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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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durwood64

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

11-09-2012 23:24:16 | More by durwood64
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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far333

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed honey apricot color with streams of fine bubbles rising up and a firm cap of dimpled foam that lingers.

Aroma of cinnamon and honey, some corn and toffee, plus subtle floral notes.

Biscuity malt flavors with mild floral and grassy hops, slightly metallic finish, tastes a bit stale. Mild bitterness, a piney bitter lingers.

Full and rich and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying.

Low drinkability, this may be an old bottle. Unfortunately it's not dated. I'll hunt down another and edit this review.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 23:42:53 | More by far333
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium orange color, capped off with some generous white foam. Nosing this one, based on past experiences with this style, I was expecting nothing but huge hoppy aromas; not the case here. I got some light grassiness, citrus and a touch of pine. On the palate a little bit of caramel and sweet biscuit malt, along with lemon zest and grapefruit. A decent effort, but not even close to the hoppiness I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:36:30 | More by emmasdad
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 8.8.09
This beer poured a clear copper color witha one finger of thick rocky head to it, leaving ample lacing along the glass on the way down. Nose is of some pale malts, floral and piney hops. Taste is somewhat muted. For a pale ale, close to spot on, but with the Fresh hop billing, hop presence should have been more prevalent. Hops are indeed fresh upfront - floral and citrus goodness, and then the beer falls flat, somewhere in the middle the taste just drops and isn't balanced well. Medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp clean feel to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 15:14:50 | More by Jayli
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beagle75

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasty cereal and more faint caramel are at the fore of the smell encountered here, with fresh grass and coniferous foliage a step behind.

T: Begins off-dry with assertive pale malt, followed by slightly acidic floral and citrus hops emerging in the middle. The quality of the citrusy aromatics here are not grapefruit, but more like mellow, diluted orange. The short finish features restrained bitterness, with unusual doughnut-like cakiness and some astringency.

M: Thin to medium viscosity with low carbonation. This beer vanishes fairly quickly from the palate without lingering to be enjoyed or studied, thus encouraging another follow-up sip.

D: This beer provides a response to the question, 'Is proximity to hops a factor in producing a wet-hopped ale of quality?' What it lacks in interesting qualities, it makes up for with an overall appeal that equates to better than average drinkability. Still, for a fresh-hop seasonal it is mid-pack at best. It leaves me with a very similar impression to the riptide that I had at Pizza Port a few weeks earlier.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 15:15:05 | More by beagle75
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hops had a sort of muddled freshness that was difficult to say what you were smelling.
I did detect a grape must almost like grape juice.
The beer had a slightly hazy golden color. On the pour I got a tall head that left behind some spotty lacing.
The taste was quite bitter and had a tinny or metallic taste at the finish. In between was some almost nonexistent hops and stale malts.
I bought this about a week from the expiration date which was Dec.30 so freshness was about 99% lost. I'm sure fresh this would be a good beer but not this time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 13:30:48 | More by micromaniac129
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz Growler from Beverage World. Fresh 2012 release. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is fruity hops, grassy, herbal, good deal of honey bread and caramel malt as well. Balanced. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with resinous hops, grassy and herbal, moves to a substantial malt backbone featuring honey, bread and caramel, generally mirrors the aroma. Smack of bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol. Again, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

This is one that I’ve wanted to try for years, but always passed it up for some reason. Decent fresh hop ale, but not my favorite as it is more balanced than I like, fairly malty.

Serving type: growler

10-19-2012 02:59:35 | More by elgiacomo
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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a translucent, totally filtered light golden amber that produced a very froathy head which fleeted to a tremendously nice consistent lacey layer. Smells are of slight hop, freshness, slight undiscernable citrus and minimal malt. The smells are not very robust. The taste follow suits with a tad of hoppy bitter awesomeness. It has hints of earthiness to it. The tastes fade quickly leaving a dry bitter bite. A decent beer but it was lacking something. The bottle notes 'Grassy' and 'Citrusy' characteristics with 'Grassy' being triumphant. It did lack a bit of hoppiness that I look for in a good PA. A bit pricey at $6.99 I feel. It's worth noting that the bottling date is in early Sept. A few reviews I briefly overviewed mentioned October or later. Hoppy beers are better the fresher they are, in my limited opinion. Nonetheless, I'm glad I tried it.

