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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
92
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1,414 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 129
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of rapidsequence
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. I think it was $6.99 from Ned's.

Appearance: Its a nice, clear, orange amber with a big fluffy head, good retention and lacing. Looks very much like a SNPA.

Smell: Herbal, very green. Fresh cut grass, pine. Some grapefruit. A little caramel malt kiss.

Taste: Quite bitter. Again grass, pine, and citrus pith. There's some malty sweetness, but bitterness wins, by a mile.

Mouthfeel: Its clean and crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation so that it is just slightly creamy. Resiny mouthfeel with the bitter finish.

Overall: Overall. Its a good pale ale, and the wet hopping is a tasty, aromatic touch. Its a bit too bitter and unbalanced to get higher scores.

rapidsequence, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Swim424
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a palm glass.

A- not much head due to i drank part of it then recapped it. this is the second half. very clean color. i would describe it as a see through copper.

S-floral. smells like fresh pine. very clean and crisp. hint of malt with overpowering hops.

T-taste is mostly hops. not very bitter hops very flavorful fresh hops. some carbonation. a little malt mostly over powered by the hops though. very crisp though

MF- leaves a little hoppy residue. fairly pleasant though.

O- this is a really good beer. i would highly recommend this to anyone who likes hops. this is only the second fresh hop beer i have had and they have both been very good. this one might be the better of the two.

Swim424, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear copper color from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Date of bottling and ABV were clearly marked on the label.
Massive two finger head that dissipated slowly to a thin film. Good head retention.
The moment the bottle was cracked open the hop aroma was evident. Floral, piney, citrus (grapefruit) hop aroma dominates.
Slowly with time, hints of biscuity malt aroma makes its presence felt.
Taste, similar to the aroma is all hops upfront. Felt like I was actually chewing on the hop leaves, very grassy. Perfect hop-goodness that is balanced perfectly with just the right amount of malt backbone. One of the most flavorful hop-bomb.
Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass with good carbonation. This ale is a treat for all senses, and to me it is almost bordering to an IPA.
Another winner from Great Divide, and a definite 'must-try' for every hop head. Highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, lasting head and pretty good lacing.
Piney herbal hops in the nose.
Crisp pine, minty and refreshing. A light bitterness. This is a clean and bright beer showcasing the flavors hops bring to a beer without big bitterness.
Great carbonation, medium bodied.
A great beer. I could drink this all day during the fall. Gotta love fresh hop season!

dbmernin83, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of coachdonovan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Sept 30. Probably don't need a tulip for this, but I don't want to miss any aromas. After letting this warm up for about 30 minutes, I see a towering head that leaves intricate, almost symmetrical, lacing. The third and final pour from the bottle leaves a more resilient head that sticks around until the last drop. The beer is a perfectly clear orange-ish copper.

Aroma and taste are straight citric hops; there is nearly a complete absence of malt sweetness and yet my palate isn't torched. I've had other harvest APAs that have a heavier hand with caramel/chocolate malts but that's clearly not what GD was going for here. It's extremely light and refreshing without those malts or higher ABV to weigh it down, but it's not overpowering either.

I might have preferred a bit more sweetness for balance, but after spending most of the last six weeks ODing on marzen, this beer is pretty damn close to what I was looking for. It's a great representation of the fresh hop style.

coachdonovan, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown pour with a big white pour. A ton of sticky lacing and a nice cap remains atop the beer after a while.

S: A baseline of caramel malts hold up for a load of citrus and grassy hops. The Pale Ale over IPA of this Fresh Hop version is showing.

T: The taste follows the smell perfectly. The hops start off with citrus, and blend into some caramel malts, followed by the grassy, dry hop finish.

MF: Light, dry, crisp

O: I guess because Founders Harvest Ale is an IPA, I should expect it to be a bit more hoppy than this, but overall I liked Founders better. More hops, tastier, and more drinkable. This was good, but not great.

russwbeck, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a hazed golden color with bright yellow hues. Thick white head rests on top, slowly dissolving into some retained film and layers of ringed lacing all over the glass.

Piny, spicy hop oils in the nose with splashes of grapefruit and citrus. Lighter toasted malt notes with continuing bitterness.

Super hoppy and bitter up front with oily and resiny hops. Pine and grapefruit notes with some softer orange sweetness and pith. Lighter malt backbone with some toasted notes and faint sweetness. Finishes with another kick of juicy hop resin, very little alcohol presence.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and oily on the tongue. I'm a huge fan of wet hopped beers, and Great Divide's is one of my favorites. Excellent.

xnicknj, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this very fresh wet hopped beer out in New Jersey. We don't get a lot of wet hopped beer, and I jumped at the opportunity to pick up this bottle.

