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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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582 Reviews

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Reviews: 582
Hads: 1,290
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 32
Gots: 106 | 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: 582 | Hads: 1,290
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunshine bright orangified amber. The good-sized head is ecru in color, semi-stiff, finely pitting on top and takes its sweet time disappearing. Abstract patterns of lace are beginning to adorn my pint glass. Very nice pale ale nose. A generous amount of floral, citrusy hops were used, I'll bet.

The first thing that impresses me on taking a swallow or two is the mouthfeel. DPA has one of the most full, creamy mouthfeels that I've experienced in a beer of this style. As a big body lover, I approve, though some may prefer a bit less heft. The flavor follows the nose for the most part. Citrus-floral hop start, solid caramel malt middle, bitter/slightly dry finish.

Denver Pale Ale carves out its own little niche in the style. Although it isn't among my very favorites, I can see how it's won some awards along the way.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be careful with the pour! Enormous, rocky, offwhite head fills he glass before the bottle is half empty. Considerable patchy lace all over the glass, after the head settles down.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine, with citrus dominating the pine. A hint of pale malt is noted.

Mouthfeel has a mild, pine hops bite, and the carbonation is medium, in spite of the overcarbonated appearance of the pour.

Grapefruit and pine are the dominant flavors, echoing the nose. Hops last the distance but never get rough or rowdy. Pale and caramel malt emerge as it warms, and lend a good, drinkable smoothness.

A nice American Pale Ale, with good drinkability, but nothing to set it apart from the crowded field.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This PA has a dark orange/amber colored body. Good sized cream colored head on top. Good lace. The nose is floral hops, some hints of hop oil. The hop blast is balanced out with sweet caramel malts. Somewhat thinner bodied than some of my favorite PAs. Some citrus notes. This is a good PA, not outstanding but delicious none-the-less.

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Photo of abents
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours opaque golden red with a nice chunky thick white white and great lacing.

Smell: Aromas of floral hops and sweet malty notes detected.

Taste: Tastes like flowers with a strong hoppy backbone and a nice slight maltiness detected. Very crisp and no lingering finish. Slight bittnerness not too powerfull.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth with a light mouthfeel and slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking and smooth good pale ale.

Nice pale ale, very good job. First taste of the Great Divide and I'm hoping to try many more.

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Photo of RasputinsRevenge
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack of these over the weekend. Frankly not all that impressed with this beer. It's hard to describe, but the taste just did not sit well with me - that plus a watery mouthfeel did not make for a very enjoyable brew. Like one of the previous reviewers, I too was expecting a little more hop character...so I was a little let down by that. The appearance and aroma were decent, but nothing spectacular, and if you can get past whatever taste was bothering me, I guess this beer is pretty drinkable. I'm not going to write-off the brewery, and plan on trying their strong ale, and their porter, but based on my personal experience, I think you can find much better pale ale's out there.

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

Pours a light copper with a white head. Excellent lacing sheets the glass as I drink.

Aroma - Floral hops with a hint of malt greet the nose before consumption. A little more aroma would have been better.

Taste - Hoppy and mild. Not as much flavor as I'm used to but still a nice flavor. Tastes like a pale ale.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but some body exists in this brew. A nice dry hoppy finish leaves the mouth satisfied.

Drinkability - You can drink this beer all day.

A nice offering from Great Divide that would be a nice introduction to those who have not known the pleasure of a micro brew.

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

A true American Pale Ale with a bright new penny shade of copper body and decent off-white head. Quickly recedes but gives superior lacing from the sheet of residual. The nose is of floral hops and a little malt back in the background.

