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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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678 Reviews

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,515
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 141
Gots: 127 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,515
Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber-colored ale with a very nice, frothy head. It smells, surprise, of herbal and citrus hops. Quite nice.

The hops are much more apparent in the taste. This is a nice, bitter beer with a strong, spicy hop finish. It's all about the hops. If you're looking for malt or balance, look elsewhere.

The body is quite substantial. It's not watery at all, just the way I like it.

Overall this is an excellent APA and a special treat for hopheads. It has many of the wonderful qualities of a Double IPA, but it's much more drinkable, thanks to the lower alcohol level. I highly recommend this beer. Seek it out.

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Photo of AmitC
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first wet hop or fresh hop ale. Was dying to have this beer. Great divide looks like an awesome brewery with good line up of beers especially IPAs and a lot of experimental stuff.

Had it at beer tasting. Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Regular color of an IPA. Amber, slight copper hue. Small one finger thick head. Medium to low carbonation. Clear and transparent in the glass.

Smell very grassy, from a distance. Prominent hops, slight citrus. Malt and sweetness is not felt at all.

Taste is where it feels like heaven. Extremely hop prominent. Very distinct from other dry hopped APAs. As grassy and fresh as i have ever had. I have smelled and tasted dry, leafy and pellet hops. This one is hell a lot better. You can get a feel(smell and taste wise) of what a freshly harvested hop would be like. Smell is more pronounced when you are devouring it. Just like other APA and IPA stuff. Awesome fresh feel and it seemed to transport me into a grass guzzling panda like world. More upfront on hops and still not very bitter of APAs. Good balance between malts and the type of hops used.

Mouth feel : Less oily. But very smooth. Medium bodied feel.

Excellent brew. Would certainly like to have it again and again.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright orange with a thick white head that is damned sticky and leaves all kinds of lace on the glass. The only reason it's not a 5 is because the retention isn't as good as it could be--a thin covering remains over the top of the beer.

S: All hops. Big time citrus--grapefruit and orange, mainly. Other tropical fruits in the background--some mango. Some floral aromas, as well. Either more intensity or complexity would help, but not a major complaint.

T&M: Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer is that it is actually an APA. The hops are present in a big way, but there is a pleasant bicuity, cracker-like malt backbone that holds things up well. Hop flavors make their entrance towards the end and burst with cirtus and pine flavor. The mouthfeel is superb--a sticky, resinous feel that lets one continue to savor and salivate in anticipation of the next sip. Body and carbonation are both to style.

D: Excellent drinkability. The project for Great Divide was to make a pale ale, not an IPA, and they superbly accomplished that goal. The body is medium, flavor is balanced (well, relatively anyway), and drinkability is high. My only regret is that I didn't buy more bombers of this stuff when I had the chance (though it is kind of expensive!). As far as comparisons go, this beer is more sessionable than Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale this year. I love the wet hop beer experience, and I'm pleased that I finally got the opportunity to try a few of these beers.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully brassy pour into a pint glass with a slight white cap. The carbonation is average. The orange peel and piney notes are arranged nicely. The smooth and clean hop flavors linger nicely on the pallet. This APA is not too big, but more of a mellow representation of the style, nicely backed up with mellow tactile attributes. The aromas are complimentary of the hop flavors and in turn are complimented by the stickiness of the mouthfeel. This example of AIPA is a great winter warmer or summer refresher.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber color with a long lasting one-finger head. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Hops hops and more hops.

T - Grassy and hoppy with a hint of citrus. Also, a little malt flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. Medium-bodied.

S - A very good APA. The fresh hops make it quite good.

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Photo of benito
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive and wonderful.

Out of a bomber this poured mandarin orange with frothy head and good lacing. Almost immediately the unique smell hit me: a wet grassiness mixed with hints of pine, citrus, and cedar. Incredibly aromatic and full bodied to the nose alone!

From there, the taste didn't disappoint (no small feat!). The strong hop flavor was matched by an earthiness and citrus zest that gave the overall flavor profile an excellent balance. The lingering flavor of light hoppiness and grass was just right...neither too forceful nor absent; in fact, I go as far as to say that the flavor haunted me into drinking more and more and more. For a strong pale ale, this was highly drinkable: I could have easily had more, but alas, my bomber was empty before I knew it.

