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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,236 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap->pint
BBT

Poured a clear straw orange, with a small white head. Lace of sheets up and down the glass. Mild carbonation.

Nose: Grassy herbal hops

Clean start with the hop nose letting you know whats coming. Dominated by grassy hops. Mild quick bitterness. All about the hop flavor and aroma.

Something to try once and move along, pretty standard as the fresh hop brews go,especially at $6 bucks a pint. Ouch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 16:51:18 | More by beerphan
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely balanced, fresh and pleasing pale ale.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Retro somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design (As of today the picture on its BA profile reflects an old label and/or this one may need a new beer entry if the brew has changed in any manner since.). Short descriptive narrative noting the main ingredients and way of brewing this fresh ale. Displays date of bottling (Sep 22 2009), shows IBUs (55), and Alc. by Vol (6.1.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous white head that faces with good retention and hefty lacing.

S - Soft, even light aroma, grassy, citrusy and a tad of malt, but all very subdued.

T - Nice hoppy freshness, citrusy, a tad of grapefruit, over a good malty note.

M - Very fresh mouthfeel, smooth and with good carbonation.

D - Fantastic offer, a great brew and very quaffable.

Notes: Nice wet-fresh hop brew. Nice how it balances being a hoppy pale ale, with a noticeable freshness without giving it a sense of a jump to an IPA, which would have been fine by me but would turn it into another beast. Instead, they have accomplishes an rather nice and balanced pale ale with a very nice touch to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:40:54 | More by Daniellobo
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Poured a brilliant, transparent copper color with a huge rocky head - ivory in color - good retention and leaves a foam slick atop the ale once finally dissipated. Spotty lacing covers the glass all the way down. Aromas are bold - toasted grains, toffee, citrus, and caramel. Tastes are full of character and complexity consisting of biscuity malt, toffee, overtones of citric grapefruit, slight orange, fresh piny hop that slicks the palate wonderfully with hop resins. Finishes slightly bitter with pine and a hint of white pepper prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium, but coats the palate well with low carbonation. Overall, this one grew on me - if it were a 12oz I don't think the additive effect of the hop bitterness would have jumped out at me the way it did during the 2nd half of the bottle. Excellent take on a fresh hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:38:55 | More by barnzy78
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear amber, very small white head, and essentially no visible carbonation - only an occasional stray bubble.

S: Somewhat muted. Bits of pine hops, grass, and a strong caramel malt.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Grass and pine hops, caramel malts.

M: Medium body, minimal carbonation sensation, no particular alcohol presence.

O: I'm am thoroughly disappointed in this bottle. Both bottles I had last year had huge wet hoppiness of grass and barnyard...completely blew me away. All of those flavors I was looking forward to are missing this year. Don't know if this was a bad bottle or what. The bottled date was exactly one week before I was drinking it, so freshness shouldn't have been an issue. It wasn't a terrible beer as is, but not at all what I expected. If additional bottles this year change my mind, I'll update this review. (2012 Rating = 3.48 aggregate)

EDIT: An additional bottle, sadly, did not change my review. It's still not even in the ballpark of what last year's was. I'm sure I'll try again next year, but I'm done for '12.

Re-EDIT: 2013 Batch - much improved over 2012's. More grassy presence, and a very nice cracker malt base. Nice fresh hop presence into the hang. I've updated my ratings to reflect this batch.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 17:46:37 | More by macrosmatic
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a one finger off white head that retains nicely

Smell has some good hop aromas. Big grassy herbal aromas forward with some citrus near the end. There is some light pine aromas near the end along with a mildly sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste follows the nose with more good fresh hop flavors forward. More herbal and grassy hop flavors followed by a very mild piney hop bitterness. Malt is very subtle and has a very mild sweetness near the end.

Mouthfeel is great lots of hopy oils and a medium body gives this a moderate sticky thickness. Carbonation is mild and gives it a soft feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:55:19 | More by Fcolle2
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint glass.

A: Incredibly huge off-white head that was both frothy and rocky. Huge mountain peaks that lasted and lasted. The lacing was very good and the body is clean and perfectly clear. The color of this brew is a light coppery-orange.

S: Not a complex brew. But who says everything has to be? The hop bill, consisting of pine, grass and citrus was huge, particularly for a pale ale. Light biscuity malts provide some balance but the hops are the standout feature.

T & M: Just a little alcohol comes through as well as some peppery notes and diacytel. Lightly sweet and lightly acidic. The bitterness one-ups these qualities as one would expect such a hoppy beer to do. Creamy texture, medium body mouthfeel. This beer has medium carbonation and finishes crisp and dry. From the aroma, taste and mouthfeel, there's no debate about the freshness, even from my bottled version, it's apparent. I'd love to find this on draft soon.

D: Fresh an refreshing. There is a cleanliness to this brew that you don't see everyday. Every once in a while, it's nice to take a break from the bigger beers out there and mellow out with the likes of an easy drinker like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 15:02:13 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 6.1% abv. Bottled sept.29, 2009. Pretty fresh indeed. Pours a clear copper to orange color. Thick white, fluffy head holds together for a really long time. When it fades, there are huge sheets of lace left on the glass. A very good looker.

