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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 133
Gots: 95 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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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 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 LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 DNICE555
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 mr-jj
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 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 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 Kolsch
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Headkeepers, Greensburg PA.

Just tapped, no keg date.

Appearance: Golden amber with small cuspish of head. Kinda average to say the least

Smell: fresh cut hops, what else?

Taste: taste was a bitter up front hop assault giving way to a slowly building malt base. Hop taste stays throughout drink. Not bitter but exceedly hop forward. Malt took a back seat on this one. Out of many of the fresh hop ales I have had, this is the one of the best. We did a side x side comparison to SN Harvest Ale; Great Divide was the clear winner among our circle of hop loving friends. Fresh Hop ales should deliver a hop up front taste and this indeed did deliver.

Overall: I have been really disappointed with these so called fresh hop ales that are sooo prevalent today. This delivered exactly what I was looking for in a fresh hop ale....actual Hops!

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange body with one finger head of off white. Lace is splotchy and very clingy to the glass. Color is a bit hazy and matches a 9 on the SRM Beer Color Chart. Smell of pine forest, lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, and malt. Flavor is intense grapefruit, lime, orange peel, pine, sour dough bread, and malt. Good fullness in my mouth, like light cream and soda. Great American Pale Ale. What beer is all about. I will hunt down and buy some more of this great stuff.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Bfarr
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Meandmymonkey
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear, deep amber color. thin head but very nice piney, citrus smell. I would like to know exactly what variety of hops are used but they are super strict on revealing recipes. A very drinkable pale ale from a very good brewery, all bias aside. Thinking about "wet" hops makes this beer very appealing and I was sad when my bomber was empty.

Photo of JohnG190
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 allergictomacros
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 franksnbeans
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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 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%

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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