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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1221
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


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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Spica66

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this from Jason on his way through to Kalamazoo.

A: Golden-amber color with good head formation and retention. Plenty of carbonation and lots of particles (yeast and hops I assume).

S: Weak malt and flat hops. Jason says it reminds him a wet dog. I begin to wonder if we have an old bottle...

T: Really muted hops. Decent maltiness, but the hops are so bland and off-putting that we couldn't finish our pours.

M: Really nice carbonation and medium body give this a very nice mouthfeel.

D: Really nice body, but the poor hops taste put a damper on this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 14:35:15 | More by Spica66
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mhewes

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A : Pours a hazy golden color with a good white head

S : A citrusy/floral smell

T : Starts with a citrus hop flavor and keeps going with the hop bitterness. It doesn't have a good balance between malts and hops

M : Medium mouthfeel

D : Not one I would get again. It needs more balance to it

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 01:04:56 | More by mhewes
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh, PA on 11/23/07.

A - Clear, amber/orange body with one-finger of frothy, white head that mostly diminished and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass. Thin density with not much carbonaiton at all.

S - Traces of sweet caramel, some graininess and some burnt maltiness. Hops are a mix of flowers, perfume and some citrus as well. Not a very strong hoppy nose for the style.

T - Lightly sweet and moderately hoppy at first, with a fairly long bitter finish. Nothing spectacular.

M - Light to medium bodied with some oily hops. More watery than sticky. Virtually no carbonation at all. Slightly metallic, bitter finish.

D - Eh? Pretty run-of-the-mill offering. Again, I'd like to try a bottle with a freshness date to re-evaluate this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 20:34:58 | More by ffejherb
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a Great Divide stemgoblet at the Great Divide tap room yesterday. Cost was $4.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Colour is a textbook copper.

Sm: Hoppy, with very light toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasantly hoppy without too much bitterness. Well balanced and built, but not bold or inspired. Simple but pleasant. Not too bitter, though the finish needs work. Malt-heavy for the style.

Mf: Smooth until the coarse finish (on account of the bittering hops), and wet throughout. Fairly complementary of the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but largely unremarkable for the style. I wouldn't have it again. It's okay.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 19:29:09 | More by kojevergas
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COYS1984


2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful copper/gold with nice inch of white foam. Nose is bold, grassy, funkiness. Some citrus peel and melon are detected as well. The flavor definitely picks up that dank grassiness in a big overwhelming way. There is some fruitiness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is decent with good amount of carbonation. IMO it drinks heavy for what I would classify an APA. Ultimately it just didn't do it for me. Lacked nothing in terms of flavor but the flavor just didn't work on my palate. Far too one dimensional with a dank mulchiness that struggled to achieve any complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 19:20:56 | More by COYS1984
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bark

Sweden

2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale amber with a tint of gold; the three finger head is compact and yellowish. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a sweet note of citric fruits and a creamy bitterness. Some dough and a hint of cat pee.

The taste is hoppy with American notes of grape fruits, cream cookies, and a touch of barbeque meat. The bitterness is medium strong and a little sharp/sour. The aftertaste is a bit alcoholic with some citric chemical bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is a bit light.

An unbalanced and tired APA, perhaps not as fresh as the name implies.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 19:51:01 | More by bark
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freed

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this, could not resist the label nor the style.

Pours a hazy deep golden with a rough skimming of foam on top, though it's thinning is quick.

The aroma is of harsh grass and alfalfa and even a little sharp pine. Sadly, none of the pleasant citrus is left and sharpest qualities are left.

The taste is much the same. Decent malt body that lets the hop shine, but the hop profile is kind of sharp. I'm not sure what varietals were used in the hopping, but they tend to focus on the grassy and bitter flavors without any floral or citrus kiss, and instead the notes are closer to the skunk (but with a much larger hop) of a green-glass beer.

Still, I don't mind it, but I would consider using a different hop varietal to brew with next September.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 01:10:45 | More by freed
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Martin2D

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Amber in color, decent head

S - Piney hops

T - Big malt presence, highly roast with a slight hop bite. The hops are far too piney though and there is no balance to the hop bouquet.

M - Medium-high carbonation and medium in body.

D - Not that good. Too piney, not a great beer from Great Divide. Very disappointed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:52:34 | More by Martin2D
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Bugsey

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice pale ale, but a little over the top on the hop bitterness. Compared to a Sierra Nevada or Dale's Pale Ale, this one has more of bitter bite. Now that's a personal preference, but I prefer something more balanced and less jarring. So I'll stick with Sierra and Dale's for this beer style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 15:28:57 | More by Bugsey
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a one finger off white head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Very hoppy but with a malt backbone as well. Citrus/pine hops and loads of grass dominate the nose.

Taste starts off with some citrus and rounds quickly into a dank grassy bitterness. Not terribly complex and the aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant.

