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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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678 Reviews

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,515
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 141
Gots: 127 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,515
Photo of Illinick
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from D's.
A: Amber and copper in color with slight hints of reddish-orange hues. Sticky and clumpy slightly off white head that clumps around for the duration of the brew. Good lacing throughout. Last pour is full of sediment.
S: Grassy, piney, musty earth, and hops at first quaff. Upon further smelling some malt scents and some citrus and lemon zest come out with slight herbal notes.
T: The first sip is a doozy. Piney and grassy hops with definate bitter grapefruit and citrus peel flavors. Herbal flavors and a definate malt presence in the middle to the end. Some tart citrus peel and some zest in there too. The grapefruit, grass, and fresh hops dominate.
MF: A bit chewy and mouthfilling
Overall: A solid brew with some intense up front flavors. Takes a few sips to really taste the quality of the brew, but I don't mind the continuous sipping. A nice, fresh APA.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/amber with a two finger head that fades slowly to a rocky cap and thick ring, leaving behind clumps of foam on my glass. The initial pour was pretty clear, but when I poured the second half of the bomber their was plenty of sediment in the beer.

Smell; pine resin and orange peel hops dominate the nose up front. A nice, solid caramel malt presence gives a good balance to the smell.

Taste; as expected the hops are right there in your face, but manage to keep from becoming overwhelming. The malts are there just enough to add a bit of sweetness, that seems to set you up for the next bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is just about what I would hope for in the style.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber with a full frothy white head. Excellent hoppiness comes through in the aroma. Great floral and citric bitter notes nice and juicy with hops. Flavor starts with some lightly bitter citric hops notes before some smooth toasty malt sets in. Some light caramel provides a sweet touch to it. Finish is lightly bitter and hoppy. The aroma was great with the hops juiciness but the taste was a bit of a let down from that but still good. Solid body with good carbonation. I could have drunk a few of these.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 once brown bottle with no apparent freshness dating. Serving vessel = snifter.

The golden nectar meets the bowl of the glass in a rush. The glass quickly fills with fuzzy orange gold and red hues. An army of tiny carbonation bubbles fuels a short-lived eggshell head. The glass begins to sweat as the ale, chilled to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, makes itself at home.

The bouquet feels somewhat faded, perhaps due to the passage of undocumented amounts of time. Discernable scents are toasted white bread masking a creamy buttermilk aroma; alcohol, cut grass and essential hop oils.

The taste is toasty at first with a solid pale ale malt profile. Then in march the citrus centric hops. Also present on the palate is a continuation of the grass-like hoppy flavors evident in the bouquet.

Mouthfeel is moderately oily with a slick finish.

Surprisingly quaffable for the level of bitterness, this is a solid straightforward American Pale Ale.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle, no date info.

Hazed and fiery copper. The head is a fluffy eggshell foam that slowly settles to a skim coat. Strands of sticky lacing cling to the sides. Citrus rind bitterness with a fresh cut grass undercurrent, there is also a bright, clean note clearly present. Boldly bitter upfront, sharp but not too sharp citrus rind. Solid malt body works to support the hops and provides a counterbalancing sweetness. The finish is bitey, rindy, and lingers a long while. There is an almost salty component. Medium body, light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and smooth. Not bad overall, enjoyable and drinkable, but it seemed as though there was something lacking, something that would have made this clearly standout from among the other pale ales.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bomber up at Murray's Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday. Pours into my glass a deep clear peach/orange with a nice off white creamy, bubbly head on top. Inticing...yes. Aromas of yep, fresh hops! Big, green, herbal, citric hops waft up into my nose with a side order of caramelly sweet maltiness. This is simply delightful with lupulin oils and orange and grapefruit zest.

First sip brings a crystal, caramel slightly buscuity malt, which quickly gives way to a rush of herbally, citrusy hop flavors. Bright and bold like rubbing a fresh hop cone between your fingers. Flows down with a solid bitterness that never becomes overpowering. A wonderfully hoppy, tasty APA from a brewery that knows their hops!

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a damn drinkable, sessionable brew for sure. I wish I had local access to it as it would be a staple in my fridge. If you're a hophead or ya like APA's...get yours hands on this beer! Yet another winner from Great Divide...keep them coming!

