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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1221
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


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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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 17:58:35 | More by BeerZack
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 01:16:54 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 21:41:04 | More by jdubjacket
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PBoegel

New York

4.43/5  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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 13:47:06 | More by PBoegel
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TrippnFiasco

Kansas

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 13:20:21 | More by TrippnFiasco
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Brent

Kentucky

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 18:02:46 | More by Brent
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track1646

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a beautiful copper colored ale with a nice bright white head. From the moment you crack the cap and foil it "stinks" of pungent hops...almost smells like a pile of fresh pot.

A - Great translucent copper color with a nice thick bright white head. Head dissipates into a nice lace film.

S - Like I said this beer "stinks" of fresh hops! This smell is off the charts good. Not so floral or citrus like many fresh hop beers I've had lately, but more a smell of very grassy fresh wet hops.

T - If anyone here has soaked whole hops in a growler of beer for any period of time (East End Big Hop Harvest w/ fresh hops added to the growler!) then you can understand this flavor! Its a mix of fresh grass, fresh green onions, and a mild but long lasting bitterness. Remarkably good!

M- The fresh hops impart a sort of oily texture to this beer...but it isn't bad at all...it compliments the smoothness and overall round character.

D- Very good! I don't want to sip this..if anyone has seen the show Three Sheets when he is in the Czech Republic then you understand the "sips" I'm taking. At this pace my glass is very very low!

Fresh hop beers are the "new rage" and this is easily in my top 3 favorites!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:52:03 | More by track1646
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:41:13 | More by quirkzoo
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AgentMunky

California

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 20:34:48 | More by AgentMunky
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osusullins

Illinois

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 00:33:18 | More by osusullins
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:23:53 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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thesaint6169

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with about a 1 finger head. There was a slight citrus aroma and also a malty smell. There was a nice bitterness with a malt sweetness coming through as well. Got more pine flavors from the hops than citrus. It had about a medium body to it, not a very heavy beer, very easy to session.

This was the first beer that I've had from Great Divide and was very impressed and cant wait to crack open the bottle of Yeti I have in the basement. Fresh Hop was very easy to drink which is nice. You can easily have a bomber to yourself or split it with someone which is half the fun of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:31:14 | More by thesaint6169
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 18:14:10 | More by jondeelee
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hero27

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is my kinda pale ale! I have no idea if other beers use so-called "wet hops" in their brews, but after tasting this one, it sounds like a damn good idea...you can really taste how fresh the hops are. The aroma is excellent as well..big, floral hop smell of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is just right. Some could try to tag this as an IPA, but it really doesn't have that IPA "bite" to it..just a menacing hoppy character to go along with the malts. What a great surprise..a fairly low-alcohol offering..a pale ale, that's got such a unique hop flavor and reminds you of why you drink quality beer.

Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a seasonal...I wish this would replace their Denver Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 16:02:37 | More by hero27
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy darkish copper color with a nice cream colored head with good retention and lacing. Wonderful citrusy and floral hop aroma. Upfront the taste is biscuity malt then some powerful citrus flavor. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied as the label promises and is pretty smooth. A very drinkable APA. Overall this is right up there with Alpha King as far as APA's go in my opinion. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 02:52:48 | More by hckyfn9999
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the 22oz bomber into my dogfish head pint glass.

This beer pours a golden amber with a slightly off white head. This head is rocky and frothy and laces well. The smell is full of fresh piney hops. The taste has bitterness along with those hops and notes of toasted caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of dryness. Overall, fantastic Pale Ale or IPA whatever you really want to call it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 19:27:19 | More by MSchae1017
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a big fluffy head that never leaves. Big-time aroma with fresh grapefruit and pine needles. Taste is dry and sweet, nice malty balance in this brew. Nice citrusy, hoppy kick, but not overwhelming. Goes down very smooth with some hop-oil aftertaste.

Not quite as good as Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale, but still a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 06:50:30 | More by saintwarrick
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MinorThreat

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle straight from the brewery, Thanks Bryan! OH and by the way, I really like the new packaging, nice work.

