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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 53 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become one of my favorite pale ales. nice golden yellow color. Nose shows nice hops with some citrus notes. As far as the palate, it goes down nice and smooth. The hops are balanced with a creaminess usually common among English style pale ales, finishes somewhat bitter and leaving you wanting more. This is great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day

WhatsNewinBooze, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass. Slightly hazy golden color with a thick viscous white heading .Left lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is mostly of soggy bread with a slight gingery-spice aroma. Subtle aroma of hop to clean thing's up.

Taste is clearly pronounced with hops. This one was shocking as I was getting a big aroma of malty goodness in the nose this taste's mostly of bitter hoppies.The malts have taken a backseat and finished up with a spicey twang.

Mouth is very smooth,crisp and bitter on the palate. MEdium bodied and very alive and tingling on the palate. Excellent carbonation in which you can swirl and swirl and it never goes flat.

An excellent pale ale and I must add this to my list of must have beers.

TheFightfan1, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of soco7tyx7
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light gold amber with a nice creamy white head. Lacing and head till finish

S - Caramalised malts, sweet hop, bread and grass

T - mildly sweet malt up front, grassy hops blended well with the malt, some caramel in the body with a slightly bitter finish

M - Smooth, crisp, a bit creamy in the finish with a medium-light body

D - Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable right to the finish. I found myself able to drink a whole glass in about 10 minutes without any trouble. Very refreshing

soco7tyx7, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, clear, translucent with a white head that creates nice lacing around my glass.

S - A fragrant pine with some mild floral notes

T - Up front is the hops with a small bite THEN comes malt middle to balance everything out, followed by a slightly bitter but crisp and refreshing finish. Taste is a tad thin in the finish.

M - Texture barely touches a medium body.

D - Very drinkable.

I am a "malt head" but I like this a lot! I cannot wait until warmer weather comes so I can sit on my porch, barbecue some ribs, and sip this ale on a warm afternoon!

AlFromBayShore, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of JMac311
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While unsuspecting from the light copper appearance and very faint hop aroma, this is quite quaffable. The body has a very nice strong malt character.
Although only faintly reminiscent of the Titan and Hercules IPA lines, due to the light hop flavoring, it has a very nice balance.

Great Divide has another solid brew here. Great Minds Drink Alike! Love it!

JMac311, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of cooncat
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker pint at fridge temp. Even chilled, you can't do a full bore pour, as head abounds. Its a beautiful full fine bubbled head, that gets rocky as it slowly diminishes. Huge lacing decorates the glass ... very good looking brew.

Not much to the nose; some citrus and floral hopiness, and a dash of malty sweetness. Its definitely not in your face, but that's not what this style is about, so I guess its middling or above.

Taste is pretty close to the nose, with a soft malty sweetness backing up the citrus and floral hops. Pretty well balanced. Hops are most noticed on first sip, but the malts take over in the middle. The finish is mildly dry. Carbonation is lower than I'd like to see for the style, and that gives the beer a bigger mouthfeel .. probably medium-full. With more carbonation, it would probably be medium and a tad more refreshing. Getting a little metalic note towards the finish, which somewhat diminishes the taste and drinkability points. Still, this is a solid pale ... probably a 7 out of 10 on my "pale-o-meter".

A decent session brew, and decent example of the style. Worth picking up, if you see it in a bottle shop. Got mine in a 'mixed sixer' as a single, and I'm glad I had a chance to experience this brew from Great Divide.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jaycount
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good buttercream-appearing head, moderate lacing. Looks good.

S - Hops, some of a wheat-like smell. Very desireable.

T - Doesn't punch you in the gut like some pale ales, rather light tasting. I was hoping it might be a good introductory beer for folks stuck on adjunct-lagers. Could warm me up on a cool day or cool me down on a hot one.

M - Good, the right amount of carbonation and consistency for a pale ale.

D - Very sessionable.

jaycount, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with bottled on date 1/05/2010...I'm excited to try a fresh sample of this.

Pours golden with plenty of foam that leaves nice white lace all over the glass.

Aroma starts off with a big biscuity malt character and just a hint of earthy and floral hops.

More dry toasted and biscuity malt in the taste that forms a really solid background for smooth bitterness and some more earthy and herbal hoppiness. Finishes nice and dry.

I love the English take on a Pale Ale. It'd be easy for a Colorado brewery to throw out another American version, but I really like the subtleties in this beer. It's deftly balanced, crisp, drinkable, refreshing, and interesting. A welcome holiday from the citrus bombs (which I also really like). Not to mention it's one of the few fresh English-style Pale Ales available to me regularly.

bump8628, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle for $1.99. Bottled on Dec 11 2009.

A: Golden brass tint, with some excellent lacing and head retention.

S: Pears, freshly cut grass, tangerine skins, with a bit of cookie dough in there.

