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Denver Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,143 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 34 | 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.

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aubuc1

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear dark golden with a lacy white head and streaming carbonation.

Smell is a great balance of bready malt and smooth hops.

Taste is english bisbuits with a light sweet and hoppy bite.

Full mouthfeel and easy drinkability make this a very nice beer to drink. Much better than I expected.

10-05-2008 18:54:37 | More by aubuc1
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +10%

Very cloudy, bright yellow, darkens toward honey-golden at the top of the glass. Rich aroma has strong overtone of orange. Flavor is somewhat wheaty and has a strong orange component and some hop hints. This tastes more like a wheat beer than a pale ale. Texture is smooth and pleasing.

09-21-2008 01:45:55 | More by Cyberkedi
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a pale golden yellow color with good clarity, decent head.

Aroma is malty and roasty with a bit of hops.

Flavor is a dead ringer for NB Fat Tire. It has very similar malts with roastiness and the hops mighty as well be the same as well. If someone put a pint in front of me as a blind taste test, I would have no hesitation saying it was fat tire.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is strong but the roasted flavors might make me stop after two.

09-09-2008 01:08:42 | More by GilGarp
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer poured a mahogany tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose is rich with caramel and some mild toasted malt. Hints of citrus and leafs peak through.

Light to medium bodied with firm malty flavor followed almost immediately by a big resin hop punch. A big firm caramel malt body has a very granite, mineral, hard water, britishly sort of flavor. Really just a very simple beer with loads of flavor. Finishes with a good firm hop bitterness, but nothing over the top.

A really nice session Pale Ale. It really rides theline between American Pale Ale/IPA and English Pale ale. The big American hops play really well with the big British malt background. A really nice and very drinkable beer.

09-06-2008 22:28:50 | More by taez555
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Rich amber-golden body with a thick patch of off-white head; nice duration and lacing. Zesty nose with floral hops, moderate malt (some caramel and chocolate), and a bit of spice. Lots of malt in the taste, rich with caramel, but no shortage of spice either--a peppery finish--without making it too bitter. It's smooth as an English Pale Ale should be, while subtly complex as well. The hops make a welcome return for a fine finish. Delicious and well worth trying, this one snuck up on me a bit, and was better than I expected.

Very well done, Great Divide, one of my very favorite breweries.

09-04-2008 04:25:33 | More by Gehrig
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours all head and I'm not sure why? This has been in by beer fridge for over a month stored upright and at around 50 degrees. I poped the cap and got distracted,and by the time I came back this thing looked like one of those snake sparklers that just keeps growing and growing. When I poured out an ounce or two of beer I got like six fingers worth of head,I'm baffled. After ten miniutes or so I finaly got to take a sip and it was worth the wait. This brew smells sweet with ripe bananas and grassy hops in abundance. The flavors are nicely balanced with some lightly toasted malts and good amount of hoppage. It seems to lose it's carbonation at a rapid pace,but the body overall was a bit fuller than expected(a nice suprise),left a little residual sticky coating behind. Pretty nice Pale Ale that is far better than average.

09-03-2008 16:06:13 | More by orangemoustache
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

I had a finger's worth of off-white head initially, but it quickly fell away to wisps. The color was a really deep copper with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a grainy maltiness to it underlain by a mild bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasantly light hoppiness on the tongue. The finish gave a nice commingling of hoppy and malty with the malt sweetness lingering well after the swallow. A really nice beer and one that could be a session candidate.

09-01-2008 17:36:01 | More by woodychandler
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a copper color with a lot of lacing and a head that does not go away throughout the entire beer. Hoppy, slightly fruity nose. Taste starts relatively sweet with a bit of citrus and finishes bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is watered down...I'm not too crazy about that. A very drinkable pale ale on a hot summer day.

09-01-2008 01:53:09 | More by jdubjacket
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changeup45

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%

A solid Pale Ale that you can drink just about anytime. Copper colored topped with just a thin head. Aroma is slightly floral and hoppy albeit somewhat faint. There's a nice amount of flavor for a Pale Ale. Sweet and hoppy turning bitter to a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel leaves me wanting a little more though. An above average beer but nothing special.

08-26-2008 20:06:00 | More by changeup45
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elniko

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +10%

Poured into pint glass

A: Rich amber hue, finger of head that dissipated quite slowly and left nice lacing behind. Very nice looking brew.

S: Nose rather weak, clean tones with slight traces of breadiness and hops.

T & M: Very nice balance between the malt and hops. I find it just a little too hoppy to be an English PA, more along the lines of an APA. Mouthfeel is solid, not watery at all; nice backbone.

D: Definitely drinkable, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I really need to try some other Great Divide brews.

