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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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1,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 37 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured this one out of a 12 oz. bottle, came out as a light copper color w/ about a finger sized head. Decent lacing.

Smelled lots of floral hops in the nose, and just a hint of sweetness.

Tastes a lot similar to the smell, an abundance of hops, but with a solid malt backround for a very nice balance. medium carbonation, and overall very easy to drink.

I could sit back and drink these things all night long, very sessionable, and definately worth checking out if you are able to get Great Divide in your region.

(as a side note, this beer is classified as an English PA, but aside from it being slightly maltier than other APA's on the market, it has more characteristics of an American PA than an English one)

bonsreeb85, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

On cask into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Glad to revisit this one as it was one the more solid Pale Ales I had when I was first exploring craft beer.

Deep and amber, close to copper with a one finger off white head. Rings of webby lacing. The aroma is loaded with citrusy hops, with a little bit of an herbal aroma. The malts add a good slightly toasty background. The flavor has light grainy malts in the background with a good amount of flavorful hops that have just a touch of grapefruit. A little bit of buttery diacetyl is detected.

Great beer, even better on cask.

BeerSox, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

A) Pours with an active, frothy head. Bronze in color, with some sediment.
S) Floral hop aroma with notes of peach, apricot and citrus fruit.
T) Very sweet, malty nose. Slight peach flavor, a minimal bitterness.
M) Smooth, mildly creamy. Some crispness.
D) Everyday DPA! I realize that my rating will be above the norm, but this was a delicious pale ale. Well crafted.

u2carew, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a 2 finger white head. Pale amber clear body. Head retention and lacing were great

Smells of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Earthy, bready, malts are also there

Taste is of mild herbal, floral hop bitterness. Some malt is also there with an after taste of metal and honey

Mouth feel is light, fresh and slightly over carbonated

Beer is a simple, good tasting, sessionable beer. Nothing really special but overall i think EPA's are meant to be that way

angelmonster, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

A: pours a nice clear orange/copper color with a light khaki colored head. Good head retention and solid amount of lacing for a pale ale.

S: sweet bicuity/caramel malt aroma. Nice floral hop aroma, very british in style.

T: definitely pull some biscuit and caramel flavors from the malts. Mild mild hop flavors, light hints of citrus along with a nice fruity/floral essence. Very well-balanced ale. Could use a little more of something though.

M: medium bodied. Mild carbonation level, leading to a nice smoothness that accompanies the balance of the taste. Good mouthfeel overall.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Picked this up in a mixed six pack along with a few other Great Divides.

Poured into a pilsner glass and it has a nice golden color with a decent head. The beer has a lot of body. The smell is noticeably less hoppy than other GD's I have tried.

Although I am more inclined towards IPA and American Pale Ales, this is a nice representation of an English style pale ale. Probably not my favorite Great Divide, but not bad overall.

mirish72, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of eberkman
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

An orange-gold honey-hued beer with a big, rocky, sticky off-white head. Hazy body. Smells of toffee and biscuitlike malts -- very English. But the taste was much more reminiscent of a West Coast APA -- bitter hop presence with an overall dry presentation. The bready, biscuity notes in the nose were almost completely hidden form the palate. Definitely more bitter than an English Pale Ale. Medium-bodied and refreshing -- went down easily. The drinkability is the best feature. Won't go out of my way for another one, but basically solid.

eberkman, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of gameface23
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%

Appearance: Cloudy honey color with a huge, pillowy head that clings to the glass and leaves 3-dimensional lacing. Lots of chunky yeast floating around.

Smell: Smells kind of like a Belgian IPA because of it's yeasty bite. Slightly metallic, floral hops and malt sweetness.

Taste: Very metallic/plastic taste to it. Loads of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely fizzy.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but I just don't like it that much.

gameface23, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

Reviewed 1/19/2008 (bottled 4th week of June):

Pours an amber-reddish colored body, with a big foamy creamy white colored head. Big bubbles, and good lacing. Malty hoppy aroma, sweet & fresh. Some odd taste, like sour or almost dirty-diaperish. Fresh taste, dry, kinda watery. Dusty almost. Warmin up, milder, not as bitter.

jujubeast6000, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of cadenwhitaker
4/5  rDev +7.8%

This is from my cellar, and it has aged about six months to a year.

