Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 130
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal, floral, toasted, bready, pale, and caramel malts.

Taste: Grassy, citrus herbal, toasted, pale, bready, and caramel malts. Nice juicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, refreshing, a little chewy, and light tingly bitterness. Enjoyably delicious.

Overall: One of the best fresh hop ales around.

Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange brew. Nearly white one finger head on the pour. Left only a single bubble layer on top. Lots of lace. Aroma is strong with fresh hops. Mostly citrus grapefruit with some pine. Simple but really pungent. Taste is strong with pine hops with a little citrus and grassy hops in the back. Not overly bitter though even though there is a hearty dose of hops. Fairly balanced, but the hops are the main focus here and nothing overly malty comes out to me. Mouthfeel is good, typical of a decent pale ale. Drinkability is really good. Crisp and refreshing and not overbearing with the flavor or the alcohol level. Definately worth a shot...

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-hued bronze with loads of effervescence & 3+ fingers pillowy pearl-colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruitty & metallic hops, plus some breadyness as this warms up.

T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops, slight honey notes & bit of cakeyness up front. As this warms, I get bready notes, caramel & then more grapefruitty hops. Finishes with a bit of boozey warmth, grapefruitty + lemony hops, & dry bready notes

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, & very good balance

Drinks easy, not as impressed as the last 2 vintages, but nothing to sneeze at, one to look forward to every harvest!

Photo of bthompuz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – reddish amber color with nice lacy head

S – some citrus hops in the smell, but not nearly what I was expecting from a fresh hopped beer

T – wow, huge hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine tastes really dominate and are followed by a smooth bitterness in the finish.

M – medium moutfeel, a little slick

D – very drinkable, although the bitterness starts building up halfway through the 22 oz bottle. I like the way the hops really dominate, might be room for a little more malt for balance, but this is the best of the few fresh hop beers I have tried.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really nice fluffy and even rocky head that opens up the nose of well what else, fresh hops. Very nice and inviting. the color is corn yellow and clear.

the mouthfeel is very nice and typical of a pale ale full but not like and IPA.

The taste is really nice and has a nice grainy sweetness that is complemented by grassy hops. The hops are not overpowering at all and just really are a nice complement and balance to this beer.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear burned orange with a big soapy white head that laces as it dies. Smells of abminor blast of fresh hops(ha) and almost a little sweet malt. Taste is big juicy hops, grapefruit rind, bittering finish but all of this is doesnt linger. A miniscule amount of malt but nothing that can balance the hops. Crisp in the mouth with good carbonation. Very drinkable. An awesome pale ale from GD.

Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Clear copper colored body suspended a huge cotton candy head. Four fingers of head left a sticky speckled lace down the entire glass.

Smell was of fresh hops...surprise. Floral, earthy. Green grass. Very nice.

Taste was flavorful bitterness. Leafy hops. Oily hops were nicely balanced with a mild malt sweetness. Citrus characteristics surfaced as the beer warmed. This one was better than I had anticipated. A solid APA.

Mouthfeel was slippery and thin to medium bodied. Carbonation was medium to mild. I will look for this one again.

Photo of chefkevlar
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale orange/tan color with an inch or so of fluffy head. Head retention is good and leaves good lacing

S: Smells of citrus and piney hops. There's a slightly sweet note of honey as well.

T: Flavor is actually a little lighter than I expected from the smell. Overall though the flavor is very hoppy with only a minimal amount of bitterness. There's a nice balance also between the hops and a slightly honey like sweetness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing on the palate.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber with a full frothy white head. Excellent hoppiness comes through in the aroma. Great floral and citric bitter notes nice and juicy with hops. Flavor starts with some lightly bitter citric hops notes before some smooth toasty malt sets in. Some light caramel provides a sweet touch to it. Finish is lightly bitter and hoppy. The aroma was great with the hops juiciness but the taste was a bit of a let down from that but still good. Solid body with good carbonation. I could have drunk a few of these.

Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/28/09

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. 2 finger, rocky, white head. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell was citrusy with some orange notes. Light, but pleasant sweetness.

Taste had great balance. Mild maltiness with a lingering grassy bitterness. Nice crisp, citrus bitterness on the tongue. Not to complex, but a very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel was light with a medium carbonation.

Excellent drinkability. Nice hoppiness w/o being overpower.

One of my favorite Great Divide (session) beers. Easy drinking with a great amount of flavor.

Photo of CONOR8832
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber colored into the glass with a nice fluffy white head, left some great lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for, it probably has to do with the fresh wet hops that they use but its aromoa is extremely grassy with a ripe great fruit scent that almost makes you think you are about to drink an IPA. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the smell. Very fresh taste, crisp taste, great hop to malt balance. Leaves a nice hop coating on the palate, I had a hard time convensing myself that this is a pale ale not an IPA. Great beer for hop heads, to put it in a nut shell if you could take the breaking of fresh celery stalks and put a flavor and feel to that sound that is what this beer is. I wish it was a year round brew but I guess I will just have to stock up on it.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint shaker.

Pours a nice, clear golden orange color. Little head to speak of, but small skiffs of foam hang around, like the last visage of dish washing liquid.

Aroma is interesting to say the least. Not as overpowering a hop aroma in the glass as there was coming from the neck of the bottle, but it's still there. Initially, you get a good burst of hops, smelling bright and vegetal. In the bottle, that's all you got. In the glass, however, you're met with an equally strong earthy malt aroma, which balances the first blast of hops quite nicely. In total, it smells of a bitter yet sweet substance that is strangely appetizing.

