Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Clear, coppery/light amber in color. Nearly four fingers of off white, slightly tan head rise with great retention. Lots of lacing as well.
S - Very leafy, "green" aromas emerge first. Grassy, somewhat earthy notes are most prevalent with citrus taking a backseat in comparison to similar brews. Lots of herbal and tea-like aromas, though hard to pin down specifics. Faint breadiness in the background.
T - Lots of herbal and floral flavors hit early palate. Grass, tea, and bay leaves all stand out. Mid palate reveals earthier flavors akin to bark and roots, though these are still somewhat obscured by the lingering leafiness. Late palate furthers these earthy flavors, at times becoming a little onion or chive-like. Some citrus is evident also, a mild mixture of grapefruit and lemon peel. Bitterness grows to a moderate amount in the aftertaste. There's a soft bready sweetness underneath all the hops providing a bit of respite.
M - Not bad, but a little lacking. Carbonation is somewhere on the light end of moderate. Fresh Hop Pale Ale has a medium-light body. There's a marginal "flat-ish" quality during some sips which makes the overall experience strange. In fact, as the beer has warmed, the sweetness pulls through more and there's no bubbly to cut through it. I vote to crisp this brew up just a bit.
D - Good drinking stuff. The hop flavors are noticable but they aren't overwhelming. Overall the beer is decently balanced and a pretty good showcase for hops.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2010 05:27:12 | More by PatrickJR
More User Reviews:
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 1,243 ratings.