The head is eggshell white, full bodied, about two fingers tall, leaving a sticky residue on the sides as it goes down.

The smell is honey, lots and lots of honey

The taste is more honey, the hops are greatly subdued and it has a very malty taste.

Overall I'm really impressed with this beer after it has had some time to sit.

cadenwhitaker, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

I'm really digging the new Great Divide labels. That, combined with the fact that all their beers are usually awesome, probably made me grab this off the shelf and into a mix-a-six.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a crystal clear golden amber with a reddish hue to it. A big-bubbled white head forms on top with a turbid pour and takes its time shrinking down to a huge, hearty collar with scattered foam across the surface.

SMELL: Resinous, earthy hops are slightly aggressive but still hold back enough to allow some malt aroma through. It's bready pale malt with a light toasted character to it. Yeast esters are moderate, so this is definitely smelling like something on the English end of the spectrum.

TASTE: Initially quite malty with the same toasty, biscuity profile as in the aroma. It's nice and clean and quickly joined by a significant dose of hops with a real bite. They're both aggressive and restrained at the same time and difficult to tell if they're American or European in origin. Yeast esters really jump out at you here and give the beer a funky, almost diacetyl flavor. Nice balanced flavors, but too hoppy for style and the hops and malt seem to fight against each other rather than work together.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and clean though maybe on the heavier side of light-bodied. Carbonation is on the lower end which is right on style.

DRINKABILITY: I actually give this really high marks. No perceptible alcohol to get in the way and some really nice flavors make this go down pretty easily. I'd have another.

Not stellar but a solid offering from Great Divide. For a brewery that make so many really hoppy beers, undertaking an English-style ale should be commended. I'd be happy to order this out at a bar, but I doubt I'd bring a six pack home.

jmalex, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

On tap at Baker's Street Grill and Bar. Poured light gold with almost no head, what was there was light, white and fast to disappear. Smelled slightly malty and hoppy but mostly crisp and clean. Taste was clean, hoppy with malt aftertastes and slightly watery. Watery in a good way, a sort of refreshing finish. Overall, I enjoyed it, I thought it was a solid pale ale. I would say I was most likely drinking it in the wrong season, but would be more than happy to share a six pack in the sun over the summer.

onecrazybreeze, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +7.8%

On tap at the Swamp Tavern. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep gold color and is clear. No head (served that way).

Smell is faint and non-descript.

Taste is hop dominated with a little malt presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little dry. Maybe just a bit thin.

A very drinkable APA. Almost as good as Sierra Nevada

RJLarse, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

Got malt and clean hop finish, nice brew, I could session this beer easily. I write these reviews for my own personal use, so this is a general review. I will pick up another one of these soon and do a more formal review.

again the two hundred and fifty character limit rears its ugly head

webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a light amber color with an off white persistant head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma is of strong Fuggle hops with a little sweet malts.

Flavor is much of the same, some sweetness and lots of English hop flavor, very earthy and a little citrus.

This beer is medium bodied and very smooth to almost creamy.

Very drinkable.

hoplover82, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Had this beer in Denver during a recent trip.

This beer poured a burnt organge amber color with slightly rocky head that fills the pint glass. Decent lacing throughout. The nose had some caramel and toasty bready aroma with a hint of herbal hops. The flavor was of a thin caramel and toasty malt that gave way to a thin hop and citrus. Floral hop aftertaste subsides. The mixture towards the end actually gives an almost soapy taste to the beer. At first I thought this was due to the glass used - but tried another glass, and then simply to drink it right out of the bottle. Moderately light body with decent carbonation. It goes down easy, but I have had better of this style.

Jayli, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of turamarth
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Poured a very nice crystal clear golden amber color. Had a fluffy 2 finger head that was a little off white. Receded at a moderate pace, to a lingering film. Leaves some lacing.

Nose: Up front there is a nice hop presence, some light grapefruit notes and other hoppy notes. There is some sweet maltyness there too.

