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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

673 Reviews
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,468
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 104 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, lemon zest, light caramel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more biscuit and some light celery (or some form of cellulose, anyway) in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not wholly distinctive, fresh hop brew. Good times. (536 characters)

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer.

Clear, orange-amber in color. Generous, off-white head.

Very hoppy aroma, citrus & grass. Malt very much second fiddle - hints of caramel/molasses?

Taste was a bit of a let down for me, in that I expected more from the hops. They were definately showcased, but seemed mild and well balanced.

Body was light, with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but still quite refreshing.

Overall, may be a case of too high of an expectation. Beer is quite good. What is odd, is that the bottle version seems hoppier to me. A bit smoother as well. (577 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, slightly amber colored. A nice pillowy head with good retention. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Fresh hops just have a certain aroma. It has this sweet yes balanced bitter nose. It's hard to explain but this is dead on for the harvest ales.

A light malty amber mouth, that finishes sharply bitter. Earthy and citrus hops, very oily and extremely bitter.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Feels more than 6.1% which is a touch of a disappointment.

Rather easy drinking beer. Just right for a pale ale.

Overall a really tasty beer. Bottled October 4th and consumed the 16 so I can't really find a fresher beer. At 6.99 this is just way too freaking expensive though. A 22 dollar 6 pack and lets not forget sierra makes a better fresh harvest for $4 for 24oz. Goose island makes a 6 pack for something like 8 bucks that's again better than this. (871 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1581st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
22oz

Bottle dated Oct 4 2012
Purchased at Party House Liquor, Chino Hills, CA ($8.99, I overpaid I think)

App- A nice and medium looking amber color with some good highlights and a bit shimmery. Had a nice 1-1/2 finger white capped head that stuck around for a bit and left a nice cling/lace trail. A nice looking beer in the glass.

Smell- Its an okay pale ale for me. I think im not used to Wet hopped pales yet. The thick hop notes intermixed with the base malts create a fairly caramel rich nose that isnt really my thing.

Taste- Along with the nose, this flavor profile doesnt really do it for me. With my pale ales I like them to be a bit brighter and lusher. This was thick with caramel malts and tinges of bitter. Was a bit thick on the flavors but guess that comes with wet-hopped I am noticing.

Mouth- I can appreciate the feel on this one. GD likes to amplify their flavors and this was no different. A bit too thick of a body but semi-works on this one. The carbonation is a bit lush and creamy like a fuller IPA/DIPA vs. this style. I generally liked it though.

Drink- I will say I am usually excited for GD beers. Although besides the Yeti lineup my fervor is waining for some other beers in the series. May have to try to land things in the 12oz size before going 22oz. Probably wont have this one next year. (1,373 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel green tulip. Split with a friend. Big thanks to StormKing47 for this one.

A: Pours an orangeish-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head that slowly receded into a thin bubbly film that left a fairly thick sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of citrus hops, pineapple and grapefruit. Not much malt, but there is a little bit of cracker or bread crust.
T: Follows the nose except the hops are a little less citrusy and a little more herbal and earthy. Finish has a touch of malty sweetness and the aftertaste is lightly bitter.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and even carbonation. Not overly sticky, syrupy or dry.
D: Overall I'd buy this occasionally if it were local, but there are plenty of west coast APA's that I'd probably rather drink. Good but not memorable. (823 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumnal copper with golden edges. Frothy, cottony, eggshell white head with good lacing. Pine sap and citrus hop nose mixed butterscotch. Light hop bitterness up front. Sweet shortbread cookie and butterscotch malt come on strong. Light tropical fruitiness. Piny and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Maltier than expected and the hops don't seem as "fresh" as other harvest ales. Still good, just not overwhelming. Medium body with a low carbonated, casky feel. (466 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/4/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 650ml Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Darker in appearance then any of the other Wet hopped beers I'm trying, dark Golden to Amber in color. Big fluffy white head that has little retention and remains as nothing more then a whisp on the top of the beer.
Aroma: Big Grassy, earthy, wet hay, wet hopped feature absolutely strikes me at the onset. I have trouble getting passed it but I get some grapefruit and mango. Caramel and pale malts provide a slightly toasted and bread crust aroma.
Taste: The tartness is quite mild and beyond the hop flavors what I'm surprised by is the amount of caramel malt I taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Medium carbonation. This beer contains only a minimal bitterness and dryness.

Notes: Drink by 12/24/14 (814 characters)

Photo of Tolann
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one with all the local buzz about it. Still a newb to reviewing beers. I bought this 22oz bottle and poured it into 2 average pint glasses.

A - Golden in color. Thick head that settles very slowly. Nice lacing
S - Sweet lemon(?) grassy smell. Not an overwhelming smell, but definitely there.
T - Bitter hops at the back of your tongue. Not a sharp hoppyness, but white spiced and earthy if that makes sense. Refreshing. Not caramelly or malty. I can't quite place it...Seems simple at first, but then is more complex. There's something going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Did I just chew gum?
M - medium to light body. Bubbley if you try to slurp taste it.
D - Wish I bought another bottle. I didn't see any more in the liquor store today. This is a refreshing and light hoppy beer. Another bottle might have helped the reviewing too. heehee! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds pretty good right now after this beer.