08-24-2008 18:30:12 | More by elniko
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

This has long been one of my "old stand-by" brews, and honestly, I'm a little surprised I'm only just now getting around to reviewing it.
The colour and smell are both really average and easily forgetable, but the taste and drinkability are wonderful. Colour is a medium orange with a snow white head that, even with an aggresive pour, doesn't stick around very long. Smell is sweet hops with a good measure of malt, too, indicating a well balanced brew. At least in the smell, anyway. Taste is fantastic in that the hops, while present, are rather modest. There is no doubt that this has your stereotypical West-Coast style hops, but it just isn't so over the top or "in-your-face" like so many others. Low to medium intensity malt up front, bitter hops in the middle and on the finish, then malt again a few seconds after you've swallowed. Nice flavour, very easy to drink; a definite favourite of mine. I like Stone's Pale Ale for the same reason as this in that it's not so assertive.

08-23-2008 20:09:00 | More by SilentSabre
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Dusty278

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Poured amber with a nice thick head that stuck around as kinda sticky lacing.

S: A nice fresh hop aroma with hints of some kind of citrus.

T: Nice and hoppy, some caramel malt detected, slightly bitter finish...good brew.

M: Medium body,Balanced carbonation.

D: Good session beer, not too pricey, I'll enjoy the rest of this six pack.

08-23-2008 07:01:22 | More by Dusty278
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a yellowish color and a slightly cloudy consistency. Some sediment floating around as well. Had a surprisingly large head for a pale ale.

S: Very hoppy aroma, along with a bit of malt and some spices.

T: Like the smell, hops dominated the taste. There were also traces of sweets and malt. Decently done, but not spectacular.

M: A pretty high rate of carbonation and a slick finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: Overall this is a drinkable beer. I'm not huge on pale ales, but Great Divide is an excellent brewery so I thought I'd give it a shot. This one's OK. The taste isn't quite as complex or vibrant as I would've liked. Still, a decent beer.

08-21-2008 14:17:14 | More by avalon07
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured a deep golden color. Small dirty white head. Nose is sweet, hop aroma is light and flowery. Very malty, plenty of English malts and even some fruitiness. Strong hop flavor, but low bitterness. Almost oily the amount of hops they put in. Good body and almost sweet malt, but finishes dry with a light bitterness aftertaste. Good attempt at a English Pale.

08-19-2008 03:24:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

First off, I can't remember seeing so much static sediment in such an otherwise transparent brew before. Clear golden color, nice white head and lace remnants, and plenty of little "bitties' in the mash. Nose is an attractive melange of crisp hops and crystal malt, featuring tones buttery, nutty, and a bit oily but overall quite good.

Rich malt up front takes a back seat to citrus hops thereafter. The oil and butter tones remain from the smell. There is a bit of metal in the aftertaste but it isn't a major complaint. The texture is balanced and accents the taste well. This is a quality drinking ale with nice hop character. I would definitely try this again, especially on tap.

08-18-2008 04:17:56 | More by daliandragon
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diabecktic

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance:
The beer isn't quite so pale, as the name would infer. It's color is somewhere between amber and copper, though it leans a bit more towards the latter. There's great head formation with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell:
The aroma is quite hoppy and a little bit sweet. I can't quite discern what the sweetness is due to, but the hoppiness is likely due to the hop content/character associated with this style (obviously).

Taste:
Hops seem to be the dominant flavor; there is a hint of what seems to be caramel, though. There is minimal aftertaste, but the beer is quite bitter overall - a good bitterness. The balance between the present flavors is quite good.

Mouthfeel:
This brew is quite heavy and pleasantly bitter. It dries the mouth a bit, but it's quite inticing - I want to take another sip.

Drinkability:
The finish is pretty smooth and a bit creamy. It's a bit bitter to "chug," but I wouldn't merely sip on it either.

Summary:
I'm not too familiar with the English Pale Ale style, but this brew was excellent. I'm really looking forward to trying more varieties of both this beer and brews from this company (Great Divide Brewing Co.). I need to try it in a bottle for the sake of comparison, but it's excellent on tap/draught.

08-04-2008 03:11:07 | More by diabecktic
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a nice, bright, medium amber color with a great frothy head of white foam which left sticky ringlets of lacing around the glass.

S: Nice hop oil aroma mixed with a good whiff of sweet caramel malt.

T: A very solid hop presence is felt in this brew. There's a slight bitterness as the hop resins give way to sweet roasted caramel malts before finishing slightly dry and sticky. A nice balance and flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite drinkable.

D: A solid drinking pale ale with no real frills, but an added hop bonus. A great example of how balance should be done to give the drinker a feel for all flavors.

This is a nice pale ale, and one that accomplishes all intended flavors with a slightly jacked up hop presence. Not so much to warrant it an IPA, but it's noticeable.

07-27-2008 17:38:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A - Light golden color with lots of sediment and a minimal white head.

S - Yeasty at first then that mellows and has more of a malty aroma.

T - Balanced flavor with malt, sweetness, bitterness, hops and a little tartness. Fruity as well.

M - Low carbonation with good body.

D - Very smooth, pleasant and easy to drink.

