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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

1,243 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 114
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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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
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DaveFL1976

Florida

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

Nice amber/honey body with a light tan, fluffy head that sticks to the side and remains topping the beer for quite a while.
Nose is citrusy, cascade hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone.
Pretty nicely balanced. More so than I expected. Lots of aroma hops are to be found, and a decent amount of bittering hops, but the sweetness of the malt nicely compliments the hops.
Medium mouthfeel, but a bit stickier than I'd like and great drinkability. For $3.99 per bomber, this is one great value for money brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 22:46:52 | More by DaveFL1976
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, coppery/light amber in color. Nearly four fingers of off white, slightly tan head rise with great retention. Lots of lacing as well.

S - Very leafy, "green" aromas emerge first. Grassy, somewhat earthy notes are most prevalent with citrus taking a backseat in comparison to similar brews. Lots of herbal and tea-like aromas, though hard to pin down specifics. Faint breadiness in the background.

T - Lots of herbal and floral flavors hit early palate. Grass, tea, and bay leaves all stand out. Mid palate reveals earthier flavors akin to bark and roots, though these are still somewhat obscured by the lingering leafiness. Late palate furthers these earthy flavors, at times becoming a little onion or chive-like. Some citrus is evident also, a mild mixture of grapefruit and lemon peel. Bitterness grows to a moderate amount in the aftertaste. There's a soft bready sweetness underneath all the hops providing a bit of respite.

M - Not bad, but a little lacking. Carbonation is somewhere on the light end of moderate. Fresh Hop Pale Ale has a medium-light body. There's a marginal "flat-ish" quality during some sips which makes the overall experience strange. In fact, as the beer has warmed, the sweetness pulls through more and there's no bubbly to cut through it. I vote to crisp this brew up just a bit.

D - Good drinking stuff. The hop flavors are noticable but they aren't overwhelming. Overall the beer is decently balanced and a pretty good showcase for hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:27:12 | More by PatrickJR
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TheCrowsNest

California

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

Aroma...
Great Divide's Fresh Hop opens up with a very light citrus scent that coats a delicate caramel backbone.

Appearance...
A brilliantly clear copper that affirms suspicions that dry hopping was avoided here because they used wet hops (this statement could very well be false). Long lasting head. Very little lacing.

Flavor...
A delicate grapefruit flavor starts out and fades into fleeting bitterness. There's about as much malt in the taste as there was in the aroma - you know it's there but it's not the focus.

Mouthfeel...
Medium-light bodied with shmedium carbonation.

Overall...
Fresh Hop is a sessionable pale ale that will also please the discerning beer lover out there. In a world of fist-to-mouth IIIIPA's (yeah, four Is) this is a nice break that offers a rare opportunity to reflect on the complexity that can be found in a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:43:47 | More by TheCrowsNest
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Atlas1

Texas

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

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 00:57:35 | More by Atlas1
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Domingo

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last one of these I encountered at my local shop just in time for the UFC.
Pours a yellow-orange color. Of note, this is "just" an uber-hoppy APA and not an IPA, so you'll notice a lighter color. For something this hoppy, I actually expected clouds, but it's relatively clear, actually.
The smell is that of fresh hops (like you didn't expect that!). The main thing I noticed is that even though it's claim to fame is the hop character, there is a little malt and even a little bit of a caramel backing.
Flavor is VERY smooth. Alcohol sweetness is non-existant, but a malty sweetness is definitely. The hops offer flavor, but they aren't as overpoweringly bitter as some of GD's other brews. I'd actually say this is more drinkable just because of the lower alcohol and less potent flavor.
Pretty good beer for just relaxing.

(2006 Note: While on tap I think this beer was much like last year's, the bottled version's hop potency is DIPA level. Makes for a unique experience because the alcohol isn't there. I don't think it's as easy drinking as before, but for a hop kick it's nearly unmatched)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 01:00:22 | More by Domingo
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

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

This one pours a hazy amber color... white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell is dominated by hops naturally, with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same, but very crisp, giving it huge scores in the mouthfeel department. Just a pleasure to drink, not overpowering and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 19:17:12 | More by theboozecruise
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium amber color. Off white head with good retention. Head is puddled and splotchy. Sticky lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma. Hop character is grapefruit and grassy. Sweet malt character is present and bready.

