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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1221
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


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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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid copper color with a finger of head that falls to a solid coating over the brew. Leaves a touch of lace as the head falls. Nose is all about the hops. Sweet citrusy hops. Touches of caramel malt are there, but its mostly hops. Flavor is very hoppy as well. Sweet, citrusy, as well as a solid caramel malt backbone. Light bitterness clings to the finish, but not offensive at all, along with a very raw hop flavor. Similar to taking hops right off the bine and tasting the flowers. Very tasty beer. Feel is moderate with a moderate to moderate-high carbonation. This is a fine beer. As far as an APA goes, this really is really drinkable. Flavors are really well melded. Nothing to complaing about.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 02:18:50 | More by kmpitz2
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hero27

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is my kinda pale ale! I have no idea if other beers use so-called "wet hops" in their brews, but after tasting this one, it sounds like a damn good idea...you can really taste how fresh the hops are. The aroma is excellent as well..big, floral hop smell of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is just right. Some could try to tag this as an IPA, but it really doesn't have that IPA "bite" to it..just a menacing hoppy character to go along with the malts. What a great surprise..a fairly low-alcohol offering..a pale ale, that's got such a unique hop flavor and reminds you of why you drink quality beer.

Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a seasonal...I wish this would replace their Denver Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 16:02:37 | More by hero27
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a new selection at John's Grocery, Iowa City. It's about damn time we got in a new hoppy-as-hell American beer, but unfortunately this is a seasonal.

The beer pours to a crystal clear golden amber color with a thick fluffy white head. Leaves a pristine lacing on the side of the glass. No carbonation bubbles are apparant.

This beer has a lovely fresh hop smell. Has a strong orange and grapefruit hop. Has a bit of caramelized malt undertones, but mostly just juicy fragrant hops.

The taste is great as well. Has a nice bitterness with some succulent fruity juiciness from the hops. The fresh hops are not all that different from the dry in flavor, though they are a bit more pungent, and the bitterness is a bit more intense, but not quite as lingering. The initial flavor is citric hoppy with plenty of bitter, but it fades into a juicy, hardly bitter caramelized malt flavor. Quite well done.

The mouthfeel is the one complaint I have with this beer. Seems to lack carbonation almost altogether. Other than that, the palate is quite refreshing. In conclusion, This is a very drinkable beer: one bomber is not enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 09:13:26 | More by neonbrown82
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright golden amber and sits a pristine, deep-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, with nice lacings all around the glass.

Smells rich and fragrant, loads of citric hops across the board. Grapefruit, orange and lemon zest dominate. Swirls of caramel and lightly toasted malts. Hightly inviting aroma overall.

Caramel, toasty malts run in the foreground with hints of nuttiness and just a touch of toffee. Hop flavor brings out a thick grassy maze of prickly pines and grapefruit rind. Long lasting flavor into a moderately bitter finish.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, delightfully lifting carbonation in medium volume. Medium body, good balance all around.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a fine beer and fits right in with GD's other brews. Well-made, intensely deep and flavorful. This is a rather aggressive APA, but a name only does so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 03:37:58 | More by Skidz
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 22 oz wheat style glass (With Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville logo on the side!). A beautiful copper color with picture perfect clarity and some of the tiniest bubbles ever seen rise to the top. A frothy head, about 1 to 2 fingers in size makes this a perfect looking beer. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like a big bag of hops bought from the local homebrew store. Extremely floral and citrusy. Also very grassy and earthy nose as well. I imagine this is what a hops field in Bavaria or Northwest US must smell like.

Taste is very hop laden. Citrusy and floral. I can almost taste the hop leaves in my mouth as I chew this beer. If you like hops, this is a wonderful beer for you. I really dont taste malt at all. All hops.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly sweet, given all of the hops that must be in this beer. I would expect a little more bitterness but the bitterness in this beer is very balanced.

Extremely drinkable for one bomber. Much more than that and my taste buds will be gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 17:53:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful crimson/copper color, clear, with ample froth atop....very nice.

