white head. Head retention only lasted about a minute, but it left plenty of good lacing.

The smell was a really nice mixture of fruit and flowery hops.

This is a case where the taste does NOT match the smell. I was expecting a sweet juicy flavor, but what I got instead was an assertive mix of various hops. Grapefruit, orange, and piny hops dominate the flavor and the combination is really delicious. It's mostly dry with mildly bitter fruit rinds and pine. Bready malt helps keep it balanced and give it a touch of sweetness.

It's creamy but not heavy. Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

Haven't tasted anything quite like this, but now that I have, I'll be back for more. (974 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide, you brew for me.
I am often torn and amazed by the best of the west and east coast brewers, so wouldnt you know my favorite beers are made in colorado!

A: Totally clear, poured into a ..5 liter Spaten glass, brings a big white, pitted head that lasts and revives with the least swirl, and hieroglyphs of lace all the way down. Perfect amber/orange APA color ala my other fave Dales Pale.

S: Back of the bakery at 5am, fresh bread, and flowers. Very nice and inviting. Grassy hops too.

T: Like the smell, bread fresh from the oven, with flowers and herbs drying in the bakery. Hops bitter mid way through and a lovely finish. Well balanced.

M: The creamy, mid body is amazing on this beer and is part of what makes it so special. Great weight. Yes, modest alcohol with a clean finish. Great with food and for sessioning. This could be an every day alternative to Dales.

Great with giant NJ sea scallops, and yellow heirloom tomates with lightly sauteed cukes, beet leaves, chard, and pasta and rosemary bread. Great food beer. (1,050 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Zesty spice and pepper aroma rises up from an amber body and generous, foamy white head. Flavor leans toward a smooth, light malt flavor with a crisp, biting hop bitterness building up through the finish. Light, soft feel; crisp and dry finish.

A well-done APA with excellent, distinctive flavors and aromas to please your palate. It's not a powerhouse hop bomb nor an overly bold malt monster, just a well-balanced yet easy drinking ale. Tasty and classy. (457 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp and clear copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing head that almost overflows. Decent retention and lots of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy and floral aroma that leans more towards malty than hoppy. Pale malts with good hints of bready biscuit, grains, straw, crackers, yeast, butterscotch, and some caramel. Slight hints of honey sweetness. Earthy hop presence with hints of grass, pine, flowers, and citrus orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Leans towards the malty side but still well balanced.

Taste: Like it smells, a clean bready malt driven taste with some nice earthy hop notes. Bready pale malts with a taste of biscuit, grains, crackers, straw, butterscotch, caramel, and yeast. Some honey like sweetness and spice. Solid balance of earthy hops with some floral notes and some grass, pine, and citrus orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Definitely a English style taste with the strong biscuit presence. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the English Pale Ale style. Good bready biscuit taste with some nice earthy backing hops. (1,300 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle picked up in a mix 6 pack

A - Copper with some clarity, tiny bit of head, no lace.

S - Malt grains, earthiness, not much hop aroma

T - Like the smell, big malt body, spiciness, and semi-sweetness.

M - Very carbonated. Medium bodied

O - An average pale ale. I was expecting more, but whatever. Not terrible, just not great. (343 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a nice pale with maybe a little less bitterness and darkness and an easier than usual aftertaste, this is a great choice. I'd love to have this on tap some time. Two or three.

It opens to a nice clear pour. The right dark yellow with lots of nice lace. The aroma is refreshing. Clean.

The taste similarly is clean and free from any unbalanced harshness. It has little tiny bits of unique overtones, but nothing out of place. The aftertaste is uniquely understated and refreshing. Not the usual bitter.

