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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

1,241 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
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.

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pourmeup

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Sept. 29 2009

A- Retains a thick off-white cake-like head throughout the entire glass, has a nice golden-orange color to the beer itself, leaves behind clumps of lacing in random places on the glass
S- Very heavy on the citrus rind in the nose, light sourdough bread smell at the end
T- It was almost as if I walked headfirst into a hop wall. Hops are present in every part of this brew, heavy citrus notes with even a bit of pepper evident on the after-taste.
M- Leaves your mouth with a lingering hop taste, but what remains is very subtle, has a slight creamy texture from the thickness of the head, overall a nice a texture
D- Not a terribly heavy beer, but slightly unrelenting in the hop department, which lowers the drinkability a little, but not much.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 04:54:33 | More by pourmeup
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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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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear light copper color with a thick, ice-cream-like foamy head that has excellent retention, leaves a nice lacing as it drains

S - strong, resiny American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - strong American hop flavors with a strong malt backbone and moderately assertive hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is truly a fantastic American pale and perhaps one of my most recent favorite discoveries. I've always like APAs, but until recently they haven't held much interest for me. This one certainly got my attention. The hop flavors and aroma are vibrant and wonderful - a must try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:03:59 | More by scoobybrew
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BillyBroas

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love seeing more of these fresh hop ales.

I got a whiff of the hops during the pour - ahhh nice...

Appearence is medium-copper/gold, little to no head. Also very little carbonation in the glass.

Aroma - Fresh, wet grassy hops. A bit of toasted malt too.

Flavor - Pretty unbalanced pale ale, which isn't exactly my preference but is expected with american beers. Still though, too much hop flavor. The malt tries to stick its head out but it is shielded by the hops. Not bad tasting. Just not as much balance and complexity as I would like.

Mouthfeel - Too thin for this beer. Biting on the tongue.

Overall - Disappointing by this one. Labeling it an IPA would probably score it higher marks, although then it would have faults as an IPA. It's refreshing and is just what I need at the moment, bu they have much better beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:31:10 | More by BillyBroas
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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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Dotcubed

Arkansas

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

New label marketing looks much better than the current picture.

Bottle dated Sept. 29 2009
So happy that they too the time & effort to get these things.

Label says grassy and citrus which is what the puffy head gives me. Crystal clear sunflower yellow fresh beer is a beautiful thing to behold.

Piney. Bold for a pale ale. Makes me think about IPA, but this is much more delicate than a big bitter beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Lingers on the pallet.

A little watery but within the style.

It say on the bottle pare with Epoisses or grilled trout which I can certainly encourage. Lightly smoked fish for sure.

Standing alone this is one 22oz bomber that could be consumed in pairs. Clearly worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 03:25:20 | More by Dotcubed
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Martin2D

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Amber in color, decent head

S - Piney hops

T - Big malt presence, highly roast with a slight hop bite. The hops are far too piney though and there is no balance to the hop bouquet.

M - Medium-high carbonation and medium in body.

D - Not that good. Too piney, not a great beer from Great Divide. Very disappointed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:52:34 | More by Martin2D
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper/orange with an off white head. Good retention.

S: Fresh grassy hop smell. Hint of pine, sweet caramel malt which becomes more bready as the beer warms.

T: Bold hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and a medium to slightly toasted malt body.

M: Light, but clings to the mouth . Medium carbonation.

I prefer the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale to the Fresh Hop. However, it's a very enjoyable example of a full-flavored pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:15:24 | More by GeezLynn
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really nice fluffy and even rocky head that opens up the nose of well what else, fresh hops. Very nice and inviting. the color is corn yellow and clear.

the mouthfeel is very nice and typical of a pale ale full but not like and IPA.

The taste is really nice and has a nice grainy sweetness that is complemented by grassy hops. The hops are not overpowering at all and just really are a nice complement and balance to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:27:51 | More by OatmattStout
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.10 %,
reviewed 10/31/09
bomber>pint glass tasting sponsored by the Graham cracker...

4.0... 3.5 drinkability

Appearance was a good 2 finger head with decent head retention. Color is an orange/copper color. Smell is hop forward aromas as expected with pine & hop spice. Taste as it smells with pine/spicy hops on a satisfactory malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium+ body with medium carbonation.
Drinkability is scored down a bit; a bit more pine hoppyness than I prefer, and a tad bit expensive without to much "wow" factor IMHO (@ $8 a 22oz bomber)

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 19:32:52 | More by unclejimbay
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

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

Bottled on Sept-29 and served on Oct-29.