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Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper with orange highlights. The nose piney, lemony, floral, citric, caramelly and very fresh. Lovely aromas. Great hop flavor but very little bitterness. Pacific Northwest Hops. Very grassy with leaves, citrus notes, pine sap, light fruitiness and caramel. This is a very well rounded Pale Ale. This isn’t a big beer at all, just a plain n’ simple medium bodied, lightly hopped (for the style) american pale ale.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy golden orange with two fingers of tight bubbled off-white head. The crown dies down after a while and leaves no lacing to speak of...

The nose is full of fresh green hops with an interesting mix of new mown lawn and citrus oil. Not much malt to find in the aroma.

The flavor is very impressive - a surprisingly strong malt base with flavors of golden browned biscuits and sweet grain. The hops are, as you'd expect, bold but not overpowering. Lots and lots of citrus in this puppy but no bitterness. A bit of pine and pepper but mostly a very fresh, clear hop note straight out of the Pacific Northwest. There's a certain resinous 'oily' note that can only come from fresh green hops.

Mouthfeel is good - it's medium bodied with enough carbonation to clear the palate. Hop oils are quite apparent on the tongue but bitterness isn't nearly as strong as one would expect - still enough for a good finish.

This is a very drinkable beer and I'm looking forward to finding some fresh next fall. What impresses me is just how good this tastes when it's certainly "past it's prime" at six months old. The hop flavors are still clear and clean with no apparent degradation. If a fresher bottle tastes better than this it would be a treasure.

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Photo of DrJay
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. Great retention and lots of clumpy lace. The hop aroma is very smooth and completely without harshness, very delicate for the amount - plenty of grapefruit and grassy character. There's also a bit of caramel and honey behind all the hops. Very balanced flavour with Just enough maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bitterness is solid, but not overdone. Green, grassy, and grapefruit hops are everywhere in the flavour - they linger long into the finish along with a hint of caramel. Slightly drying and creamy texture - there's a bit of powdery character from the hops. Carbonation and body are just on the light side of medium. There's a hint of warmth as well. This beer is highly quaffable. I can imagine drinking pint after pint of this.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours a clear orange/brown, medium sized white head, lots of sticky lace and great retention. Smell is citrus hops, caramel, floral hops, more hops, some more caramel, excellent, and superbly balanced. Taste is caramel up front, followed by an extreme citrus and floral hop hit, lots of hoppage in the finish, clean bitterness thats just right. Great floral/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation. Amazing, best pale ale I've ever had, hands down. Malt and hops are perfectly balanced, a superb sipper, would love to stock up on this. Thanks DrJay!!!

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Photo of sopor
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, slightly hazy amber with an active dimpled head leaving splotchy rings of lace. Smells slightly of caramel with bready biscuit cereal notes and a hint of husky grains, kissed with hops.

Sweet malt hits the tongue, but is quickly overcome by assertive hops. Hops come in resinous, fresh, akin to chewing on a green pinecone, with touches of herbs and grassy earth. Biscuity and bready malt is light and subdued compared to the hops. Aftertaste is dry, resinous hops, and a touch of dry cereal malt. A bit heavy on the hops, almost IPA.

Moderate body, delicate carbonation. Pleasant, easy drinking, but not out of the ordinary. Pretty drinkable, a bit hoppy, but it is a "fresh hop pale ale", so I really shouldn't use strict APA guidelines (hah).

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Photo of Domingo
4.09/5  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)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The color is deep amber with an orange tint. It has a thick off-white head, which fades but not too quickly and leaves decent lace.

S: Strong hop aroma with a heavy dose of citrus along with it. You can also smell the alcohol a bit.

T: As indicated in the name of the beer, a very intense and decently bitter hops flavor hits you right away and remains dominant throughout. There is some malt and citrus that follow to help balance it out, but as sweetness fades, the hops return to stay in a bitter after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body with medium carbonation and the more you drink it, the smoother it gets.

