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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
92
outstanding

1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 128
Gots: 80 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

Belittle, Nov 04, 2014
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BeerBeast, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

beetstreet, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Columbus for about $5. The appearance was brilliantly clear, pale copper, thick and frothy topper. The aroma is mostly hops, fresh and resiny. The taste is OK, a nice balanced pale ale base with a blast of fresh hops giving a bitter punch, tasty enough to keep my interest through the bottle. Overall this is not something I'd miss if I didn't see it again, but it's far from bad.

TurdFurgison, Dec 02, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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Coldsnack, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.

A: Deep amber, with nice clarity and mild carbonation. A soapy cream tinged cap has strong beginnings, good retention and leaves a goodly amount of lace.

S: Citrus, pepper and pine dominate. There are some toffee notes in the background, but the focus is placed squarely on the hops.

T: Bittersweet toffee starts things out. A moderate bitterness comes on fast. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit, pepper and pine intermingle nicely; with no one flavor overpowering the others. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness.

M: The medium body is oily and slick. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Overall, this is a very nice APA. The hops add a lot of flavor without making the beer a hop bomb. A very nice effort from Great Divide.

Rayek, Sep 25, 2009
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rsuske, Nov 23, 2011
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Shilt, Jan 05, 2012
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hoserking, Feb 14, 2012
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djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
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fredmugs, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good beer. The appearance is really gold. Pours a translucent golden color that comes with a crisp white head that makes the brew look good. Leaves a thin sticky lace in parts of the glass.

The smell is good also, maybe a little too sweet. I got a few different smells, obviously some beautiful fresh hops. Really good stuff that comes with honey smell with a wheat smell also. Maybe not a wheat as much as a grain smell. Hey, it was a good smell, not too complex, just like a good pale ale.

The taste was good too. It was not a great pale ale, it was a good brew that is drinkable and enjoyable. I got some sweetness with the taste with it also, but not much. Probably a little honey, a little sweet fruits which most likes come off the sugars and hops. Okay, it is a drinkable pale ale, what else do you want? It is good, it tastes like a pale ale, there are hops present, it is all good.

The mouthfeel is weird because it is an oily brew. I don't know what about the brew makes it oily, probably something from the hops, but a lip-smacking oily taste contributes to the mouthfeel. Otherwise, the brew is good, dances well on the tongue and goes down pretty smooth. Really a good average pale ale. I would maybe try it again, but there are better pale ale's out there. Overall good.

J

Jmoore50, Feb 11, 2009
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tastesogood, Nov 19, 2014
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iKrystin, Jan 12, 2013
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fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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Pieless, Dec 29, 2011
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amishbooze, Oct 27, 2013
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jbarra101, Dec 26, 2012
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TequilaTom, Nov 17, 2012
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WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all a huge thanks to hoppedup for this very selfless gift!
This beer pours out a somewhat hazy pale orange with a bit of a thin head yet thick sheets of lacing.
Smells like fresh hops alright, I grew some Cascade this year and this is pretty close to what I got fresh picked.
The taste is a nice sweetish pale ale reminiscent of Bells Two-Hearted but with a super citrus bitter finish.
Hats off to Great Divide for trying something fresh.

Chadbrew, Jan 02, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.