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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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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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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csiewert

Oregon

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

Batch brewed Oct. 21 2011...

A - clear copper color with a thick off white head that retains very well and laces beautifully

S - amazing fresh grassy and earthy hops with a touch of biscuity malt

T - starts with breast malt and slight caramel, finishes with earthy and spicy hops that finish clean... slight bitter bite at the end

M - nice and clean... Nothing too harsh or cloying, but could use just a touch more body

O - another great example of a fresh hopped ale by great divide... Always a pleasure to drink

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 00:45:41 | More by csiewert
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and mango like hints. In the taste, fresh hops, a small citrus note, pineapple to to pine, with a nice malt backing. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pineapple and fresh hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence and easy to drink, dig it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 12:46:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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SupaCelt

Michigan

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

Appeared: A clean and clear copper fluid spewed forth from my bomber bottle. The well carbonated fluid tossed up a rather chunky and substantial beige off white head. Well developed sheets of lace persisted throughout the tasting.

Smelled: Superb and pleasing. This pale smelled better than many IPA's that I have inhaled. Great hop presence in citrus grapefruit and herbal, grassy layers. Very aromatic. The malt was strikingly advertised as well with caramels flooding in amidst the hop curtain. Great nose.

Taste: This brew was a well balanced creation. There was a powerful hop presence that was nicely tamed by the malt. It flirted with the limits, but stayed wet and juicy even with the hearty hopping. It held some bitter and grapefruit and grass, but had enough malt base to remain a pale ale without stepping into IPAlien territory. Great caramel sweetness. Great hop citrus, pine, bitterness, and aromatic bouquet. Fresh sums it up well. A splendid example of the class. An APA with soul.

Mouthfeel: Medium fat. It seemed almost fluffy and creamy at times. At any rate, it was refreshing and felt right for the flavours it supported.

Drinkability: Good. I found myself drinking this like it was the last beer on earth and had to remind myself to slow up and enjoy it. No problems. Very fresh. Very crisp. Very well engineered. Normally I would pass up a pale ale for an IPA, but this was a rewarding experience that any hop enthusiast would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 00:12:12 | More by SupaCelt
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bifrostguard

California

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

A - Amber with a nice off white head that left some lacing, but not much.

S - Citrus and pine hops with a sweet caramel malt background.

T - Pretty good. Grassy pine flavor balanced well with citrus hop notes. Malt sweetness is there, but is not overwhelming. Very crisp and clean.

M - Light to medium bodied and smooth.

D - Very drinkable. A light, crisp beverage that has enough flavor to keep me happy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 18:56:36 | More by bifrostguard
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williamherbert

New York

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

Color is a bright but hazy yellow-orange. Lots of carbonation. Finger of ice cream float head. A few layers of frosty, thick lace. Looks bright and awful inviting.

The aroma is equally giving off a smell of bitter alpha hops, as well as some dry pale malt. The aroma hangs above the glass. Slight citrus aroma, but more of a bitter pine.

Sweet malt is the initial taste, but it also has a lasting hop bitterness. As it warms, it mellows out. The hops are still bitter, but sting less. All the trappings of a nice -- strong but not extreme -- Imperial IPA. Much more than just a pale.

The feel is thick and creamy. It leaps off the tongue with mild carbonation. Overall it's a nice, well-balanced Imperial IPA. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 19:55:44 | More by williamherbert
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tronester

Oklahoma

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

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small tan head. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass. Taste is malty sweet up front, with a earthy grassy bitterness in the middle, and a hint of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is great, a refreshing pale ale with a pleasant hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 00:20:06 | More by tronester
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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

22 oz brown bottle.
Bottled the first week of October, 2007, according to the label.
55 IBUs according to the label.

a: Clear orange/amber with thick, frothy head that settles slowly and coats my glass with lacing.

s: Like any good American IPA, delicious! I think the label is right on here, "an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor."
So in review, grassy, citrus hops and little else.

t: Same as the smell: a big hop presence, though the bitterness is not too high. Great citrus flavor with some lightly sweet malt.

m: Dry finish, medium body, average carbonation for style.

d: The fresh hop addition makes this APA more of an American IPA at least in terms of aroma and flavor. Hops aren't too bitter, alcohol isn't really noticeable, a good brew. I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 23:10:51 | More by BradLikesBrew
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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

22 Oz poured into a Duvel tulip
Bottled OCT 4, consumed OCT 15. Very fresh

A- Very slightly hazed. Orange with a one finger off white head. Big bubbles.

