Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.4/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Toasty cereal and more faint caramel are at the fore of the smell encountered here, with fresh grass and coniferous foliage a step behind.
T: Begins off-dry with assertive pale malt, followed by slightly acidic floral and citrus hops emerging in the middle. The quality of the citrusy aromatics here are not grapefruit, but more like mellow, diluted orange. The short finish features restrained bitterness, with unusual doughnut-like cakiness and some astringency.
M: Thin to medium viscosity with low carbonation. This beer vanishes fairly quickly from the palate without lingering to be enjoyed or studied, thus encouraging another follow-up sip.
D: This beer provides a response to the question, 'Is proximity to hops a factor in producing a wet-hopped ale of quality?' What it lacks in interesting qualities, it makes up for with an overall appeal that equates to better than average drinkability. Still, for a fresh-hop seasonal it is mid-pack at best. It leaves me with a very similar impression to the riptide that I had at Pizza Port a few weeks earlier.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2010 15:15:05 | More by beagle75
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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
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