Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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1,448 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 130
Gots: 91 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying this brew on 11/1/2013. I really need to organize my tasting notes and pictures better. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a bright green foil wrap and a best by date of Dec 30, 2013 stamped on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body pours a translucent copper color with notes of orange and muddy brown depending on how the light and shadows pass through. Atop the body sits a rocky two finger head comprised of very small bubbles the color of linen. The retention is excellent, and the foam slowly starts to recede with ample pocking and a consistently thin sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - A pretty good balance of light, bready malt and more pungent hops. The hops, consisting of lots of herbal undertones--grass, chives, pine needles--and citrus were more obvious, but they were held in check by a pleasant foundation of grain, to give the aroma some fullness, so to speak. In addition to the herbal dominance, there were notes of lemon and orange zest to give a delightful citric quality to the aroma.

Taste - Here the grain is again present, but only as a cracker is present to convey delicious charcuterie and cheese to one's mouth. In this case, the part of the meat and cheese is played by the wonderful wet hops with a fantastic combination of pine resin, lemongrass, orange zest and even some hints of pink grapefruit. Perhaps it's all in my head, but the fresh harvest variety of the hops really adds a punch to the flavor profile. It's almost like I steeped my beer with a tea bag of whole cone hops.

Mouthfeel - Sufficient body--I'd place it at about medium, with moderate carbonation and a juicy characteristic, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, I can't say this is the best wet hop ale I've had, but it's a very good one, and much easier to obtain than some of my favorites. As such, I will slot this into the list of seasonal beers I must procure when they come out each year.

Photo of mr-jj
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 12/24/14.

Color was darker than I expected. Coppery amber with a thin white head. Lots of sticky lacing that just stayed glued to the sides of the glass.

Aroma was weedy and grassy with some pine, but then more citrus as it warmed. Smells pretty hoppy for a pale ale. More like a light IPA.

Flavor was dominated by the fresh hops. More citrus than the aroma, but some pine and grass as well. The malt is barely detectable but provides just enough backbone to balance the hop profile. Finish is bitter and long for a pale ale.

Feel is medium and creamy.

Overall, a bit closer to an IPA than a true pale ale, but whose drawing that line? I really liked this beer and was sad to see the last of it in my glass.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date.

Clear and beery appearance of amber color and bubbles, lacing on the glass is extraordinary. Smells of fresh mint, wild herbs and soft pine with some bread crust in the back. Creamy medium body. With no warning the taste buds get smacked with a heavy hammer of hop character. Yeah, this is a very hoppy beer. As for the bitterness, yes ... The bitterness is there but the flavor clearly dominates. Lots of spice, orange rind, tobacco, hemp, pine, mint and leafiness from the hop flavor. Hint of lightly toasted malt and alcohol middle to end. Finishes hoppy as well, a little raw but very flavorful.

I'm certain to get my hop fix here. Exceptional.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with some amber highlights. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of grassy and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a moderate to high amount of bitterness from the hops, although the underlying malts provide some balance; it's very similar to the smell with some additional flavors of citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the bitterness is not overpowering in any way.

Photo of sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange clear body with 2 finger head, good retention

S: Hops hops hops. citrus, lemon, some sweetness from the malt, orange peel.

T: Other than some bitterness towards the end, it's all citrus hops and sweet malt. Simple and great. I don't get too much grass as written on the bottle.

M: Medium thickness with decent amount of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink pale ale. Very pricey though ($7.99 for 22oz).

Photo of Enola
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is mighty good. It would be hard to top. There was a fair head that has faded to a thin coating. There is ample lacing. The beer has a nice orange glow when held to the light. The smell is is of sweet hops. The taste is of hops and nothing else. A very bitter beer. There is a sweetness to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is a lasting bitterness that does not go away anytime soon. Overall, a very good beer that is a must try for hop lovers.

