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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
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1,254 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 120
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

Atlas1, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Picked up the last one of these I encountered at my local shop just in time for the UFC.
Pours a yellow-orange color. Of note, this is "just" an uber-hoppy APA and not an IPA, so you'll notice a lighter color. For something this hoppy, I actually expected clouds, but it's relatively clear, actually.
The smell is that of fresh hops (like you didn't expect that!). The main thing I noticed is that even though it's claim to fame is the hop character, there is a little malt and even a little bit of a caramel backing.
Flavor is VERY smooth. Alcohol sweetness is non-existant, but a malty sweetness is definitely. The hops offer flavor, but they aren't as overpoweringly bitter as some of GD's other brews. I'd actually say this is more drinkable just because of the lower alcohol and less potent flavor.
Pretty good beer for just relaxing.

(2006 Note: While on tap I think this beer was much like last year's, the bottled version's hop potency is DIPA level. Makes for a unique experience because the alcohol isn't there. I don't think it's as easy drinking as before, but for a hop kick it's nearly unmatched)

Domingo, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of theboozecruise
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

This one pours a hazy amber color... white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell is dominated by hops naturally, with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same, but very crisp, giving it huge scores in the mouthfeel department. Just a pleasure to drink, not overpowering and easy to enjoy.

theboozecruise, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Nipitato
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Picked up a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium amber color. Off white head with good retention. Head is puddled and splotchy. Sticky lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma. Hop character is grapefruit and grassy. Sweet malt character is present and bready.

T: Big mouth filling hoppy bite. Good bready malt flavor that is apparent on the back. Beer takes on a much sweeter character as it warms. Hop character is grapefruit. Bitter finish is moderate and not overly aggressive.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. High carbonation.

D: More like an IPA than an American pale ale. For many American pale ales the distinction between the two styles is moot. Good beer. Easily drinkable. Let this beer warm - it really come complex with added strong malt character.

Nipitato, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours hazy burnished amber with a white foamy head. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell is crisp citrus and floral hops. Decent caramel malt base, fruity and slightly sweet and sticky.

Taste is full flavored hop bitterness. Citrusy and fruity up front, then it mellows to a more grassy hop flavor that lingers on the palet. Sweet malt base has a presence but is overshadowed by the generous hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight hop oil residue.

Aggressive enough to be interesting, but stops before it becomes a total hop bomb. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Another winner from Great Divide.

Blakaeris, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

one of the better fresh hop pales i've had this year. pours a sappy golden color with a lively head. nose is awesome, fresh west drippy oily hops all the way, but not bitter or sharp at all. taste is more balanced up front than anticipated, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. the hop kick comes late, and it just slips in and out, crafty and patient, but a measure less than subtle. delicious brew, perfect out back after a good raking of the yard!

StonedTrippin, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of HoopTime
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a freshly filled growler into a Sam's perfect pint glass.

A - Clear golden amber with just a hint of reddish-orange. Pours a thick, foamy 1.5 inch head that retreats slowly leaving a nice froth on the top of the beer and remnants of the head sticking to the glass.

S - Moderate citrusy-pine aroma from the hops, though not as pronounced as other fresh hopped ales I have tried. Hint of caramel..

T - The piney hops taste is the first thing that hits the palate, but it is well-balanced with enough malt sweetness to pleasantly, but not overpoweringly hoppy. Slight citrus with hints of fresh cut grass..

M - Very nicely carbonated, it is light on the tongue and very smooth.

D - I have developed a real liking for fresh-hopped ales and this one does not disappoint. Very drinkable and at 6.1 abv, not too strong to enjoy drinking more than one or two in an evening. A very nice beer.

HoopTime, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

rab53, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of troutmask96
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

I'm gonna call this one an I.P.Ale Ale. Witty, huh? Because this beer really defies categorization. Hoppy and citrusy like an I.P.A., but with the rich finish of a superior pale ale. All the fresh "wet" hops they use in this brew lend a remarkably fresh taste right out of the bottle. A bit spendy at almost $7.00 for a 22-ounce bomber, but this baby's worth it...

troutmask96, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

a - poured a one finger thick, dense off-white head into a snifter. the lacing was tremendous throughout as it clung to the glass for dear life. the body was a clear, bright and bubbly amber.
s - grassy, herbal and citrusy.
t - hops! hit you in the tongue hard that tasted of grass and pine.
m - surprisingly very clean with a medium thickness.
d - good beer, hop heads will be pleased.

