Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.97/5 rDev +21.5%
The last of my hoppy stash here in Germany....
A: Beautiful orangey-tan with myriad tiny bubble coalescing into a tight, creamy head.
S: A citrusy/piney bouquest.
T: First, the tangy citrus of the hop hits, then the floral hops oils mix with the sweet malt to coat the tongue for a slow, sensual finish.
Mouthfeel: The creamy head is the first introduction to the smooth, velvety nature of this great beer.
Drinkability: Damn! Last one I have! Hopefully more when I get back to the states!
03-21-2008 14:02:08 | More by damjadi
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
Appearance: Copper amber body with a fine bubbled off white cream head leaves wide bands of lacing evenly down my Duvel chalice as the head floats above the rim. Aroma: Great pine cone and citrus hop aromatics also packs some floral tones mixed with a sugary slightly fruit malt base that pair well with the grassiness of the hop additions. Taste: Hop bitterness very welcoming grapefruit and grassy hop flavors are streaking across the palate semi sweet bready notes help balance finishes with a touch of caramelized citrus peels that reminds me of well done Orange chicken from a chinese restaurant. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slight oily texture from the lucious loads of wet hops used may be the best pale ale I've tasted yet. Drinkability: 22oz. is effortless loads of flavor very refreshing brew, Great Divide has found a friend in the hop.
12-10-2005 14:25:04 | More by WVbeergeek
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
Huge head climbs above the rim of the glass and hangs there, suspended above a clear amber beer. Head slowly sinks to a thick rim and leaves lot's of sticky lacing.
Wow this smells good. It's the kind of smell that when you inhale it takes your breath away. It's a mixture of freshly cut grass in the spring time and a Christmas Tree farm during the holidays.
The malt is there during the taste and it is a good caramel sweetness, but this beer is all about the hops. Tons of piney and citrus hops with out being over done. As hoppy as this beer is, it's still very true to the style. The hop flavors are complex and bold, but not so much so as to make it an IPA. IMO it's the perfect pale ale.
The mouthfeel fits the profile of this beer very well. It's sticky and oily. It has a very dry finish and somewhat acidic in the best of ways.
Drinkability: I'm not one to finish a bomber in a single sitting, but my bomber is empty and I'm thinking of opening another. This could very well be the most drinkable beer I've had.
11-09-2006 04:36:03 | More by wcudwight
4.9/5 rDev +19.8%
I am a harvest time beer freak and this may be this season's winner.
It's clear auburn in the glass with a 3/4 collar with great retention. Top notes of basil and white flowers and sensimilla. The flavors are hop dominate at first with citrus and spice then structured nicely with a solid malt bill. medium weight with a remarkable 'freshness'. light bitterness, but I don't ever really expect wet hop beers to be too bitter. Long finish and the malts don't get sweet on you at the end which I love about this beer. All I can say is get it. NOW.
10-29-2010 23:53:19 | More by joeblackasnite
4.85/5 rDev +18.6%
Amber-leaning golden hue topped with a short eggshell stack.
Hops run the gamut in the nose, from the sticky resins of pine and reefer, to the lilting perfumes of floral blossoms, to the sere and desiccated notions of hay and dried herbs, to the dripping fruit tints of pineapple and lime. The malt takes a logical step back, and layers only traces of olfactory shortbread.
And thus, it gallivants into the mouth...
Now, it's time for malt to take its star turn, and it knows it'll be relatively brief, so it brings it with a gusto, launching with a slab of honey-slathered biscuits.
Breathe for a second. Strut and pose for the cameras.
That was good, huh?
Nahahh Dude, the hops are too strong, gotta come with more.
So malt lays down a coup of caramel nougat and toasted marshmallow, then, just for good measure, sprinkles it with toasted grain. And what the malt has planted is fucking epic. Monsterous and deep without being fat or overwrought.
Even the headlining hops have to applaud that.
And now it is their turn...
Blazing forth with ripe peach skins and pineapple, the hops kaleidoscope through myriad patterns and shapes. There is a baseline arid grassiness, and heaped on top of that are sticky-fingered ganja implications and gooey fresh-cut Christmas trees. And further on, rose petals and lilacs give this an ephemeral garden tint, as it rides out full of hay and perfume.
The bitterness is only moderate, but the hop flavor is balls-out.
The mouthfeel is modest and medium in both build and carbonation, and serves primarily to jettison this down the neck with undue haste.