Citrusy and grassy hop aroma. A hint of sugary caramel malt. A bit resiny. Nice aroma, but it is not quite bursting out of the glass like I thought.

Malt character turns out to be light. Oily, citrusy, and grassy hops give off a great amount of flavor, without being overly bitter or cloying. Just enough sweetness to keep thins from being crazy. Long lingering dry, bitter finish.

Medium body, with an adequate amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable, and certainly a hop showcase here.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:00:58 | More by Bierguy5
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JoeBloe

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the label on mine differs from the (newer?) one pictured here -
matte paper with the words 'grassy' and 'citrusy' bracketing the words 'pale ale' - and some food pairing suggestions on the side -
pored a nice honey orange with a nice 2 finger head - leaves sheets of lacing all the way down the glass - good 'fresh hop' flavor - 'grassy and citrusy' is certainly right - nice and light feel for an ale with this much hop taste - goes down real easy - satisfying for me - very drinkable - i'd think this would be a good one for someone new to hoppier ales to try - good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 20:44:23 | More by JoeBloe
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aasher

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are very fresh and "green". You get a lot of grass, floral notes, steamed leafy greens, slight pine, and some caramel malts. The flavors are very light and clean. You get a moderate amount of fresh hops with a nice malt backbone and slightly bitter finish. Again it's kind of an earthy hoppiness. The lighter body does this one some favors and make it more and more drinkable. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop pale and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:22:02 | More by aasher
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber color with full off white head settling to a bubbly patch, leaving some splattered lacing.

Smell is everything great about hops - fresh pine, citrus zest, bitter grapefruit, apricot, and herb grass.

Taste is nice, but leaves just a little wanting after the enticing aroma. Nice bitter dry grassy pine up front, spicing up a little in the middle, then washing out at the finish. A decent pale ale flavor, with strong emhasis on the hops and little else. Nice true hop flavor without overly intense bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied and a little sticky on the back end.

Drinkable, sure, and tasty too, but not my favorite harvest or pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:37:52 | More by lightindarkness
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light notes of orange and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall sudsy off-white head that slowly reduces to medium sized area of very thin film and a thin ring of large bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine/resin hops with some lighter notes of grassy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness in the smell.

T: Upfront the beer has a light flavor of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong hop flavors - pine/resin, followed by light amounts of grassy, and moderate amounts of orange/citrus in the finish. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness but they fade quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty well balanced making the beer fairly easy to drink - also, it is not overly bitter. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:09:23 | More by dbrauneis
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear golden brown in color with a loose off-white head to compliment. Nose is very inviting, it smells fresh, hence the name I suppose. Lots of fruity/citrusy notes, not very piney at all. Taste is lighter than expected, fruity, hints of lemon and grapefruit, a good amount of esters. Fairly light and crisp. Mouthfeel is quite a bit lighter than I expected. Very drinkable however, I would sample this again.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 09:20:04 | More by Gaisgeil
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Redrover

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was just added to the tap list at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

It came in a 14 oz hefe style glass. The beer is copper with a chill haze and off-white head and lacing.

As advertised, fresh hop aroma abounds. There is lots of pine with a bit of citrus. I could smell it as it sat on the bar!

The taste is pleasantly biter with pinesap notes. There is caramel in the background for balance. The bitterness builds nicely as the beer coats your mouth.

The beer is easy to partake of. I'm not sure it’s a session beer, but it’s damn tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 20:16:06 | More by Redrover
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superspak

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with green foil over the cap, bottled on 9/30/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Good amount of lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of huge fresh orange zest, lemon, pine, grass, light caramel, breadiness, and light spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big orange, lemon, pine, grass, biscuit, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grass, pine, biscuit, and spiciness on the finish for a while. No alcohol noticed at all except for a slight warming after the finish. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and body with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely an excellent fresh hopped pale ale. Very drinkable with nice flavor balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:31:20 | More by superspak
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david131

California

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly clear and golden with a big, fluffy white head. The head settles to a thin covering, but it leaves spectacular lacing.

S- Very citrusy and grassy. A little funky cheese to boot. Doesn't smell overly bitter, just aromatic- just like it should.

T- Very grassy and citrusy. A little bit of funky cheese taste and a little earthy.

M- A little drying and smooth. Crisp and very enjoyable. Right where it should be.

D- Very good example of the style and not over the top or too mild. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 04:42:53 | More by david131
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/amber with a two finger head that fades slowly to a rocky cap and thick ring, leaving behind clumps of foam on my glass. The initial pour was pretty clear, but when I poured the second half of the bomber their was plenty of sediment in the beer.

Smell; pine resin and orange peel hops dominate the nose up front. A nice, solid caramel malt presence gives a good balance to the smell.

Taste; as expected the hops are right there in your face, but manage to keep from becoming overwhelming. The malts are there just enough to add a bit of sweetness, that seems to set you up for the next bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is just about what I would hope for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 01:12:48 | More by RedHaze
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at about 35F from amber bomber into a nonick pint.

Excellent presentation of slightly hazy, orangish medium amber color with a nearly white rocky head leaving good lacing, hop aroma dancing out of the glass to practically fill the room.

