Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Aah, the ever illusive Fresh Hop Ale. Even a few trips to Denver never afforded me the opportunity to drink this well famed beer.
Begins promising enough with a deep golden, lightly amber color, very well headed and retains equally as well.
Fresh aromas of citrus, pine, and crisp maltiness jump right out immediately. Obviously a lot going on in the hop profile which easily dominated any malt or yeast character.
Flavors are almost all American, citrus hops focusing on grapefruit, orange rinds, and a lot of other citrus character. Fresh and somewhat floral and perfumy at times as well. The malts struggle to balance the beer, but adds little sweetness and a fair amount of caramel, bready maltiness to balance. No estery fruitiness or phenolic character, making this beer purely and simply all about the hops.
The body is relativel light due to the well attenuated malt character, dryness of the hops, and soft carbonation that lifts the beer off the toung--making the beer very drinkable and enjoyable. Though the hop dryness is presant, the beer has a juicy, mouthwatering quality that is rarely found in such dry beers.
Fresh is definately the key to the beer. A complete joy to drink. Sessionable for any time of the year. Why is it rotational only? Thanks for sharing Gary, I wouldn't have done it.
12-05-2008 14:42:54 | More by BEERchitect
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours a nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste that begs you to come back for more.
11-21-2006 00:09:05 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -2%
Single finger head with nice lacing on a golden with amber tones hazy body. This one is very aromatous, with citrus mostly pineapple with hops and a subtle pine note. The taste is a bit of a let down. Mostly a musty hop flavor withe a soapy finish. Actually a little plain. Maybe I was expecting too much from a pale ale. Very drinkable and smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
02-15-2012 03:42:21 | More by kylehay2004
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
4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
A nice offering found here in Greensboro,poured a rich copper with a fluffy 2 finger head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles.The label says whole hop cones are shipped wet overnight to Denver to be brewed the very next day after being shipped and let me tell ya the aroma of this baby shows it.Intense grassy,piney,resiny goodness smacks you in the face and the aromas just continue to linger well after being poured.The big dose of fresh hops are not overpowering in this brew yeah its big and resiny but there is a sweet caramel malt backbone that holds up extremely well.At 55 IBU's its not insanely bitter but the freshness of the hops makes it immensley flavorful,I will be getting more of this very very soon for sure.
10-28-2005 22:43:59 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.
The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, lemon zest, light caramel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more biscuit and some light celery (or some form of cellulose, anyway) in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not wholly distinctive, fresh hop brew. Good times.
11-09-2011 03:53:09 | More by TMoney2591
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
Review from notes, consumed Dec. 23rd. 22 oz. bottle.
Pours with a huge four finger head and sticky lace at the edges. It's a deep orange color, with plenty of visible carbonation and ok head retention. Slightly funky yeast aroma, malt sweetness, and a vague grassy quality. Not the fresh hop character I was hoping for. Sweet malty butterscotch taste, mildly bitter with some earthy, aspirin-like hops in the aftertaste. Creamy texture from mild carbonation, and sort of filling. One bomber is drinkable, but it's slightly too heavy for a session. Overall it reminded me more of SNPA than a wet-hopped ale, probably won't revisit unless it was fresh on tap...
12-27-2008 01:07:48 | More by emerge077
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
A- Amber color with a long lasting one-finger head. Leaves nice lacing.
S - Hops hops and more hops.
T - Grassy and hoppy with a hint of citrus. Also, a little malt flavor.
M - Crisp and dry. Medium-bodied.
S - A very good APA. The fresh hops make it quite good.
11-25-2006 02:38:24 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Nose is reaching out to me even as I pour. Just getting it anywhere in the vicinity of my nose is giving me something. Upon close review, it is - surprise - very strong with the hops and that expected pine-like fragrance. Flavor is a strong, bitter hop influenced ride. A hopheads liquid paradise. Feel is thick from the high amount of hops and it holds a decent carbonation. Even though it is so pungent with the hops, it is still extremely drinkable.
