Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
11-04-2011 00:00:27 | More by jmarsh123
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
12-05-2007 23:38:47 | More by Damian
3.15/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
11-12-2010 21:31:40 | More by orangesol
3.2/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
11-27-2009 22:03:43 | More by Reaper16
3.25/5 rDev -20.3%
Bottle at New World Brewery.
The aroma is all pine and citrus with some floral notes buried beneath. Very intense, but it doesnt 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. Its good for what it is, a massively hopped pale ale. I might even drink it again, but I wouldnt drink it a lot.
12-23-2006 16:16:52 | More by Jredner
3.25/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
02-25-2009 15:22:48 | More by jujubeast6000
3.28/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
11-23-2010 05:10:35 | More by maddogruss
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
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
01-17-2011 05:11:52 | More by jsh420
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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