D: As stated above, the beer seems smoother as you drink more of it. If you combine that with the fact that it’s not very filling, the beer is pretty drinkable as long as you’re down with the hop taste. I’m not sure how many I could drink at a time; since I only have the one 22 oz. bottle, but I’m sure I could put away a decent amount. Overall this is a good beer, but not for beginners. I find it a bit stronger than other beers that I’ve had of this style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazed orange. Thin, tight ivroy white head. Good retention and intricate lace properties. Great aroma of fresh hops, orange marmalade based malt derivatives and grassy, pungent hop oils. This all follows through on the buds. Bright citric hop tones of grapefruit and lemon peel. Grassy. Very fresh tasting even though this is months old. Malt provides a solid backbone and is toffeeish and caramelly in nature. Some of that marmalade character comes through as well. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Yet another nice accomplishment by Great Divide. They have been impressing the hell out of me over the past year or so.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber (possible "hop haze") with a nice thick beige head that retains well. The aroma just jumps out at you with huge, juicy citrus and floral hops, some sweet caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters and a hint of ethanol. The taste starts off with an agressive hoppiness, citrusy and floral (very fresh and green tasting), followed by a caramel sweetness, fruity esters and toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and drinkability is excellent. An excellent APA, just bursting with fresh hop flavor and a crisp finish that balances the beer well...something to seek out for sure.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy head. Aroma is bright, juicy hops with lots of grapefruit.

Taste is dry, biscuity, toasty malt with lots of citrusy hops. Juicy, squishy hops, grapefruit, lemon, fresh citrus. Quite dry, the hops taste farm-fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, clean. Good balance keeps this from being too harsh, easy to drink. I could have a few.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber provided by AKSmokedPorter via the BS-BIF.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a withe head that thins. Mild lacing.

Aroma is very grassy and citrusy with some mild malt aroma as well.

Very citrusy, fresh and grassy hop flavor upfront. There's a bit of malt that presents itself followed by a nice bitter bite. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Bitter aftertaste.

Nice slick texture and ample carbonation.

Quite drinkable and a nice tatsing brew. At times, it's almost like having a mouthfull of fresh hop cones.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Warriorsoul and GoodbyeOhio for getting me this bottle!
Orangey gold in hue, light for a pale ale, topped with a modest, yet lingering eggshell white head. A light haze, my guess is because of the hops. Works for me. Excellent lacing, spotching all over the glass in loose sheets. Very few beers lace like this. Fantastic head retention. Milder, yet terrifically citrusy hop aroma. Rather on the floral side, with dominating notes of orange zest and lemon. Slightly grainy malt background. The flavor opens with toasty, mildly grainy malt. Medium bodied. Hops overtake almost immediately. Spicy citrus and floral notes, with a tingling carbonation. Moderate bitterness, mostly piney, although the flavoring hops overtake the finish almost completely. Still within balance, certainly not for beginners, but with a judicious helping of floral, fruity, grassy, piney hop flavor. A hint of underlying medicinal astringency, or maybe some metallic hop flavors. Something just a little strange in the finish, kinda like chewing on a flower petal, the same as I'd gotten with other Great Divide beers. Either way, it's not unenjoyable, just unusual. Just oozing with hops, and plenty of complexity within, to boot. A whisp of alcohol. Faint doughy yeast flavor. A little powdery and grainy feeling, which isn't the best, but it's fine. Really, really nice stuff overall.
I'd been enthusiastically seeking out this beer for a while, ever since I heard it was coming out. I like Great Divide's stuff, and I'm glad to say it was worth the effort to get a bottle. An impressive showcase for this year's delicious pacific northwest hop crop. I'm hoping they make this an annual thing. I'd love to try this fresh off the conditioning tank. I bet it's heavenly.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup!

22oz settles clear in the glass, interesting color variations from yellowish-gold to crimson towards the surface. bubbles are alive inside. two-finger foam forms quickly and dissolves slowly leaving beautiful craters and three-dimensional lacing patterns. even the airy foam atop this beer has pungent, dry, fruity hop characteristics.. as i find out as my nose and lips accidentally come in contact with the crown.

aroma pleases with juicy hop aromas.. not overwhelming and no alcohol detectable. a nice brown sugary malt presence here balances.. unexpected but nice. some apple aromas as well as something spicy like yeast.

well, this beer sure packs a different punch in the flavor. mouthfeel is a bit heavier, hop bitterness and overall pine sting are in line with most west coast dipa's, and the mouth is pretty much completely coated with botanical resin after one hearty sip. still, the lack of alcohol burn in the finish makes this slightly more drinkable. sipping isn't really an option once the addictive bittering sting has been felt. like sour patch kids or warheads, this is one beer that provides the hophead with masochistic joy. however, 1/3 through the bottle, the bright sweetness fades and most sips are full of aggressive bitterness and a lack of inspiration.

met my expectations, only wish it was a tad more drinkable. for a pale ale, could have dropped to 5 or so % and still kicked ass. recommended for fans of hoppy beers.. just don't go in expecting nectar of hop juice spritzer.

