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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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Geijerb

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-13-2013 11:35:51 | More by Geijerb
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2013 23:55:00 | More by ramblinwreck101
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daythree16

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with lots of sediment. Poured carefully into a pint glass, it produces a thin quarter inch head on top of a hazy golden orange body.

Aromas of grapefruit are complemented by a strong caramel malt presence. Taste is exactly like it smells. Sweet malt up front with a nice citrus bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly full bodied. Drinkability is great. More like a well balanced IPA than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 07:28:47 | More by daythree16
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (dated Oct. 3, 2012) into a becker pint glass.

Pours a honey golden with rich amber hues with a fluffy one and half finger head. The smell of sweet pineapple and fresh grassy notes on the nose is very inviting. Opens with pineapple, flora, and grassy accents, joined by slight breadiness and malt with just the perfect level of sweetness to balance this brew midpalate. Finishes smooth with just a hint of grapefruit rind and pine sap and a slight bite. Medium bodied with a slick, oily, and slight soapy mouthfeel, perfect for a wet hop ale. I look forward to this brew every year. The drinkability of the brew is exceptional as the other characteristics of the brew are not overwhelmed by intense bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:57:08 | More by chanokokoro
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with an orange-amber color. Steady head that remains throughout the tasting. Lace is left as a ring after each sip.

Excellent fresh malt flavor with an aromatic flowery hop background. Attractive.

Strong peppery hop flavor. The only demerit comes from the thin body. The carbonation is okay. Spicy aftertaste that lasts a long time.

This is one of GD's best beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 16:42:31 | More by smcolw
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber, this looked a smelled inviting. a brilliant clear copper with a thick, creamy white head. nose was citrus, pine, and caramel with some floweriness. taste was lacking in malt presence, very little malt sweetness upfront to balance the nice hop bitterness. mouthfeel was a bit thin, very drying, with a tea-like astringency. spritzy and lively. had they used a bit more malt or converted a little less of the sugars (not that i can brew), i would have enjoyed this immensely. (2007)

2008 version: either the beer is better or my palate was off previously. lively head and sticky lacing. nose and taste similar as above with also some earthy/spiciness to the hops going on. nice moderate malt sweetness. medium bodied. really nice shit.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 05:20:38 | More by MrMcGibblets
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a double deuce into a Chimay chalice (2 pours). Aroma is grainy and of grass with the sweetness of the malt coming out at the tail end of the nose (rather surprised me). Taste is much mellower then I expected. There is a definite west coast hop presence with the citrus coming out. Just enough hops to leave a slight bitterness on the tongue. The malt backbone really comes out in this and it balances this beer very well. I was expecting a hop monster but was very pleasantly surprised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight oily texture and just enough carbonation. A very drinkable brew put out by Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 01:40:25 | More by hwwty4
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A - Beer poured with a dark copper color body; 1/2 finger foam; bubbly; mild carbonation; moderate amount of lacing left on the glass

S - Hop flowery aroma overwhelms the nose; pleasant lemon/grassy zest; slight citrus aroma with a clean, crisp smell

T - Bitter tongue feel on both sides of the tongue; tart; citrus hop taste; light in flavor but a great blend of ingredients leaves a good taste in the mouth with not too much bite in the aftertaste

M - Thin feel with effervescent sensation over the tongue; nice touch over the palate leaving a pleasant blend of good flavors; well-built beer with all the right blends of good ingredients

D - Smooth IPA drink; great with food pairings; citrus pale ale with nice flowery tones; I really liked this drink for being a very hoppy IPA, it really hit the spot and it was very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 06:41:27 | More by ferrari29
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salvo

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great divide fresh hopped ale arrived brown red crystal clear with a quarter inch tan head the disappeared in five minutes or less leaving tan hints of lace at the edges of the glass.

Smell is all grapefruit and candied citrus rind with pine and grassy suggestions. Taste starts with an initial malt kick with molasses followed quickly by honey before the hops assert themselves: all tea and astringency in the most pleasant way kissed by a light buzzing reminder of alcohol. Finishes long and slow as the hops emerge on the tongue, palate, and throat.