S- Very grassy, some citrus, some skunky (good kind) of notes in here. Sweet.

T- Moderate to high bitterness around the mouth. All hop flavors. The first hop flavors are all grassy, a lot of onion, some lemon grass and some herbal flavors. The citrus is surprisingly subtle, there is a bit of pineapple and mango. Dry skunk aftertaste.

M- This beer is bitter, it has a lot of feel which is usual of Great Divide and think I can feel little pieces of hops stinging my tongue, its quite nice.

O- A solid fresh hop ale. A more floral hop profile then the usual from GD. I can really feel the freshness in this beer, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 22:54:56 | More by TwelveOunces
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Murky orangish copper, off white 1/2 inch pillow resolves to bubbles around the rim of the liquid. Sticky webbed lacing persists.

S - Deep vat of malt.

T - Sweet malt wrapped in tons of perfume and citrus. While the body is medium on the tongue, the flavor does kinda die towards the finish. Would have scored way higher in T and M with a thicker more persistent taste.

M - Medium body, good balance coating and carb, but gets just a little watery at the end.

D - Because it doesn't finish too deeply, it is an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 04:25:26 | More by srandycarter
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santomark

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper, light gold, with a very small head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S - Very subtle on the noise, citrus hops, piney, fresh peeled oranges.. very very subtle.

T - Slight bitterness, pine, orange, extremely balanced. However, I feel this is missing something? But considering this is 55 IBUS it can be hoppy at times.

M - Nice carbonation, slight tingling sensation on the palate, silky, smooth, refreshing. Very nicely done with this part

O - This is a finely crafted beer that is superbly light on the palate. Very drinkable, it goes down very smooth, it covers the palate and very enjoyable.. My only complaint about this brew is I wish more of the hop, dank, sweetness and pine notes would have come through. I understand this brew is not meant to be the boldest IPA. Great divide went for balance and I must say they got very close to perfect. I just wish more smell was present. If you served this to me with any other IPA this would not stand out, until I tasted it. However, this is a very nice balanced IPA, probably the best I've had in the taste category. And is a variety break from the darker, heavier brews in the Autumn season. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 08:57:18 | More by santomark
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Blitzstyle

Florida

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A nice clear crisp golden/copper color. Two fingers of head with great retintion. Some moderate lace around the glass while I drank.

Smelled really crisp and clean, citrus and grassy with a touch of toasted malt.

Good citrus hops on the front some really good earthy tones in the back. A bit of toasty malts though out. A nice bold apa!

A almost dry finish, medium body. Really easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 19:42:05 | More by Blitzstyle
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lazjuarez

Florida

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

Poured from a bottle (650ml) into a tumbler. Bottle dated: Oct 17 2011

A: Pours a dark golden color with a burnt orange hue. About 1 1/2 fingers worth of an off white foamy head which dissipates rather slowly, but leaves great sticky lacing behind. Carbonation is coming off the bottom of the glass, very nice looking APA.

S: As soon as I opened it, my nose was overwhelmed with big citrus notes, lemon zest, and Lemongrass. Almost like fresh cut grass. Small piney resin and medium to light maltiness in the background as well

T: Taste follows the bouquet, middle of the tongue is where the hops make a presence, but then the malts come in and balance everything, making for a very quaffable beer.

M: Mouthfeel is medium; Carbonation is refreshing and well balanced. The piney resin along with the biscuity malts, give for a great medium bodied, but non-aggressive APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 06:39:49 | More by lazjuarez
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Onenote81

North Carolina

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

Thanks to Kiefdog for this beer in a recent trade! Much appreciated...

Pours a darker gold with a nice foamy white head. Great lacing. Smells really hoppy for an APA. Nice floral tones and some definitive citrus. I could easily mistake this for an IPA.