A-Deep amber/gold color high clarity nice pillowy off white head and great lacing.

S-Nice floral and citrus hop scent with a subtle malt sweetness lingering behind a great hop smell

T-Good toasty malt and subtle hits of caramel sandwiched between waves of hop flavor. Great spicy citrus hop taste and although there is a good bitterness it seems to wash down cleanly. All of the flavors seem to have rounded really nicely, this is damn good beer.

M-Soft and seemingly light, good amount of gas. Very pleasant.

D-Very high, great flavorful yet sessionable brew.

From What I understand this is Great Divide's liberally hopped ale with whole fresh hops rather than pellets. My restaurant was lucky enough to get a few kegs of it during the DNC in Denver. I was pretty bummed out that LHA was a one time brew until Bryan from Great Divide dropped of a bomber of Fresh hop. I have a case on order, it won't last long.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 09:08:42 | More by MinorThreat
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells largely of citrus and floral hop aromas with some light pine. Very hoppy, I'm excited to sip on it.

Tastes just as good as the smell would indicate. Sweet malts mixed with a slight citrus flavor up front, followed shortly by a nice wallop of bitterness. The flavors linger for a moment but then disappear, making me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation, but nothing special.

Drinkability is great. This is an easy drinking APA that I could easily have a few more of.

Overall this is one of the better APA's I've had recently. Be sure to give this one a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 03:08:27 | More by glid02
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MOB210SA

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled September 29, 2009

The pour produced a billowing 2 finger creamy and fluffy head that dies moderatly quick. Clear orangish amber in color. Outstanding lacing, and some great clinginess.

An intoxicatingly hoppy and slightly citusy fruitiness that almost overwhelms my senses as I take a deep whiff. Almost penetrates my sinuses.

Taste is nothing short of outstanding. Not a lot of hoppy bitterness. Straight forward hops and some cirtus backdrop. Find this even more enjoyable than other pale ales that I know and love.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, nice light carbonation that is simply put just smooth and drinkable. Seems like a great anytime drinker.

Great Divide, great job as always.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:47:40 | More by MOB210SA
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of my review the #3 APA on beeradvocate, served on tap at a local beer bar. Here we go! Beer is light amber and clear with a nice head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is pretty hop forward overall, nice.

Beer is piny in the mid palate, midly sweet on the onset but that is not distracting from the moderate bitterness at the back. Its well put together with good palate connectivity. The finish is nice. Overall its a medium bodied APA with a wet finish. The hop resin stays in your mouth for a minute but there's no after taste. Its a nice hot day beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 00:42:19 | More by drabmuh
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A minimal amount of foamy head on top of a pale copper body. Aroma hits you with a large amount of hops. Lemon/Lime citrus, grapefruit and honeydew melon. Some malts are also present but this is all hop. Before I go on about hops the pale, subtly sweet caramel, malt bill is a great base for the hops that go over it. With that as a base there is a great mix of hop flavors. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple and melon upfront. The finish is a mix of pine and grass but the lingering bitterness is fruity. Awesome balance of juicy and bitter. Medium/light body, hop bomb but not bitter bomb. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:13:46 | More by DrinkingDrake
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dbmernin83

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, lasting head and pretty good lacing.
Piney herbal hops in the nose.
Crisp pine, minty and refreshing. A light bitterness. This is a clean and bright beer showcasing the flavors hops bring to a beer without big bitterness.
Great carbonation, medium bodied.
A great beer. I could drink this all day during the fall. Gotta love fresh hop season!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 01:10:10 | More by dbmernin83
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RockAZ

Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 15:11:06 | More by RockAZ
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden honey color with a decent foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Big floral hop aroma with some piney notes. Very pleasant.

Taste: Delicious piney, citrusy hop flavor with a great malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Light and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: I could easily take down another bomber of this stuff, goes down easy and doesn't sit too heavy.

Excellent offering from Great Divide. If you are into hops, you owe it to yourself to try this! Great hop flavor, but it's also nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 01:23:13 | More by jamesdergen
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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