A: Pours a beautiful copper, with hints of orange flickering about. Two fingers of sticky white head, leaves great lacing and a small layer of foam on top, even after half the glass is gone.

S: Very bright, grassy smell. Citrus notes can be picked up as well.

T: Tastes much sweeter than I expected, with the grass and citrus standing dead center. Finish picks up more of the malty-ness and leaves a very pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with just the right touch of carbonation.

D: So incredibly smoooth and easy to drink. This beer is incredibly fresh and kudos to Great Divide for putting out a great beer that sticks to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 16:38:17 | More by kylejohnson03
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B

A - Copper with an orange tint to it. Very nice 2-3 finger head.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops, some pine.

T - Well balanced hoppy ale.

M - Pretty darn smooth. Body felt a little thin to me.

D - There were a bunch of beers on tap otherwise I would have had a second pint. This one was very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 20:05:32 | More by DNICE555
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 6.1% abv. Bottled sept.29, 2009. Pretty fresh indeed. Pours a clear copper to orange color. Thick white, fluffy head holds together for a really long time. When it fades, there are huge sheets of lace left on the glass. A very good looker.

Citrusy and grassy hop aroma. A hint of sugary caramel malt. A bit resiny. Nice aroma, but it is not quite bursting out of the glass like I thought.

Malt character turns out to be light. Oily, citrusy, and grassy hops give off a great amount of flavor, without being overly bitter or cloying. Just enough sweetness to keep thins from being crazy. Long lingering dry, bitter finish.

Medium body, with an adequate amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable, and certainly a hop showcase here.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:00:58 | More by Bierguy5
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

saw the 22 0z bomber in my local and had to try this one did not see this one last year.. dated 092909.it poured a golden orange color with a 1" head that settled to some fine sticky lacing..the smell was grass and citrus with hops and more hops ..the taste was pines with some grass and with citrus and spice the hops are delicious with a nice caramel finish..what makes this pale ale great is the use of wet fresh hops balanced perfectly with a malt finish this is an outstanding pale ale that taste like an ipa well balanced and highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 22:00:36 | More by gatornation
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, orange body. The merangue-like foam settles slowly and leaves a thick patchwork of lace.

S - Citrus and pine hop notes with orange and cranberry. A sweet, bready background of toasted malt backs up the hops along with a hint of caramel.

T - Dry, toasted bread malt notes up front are quickly countered by resinous pine hops. Notes of lemon and juniper come out to compliment the tarry pine. Strong, solventy bitterness blows away any malt sweetness in the finish and leaves only a lingering grapefruit pith feeling on the palate with just a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I expected a very hop foreword beer, and I was not disappointed. The hop aroma is very nice and fresh, but with a malt character that is more than an afterthought. The flavor is not quite as three-dimensional, with more of an emphasis on bitterness and a gin-like pine hop flavor that almost totally crushes the malt character. A good fresh hop beer, though it could easily tolerate more malt character (especially in the flavor) and perhaps a more varied hop profile with some floral or fruity additions to augment the pine and citrus.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 08:06:35 | More by nickfl
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brow1901

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty looking beer. Great two finger rocky and fluffy head sits atop a clear light amber liquid. Really great lacing and perfect retention. I initially gave it a 4.5 but after more than half way through the beer with a thick layer of foam still sitting perfectly on top I had to give it a 5. It truly makes the beer more enjoyable having some foam in every gulp.

S- Grassy? Hell yeah its grassy, I've been hearing that about all these fresh hop beers which seem to be more popular this year than ever. This is the first beer where I could really identify it. It's really pungent, kinda burns the nostril or makes you want to sneeze. Great smelling beer!

T- Not overly bitter, but a really nice clean up front hop flavor. Real complexities show up in the hop flavor that other IPA and IIPA's lack, good balance of piney bitter hops, earthy, and sharp citrus falvors.

M- Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation and medium bodied seems to go well with this style. Nothing really sticks out to me though.

D- Great drinkability. Not too high ABV no overwhelming or palate stomping flavors. Really good beer this is, I highly recommend it but I do really love fresh hop beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:27:15 | More by brow1901
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babaracas

Florida

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

Pours a crystal clear darker amber with two finger fluffy white head, everlasting lacing. Smell: fresh cut grass, piney, spicy, and a hint of orange citrus. Taste: piney, grassy, spicy, acidic and sweet pineapple aftertaste, just enough balance from the sweetness of the pale malt, a touch of wheat tangyness. Mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, medium bodied and fluffy, juicy finish. Really nice hoppy pale ale. Enjoyed from bomber bottled 9/23/9.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:48:54 | More by babaracas
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taylocd

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle.