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Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darn near perfect APA pour. Bright orange rust with a one and onehalf finger tight, white head that;s all sticky and retentive.

Bright hops. Flowers and citrus. Yummy. And exceptionally potent.

A nice hop kick at the front. Two distinct flavors, dry flowers and juicy grapefruits. This is not too intense, letting you know it's an APA and not an IPA. Moves gradually into a bready yeast that disolves and gives way to a fantastically dry and sweet caramel malt. Wonderful balance.

This is an APA to treasure. One of the most drinkable very hoppy beers I've ever had!

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Photo of WesWes
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and complex malt scent that is comprised of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts. It has a nice bisquity aroma that balances well with the hops. The hop aroma is very nice. It has a grassy hop scent that is bitter and rich, but not over the top. The taste is great. It has a well balanced attack of malt and hops. It has a light crystal and bisquit malt flavor along with a bitter, citrus hop finish. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. It has tremendous mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a near perfect beer. I like everything about it. Just another great beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall flute glass:

Appearance: Poured a medium orange pumpkin to golden hue.Slightly cloudy.Gorgeous two finger white head that fell to a small ring around my glass followed by an impressive laceing.

Aroma: A blast of fresh hop aromas,piney,sweet smelling tree sap.Hop oils blended with sugary pale malts,followed by a candied sour apple.

Taste: Like the nose the hops explodes in your mouth but not to overpowering,the pines are still present,but are very balanced with the malts in this pale ale.Not as sweet in flavor as in the nose but just enough to make your mouth water.Its a medium finish with just enough bitterness. OHH so balanced.

Mouthfeel: First impression: CRISP.Coats the mouth ever so slightly with a never perfect level of carbonation.I had to swallow several times to cleanse the small bubbles that it leaves behind.

Drinkability: Superb,I could see this beer to be the pale ale of choice for me.They need to put this in sixers and a regular rotation.Overall and again, a good buy.


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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz, overpriced at 5.49 i'm sure at Riley's, but i'd been wanting to try this one

appearance: pours clear amber into a mash house pint glass, foamy white head forms immediately, builds up about a half inch, decent lacing left behind

smell: fresh hops (duh), flowery fragrances, grapefruit, orange/lemon peel, sweet and smooth caramel malts underneath, pine needles

taste: very well balanced...flowery citrus hops are prominent...grapefruit, orange, lemon, bubblegum...sticky pine needles. behind all of that is a well pronounced biscuit-like caramel malt base. this is a very good apa, in the class of alpha king and burning river for me

mouthfeel: smooth, great balance, moderate hop bitterness, very nice indeed

drinkability: very very easy drinking...this bomber wont last long. smooth, fresh and delicious

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Photo of blitz134
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange brew. Nearly white one finger head on the pour. Left only a single bubble layer on top. Lots of lace. Aroma is strong with fresh hops. Mostly citrus grapefruit with some pine. Simple but really pungent. Taste is strong with pine hops with a little citrus and grassy hops in the back. Not overly bitter though even though there is a hearty dose of hops. Fairly balanced, but the hops are the main focus here and nothing overly malty comes out to me. Mouthfeel is good, typical of a decent pale ale. Drinkability is really good. Crisp and refreshing and not overbearing with the flavor or the alcohol level. Definately worth a shot...

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brilliant amber with a dense creamy ivory head. Lots of lace, chunks of lace, sheeting of lace. Smells almost exclusively of bright, grassy hops.

Tastes of fresh herbal hops. Soem bitterness here but not overwhelming. More fresh and floral than bitingly bitter. SOme nice fruity malt to back it up. Hops stick to the mouth but the beer is fairly light otherwise. Nice stuff!

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.