Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by salvo:
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Great divide fresh hopped ale arrived brown red crystal clear with a quarter inch tan head the disappeared in five minutes or less leaving tan hints of lace at the edges of the glass.
Smell is all grapefruit and candied citrus rind with pine and grassy suggestions. Taste starts with an initial malt kick with molasses followed quickly by honey before the hops assert themselves: all tea and astringency in the most pleasant way kissed by a light buzzing reminder of alcohol. Finishes long and slow as the hops emerge on the tongue, palate, and throat.
I'm already on my second so this is dangerously drinkable stuff that makes me feel like I haven't returned to the
Midwest but have continued my Boise based fresh-hopped adventure. On tap at the wonderfully moody Black Sparrow.
Serving type: on-tap
10-27-2010 13:25:08 | More by salvo
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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.