Overall, this is another great Great Divide brew. (577 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Let's hope our Colorado brethren don't start clamoring for a new style, the DPA... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises earthy and spicy greens, light leek, cilantro, mustard seed, and peat moss. ...Didn't see that coming, like a surprise roundhouse from JCVD. The taste is mostly a blast of spicy and salty greens (think a salad of cilantro, chive, parsley, and spinach, all drizzled with a chlorinated peppercorn dressing), though there is a backbone of mild biscuit trying desperately to bring things back to reality. No avail, I'm afraid. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, this is a strange and downright unpleasant (or, if I'm not being so euphemistically-inclined, nasty) beer. It's touted as a balanced and mild English-style pale ale, but it comes across as an oddly spicy and salty mess. I thought I got a bad bottle, but, upon talking with others who have had it from the source (on tap in the Rockies), it's clear this stuff is just plain awful. (1,116 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. Smell was understated with hints of malt, toffee, and slightly floral. The taste was less hoppy as you might expect from a English style pale ale, and there were nice hints of caramel and vanilla. The carbonation was maybe a bit more than I'd like but not too bad. The appearance is sort of a goldish-copper, and there wasn't much of a head. Overall, pretty decent. (400 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color with half finger head that settles quickly

S: bready Malts and a nutty aroma. I'm also getting a little cinnamon spice at the end

T: dominate malt flavor. Vet slight nutty presence with minimal hops to follow.

M: good carbonation, a little thicker then I expected. There's a nice sticky feel from the hops at the end.

O: this was a nice change for a pale ale. It has a good malty flavor and the oil from the hops give a nice mouthfeel but could have hit more flavor points (505 characters)

Photo of gwalt
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a finger of egg white head. Nice caramel / orangish hue. Faint to no hops in the nose but hints of straw, biscuit, and a touch of sweetness. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer, upper end of medium body. Slight earthy hops present in the taste with nice caramel and toasty malt character. Overall this is a very pleasant beer that is well made. My enjoyment was after a particularly stressful day and it went down well in the adirondack chair on the front lawn. (491 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottle on February 5, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces very little head that quickly drops to a white, shiny ring of foam. The ring leaves a little chunky lacing on the glass. The brew is clear and golden in color with a few random bubbles of carbonation visible.

S-The smell is pretty mild. I detect very little in the way of hops, but there is some decent toasty, caramel-toffee malt coming through. As the brew warms up a bit, I also detect some buttery fruit notes.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a little light on the hops. The malts produce a lightly fruity, toasted grain base flavor that persists from start to finish. There is very light hoppiness that comes through as an earthy, barely-floral spice on the finish.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a fine, prickly wave of carbonation. It is quite drinkable, but I could have used a little more heft.

O-I have mixed feelings about this beer. I tend to like more sharpness in my pale ales, and this brew was definitely on the butter side and malt heavy (which is odd given the lack of head and oily lacing on the glass). Nevertheless, I guess this IS an English Pale, so it can't be faulted too much for being overly malty. (1,229 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is pale and clear with minimal head. Smell is mild and grainy, almost no hops to speak of. Taste is much like the nose, with and addition of a little earthy hop presence along with some caramel. Mouthfeel is lackin in carbonation and is very light. Pretty boring beer overall. (287 characters)

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

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for 2$

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grassy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some light grapefruit flavour mixed with hay/herbal/grassiness. It ends with a malty caramel herbal aftertaste.

Overall – My bottle is from August 2012, which isn't helping I'm sure.. It's got a little too much of a herbal/wet grass type flavour going on for me. It reminds me of a fall/oktoberfest type beer. (726 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep golden-brown with a nice orange hue. Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

S-The nose is bready as hell. I'm also getting a subtle note of grapefruit and oranges.

T-Damn good. But in all seriousness: wheaty, but not dry. Some bitter fruit is in there too. Semi-malty finish

MF-Crisp, but not dry. Smooth, but not thick.

O-A very complex brew. I feel like I haven't picked up on all the flavors as I have only drank one. A damn good pale ale, though. What a good beer. (509 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - orangish amber with a thin white head that has decent retention

S - huge bready nose with some faint caramel

T - bread, faint toast, faint citrus, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is a decent take on the British style. It doesn't have a very complex flavor profile, but the drinkability is there. I could definitely work on a six-pack of this while watching the game. (393 characters)

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

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange golden color with some white suds for a head and some particles of yeast floating in it.

Smells of honey, apples, mild grapefruit hops, and some citrus.

Tastes of light floral sweetness, like honey and orange blossom, with some hints of citrus and rose water and a whisper of tame hop bitterness akin to a tea bitterness.

