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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
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1,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 53 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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4/5  rDev -2%

garuda, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

athomasPSU, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

KnowYourCraft, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass. Enjoyed this after a 12 hour shift. Poured a dark orange color. alittle haze to it but not much. The smell had a little more ripe fruit smell then a dry hopped IPA. Flavor was super well balanced with a hops and ripe tangerine. I was very impressed with this beer. One of my favorite offerings from great divide. Would have had about 3 more but I was too tired.

bernardus1212, Oct 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

dgherm, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very clear amber with towering foamy head and great lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange and toasted malts dominate, with notes of grapefruit and pine. Fresh but fairly standard APA aroma.

Taste: Citrusy-orange hops are dominant, backed by semi-sweet toasted malts. Ends with a spicy, pine-like bitter kick.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, very creamy body with a great dry finish. However, the medium body is just slightly on the thin side.

Drinkability: Comes across as a fairly typical APA that is somewhat elevated by how fresh it is. Very good, but not one of my favorite Wet/Fresh Hops.

bsp77, Oct 22, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at ChurchKey in DC. It had an amber colour with a decent head that maintained some lacing. The smell was lovely - mostly citrus and hops obviously - and was the highlight of drinking this. The taste was of citrus, mostly oranges, and was not particularly bitter. The aftertaste was smooth. This was a fairly simple but delicious brew.

vandemonian, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent light amber, capped by two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Blend of piney, earthy and citrusy hops up front with some distinct tangerine and pineapple characters, followed by a biscuity malt base. Nose is a bit subdued, but pleasant

T: Piney and earthy hops up front at a moderate level, before biscuit malts come up on the mid-palate. Balanced backend, followed by a finish of light citrus and tropical fruits.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very pleasant

D: Very easy drinking, good hop character but well balanced.

Xul, Dec 03, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint tumbler.

smooth foamy 1-1/2 finger head that had a slight browning too it. Beer was a crystal clear golden brown/amber co. Slight orange hues. Looked very tasty.

I don't know if my sniffer was a little off last night, but I didn't smell very many distinguishing aromas. Slight grassy smell to the hops. Possibly some citrus. This one didn't jump up and smack my olfactories like I thought it might.

With the first sip there was a a nice sweety malty taste at the tip of the tongue that had a nice transition to bittering hops in the back of the tongue. Again, as far as very specific flavors are concerned, nothing really jumped out, but this was still a tasty beer. Definitely a fresh tasting beer as the overnighted hops would imply.

Mouthfeel was nice. Just the right amount of carbonation to go with this beer. Nice and smooth. With the fairly low ABV, I could drink this one all night. I wanted another bomber immediately after I had finished the first. But alas, I had only bought one.

biking4beer, Oct 19, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Oct. 14, 2010
Consumed Dec. 14 2010

Bomber poured into my Stone IPA Specialty glass.

A: Ruby red in color, about an inch of white fluffy head that sticks around 'long time and incredible lacing to back it up. Easy on the eyes it is.

S: Grains and malts, some of the fresh hop in the back.

T: Clean and crisp. A well rounded pale ale that is true to the style. Some light citrus on the finish in the form of lemon.

M: Loose on the palate, great carbonation, abv nonexistent.

D: Very drinkable. Makes for a good opener or for a nice session. Probably one of the best APA's I've had the pleasure of consuming.

Recommended

BuffaloTapHugger, Dec 15, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled opened just shy of 2 months after it was brewed. I would prefer a fresher bottle, but not being a hard-core hophead I probably wouldn't notice a huge difference anyway.

Pours a beautiful flamed-orange clear body under a fantastic three fingers of highly tenacious off-white head that laces with outstanding crustiness and falls to a substantial soft, thick layer on the surface of the beer. This looks fantastic.

The aroma is on the greener/piney side of the hop spectrum than the citrus side. I smell fresh mellow ginger root, evergreen needles, sweet grass.

The flavor follows the nose with the addition of some simple (but tasty) malts. Having picked fresh hops, I can taste how this is indeed a "fresh hop" ale. The green, rosiny, grassy "leafy" flavor is apparent and very tasty. There is impressive depth of flavor and a long lasting hoppy aftertaste that includes the best of bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is is full but not heavy or alcoholic. The carbonation is sufficiently low for my tastes.

