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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
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1,236 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 109
Gots: 39 | 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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mds1101

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-04-2014 04:18:34 | More by mds1101
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JKIPA05

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Klebe

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is beautiful.a very bright orange with umber tones that has a beige head that is long lived and filled with nice large bubbles. Looking at the head from the top, after a bit of settling is almost looking at a slice of bread. The lacing is heavy and very complex in the patterns left behind.

The label on this one is spot on. Grassy and Bright are great adjectives fro this one. This is like a bottled spring day after the grass has been mowed and a light rain just passed and the sun is out. This is a very fragrant with the grassy-ness being dominant followed by pine, bread, spice, and hints of fructose.

The taste is far drier than I was expecting, which is not a bad thing. This just does not match the nose and was a rather pleasant surprise. I was expecting a lot more maltiness due to the nose. As one would expect the hoppiness is dominant and super fresh. The essential oils are still there in both the nose and the flavor with the hops having a sharp dominance that overpowers the dry malt with notes of citrus, bread with savory undertones. The finish is bitter and lingering.

The mouthfeel is just right for this brew which allows the flavors to coat the palate.

Overall this is extremely drinkable and interesting beer that I will definitely be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 12:01:09 | More by AtrumAnimus
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Williaar

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Brenden

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA from Great Divide is bright and entirely clear though on the darker side, coppery dark orange leaning red. The head stays at about one finger's height, perhaps a hair more, very well, and the lacing left behind is think, clumpy and plentiful, dropping down to some intricate webbing at its slightest.
The aroma is strong with hops and very giving. They're up front on the nose and clearly the focus, with some bready, somewhat toasty malts just there for balance. Aside from some pine resin, it takes on an earthy rawness, sort of herbal and not-quite-spicy, with some leafy mint contributing.
On the tongue, though, the hops really hit home. It's dank and earthy, lots of leaf and herb, while some grapefruit and orange peel bring citrus character into it. Malts are again crusty and dryish, maybe a hint of caramel in there. Some of the almost cheesecloth notes I get from particular breweries (Fat Head's in particular) are present. I'm wondering if Amarillo is part of the bill, as lots of fresh but not hot mint leaf makes its way out. Pithy but not too much, and balanced between juicy and dry, this beer offers plenty.
The body is medium with some heft and depth to it, revealing a couple layers on the tongue as it rolls smoothly over, almost silky without giving up a strong crispness all the way from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:32:43 | More by Brenden
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-19-2014 23:33:23 | More by DaftPatrick
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Brinks

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying this brew on 11/1/2013. I really need to organize my tasting notes and pictures better. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a bright green foil wrap and a best by date of Dec 30, 2013 stamped on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body pours a translucent copper color with notes of orange and muddy brown depending on how the light and shadows pass through. Atop the body sits a rocky two finger head comprised of very small bubbles the color of linen. The retention is excellent, and the foam slowly starts to recede with ample pocking and a consistently thin sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - A pretty good balance of light, bready malt and more pungent hops. The hops, consisting of lots of herbal undertones--grass, chives, pine needles--and citrus were more obvious, but they were held in check by a pleasant foundation of grain, to give the aroma some fullness, so to speak. In addition to the herbal dominance, there were notes of lemon and orange zest to give a delightful citric quality to the aroma.

Taste - Here the grain is again present, but only as a cracker is present to convey delicious charcuterie and cheese to one's mouth. In this case, the part of the meat and cheese is played by the wonderful wet hops with a fantastic combination of pine resin, lemongrass, orange zest and even some hints of pink grapefruit. Perhaps it's all in my head, but the fresh harvest variety of the hops really adds a punch to the flavor profile. It's almost like I steeped my beer with a tea bag of whole cone hops.

Mouthfeel - Sufficient body--I'd place it at about medium, with moderate carbonation and a juicy characteristic, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, I can't say this is the best wet hop ale I've had, but it's a very good one, and much easier to obtain than some of my favorites. As such, I will slot this into the list of seasonal beers I must procure when they come out each year.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 06:32:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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