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: 1,272
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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Reviews: 580 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples in Gainesville. Pours golden copper, clear, and with a nice frothy white head. Light floral aroma, some caramel malts in the background. Flavor is sweet with some caramel and biscuity malts, very little bite or hop influence. I originally drank this thinking it was an APA, rather than an EPA, and was disappointed there wasn't more hop bite. But given the style, that's OK. Solid brew and very drinkable. (425 characters)

Photo of Living816
2.69/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color was okay. Smell was not. Had an off smell. Something akin, and this is in all seriousness, to baby formula and plastic bottles. Very faint. No noted aromas at all on initial pour. After it warmed slightly and the head settled, it had a more neutral smell.

Taste was a rather unfortunate bitterness that ruined it. Is it an EPA, APA, IPA? Maybe an xPA is a more apt description. It seems like an almost IPA, and almost APA, an almost EPA.

Did not care for the taste at all. Very little balance here.

I was not fond of this creation. It had a confused set of flavors and aromas. (587 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange amber color with a great looking 2 finger foamy beige head that faded very slowly, leaving very good foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of toasted grains, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, biscuit, piney hops, herbs and brown sugar; the hops and malts are about equal in the nose.

Tastes of toasted grains, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, biscuit, piney hops, lemon zest, light orange peel, herbs like tea leaf, brown sugar and Ritz cracker or toast; the hops add nice stability and flavor, but the English profile malts provide complex malty notes and sweetness - very nice for the style, quite easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium body that leans on the heavy side, and a sweet grainy finish that has bready notes and a slight hop bitterness. A very tasty pale ale that is easy to drink and well above average for this style. (885 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's kind of strange looking, like a hybrid between a pale ale and a pilsner. It's got the orangey golden color of a pale ale, but it's very, very clear like a pilsner. Despite the clarity, it's got a lot of stuff floating around in it. The head is a thick, white pillow of different sized bubbles. The head kind of implodes on itself leaving a nice lace.

Very malty nose. Biscuit-like. Not much else.

Not much happening here either, and like the look, it's got some pilsner characteristics. Not a single ingredient sticks out, except pilsner malts if that's what's used.

There is a smoothness to this beer that works well with its crispness. Slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Not something I'll have again. No character in this beer. Easy to drink as a macro, but it's not a macro, so it does little for me. (817 characters)

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

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small patches that are slightly thicker and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with some caramel sweetness and citrus hops. There is also just a hint of some nuttiness.

T: The beer starts with a combination of biscuit malts and some caramel malt sweetness. That is combined with a little bit of floral hops and lots of citrus hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable but not the easiest to drink - there is something a little different about the flavor and mouthfeel (especially for the style) that was not really to my preference. (1,002 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A - Clear orange tinted amber with a big, wide bubbled, head. Great retention.

S - Big biscuit malts with a touch of nuts.

T - Very complex for a PA. Starts off following the nose with some earthy flavors. Progression gains a bit of traction with some floral hops and a very, very slight taste of fruits. Concludes with a nutty, dry finish that leaves you desiring more.

M - Wet hops which I love alongside some dry (I'll call it wool-like) body. Strange and I cannot say I would desire one of these at any point in time, yet not undrinkable.

O - A unique pale ale that has a lot of exclusive characteristics. Not quite for me, although it makes me realize that aside from the formidable Yeti, not many of Great Divide's brews are to my liking. (769 characters)

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

Pours clear orangey amber in body with white bubbly head that fades. Smells of pine, citrus, slight nuttiness. Tastes of light nuttiness, pine and grassy, clean bitterness and then caramel and toffee to ride it out. Light in body with light carbonation. Malty pale ale that's well balanced. (290 characters)

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

Amber body with off-and-running carbonation crowned with a meringue cap. Excellent lacing. 4.5

Floral hops, biscuity malts, and a sweet wet grass smell. 4.0

Light pine and herbal hop bitterness, whole grain bread, light dash of alcohol. A little musty/earthy. 3.5

Wet and wooly. Soft, but coarse carbonation diffuses an oily body. Brushy and bustling. 4.5

An average pale. One and done for me. 3.5 (401 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, yeast, some fruity citrus notes and some floral citrus hops. Palate is a medium body slightly crisp mouth feel and some good carbonation. Finish is sweet biscuit malt, yeast, fruity citrus notes with some citrus hops on the end for balance with a bit of a nutty ending. Overall a good drinking a solid ale for this style (400 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz served into a Great Divide Pint glass.