An exceptional brew. This one is worth searching out.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber

A: 1/4" off white head with great retention, leaving plenty of lacing. Hazy butterscotch colored body.

S: Powerful floral and grassy hop aroma. Fresh & outstanding.

T: Big hop flavor - citrusy mostly. Out of balance at first but a sweet malt backbone exerts itself a bit as it warms. Not that it matters (since it's awfully good no matter what you call it) but seems more IPA like than PA like to me.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter than average carbonation. Smooth lasting finish.

D: Excellent hop head's PA. Another great offering from Great Divide. Definitely something to look forward to every year.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light amber or copperish in color with a 1-2 finger head and good thick lace.

Smells of woody, almost astringent piney and citrus hops with some sweet bready-roasty malt presence. Faint caramel and alcohol.

Thick oily hop goodness. Full malty flavor layered with juicy hops. Smooth and well-balanced up front and midway brings in the resiny hop flavors and the citrus notes for the lingering bitter finish. One of the most consistent wet-hop brews I found this season, great in bottle and on tap. Wish it was more affordable!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess I am a little bit "over" IPA's. Recently, I have been finding them all a little monotonous. Fresh hop, double, imperial, to much of the characteristic profile is numbed down by irresponsible hop application. However, Fresh Hop, from Great Divide has enough nuts to break this cycle. Its' most outstanding characteristics are in its taste- nice cherry body, closed out by extremely well-placed hops. Drinkability at 6.1%, with appropriately placed hops, forget about it. For a mid-sized beer this is it!

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Photo of dontworrybeh0ppy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance, seeing the shameless label consisting of a large hop flower taking the place of the 'O' in the word "Hop," my first thought was that this is brand bait for some giant macro-brewery. Of course, the phrase "That's why you play the game" came to fruition at first pour, as you can't judge a beer by its cover.

Cranking the beer open - the aroma of hops poured out, as expected, but not as obnoxiously as one would expect. This proved true in taste as well.

Upon pouring the beer out, there was ample head, which really clung to the sides of the glass as if to say "no no, you'll want to enjoy me later as I slide down to the bottom." Yes, beer, I'm going to want to continue drinking you upon completion of you.

Mouthfeel - excellent. Smooth, silky, yet crisp to the taste. The hops was overtaken with citrusy, somewhat natural flavors that really engulf the palate. The hops taste quickly was alleviated with a smooth, aftertaste of the earth. Quite delightful! The overture of hops was not as obnoxious as one would expect based on the name, label, etc. The beer leaves you wanting to keep sipping heavily all day, just to keep getting that wonderful aftertaste. Definitely one to sip along through the days and nights. Enjoy!

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this very fresh wet hopped beer out in New Jersey. We don't get a lot of wet hopped beer, and I jumped at the opportunity to pick up this bottle.

This beer is a beautiful coppery color. The head is fluffy, and the lacing it leaves is really pretty on the glass.

It smells and tastes great. You get the grassiness in both, but there isn't any funk.

This is a light, hoppy beer. This was a great experience. Thank you to Great Divide for making it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bomber up at Murray's Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday. Pours into my glass a deep clear peach/orange with a nice off white creamy, bubbly head on top. Inticing...yes. Aromas of yep, fresh hops! Big, green, herbal, citric hops waft up into my nose with a side order of caramelly sweet maltiness. This is simply delightful with lupulin oils and orange and grapefruit zest.

First sip brings a crystal, caramel slightly buscuity malt, which quickly gives way to a rush of herbally, citrusy hop flavors. Bright and bold like rubbing a fresh hop cone between your fingers. Flows down with a solid bitterness that never becomes overpowering. A wonderfully hoppy, tasty APA from a brewery that knows their hops!