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: 1/2 finger of head from a moderate pour with good retention. Color is a crystal clear Amber/Dark gold. I can see Dust through this amber spyglass! No wait, that's carbonation. I would like more head. Beautiful though.
S: Pilsnery smell - must be the grassy hops. Orange juice, slight sherry (negative), clove, a lot of esters. A little rubbing alcohol upon warming.
T: Bitter and slight grapefruit and pineapple edge. A bit of maltiness follows. Definite sweet finish. Much hoppier and more bitter than Sierra Nevada Harvest or Deschutes Hop Trip. I prefer the balance of those other two beers. The alcohol character of this one reminds me of DFH 90 min. IPA.
M: Makes my mouth water! Also puckering from the bitterness. Good, but a tad starchy greenness.
D: Solid, flavorful, enjoyable. 2 pints would be great! Yea for fresh hops!

Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i like just about everything great divide produces, so i couldn't resist this guy on the shelf. fresh hops? can't go wrong

the brew pours out of the bomber into my large glass a light, but brilliant copper, and a pinky-finger head is kept alive by enthusiastic bubbleage flying to the surface. it sticks itself to the glass, as well. grassy hops in the nose, with a glint of spruce. it's not a strong aroma

i recognize that wet-hop flavor. it's resiny, with a complex sequence. the bitterness is robust and distinctive. woody

that's a tasty beer

Photo of chodinheaven
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and clear beer that is golden yellow in the thin part of the glass and a rich orange-amber in the thicker parts. A thick and foamy off-white head resides on top and dissapates very slowly leaving thick lacing with it. The smell is full of resiny and earthy hops, definitely grassy in character. There is a matching malt background, grainy in character with a nice caramelly breadiness to it. Lots of aroma and very pleasing and challenging for the nose.

If the freshness, or "wetness", of the hops is what makes this beer pop, then Great Divide should do this with all their pales or IPAs. The resin in the hops is evident with an earthy bite, but unlike some resiny beers, this one remains perfectly balanced. The resin flavors blend so effortlessly with the caramel and bread in the malt that you just can't wait for another sip. There is a pleasant citrus juiciness in the middle back, just before the bitterness and resin takes hold. The medium body suits it well, with a medium to high carbonation that helps prickle the tongue playfully with the hops. The only negative that I can see to hold it back a little is that its almost too clean in the front to middle of the palate. This split second of doubt is washed away the instant the bold and bitter but balanced hops hit the middle-back. The finish is quick and clean, but the aftertaste lingers on for a while with a fresh, clean bitterness.

This is a really nice pale ale and the type of hop really seems to make a big difference. The freshness adds a touch of that earthy, grassy feel while remaining juicy, citrusy and finally dry and bittering. Really good beer here, very drinkable and balanced.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quick six Mt Rose Avenue -served in a tumbler

A beautiful semi hazed golden amber w/ thick creamy cap of ecru, the lace clings very well. The smell is sweet herbal hops with a slight lemony note, very faint grassy edge w/ generally fragrant somewhat floral in nature. The feel is excellent it is moderately bitter -perfect for the style, lots of resinous texture with medium carbonation and mild sweetness with a slightly creamy element.

The Fresh Hop pale has a nice light toasted malt flavor w/ herbal lemony tinges and mild slight floral quality from the hops. The flavor is subtle with citrus bitterness and the gentle caramel malt provides a great backdrop to the wet hop goodness. The finish is semidry and keeps you coming back - the drinkability is very high, one of the best fresh or wet-hop beers out there. I was glad I got a taste, but the keg blew so no repeats. The bottle I had was good, but trying this on tap was great. This sample was incredibly fresh and tasty!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden color with good head retention

smell: nice strong piney aromas

taste: lots of pine and citrus, nicely balanced and really fresh

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: might be the best fresh hop beer ive had. definitly up there

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served cold in a pint glass. This pours a dark brown and has a nice tan head. The nose has a good amount of fresh bitter hops backed by sweet malts. Taste also has a good amount of fruity hops and rich malts. Medium body is well carbonated. Great session brew from Great Divide.

Photo of AMo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide's Fresh Hop Ale pours a medium turbid amber. The smell is moderate of hops, and the taste has an exceptionally smooth hop taste that makes for an outstanding mouthfeel. Overall, this is what I would like to see in all well hopped beers. A bold hop taste that is very smooth, and not over powering.