Aroma is all about fresh citrusy hops, completely dominating with no hint of anything but hops in the nose. Even Great Divide calls it grassy, but I don't pick up grassiness (which I tend to consider a defect). Maybe they're apologizing for a possible problem with wet hopping, but there are no problems with this beer.

Flavor is excellent, a familiar-tasting recipe, with a bit of caramel and Munich- or Vienna-like maltiness, but not quite balanced with the big hop flavor. Full hop flavor complements the aroma, with a nice, lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel is decent, but maybe a bit thin for the richness.

Drinkability is fine. This is a tasty and enjoyable brew. A good example of the XPA style--hops over malt with absolutely no defects. It calls itself an APA, and falls right in the middle of the IPA judging category at 55 IBU and 6% ABV. There are plenty of beers with more IBU but less flavor. All hail multiple hop additions!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 23:05:44 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON OCT 04 2010" stamped on the bottom of the label.

A- Clear, light amber appearance. Pours with 1 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very gradually to a thin cap. Excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Pine with subtle earthy hop notes. Bready malty notes follow the hops.

T- Malty, bready, biscuity notes, with solid hop bitterness coming in behind it, providing a flavorful, balanced attack.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Quite creamy. Very smooth. Very good.

D- Very good. Easy drinking and enjoyable on all fronts.

Future outlook: A winner of an APA, will be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:13:08 | More by DoctorDog
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours clear and copper in to a tulip. There is a minor head but it has some really good sticky lacing despite it's poor retention.

Smell:
The scent is potent and piney and pretty much all things you would expect from rich oily hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There is a nice candy sweetness up front but from then on out there is aggressive "green" hop bitterness. The beer is crisp overall and finishes rather clean with some lingering bitterness in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
Personally I find this to be very refreshing and tasty but people who are not big on hops should probably shy away from this one.

Bottom Line:
Just as good this year as I remember it being last year. It's intensely hoppy for a pale ale so be sure to pick this up hop fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 23:31:43 | More by Grundle20
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Dec. 3 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head. The aroma was an abundance of citrus hops. The taste was a nice citrus hop presence in front of sweet malts. The beer was quite crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable beer, it's too bad it can't be produced year round.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 09:48:30 | More by atsprings
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Ego

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

eyes...
on an easy pour this produced a beautiful flluffy white head that moves like jello, good carbonation, clean and consistent looking, burnt orange with amber highlights, very nice looking for a PA. retention is good, ditto the lacing.

nose...
nice fresh and clean hop aroma (of the floral variety), this doesn't bowl you over and is not a "hop bomb", it just smells friggin delicioius. the malt is detectable but this is obviously a very american IPA, and that aint a complaint...

taste etc...
prickly carbonation and good solid mouthfeel, a little thicker than a lot of IPAs and definitely oily. the bitterness is really nice, you get a total array of bright flavors between the hops and malt, the sensation of the bitterness and carbonation blends very well. drinkability scores well here also.

verdict?
go buy a bottle. in a way this is just a really good example of the style, it pulls the right chords in all the right places.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:26:48 | More by Ego
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with a white foamy head. Good head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S - Some pine and wet earthy hops.

T - Hops are right upfront. Good amount of citrus - grapefruit & orange - follows the hops. There is a nice sweet malty backbone. Hops linger in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very balanced easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:23:43 | More by TreyIsWilson
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking orange/amber color into my east end pint glass. A large fluffy cualiflower head retains very well leaving good lacing.

Nose is very soapy floral hops, with a little bit of rock candy like maltiness.

Wow! This is one hoppy pale! Big hoppy bitterness. Piney and flowery west coast hop flavors right out of the gate. A good crisp malt profile through the middle before hop resins come back and the bitterness begins to rise quickly. Bitterness rises and peaks right at the finish with a bone dry bite. Nice floral hops, (im thinking cascades here) and a good dryness linger on in the finish. Hard to beleive there is only 55 IBUs here.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be, good carbonation, and a good dry finish. A near perfect viscosity, and good slick feel.

Drinkability is pretty good, but this one has just a touch too much unchecked bitterness for a pale. A bit of a malt boost here might make this beer a pale for the ages.

Overall a great pale. Like i said, a little boost in the sweetness of the malt profile could do wonders here IMO. But besides that, still a very desireable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:45:37 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put this cloudy, sort of muddy looking beer bam, right in the kisser. Huge grassy fresh hops greet the nose, and then beat on your toungue when you take quaff. Big hops for a pale ale. The hop bitterness makes this a lip smacker and taste bud killa. A damn fine beer from a damn fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 02:36:35 | More by hustlemuscle
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and bright, golden amber with a frothy pure white head. Very pretty. The nose is big-time citrusy American hops with some soft green edges, laid on a foundation of evocative caramel malts. On the palate, scratchy hop oils and brilliant orange marmalade flavors come up first, followed by a softened malt sweetness. Lots of bitterness toward the end, with active hop tingles left on the tongue. Overall, this is a great beer. Everything is balanced, smooth as possible given all the hops that were thrown in, and well-integrated. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 02:53:14 | More by geexploitation
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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