Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
10-30-2009 08:06:35 | More by nickfl
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
10-30-2009 03:27:15 | More by brow1901
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
10-30-2009 02:48:54 | More by babaracas
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
10-27-2009 01:11:08 | More by taylocd
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
Got another one this year...still really good.
Holy crap, this thing smells unbelievable, maybe the best I've ever smelled. Still an excellent beer.
Not as impressed this year. Muted aroma, less brightness in flavor. Still not bad.
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.
10-27-2009 00:45:10 | More by snaotheus
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
10-27-2009 00:40:54 | More by Daniellobo
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
10-26-2009 23:49:04 | More by Buebie
4.53/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-21-2009 01:20:15 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
10-18-2009 04:58:55 | More by spratmi
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-17-2009 04:04:21 | More by bump8628
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
10-13-2009 20:00:14 | More by Norfawkers
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Saw this for the first time today and decided to pick it up. I'm a big fan of Great Divide, so my hopes are pretty high going in.
The appearance is very nice. Exceptionally crisp, clear and clean looking beer. The head is about the width of two fingers and dissipates down to a frothy covering leaving some lacing.
The smell is very balanced and clean. Nice pine hop flavor with a distinct sweet malt presence in the background that gives it lots of character but really lets the clean pine scent of the hops shine. Overall the bouquet is very balanced and 'fresh'.
Taste is good, with the hops obviously dominating. Very big hop flavor as well as bitterness. The bitterness comes in shortly after the grassy and pine flavor, lingering long into the aftertaste. The malt, however does occupy a distinct and important role, giving a supportive balance and character.
Overall, another great showing from Great Divide.
10-11-2009 01:21:27 | More by ClevoPiwo
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottled 9/22/09. Doesn't get much fresher!
Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a nice pale golden orange color with great clarity, especially for a hoppy ale. The head is thick and sticky. It settles slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet and citrusy and definately lives up to its name. It has a great fresh hop aroma not unlike opening a bag of hops on brewing day.
Flavor is obviously big on hops with lots of bitterness. It has a surprising UK quality that reminds me of an English pale ale. The hops aren't big on citrus like west coast versions and lacks the pine and grapefruit too. More of a grassy/earthy flavor but pleasant nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness but not completely out of balance. The malts contribute just enough sweetness.
Overall a very good APA but not one of my favorites. Not my prefered hop profile and a little pricy.
10-11-2009 00:26:42 | More by GilGarp
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap at Great Divide, served in a pint glass.
A - Clear copper-amber color with a creamy white head and good lacing.
S - Very fresh citrus and floral hops as well as caramel malt on the aroma.
T - Caramel malt and fresh, crisp citrus and floral hops, as well as a little grass and earth. Tasty.
M/D - Finish is clean, and body and carbonation level are medium. Some lingering hop resins on the palate. Drinkability is high.
10-01-2009 22:01:32 | More by nickd717
4/5 rDev -2%
On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.
A: Deep amber, with nice clarity and mild carbonation. A soapy cream tinged cap has strong beginnings, good retention and leaves a goodly amount of lace.
S: Citrus, pepper and pine dominate. There are some toffee notes in the background, but the focus is placed squarely on the hops.
T: Bittersweet toffee starts things out. A moderate bitterness comes on fast. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit, pepper and pine intermingle nicely; with no one flavor overpowering the others. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness.
M: The medium body is oily and slick. Carbonation feels about right.
D: Overall, this is a very nice APA. The hops add a lot of flavor without making the beer a hop bomb. A very nice effort from Great Divide.
09-25-2009 21:20:08 | More by Rayek
4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
Had this one at home 750ml bottle
Appearance was an cloudy orange amber with lots of white head. The beer retains head well with lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. piStons starts with pine hops and ends with malt and caramel.
It is very hoppy on the tongue, malt and caramel cone to play as well. Mouthfeel has a hop sting and bitterness otherwise quite light. I like this beer it is what a pale should be.
09-12-2009 18:10:09 | More by ImusBeer
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz. Poured a brilliant, transparent copper color with a huge rocky head - ivory in color - good retention and leaves a foam slick atop the ale once finally dissipated. Spotty lacing covers the glass all the way down. Aromas are bold - toasted grains, toffee, citrus, and caramel. Tastes are full of character and complexity consisting of biscuity malt, toffee, overtones of citric grapefruit, slight orange, fresh piny hop that slicks the palate wonderfully with hop resins. Finishes slightly bitter with pine and a hint of white pepper prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium, but coats the palate well with low carbonation. Overall, this one grew on me - if it were a 12oz I don't think the additive effect of the hop bitterness would have jumped out at me the way it did during the 2nd half of the bottle. Excellent take on a fresh hop ale.
09-01-2009 02:38:55 | More by barnzy78
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
A- Clear pale copper color with a large off white head. Head is fluffy, land lasting, and sticky. Leaves lots of lace on the glass.
S- Sweet grapefruit, pine hops, and pineapple. Not overpowering very nice nose.
T- Nice mellow hops from beginning to end. The interplay between bitter and sweet is interesting and well balanced. Dry and somewhat bitter final note.