The flavor is of the hops and some malting. The body is thin and more than a bit watery. Smooth and a bit creamy, just the same. Easy drinkability with a fine ending bitterness.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with notched “Month and Week bottled on” but the notch isn’t clearly indicating the month and week, otherwise this is a beer from 2 weeks in the future, or 50 weeks from the past. (Maybe a year mark instead of a week mark next time, eh?)
Aroma: Mild hop aroma for a pale ale, getting a lot of malt smell and a whiff of a candy like smell, cotton candy maybe?
Appearance: Clear light amber with a thin white head. I worked hard to get a head in the pour. It has some nice lacing and tidemarks.
Flavor: Almost non-existent hops top off a rather mild taste. Also notes of DMS (dimethylsufide) or cooked corn taste, a real problem. Has a nice malt backbone, but doesn’t have the hops to really back it up.
Mouthfeel: medium body, thicker than the mild taste would predict
Overall Impression: I’m really hoping my bottle is 50 weeks old, but that still wouldn’t explain away the DMS taste. It might help explain where the hops went. The most hoppiness I got out of this was the picture on the bottle. Maybe I’ve blown out my hop receptors with all the Rogue and Stone beers, but I’m just not tasting any here. Despite the DMS taste, this ends up being fairly drinkable beer, but I can’t really recommend it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours to a nice amber color with a modest and frothy off white head, as it erodes a fine sealing sheet of lace is left behind to drape the glass. Nose is lightly floral, malt sweet, crisp and fresh; start is sweet, nice malt profile with a light to moderate top. Finish is crisp in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, a drinkable beer, and one I received in or from four different “Beer Clubs”, so somebody must like this beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium amber gold color, large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapedfruity and bitter. Farily hoppy for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored ale that pours with a rocky head. This beer has an herbal aroma with herbal tasting hops that blend with an assertive clean malt flavor. There's a hint of a mineral-like quality to this lighter bodied pale ale. The finish is lightly bitter and quick. A very quaffable, tasty pale ale, but a bit on the lightweight. Found this at a Brennan's produce market in Monroe, Wisc., and hadn't seen it in awhile around my homebase in the Chicago suburbs.

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Photo of BierReise
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a bland APA in my opinion. Clear copperish golden colored with a slim head and little lacing. Medium hop aroma and a bit sweet smelling. Flavor is slightly bitter and has a metallic taste to it. A bit watery. Medium body. Not a bad beer just nothing really impressive.

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

Clearish medium amber appearance, creamy 1/2 inch head that's shiny and a pale tannish white. Nice laces, interlocking webs of crystalline foam. Aroma is reserved, minimal malt and a somewhat sharp huckleberry flowery hop smell. Malt flavors assert early, medium body and carbonation, some bits of pizza dough breadiness and pale caramel. Hop balance is good and leaves the floral impression slightly behind as there is a weak assertion of a juicy bit of citrus rind. Not piney at all. Not as aggresively hopped as many in the American style. Decent beer here, a little on the straight forward side for me to pick it up again.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy burnt orange color....bubbly head that rims the glass nicely...the nose is of freshly squeezed hops..a bit piney..also citrus notes...also some biscuity malt....very nice aroma...flavor is relatively hopped up...more of an IPA...a bit unbalanced towards the hops....I bet the IBU's aren't real high but it tastes like they are because of the low malt backbone...there is some English style biscuit/bready malt notes but they are definitelty secondary...

I love bitter, hoppy beers but something seems just a little off in the mouthfeel and drinkability...

A nice hoppy pale ale that hop lovers will enjoy...a bit more blalance and this would be very special...as it is, I still think it is very good...

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

As the six pack carrier exclaims, call it DPA. Well, DPA pours a slightly hazed apricot color with a creamy white head, which leaves subdued trails of lace down the glass. Nose is of some floral hops and a surprising amount of biscuity malt. For a beer that is supposed to have a dense concentration on hops, I didn't notice as much as expected. Flavor is a decent balance between bready, biscuity, somewhat caramel-tasting malt and some citric hops. Once again, not nearly as hopped-up as advertised, or maybe it's just me. Tastes and smells a lot more like an English style IPA. This is a medium to full bodied brew, which is fairly drinkable. Would work as a solid session beer, as well.

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

Brownish copper color with an off-white head. Chill haze and some precipitate are present. Some lacing.
Aroma of toasty malts and floral hops.