Conclusion: For all those who love hops and wish to deepen their appreciation and understanding of their flavor spectrum, fresh hop ales add another category for exploration. This beer is a great example, and one that I would happily drink again and again.

allforbetterbeer, Nov 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured some of a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bright amber orange color. The light tan head rises fast and furious, then slowly dissolves over the course of minutes turning rocky and clinging to the glass with confidence. Nice!

Big citrus hop aroma, with an earthy quality to the hops and malt background. Flavor has a citrus and pine quality to the hops. There is a light sweet caramel malt background but this baby is all about the hops. Finishes bitter and tingly, it lingers for a bit.

Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinking big hoppy beer.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 13, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 9/28/11) poured into a tulip. Gorgeous glowing orange color with a tight, thick 2-finger off-white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is tropical citrus & pine. Yet another great-smelling fresh hop ale.

Taste is a little lighter and milder than an IPA. Still has that nice crisp hop bite, but it's balanced by the pale malt. I'm thinking Great Divide made the fresh hops go a little further by making this an APA rather than an IPA. Still really good, refreshing, but not as hoppy as the nose suggests.

Overall a really good beer. There are other fresh hop beers I've liked more, but this one is solid and very drinkable.

draheim, Oct 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper in color. Head is off-white with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal. Slightly above average. I was hoping to see tons of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet grapefruit and pineapple up front. Undertone of caramel and flowers give a bit more depth.

T - Taste is very bitter. Grapefruit with a mix of lemon zest and a slight orange sweetness. Malts balance it out nicely with a bit of caramel sweetness.

M - Smooth and extremely soft with almost perfect carbonation. Very impressive. A bit airy in the finish.

O - A damn fine APA one of the better ones Ive tried if not the best. Excellent.

depechemode1983, Nov 14, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt from Great Divide dropped this off for me to sample.
Pours a nice copper/amber color. Chunky head rising from the sides to a peak in the middle. Sticky lacing around the sides.
Smells of lots of hops and cut grass, some rosemarry as well.
Taste was more like an IPA. The hops were more grainy than other PAs, some slight caramel and nut. Kind of slick then sticky.
Bite covers most of the tongue, instead of just the sides. Crisp finish. Flavor was overpowered by the hops and 'slickness', still not bad though. Rated mostly 4s, cuz it seems less like a PA.

Mebuzzard, Nov 05, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Sep 30 2011

A: Brilliant shade of copper, filtered, huge head and lacing that just won't quit.

S: Earthy and grassy. Candied pineapple and mint.

T: Thought this was gonna go overboard with hops, but the caramel malts balance the citrus/pine hops. Juicy. Definitely fits the APA category. Bit of an herbal-y bitterness at the end.

M: Light, refreshing, zesty.

O: A pretty good APA, one of the best I've had.

diamondc, Nov 13, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because I obviously didn't have enough hops that weekend, why not close it out with a fresh hop ale at Great Divide itself? On to the beer:

Lots of bubbles run throuigh the body of this orange colored brew. A creamy inch thick head sits on top and retains very well. The nose is "fresh", and grassy. I wasn't expecting so much grass, but that's fine. It tastes grassy too. Grassy notes with some grapefruit rind and herbal notes. Very hoppy, that's certain. It's medium bodied and somewhat creamy, rounding out what is a good fresh hop ale.

DoubleJ, Oct 20, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a RR pint glass. Bottled 10.5.2012

A: Fluffy white head. An inch head that dissolves in minutes to a small layer of medium sized bubbles. Golden/copper in color. How I like my pale ales/IPAs to look.

S: Floral and fresh hops

T: Nice pale malts accompanied by floral, grassy, citrusy hops. Ends fairly bitter. A refreshing brew.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy. Good level of carbonation on this one. An easy drinker with bitterness that stays on the palate

O: A nice fresh hop pale ale that went well with the spicy chinese food I was eating. I'd have this again and I'm looking forward to having it on draft. I enjoyed this year's Founders Harvest ale better though.

Googs, Dec 07, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours two fingers of medium-thick, fluffy, white head with great retention. Gamboge orange, perfectly clear, with lower amounts of carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a good wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp remains and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Looks great, like many of Great Divide's beers do.