I'm already on my second so this is dangerously drinkable stuff that makes me feel like I haven't returned to the
Midwest but have continued my Boise based fresh-hopped adventure. On tap at the wonderfully moody Black Sparrow.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 13:25:08 | More by salvo
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again you can't go wrong with a Great Divide 22 oz. bomber!
Good amber/orange color with a modest fluffy white head.The nose was a pleasant grassy grapefruit aroma. Medium body with a nice orange peel, earthy silky taste. The big difference between this extravently hopped ale and say a Ipa is the fresh hops seem to be more mellow and fruity not as bitter. The low alcohol level helps alot in this regard to. Such a good price for how much planning and hard work that goes into this fresh hop ale!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 21:03:28 | More by athensbeermaster
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber gold with very little head and of course nothing to retain. Laces well.

Pine nut hops in the nose. All pine with only a hint of faint dry citrus.

Hits extremely hoppy and bites hard after that. Sweet but tart and dry in the middle with a green piney finish. Very nice combination.

Medium body, just right for the style and taste.

Great drinker, especially for hops. If hops aren't your thing, then stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 19:57:12 | More by beer2day
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Jree261

California

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Golden amber pale ale with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Fresh roses and strawberries in the front with cut grass.

Taste-Orange zest that is followed by light grass and red and black fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good full bodied pale ale with a medium length finish.

Overall-Very nice beer. Strong layered aromas are my favorite part. I would've preferred a longer finish but I can forgive for this solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:45:37 | More by Jree261
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dar482

New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a orange reddish amber color with an off white fluffy.

The aroma is vibrant of some citrus, but lots of earthy hops, floral notes, pine, green fresh grass and caramel malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with a bit of orange and grapefruit citrus, but is dominated by hops. A sweet citrus note and then some pine resin on the finish. The floral follows a bit, but stands mostly of very green green pine, veggie, grassy, herb hop. There’s a decent caramel malt backbone that gives the beer a bit of sweetness.

The body has a medium to light body. It has a decent carbonation, but then cleans off with a bit of wateriness. This is not to say it’s a bad thing. It keeps the beer from being a full on IPA experience with a drinkable clean light body. This beer is real smooth.

A fantastic beer. One of the better examples of the IPA/APA style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:40:15 | More by dar482
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very slightly hazy dark orange beer everlasting three-quarter inch head. pretty decent lacing

intense hop aroma very fruity grapefruit and green and sweet aroma

very great and intense hop flavor and extremely hop forward flavored beer pretty high bitterness really great flavor relatively light beer with a lasting bitter dry finish

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 12:57:11 | More by UnderPressure
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RaulMondesi

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

Yeah buddy, like the sun burning a thousand rays, this one is on fire! Hot damn is this thang juicy! Like Aphrodite's honey nectar, Raul is feelin' it hard!

Smooth, supple, and clean like your mama fresh out of the Four Seasons.

Get it up and get it good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 02:14:44 | More by RaulMondesi
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep ruddy gold. Head is rocky 2 fingers that dissipates to 2 mm full profile disk. some sparse lacing.

S: Sewery dank grapefruit, bitter citrus, some spicy yeast ester is peeking around the edges.

T: It's very smooth and bitter at the same time. Smelling is same as tasting here. malt is middling malt like caramel but lighter roast. Bitter citrus is yielding to minor piney notes. Complex. resinous on a ephemeral level, very mild.

M: creamy as all get out. carbonation reminds me of nitro carb. bittering hops are very present on final swallow. out breath is spicy hop citrus.

O: it is definitely a big fresh hop ale. Those dusty, dank resinous new hop notes present a nice complex hop brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:38:36 | More by Scrapss
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Overlord

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden orange. Two long lasting inches of foam that die down to maybe quarter an inch of off-white foam head. Gobs of lacy foam on the side of the glass.

Smells floral, with fresh grapefruit and some light pine. Not exactly a hop bomb in the aroma, but pleasant.

Taste is quite pleasant. Some light malt, grainy grapefruit-y, pine, and a bit of lighter, sweet citrus ... bittering grass and orange rind. Tastes good. Fresh. Whole hop leaf fullness.

Mouthfeel; is well nice perfect. Light, fluffy, it makes the most of the flavors presented by the beer. Insanely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 09:50:00 | More by Overlord
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper with minimal head. Aroma slams with grassy, piney hops. Taste follows, with this one highlighting the hops foe sure. Interestingly there is a massive malt backbone to this, and it doesn't take away from the grapefruit and aromatic hops. Excellent pale with medium carbonation and slick palate. Malty sweetness really comes out as it warms up. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 17:50:11 | More by BMMillsy
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance is an amber color with somewhat low head and carbonation.

