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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,236 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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dondeez21

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 06:27:25 | More by dondeez21
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 22:36:40 | More by OldSock
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ImusBeer

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 18:10:09 | More by ImusBeer
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ChrisA

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 04:03:16 | More by ChrisA
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Drnkmunky


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:40:24 | More by Drnkmunky
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GClarkage

California

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 20:17:50 | More by GClarkage
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Catphish

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-18-2013 06:39:21 | More by Catphish
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DuffOwl

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-10-2013 23:24:22 | More by DuffOwl
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-10-2013 08:51:39 | More by Swift989
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

12-16-2011 03:36:01 | More by mendvicdog
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cestlavie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

10-15-2012 04:16:14 | More by cestlavie
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ninaturner

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

01-05-2013 01:47:00 | More by ninaturner
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Tumble

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-03-2012 20:44:04 | More by Tumble
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 20:41:50 | More by battlekow
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JstickBrewing

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

12-04-2012 16:35:33 | More by JstickBrewing
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-14-2011 22:40:30 | More by Elfastball7
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick two finger head that lasts nicely.Decent lacing paints the glass.

Smell: copious amounts of grapefruit citrus, ripe fruits, and pine bitterness.

Taste: caramel, pears, apples, green grapes, grapefruits, and pine bitterness. This is a wonderfully well balanced pale ale that is bold in the flavor profile. It's nice to have a fresh hop ale that isn't DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pleasantly full flavored citrus, ripe fruits, and bitterness.

Drinkability: this is an exceptional pale ale that can be quaffed all day long without developing boredom or laying flat on the floor. Absolutely great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 18:25:29 | More by Gavage
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navin

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-17-2013 00:08:36 | More by navin
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12owls

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-01-2012 21:08:10 | More by 12owls
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CaverDave

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-05-2013 21:53:25 | More by CaverDave
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is the word I am looking for? Oh yea, QUAFFABLE. Very tasty beverage. The only thing I have to wonder about is how old the beer is since fresh hops are only available for a short timeframe and the beer must now be 9 months or so old. Still quite good though. Alcohol is there to preserve it. Hop aroma is more of a piney, earthy aroma rather than cascade type grapefruit. Color is a deep golden color. Head retention was excellent.

An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 15:47:46 | More by bigbelcher
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Beerrenda

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

05-11-2013 00:11:58 | More by Beerrenda
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TXHopHead

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-12-2013 02:11:16 | More by TXHopHead
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HairyToeKnuckles

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

09-01-2012 01:59:51 | More by HairyToeKnuckles
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fox227

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

10-21-2012 01:27:21 | More by fox227
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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