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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 24
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice balance of biscuit sweet malt and some citrusy hops.
A - Clear, orange-amber. Thick film of head that lingers but never started off that big.
M - medium-high carbonation and medium body.
T - Same nice balance of malt and hops from the aroma, but as the beer covers the tongue the bitterness dominates and lingers on the tongue.
D - A little too hoppy for the "English Pale Ale" description on the label. A decent IPA or APA, but not one that I would get a second pint of - malt sweetness a little too much up front, bitterness lingering a bit much for what I was hoping for from an English pale.

Photo of yesyouam
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale is a clear, sparkling, golden ale with a dense, bubbly, white head that fades to blotchy film and leaves nice lacing. It has a wooden and leafy aroma-- it's all hops. It has a smooth medium body and a dry finish. There's a nice, hoppy bitterness. The dry, crackery malt lays low. It's mostly the flavor of yummy hops. This is an excellent bitter session ale-- really tasty stuff.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange with a thin white head that fades quickly, becoming patchy.
Smell is bready, slightly burnt malts with some very faint black pepper notes. Curious pickle aroma present as well.
Taste is sharp, crackery malts with some ample hops. Good malt backbone, with the finish being bitter and malty. Faint citrus tones come in near the middle.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a wet finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Tasty, and easy to drink.

Photo of jonziefle
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a brown amber, hazy, with visible floating sediment. One finger white head with decent retention. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell: Darker caramel and biscuit malts, with an apple cider/dark fruit like hop profile. Some nuttieness as well. Some sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Biscuity/bready darker malts with a nutty smokiness. Some hop citrus and bitterness in the background, but not a primary player in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with little bite. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: A good English pale ale, with a distinctive malt body, with hops as the complimentary flavor. An easy drinker.

Buy Again? Yes.

Photo of emmasdad
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden-orange color, topped off with a decent amount of light beige foam. Not a whole lot going on with the nose, just a little biscuit malt and some inoffensive British hops. Similar flavors to those mentioned above: sweet malt cut with a little grassy hops. Not my favorite style by a longshot. A decent, solid beer, but far from interesting.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed on date clearly marked on bottle, poured into a small crystal glass.

A: Vibrant rich copper bordering on amber. Possibly the richest copper-colored beer I have seen. Head recedes quickly to a thin film of creamy bubbles.

S: Pale, subtle, mellow hops (not muted) infused into a light toasty array of malts. A slight bit of sea-spray is noted, which is a interesting and pleasant touch. All this could be a little more lush, but it is so clean I am still going to give it a '4'.

T: Sweet floral hops hit the tongue first and bite almost too much, but steady out as the malt washes over and cools the whole taste. Things are at risk for being a bit muddled at times as the flavors mingle together, but the situation remains within acceptable limits. Finishes with a lasting hop-oil and toasty malt flavor.

M: Smooth, soft, and refreshing with moderate carbonation. Very pleasant mouth coating.

D: Excellent drinkability, spot on for the style.

Overall: This is a fine English Pale riding the line with American Pale Ale. Another strong offering from Great Divide.

Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear light orange color with a average frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head.

S - Aroma is moderate to heavy malt aroma with caramel, light fruits like orange, peach and pineapple. Moderate grassy hops.

T - Flavor is moderate to moderately sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration.

M - Body is medium, texture is soft like sea water, carbonation is soft.

D - This is a very nice, balance brew. It is restrained although I would say a tiny bit sweet for the style.

Photo of schuim
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: hazy amber colored with white foam with some large bubbles.

Aroma:Malt and some sweetness like honey.

Taste: The beer is lighly smokey, a good dose off hop bitterness. The best before date is near and I am afreight that the beer has had it s best time. Next I will surge for a fresher one. I liked it enough to give it a second try.

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

From a bottle to a glass.

A decent golden copper color. Nice white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Has a very hoppy aroma. a touch more malt to follow: bread and cereal. But the hops come through on this one. Not sure if that fits the Englsh style but I like it.

Some bread and spicy cereal blends nicely with late addition hops. Overall a decent pint.

Photo of alli4051
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Got this as part of the current Great Divide sampler pack. Pours a deep, clear amber, with a decent off white head. Smell is a little faint and mostly malty. Has a definite English malt flavor up front with an earthy, resiny hop finish. Hops were a little more subtle than I would have liked; however, still felt this was a solid offering. Drinkability is pretty high with this one, when I finished the three in the sampler I was a little sad not to have more.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with Hyland from his Great Divide sample pack. Poured an amber-tan color with a light cream colored 1/2" of head that reduced to an 1/8" throughout with spotty lacing. Nothing overpowering but had a light hoppy smell with a malt backbone. It had a big malts up front with a surprisingly strong hop flavor despite the light aroma. This was surprisingly solid, well balanced ale, alot better than I expected. I can definately put a few of these back, wish it had a bit more APV.