Nose is super-fresh hops, dripping with resins and oils, vibrant, floral, akin to rolling in the dirt of a pine forest in springtime. Can't tell you what hops they are, but they are shining bright, and screaming loud.

Taste: fresh, again, alive, and fairly forward with the hops, though they fade soon after boarding the palate. With each new meeting on the mouth, they storm the tongue anew, very alert and lively. Tas-tee!!

Medium-bodied, nicely textured, excellent balance (no, this is no punishingly hoppy beer, this has proper malt base, does not shred the senses with bitterness), long, fruity, moderately bitter finish.

Another very well-done beer in the Great Divide bomber series. And a fine example of the "style", such as it is...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 05:26:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 04:40:31 | More by blitheringidiot
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benito

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive and wonderful.

Out of a bomber this poured mandarin orange with frothy head and good lacing. Almost immediately the unique smell hit me: a wet grassiness mixed with hints of pine, citrus, and cedar. Incredibly aromatic and full bodied to the nose alone!

From there, the taste didn't disappoint (no small feat!). The strong hop flavor was matched by an earthiness and citrus zest that gave the overall flavor profile an excellent balance. The lingering flavor of light hoppiness and grass was just right...neither too forceful nor absent; in fact, I go as far as to say that the flavor haunted me into drinking more and more and more. For a strong pale ale, this was highly drinkable: I could have easily had more, but alas, my bomber was empty before I knew it.

An exceptional brew. This one is worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 17:18:21 | More by benito
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

color of apple juice at in front of a 60watt bulb. The froth is fantastic, and sticky. It's coated the glasses superbly with rings of lace that track my gulps like tree rings track growth.
Smells like yellow grapes and grapefruits.
Resiny and tingling--my tastebuds are ringing with fresh herb oils: wild bergamot. Citrus skins and drops of pine essence clad in silky malts hug my tongue . Mildly fruity. Drinks like a fresh, clear cider. I find this very sensual with a lingering and enticing aftertaste. It's like necking on a warm lawn.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 05:36:38 | More by gbontrag
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oberon

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice offering found here in Greensboro,poured a rich copper with a fluffy 2 finger head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles.The label says whole hop cones are shipped wet overnight to Denver to be brewed the very next day after being shipped and let me tell ya the aroma of this baby shows it.Intense grassy,piney,resiny goodness smacks you in the face and the aromas just continue to linger well after being poured.The big dose of fresh hops are not overpowering in this brew yeah its big and resiny but there is a sweet caramel malt backbone that holds up extremely well.At 55 IBU's its not insanely bitter but the freshness of the hops makes it immensley flavorful,I will be getting more of this very very soon for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 22:43:59 | More by oberon
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.

The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.

Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I've had - as is, it's still up there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 05:53:54 | More by Beaver13
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer is a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper color; it is well carbonated and forms a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is enticingly hoppy with a resinous aroma of grapefruit, apricots, tangerine and a bit of pine and grassy notes. The aroma is quite nice with a serious sticky hop presence. The beer is fairly dry, but the malt in combination with the hops gives this beer a sticky sweet citrus character without being overly sweet or full on the palate. The flavor has solid notes of resinous pine as well as an equal amount of citrus and fruit; like grapefruit, apricot and peach.

The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, which does not particularly linger too long. The finish is quite smooth, it really just begs for taking another sip. The overall hoppiness and carbonation of this brew gives it a peppery bite as the beer sits in my mouth. This beer is really quite nice, perhaps the most flavorful Pale Ale I have ever had. The fresh, vibrant hop character is really nice and this beer is still fairly smooth without that intense grassy character I have had in other fresh hop beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 04:54:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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RockAZ

Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 15:11:06 | More by RockAZ
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mactrail

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome amber in the glass with a touch of burnt orange. Nice lacing and pleasantly carbonated.

Flavor and mouthfeel are more like a DIPA. Big and rich with malt. Tangy and winey. The hops are resiny and aromatic, but not as bitter as you might expect in a Pale Ale. Sweet and malty on the tongue, but it dries out in the aftertaste. A great mouthful of flavor and a bigger, better brew than most APAs.

