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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,304 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 12/24/14.

Color was darker than I expected. Coppery amber with a thin white head. Lots of sticky lacing that just stayed glued to the sides of the glass.

Aroma was weedy and grassy with some pine, but then more citrus as it warmed. Smells pretty hoppy for a pale ale. More like a light IPA.

Flavor was dominated by the fresh hops. More citrus than the aroma, but some pine and grass as well. The malt is barely detectable but provides just enough backbone to balance the hop profile. Finish is bitter and long for a pale ale.

Feel is medium and creamy.

Overall, a bit closer to an IPA than a true pale ale, but whose drawing that line? I really liked this beer and was sad to see the last of it in my glass.

mr-jj, Today at 04:05 AM
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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

CK319, Sunday at 02:51 AM
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

stensja, Sunday at 12:44 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Eddiehop, Sunday at 12:40 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (best by December 24, 2014) into a tulip.

A-The beer is darker than many of the style...sort-of a light amber. It is nearly clear with about two fingers of oily, clingy, light-tan head. Retention is pretty good.

S-The aroma is, of course, dominated by hop scents. I sniff some citrus (orange mostly, but some grapefruit too), mint, light floral notes, and light pine notes. The malts are mostly buried, but I get a bit of toast flavor.

T-The taste is more minty and pine forward than the smell. There is some floral character and a bit of citrus. I would call it highly bitter, but more herbal and vegetal. There is a touch of sweetness up front that mostly fades as the beer finishes. Malts are minimal with just a hint of toast again.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a bit of an oily coating. Carbonation is moderate.

O-This is a pretty tasty beer. I like how the hops are not overly juicy, but not overly bitter or harsh, either. The balance is well done and the fresh hops provide a unique aspect to the mouthfeel, in particular. A nicely done beer.

spoony, Saturday at 03:34 AM
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

T_Hass, Saturday at 03:27 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

KeyWestGator, Friday at 10:39 PM
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle best-by dated 12/24/14. Darker caramel color than I expected, with almost no head. The taste is predominated by caramel malt flavors, with some floral and bitter notes contributed by the hops. Not bad, but I would've liked to see the other elements of the beer be a bit more delicate to let the fresh hops shine through.

neurobot01, Oct 17, 2014
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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.