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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
92
outstanding

1,422 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 128
Gots: 80 | 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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3/5  rDev -26.5%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Nightrain87, Oct 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

ChumleyX, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Bugsey
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

akttr, Dec 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

HomerS, Dec 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

TubbyDullard, Nov 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Blaze5445, Nov 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

mattizmyname, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

chuckv_1217, Oct 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

joemcg22, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

LSUPT, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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 -25.2%
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
Photo of orangesol
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

orangesol, Nov 12, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

tyalan, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Reaper16
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Reaper16, Nov 27, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -21.6%

ncelauro, Nov 11, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -20.6%

Northtexan, Nov 12, 2014
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.