SMELL: Pale malts and very hoppy. Lots of citrus, pineapple, melon, and some grapefruit. Light grassy notes, but more citrusy than anything. Bold for the style and ABV as well. Great stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, some sweet caramel, and lots of citrus. Pineapple and melon again, as well as some grassy hop notes. Bitter grapefruit at the swallow, which leads into a mild but nicely lingering bitter, hoppy aftertaste with just a touch of melon sweetness as balance. Very nice. Not quite as bold as the nose had indicated, but still very, very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate and not quite as creamy as it could be. Goes down fine, though a little prickly, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Finish was nice, but not quite creamy as I've come to expect from Great Divide.

OVERALL: I first had this beer on tap at the Beer Temple in Amsterdam, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The bottled version was no different. This is a top notch, flavorful pale ale with lots of character. A bigger palate could help support the flavors a bit more, but nevertheless, this is certainly a great example of the style. Yet another one in the long line of winners from Great Divide. Worth checking out if you get the chance.

Jeffo, Dec 21, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber with a sticky khaki tan head cap over a calm crystal amber offering, leaving a thick coating of lace in the glass.

Scents are fresh indeed with a poppin' hoppy cascade and mystery hop nose.

First swigs: Sweet and piney hop juice erupt. Sandpaper hop resin and pine cone meet a citus grapefruit. Lingering cascade freshness. Fresh is quickly becoming a key word, no doubt. Maybe some nugget in there?

Feel is tacky drippy with a juicy thickness that declares hop prevalence. Body quickly and impressively transforms towards an oatmeal and orange drink (remember Summer camp?) medium to full bodied drinker. Man is this good, but these fad oriented "fresh hop" beers are good for a spell

Last swigs: Soft hoppy dry hop bomb that is delishish for any hop head. Worth every penny of my $5.99 at the best of Charlotte, NC beer store. Reminds me plenty of two weeks ago when a treat was Town Hall Fresh Hops on cask and tap. More impressive beer from Great Divide!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Nov 02, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a cervoise goblet (bottled on 21 Oct 2011)

A-Pours a bright and clear orange-amber color with a thick, creamy off-white head. Some lacing as the head settles.

S-Fairly mellow grassy aroma mixed with sweet malt.

T-Starts with some slightly sweet malt with a bit of toffee or caramel. The hops come with the finish: bitter with a little citrus-sweet mixed in.

M-Starts off very smooth drink and finishes with a good bitter hop bite. Gets the mouth watering.

O-The beer has an awesome appearance. The aroma is pretty mellow, but the taste is solid. Occasionally can come off watery or weak-ish on drinks, but I think that contributes to the beer's drinkability.

KOrtega, Nov 12, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. I think it was $6.99 from Ned's.

Appearance: Its a nice, clear, orange amber with a big fluffy head, good retention and lacing. Looks very much like a SNPA.

Smell: Herbal, very green. Fresh cut grass, pine. Some grapefruit. A little caramel malt kiss.

Taste: Quite bitter. Again grass, pine, and citrus pith. There's some malty sweetness, but bitterness wins, by a mile.

Mouthfeel: Its clean and crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation so that it is just slightly creamy. Resiny mouthfeel with the bitter finish.

Overall: Overall. Its a good pale ale, and the wet hopping is a tasty, aromatic touch. Its a bit too bitter and unbalanced to get higher scores.

rapidsequence, Nov 09, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bomber, pours into the pint glass a clear pinkish brown color with some tiny bubbles. Huge fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Nose advertises what promises to be a great balance of aggressive hops and sweet malt. A bit of bready yeast and a soapy scent are also evident. In the mouth, hops assert themselves up front, balanced against the sweet malt at first but then reasserting themselves, fading away with a good bitter burn at the end. Great bitter finish. This beer is definitely hop-heavy but it’s not overbearing; the balance leans toward a piney, slightly citrus hop flavor but it’s not overwhelming, and I’m not a huge hophead. Mouth is nicely viscous and very smooth, very slick and satisfying. Drinkability is excellent if you like bitter beer; nose and flavor are great and it feels great going down. At 6.1% it’s easy to enjoy several.

Overall: A great, well-hopped pale ale, heartily recommended.

jettjon, Dec 18, 2006
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.