Medium to lighter body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An interesting light drinkable ale, just on the high end of being sessionable but probably could be. I've never had a beer that tastes quite like this one, so it gets points for uniqueness. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I think I like it. Yes, I think I would like to have this again. (726 characters)

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

Review from notes.

I had this while stuck in in a hotel in Maryland. Poured the beer into a hotel cup, which really does a good job of bringing out the best flavor characteristics in a beer.

This beer is dark orange/light brown with about two fingers of foam.

There is a very light smell to this beer. I get a decent amount of maltiness to this smell; that is about it.

The flavor has a lot of english hops backed with decent malting. It is not very bitter. And the body was surprisingly full.

This is a pretty good english pale ale. I would order it again if I see it on tap. (583 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber orange, two finger fluffy white head, some carbonation with lacing left behind.

S-Lots of malt, caramel and toffee. Some earthy notes as well.

T-Starts with caramel and toffee malt, ends with pleasant earthy hops with slight bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-At the end of the day a boring run of the mill Pale Ale. (357 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of large rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy hops in the nose along with some faint hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of earthy hops along with notes of bready and buttery malts. A light amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and very well balanced. It's a nice change of pace having this compared to American Pale Ales. (779 characters)

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

On-tap at the Appaloosa Grill, on to the beer:

This is a pleasant ale to knock back during dinnertime. Denver Pale Ale features an amber orangish color with an attractive creamy head which retains well. The nose hints that this pale ale is going across the Atlantic for its inspiriation, lead by notes of orange, cream, and buttery fusels. The taste starts off crisp and netural, eventually breaking towards a buttersctoch note. A modest kick of hops make their mark in the 2nd half of each sip. Offering both a crisp and somewhat creamy texture, this pale ale is a more than fair choice. (589 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doopie brought this one over for beer night a few weeks back. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, off-white head with very good retention. Head fades slowly to a full wisp and sticks to the top of the glass. Clear amber orange with higher levels of carbonation. A splotchy wisp remains util the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, toffee, as well as some piny and grassy hops. Medium in strength.

TASTE: Pale malts up front, with quite a bit of grassy and floral, piney hops after the swallow. Aftertaste is quite bold and lingering with grassy and floral hop bitterness, as well as a touch of caramel sweetness as balance. Solid and satisfying.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down nice and finishes very dry on the palate. Good stuff here.

OVERALL: Decent, though not quite English in style. Missing some of the toffee and butterscotch flavors you'd expect from an English style pale ale. There was also a bit too much grassy flavor for my liking. Nevertheless, this is a solid beer that that some people will really enjoy. Give it a chance if you see it. Thanks again Doops! (1,226 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tangerine orange with nice off-white head that lingers well.

Smell is lemon rind, orange and malt.

Taste is zesty lemon and sweet malts. Good bit of bitterness in the finish that lingers on my palate for a while.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall this was nice. Would buy again. (302 characters)

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

12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A- Rich copper, amber, clear, white tight bubbled 1/2 finger head.

S- Buttery malts, butterscotch and caramel.

T- Buttery bicuity malts, thin hop, spice, butterscotch

M- light to medium bodied, dry.

O- not bad if your in the mood for an EPA. (277 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a hazy medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) white fluffy head, which dissipated down to a thick film and a large collar with very good runny lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet light bread malt, floral hops and a soapy yeast with notes of apple, toffee, caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange).

The taste was somewhat malty and a tad bitter sweet with notes of caramel, toffee and a mild fruity ester in the beginning with a light hoppy citrus bitterness towards the end. The flavor hung around for an average duration, while the slightly bitter sweet taste settled on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body and dry in texture with an almost medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic Pale Ale with a slight fruity twist...

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Photo of horshack7
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear yet very much copper with a few brassy hues. An off white head very foamy and about an inch in height.

Aroma: Yeasty, with a touch of dark bread, subtle notes of citrus and caramel and pale malts. Twinge of dryness in the nose.

Taste: Fairly bready at the start with light citrus notes. Toffee, light caramelized sugar with a bit of brown tossed in. The mouthfeel is thcik with a subtle dryness and a smooth finish.

Notes: Nicely drinkable and solidly hearty tasty meal in a bottle. Cheers. (511 characters)

Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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