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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 26
Gots: 65 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Ratings: 1,232 | Reviews: 579
Photo of audiodav
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz Bottle poured in a glass

A - Pours a clear Amber to Orange with an off-white head. A little less than 1 finger on the head which doesn't hang around very long. Moderate lacing though - all the way to the bottom of the finished glass.

S - A citrus type of aroma which gives way to a peanut type scent.

T - A bit of a grainy flavor that gives way to a quick punch of piney/grassy hop bitterness. Finishes with a hint of caramel malt. It's a bit watery.

M - Medium bodied...medium carbination. Finishes fairly smooth.again, a little watery.

O - Not my favorite in the style, probably wouldn't go out of my way for another offering. It's not bad, but not great. I'm such a huge fan of Great Divide's Imperial Stout, DIPA, and Barleywine...I guess you can't be great at everything.

Photo of uabjeff
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden in color with a decent foamy white head that lingers.

Not a strong aroma, but pretty typical of the style, a little caramel and hops.

Tastes good, a little bit of citrus, a little bit of hops. A little hoppy on the finish, but in a good way, slightly bitter. Nothing spectacular, but not bad either.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, a little watery with medium carbonation.

This beer is pretty typical of the style a little better than most I've had, but not as good as some. Very drinkable and sessionalble, though.

Photo of rawfish
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dingy gold coloration, clear with streams of bubbles. Forms a nice rocky head, one and a half fingers high, slightly off white with good retention and decent lace.

Malty and rather subdued, a faint whiff of pine and pineapple hops mostly cereal grains and caramel malt. Some yeasty notes as well.

Bready malts and cereal grain, no real sweetness to speak of. Hops present with a weak bitter punch and they come in with a light grassiness and pine, some bitterness added on the finish and the beer dries nicely with a yeasty sourdough bread tartness. Malt and hops seem to be in good balance but the flavors while unremarkable aren't meshing well.

Average body and well carbonated. Dries well, a bit creamy smooth mouthfeel very sessionable.

Well balanced and sessionable GDBC has gotten those aspects of the English pale style down pat but this beer barely makes it into the pale range with the hops. Only slightly bitter and lacking in flavor, sessionable for sure but not enough integrated into this beer to be memorable. A stepping stone beer into the world of pale ales.

Photo of kbutler1
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a darker hued orange amber color eith a fluffy white big bubbled head that sticks to the glass. Sweet orange with maybe a slight pineapple flavor in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Not really overly bitter by any means and leans more on the citrus sweet side. Some bitterness lingers. Overall, this is ok, and probaby would be better suited for folks that are just getting into Pale with a light hop quality. No real alcohol notes. Fairly easy drinking but far from remarkable.

Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head that fades to good lacing throughout.

S: Decent citrus aroma with some pine and malt mixed in.

T: Has an initial bitter bite that becomes a mild malt sweetness with a slightly bitter finish.

F: Medium body, quite creamy and smooth. well balanced.

O: Quite enjoyable, kick back and relax kind of beer. Well worth a try.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles from the bottle.
S - nothing bold just some faint hints of sweet and hops.
T - again nothing bold, only faint hops and sweet.
M - moderate carbonation.
D - easy drinking due to thin nature.

A straightforward beer with no frills.
This was much liked by my wife.

Photo of Lerxst
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle dated March 26, 2011.

A-Pours a clear gold with a somewhat vigorous pour producing a small head that faded fast and left a few wisps of lace.

S-A strong, somewhat sour, yeast like aroma that is not too pleasant seems to dominate. No hops to speak of in the nose. I'd think this was well past its prime if the bottle on date didn't say it was less than one month old. Another deep whiff...no hops. Cereal grains and caramel malt are there.

T-A slightly sour taste is most prevalent. I'd think this beer was skunked if it didn't come from a reputable store that stores their beer properly. That same sour yeast from the nose is here as well. Still, no hops to speak of. Caramel malt and a cereal type flavor are present though. Not impressive.

M-Medium body, somewhat crisp carb bite.

O-That sour aroma and taste make this one tough to get down. I have to say I am greatly surprised by this one. Normally GD beers can be counted on for quality. I'll have to buy this one again and revisit it, maybe it was a bad bottle.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my pint glass.

A--Copper color with a small stark-white head. The head disappeared quickly, and there wasn't much retention on the glass as I progressed through the beer.