This beer is a beautiful coppery color. The head is fluffy, and the lacing it leaves is really pretty on the glass.

It smells and tastes great. You get the grassiness in both, but there isn't any funk.

This is a light, hoppy beer. This was a great experience. Thank you to Great Divide for making it.

ummswimmin, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a one finger off white head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Very hoppy but with a malt backbone as well. Citrus/pine hops and loads of grass dominate the nose.

Taste starts off with some citrus and rounds quickly into a dank grassy bitterness. Not terribly complex and the aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant.

Medium mouthfeel and carb

Eh not one of my favorites. The grassy fresh hops overpowers most subtle flavors and it ends up kind of one note.

jmarsh123, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don’t want to say you can’t go wrong with wet hopped beers—because that’s certainly not the case—but when they’re good, they’re good. I try ‘em every chance I get.

Poured with a hearty finger of billowy foam sitting atop a gloriously golden-amber straw colored beer. There’s a splendid hoppy aroma that’s at once delicate yet pronounced. Some pine. Wonderful, wonderful flavor. Light, sweet, piney finish. Resiny, but just a touch. Delicious.

elNopalero, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours light gold into my snifter with almost three fingers of white head, moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Full of hops, big fresh citrus, grapefruit/orange and grassy/pine, with a sweet malt balance.

T - Hops are prominent but not overbearing, light malt backbone allows hops to really shine through. So fresh and tasty with a mild bitterness throughout.

M - Medium body, oily and creamy, really coats the palate.

O - This really was fantastic in my opinion, light and crisp with fresh hops and a great balance, new favorite pale ale.

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are very fresh and "green". You get a lot of grass, floral notes, steamed leafy greens, slight pine, and some caramel malts. The flavors are very light and clean. You get a moderate amount of fresh hops with a nice malt backbone and slightly bitter finish. Again it's kind of an earthy hoppiness. The lighter body does this one some favors and make it more and more drinkable. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop pale and definitely worth trying.

aasher, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a totally,translucent orangish,amber with 2 fingers of dense,lasting,dull white foam that left gorgeous rings of lacing.

S-Lots of tangy grapefruit,floral hops,pine,orange juice concentrate,a sweet punchiness similar to a Peach Jolly Rancher and a touch of toffee malt and cracker malts.

T-More big citrus and stonefruit.Jammy,fruit juice sweetness,earthy/slightly grassy hops and caramel malt.Very nice and bright with some definite Simcoe qualities in there.

M-Tangy,bright and dry with a good balance of sweet,earthy and tart flavors.

O-Real nice Fresh Hop ale that I've passed over numerous times because of freshness issues.I was very pleased to find a fresh one.Didn't disappoint.

StlHopHead77, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of osusullins
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a light white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is very much citrus hop. Grapefruit with subtle pine resin.

Taste is very nice. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor with lots of malty balance. Hops are very nicely represented. You could tell me this is an IPA and I wouldn't argue. Very crisp and light. Perfect carbonation. The hops linger long after you finish. Just lovely.

osusullins, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 9/28/11) poured into a tulip. Gorgeous glowing orange color with a tight, thick 2-finger off-white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is tropical citrus & pine. Yet another great-smelling fresh hop ale.

Taste is a little lighter and milder than an IPA. Still has that nice crisp hop bite, but it's balanced by the pale malt. I'm thinking Great Divide made the fresh hops go a little further by making this an APA rather than an IPA. Still really good, refreshing, but not as hoppy as the nose suggests.

Overall a really good beer. There are other fresh hop beers I've liked more, but this one is solid and very drinkable.

draheim, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of CONOR8832
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber colored into the glass with a nice fluffy white head, left some great lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for, it probably has to do with the fresh wet hops that they use but its aromoa is extremely grassy with a ripe great fruit scent that almost makes you think you are about to drink an IPA. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the smell. Very fresh taste, crisp taste, great hop to malt balance. Leaves a nice hop coating on the palate, I had a hard time convensing myself that this is a pale ale not an IPA. Great beer for hop heads, to put it in a nut shell if you could take the breaking of fresh celery stalks and put a flavor and feel to that sound that is what this beer is. I wish it was a year round brew but I guess I will just have to stock up on it.

CONOR8832, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011. The menu has 'October 18' in parenthesis after the name of the beer...presumably the tap date?

