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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
outstanding

1,254 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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 kojevergas
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.

kojevergas, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of 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.

COYS1984, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of bark
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.

bark, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
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.

Martin2D, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of freed
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.

freed, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of deadliest
3/5  rDev -26.7%

deadliest, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -26.7%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Nightrain87, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ChumleyX
3/5  rDev -26.7%

ChumleyX, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Bugsey
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.

Bugsey, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -26.7%

akttr, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of HomerS
3/5  rDev -26.7%

HomerS, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of TubbyDullard
3/5  rDev -26.7%

TubbyDullard, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of mattizmyname
3/5  rDev -26.7%

mattizmyname, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -26.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of RudnicsMEB
3/5  rDev -26.7%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of joemcg22
3/5  rDev -26.7%

joemcg22, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -26.7%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of LSUPT
3/5  rDev -26.7%

LSUPT, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bullywee
3/5  rDev -26.7%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
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.

jmarsh123, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Damian
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.

Damian, Dec 05, 2007
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.