GPHarris, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Pours a hazy orange with a white foamy head. Good head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S - Some pine and wet earthy hops.

T - Hops are right upfront. Good amount of citrus - grapefruit & orange - follows the hops. There is a nice sweet malty backbone. Hops linger in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very balanced easy drinking pale ale.

TreyIsWilson, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.05/5  rDev -1%

From bomber to pint glass.

A: Incredibly huge off-white head that was both frothy and rocky. Huge mountain peaks that lasted and lasted. The lacing was very good and the body is clean and perfectly clear. The color of this brew is a light coppery-orange.

S: Not a complex brew. But who says everything has to be? The hop bill, consisting of pine, grass and citrus was huge, particularly for a pale ale. Light biscuity malts provide some balance but the hops are the standout feature.

T & M: Just a little alcohol comes through as well as some peppery notes and diacytel. Lightly sweet and lightly acidic. The bitterness one-ups these qualities as one would expect such a hoppy beer to do. Creamy texture, medium body mouthfeel. This beer has medium carbonation and finishes crisp and dry. From the aroma, taste and mouthfeel, there's no debate about the freshness, even from my bottled version, it's apparent. I'd love to find this on draft soon.

D: Fresh an refreshing. There is a cleanliness to this brew that you don't see everyday. Every once in a while, it's nice to take a break from the bigger beers out there and mellow out with the likes of an easy drinker like this.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev -1%

22 oz bottle, 6.1% abv. Bottled sept.29, 2009. Pretty fresh indeed. Pours a clear copper to orange color. Thick white, fluffy head holds together for a really long time. When it fades, there are huge sheets of lace left on the glass. A very good looker.

Citrusy and grassy hop aroma. A hint of sugary caramel malt. A bit resiny. Nice aroma, but it is not quite bursting out of the glass like I thought.

Malt character turns out to be light. Oily, citrusy, and grassy hops give off a great amount of flavor, without being overly bitter or cloying. Just enough sweetness to keep thins from being crazy. Long lingering dry, bitter finish.

Medium body, with an adequate amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable, and certainly a hop showcase here.

Bierguy5, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.05/5  rDev -1%

the label on mine differs from the (newer?) one pictured here -
matte paper with the words 'grassy' and 'citrusy' bracketing the words 'pale ale' - and some food pairing suggestions on the side -
pored a nice honey orange with a nice 2 finger head - leaves sheets of lacing all the way down the glass - good 'fresh hop' flavor - 'grassy and citrusy' is certainly right - nice and light feel for an ale with this much hop taste - goes down real easy - satisfying for me - very drinkable - i'd think this would be a good one for someone new to hoppier ales to try - good stuff.

JoeBloe, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -1%

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are very fresh and "green". You get a lot of grass, floral notes, steamed leafy greens, slight pine, and some caramel malts. The flavors are very light and clean. You get a moderate amount of fresh hops with a nice malt backbone and slightly bitter finish. Again it's kind of an earthy hoppiness. The lighter body does this one some favors and make it more and more drinkable. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop pale and definitely worth trying.

aasher, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of lightindarkness
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Pours a nice deep amber color with full off white head settling to a bubbly patch, leaving some splattered lacing.

Smell is everything great about hops - fresh pine, citrus zest, bitter grapefruit, apricot, and herb grass.

Taste is nice, but leaves just a little wanting after the enticing aroma. Nice bitter dry grassy pine up front, spicing up a little in the middle, then washing out at the finish. A decent pale ale flavor, with strong emhasis on the hops and little else. Nice true hop flavor without overly intense bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied and a little sticky on the back end.

Drinkable, sure, and tasty too, but not my favorite harvest or pale ale.

lightindarkness, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -1%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light notes of orange and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall sudsy off-white head that slowly reduces to medium sized area of very thin film and a thin ring of large bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine/resin hops with some lighter notes of grassy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness in the smell.

T: Upfront the beer has a light flavor of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong hop flavors - pine/resin, followed by light amounts of grassy, and moderate amounts of orange/citrus in the finish. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness but they fade quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty well balanced making the beer fairly easy to drink - also, it is not overly bitter. Enjoyable.

dbrauneis, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Pours a fairly clear golden brown in color with a loose off-white head to compliment. Nose is very inviting, it smells fresh, hence the name I suppose. Lots of fruity/citrusy notes, not very piney at all. Taste is lighter than expected, fruity, hints of lemon and grapefruit, a good amount of esters. Fairly light and crisp. Mouthfeel is quite a bit lighter than I expected. Very drinkable however, I would sample this again.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -1%

This was just added to the tap list at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

It came in a 14 oz hefe style glass. The beer is copper with a chill haze and off-white head and lacing.