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a damn drinkable, sessionable brew for sure. I wish I had local access to it as it would be a staple in my fridge. If you're a hophead or ya like APA's...get yours hands on this beer! Yet another winner from Great Divide...keep them coming!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale opens to a bright, citrusy, piney hoppy nose that makes immediately apparent the freshness of the hops that went into the beer. Layers of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, grass, pine resin, sweet rosewater, mint, and eucalyptus rest in light, but finely nuanced layers atop a bed of lovely malts. These latter ingredients bring pleasant sugars to the mix, including brown sugars, and an assortment of sweet fruit esters: orange, berry, cherry, apricot. So sweet are these sugars that there seems to be even a touch of candi sugar. Toast crust and wet wheat add a bit of earthiness. As a whole, this is an excellent nose, far outreaching the expected volumes of aroma that usually come from such a light beer (6.1% ABV). The aromas do focus mainly on hops (perhaps a 60/40 split), but the malts are present in enough quantity to nicely balance the beer out.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a lovely hop blast: grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, eucalyptus, mint, dandelion stem, grass, and rosewater flow over the tastebuds. The hops are geared more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, but not overly so, the 55 IBUs providing a near-perfect balance between flavor and bitterness, and the hop flavors themselves featuring an excellent array of tones. Sweet brown sugar, candi sugar, and fruit esters (orange, apricot, berry, cherry) help keep the hops from overpowering everything, and a nice array of toast crust, biscuit, and cereal from the grains adds earthiness. The aftertaste is a long-lingering hop burn, being perhaps slightly more bitter than was present in the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is a slightly oily medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and it’s amazing to see what Great Divide can do to a pale ale: the difference between this and a standard offering in the style is akin to the difference between Michelangelo and a talented high school student. The sheer variety and potency of flavors in here is impressive, made all the more so by the light ABV and the mid-range IBUs. Well worth trying.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept. 29th, de-bottled Oct. 21st.

Pours a hazy bright orange with a good two fingers of off white head. Boom! Aroma is pure hops. I homebrew and it smells exactly like when you open a bag of whole leaf hops. Really grassy (but in a fresh, complex, vegetal, lightly green way, not in a bad old musty hops way). A little bit of hop citrus on the nose but it is definitely 80% grassy notes. Taste is more of the same. The bitterness is really quite mild as compared to the strong hop flavor. The flavor of the hops really opens up on the palate and I started to get more herbal (mint, chives...) flavors. Malt is present but only as a stage for the hops. Mouthfeel was smooth but nothing amazing. Overall this beer accentuates the fresh hop flavors and gives you something a little different than your basic APA, but not quite the strong bitterness of an IPA. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber (possible "hop haze") with a nice thick beige head that retains well. The aroma just jumps out at you with huge, juicy citrus and floral hops, some sweet caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters and a hint of ethanol. The taste starts off with an agressive hoppiness, citrusy and floral (very fresh and green tasting), followed by a caramel sweetness, fruity esters and toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and drinkability is excellent. An excellent APA, just bursting with fresh hop flavor and a crisp finish that balances the beer well...something to seek out for sure.

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Photo of osusullins
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a light white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is very much citrus hop. Grapefruit with subtle pine resin.

Taste is very nice. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor with lots of malty balance. Hops are very nicely represented. You could tell me this is an IPA and I wouldn't argue. Very crisp and light. Perfect carbonation. The hops linger long after you finish. Just lovely.

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Photo of Brent
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh indeed - my bottled date was just a couple of weeks earlier. Nice hops profile, both citic and wet-hops herbacious. Lively mouthfeel, this beer comes across as being quite a bit bigger in the ABV department, and I was surprised to see it is less than the 7% or more I would have expected. A very nice example of how to handle fresh hops for maxiumu flavor.

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Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a decent off white head that falls to clumps of bubbles that lace on the way down.

Aroma is nice, can hops be sweet? Nice fruitiness orange, mango's, apricot seem to mix with some sweet malt to make first impression of sweet fruits, with nice pine forest in the background. After it sits a bit, bitter grapefruit starts to emerge but doesn't totally do away with my sweet fruits. Malt does add some sweetness but hops rule this fine brew.

Taste is nice, hops ride on an over saturated malt base. Fruity sweet to begin, even some floral notes, finish is more bitter grapefruit rind along with pine resins loads of hop flavors everywhere but the bitterness in the finish is not that big or lingering. This is my third wet hop or fresh hop or whatever you want to call it ale this year they have all been winners in my book.

Mouthfeel is right at medium with just the right amount of carbonation to bring the hops to the front.

Drinkability is great, very enjoyable run out and get some if you can.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 version:

poured into 22 oz "Duvel" tulip.

