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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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91
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1,304 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Reviews by StArnoldFan:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

StArnoldFan, Nov 06, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice offering found here in Greensboro,poured a rich copper with a fluffy 2 finger head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles.The label says whole hop cones are shipped wet overnight to Denver to be brewed the very next day after being shipped and let me tell ya the aroma of this baby shows it.Intense grassy,piney,resiny goodness smacks you in the face and the aromas just continue to linger well after being poured.The big dose of fresh hops are not overpowering in this brew yeah its big and resiny but there is a sweet caramel malt backbone that holds up extremely well.At 55 IBU's its not insanely bitter but the freshness of the hops makes it immensley flavorful,I will be getting more of this very very soon for sure.

oberon, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, bright orange in color with an easy, gorgeous white head that showed nice retention.

Smell - The hops are clean if a little dull and I really don't get much of the malt. The aroma is good it just lacks diversity.

Taste - The malts sweeten up a bit at the taste but again they are a bit bland. The hops are good though. They aren't very fruity but have a nice, leafy character that is a bit heavy at times but satisfies nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - This is definitely medium-bodied with some mild but firm carbonation and a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The feel in the cheeks really made this for me. I really like this brewery but this was one of their lesser offerings. It was good but not great.

RoyalT, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours surprisingly clear with a golden-amber hue into a goblet. Really, I haven't seen a beer this clear in a long time. A light tan one- finger head burns off swiftly to leave a full-covering film. With the beer being so clear, it is easy to see the carbonation bubbles moving moderately swiftly up the glass. The lacing is quite sticky and has the appearance of a spindly spider's web.

S: An interesting hop bouquet graces my nose. Hints of parsley, rosemary, mint, grass, and slight citrus wafts drift lazily out of the glass. Of those aromas, I'd say the mint is the strongest presence. A bit of a caramel malt smell is present, along with a biscuit breadyness, but the hops definitely are the stars of the smell show.

T: Bitter, fresh hops jump onto my tongue. Distinct flavors of grapefruit, mint, grass, and spinach wash over my palate. Caramel malt sweetness is much more prevalent in the taste than it was in the smell. Actually, the balance between the varied hop taste and the caramel malts is quite even. This is very fresh and scrumptious pale ale.

M: This is a creamy, medium-bodied feel for a PA. The hops bite at the sides of my palate from first contact to well after swallow, while in the middle of the sip the caramel malt sweetness provides the aforementioned creaminess.

D: I will look forward to imbibing this fresh every year. This particular beer was bottled on October 4, 2010 and I count myself fortunate to have it at its peak of freshness. Chalk up another winner for Great Divide.

TCHopCraver, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Hop is clear copper and has a decent off-white head that fades quickly to a half-inch layer and leaves a sticky lace. The nose is dominated by pine resin, and also offers earthy hop scents, alcohol, and nutmeg.

The taste starts sweet before huge resinous hop flavors come along and eventually give up the floor to spicy and earthy subtleties. Little fruit notes pipe in occasionally and citrus flavor is conspicuously abscent until the beer has warmed considerabley. There is a resinous sticky/sweet/bitter aftertaste that is almost more interesting than the beer itself. I was reluctant to wash it down. Mouthfeel is light and sticky. The real story here is how much hop flavor Fresh Hop has with very little bitterness to speak of. This is certainly APA pushed to the fringes.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Tiernan, May 29, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully brassy pour into a pint glass with a slight white cap. The carbonation is average. The orange peel and piney notes are arranged nicely. The smooth and clean hop flavors linger nicely on the pallet. This APA is not too big, but more of a mellow representation of the style, nicely backed up with mellow tactile attributes. The aromas are complimentary of the hop flavors and in turn are complimented by the stickiness of the mouthfeel. This example of AIPA is a great winter warmer or summer refresher.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of ajkiser12
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bomber up at Murray's Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday. Pours into my glass a deep clear peach/orange with a nice off white creamy, bubbly head on top. Inticing...yes. Aromas of yep, fresh hops! Big, green, herbal, citric hops waft up into my nose with a side order of caramelly sweet maltiness. This is simply delightful with lupulin oils and orange and grapefruit zest.