A - bright copper with a bit more orange tint; head was over 1/2-inch and receded slowly, with great lacing.

S - the smell didn't pack the punch I expected from a Great Divide; I picked up more of the citrusy and less of the grassy.

T - this one had a great balance for a pale ale, with ample bitterness without being overpowering

M - the weakest area for this fine beer as it felt just a bit thin.

D - Unfortunately, I only had one bottle of this one, otherwise I could have downed plenty more. It was incredibly smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:11:08 | More by taylocd
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snaotheus

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Very pretty beer -- bright golden with some amber, big pretty head and amazing lacing, nice carbonation. Smells fresh and hoppy (as befits the name) -- spicy and piney.

Taste is predominantly hops, very piney, a little citrus with a mild malty sweetness to balance (still tipped toward the hops).

Mouthfeel is great...I want to use the word "fluffy". Very drinkable. Glad I got this.

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2010
Got another one this year...still really good.

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2011
Holy crap, this thing smells unbelievable, maybe the best I've ever smelled. Still an excellent beer.

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2012
Not as impressed this year. Muted aroma, less brightness in flavor. Still not bad.

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2013 (best by 2013-12-29)
Head not so big. Label is different. Smell doesn't fill the room, but smells very good. Still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:45:10 | More by snaotheus
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely balanced, fresh and pleasing pale ale.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Retro somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design (As of today the picture on its BA profile reflects an old label and/or this one may need a new beer entry if the brew has changed in any manner since.). Short descriptive narrative noting the main ingredients and way of brewing this fresh ale. Displays date of bottling (Sep 22 2009), shows IBUs (55), and Alc. by Vol (6.1.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous white head that faces with good retention and hefty lacing.

S - Soft, even light aroma, grassy, citrusy and a tad of malt, but all very subdued.

T - Nice hoppy freshness, citrusy, a tad of grapefruit, over a good malty note.

M - Very fresh mouthfeel, smooth and with good carbonation.

D - Fantastic offer, a great brew and very quaffable.

Notes: Nice wet-fresh hop brew. Nice how it balances being a hoppy pale ale, with a noticeable freshness without giving it a sense of a jump to an IPA, which would have been fine by me but would turn it into another beast. Instead, they have accomplishes an rather nice and balanced pale ale with a very nice touch to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:40:54 | More by Daniellobo
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Buebie

Minnesota

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

I have never seen this before in MN, I think this is a newly distributed item. So I had to grab this bomber for $7

Poured into a pub glass off a semi rigerous pour. 2 inches of of white foamy head form up, slowly receding to leave a thick collar and even thicker webbings of sticky lace.
This is transparent with an amber copper color.

Aroma is all filled with hops, bitter bitter hops.
Theres a tad of grassy hay filled hops as well, plenty of pine bite and a touch of sauteed onions and peppery spice. Malt exists in the mix with a semi-sweet mixture of grains and floral hops juicing forward.

Taste up front is malt and hops, increasingly sweet into the middle. Cereal grains, huge floral hops wafting through my nostrils and returning to flavors. Pine, a touch of mint, peppercorns, aspirin, fresh cut grass and caramel corn buttered toffee.
Finishing bitter with an increasing dryness, hops linger for a good amount of time.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation with a bit of balance from a fuller body.

Yum!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:49:04 | More by Buebie
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy body with a light copper color and a big, orange-tinted head. Sheets of lacing and great retention

S- Fresh hop indeed. Big, sticky West Coast C-hops with citric and tropical aromas. Sweet, dark caramel note.

T- The taste seeks to balance the bitter of the hops with a big malt wallop of sweet potatoes and sugar.

M- Substantial body with a silky carbonation. The alcohol shows a bit too much.

D- A nearly perfect pale ale for lovers of balance and order in the beer matrix.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 01:20:15 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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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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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with bottled on date of 9/29/09...pretty damn fresh.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass a light copper hue with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that really sticks to the glass.

The aroma is classic American hops; spicy, citrusy, and slightly piney. It's more subdued than I would like.

Again, American hops dominate the taste; however, the wet hops are edgier with a grassy/leafy quality. A bit of toasty, sweet grain backs up the hops and the finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

My favorite wet-hopped beer I've tried to date. I pick up a bottle every year and it has yet to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 04:04:21 | More by bump8628
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Norfawkers

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden with no head

Smell: Sweet, citrusy

Taste: Faint.. Toasty with some hops

Mouthfeel: Bitter with initial carbonated feel. Very light

Drinkability: Overall, it's an okay beer, but the flavor is very faint. I was hoping for a slightly more hoppy flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 20:00:14 | More by Norfawkers
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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