07-19-2008 16:54:43 | More by GJ40
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Pours a deep copper-amber with lots of particulates that settle in my glass. A rather large apricot-tinged head takes its time settling to a thick cap, leaving fair amounts of lacing as it recedes.

S: Wow. Intense flowery/earthy hops melded with a rather large fruity blast. I'm getting a berry-esque fruit character from the aroma. This one smells absolutely wonderful.

T&M: Toasted biscuity malt flavors interact quite nicely with a strong flowery hop presence. A hint of the fruitiness from the aroma kicks in, to boot! I'm really enjoying the malt-hops balance in this pale ale. The body is just fuller than medium with an understated carbonation that works well.

D: Quite drinkable. Perhaps a tad heavier in body than I prefer my APAs/EPAs, but it's yet another well-crafted beer from Great Divide. Damn shame I can't get this stuff in Alabama.

07-19-2008 02:27:09 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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AmishT

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Lucid and golden. Huge head on this, but it might just be an anomaly here - the bottle was filled to near the cap. No real lacing. A fair amount of sediment floating around.

S - Earthy hops are present with a prominent note of cherry/berries. Yeast is also detectable. Very bold aromas.

T&M - Crisp earthy hop flavor profile - not bold, but enjoyable. I'd like the hops to be more prominent, but I'm a hophead, so the bar is high here. Light bodied. Low carbonation. Mmm, nice bitter earthy hop aftertaste. Slick. i'd like the body to be heavier; it comes off as watery the longer it's held to the tongue. Nice carbonation bite.

D - This would be a pretty nice session beer: really do enjoy the nice bitter hop aftertaste. Light body helps me to easily drink this ale.

07-19-2008 02:26:10 | More by AmishT
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, pillowy head. The nose is of slightly toasted malt, slightly biscuity and a nice bouquet of earthy English hops. The taste has a constant and consistant bitterness throughout. There is a nice malty backdrop that complements the moderate hop forefront. Sort of one-demensional but it works for this beer. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a underwhelming carbonation and a dry finish. Overall drinkability is pretty good, this is a sessionable beer for sure. Nothing out of this world but a solid offering.

07-05-2008 03:02:57 | More by gmfessen
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

12-ounce longneck poured into my DFH pint glass yields a beer with one hell of a lot of foam! Looks like a Duvel or something else Belgian with a hand of fine-grained white foam atop two fingers of pale amber. Not a fluke... the beer threatens to leave the glass every additional, gentle pour, even as the foam on the drink turns a little soapy and begins to collapse. Ok, I'll say it... this beer has a ridiculous amount of foam... so much it makes it hard to get at the liquid underneath without getting a nose full of foam.

Smell, when you can finally get to it, is malty with a nice dose of English-style hops.

Taste is malty-smooth with a dry, biscuity edge and an earthy character. The drink has a savory flavor of semi-sweet caramel and a nice clean bitterness.

Excellent drinkability once the foam dies down.

06-24-2008 00:11:16 | More by cvstrickland
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

The colour of the beer is a light brown with quite a bit of carbonation. For some reason, the head on this thing was HUGE. It seemed a bit in excess. The beer might be a bit over carbonated, I think.

There is a nice floral hop to the beer and a bit of malts on the nose. The beer is a bit more malty than I'd expect with a pale ale, but it works fairly well. The bitterness and slightly roasted malts are quite tasty. Caramel and other sweetness are there as well, making the beer quite balanced. The mouth feel is carbonated, but a bit watery. The beer is quite drinkable because of the balance.

06-23-2008 02:16:26 | More by swizzlenuts
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: A rather watery golden color with a thin white head. This is easily the beer's weakest point. I like some cloudiness - certainly not wateriness! However, there is some lacing, which is something I like, so this brings it back up a little.

Smell: Bitter hops with a backdrop of caramely malts.

Taste: Definitely this beer's strongest point (as it should be). The taste of hops is the first thing I notice, then as the beer travels back the bitterness from the aforementioned becomes apparent, and then finally, mostly in the finish, that caramel flavor from the malts comes through, balancing things out very well. I'm rather surprised at the 'depth' of this brew: I didn't expect to find such a good bitterness together with a quite distinct sweet maltiness. And the two do seem quite distinct from each other, to my palate. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good carbonation, still a tad watery, but not bad overall.

Drinkability: The beer's other strong point. It's very pleasant to drink, and doesn't overpower you in any aspect; it would definitely make a good session beer.

06-12-2008 17:30:31 | More by Thiestru
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours copper color with a decent head and thin lace. The aroma is of caramel,malts,yeast and some hops.
The taste is sweet with malt and hop notes. The feel is medium carbonation,smooth despite slightly bitter finish that is heavy with grains. I liked the grains. Good touch.

Notes: Too much water in the finish. Not a bad beer,but I will not make the effort to stock it as there are better offerings for the style.
It was chewy and I found it to be a good session beer.

06-02-2008 19:10:36 | More by Lexluthor33
Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.