Taste shows floral hops and malts with a toasty caramel flavor. Nice flavor and bitterness level.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale.

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

This beer is quite bitter, despite the overall thinness in body. Has an unusual, and quite hoppy fragance. The hops are relatively restrained in effect, however. Some fruity notes, but less so than my favorites of the style. Little head, some lacing throughout. Overall, just seems out of balance. Most noticeable is the thinness and bitterness.

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

Tap version at Brew's Cafe in Granville, OH (in case you are wondering....it IS in the middle of nowhere).

Appearance: Dark, almost "burned" orange appearance. Served with minimal head but it had good lacing of the glass.

Smell: A pleasant mixture of spicy and citrusy hops.

Taste: Hoppy, but nothing to write home about. I just happen to like a more assertively-hopped IPA. Little bits of malty sweetness creep in, but the flavor is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Your basic pale ale. Crisp and puckering on the back end with just a little bit of a hoppy aftertaste. A pretty solid pale ale when all is said and done.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although its ben awhile since i have had this I do remember some of the qualitys,it is one of the first pale ales I ever had.Had a decent copper color with a small head,had a firm malt background with hoppy herbal tones the most.Quite balances for a pale ale good malty background with floral fruity hop flavor.A little filling as I reacall but a pretty good pale ale.

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

The liquid is viscous and orange-tinted caramel color with a lazy, pearlescent blanket of foam on top. Sultry.
Sticky aromas of preserved lemons and graham cracker crust are assertive if simple.
Nice, balanced, conservative flavors offer more lemon with floral, fruit, and grain flavors. Watermelon, sunflowers, piny burnt sugar...
Nicely engineered beer here.
The finish offers a twist of toffee that seems to be revealed by the exhaustion of the other flavors. like little toffee pebbles glistening in the sun after the tide washes away. I try and catch one between my teeth, only to drain the glass all too quickly...darn.

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Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a creamy white head that dissipates into a thick and bubbly lace. Nose is sweet malt and very floral hops. Taste is sweet fruits and malts at first quickly replaced by bitter hop resins that makeup the core of the flavor with a bit of citrus in the end. The hop oils also create a bit a slick feel in the mouth. Crisp and refreshing, this brew is a fine example of what a good English-style pale ale should be.

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

This beer pours a clear light tea color with a large 2-½ finger off-white head. The smell consists of mouthwatering citrusy hops with fresh baked bread background aromas. The taste is more of the fresh baked bread and pungent citrusy fruit hops and mild malted background. This is a refreshing light bodied brew that drinks down easy and finishes with a light dry finish with each swallow. Very nice brew! Cheers!

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Photo of puckee
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nicknamed DPA, Great Divide's pale ale is a popular choice with the locals. The beer poured with an attractive amber honey appearance. The creamy head was quick to dissipate, leaving even lacing and a mixture of fine foam and larger bubbles on the surface. The aroma was notably hoppy, but yeast was present as well. The malt lingered in the background in a rather light, almost tinny effect. With a watery mouth-feel, this highly-carbonated ale brought up the malt when the tongue was struck. The balance was pleasant and the hop bitterness gently bit upon a shallow-bodied swallow. This is a highly drinkable beer, with no objectionable qualities. The issue here is a lack of originality, making for a somewhat light, and burpy, experience.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Light amber color with minute head. Hops aroma that was difficult to detect. This seemed watered-down and nothing special to me. I like more hops in my APAs.

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

Hazy orange with yeast chunks. HUGE head, in fact this stuff foamed over my glass with little provocation. Yikes, lookout...the carbonation is out of control! Much care was needed to pour the remaining half of the bottle. After the foaming ordeal I was able to enjoy this fine example of a pale ale. Light-medium toasted malt, with citrus orange/tangerine aroma and flavor. Yeast haze lends a breadiness to the character and contributes to the medium body and full mouthfeel. When all's said and done, a good brew. Thanks to the wife for scoring this for me from a recent business trip. What a good woman.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.