Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ruslanchik:
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
22oz bomber with no dating information. Clearly the 2008 model, though, as the label is new this year. The label proudly proclaims a grassy flavor. Not something I expected to be a selling but, we will see.
Poured into a snifter, this beer is a crystal clear amber with a foamy white head. There aren't very many bubbles rising so the head fades relatively quickly. The beer did maintain a nice film of head throughout, though.
The aroma is filled with citrusy hops followed by just a touch of nutty malt. When I agitate the beer a bit I can detect a trace of coffee aroma as well. There is a bit of "grassy" aroma here, though I think it smells more like crushed leaves.
The wet hops are very evident in the flavor. There is a strong up-front bitterness that fades into a fairly robust malt flavor. This trails off into a vegetal flavor that is pretty unique to wet hop beers. There is some grassy character, but also something like leaves in the fall. There is definitely more malt flavor here than I was expecting, but it is very well balanced between the hop bitterness, malt, and hop grassiness. The flavors complement each other well.
This beer has a nice medium body and a relatively dry, tart finish.
The flavor of this beer is unique and a little inappropriate for sessioning. 22oz of this is probably enough for the whole year actually. I great beer that has its place, but not one I will be coming back to soon.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2009 06:21:12 | More by Ruslanchik
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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 1,243 ratings.