Photo of JohnG190
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a thick white head. Decent retention and lacing. Citrus and pine on the nose, subtle, nothing overpowering. Starts with a grassy earthiness, slightly bitter but without that IPA bite. Sweet malt comes in mid-palate that balances the hop bitterness perfectly. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Overall, this is an extremely drinkable fresh hop pale. Well crafted and balanced, another quality beer from Great Divide.

Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late February for $5.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice sustaining white head that is leaving a splotchy lacing behind. Nose initially was off floral hops but as the beer warms the maltiness has become primary. Taste is a hint of citrus rinds, malts, with a blast of the lovely piney simcoe hops to finish. Mouthfeel is very full for the style with a nice creamy finish. Drinkability is near perfect. This is one of the best APA's I have ever enjoyed!

3-30-08
Picked up a bomber at AJ's in mid-October 2007 for $6.99. Not much has changed since my first try of this. This is one fine APA!

Photo of jraycee
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a white fluffly head.
Smell is beautiful citrus and fresh cut wood with someone baking bread next door.
Taste is great along the same lines of scents, a little muted and added sweetness. Bitter pine comes up toward the end. Could have been even bigger, but then I guess it would be an IPA.
Mouthfeel is light and resinous with good carbonation.
I like this beer. I'm gonna go look for more...

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's version of the Fresh Hop Pale Ale poured a lovely amber color with a 2 finger head that kept its retention throughout the experience.

The aroma was of piney hops and was beautiful. In the mouth I got the bitterness of the hop flavor with some citrus overtones. It was bitter up front on the mouthfeel, then sweet and then tart. Very unique for me. I really enjoyed their version and hope they have one next year all things being considered with the hop shortage and all.

Photo of timbro81
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangeish color topped with a standard 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing down the glass. Smells glorious, fresh, wet, piney hops. The taste is juicy piney hops all the way down, this is a pale ale? Minimal malt presence, but I'm not complaining. Aftertaste is of mellowing hops. "I like!"

Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Very pretty beer -- bright golden with some amber, big pretty head and amazing lacing, nice carbonation. Smells fresh and hoppy (as befits the name) -- spicy and piney.

Taste is predominantly hops, very piney, a little citrus with a mild malty sweetness to balance (still tipped toward the hops).

Mouthfeel is great...I want to use the word "fluffy". Very drinkable. Glad I got this.

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2010
Got another one this year...still really good.

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2011
Holy crap, this thing smells unbelievable, maybe the best I've ever smelled. Still an excellent beer.

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2012
Not as impressed this year. Muted aroma, less brightness in flavor. Still not bad.

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2013 (best by 2013-12-29)
Head not so big. Label is different. Smell doesn't fill the room, but smells very good. Still excellent.

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2014 (best by 2014-12-??)
More muted all the way around for me. Maybe, more like 2013 than previous years.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty solid: clear copper with a big frothy head that stands up in stiff mounds. Aroma pungently hoppy - very grassy and herbal with muted citrus and a faint background pine. Not much to say about the malt character - I guess that means it's supporting the hops well: neither overly dry nor sweet nor light or toasty, just giving the requisite beeriness to the brew overall. Hops are foremost in this, leaning more towards flavour and aroma rather than straight up bitterness (although it has enough of that as well). Herbal flavours dominate with some grapefruit pith and raw greens. Mouthfeel is middling, neither light nor heavy, and a moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch astringent though, with detracts a bit from otherwise quite good drinkability.

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.16/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JNForsyth
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frlrv1020
4.16/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Nickgiraud
4.16/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Squelch
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a huge lasting head that laces as you drink it.

Smell: Smell of citrus tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste: Tastes as it smells, perfect balance of hop flavor and bitterness with sweet malt. Wonderful taste. Great beer

Mouthfeel: Feels a little heavy and thick in the mouth. Would enjoy a lighter body on this one.

Drinkability: My type of american pale ale. Almost and IPA hop wise with the balance swayed towards bitterness. Unique fresh hop flavor is evident.

Would definitely buy again, and as my first fresh hopped beer I now want to homebrew with fresh hops! Gotta buy some Rhizomes!

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