S--The nose is weak. I get a bit of malt and some caramel notes. A little bit of a yeasty smell, but other than that--not a lot going on.

T--Follows the nose. Malt up front with some kind of a yeasty, caramel aftertaste. It's not a very pleasing taste, but the sweetness of the beer is nice.

M--Crisp, light, and refreshing. If there was a bit less of the aftertaste, I would have ranked this higher.

O--I believe this is my first English Pale Ale. It's nice, but I think I prefer the APA more. I don't see myself buying this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of cyrock1
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a fluffy one inch bright white head.

Smell: Light malt with hints of caramel and hops.

Taste: Nice balance between malt and hops. The hops take over after two or three sips.

Mouthfeel: Very fine carbonation that is followed by a snappy quick hop finish.

Overall: This may have been the first pale ale i ever had some 17 years ago. It is like a remembered it, a well balanced sessionable ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange beer, dark yellow, lots of solid particles in this beer. Aroma was sawdust, a tiny amount of floral hop quality.

Taste, bitter, not hoppy though. A little bit of caramel, offputting aftertaste. Gritty. Yeasty. Once your palate gets adjusted, becomes easier to drink. Somewhat lemony. Too pricy at almost $10 a 6 pack.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has a best by date of 10/26/10, and it's currently 4/9/11. Well, let's see...

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an American style pub glass at fridge temperature. A white head forms and quickly dissolves to a ring, which is perfectly appropriate for the style. The beer is dark straw, very clear, with moderate carbonation showing. The nose is earthy, with apple skin and maybe hay. The flavor is bright, with citrusy hops up front supported by a very light caramel note, finishing with a bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is light; again, what one would expect from a pale ale.

Overall, this is an excellent English style pale ale. I wonder if some of its detractors on the site are grading the style more than grading the beer to the style. Interestingly, it does not seem to have suffered from being a bit past its labeled prime.

Photo of TheSignPost
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If I was sitting at a Bennigans somewhere, and this was the best beer I could get, I'd be happy enough.

But that isn't the case, and I wish for more. I don't mean to be cruel here, but this beer just seems a little too watery, with a hint of the bitterness and an even fainter hint of the hoppiness that I'm lookin' for.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint...cheerio!

A: pours a slightly hazy copper color with a big fizzy white head that settles to a sheen of foam atop the beer, while leaving delicate lacing along the side of the glass. i like my english ales to have lots of clarity so this one loses points strictly based on the haziness.

S: sharp grassy hops with a nutty and caramel-ish aroma with hints of pear and saltine crackers.

T: nice balance of hop and malt flavors. again, hops show a mainly an earthy grassy component that fades to a blend of malt flavors ranging from toasty, nutty, caramel, and crackers. fades to a bitter herbal hop, lemon peel, and toasted bread crust finish.

M: medium-full body for style with medium carbonation. that finishes with sticky hop resin and very dry.

Overall, probably the least impressive of the Great Divide line up. Would be scored higher here if the prices were lower. Still, a decent beer for grilling out or enjoying with snacks.

Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a 2 finger off white head with very good retention that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts for the entire glass. Some ok glass lacing. Aromas of citrus, floral, spices, and caramel. Aromas are a bit weak, but still pretty good. Taste of caramel, spices, bread, and some citrus. There is a fairly large amount of bitterness that comes at the finish, and it linger for a while with spiciness and citrus flavors. No alcohol noticed at all. Medium body and fairly high carbonation, the carbonation seems to detract some of the flavor, but is not too bad. Some good balance of the hops and malts. Very refreshing beer with a nice bitter bite. Overall a very solid pale ale.

Photo of ralree
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice amber color, 1 finger head. Good retention, OK lacing.

S: Nice strong hops with some yeast backing - good sweet malt.

T: Malt comes off nice and sweet, but toasty. Hops are a nice bitter backing, but are not out in front - are a little light. Not a very complex flavor - fruit is nowhere to be found. A good middle-of-the-road ale for people who like hops.

M: Rather strongly carbonated, dry, barely astringent.

D: Goes down alright, but not something I would drink all the time. Other Great Divides are better.