12-30-2007 13:19:00 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
02-04-2006 05:46:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
Appearance: Copper amber body with a fine bubbled off white cream head leaves wide bands of lacing evenly down my Duvel chalice as the head floats above the rim. Aroma: Great pine cone and citrus hop aromatics also packs some floral tones mixed with a sugary slightly fruit malt base that pair well with the grassiness of the hop additions. Taste: Hop bitterness very welcoming grapefruit and grassy hop flavors are streaking across the palate semi sweet bready notes help balance finishes with a touch of caramelized citrus peels that reminds me of well done Orange chicken from a chinese restaurant. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slight oily texture from the lucious loads of wet hops used may be the best pale ale I've tasted yet. Drinkability: 22oz. is effortless loads of flavor very refreshing brew, Great Divide has found a friend in the hop.
12-10-2005 14:25:04 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date.
Clear and beery appearance of amber color and bubbles, lacing on the glass is extraordinary. Smells of fresh mint, wild herbs and soft pine with some bread crust in the back. Creamy medium body. With no warning the taste buds get smacked with a heavy hammer of hop character. Yeah, this is a very hoppy beer. As for the bitterness, yes ... The bitterness is there but the flavor clearly dominates. Lots of spice, orange rind, tobacco, hemp, pine, mint and leafiness from the hop flavor. Hint of lightly toasted malt and alcohol middle to end. Finishes hoppy as well, a little raw but very flavorful.
I'm certain to get my hop fix here. Exceptional.
10-26-2010 00:44:01 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
From a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a nice clear copper with a medium sized lather of off-white foam that stuck around and left some rather fantastic lacing. Aroma seems subdued at first but as it warms, some great tones of grassy, lemony fresh hops and a somewhat spicy smelling earthy maltiness come through.
The taste is just as advertised. An abundance of fresh, piney hop character with a nice dollop of lemon and grapefruit for good measure with bitterness that lasts the whole way through. A subtle undercurrent of sweet caramel maltiness seems to somehow glide under all that hop explosiveness. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp and feels oh so right.
Great Divide comes through again with this years batch of Fresh Hop. Bold hop character and a medium ABV make this easy drinking for not only Hop Heads but also lovers of fresh tasting APAs in general.
11-06-2007 02:38:43 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a honey-hued bronze with loads of effervescence & 3+ fingers pillowy pearl-colored head. Superior head retention & lacing
S: Grapefruitty & metallic hops, plus some breadyness as this warms up.
T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops, slight honey notes & bit of cakeyness up front. As this warms, I get bready notes, caramel & then more grapefruitty hops. Finishes with a bit of boozey warmth, grapefruitty + lemony hops, & dry bready notes
MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, & very good balance
Drinks easy, not as impressed as the last 2 vintages, but nothing to sneeze at, one to look forward to every harvest!
10-25-2007 04:56:56 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Beautiful crimson/copper color, clear, with ample froth atop....very nice.
Nose is super-fresh hops, dripping with resins and oils, vibrant, floral, akin to rolling in the dirt of a pine forest in springtime. Can't tell you what hops they are, but they are shining bright, and screaming loud.
Taste: fresh, again, alive, and fairly forward with the hops, though they fade soon after boarding the palate. With each new meeting on the mouth, they storm the tongue anew, very alert and lively. Tas-tee!!
Medium-bodied, nicely textured, excellent balance (no, this is no punishingly hoppy beer, this has proper malt base, does not shred the senses with bitterness), long, fruity, moderately bitter finish.
Another very well-done beer in the Great Divide bomber series. And a fine example of the "style", such as it is...
11-03-2005 05:26:52 | More by feloniousmonk
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
At the time of my review the #3 APA on beeradvocate, served on tap at a local beer bar. Here we go! Beer is light amber and clear with a nice head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears low.
Aroma is pretty hop forward overall, nice.
Beer is piny in the mid palate, midly sweet on the onset but that is not distracting from the moderate bitterness at the back. Its well put together with good palate connectivity. The finish is nice. Overall its a medium bodied APA with a wet finish. The hop resin stays in your mouth for a minute but there's no after taste. Its a nice hot day beer.
11-20-2010 00:42:19 | More by drabmuh
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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