A - Hazy golden amber body with a massive cream colored head that creates rocky mounds. Giant chunks of swollen lacing left behind. The head never really goes away.

S - Dry nutty yeast, pecans, grassy and floral hops, sweet malts.

T - Woody and earthy barley first off. Some rustic toffee malt, yeasty, minty hop bitterness, pecan skins really come through and and dry out the palate.

M - Moderate carbonation, light bodied, slightly creamy

I don't know what it is bout this beer but I always love kicking this one back. It has a distinct flavor that seems to stand out from the rest. (634 characters)

Photo of Swim424
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into great divide pint glass

A-Pours a nice pale orange color with a nice small head that fell into a full white layer on top. Plenty of rising bubbles as well.

S-Smells great! Has a sweet malty scent bursting with a spectacular floral hop scent. The smell is perfectly strong, not to weak, not to powerful, filling my nose nicely.

T-Sweet upfront with a tad of bitterness, as the sweetness begins to fade in the middle, the bitterness begins to grow, finishing with a nice hoppy kick at the finish. I would describe the sweetness as sort of a citrus, floral flavor.

MF-Actually feels a bit thinner than expected. Still a medium body though, just on the thinner end. Nice creamy feel to it on the aftertaste, along with a hint of citrus. Well balanced carbonation.

O-This is a pretty good beer. I enjoy the bitterness a lot. Would prefer a bit more of a caramel body but this is still a damn good beer at a pretty nice price. (941 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a sort of faded light copper color. A thick creamy head sits on top and slowly dissipates to a chunky film? Lots of sticky lacing. The smell is a balance between hops and malts. The taste is also well-balanced. A fight between sweet caramel malts and sharp bitter hops takes hold. Also some toffee sweetness in there as well. It seems like the hops are tasted first. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bitter hop finish.

Overall, this is a good pale ale. The balance between hops and malts is what I think of in a pale ale, and Great Divide gets this one right in that aspect. (628 characters)

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

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this one.

This pours an amber golden color in the glass. I get a pleasing orange hop aroma followed by some toasted malt notes. The flavor has an upfront bittering with a light orange citrus and a pleasing finish. (250 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About a 1 ½ fingers of head. Color was pale honey. Nice layer of white lacing with some tiny bubbles spread out on the top. Film was a bit wet and soggy on the sides, fairly even as well.

Liked the smell right from the get-go. Got a mixture of light citrus hops, caramel and sweet, sugary floral notes.

Decent taste of pale notes, but then got a metallic, watery finish. Got some light caramel sweet floral notes, but nowhere close to the nose.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Abrupt watery finish, slight bitterness.

Pretty average pale ale overall. The sight and smell were above average, but the taste and feel was fairly average overall. (729 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a finger of white head, minimal beading. Definitely smells English. Malt forward - nutty/bready malt presence supported by a minimal amount of earthy hops. Little bit of wood if you really snort for it. The taste brings a lot of the same plus a bit of metallic malty afterburn. Perfectly drinkable but not too exciting. Don’t mind getting this one in a mixer but wouldn’t ever seek it out on its own. (427 characters)

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

Pours a wonderful golden orange with a short bubbly white head. Pale malts, caramel, fresh hops, citrus and lemongrass; earthy and mildly floral aroma. First sip is very similar to the nose. Pale malt, fresh hops and citrus on the initial taste which rolls into a flattened, medium sized body. Dry, hoppy finish. Great drinkability. (332 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Ipswich Original Ale.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Great lacing.