Drinkable? Addicting? Yes and Yes. The beer is gone so fast that I'm left to huff this bottle, tremor a bit, and reminisce of better times.
As a caveat, this either has some variation, or needs to drunk very fresh, as the last two bottles I've had were weaker hop-wise, and, while still solid, generallly disappointing in comparison to my initial euphoria.
11-15-2005 09:02:38 | More by cokes
4.85/5 rDev +18.6%
I recently bought the last that my local liquor store had in stock. This beer is great. I love the fresh floral taste that each bottle has. Overall I feel this is a great beer easily a top 10 in the North America Micro Breweries for a harvest time "wet" hopped ale. If you can find this beer I highly suggest trying it.
02-09-2008 06:27:25 | More by dondeez21
District of Columbia
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
Appearance 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits. The label looks like they just photoshoped the words Fresh Hop over the label for Hercules Double IPA. Clear golden/amber with a creamy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.
Smell Huge fresh hop aroma, definitely an American original. Lemon, grapefruit, grass, just like sticking your head into a bag of hops. Maybe a hint of malt underneath, but its faint.
Taste Smooth bitterness and some sweetness, with lots of hop flavor. The hop flavor consists of citrus, pine, and lots of grass. While hops dominate the flavor the beer is not overly bitter, in fact I would call it balanced for the style. Basically no malt flavor, except for a bit of caramel, but that is just fine for a beer that showcases hops so well.
Mouthfeel Smooth medium body with average carbonation.
Drinkability & Notes Its hard to find a flaw in this beer, its just really good. It has more hop flavor than most IPAs with less bitterness. This is my first wet hopped beer, and if this is any indication I should search out more immediately. Another gem from Great Divide, I need to go buy a few more of these.
12-03-2005 22:36:40 | More by OldSock
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
Had this one at home 750ml bottle
Appearance was an cloudy orange amber with lots of white head. The beer retains head well with lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. piStons starts with pine hops and ends with malt and caramel.
It is very hoppy on the tongue, malt and caramel cone to play as well. Mouthfeel has a hop sting and bitterness otherwise quite light. I like this beer it is what a pale should be.
09-12-2009 18:10:09 | More by ImusBeer
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
22 ounce bomber poured a bright and clear copper color with a two inch heah and good lacing. Beautiful hop aromas. Is that pinapple that I smell? Incredible!!!
Extremely drinkable. Strong hop flavor up front balanced by a good maltiness. This is one hell of a beer. I think it leans more toward an IPA. This should be an all year treat. Thanks to Coal Train Liquors for carrying it.
11-14-2005 04:03:16 | More by ChrisA
4.78/5 rDev +16.9%
If you like hoppy beer without excessiveness, this is a good one.
Got it in a bomber. Clear deep golden color. Very fragrant nose. Mouth feel is light to medium. Hoppy up front with nice piny finish. Leaves slight hoppy aftertaste.
It's name serves it right. Not quite the stone drink by freshness, but close.
I'm a fan, and I'm just getting to like IPAs.
02-24-2013 22:40:24 | More by Drnkmunky
4.78/5 rDev +16.9%
01/09/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a chalice like glass.
Appearance- Copper colored pour with a full 3/4 inch head. Nice light rim remains for the rest of the glass. Nice sticky lace trails all over the glass.
Smell- Nice pungent hop aroma. Scents of pine needles, grapefuit and sugary goodness. Nice roasted malt scent as well.
Taste- Wondeful sweet roasted malt background with bitter pine flavored hops. Nice grapefruit flavor hidden behind the malt and pine. Sugary sweet hops and malt make this beer mouthwatering.
Mouthfeel- Rather high carbonation, sweet and sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Not sure I could session a six pack of this because of the sweetness. But it's damn well one of the best if not the best pale ale I've had. Right up there with Alpha King. Borderline IPA.
01-09-2006 20:17:50 | More by GClarkage
4.75/5 rDev +16.1%
Fresh Hop Pale Ale reminds me a little of the Silver Creek IPA I had a couple weeks ago, in that it's darker than the average PA, yet still quite hoppy. Great Divide definitely didn't skimp on the malts--this is no hop bomb--and there are definitely some low-level chocolate notes floating around underneath the fresh hop smack. As cokes noted, the hop flavor is huge, but the bittering is controlled to the point that you could easily drink a couple of these bombers in quick succession. Great beer.
11-21-2005 20:41:50 | More by battlekow
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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