Nice crips hop bitterness. A little too bitter for an APA. Lacks some of the sweet balance that this style is know for. Is there such a thing as an imperial APA? If so, this is it. Slight roasty flavor mixed in as well. I like this. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:17:57 | More by Onenote81
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THORN

Minnesota

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

Bottle poured into Pint Glass
A: Copper brown. Half inch head retained. Beautiful sticky lacing left in splotches around the glass. Nice CO2 trails from bottom of glass.
S: Very sweet start followed by Piney citrus filled hops.
T: Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting by the smell. Piney hops creep in and dominate the flavor profile. Leaves a resiny aftertaste on tongue, a pleasant one that is.
M: Light on tongue, kind of more bare than I was hoping for.
D: Of the fresh hops I have enjoyed this season it is by far one of the most drinkable. The hops don't tear apart your palette, but dominate a large portion of the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 06:22:50 | More by THORN
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

This is indeed pale, but not to say colourless. Its lucid, brassy tone catches the light and reverts it in even brighter, sharper rays. Small spurts of lackadaisical bubbles do just as much to catch the eye. Its well lathered head is both filmy and bubbly; despite the apparent weariness of the carbonation the bubbles turn out to be surprisingly industrious.

This smell of grassy, vinous hops has a curiously sedative quality to it. There are, I'm told, sound scientific explanations for this - none of which interest me. All I care is that this bouquet has enough citrus to give it a dynamic tang (it does) and enough sweet, biscuity maltiness to engage the other half of my beer-related appetite (that too, it also has).

Similarly, the taste also satiates both my penchants for solid, sessionable pale ales. It has a sufficient amount of lightly herbal, citrus smacked hops to satisfy my itch for lupullin, while at the same time it has plenty of caramel and biscuits to gratify my affection for malts. The hints of lemon grass are equally appreciated as those of toffee. Yum!

Perhaps the most important aspect to a successful pale ale is balance - Great Divide has struck a resonance between yin and yang that would impress any Chinese zen master (maybe that's where the brewery get's its name?) One person could call this ultra hoppy and another super malty, neither opinion would be wrong. It's like an Escher painting.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale would make a great girlfriend: it looks nice, it smells nice, all its parts are well proportioned and it's incredibly easy to get along with. The only problem would be that, given the nature of the beer and the fact that only freshly-harvested hops are used, you'd really only get to see her once a year. Hmm, perhaps then she'd make a better affair!?

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:10:02 | More by biegaman
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh hopped beers can be tricky as they can vary year to year. Fresh Hop is pretty consistent though IMO. Pours a mostly clear, light amber to orange in color. A good soft white head with good retention and lacing through out.

The nose has a great hop aroma but with my experience doesn't have that distinct "wet" hop aroma. The hops really come out with a mostly citrus and grassy aroma. Some minor grapefruit and a touch of mineral notes. The malt is non-descript mostly but some nice kettle caramel notes are there. Very clean yeast.

The taste is similar. The hops are well balanced with a nice bitterness that lingers but lets the citrus and pine really come out in the finish. Some sweetness but limited malt backing in the taste. The body does balance the hops nicely though. There is more of a distinct freshness that is more in tune with the fresh hop idea, at least in the taste. Very clean yeast and finishes nicely.

The body is moderate and balanced well. The carbonation is right on. Overall a very enjoyable seasonal beer. Great hop presence that isn't over the top. Some minor character flaws but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 22:38:14 | More by Oxymoron
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grittybrews

Washington

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

Bottled 10/2010, consumed 01/2011, so not overly fresh.

Poured a vivid orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of sticky, bright white head that left a good amount of dotty lacing. Somewhat gentle floral aroma with hints of toffee and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, slightly slick mouthfeel. I'm guessing the hops had faded a bit with this bottle, and the initial flavors were dominated by a mild caramel sweetness, biscuit, and a hint of apricot. Not overly bitter with a nice floral/pine crispness on the finish.

Well-balanced pale ale; would love to try this one again fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:07:28 | More by grittybrews
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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