On tap at Zero One in San Angelo, Texas [Transcribed notes from 11/13/2012 tasting].

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 04:56:44 | More by mactrail
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured golden yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The hoppiness aspect going on here really carried on throughout the entire glass in both the aroma and flavor. The flavor was fairly well balanced and inviting. If I hadn’t been on a ticking spree this day I likely would have had a full pint of this one without hesitation. Definitely worth your time trying if you have not done so before.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 12:09:31 | More by thagr81us
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denver10

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden with a effervescent white head.Flavor and aroma matched each other quite well offering some nice bright floral and grassy hops on top of a sweet crackery malt belly. A lighter, active mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Glad I got to try try, would happily drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 01:52:24 | More by denver10
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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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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale is a very clear amber color with a modest white ring of head and spotty lacing. The aroma comes on with skunky grass hop and deep grape wheat. For a pale ale it's nice enough for sure. The flavor is mellow toasted rye/wheat and soft lemon grass hops. Very crisp feeling with medium to near light body. Frisky carbonation for an edgey hop brew. Very refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 05:17:29 | More by Durge
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 02:24:34 | More by DoubleJ
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz Growler from Beverage World. Fresh 2012 release. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is fruity hops, grassy, herbal, good deal of honey bread and caramel malt as well. Balanced. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with resinous hops, grassy and herbal, moves to a substantial malt backbone featuring honey, bread and caramel, generally mirrors the aroma. Smack of bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol. Again, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

This is one that I’ve wanted to try for years, but always passed it up for some reason. Decent fresh hop ale, but not my favorite as it is more balanced than I like, fairly malty.

Serving type: growler

10-19-2012 02:59:35 | More by elgiacomo
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive copper color with a generous white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin layer of head across the top. The aroma is of grassy hops and smells outstanding. The taste is of citrus hops and is medium-bodied. This is a very good beer and very drinkable. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2012 00:49:06 | More by biggmike
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a Great Divide stemgoblet at the Great Divide tap room yesterday. Cost was $4.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Colour is a textbook copper.

Sm: Hoppy, with very light toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasantly hoppy without too much bitterness. Well balanced and built, but not bold or inspired. Simple but pleasant. Not too bitter, though the finish needs work. Malt-heavy for the style.

Mf: Smooth until the coarse finish (on account of the bittering hops), and wet throughout. Fairly complementary of the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but largely unremarkable for the style. I wouldn't have it again. It's okay.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 19:29:09 | More by kojevergas
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JizackFH

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this filled at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in NYC.

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a 2-figner slightly off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and a nice fresh hop aroma. There is also a nice fruity aroma to it, as well as some citrus.

T - The taste starts off with a nice malty sweetness. There is a nice fresh hop flavor that gives off a good amount of bitterness. There are some nice tropical fruit flavors and some citrus zest. The finish leaves behind some lingering sweetness, fruit flavor, and hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel too it. There is a bit of sweetness and medium amount of hop bitterness. There is a bit of citrus zest as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a nice refreshing, easy going pale ale, and it really hits the spot. I think this is a really nice beer on a warm summer day, but it works all around as well. The hop flavor is perfect in this for it being a pale ale. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I would buy it again. I recommend trying it out.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2011 13:32:53 | More by JizackFH
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dannydetox

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the fresh hop/wet hop experimentation brewers are experimenting with these days. There is a purity I detect with this approach, and while these beers sometimes lack the complexity of the more traditional hopping technique, I like the fact we get choices. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale has an orange-copper color when poured, and retains a friendly skim of head throughout my glass. Aromas are full of sweet pink grapefruit with some floral notes hiding in the back. I detect a bit of molasses sweetness on this one, too. Highly quaffable and refreshing with the expected bitterness. Does not totally dry the mouth, but I wouldn't want a pale ale to do that. Seems a bit maltier than the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere but only just.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 04:19:48 | More by dannydetox
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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