S: Bready malt and floral hops.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Citrus hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Great session beer. Slightly hoppier than the Ipswitch. I liked the Ipswitch just a little bit more, but both are very good. (449 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer pours a clear amber color with a 3/4 finger white head, some retention, some lacing. The nose is a nice blend of hops and caramel malty sweetness. The flavor is very much the same with a an initial surge of earthy and citrus hops that gradually mellow and allow the caramel malt to emerge creating a balanced flavor. Mild to medium bitterness and medium bodied with good carbonation. The beer finishes with a lingering hop flavor and mild sweetness. Crisp and clean. Overall, a good pale ale, not one I would actively pursue but wouldn't pass on necessarily. (600 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 01FEB12

Pours amber with a finger of whipped creamy foam. This falls to a quilt of the same. Some pine, citrus and a hint of body odor on the nose, nothing remarkable. Taste is malty with a dominant english and oxidized character. Medium body with moderate carb. Decent for drinking, nothing to send home about. (320 characters)

Photo of Doughbodyboy
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the head formed quickly and went with some moderate lacing. its smell was it's least interesting quality. it was bitter. the taste was decent. there wasn't the malt i was expecting. it reminded me of a weak IPA. the hops took this one over. all in all it was ok. worth a try but not a full six pack. (299 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good pale ale. It is distinctly bitter without it taking away from the refreshingly smooth finish and after taste.

The taste is a nice mix of hops and malt, but neither is too much. Not the greatest pale ale I have had or the best from Great Divide, but certainly not a bad beer. (288 characters)

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

decent english style pale ale. pours a darker yellow color with a medium head. smells very english, tons and tons of malts, like a dense loaf of fresh bread. some more hops in the flavor, but only in there at the end. feels pretty good too in the mouth. lots of body here, and enough carbonation. easy drinking but not particularly thrilling. overall good beer in the great divide lineup (387 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper/amber with a white head that quickly leaves. The aroma is a balance between the lemon zest and sweet but bready malt. Flavor wise is pretty much in line with the aroma as the first flavor that presents itself is that of some lemon, then comes the bready but sweet malt middle, and it closes out with a distinct dose of some hops. A nice medium body to this thing. A very solid EP that fans of pale ale's will surely like a lot more than me. For me, I can drink it happily but generally don't go out of my way for. (528 characters)

Photo of coombuyah26
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard American pint.

At first glance, this isn't all that different than your standard APA. It's a nice amber color, but nothing overly glowing. Has a clean, white 1 finger head after the pour, but it doesn't stick around for very long. The appearance is the only thing that I find average on this beer. The smell holds little back: sweet, earthy hops right up front, but the malts get in there too. The same could be said for that first swig of it: more hops than it would lead you to believe right up front, but a really nice malty backbone that a lot of beers with this much hops seem to leave out. In fact, the balance on this one is really spot-on. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than your typical pale, with medium, foamy carbonation, but this beer is really very drinkable. I think the mouthfeel is really where it excels. Overall, this is my favorite standard pale ale. The 5.4% is hard to believe from a beer that packs this much hoppiness, but I don't think there's much that could get better about it. A staple in my fridge. (1,056 characters)

Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Had wispy, bubbly head three fingers tall that subsided fairly quickly into a small white coating that persisted. The beer is a clear, copper color. Lacing was moderate.

S: Smells of floral, earthy hops with slight fruitiness. Also smells a bit sweet.

T: Tastes sweet at the beginning with fruity notes at the end, my guess from the yeast.

M: Slick and light mouthfeel, with still some residual sweetness at the end. Wish it could be a bit drier.

O: I do enjoy this beer, but it is not one of my regulars. I drink it when I buy the variety pack. Still, it's above average and I look forward to drinking it when I do get it. (680 characters)

Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.