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:57:21 | More by rmcnealy
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh Hop has a perfectly clear orange body and an off-white head that is creamy and manages good retention and lacing.

The aroma is hop-centric for sure, with a variety of citrus scents and a bit of fresh cut grass.

I love fresh hop beers, and I was expecting big things from this one, but I was a little bit let down. This is a fine beer, but nothing special. One thing I expect from fresh hop beers are big, fresh, grassy flavors with a lower flavor of alpha acids/bitterness. Great Divide's Fresh Hop doesn't quite deliver on that. The grassy flavors are there, but they are not nearly as prominent as the biting citrus flavors. Lots of bitterness. The backbone is pale malt.

Bitter and oily, moderate amount of body and carbonation.

As I said, I like Fresh Hop, but I'm not thrilled by it, nor do I think it is a great representation of a fresh hop pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 19:11:34 | More by Hojaminbag
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice hazy copper with a fairly small white head. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Subtle, piney hops, not much else. I expected a lot more a bit disappointed. A bit of malty sweetness, but overall, the smell is fairly mellow.

T- Taste is decent, but not great. Some piney hops come through, balanced out by a bit of maltiness.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was right on.

D- Fairly easy to drink just not what I was wanting out this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 09:00:54 | More by nrbw23
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katan

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber, no date.

A - A clear dark golden color, somewhere between brown and gold. Pours very little head, and what does dissipates quickly. Little carbonation on the inside.

S - Very strong hops smell that is well balanced with some malt background. I detect somewhat a grapefruit smell.

T - Starts with its interesting flavor from the bittering hops. Grassy is a good word, as per the bottle description. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Quick transition from the initial hops bite. Although, its somewhat surprising to me that there is that much malt hit on what one would think is a hop dominated beer.

M - Not much carbonation on this one. Does have a creamy thick feeling.

D - A good tasting beer, while the intense hops probably would keep me away from drinking alot of these. An excellent beer for a "onezy twozy" night where I really want to taste and enjoy my beer.

Good choice overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 03:52:14 | More by katan
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thank you to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear orange color with a minimal head.

(S)- A big piney citrus with lemon and lime and pineapple.

(T)- Dry, with a piney citrus. Very similar to the smell.

(M)- Very bitter. A good carbonation level and some good citrus, but otherwise very bitter.

(D)- A decent pale ale, but far too much bitterness for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:47:10 | More by sweemzander
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.15.12
Bottled Oct 3, 2012

A - Pours a clear, darker orange with a one inch off-white head with a good retention and lacing.

S - Grass, pine, orange peel.

T - Grass, then bitter citrus and a sweet pine finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Dank and grassy for a normally pale and light beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 07:02:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, consumed Dec. 23rd. 22 oz. bottle.

Pours with a huge four finger head and sticky lace at the edges. It's a deep orange color, with plenty of visible carbonation and ok head retention. Slightly funky yeast aroma, malt sweetness, and a vague grassy quality. Not the fresh hop character I was hoping for. Sweet malty butterscotch taste, mildly bitter with some earthy, aspirin-like hops in the aftertaste. Creamy texture from mild carbonation, and sort of filling. One bomber is drinkable, but it's slightly too heavy for a session. Overall it reminded me more of SNPA than a wet-hopped ale, probably won't revisit unless it was fresh on tap...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 01:07:48 | More by emerge077
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Over-sized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Fresh 2008 Vintage

Light, golden amber color. Good one-finger white head. Good retention. Quite good lacing.

Very citrus dominated hops profile. Big grapefruit and orange zest, here. Great grassy presence. Smells fresh and new.

Pine and citrus bite dominate this one. Fresh, grassy flavor. Malt is hidden way down inside this one. Minimal sweetness on this one.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. More waterey than I prefer, though.

Too hoppy for me to enjoy on a regular basis, but that's just personal taste preference. It's still an overall good hoppy brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:37:52 | More by coldmeat23
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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