Upon first taste, this comes across as just a standard (albeit quite good) APA. But then you get a new sensation, one I'm not used to with the beers I drink. It feels like the hop bitterness floats up to the roof of your mouth, then tries to make its way up the back of your nose and into your sinuses from behind. It's perhaps the strangest physical sensation I've gotten from drinking anything I can remember. Yet it's a pleasant experience, and adds an odd level of complexity to this brew. Beyond that, this IS just a really good standard pale ale, with a small but present malt backbone to try to hold off the avalanche of hop bitterness that permeates the entire drink. The hop flavors dominate, with the vegetal/citrus flavors defeating any resistance the malt sweetness may try to put up. Quite nice, especially when you add the extra sensation I mention above.

The mouthfeel is, as Baby Bear said, just right. It's substantial enough to let you know this isn't water, but with no need to chew it to get through it.

Overall, this is one interesting beer. It's not overly complex, being, as I said, nothing more than a standard American Pale Ale. But something with the wet hops does add a level to the drinking experience which was new to me, and one I enjoyed tremendously. This isn't a great beer, but it's a damned fine one, and well worth seeking out.

Photo of DNICE555
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B

A - Copper with an orange tint to it. Very nice 2-3 finger head.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops, some pine.

T - Well balanced hoppy ale.

M - Pretty darn smooth. Body felt a little thin to me.

D - There were a bunch of beers on tap otherwise I would have had a second pint. This one was very well balanced.

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of bpkrippner
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber and foamy tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Sweet grassy and bright fruit aromas. Taste follows immediately with hints of lemon, pineapple, and ranier cherry. Grassy takes a back seat but is omnipresent in the background. Smooth, clean finish with a light linger.

Fairly robust and nicely balanced, this has great flavor and very complex for a pale ale. Certainly not a backyard chug-a-bunch but a wonderful sipper and probably ideal for pairing.

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a finger of soapy head with big bubbles. The head lasts for the entire beer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Clarity is great, with minor chill haze.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy and piney, with cascades jumping out of the glass. It's great. There's a bit of caramel malt in the back, but the hop character is much more prominent.

Flavor is much like the nose. A bit of grapefruit bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, medium carbonated, and a clean, green, lightly astringent finish.

Balance is great. This beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's well crafted and well put together. It lacks the intangibles to make it world class, in my opinion.

Photo of Yancey82
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear dark copper-ish amber color, with a nice off-white head on top. great retention level and very nice lacing.

S: wow, that is the greenest nose I have ever smelled. Huge fresh/wet hop aroma...I can't stop smelling this beer. I have put my nose to the glass at least 20 times before tasting this one.

T: wonderful crystal malts lay down a biscuity flavor which is very nice. big fresh/wet hop flavor comes about a second after you sip it. very "green" hop flavor. this is just a great APA.

M: medium bodied APA, with a mild carbonation level. very smooth, but the hop flavors are crisp.

D: very drinkable APA, especially if you enjoy fresh hops. Well worth getting, but I would obviously recommend drinking it fresh.

Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night.

Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a surprizingly dark copper color with a huge white head that fell slowly but gave huge lacing all over the inside of the glass. crystal clear body.

S- heavy citrus and grassy notes all over the place. great heavy hoppy charachter all over the place. light malty charachter. a little citrus character is there as well.

t- lightly malty at the start, then the hops settle in. the hops are strong but not as strong as i expected from teh start. theres a strong bitterness that slowly settles in slowly but the wet hop citrus character is very strong and i liked that alot.

M- full body with a strong carbonation with a lingering stickyness to the tongue

D- pretty good, really liked it.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

A - Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and small malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - Solid drinkable brew that met my expectations.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's, Ponce location, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear copper-color with ample, fast carbonation. It's lively, plentiful, fast, and medium-sized - great look, especially in this glass. The head itself is huge, sticky, foamy, and does that thing where it fades around the edges of the glass before the big blob of foam at the center dissipates. Even after all the head has faded and the lacing is a stained glass window-esque splatter all over the sides of the glass, that little blot of fuzzy foam is just sitting there, floating around in the center of the glass. Speaking of the lacing, it's sticky, foamy, sponge-like, and also has great staying power. Just a perfect-looking beer.

Aroma: Crisp and spicy are the two modifiers I'd use to the describe the hop notes in the nose on this one. There's a slide bready, roasted edge as well, but there's really a ton of spiciness here, pine-like. It's not bad, just not particularly exciting. ... ok, update that as I continue to drink. A fresh-cut grass note, hay-like, slightly spicy but mostly leafy and herbal, begins to emerge with a fierceness once this one warms. I'm gonna knock it up half a point - it's still not amazingly complex or crazy awesome, but it's a little nicer.

Taste: A step up. This one's not very bitter at all - most of the harshness on this one comes from the sprucey hop notes, and even that's minimal. Mostly, this is just a solid, balanced combination of pine, heavier citrus, and fresh-cut hay notes, all on a bready, roasted easel.

Mouthfeel: Slick, even, fluffy, oily - all the things a wet-hopped ale should be. The body itself is medium, and is lightened considerably by the carbonation.

Drinkability: A damn good beer, if I do say so. I just finished the Founders Harvest Ale, and this one just seems a little fuller, more rounded ... just a little better, and it may perhaps even rival the Sierra Nevada Harvest for the "Best Wet Hopped Ale" crown. Regardless, the 6.1% abv is low and well-hidden, the flavors and aromas impressive, the lacing and color amazing ... this would become a fall fridge mainstay ... if only Great Divide distributed to Virginia. Bollocks!

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.