Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
An excellent beer, but not a contender for price to performance ratio.
A: Pours your typical pale ale pale orange color. Nothing crazy here, but a very nice, foamy and sticky head with decent lacing.
S: Immediately, I could tell that this was a wet-hopped ale from the taste and smell and looked at the bottle to find that I was correct. I don't know how to describe it, but wet-hopped ales simply have a different character than dry-hopped. It's not better or worse, just different. Expect more of a plant-heavy aroma, and a less intense aroma than similar dry-hopped beers.
T: The fresh hops and balanced perfectly with the malt to give an overall "IPA" feel to this beer but clearly much less dry than that style. The fresh hops will push the typical hop "grapefruit" citrus bite back and instead present more of a "tree" or "grass" (plants) taste up front. Great Divide does do one thing right, and that's make a really well-rounded beer and this beer really hit the spot for me.
M: The mouthfeel is average. Excpect something a little sweeter than you expected so you might not be quite as possessed to swirl it around.
D: Great Divide makes phenomenally drinkable strong beers.
If there was one thing I could add to this site, it would be a sixth category, "value". This beer, which I bought on closeout for $4 a bomber, was definitely worth its asking price and demonstrated more of a $6 beer quality, however, its retail price of $9 is simply excessive and this beer is not worth that much, simply put. My experience with this beer and their Hercules IPA is that Great Divide makes beers that are marginally better than the competition and charges an arm and a leg for the result. I would not buy this beer at full price, however, I will go back to the store tomorrow and buy more at the sale price!
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2010 06:14:54 | More by JohnL9013
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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
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.