App. Exceptional clarity light copper with some faint reddish highlight, nice white head.

smell: big pine, grassy mint, citrus and a balanced maltiness very clean, very crisp.

taste: is all hops upfront, piney and somewhat and more resin like in recollection vs. 2007 version, a very clean malt finish, exceptionally balanced, each sip is just filled with juicy ripe hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: is perfect for the style, almost comes off as bottle conditioned in the subtle but lively carbonation.

extremely drinkable and tasty, the 2008 hop harvest is primo and should make some outstanding hop profile beers going through 2009.

presentation: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a "Duvel" tulip glass.

APP: bright orange copper hue with a fluffy cream white head, nice clarity, good looking brew.

S: citrus pine and minty spice upfront, some soft layers of caramel then orange, lemon, lime and earthy hop tones again.

T: AHH!!! this is one refreshing APA, an initial resin piney and pink grapefruit hop is nicely supported by a very clean lightly caramel biscuity noted malt that lends to a very pleasant hop bitterness in the finish.

MF: very clean, no astringency, low side of medium body but rounded for the style, perfectly carbonated to my liking, and a nice dry finish.

D: my local brew pub brews makes what to my taste is the very best APA I have been able to get my hands on, not being as huge a fan of Great Divide I was not anticipating to be wowed by this beer, but what can I say, line them up. This is one tastey APA and a couple or three pints won't hurt, while seated.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Off-white head, about two fingers and dissipates slowly. Beer is a burnt orange color, almost orange.

S: Nice hop aroma with grassy notes, a little bit of pine.

T: This tastes like a good standard APA. Nothing is too overpowering. The hops are very well balanced with a nice pine and grass flavor coming through. There is also a very subtle sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with a noticeable carbonation that helps add to the beer.

D: Extremely drinkable APA. Not the hoppiest I've had, but definitely one of the most well balanced and drinkable ones.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a good head and alot of lacing along the glass. Smell is a sweet, citrus pine smell. Taste is very well balanced between the hops and the malts. Similar flavors to what are in the nose, including grapefruit/citrus, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Another solid brew from Great Divide.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one delicious beer. I've been wanting to try a harvest ale for a while, and it didn't disappoint.

Appearance: Looks like the kind of color you expect from an APA or IPA , a rich coppery orange color with a good head that thanks to lots of hops leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops hops and more hops - the fresh kind, resiny and oily. Very intense and lasting - can't wait to taste!

Taste: Taste is a bit surprising. With the huge hop aroma, I was expecting something more bitter, but checking the label I see this is only 55 IBU's - an APA, not an IPA then. For what it is, absolutely delicious. Tons of hop flavor, but well balanced. I wouldn't have minded some more bitterness, but I can't possibly complain about what I got. Not harsh at all, intensely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Hop flavor sticks to the inside of your mouth. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night. Excellent.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours light gold into my snifter with almost three fingers of white head, moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Full of hops, big fresh citrus, grapefruit/orange and grassy/pine, with a sweet malt balance.

T - Hops are prominent but not overbearing, light malt backbone allows hops to really shine through. So fresh and tasty with a mild bitterness throughout.

M - Medium body, oily and creamy, really coats the palate.

O - This really was fantastic in my opinion, light and crisp with fresh hops and a great balance, new favorite pale ale.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011. The menu has 'October 18' in parenthesis after the name of the beer...presumably the tap date?

A: A stark white finger of head. Clear golden amber. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful! Piney notes, perhaps from Cascade hops. Strong and superlative. Some grapefruit notes.

T: Mmmm, fan-freaking-tastic. The perfect pale ale? Refreshing, hoppy, and full-bodied without being oppressive. Light and pleasant. The aftertaste is hoppy and lightly dry.

M: Carbonated. Light and smooth.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. I will definitely have again...maybe tonight.

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Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Oct 3rd, 2011 - Consumed Oct 19th, 2011

A: Nice clear light golden amber with a thick creamy white head that laces the glass very nicely and stays around throughout the beer

S: Wonderful citrus and grass hop aroma coming off the top. Very clean hop aroma.

T: Delicious light malt body that provide backbone to the beer but do not over power and allows for the hop flavors to hit the palette. The ending bitterness is very well balanced and not overly done. It leaves a really bitter grassy hop aftertaste that lingers

M: Light-to-medium body that has excellent carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.