T: Big mouth filling hoppy bite. Good bready malt flavor that is apparent on the back. Beer takes on a much sweeter character as it warms. Hop character is grapefruit. Bitter finish is moderate and not overly aggressive.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. High carbonation.

D: More like an IPA than an American pale ale. For many American pale ales the distinction between the two styles is moot. Good beer. Easily drinkable. Let this beer warm - it really come complex with added strong malt character.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:54:45 | More by Nipitato
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Blakaeris

Iowa

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

Pours hazy burnished amber with a white foamy head. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell is crisp citrus and floral hops. Decent caramel malt base, fruity and slightly sweet and sticky.

Taste is full flavored hop bitterness. Citrusy and fruity up front, then it mellows to a more grassy hop flavor that lingers on the palet. Sweet malt base has a presence but is overshadowed by the generous hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight hop oil residue.

Aggressive enough to be interesting, but stops before it becomes a total hop bomb. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Another winner from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 23:42:57 | More by Blakaeris
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

one of the better fresh hop pales i've had this year. pours a sappy golden color with a lively head. nose is awesome, fresh west drippy oily hops all the way, but not bitter or sharp at all. taste is more balanced up front than anticipated, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. the hop kick comes late, and it just slips in and out, crafty and patient, but a measure less than subtle. delicious brew, perfect out back after a good raking of the yard!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 04:01:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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HoopTime

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a freshly filled growler into a Sam's perfect pint glass.

A - Clear golden amber with just a hint of reddish-orange. Pours a thick, foamy 1.5 inch head that retreats slowly leaving a nice froth on the top of the beer and remnants of the head sticking to the glass.

S - Moderate citrusy-pine aroma from the hops, though not as pronounced as other fresh hopped ales I have tried. Hint of caramel..

T - The piney hops taste is the first thing that hits the palate, but it is well-balanced with enough malt sweetness to pleasantly, but not overpoweringly hoppy. Slight citrus with hints of fresh cut grass..

M - Very nicely carbonated, it is light on the tongue and very smooth.

D - I have developed a real liking for fresh-hopped ales and this one does not disappoint. Very drinkable and at 6.1 abv, not too strong to enjoy drinking more than one or two in an evening. A very nice beer.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2010 00:42:56 | More by HoopTime
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rab53

Washington

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

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:55:56 | More by rab53
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troutmask96

Washington

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

I'm gonna call this one an I.P.Ale Ale. Witty, huh? Because this beer really defies categorization. Hoppy and citrusy like an I.P.A., but with the rich finish of a superior pale ale. All the fresh "wet" hops they use in this brew lend a remarkably fresh taste right out of the bottle. A bit spendy at almost $7.00 for a 22-ounce bomber, but this baby's worth it...

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 04:08:10 | More by troutmask96
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GPHarris

Alabama

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

a - poured a one finger thick, dense off-white head into a snifter. the lacing was tremendous throughout as it clung to the glass for dear life. the body was a clear, bright and bubbly amber.
s - grassy, herbal and citrusy.
t - hops! hit you in the tongue hard that tasted of grass and pine.
m - surprisingly very clean with a medium thickness.
d - good beer, hop heads will be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 19:20:31 | More by GPHarris
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CoalPorter

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Oct 14, 2010, poured into a Harpoon tulip on Sep 2, 2011

A - 3 pillowy fingers of eggshell head leaving very pretty lacing all the way through. Color is rich amber-orange, clear at first pour and a little cloudy with sediment on the second glass

S - wet earth and citrus, lemon oil, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine

T - Remarkably smooth at first sip given the aggressive nose. Light floral notes and a hint of crackery malt before descending into an onslaught of various bitter hop flavors. Lemon rind, dandelion greens, and fresh cut grass

M - light and bubbly

O - A very nice pale ale, with an extra flavor spike you'd expect from fresh hopping. Nicely drinkable at 6.1%

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 14:46:56 | More by CoalPorter
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont remember when I enjoyed this but it was when it was fresh, lets say end of october

A: vibrant orance with an inch of white head. Lots of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass and there is good head retention but no lace.