Smell is very nice. Lots of hops, citrus, floral and grassy notes that really seems fresh. A little bit of malt sweetness is also noticeable.

Taste is similarly quite hoppy and fresh with grassy, citrus hops and just a little pale malt backbone. Almost reminiscent of wheatgrass juice in the freshly mowed lawn goodness sort of way.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied for a pale ale. Quite drinkable as I would have liked more after finishing the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 16:26:24 | More by AaronHomoya
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LittleDon

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Golden yellow and clear with copious carbonation and a thick and lasting white head. Lots and lots of lace. Piney hop aroma. Hops in the middle and noticeable bitterness. A bit of honey sweetness to compete with the hops. More IPA than APA. Crisp dryness and light mouthfeel, making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 00:00:26 | More by LittleDon
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dblinkhorn

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear honey/amber color with a creamy half-finger off-white head. Good lacing is left all the way down the glass as you drink. Moderate carbonation activity is visible within the beer. And finally...a pale ale that retains a nice creamy thick cap of head throughout the whole drink.

Smell - A nice mixture in the hop aroma of some fruitiness, flowery characteristics, and some citrus smells as well. As the label says, they indeed smell fresh. There are some mild sweet scents as well on this brew, along with a slight bit of sourness.

Taste - Hop explosion for sure, and yes...VERY fresh tasting. This tastes like there are whole hop flowers in the beer bottle. The hops flavors isn't overwhelming, but the flavor that is there (which is certainly higher than most pale ales) is very intense and fresh tasting. Mainly tastes of cut grass, citrus (especially lemon and lime), pine, and flower/herbal notes as well. There is a mild bready malt character behind the hop goodness which desperately tries to balance the beer out but to little avail (but it does help!). There is moderate alcohol presence throughout, with a slighty earthy and citrusy/piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Has a nice lively level of carbonation but it is not so powerful that it distracts you from the taste. It is also quite smooth with a medium body. It goes down so nicely!

Drinkability - Surprisingly drinkable despite the intense hop properties of this beer. Still, though, it's a lot to handle compared to most pale ales. Good overall though.

Well if you like hops you'll love this one. If you don't well...steer clear of this mother. It has a smooth body with wonderfully fresh and crisp hop characteristics, and best of all a beautiful creamy head through the whole drink! A must have!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 05:28:59 | More by dblinkhorn
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spratmi

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear golden copper color with a full one finger head that settled down to a thin cap with a light bubble filled lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Initially there were strong notes of pine and orange citrus along with a slight hint of sweet malt.
T: The first sip yielded strong notes of grass and pine with citrus hops on the finish. The citrus notes were balanced between bitter grapefruit and sweet orange blossoms. There was a hint of malt hidden throughout.
M: Light and crisp with oils lingering on the finish. Medium carbonation.
D: Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:58:55 | More by spratmi
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omnigrits

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass (in two hits) from a 22oz bomber, bottled on September 29th, 2009.

Beautiful pale amber colour with a thick white head that hardly subsides and leaves very impressive lace. A subtle but promising nose with plenty of grapefruit and hay. By this point you know there's going to be a heavy hop profile. Slightly malty up front with a dry, bitter finish. Very little carbonation and so a bit thin as far as mouthfeel is concerned, but a very nice beer all the same. I'll buy a few more bottles of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 00:02:21 | More by omnigrits
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright clear copper with two fingers of sudsy lasting foam.
S - piney citrus growing in a fresh cut lawn.
T - more malt than I expected but it's quite a nice balance with the zesty hoppiness.
M - light to medium bodied wih moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight astringent aftertaste.
D - easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:22:28 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a thick, hazy honey gold, with a large, initial white fluffy head, that dissipates to a nice lacing. Smell is a bright, appealing grassy and pine resin, with wafts of citrus. I can tell this is pure hop goodness. The taste is hoptastic. Intense, piney layers, with grapefruit astringency, and a sweet, orange candy finish. Sticky consistency, but with a triumphant carbonation. For what it is, wonderful. Hardly balanced, but that's hardly the point. Fresh Hop Ale delivers as advertised.

good stuff. One bottle is enough, as this is a hop kick to the teeth.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 01:54:15 | More by kingjames1
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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