Medium mouthfeel and carb

Eh not one of my favorites. The grassy fresh hops overpowers most subtle flavors and it ends up kind of one note.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:00:27 | More by jmarsh123
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NY

Poured a clear, glowing, orange-amber with a frothy, bubbly, khaki, one-finger head that slowly faded to a stubborn film. Large patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was very faint. Mild, herbal hops were barely detectable. Even as the beer warmed, the aroma remained placid.

The taste was all hops from start to finish. Piney, resiny hops hit hard up front and never let up. A spicy alcohol kick appeared mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was an intense mix of pine and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was medium/light bodied with a crisp, lively carbonation.

As with many other fresh hop ales I have sampled, this beer was overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter and unbalanced. I actually had a difficult time finishing my pint.

I would recommend this to only the most devoted of hop heads.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 23:38:47 | More by Damian
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours a pale copper with no head whatsoever leaving no lacing at all. It appeared to be served far too cold.

S - Hints of piney hops and faint citrus fruits but both were fairly muted. Lots of sweetness from the roasted caramel malts.

T - Similar to the nose. Muted flavors of citrus fruits and piney hops. Strong roasted caramel malts that overpower nearly all other flavors. Is this one a little past its prime? Looks like it. It is a borderline malt bomb at this point in time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slight hop bitterness on the finish with more and more malt coming thru as it warms.

D - One of these was enough for me. It seemed to be a little bit old. I think I might revisit this one down the line when I know I can guarantee the freshness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 21:31:40 | More by orangesol
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC into a pint glass

Pours a brassy brown that is pretty typical of the APA style, perhaps a smidge darker than the average pale ale. The small head is white and foamy, so much so that the head looked like it was the product of a nitro tap. Lacing is not happening.

A bevy of pine smells come up out of the glass. The malt aroma is faint but sweet when it shows up. This is really one-note and unimpressive. I'd love to be able to write more about it, but I can't.

At least it tastes fine. The wet hops dominate the flavor, though the lupulin flavors aren't complex. This is a very grassy beer. The strong pine from the aroma doesn't translate to much pine flavor. And it isn't floral. Its mostly just astringent and it reminds me of straight lawn grass. The pale malts do bring some biscuit background so that the grassy hops don't become unbearable.

The carbonation level is moderately high, which is a plus and it compliments the thinner body. I can't rate the drinkability of this beer highly. It just isn't good enough to want to have multiple pints of.

Ultimately, this beer drinks like an APA from a random brewpub. I wasn't impressed at all, though this is fine enough.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 22:03:43 | More by Reaper16
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Jredner

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at New World Brewery.

The aroma is all pine and citrus with some floral notes buried beneath. Very intense, but it doesn’t smell any fresher than a normal beer hopped all to heck.

Body is a light gold and holds a nice looking thumb thick white head that is mostly lasting.

Hops, hops and then some mild sweet malt and then more hops. It’s good for what it is, a massively hopped pale ale. I might even drink it again, but I wouldn’t drink it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 16:16:52 | More by Jredner
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/1/2007 (bottled 07OctWeek2):

Pours an amber color, very clear fizzy. Frothy white head, not big but lasting. Very hoppy grapefruit aroma. A little smell of skunk. Some earthy aroma. Sweet grapefruily taste. Robust but not bitter, slight sweet aftertaste. Very tasty. A hoppy pale ale. Sweet mallty taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 15:22:48 | More by jujubeast6000
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish. Lacing was fairly thick and sticky.

S: A sweet, grapefruit smelling beer. Slightly sweet, citrus notes. Smelled very good.

T: A pretty bitter, slightly grapefruit note beer. There was some citrus and grapefruit notes in the aftertaste. Was not that balanced of a beer; the sweetness of the malts were not as evident. If this was an IPA, I'd say it was closer to that style, but seemed a bit hoppier than I expected for an APA.

M: A medium-bodied beer that was slightly light and silky on the tongue. Overall, pretty solid mouthfeel.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination makes for a nice drinking beer. I was hoping for more of the malts to come through later as I drank to balance out the hops, but it never really made itself evident.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 05:10:35 | More by maddogruss
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy copper with visible carbonation. Some lacing left on the glass that just sticks there real nice.

S: Subtle, piney hops. Not much else. A bit of malty sweetness, but overall, the smell is fairly mellow.

T: Taste is decent, but not great. Some piney, resin hops come through, balanced out by a bit of maltiness. The hops are the dominant force here, despite how mellow even they are. Not bad, but it's not as balanced or hoppy as I'd like or expect. A decent pale ale, but nothing to go out of your way for.

M: A little grainy, but not bad. Lots of carbonation.