A: A stark white finger of head. Clear golden amber. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful! Piney notes, perhaps from Cascade hops. Strong and superlative. Some grapefruit notes.

T: Mmmm, fan-freaking-tastic. The perfect pale ale? Refreshing, hoppy, and full-bodied without being oppressive. Light and pleasant. The aftertaste is hoppy and lightly dry.

M: Carbonated. Light and smooth.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. I will definitely have again...maybe tonight.

AgentMunky, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. No bottling info even though there is a spot on the label for it. Saw other reviews that had a date so guessing this batch got missed for some reason? Just hit the market here so still pretty fresh. It was a clear light copper color with plenty of carb streams. It had a 2 finger foamy, white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent with pine resin and plenty of citric hops alongside it. Not a hop bomb aroma since an APA and not an IPA - just great hop aroma without overdoing it. The taste was also excellent and again feature the resin battling with the citric hops for dominance. Just a little sweet in there to balance it out a little. Moderate bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend especially if you can get fresh. I missed this one the last couple seasons so was very excited when I was able to get a couple this year. Really loved the aroma and taste on this one. Very smooth. Avail here in TX - limited release seasonal. Rotation - got one more that I'll drink while super fresh and see if I can get on-tap this weekend. Definitely going to seek several bottles each year. [H;Y]

TexIndy, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of quirkzoo
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept. 29th, de-bottled Oct. 21st.

Pours a hazy bright orange with a good two fingers of off white head. Boom! Aroma is pure hops. I homebrew and it smells exactly like when you open a bag of whole leaf hops. Really grassy (but in a fresh, complex, vegetal, lightly green way, not in a bad old musty hops way). A little bit of hop citrus on the nose but it is definitely 80% grassy notes. Taste is more of the same. The bitterness is really quite mild as compared to the strong hop flavor. The flavor of the hops really opens up on the palate and I started to get more herbal (mint, chives...) flavors. Malt is present but only as a stage for the hops. Mouthfeel was smooth but nothing amazing. Overall this beer accentuates the fresh hop flavors and gives you something a little different than your basic APA, but not quite the strong bitterness of an IPA. Definitely worth seeking out.

quirkzoo, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

rab53, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the better fresh hop pales i've had this year. pours a sappy golden color with a lively head. nose is awesome, fresh west drippy oily hops all the way, but not bitter or sharp at all. taste is more balanced up front than anticipated, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. the hop kick comes late, and it just slips in and out, crafty and patient, but a measure less than subtle. delicious brew, perfect out back after a good raking of the yard!

StonedTrippin, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very vibrant amber color. Transparent hue. Dense off-white head. Head is compact but still stands quite high and retains. Head leaves some lighter clumps of lacing on the glass.

S-This is exactly what I wanted in the nose. Big, super fresh, hoppy nose. Heaps of citrus. Orange, grapefruit, and even some other more tropical fruits. Also hints of grass and pine. Malt is sweet but subdued when compared to the hops. Smells great.

T-This is delicious. Incredibly grassy. Tastes very ripe and fresh. Citrus rind and pine hops match the grass. Bready malt and caramel malt sweetness too. Taste matches the name "Fresh Hop". I am really enjoying the flavor here. Lightly bitter.

M-Awesome feel. Medium bodied. Carbonation massages the palate. A bit resiny. Light bitter aftertaste.

O/D-I was expecting this to be good, but I am surprised by how much I like this. I love the hop profile here. Oh so drinkable. Smooth and flavorful. I would like to say that I wish this beer was year-round. But I prefer it once a year because now I have a hoppy Fall offering to really look forward too.

VelvetExtract, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma is full of papaya, orange and orange, with some biscuit malt. The tropical fruit hop aroma is very fresh and dominates the smell. Very nice. The flavor also features a lot of tropical fruit. I get some nice pineapple and papaya notes, with a low amount of bitterness. The biscuit malt is also present, but it takes a back seat to the fresh hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium, soft mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Oct 3rd, 2011 - Consumed Oct 19th, 2011

A: Nice clear light golden amber with a thick creamy white head that laces the glass very nicely and stays around throughout the beer

S: Wonderful citrus and grass hop aroma coming off the top. Very clean hop aroma.

T: Delicious light malt body that provide backbone to the beer but do not over power and allows for the hop flavors to hit the palette. The ending bitterness is very well balanced and not overly done. It leaves a really bitter grassy hop aftertaste that lingers

M: Light-to-medium body that has excellent carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel

codsmith, Oct 20, 2011
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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