Taste: Mimics the nose pretty closely. There is an up front hop presence. The same grapefruity notes. Nice bitterness. There is also a nice malty base to the taste. This is a pretty balanced EPA.

Mouth: Sort of a medium body, that stays fairly smooth. The bitterness here would be a good palate cleanser.

Drink: Balance, clean, bitter, pretty drinkable in my book.

turamarth, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

12 oz. bottle with new label with a freshness date stamped on label.

Beautiful clear,deep gold to light amber with a sustained, creamy white head with lacing.

Sweet malty aroma dominates with very slight hop aroma; this is a british interpretation.

The taste does not match the appearance, though it does have a pleasant, malty flavor with a very faint hop bitterness. The flavor is somewhat flat and one dimensional; somewhat watery. I did expect more.

Thin bodied and flat tasting; leaves very little taste in the mouth or on the tongue.

Not much going on with this one to make you want to drink many. There is simply very little taste or complexity. I would stick with the Titan IPA.

jkrich, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

A- Big, bubbly head on top of a clear, pale-amber color body. Nice lacing

S- Pleasant, balanced smell with citric hops flavors and a backbone of sugar-sweet malt

T- Very smooth, well-balanced flavors here. Same flavors described in the nose along with some hard, acidic water flavors. Spot-on for an EPA

M- Again, very smooth, slightly chewy, with a decent body and slick carbonation

D- Smooth characteristics and a great balance of flavors make for a superior EPA

EnojysAnyBeer, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark gold color. Large white head that was quick to fade to a thin foam scim. Doesn't smell like much, maybe some light buttery malt and herbal hop?

Thick, buttery malt balaced by a heavy herbal hop thump. Thick mouthfeel compliments this dense beer. Dry peppery aftertaste and low carbonation. A very traditional and well done English Pale Ale.

donkeyrunner, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Big and bright off-white head exhibited strong retention and a decent amount of lacing. Pristine light-amber beer looked positively gorgeous.

S-Some pine/citrus hop characters provide a hoppy veil over the more substantial bready, at times nutty maltiness.

T-Big malt foundation with nutty nuances and bold breadiness with a nice balancing bitterness and complimentary resiny hop flavors.

M-Relatively unremarkable mouthfeel, characterized by a moderate to low carbonation and an appropriately medium body. Feels like I'm drinking beer (did I just type that?).

D-Pretty drinkable brew. Good flavor overall for the style. I'd recommend getting your hands on a bottle or three.

CHSLBrew, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of aletales
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%

The aroma of this ale was unremarkable to me, but I found the color and aggressive head quite a visual treat, especially as it ambushed the glass and flowed out onto the counter. It was smooth and clean and its finish was crisp and solid. This is a beer that is very easy to drink.

aletales, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a clear golden color. 3/4 inch head with good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, nuts, and earthy malt. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with low carbonation levels. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Tastes of hops up front mostly and then the nutty flavor comes through. The earthy malt is strongest in the aftertaste. No component is too overpowering, a good blend. I'm even detecting a slight sweetness, that also is not too strong. Overall, a good beer and worth a try.

Tone, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of aeminter
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Deep golden color, very clean, white frothy head, good lacing.

Sweet floral hop smell. Slightly earthy.

Pronounced bitter hops, a little edgy, earthy, and there is something at the end that I can't pin down...almost nutty...

Mouthfeel is good, but pretty average for this style. I could definitely get in trouble with this beer.

aeminter, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Heavy duty carbonation pushes the head beyond three fingers, rich and slow to dissolve, moderate amber color, not so translucent as to hide the bubbles flowing throughout. Pleasingly airy nose of flower blossoms, orange zest, the light fruitiness accompanied by a curious edge of plastic aprons like grandma in the 1950's, hops edge out the malts, some breadiness. In the mouth it's medium-bodied and smoothly polished, the carbonation fairly high and adds spring to its step. More biscuit, bread and borderline butteriness here, the white citrus relaxed, same for the fruit tones. The hoppiness swells in the mid-palate and lets the malts smooth things out through the finish. Admirable balance and drinkability.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.