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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

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Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber with an inch of off-white head.

Smell: Grass and herbal notes, malty.

Taste: Slightly spicy, herbal and resin hop but predominantly malty, carmelly and slghtly sweet. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Here is a bottled on date of October 14, 2010. Now four months later, I Probably should have skipped it. Almost certainly would be better "Fresh". Will look for it in the future, fresher.

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Photo of amneziak
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: As one would expect from a beer called Fresh Hop Ale, there is a ton of hop aromas on the nose right out of the glass. It's very citrusy and clean smelling with a bit of pungency from this abundance of hops. Finally, there are lots of grassy and bitter grapefruit components present in the end that almost confuse you into thinking it's a double.

Appearance: The FHA pours a warm coppery orange color with a nice subtle (yet rocky) tan colored head. The presence of carbonation is visible as you hold the glass up to a light. There is a very nice foamy three finger head, which on the top, almost looks like frothed milk. As the head settles, it hangs on to the side of the glass leaving its fair share of lacing.

Taste: There's not as much carbonation on the tongue as you would expect from a beer with this much head. Unlike a lot of other hoppy beers along these lines, though, there is a good amount of flavor coming through. The citrus components that I got on the nose don't fully translate to the palate. These hops have a much grassier or pine needle quality than those others.

Palate: The mouth feel on this one ranges between light and medium bodied in that your mouth wants it to be a potent Imperial IPA, but that fact is that it's just a Pale Ale with lots of hops. It coats the tongue nicely, though, and never leaves you needing more bitterness.

Overall: The beauty of this beer is that it's not considered an Imperial IPA - it's a Pale Ale. This difference alone brings the alcohol content down 3% from its older brother, the Hercules Double IPA, which I prefer greatly over this. The problem with the FHA being a Pale Ale, however, is that hop heads will really wish there was more going on in this glass if it's going to include lots of fresh hops. You are basically getting 75% of the experience of a double IPA.

Ultimately, this is a really nice beer because it can be a lower alcohol percentage beer while still hanging on to a lot of the same hoppy characteristics of a double. And to be perfectly honest, it truly is better than a lot of the "Imperial" IPAs I've had from other breweries around the world.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" off-white head. Good retention, a little lace. Clean, bronze hued beer.

S - Excellent fresh hop aroma. Clean. Everything associated with a great hop aroma is present.

T - Citrus. Lemon peel. Clean. Light malt backbone. Long, bitter finish. Much hoppier than any APA I have had and hoppier than some IPA's.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - The drinkability was good. Not my favorite Great Divide beer, but a good one none the less.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan rocky head that has very good retention, and it leaves sheets of very good lacing. Body is orange amber.

Smell - subtle aroma of grassy, herbal hops and some toasty malt biscuits. Slight scent of pine resin and citrus.

Taste - much like the smell. A subtle flood of herbal, grassy hops with a soft backbone of toasty malt biscuits. Some pine resin on the finish, as well as a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but it is rather subdued, and so I don't find it to be sessionable.

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Photo of delta490
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a beautiful golden amber with a creamy white head. Incredible retention and if lacing throughout.

S- a pleasant somewhat mild hop aroma. Hard to detect specific aromas. Some metallic notes on the first few sips.

T- mild just like the aroma. Was expecting more hop flavor for a fresh hop ale.

M- a little thinner but it makes it easier drinking

O-this isn't a bad ale but when compared to other fresh hops ales it comes up a little short. Best by date of 30 December makes me think this bottle is just past its prime. Will have to try it again next year.

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Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dull orange color with a large foamy semi tan head. Tons of lacing. Head maintains itself well.

Aroma is somewhat citrusy but much more grassy than I was expecting. A sweet woody flavor is in there. A roasted malt smell rounds it out.

Taste begins much sweeter than I thought it would be. The sweetness is honeyish but also somewhat orangey. A piney bitterness comes in and balances nicely. Finish is really grassy and huge on the hops. Not really any resiny or oily hops in there, just a straightforward grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid. Hops come in and out at somewhat odd times and the malt precense seems to be more than what I thought it would be. Body is nicely carbonated but could use a bit more backbone.

Fairly drinkable. The finish is rough at first but I was craving it by the end. Still, this wasn't up to par with the other "hop harvest" beers I've tried this year (Founder's, Sierra Nevada).