WTH? My husband just poured his half of the bomber to me. Guess I'm in luck. LOL (1,044 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lemon zest, grass, some grapefruit, orange peel.

Looks: Almost clear. Nice copper/amber colour.
Needed a vigorous pour to produce an average sized head. Good head retention. Foam was a creamy, off-white colour. Good amount of lace left behind.

Taste: Bitter, but balanced by the malts. Grassy flavours. Flavours of citrus rind, endives, grass. Upon first entering my mouth I could taste some malty flavour, but that was quickly overcome by the hop bitterness & flavours. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average CO2. On the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall, a good Beer. However I would not pay $8.00 for another bottle, as I could find many similar tasting Beers for a more modest price... That said I would still reccommend trying it at least once. (785 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dull orange color with a large foamy semi tan head. Tons of lacing. Head maintains itself well.

Aroma is somewhat citrusy but much more grassy than I was expecting. A sweet woody flavor is in there. A roasted malt smell rounds it out.

Taste begins much sweeter than I thought it would be. The sweetness is honeyish but also somewhat orangey. A piney bitterness comes in and balances nicely. Finish is really grassy and huge on the hops. Not really any resiny or oily hops in there, just a straightforward grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid. Hops come in and out at somewhat odd times and the malt precense seems to be more than what I thought it would be. Body is nicely carbonated but could use a bit more backbone.

Fairly drinkable. The finish is rough at first but I was craving it by the end. Still, this wasn't up to par with the other "hop harvest" beers I've tried this year (Founder's, Sierra Nevada). (938 characters)

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber, head that stuck around. S: Citrusy and floral, grassy hops. T: Very nice, surprising sweetness underneath the hops, great balance. Dry finish. M: Mild carbonation, very smooth. D: Obviously very hoppy for a pale ale, but I didn't find any part of it overwhelming. Really refreshing. Very nice all around. (319 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of floral and bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of floral hops, a hint of citrusy hops, apple skins, piney hops, and caramel malt. A little thin-bodied. A nice pale ale though!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20
3.7/5 (339 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a beautiful golden amber with a creamy white head. Incredible retention and if lacing throughout.

S- a pleasant somewhat mild hop aroma. Hard to detect specific aromas. Some metallic notes on the first few sips.

T- mild just like the aroma. Was expecting more hop flavor for a fresh hop ale.

M- a little thinner but it makes it easier drinking

O-this isn't a bad ale but when compared to other fresh hops ales it comes up a little short. Best by date of 30 December makes me think this bottle is just past its prime. Will have to try it again next year. (561 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that lingers for a bit. Nice lacing on the glass left behind.

S - Has a decent nose, the hops lean towards pine & grass, but not overly complex.

T - Less hop than I was expecting, a lot more malt tones here.

M - Medium bodied beer with very little carbonation.

O - A good beer but I think I was expecting just a little more hop tones, especially in the taste, than what I got. (427 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber with an inch of off-white head.

Smell: Grass and herbal notes, malty.

Taste: Slightly spicy, herbal and resin hop but predominantly malty, carmelly and slghtly sweet. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Here is a bottled on date of October 14, 2010. Now four months later, I Probably should have skipped it. Almost certainly would be better "Fresh". Will look for it in the future, fresher. (466 characters)

Photo of amneziak
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: As one would expect from a beer called Fresh Hop Ale, there is a ton of hop aromas on the nose right out of the glass. It's very citrusy and clean smelling with a bit of pungency from this abundance of hops. Finally, there are lots of grassy and bitter grapefruit components present in the end that almost confuse you into thinking it's a double.

Appearance: The FHA pours a warm coppery orange color with a nice subtle (yet rocky) tan colored head. The presence of carbonation is visible as you hold the glass up to a light. There is a very nice foamy three finger head, which on the top, almost looks like frothed milk. As the head settles, it hangs on to the side of the glass leaving its fair share of lacing.

Taste: There's not as much carbonation on the tongue as you would expect from a beer with this much head. Unlike a lot of other hoppy beers along these lines, though, there is a good amount of flavor coming through. The citrus components that I got on the nose don't fully translate to the palate. These hops have a much grassier or pine needle quality than those others.

Palate: The mouth feel on this one ranges between light and medium bodied in that your mouth wants it to be a potent Imperial IPA, but that fact is that it's just a Pale Ale with lots of hops. It coats the tongue nicely, though, and never leaves you needing more bitterness.

Overall: The beauty of this beer is that it's not considered an Imperial IPA - it's a Pale Ale. This difference alone brings the alcohol content down 3% from its older brother, the Hercules Double IPA, which I prefer greatly over this. The problem with the FHA being a Pale Ale, however, is that hop heads will really wish there was more going on in this glass if it's going to include lots of fresh hops. You are basically getting 75% of the experience of a double IPA.