S: Nicely fresh and hoppy. The hops were mainly citrus and there was a light caramel note in the backgroumd

T: Bursts of lemon and pine followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. As it warmed it become much pinier

M: Decent amount of body with some creaminess and a bit of puckering bitterness

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable but it was missing that "it" quality to make it great

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:14:44 | More by mikey711
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nickd717

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Divide, served in a pint glass.

A - Clear copper-amber color with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S - Very fresh citrus and floral hops as well as caramel malt on the aroma.

T - Caramel malt and fresh, crisp citrus and floral hops, as well as a little grass and earth. Tasty.

M/D - Finish is clean, and body and carbonation level are medium. Some lingering hop resins on the palate. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 22:01:32 | More by nickd717
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Gmann

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a nice dense egg-shell head that left some real nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strong and of grassy hops, quite nice. The taste is of grassy/floral and piney hops. Has a slighty citrus/fruity hop characteristic as well. The hops are very up front and center, not much of a malt presence. This borderlines on an IPA status. The feel is moderate and almost creamy, finishes with a piney bitter twang. So far one of the better fresh hop brews that I have had. The hops really stand out on this one. Chalk up another great brew from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 05:43:17 | More by Gmann
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goochpunch

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 11/3/07

Pours an amber copper with a slight haze to it and scant bubbles climbing to the top. Head is thinnish but clings to the glass well. Nose is all hops. Big fresh hops throwing out pungent aromas of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and fresh mowed grass. Malt is there slinkin in the back with its sweet body. Slight alcohol tinge in the nose. Flavor starts briefly with the classic pale malts and its bready sweetness, but doesn't stay in the focus too long before the hops come in. The hops bring huge flavors of sweet red grapefruit, followed by green and oily flavors of pine sap and grass. Malt really thins out here, and I wish that it would hold a steadier base for the hops. Lots of pine comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light in weight. At first the carbonation is pretty lively, but as I drink this, it becomes smoother and creamier.

I used to really love this, but after having had Sierra Nevada's Harvest this year, I really needed to reevaluate this offering from Great Divide. Just doesn't offer the great malty caramel backing which SN's does. Just a bit thin and one-dimensional. Still a really good beer, but for the price, you can certainly get a better wet hop beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 04:21:05 | More by goochpunch
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gopens44

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light copper color with a quickly diminishing foamy head

S - Lots of grapefruit with grassy tones as well. Real nice in the nose

T - Brilliant grapefruit time! Very citrusy with a twist of pine as well. Quite tasty!

M - Highly carbonated with a quite pronounced bitter aftertaste.

Enjoyed this very much, I can see more in the fridge in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 14:35:17 | More by gopens44
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with a big fluffy three finger slightly off-white head. Solid lacing.

S: Crazy fruity hop nose. Lots of citrus, light spicy malt. A strong, distinctly wet hoppiness in the nose. Monstrous nose, best part of the beer.

T: Strong bitter wet hop flavor. A touch of breadiness and maybe a mild hint of cookies, but this, like the nose, is a hugely wet hop-flavored beer. In fact, the flavor is a lot heavier on the hops than even the nose suggests. Not bad by any means, but maybe a little one-dimensional for me.

M: Body is solid, medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: Overall, a good beer, with an interesting flavor that's unlike most other APAs you'll try. Quite honestly, the fresh hops dominate a bit touch much, keeping this from greatness. But otherwise, a tasty one (if not quite worth the price tag...more than an Oak Aged Yeti? I think not...)

750 ml/$8.99/Wine Specialist

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:16:21 | More by soupyman10
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