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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

1,242 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,242
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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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
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ShameAndFailure

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-09-2013 00:39:57 | More by ShameAndFailure
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thirtyfourtwenty

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

12-17-2013 04:14:50 | More by thirtyfourtwenty
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Oldkentman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-22-2013 12:39:20 | More by Oldkentman
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nickss

Texas

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

Pours a golden-amber hue with a moderate cap of foam. A steady stream of bubbles makes their trek up from the bottom of the glass in hopes of sustaining the head that remains.

Mmm... the name of the beer says it all regarding the smell... wonderful, fresh hop odor. Pine and citrus make their presence known in the nose.

Absolutely delicious! I am quite surprised this isn't classified as an IPA, as it certainly has enough hop-bite to it to reach that classification.
Strong hop presence, but with enough of a malty backbone to make this extremely well balanced. Very well done.

Light and crisp on the toungue... simply "feels" fresh, although I know it was just the hops themselves that were fresh. Active carbonation on the tongue, but calm enough to actually feel like a PA instead of an IPA.

Extraordinaily drinkable... I must go find some more of these... at $6 a pop, they're quite a steal, as are most of this brewery's products.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 21:45:46 | More by nickss
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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

Finally able to procure a fresh bottle of this after hearing how good it was. Hope it lives up to the hype...

Deep golden pour with a freaky head... Most persistent I've seen in a while.. Slightly hazy from the hops..

The pungency of this was evident as soon as I cracked it open... Fresh dank green hops have me thinking IPA right off... I thought Alpha King was a hoppy pale... This stuff is more intense and brighter with them... Touch of malts for balancing purposes but overall they play a secondary role here...

Toasted malts that immediately get punched out of the way by the full on hop assault... Very oily and resiny as a good fresh hop should be. Long slow intense bitterness finishes. Halfway through the bottle I can tell that I'm going to be disappointed in my single bottle purchase... Were this available locally, it would be my go to fall brew... Its delicious and very drinkable...

Awesome brew from Great Divide... Never been that blown away by their hoppy stuff but this beer is special...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 14:08:29 | More by Tilley4
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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