As advertised, fresh hop aroma abounds. There is lots of pine with a bit of citrus. I could smell it as it sat on the bar!

The taste is pleasantly biter with pinesap notes. There is caramel in the background for balance. The bitterness builds nicely as the beer coats your mouth.

The beer is easy to partake of. I'm not sure it’s a session beer, but it’s damn tasty!

Redrover, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev -1%

22 ounce bottle with green foil over the cap, bottled on 9/30/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Good amount of lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of huge fresh orange zest, lemon, pine, grass, light caramel, breadiness, and light spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big orange, lemon, pine, grass, biscuit, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grass, pine, biscuit, and spiciness on the finish for a while. No alcohol noticed at all except for a slight warming after the finish. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and body with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely an excellent fresh hopped pale ale. Very drinkable with nice flavor balance.

superspak, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev -1%

A- Perfectly clear and golden with a big, fluffy white head. The head settles to a thin covering, but it leaves spectacular lacing.

S- Very citrusy and grassy. A little funky cheese to boot. Doesn't smell overly bitter, just aromatic- just like it should.

T- Very grassy and citrusy. A little bit of funky cheese taste and a little earthy.

M- A little drying and smooth. Crisp and very enjoyable. Right where it should be.

D- Very good example of the style and not over the top or too mild. I am impressed.

david131, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Pours a orange/amber with a two finger head that fades slowly to a rocky cap and thick ring, leaving behind clumps of foam on my glass. The initial pour was pretty clear, but when I poured the second half of the bomber their was plenty of sediment in the beer.

Smell; pine resin and orange peel hops dominate the nose up front. A nice, solid caramel malt presence gives a good balance to the smell.

Taste; as expected the hops are right there in your face, but manage to keep from becoming overwhelming. The malts are there just enough to add a bit of sweetness, that seems to set you up for the next bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is just about what I would hope for in the style.

RedHaze, May 26, 2006
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Poured at about 35F from amber bomber into a nonick pint.

Excellent presentation of slightly hazy, orangish medium amber color with a nearly white rocky head leaving good lacing, hop aroma dancing out of the glass to practically fill the room.

Aroma is all about fresh citrusy hops, completely dominating with no hint of anything but hops in the nose. Even Great Divide calls it grassy, but I don't pick up grassiness (which I tend to consider a defect). Maybe they're apologizing for a possible problem with wet hopping, but there are no problems with this beer.

Flavor is excellent, a familiar-tasting recipe, with a bit of caramel and Munich- or Vienna-like maltiness, but not quite balanced with the big hop flavor. Full hop flavor complements the aroma, with a nice, lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel is decent, but maybe a bit thin for the richness.

Drinkability is fine. This is a tasty and enjoyable brew. A good example of the XPA style--hops over malt with absolutely no defects. It calls itself an APA, and falls right in the middle of the IPA judging category at 55 IBU and 6% ABV. There are plenty of beers with more IBU but less flavor. All hail multiple hop additions!

BattleRoadBrewer, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Presentation: 1pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON OCT 04 2010" stamped on the bottom of the label.

A- Clear, light amber appearance. Pours with 1 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very gradually to a thin cap. Excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Pine with subtle earthy hop notes. Bready malty notes follow the hops.

T- Malty, bready, biscuity notes, with solid hop bitterness coming in behind it, providing a flavorful, balanced attack.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Quite creamy. Very smooth. Very good.

D- Very good. Easy drinking and enjoyable on all fronts.

Future outlook: A winner of an APA, will be happy to have again.

DoctorDog, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Grundle20
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Appearance:
Pours clear and copper in to a tulip. There is a minor head but it has some really good sticky lacing despite it's poor retention.

Smell:
The scent is potent and piney and pretty much all things you would expect from rich oily hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There is a nice candy sweetness up front but from then on out there is aggressive "green" hop bitterness. The beer is crisp overall and finishes rather clean with some lingering bitterness in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
Personally I find this to be very refreshing and tasty but people who are not big on hops should probably shy away from this one.

Bottom Line:
Just as good this year as I remember it being last year. It's intensely hoppy for a pale ale so be sure to pick this up hop fans.

Grundle20, Dec 29, 2006
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.