M- Medium in body, a little viscous, but not syrupy. Carbonation is spot on. There is a little hop oil residue present at the finish, not unpleasant though.
D- Pretty easy to drink at 6.1% ABV. Not too extreme in taste either.
Nice well balanced APA. Just enough hops to make it interesting.
08-24-2009 06:10:18 | More by ToddT
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
This beer poured a clear copper color witha one finger of thick rocky head to it, leaving ample lacing along the glass on the way down. Nose is of some pale malts, floral and piney hops. Taste is somewhat muted. For a pale ale, close to spot on, but with the Fresh hop billing, hop presence should have been more prevalent. Hops are indeed fresh upfront - floral and citrus goodness, and then the beer falls flat, somewhere in the middle the taste just drops and isn't balanced well. Medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp clean feel to the beer.
08-16-2009 15:14:50 | More by Jayli
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Transparent bright copper liquid with an ample amount of rocky ecru foam that hugs the pint. Nose is hyper-fresh hops, screaming into a crescendo of vibrant floral, pine, grass and citrus notes. Bright hop flavors of pine, apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit rind, attacks the tongue but a swift, sweet maltiness balances out the ale. Finishes fairly dry without being overly sweet or full on the palate. Forget your malt-bomb or pumpkin ale this Fall season, rejoice in this fresh lupulin lovefest.
08-01-2009 06:48:56 | More by brandoneast
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Slightly hazed honey apricot color with streams of fine bubbles rising up and a firm cap of dimpled foam that lingers.
Aroma of cinnamon and honey, some corn and toffee, plus subtle floral notes.
Biscuity malt flavors with mild floral and grassy hops, slightly metallic finish, tastes a bit stale. Mild bitterness, a piney bitter lingers.
Full and rich and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying.
Low drinkability, this may be an old bottle. Unfortunately it's not dated. I'll hunt down another and edit this review.
07-31-2009 23:42:53 | More by far333
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, caramel-hued body with a smallish, frothed, white head. Slight speckling of lace on the way down.
Smell: Pleasing, vibrant aroma of fresh-cut grasses, sliced pink grapefruits, and processed pine wood planks, all interspersed with rich, toasty caramel notes.
Taste: Pale and caramel maltiness with a meager handful of toasted bread crusts and sweet tastes of brown sugar and caramelized sugars, though, it's brief and sets up a nice launch pad to catapult the hops. Grassy, earthy, pine blossoms, citrusy (even citric) with a moderate amount of hop bitterness -- it's bold and assertive without becoming overbearing, instead maintaining a constant balance with the malts. A touch of acidity. As is the norm for me, the back half is predominately bitter, though the malts really do their best to counter-assault the hops. Finishes dry and bittersweet with the malts and hops still duking it out in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A nice treat! Paired well the Pinback tune "Offline P.K." and "Soaked". The beer presented a more than sturdy malt base and plenty of hop flavor and bitterness without the ponderous, heavy DIPA body and subsequent, downright bothersome alcohol content, which keeps this brew surprisingly drinkable. Of note, however, is the fact that though the Great Divide's Espresso Yeti and Saison I recently purchased had "bottled on" dates, the Fresh Hop Pale Ale is curiously missing it, though it is of the new label styling. Still though, it's one I cheerfully recommend.
06-03-2009 23:25:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
poured from a bomber to my GDBC pint glass: forms a two finger, rocky head that falls back to a small layer of foam. the body is rather clear and light amber. lacing is present but not crazy amounts.
the smell is nice, even this late in the year. i'd had it when it came out at first and it was super grassy and hops. that has faded now, leaving some grassy smells, but more of the hoppy citrus aromas now.
man this tastes nice. there is plenty of hops taste (citrus and a touch of pine) and even a bit of malt backbone showing through. again, this has changed over time, but it's still a really nice enjoyable fresh tasting pale ale.
not too fizzy on this one. somewhat slick in the mouth.
the bomber is a perfect size for this one. you know you'll want more than just one pint, but more than two might be overload!
04-28-2009 00:33:21 | More by beerorRIP
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from bomber into Stella glass.
A: Huge pillowy head followed by wonderful lacing, rich golden hue. Wonderful looking brew.
S: Not as strong as I thought it would be but still very nice grassy hoppy tones on the nose. Solid.
T & M: What a nicely balanced brew, the fresh hops almost take this to an IPA letter of bitterness but not quite. Nicely bodied with a just slightly creamy mouthfeel, finish has nice citrus and flowery tones.
D: Highly drinkable, Great Divide has yet to disappoint. Without a doubt I will be having this again.
04-26-2009 01:57:51 | More by elniko
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance - Slightly hazy and light brown.
Smell - True to its name, it has a nice hop scent.
Taste - Again, the name really describes the taste. You instantly taste the bitterness of the hops as soon as it hits your mouth and continues all the way through the aftertaste. To contrast, this is different from what I would consider an aged beer that is more mellow and allows the flavors to develop.
Mouthfeel - Average carbonation adds to the bite that the hops give.
Drinkability - Pretty good. This is an excellent beer for hop heads. The flavor hits hard and lingers around a little. Then you want to take another sip to get that jolt again.
04-17-2009 19:52:56 | More by fostwal
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.