T: The hops hit the tongue right away with a soft citrus & apple skin bite. Some vague generic herbalness in the middle. Grainy malts show up at the end with a bit of a honey / fresh wheat bread taste.

M/D: GD really did their homework on this beer, since it fits the style perfectly. No real big flavors, but I could drink a lot of these. This beer went great with some Cheshire cheese.

diamondc, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color that is very clean looking and clear. 1/2 a finger thick of fairly dense buttercream-colored head that sustains itself for a decent amount of time as I let it set for a while before sipping.

Earthy hops aroma mainly on the nose. Slight grassy notes as well, but fairly mild nose that is refreshing...not overhopped or no strange aromas as some seem to have.

The earthiness of the hops really comes through on the flavor. Grass notes as well as a decent floral flavor comes through on the finish. Very nice, refreshing, and tasty for a pale.

Decent carbonation up front on the tip of my tongue gives way to a decent body and flavorful finish.

Very drinkable brew. This would make a great summer brew if you're into ales. Refreshing without being too light in body. Great brew!

Fish113d, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a crystal mug.

A: Clear, dark golden amber with an orangeish hue. Foamy head with an assortments of large and small bubbles.

S: Very malty but still with a hop presence on the nose. Notes of vanilla, caramel and soy sauce.

T: What starts out as a bitter, hoppy beer evolves into a sweeter ale with honey and molasses on the tongue. Finishes with a slightly bitter, campfire smoke taste.

D: A definite candidate for having a few. Or a sixer.

Value: For what it is I think the value is pretty good. Could be a buck or so cheaper.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper hued with a healthy 2 inch head which fades slowly and leaves a nice sticky lacing

S: Malt, toast, slight funk

T: nice and malty. balanced pretty well

M: crisp w/ a slightly bitter finish

D: a solid session brew.

Notes: While this isn't my favorite pale ale, I do enjoy and recommend it.

Huhzubendah, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of GarrisWH
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with one finger of creamy, off-white head. Good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Biscuit and caramel malt aromas with some grassy, slightly citric hop character. A bit of an earthy quality in the nose as well.

T - Smooth and clean taste leaning towards the malty side. Slightly bitter kick up front that leads into a biscuity, caramel malt presence in the middle. Finishes with some grassy, floral hop bitterness. Biscuit character comes through again in the aftertaste.

M - Great mouthfeel - slightly heavier than a lot of other pale ales around. Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation

D - Clean flavors and a great feel lend to high drinkability on this one. Could make for a very nice session brew. I will definitely revisit this one again.

GarrisWH, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours golden and clear with a foamy white head that didn't retain long and left little lacing.

Smell - Pine hops and slight malt scents. A definite hoppy pale ale smell to it.

Taste - Smooth, crisp, hoppy and a slight sweetness. Tastes nice and refreshing, good hop flavors with just the right malty sweetness to balance it. A decent Pale Ale style.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and the hops bitterness up front gives way to a smoother malt sweetness on the finish.

Drinkability - A good but average example of the craft Pale Ale style.

ChopperSmith, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Ladybugger
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar-temperature bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a clear golden amber, with lots of tiny bubbles and a big, rich, off-white head. Bubbles in the head are a variety of sizes, and it leaves lots of lace on the glass. Aroma is mild and malty, with traces of yeast and hop. The flavor is big on malt, with a dry hop bitterness taking over toward the end. There are other flavors lending complexity to the brew, but I can't quite identify what I'm tasting - I just know it's good. Carbonation is present but not overly so, keeping the flavors moving but not making the beer feel too crisp or thin, and there is a good amount of malty body to this beer. This is a hearty pale, very drinkable - interesting enough to keep me drinking, but not so interesting that I'm getting a flavor burnout.

Ladybugger, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of fropones
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice burnt orange with a finger and a half of eggshell white foamy head with good retention.

S - A nice balance of malt and hops in the nose, with the hops winning out in the end.

T - Some hop bitterness right up front and then a bit of malt sweetness to balance it out.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation.

D - Drinks fine. Nice dry finish. All in all nothing terribly special about this one.

fropones, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, pale amber with a nice, white head that settles gradually with a moderate amount of lacing.

Aromas are of crisp, crackery malt and pleasant grain, backed by a pleasant, subtle earthy hop character.

Flavors of cereal, pale malt, and some faint caramel, complemented by a balanced hoppiness that's more earthy than citrusy.

Medium body with controlled carbonation.

A very drinkable offering from Great Divide, and thus, a good session beer.

endincolorado, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a lively orangish amber color that puts up about a finger of off-white, bubbly, foamy head. A decent amount of lacing, but nothing that wows me.

Smells mainly of floral hops masked with a little amount of malt. Pretty run of the mill, but definitely not disappointing.