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber, head that stuck around. S: Citrusy and floral, grassy hops. T: Very nice, surprising sweetness underneath the hops, great balance. Dry finish. M: Mild carbonation, very smooth. D: Obviously very hoppy for a pale ale, but I didn't find any part of it overwhelming. Really refreshing. Very nice all around.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of floral and bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of floral hops, a hint of citrusy hops, apple skins, piney hops, and caramel malt. A little thin-bodied. A nice pale ale though!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20
3.7/5

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Photo of KornWallace
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/4/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 650ml Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Darker in appearance then any of the other Wet hopped beers I'm trying, dark Golden to Amber in color. Big fluffy white head that has little retention and remains as nothing more then a whisp on the top of the beer.
Aroma: Big Grassy, earthy, wet hay, wet hopped feature absolutely strikes me at the onset. I have trouble getting passed it but I get some grapefruit and mango. Caramel and pale malts provide a slightly toasted and bread crust aroma.
Taste: The tartness is quite mild and beyond the hop flavors what I'm surprised by is the amount of caramel malt I taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Medium carbonation. This beer contains only a minimal bitterness and dryness.

Notes: Drink by 12/24/14

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Photo of Tolann
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one with all the local buzz about it. Still a newb to reviewing beers. I bought this 22oz bottle and poured it into 2 average pint glasses.

A - Golden in color. Thick head that settles very slowly. Nice lacing
S - Sweet lemon(?) grassy smell. Not an overwhelming smell, but definitely there.
T - Bitter hops at the back of your tongue. Not a sharp hoppyness, but white spiced and earthy if that makes sense. Refreshing. Not caramelly or malty. I can't quite place it...Seems simple at first, but then is more complex. There's something going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Did I just chew gum?
M - medium to light body. Bubbley if you try to slurp taste it.
D - Wish I bought another bottle. I didn't see any more in the liquor store today. This is a refreshing and light hoppy beer. Another bottle might have helped the reviewing too. heehee! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds pretty good right now after this beer.

WTH? My husband just poured his half of the bomber to me. Guess I'm in luck. LOL

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lemon zest, grass, some grapefruit, orange peel.

Looks: Almost clear. Nice copper/amber colour.
Needed a vigorous pour to produce an average sized head. Good head retention. Foam was a creamy, off-white colour. Good amount of lace left behind.

Taste: Bitter, but balanced by the malts. Grassy flavours. Flavours of citrus rind, endives, grass. Upon first entering my mouth I could taste some malty flavour, but that was quickly overcome by the hop bitterness & flavours. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average CO2. On the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall, a good Beer. However I would not pay $8.00 for another bottle, as I could find many similar tasting Beers for a more modest price... That said I would still reccommend trying it at least once.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1581st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
22oz

Bottle dated Oct 4 2012
Purchased at Party House Liquor, Chino Hills, CA ($8.99, I overpaid I think)

App- A nice and medium looking amber color with some good highlights and a bit shimmery. Had a nice 1-1/2 finger white capped head that stuck around for a bit and left a nice cling/lace trail. A nice looking beer in the glass.

Smell- Its an okay pale ale for me. I think im not used to Wet hopped pales yet. The thick hop notes intermixed with the base malts create a fairly caramel rich nose that isnt really my thing.

Taste- Along with the nose, this flavor profile doesnt really do it for me. With my pale ales I like them to be a bit brighter and lusher. This was thick with caramel malts and tinges of bitter. Was a bit thick on the flavors but guess that comes with wet-hopped I am noticing.

Mouth- I can appreciate the feel on this one. GD likes to amplify their flavors and this was no different. A bit too thick of a body but semi-works on this one. The carbonation is a bit lush and creamy like a fuller IPA/DIPA vs. this style. I generally liked it though.

Drink- I will say I am usually excited for GD beers. Although besides the Yeti lineup my fervor is waining for some other beers in the series. May have to try to land things in the 12oz size before going 22oz. Probably wont have this one next year.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel green tulip. Split with a friend. Big thanks to StormKing47 for this one.

A: Pours an orangeish-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head that slowly receded into a thin bubbly film that left a fairly thick sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of citrus hops, pineapple and grapefruit. Not much malt, but there is a little bit of cracker or bread crust.
T: Follows the nose except the hops are a little less citrusy and a little more herbal and earthy. Finish has a touch of malty sweetness and the aftertaste is lightly bitter.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and even carbonation. Not overly sticky, syrupy or dry.
D: Overall I'd buy this occasionally if it were local, but there are plenty of west coast APA's that I'd probably rather drink. Good but not memorable.

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Photo of alexgash
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumnal copper with golden edges. Frothy, cottony, eggshell white head with good lacing. Pine sap and citrus hop nose mixed butterscotch. Light hop bitterness up front. Sweet shortbread cookie and butterscotch malt come on strong. Light tropical fruitiness. Piny and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Maltier than expected and the hops don't seem as "fresh" as other harvest ales. Still good, just not overwhelming. Medium body with a low carbonated, casky feel.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled date 9.30.15
poured golden with a thick white head that lasted and left lace on glass beer was somewhat cloudy with some sediment
smell of citrus, lemon, pine and grass
taste slightly sweet with citrus and floral notes
feel crisp and effervescent
not bad bottle date made me nervous but beer seemed fine

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, bright orange in color with an easy, gorgeous white head that showed nice retention.