Photo of nezelrac
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

A - pours a pale golden-amber; nice finger of white foam forms on top with some fluffy peaks; fades quickly to a thin layer with nice sticky lacing

S - pleasant hops on top of some gentle cereal grain maltiness; lightly pine/citrus/lemon candy

T - good balance of malt and hops; initially crisp hop bitterness smoothing into firm malt middle with nice inner-mouth aromas of lemon candy and pine and tightening back up with firm hop bitterness and lingering hop flavor; the malt is definitely present, but just a little behind the hops in this one; don't know if 'english style' is totally appropriate, but it is tasty

M - medium-light body; CO2 is a steady stream up from the bottom providing a nice edge to the firm malts; not too dry, well-balanced

O - a very drinkable beer; has plenty of interest; perfectly sessionable

Photo of uustal
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a bit of an orange hue. Nice one-finger white head. Really good lacing. Faint citrus hop aroma. Not much there. Taste starts off with a refreshing, light hop profile. Solid mix of grassy, citrus and pine hops. Fairly big, sweet malt profile gives this one a classic APA flavor profile. Hints of cherry, sweet bread, toffee and caramel malt. Some hop crispness lingers on the aftertaste.

Photo of JesteR14
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- It pors a nice brown, amber color. Nice foamy head that laces the glass.

S- mellow smell, malts and a mild scent of hops.

T- Very light flavor. Very watery with a nice malt and hop flavor. Very easy drinker.

M- Nothing spectacular here, just an easy drinking quality beer.

D- Ill drink it again but not top on the list.

Photo of mattkoon
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the denver pale ale pours a beautiful golden orange and looks great in the glass. The smell is a rich hoppiness that really gets me excited for a sip. The flavor is a sharp bite at first followed by a rich smoothness. A worthy beer. If you get a chance give this one a try.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sedimenty pale amber with a puffy white head that trails. Deep honey malts on the nose. Big butter biscuit up front with orangey hops. Stinging linger. Round, chewy and sticky.

This is English, all right. Big, chunky, unmistakably Brit malts. Unfortunately, they forget the delicate hops that balance the top bitters.

Not GD's best.

Photo of shand
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

It pours a brilliant golden colour with amble carbonation and two and a half fingers of fluffy head. Retention is decent, but lacing is full and sticky. The aroma was very faint maltiness and a touch of floral hops. The taste is big on the caramel malts, with just a little bit of slightly sharp floral hops. Not bad, but nothing too stunning either.

The mouthfeel is nice, it goes down easily without being too thin. And it's drinkable enough, it's a bit too sweet for me but otherwise goes down very nicely. Another middle-of-the-road craft brew that does nothing different to stand out from the pack.

Photo of suspect
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Weak yellowish/orange color. Only about a finger of head after a normal pour. Lacing lasted throughout the duration of the beer.

S: Malty. Not much else to it. Can't really discern any hops or citrus in it.

T: Sweet with relatively nice malt blend. Taste lingers on for a long time after it goes down.

M: Medium bodied, lingering aftertaste. Low carbonation, but not underdone. Creamy, yet weak. Immediate mouthfeel reminded me of Saranac which isn't my favorite, but I don't hate it either.

D: Eh, I could take it or leave it. Was ok. I would drink it if there were no other craft brew options available.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Bottled on January 23, 2011.

Appearance: Brilliant amber-orange with thin white cap and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel & toasted malt. Spicy, floral & citrusy hops. Somewhat metallic.

Taste: Nice malt backbone of caramel, biscuit and cherry. The spicy hops provide some counterbalance and are a little more dominant on the finish, with a light citrusy kick.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, nice creamy body that is fuller than expected, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very solid English Pale Ale. Well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of FattyJLE
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light coppery/honey color with quarter inch head and minimal lacing.

S - Very light fruity aroma coupled with a biscuity/bready/yeasty malt background.

T - Initial flavor comes across as earthy and biscuity malts followed by a stale hop bitterness with a mild fruity backbone, very similar to the smell. Bitterness lingers slightly.

M - Perfect mouthfeel for a pale ale. Medium to light-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Definitely a perfect beer to pair with good bar food or grilling out. Goes down smooth and could drink a few depending on the mood I'm in.

A solid representation of a pale ale. Good, not great. I wouldn't turn it down but probably will not seek it out in the future.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color w/ a off white head that quickly disappears. Very floral nose to this beer, and not much else. There's a floral, grassy, hoppy taste to this beer. Maybe some vanilla in there as well. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer for me. Very smooth and creamy, like an IPA root beer float. Drinkability is somewhere between fair and good. This is a good solid beer. Not great, but I'm thankful to have tried it.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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