Ultimately, this is a really nice beer because it can be a lower alcohol percentage beer while still hanging on to a lot of the same hoppy characteristics of a double. And to be perfectly honest, it truly is better than a lot of the "Imperial" IPAs I've had from other breweries around the world. (2,143 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" off-white head. Good retention, a little lace. Clean, bronze hued beer.

S - Excellent fresh hop aroma. Clean. Everything associated with a great hop aroma is present.

T - Citrus. Lemon peel. Clean. Light malt backbone. Long, bitter finish. Much hoppier than any APA I have had and hoppier than some IPA's.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - The drinkability was good. Not my favorite Great Divide beer, but a good one none the less. (460 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan rocky head that has very good retention, and it leaves sheets of very good lacing. Body is orange amber.

Smell - subtle aroma of grassy, herbal hops and some toasty malt biscuits. Slight scent of pine resin and citrus.

Taste - much like the smell. A subtle flood of herbal, grassy hops with a soft backbone of toasty malt biscuits. Some pine resin on the finish, as well as a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but it is rather subdued, and so I don't find it to be sessionable. (595 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.

S – Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.

T – A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.

M – Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D – I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going… It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again. (813 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber provided by AKSmokedPorter via the BS-BIF.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a withe head that thins. Mild lacing.

Aroma is very grassy and citrusy with some mild malt aroma as well.

Very citrusy, fresh and grassy hop flavor upfront. There's a bit of malt that presents itself followed by a nice bitter bite. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Bitter aftertaste.

Nice slick texture and ample carbonation.

Quite drinkable and a nice tatsing brew. At times, it's almost like having a mouthfull of fresh hop cones. (535 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice citrusy hoppy notes came through on the first whiff alongside a little malty sweetness, and a bit of orange tangerine notes.

T: the orange tangerine qualities were more apparent on the palate with a very mild hop bit, a good amount of malty sweetness and piney accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had piney, citrusy, mild hoppy, sweet, and very mild bitter finish.

D: the brew was really easy drinking and thought it was a solid pale ale. (630 characters)

Photo of kk73
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a clear light copper color, with a nice frothy white two finger head. Good head retention which slowly recedes with good lacing.

S - Smells first of floral hops along with earthy and grassy hops. Some notes of pine with a slight detection of bready malts.

T - Slightly bitter piney, grassy hops balanced by an appearance of some bready malt.

M - Crisp, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Expecting more for the price. A nice drinkable beer, and just about right for an APA. Would not seek out multiple bottles of this one. (588 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear light/medium orange color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Dank grassy and citrusy hops, with emphasis on orange and mango. Clean overall with a balancing neutral maltiness and a touch of crystal malt.

3.5 T: Good, but the hops don't pop as much as I had hoped. Grassy, earthy, and orange citrus with a touch of pine. Malts play a larger part in the taste. Moderate sweetness with an equal breadines and some crystal malt to a lesser extent. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, but I could go for some more. Smooth.

3.5 D: I used the word "moderate" a lot in this review and it's only fair to call this beer "moderate" overall. Nothing really stands out, but it is still a solid brew. (847 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (bottled 9/29/09) received as winnings in the SNF squares BIF from kiltedtxn. Thanks. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a bright amber orange with a thick finger of cream colored head on top. Crystal clear - easily can see right thru this one. Head has excellent staying power, probably helped by the steady stream of bubbles coming off of the laser etching at the bottom of the glass. Good looking pale ale.

S - Rich and citrusy. Lots of oranges and grapefruit up front with notes of cut grass and some tropical fruits. A touch of pine in the background. Some sweet and slightly caramelly malt blends and balances nicely.

T - Nice and bitter first impression. Grapefruit is up front and stays throughout. Bitterness turns a bit and ends up being a bit medicinal like. The overall fruitiness in the nose is not really present in the flavor. A bit of bready/biscuity malt appears as the beer warms up a little. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but the somewhat harsh medicine bitterness detracts overall.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is moderate as well. Bitterness coats the mouth entirely and just stays there forever...way after the last swallow, this one leaves something to remember.

D - The medicinal bitterness detracts from the drinkability of this one. This is about 4 months old, so maybe some of the fresh hop goodness has left this one. Not a bad beer, but one bomber is plenty. It's going down without any problem...I just wish it was a little bit smoother on the hop character. (1,554 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Willard's

A - It pours a straw-copper hue, is capped with a white head of micro-bubbles, and leaves satin-y sheets of lace upon the glass.

S - The aroma is generally hoppy, albeit mildly so. Notes of lemon, herbal-ness and random citrus fuse with a slightly caramel-y malt to produce an overall earthy tone. The smell is quite mild when compared to a good IPA, but really it is correspondingly appropriate given the style.

T - The taste is quite subdued, even more than the nose is. Soft herbal notes, esp. lemongrass and verbena, sit on a (flavor-deficient) caramel malt, and the whole thing is nicely safe and inoffensive. This is a very mild beer. It tastes good, and even comes with training wheels.

M - It feels so good.

D - Though I really can't knock this beer for its flavor, I wouldn't recommend it to those who have earned their 'big boy pants'. (871 characters)

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.