First sip brings a crystal, caramel slightly buscuity malt, which quickly gives way to a rush of herbally, citrusy hop flavors. Bright and bold like rubbing a fresh hop cone between your fingers. Flows down with a solid bitterness that never becomes overpowering. A wonderfully hoppy, tasty APA from a brewery that knows their hops!

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a damn drinkable, sessionable brew for sure. I wish I had local access to it as it would be a staple in my fridge. If you're a hophead or ya like APA's...get yours hands on this beer! Yet another winner from Great Divide...keep them coming!

orbitalr0x, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange brew. Nearly white one finger head on the pour. Left only a single bubble layer on top. Lots of lace. Aroma is strong with fresh hops. Mostly citrus grapefruit with some pine. Simple but really pungent. Taste is strong with pine hops with a little citrus and grassy hops in the back. Not overly bitter though even though there is a hearty dose of hops. Fairly balanced, but the hops are the main focus here and nothing overly malty comes out to me. Mouthfeel is good, typical of a decent pale ale. Drinkability is really good. Crisp and refreshing and not overbearing with the flavor or the alcohol level. Definately worth a shot...

blitz134, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bulldogg915, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

csmartin6, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.

The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.

Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I've had - as is, it's still up there.

Beaver13, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Dbrulet, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -2%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -2%

JakerLou, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date.

Clear and beery appearance of amber color and bubbles, lacing on the glass is extraordinary. Smells of fresh mint, wild herbs and soft pine with some bread crust in the back. Creamy medium body. With no warning the taste buds get smacked with a heavy hammer of hop character. Yeah, this is a very hoppy beer. As for the bitterness, yes ... The bitterness is there but the flavor clearly dominates. Lots of spice, orange rind, tobacco, hemp, pine, mint and leafiness from the hop flavor. Hint of lightly toasted malt and alcohol middle to end. Finishes hoppy as well, a little raw but very flavorful.

I'm certain to get my hop fix here. Exceptional.

Jason, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, notches on the label let me know this was bottled during the second week of Oct, '07 (nice to get this info) Pours typical almond amber, nice looking medium tan head, that sticks aroud for a bit then leaves tons os thick sheeting and lace on the glass.

Nose of a burlap sack of hops, with a hint of bready malt to boot.

Plenty of gritty, citric hops here, as a dedicated hop head, this one does it for me and lives up to its name. Nice! Grapefruits surrounds the taste buds and continues to the long finish. Sweet malt present but just enough for a pass at balance, ha....hops carry the freight here. Nice offering from G.D.B.C. Go get some and enjoy

Billolick, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found just one of these on the shelves at Downtown and had to snag it...
Bright copper color with a full finger of off-white head...half of it sticks around for the duration of the pint and very impressive lace.
A hefty dose of bitter floral hops in the nose...mild candy corn sweetness and an earthy carbonation.
The taste is fantastic...the malt sweetness is there, but the bitterness wins out on the pallet. Less floral and more citrus with oranges being the majority.
Mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is maybe just a touch too much.
Goes down very easy and stacks up nicely to the likes of Alpha King...a must try if you enjoy your Pale ales with a bit more hops.
I am really enjoying these fresh hopped brews popping up in our area. Another solid offering from Great Divide.

warriorsoul, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of aquazr1
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that lingers for a bit. Nice lacing on the glass left behind.

S - Has a decent nose, the hops lean towards pine & grass, but not overly complex.

T - Less hop than I was expecting, a lot more malt tones here.

M - Medium bodied beer with very little carbonation.

O - A good beer but I think I was expecting just a little more hop tones, especially in the taste, than what I got.

aquazr1, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma is full of papaya, orange and orange, with some biscuit malt. The tropical fruit hop aroma is very fresh and dominates the smell. Very nice. The flavor also features a lot of tropical fruit. I get some nice pineapple and papaya notes, with a low amount of bitterness. The biscuit malt is also present, but it takes a back seat to the fresh hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium, soft mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of tednkelly
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tednkelly, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Skye1024, Nov 21, 2011
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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.