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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,254 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 120
Gots: 40 | 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 atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Dec. 3 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head. The aroma was an abundance of citrus hops. The taste was a nice citrus hop presence in front of sweet malts. The beer was quite crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable beer, it's too bad it can't be produced year round.

atsprings, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, malt, hops, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is of caramel, hops, and a touch of pine, ends nicely bitter.

overall a lot more bitter than i would expect of a pale ale.

froghop, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, bottled on Sept 29th

Light yellow orange with large 2 fingers of off white head.

Smell was not as hoppy as I'd hoped but I also think it's over 2 months old so that may have an effect.

Smell si a bit malty up front, with a decent amount of pine like hops in the background.

Taste is nice and light, initial whoosh of malt is closely followed by a citrus and piney hop characteristic

ight to meddium mouthfeel, perfect for an APA, and drinks well

Good offering

Chelsea1905, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass (in two hits) from a 22oz bomber, bottled on September 29th, 2009.

Beautiful pale amber colour with a thick white head that hardly subsides and leaves very impressive lace. A subtle but promising nose with plenty of grapefruit and hay. By this point you know there's going to be a heavy hop profile. Slightly malty up front with a dry, bitter finish. Very little carbonation and so a bit thin as far as mouthfeel is concerned, but a very nice beer all the same. I'll buy a few more bottles of this for sure.

omnigrits, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this about the same as the bottle but it was more fun to have a "fresh hop" beer on draft. Surprisingly dark for a pale ale but the flavor is not overwhelming and the hop character is about the way it should be for an american pale. This is a very easy beer to drink and i'll have it as long as it's available.

david18, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/29/09. No abv info is given. Comes in at 55 IBUs. The artwork is different than the one shown on BA.

A-Pours a crystal clear light amber. It has a two finger off white head that fades to a nice frothy layer. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. Lots of lace is left after each sip.

S-Pine is all over the nose on this one along with some grapefruit. On the second pour the grapefruit was a little stronger. Not much malt is evident and the usual grassiness associated with a wet hop beer is lacking.

T-Like the nose, lots of pine and grapefruit. There is pale malt and a touch of sweetness midsip. There is some nice grapefruit and fresh raw hop bitterness that lingers in between sips. There is also a little sweetness in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-A great fresh hop beer. The hops are quite evident and it is not grassy like so many other wet hop beers.

I had this one a year ago on tap in Phoenix and really enjoyed it. The bottled version was just as good.

mjl21, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC into a pint glass

Pours a brassy brown that is pretty typical of the APA style, perhaps a smidge darker than the average pale ale. The small head is white and foamy, so much so that the head looked like it was the product of a nitro tap. Lacing is not happening.

A bevy of pine smells come up out of the glass. The malt aroma is faint but sweet when it shows up. This is really one-note and unimpressive. I'd love to be able to write more about it, but I can't.

At least it tastes fine. The wet hops dominate the flavor, though the lupulin flavors aren't complex. This is a very grassy beer. The strong pine from the aroma doesn't translate to much pine flavor. And it isn't floral. Its mostly just astringent and it reminds me of straight lawn grass. The pale malts do bring some biscuit background so that the grassy hops don't become unbearable.

The carbonation level is moderately high, which is a plus and it compliments the thinner body. I can't rate the drinkability of this beer highly. It just isn't good enough to want to have multiple pints of.

Ultimately, this beer drinks like an APA from a random brewpub. I wasn't impressed at all, though this is fine enough.

Reaper16, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from EBI in Saratoga NY.

Great lacing...crystal clear amber color. Decent hop odor. By no means as strong as some DIPAs are. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grassy taste with not as much citrus as I would have thought, though it is in there. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste as this one is still young (9/29/2009 bottling).

Not my favorite style, could be more accessible once the bitterness fades. Despite that, drinkability is good, making this a good candidate for a summer session ale.

bminor7, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small tan head. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass. Taste is malty sweet up front, with a earthy grassy bitterness in the middle, and a hint of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is great, a refreshing pale ale with a pleasant hop character.

tronester, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of racer2k
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a 20oz glass

A: Copper color that is very clean and pours a very foamy thick head about three fingers thick. The beer leaves a nice lacing ring around my glass.

S: Moderate hops that are extremely fresh and give off an earthy, piney, resiny aroma.

T: I would classify this as a strong Pale Ale or Lighter IPA which has a moderate fresh hop flavor and nice malty back end finish. The hops are not as aggressive as a typical IPA but perhaps a bit more so than your standard Pale Ale.

M: Medium body as the fresh hops fill you up nicely. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I purchased more than the (2) bombers. This was a very nice interpretation of the emerging fresh hop ale beer style which means that the hops are freshly picked and thrown into the kettle without any kiln drying providing a very robust earthy hop flavor compared to traditional hopped beers that use dry hops.

racer2k, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden/copper color with two fingers of off-white, frothy head. Great retention and leaves a bunch of sticky lacing behind.

S - The wet hops jump out with a citric, grassy aroma. Slight malt hiding in the background. I really like the hop character in the aroma on this one

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale. Citric, herbal, grassy goodness hits the tongue right away, leading into a bit of toasty malt to balance it out. Finish is crisp and fairly bitter and leaves some resiny grassy and pine notes into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a lively carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this brew a lot. Full of great fresh hop flavors. A relatively aggressive and delicious take on the pale ale.

GarrisWH, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber color with a large white foamy head. Lots of grass and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is also dominated by the grassy and citrus flavors of the hops with some pine coming through as well. The malt is there but the hops are clearly the star of the show. It wasn't bad by any means but I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other Fresh hop & IPA's I had this weekend. It had too much of the grassy flavor for me.

billab914, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully brassy pour into a pint glass with a slight white cap. The carbonation is average. The orange peel and piney notes are arranged nicely. The smooth and clean hop flavors linger nicely on the pallet. This APA is not too big, but more of a mellow representation of the style, nicely backed up with mellow tactile attributes. The aromas are complimentary of the hop flavors and in turn are complimented by the stickiness of the mouthfeel. This example of AIPA is a great winter warmer or summer refresher.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of pourmeup
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.

pourmeup, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
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!

Blitzstyle, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of scoobybrew
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.

scoobybrew, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of BillyBroas
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.

BillyBroas, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of THORN
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.

THORN, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
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.

Dotcubed, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
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.

Martin2D, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
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.

GeezLynn, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
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.

OatmattStout, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
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)

unclejimbay, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
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.

kylejohnson03, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
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.

DNICE555, Nov 02, 2009
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.