Photo of Greenst82
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden, faint amber appearance. Light orangey brown almost.

S - Sweet fruity aroma. Earthy, with hints of apples and grapes seems like. Mild hops and malt too.

T - Slightly bitter, earthy hop aftertaste that lingers. Hints of grapefruit.

M - Somewhat light, but not overly light mouth feel. Appropriate is probably the right word for this beer.

D - Not my favorite style, but I could see myself enjoying a good amount of these sitting outside in the middle of the day.

Photo of jbertsch
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured this into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass and got a nice frothy, 3-finger head that falls quickly, but doesn't fade away completely until later. The beer itself is medium amber in color.

I smell both hops and malt up front, but the balance leans a little towards the hops side. The hops smell a bit like corn and dirty feet.

This tastes british. It feels smooth, calm, and its little carbonation gives it little life. The slightly rank hops are present on the tongue.

Drinkability is fine enough. When I stopped drinking it, it was because I was bored with it. But it's a decent session brew. Agreeable with many foods.

This one seemed at first, but I realized that I wasn't wowed at all, and I thought I smelled some corn adjunct-like aromas. Reminded me of the beer Abita - which I do not care for.

This brewery does other things better, look elsewhere for a good Pale Ale.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 3/23/10

Bottled Jan 26 2010

Burnt orange in color, Denver Pale Ale is sharp & clear. The pour resulted in a one finger head that has almost entirely dropped, the exception being a patch of decent-sized bubbles. Swirling revives it some, but retention is fairly thin. Lacing starts out ok, but gets spotty mid-glass.

The aroma has a nice earthy quality, being both floral & grassy. Floral hop notes blend seamlessly with overtones of grass & hay. Seems to have a touch of spice, maybe white pepper. These all accentuate the baked bread & sugar cookie notes that support the airier aromas.

Bitterness is more apparent to taste than is suggested by the nose. Indeed, there is reasonably assertive hop profile (floral, with hints of lemon zest & orange peel) that is manifest upfront, making it way to the finish & lingering afterward, all the while mingling with swaths of grassiness, subtle spice hits & undercurrents of toasted bread.

Leaning toward the lighter side of medium-bodied with carbonation that is just shy of vigorous; it's quite prickly, well suiting the flavor of the beer. As mentioned above, there is a lingering bitterness on the finish.

The bottle indicates Denver Pale Ale is "brilliant" & "balanced." I am inclined to agree. It's certainly not the most memorable of pale ales, but it's pretty darn solid - especially considering it's about two months old. I'd like to try it on tap.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brilliant copper hue with a bright white head. The foam pours on thick and dwindles slowly leaving behind fine speckled lacing patterns between sips, a very nice appearance. Aromatics offer up a nice bread dough or biscuit malt sweetness with dry yeast notes, on the backend comes delicate floral and light citric hops flowing. Flavor is beautifully balanced APA, not aggressive with hop bitterness but has herbal and floral hop flavor. Malts are nice with biscuit malt flavors holding up the backbone of this brew. It is definitely English style compared to most APAs, you almost ask yourself where are the hops? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slighty oily texture going on, carbonation is soft and mild, which fits the flavor profile well. Drinkability is solid, if I had a sampler pack of the GD offerings this would be no problem.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, crisp golden bronze, crystal clear, topped by a large and foamy, sticky white head.

Aromas of toasted grainy bread and caramel sweetness up front, with light resinous hops underneath. Simple, but refined.

More grainy on the palate, almost pilsner-like but heavier. Faint-ish caramel sweetness comes in mid-palate. Finishes dry with earthy, herbal hops and an accompanying nuttiness, with a slight touch of citrus on the fade.

Medium bodied, firm and dry. A nice, drinkable pale ale.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is light copper color, nearly golden. It's very clear and has a thick head of slightly tan bubbles. There is some patchy lacing left behind as this head settles. It has a nice floral hop aroma. The taste has a bit hop to it, both bitter and piney. Otherwise, there is some dry malt flavor with a kiss of sweetness. There is a bit of coating, but nothing significant. The carbonation is average. This is a decent pale ale, but it isn't all that complex. It doesn't demand your attention, you could easily drink it out of habit, not out of enjoyment. This bottle is a little old, it may have a more nuanced flavor when it is fresher.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the variety box I picked up a couple of hours ago.
A - Amber yellow in color with cool lacing head
S - grain Malt and citrus hops to nose smells great.
T - Very smooth pale ale. Slight hops and malts blended nicely
M - on the palate damn good pale ale
D - will stumble upon this again. Must track down the yeti.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of soco7tyx7
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of JMac311
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

Photo of cooncat
3.71/5  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!

Photo of jaycount
3.68/5  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.

Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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