Denver Pale has a good flavor that is spearheaded by a nice floral hop character that has just the right amount of bitterness without ever pushing the line between pale ale and IPA. A nice caramel malt backbone keeps the beer balanced out while making way for a slightly dry finish.

Nice mouthfeel, has a fairly full body with a moderate amount of carbonation that work together to create a creamy, smooth feel on the tongue.

Pretty damn drinkable. Not very bitter, but has a solid flavor and mouthfeel that makes drinking a couple of these no gargantuan feat. A good beer.

feelmefoam, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to pilsner glass. Bottled on August 19, 2009.

A: Straight golden ale. Tons of bubbles and a little white foam cap.

S: I'm struggling to describe it as other than 'heavy' hops. Maybe a pear-like sweetness and earth. Some biscuit.

T: The look, nose, and taste of this brew is quite similar to Fat Tire. The malt is not sweet but biscuit and toast. This beer may be the equivalent of savory. So, the bread swirls around the mouth and then a bit of a bite from the earthy English hops finishes it off with little bitterness.

M: Substantial for a pale ale and not fizzy considering all the visible bubbly.

D: I would say many of these could go down but it might get boring. A solid one, two of malt and hops in its style.

brewerburgundy, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of towersfall
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice copper with an off-white head that holds on throughout the beer.

Smell - Light hop aroma and that's about all I can gather from the smell, not too impressive.

Taste - Smooth and crisp with a definite hop kick. The sweetness from the hops round out the brew.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp body that's well carbonated and its suits my taste buds just fine.

Drinkability - Goes down really smooth and shows just how easy it is to down a sixer of this stuff. Will continue shopping from Great Divide as I would be interested in trying an IPA from them.

towersfall, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Situation: release after a Kisatsky family movie night (thanks again to Brad for bringing this one up to Warren County!)...
Glassware: Howard's Raw Bar pint...
Appearance: Creamy, thick, frothy foam; orange-bro, almost tea-like in color; little or no effervescence...
Aroma: soft pale malts and light but representative hops balance rather well--GD's goal realized in scent, where the style is stated but not ridiculously overpowering, like many West Coast spruce trees...
Palate: medium-bodied, with some hops kick that fills out the glass on a rather full note; little bubble or fanfare, but finishes with a lingering aftertaste...
Taste: rounded, robust hops with a malt base that makes this an easily drinkable pale ale...
Overall: Smooth drinking, lip-licking beer that perhaps is stronger overall than its idividual aspects.... the taste is clean, clear, and pleasant--as versatile a paleas I've had ina while, besting the Stoudt's offering...

dacrza1, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange color, dense frorthy head, good retention and lacing. Smell is composed of piney and grapefruit hops blended with nicely roasted carmel and pale malts. Taste is slightly more mild than scent dictates, but follows the same patern of piney and grapefruit hops up front with a nice carmel and pale malt background. Medium bodied, slightly oily and chewy. Good beer, could use some slight cleanign up to make it one of the better in its style.

rfgetz, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice appearance - a dark copper with a pillow of white head that holds out impressively. Smell is mostly malt - sweet caramel and a little fruity. Flavor is fairly mild, with some toffee and biscuit flavors. Slightly sweet malt is followed by a blast of bitterness.
The mouthfeel is a little thick for the rest of the beer. This doesn't surprise me given that most GD beers seem to lean toward thick, which I usually appreciate. Not as much here though.

Not a beer I really enjoy sipping on its own, but a good companion to salty fried foods and in my limited experience with the English Pale Ales, a solid representation of the style.

GeezLynn, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers worth of tight compact fluffy head that is ever so slightly tannish in color... Solid retention ultimately gives way to a full creamy lace... An orangish amber color with mild caramel highlights... Small carbonation bubbles start at a crawl at the bottom of the glass but quickly accelerate towards the top... Lots of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A wonderfully well balanced aroma... A combination of caramel and pale malts do battle with a citrus hops in a never ending battle... Some floral esters... Overall the aroma is fairly mild, but serves of proof that mild aromas can still be seductive...

T - Loads of pale malts... Grassy notes... Contrary the the citrus scent the hops seems to take on piney characteristics... A slightly astringent bitter finish...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly dry and chalky... A very slight pickling on the tongue after the finish...

D - Very quaffable as I find my self taking small sips rapidly one right after another... Another all around solid offering from Great Divide... Definately English in nature...

philbe311, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden orange color that had a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were pale and caramel malts, with a generous amount of earthy and citrus hops

T - The taste of this beer had the pale/caramel malts bill that one would expect followed by a decent amount of citrus and earthy hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer, along with Firestone Walker's Double Barrel Ale does not get enough recognition because the hops do not rip your face off, but this was a good drink

cvfish, Nov 03, 2009
Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.