Smell - The hops are clean if a little dull and I really don't get much of the malt. The aroma is good it just lacks diversity.

Taste - The malts sweeten up a bit at the taste but again they are a bit bland. The hops are good though. They aren't very fruity but have a nice, leafy character that is a bit heavy at times but satisfies nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - This is definitely medium-bodied with some mild but firm carbonation and a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The feel in the cheeks really made this for me. I really like this brewery but this was one of their lesser offerings. It was good but not great.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one! Bottled 9/30/11

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two finger white foamy head on top. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing left behind on the glass.

S: A little bit of citrus and some pine. There is a heavier caramel component than I was expecting. Some lemon in the front.

T: Maltier than I was expecting and hoping, possibly due to age. Lots of caramel with a little bit of lemon and a hint of pine.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, would have loved to try it a bit fresher. Will look for it next time it comes out though.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a light amber with a nice, fluffy couple inches of head. Very soapy lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is hops, but less than I was expecting. There are more hops in the taste, but they are more 'watery' for the lack of a better term. The beer seems to have no edge to it. A very easy drinking and way too easy to finish beer. But not much more than that.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass, clear orange in color with 2 finger head and nice lacing around the glass. Bottle date 10/2012.

I don't pick up any hops, rather sweet malt, bready character with orange rind. Kind of disappointed the beer doesn't have more hop character.

Beer is tasting more on the sweet side, slightly syrupy. The caramel malts overwhelm the hop character of this beer. Unbalanced, too much malt. It has a soft feel too it and finishes clean.

Medium bodied beer, very easy drinking, smooth and soft yet effervescent.

I had big expectations given the experiences with Great Divide. It's a good beer but there are better choices. Nothing stood out as far as complexity with aroma or flavor. Maybe I had an off bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, lemon zest, light caramel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more biscuit and some light celery (or some form of cellulose, anyway) in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not wholly distinctive, fresh hop brew. Good times.

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Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer.

Clear, orange-amber in color. Generous, off-white head.

Very hoppy aroma, citrus & grass. Malt very much second fiddle - hints of caramel/molasses?

Taste was a bit of a let down for me, in that I expected more from the hops. They were definately showcased, but seemed mild and well balanced.

Body was light, with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but still quite refreshing.

Overall, may be a case of too high of an expectation. Beer is quite good. What is odd, is that the bottle version seems hoppier to me. A bit smoother as well.

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Photo of bobhits
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, slightly amber colored. A nice pillowy head with good retention. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Fresh hops just have a certain aroma. It has this sweet yes balanced bitter nose. It's hard to explain but this is dead on for the harvest ales.

A light malty amber mouth, that finishes sharply bitter. Earthy and citrus hops, very oily and extremely bitter.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Feels more than 6.1% which is a touch of a disappointment.

Rather easy drinking beer. Just right for a pale ale.

Overall a really tasty beer. Bottled October 4th and consumed the 16 so I can't really find a fresher beer. At 6.99 this is just way too freaking expensive though. A 22 dollar 6 pack and lets not forget sierra makes a better fresh harvest for $4 for 24oz. Goose island makes a 6 pack for something like 8 bucks that's again better than this.

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Photo of rab53
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

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Photo of tayner
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first of all, this is not in my preferred style, but i am going to attempt to rate it for the style, not my preference, although i surprisingly enjoyed it

poured it into my anderson valley tulip glass. color was a hazy leather brown color. nice head that settled down to about 1/4 inch that laced nicely.

smelled of fresh flowers, go figure.

Taste is remarkably not what i expected. I don't have alot of experice with fresh hop brews, but this one is very nice. Not remotely the same bitterness as a dry hopped beverage. there is a very strong citrus/pine flavor without all the bitterness. there is enough malt to keep it from being undrinkable.

Light feeling in the mouth, with all the hops it has a very drying finish which makes me want more.

I would rate the drinkability higher if the fresh hop season was in the spring so that this would be a summer brew instead of a fall/winter release. That is obviously not something the brewer can control i know. I wish this came in 12 ounce size, as i think one at a time would have been enough for me, but again, i am not a hop head. Now that i have tried this one i am looking forward to trying the other fresh hopped offerings i have in my fridge.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours an absolutely crystal clear light orange with a one finger white head. Great lacing

S- sweet citrus hops, but they're pretty muted. Disappointing

T- lots of pine, with a slightly sweet finish...little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. I expected more

M- little bit of body here, but not a lot. Its only a pale ale, nothing imperial here so I shouldn't be expecting a lot...but still

D- I expected more. The bottle is only 6 weeks old, so it should still be ok...overall, disappointing, but still good

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.