D: It's a decent example of a pale ale, though I think their Denver Pale Ale is better. I also wonder if this bottle might be from last year, in which case I might have an entirely different review for a truly fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 22:42:22 | More by YonderWanderer
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 01:49:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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beertunes

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on date of Oct. 05, 2010. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light honey-gold color with well over an inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some citrus hops, and a bit of malt in the background. The flavors were also dominantly hoppy with some, not much, malt foundation showing through.

The body was thinner than I enjoy for the style. Drinkability was decent, but being somewhat one-dimensional, became boring. Overall, a decent beer, although mostly it's a hop delivery system. Worth a try for most beer lovers, a must try for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:45:42 | More by beertunes
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at State Line Liquors yesterday. Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

Pours a moderate copper color with a single-finger white head after a fairly hard pour. A bit of lacing remains on the edges of the glass; mostly spotty. Nose is light floral and citrus hops with a bit of earth. Light caramel malt. The taste is mildly hoppy with a bit of green character and some floral hops. Slightly bitter mouthfeel and a bit dry. Good drinkability and a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:00:57 | More by Thorpe429
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jsh420

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottled on oct. 14 2014

pours clear golden copper with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell is very close to SN celebration - a good balance of hops and malts - has a bit of a musty smell

taste - has that moth ball musty taste?? and an overall watered down flavor

mouthfeel is good light body good carbonation slightly crisp and creamy

drinkability is so so - the overall musty mothball taste kills this for me but others might enjoy

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 05:11:52 | More by jsh420
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Say, since when did it become customary to leave this beer on the shelves for so long? I had stopped in at one of my up-and-coming bottle shops to score some CANs for a CANTrade and snagged this while I was there. I now notice a "Bottled On OCT 14 2010" stamp on the label! WTF, over?!? It's not the bottle shop's fault, per se as they are just recently stepping up their game, but their master distro must have decided to unload some outdated beers on them. Fooled me once, shame on you. Oh well, I like beer.

From the bottle: "Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed with fresh whole cone hops from the Pacific Northwest. We ship these "wet" hops to Denver overnight and brew shortly after harvest, imparting an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor in a medium-bodied ale."; "Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled trout, grilled bratwurst, garlic/ginger sweet potatoes, Epoisses (a rich, washed rind cow's milk cheese from France.)"

I loved the visual aspect of this beer! I got two-plus fingers of tawny head off of my pour, and the color was a deep-orangish/ coppery amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a very earthy, grassy, hay-like aspect underlain by a caramel/biscuit sweetness. I'll bet that this would have been killer, had it been fresh. I was reminded of summers in my youth, when my maternal grandparents were still largely surrounded by farms and the meadows were freshly mown and left to dry before raking. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial hit of grassy, minty hops before allowing a caramel sweetness to pop up like Whack-a-Mole. Finish had a slight hoppy bite, and again, I wept for what might have been. It was as if the Volume knob had been turned to "2", vice "11". Awww, man. The sticky lacing that appeared looked like it was going to require a jackhammer to remove later.

If it is still on their shelves on my next visit, I am going to bring this to their attention. This travesty is on their distro, not them.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:47:39 | More by woodychandler
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly. Fine and drinkable but a bit off-balance to really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 22:00:01 | More by MuddyFeet
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Halcyondays

California

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, good to see another GD beer in the Southland,

A: Pours a clear copper with a mild white head, which leaves some surprisingly good lacing.

S: Earthy pine with some lemon, raw and rustic.

T: Bitter grapefruit with a lot of lemon. Hint of ethanol on the back end with a lot of cedar oil. Nice, if not particularly expressive.

M: Soft mouthfeel on medium-bodied beer. Nice long hoppy aftertaste which is always a joy.

D: Not a standout in the wet hop beers by any means. While not a bad beer, when I can get the world class Hop Trip and High Tide or even Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale for a dollar or more less, I'm always going to go there in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:20:40 | More by Halcyondays
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Reviewed from Notes.

(Appearance) pours a thick 2 finger billowing head of a very rough sea foam texture, color is a deep cream tone. Retention is a medium, and lacing is spotty. Color is a pale orange with some medium haziness. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely. 3.5

(Smell) A medium hop tone, about 75% citrusy and 25% grassy. Aroma is quite wet by nature and pairs pretty well with a medium bready malt bill. It's a mild wet hop aroma, pleasant and mild overall. 3.5

(Taste) A very grassy hop aroma and even less citrus suggests that the hop content has largely faded, leaving a murky hop and malt aroma behind, not terrible but not too satisfying. Fruit tones are present but in low supply. There manages to keep a pretty good balance still of bitter to sweet without overpowering either. Decent. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild citrus aroma and a little chewy but pairs quite nicely with the medium tones of this harvest ale. Light/medium body, low to no alcohol presence. 4

(Overall) Pretty good brew but there's certainly a marked difference between a fresh batch and one that has been around for a while. Get this and enjoy it as fresh as possible, or miss out on a lot of content. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:36:23 | More by Jadjunk
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