Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
I had this on tap at Quick six Mt Rose Avenue -served in a tumbler
A beautiful semi hazed golden amber w/ thick creamy cap of ecru, the lace clings very well. The smell is sweet herbal hops with a slight lemony note, very faint grassy edge w/ generally fragrant somewhat floral in nature. The feel is excellent it is moderately bitter -perfect for the style, lots of resinous texture with medium carbonation and mild sweetness with a slightly creamy element.
The Fresh Hop pale has a nice light toasted malt flavor w/ herbal lemony tinges and mild slight floral quality from the hops. The flavor is subtle with citrus bitterness and the gentle caramel malt provides a great backdrop to the wet hop goodness. The finish is semidry and keeps you coming back - the drinkability is very high, one of the best fresh or wet-hop beers out there. I was glad I got a taste, but the keg blew so no repeats. The bottle I had was good, but trying this on tap was great. This sample was incredibly fresh and tasty!
12-17-2010 18:02:51 | More by Slatetank
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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!
10-21-2011 04:01:43 | More by StonedTrippin
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and complex malt scent that is comprised of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts. It has a nice bisquity aroma that balances well with the hops. The hop aroma is very nice. It has a grassy hop scent that is bitter and rich, but not over the top. The taste is great. It has a well balanced attack of malt and hops. It has a light crystal and bisquit malt flavor along with a bitter, citrus hop finish. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. It has tremendous mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a near perfect beer. I like everything about it. Just another great beer from Great Divide.
01-19-2006 02:03:30 | More by WesWes
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Handsome amber in the glass with a touch of burnt orange. Nice lacing and pleasantly carbonated.
Flavor and mouthfeel are more like a DIPA. Big and rich with malt. Tangy and winey. The hops are resiny and aromatic, but not as bitter as you might expect in a Pale Ale. Sweet and malty on the tongue, but it dries out in the aftertaste. A great mouthful of flavor and a bigger, better brew than most APAs.
On tap at Zero One in San Angelo, Texas [Transcribed notes from 11/13/2012 tasting].
03-13-2013 04:56:44 | More by mactrail
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-20-2011 01:54:04 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC.
a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of fresh citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts.
t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, and tropical fruit. Lots of bitterness up front in the taste.
m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.
d - A very drinkable, enjoyable APA. At 6.1% I felt I could drink a few of them, and I enjoyed the pine and citrus hops in the smell. Would order again.
11-26-2010 21:37:37 | More by mdfb79
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours slightly hazed orange/amber with a fairly thick head that descends to a lasting cover.
The smell is grassy, piney, citrusy.
The taste is of slight sweetness soon overtaken by oily, fresh hops. Fresh-cut grass, pine and orange citrus run the show. Sweet malt lies underneath to keep it all together and balanced. The fresh leafy, piney, citrusy hops seem just ripened. Medium bodied. Pushes the hop limits of an APA - could be confused for an IPA.
Fresh, tasty, crisp and very smooth. If you like hoppy pale ales - this one's for you!
12-28-2006 18:54:11 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
This beer is a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper color; it is well carbonated and forms a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is enticingly hoppy with a resinous aroma of grapefruit, apricots, tangerine and a bit of pine and grassy notes. The aroma is quite nice with a serious sticky hop presence. The beer is fairly dry, but the malt in combination with the hops gives this beer a sticky sweet citrus character without being overly sweet or full on the palate. The flavor has solid notes of resinous pine as well as an equal amount of citrus and fruit; like grapefruit, apricot and peach.
The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, which does not particularly linger too long. The finish is quite smooth, it really just begs for taking another sip. The overall hoppiness and carbonation of this brew gives it a peppery bite as the beer sits in my mouth. This beer is really quite nice, perhaps the most flavorful Pale Ale I have ever had. The fresh, vibrant hop character is really nice and this beer is still fairly smooth without that intense grassy character I have had in other fresh hop beers.
10-22-2005 04:54:15 | More by Gueuzedude
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Slightly hazy with an orange-amber color. Steady head that remains throughout the tasting. Lace is left as a ring after each sip.
Excellent fresh malt flavor with an aromatic flowery hop background. Attractive.
Strong peppery hop flavor. The only demerit comes from the thin body. The carbonation is okay. Spicy aftertaste that lasts a long time.
This is one of GD's best beers.
10-24-2012 16:42:31 | More by smcolw
3.33/5 rDev -18.4%
22 oz. bomber, good to see another GD beer in the Southland,
A: Pours a clear copper with a mild white head, which leaves some surprisingly good lacing.
S: Earthy pine with some lemon, raw and rustic.
T: Bitter grapefruit with a lot of lemon. Hint of ethanol on the back end with a lot of cedar oil. Nice, if not particularly expressive.
M: Soft mouthfeel on medium-bodied beer. Nice long hoppy aftertaste which is always a joy.
D: Not a standout in the wet hop beers by any means. While not a bad beer, when I can get the world class Hop Trip and High Tide or even Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale for a dollar or more less, I'm always going to go there in the future.
11-06-2010 04:20:40 | More by Halcyondays
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick two finger head that lasts nicely.Decent lacing paints the glass.
Smell: copious amounts of grapefruit citrus, ripe fruits, and pine bitterness.
Taste: caramel, pears, apples, green grapes, grapefruits, and pine bitterness. This is a wonderfully well balanced pale ale that is bold in the flavor profile. It's nice to have a fresh hop ale that isn't DIPA.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pleasantly full flavored citrus, ripe fruits, and bitterness.
Drinkability: this is an exceptional pale ale that can be quaffed all day long without developing boredom or laying flat on the floor. Absolutely great beer.
01-24-2007 18:25:29 | More by Gavage
2.9/5 rDev -28.9%
Served on draught into a Great Divide stemgoblet at the Great Divide tap room yesterday. Cost was $4.00. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Colour is a textbook copper.
Sm: Hoppy, with very light toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.
T: Pleasantly hoppy without too much bitterness. Well balanced and built, but not bold or inspired. Simple but pleasant. Not too bitter, though the finish needs work. Malt-heavy for the style.
Mf: Smooth until the coarse finish (on account of the bittering hops), and wet throughout. Fairly complementary of the flavour in a general sense.
Dr: Quite drinkable, but largely unremarkable for the style. I wouldn't have it again. It's okay.
12-18-2011 19:29:09 | More by kojevergas
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
01/09/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a chalice like glass.
Appearance- Copper colored pour with a full 3/4 inch head. Nice light rim remains for the rest of the glass. Nice sticky lace trails all over the glass.
Smell- Nice pungent hop aroma. Scents of pine needles, grapefuit and sugary goodness. Nice roasted malt scent as well.
Taste- Wondeful sweet roasted malt background with bitter pine flavored hops. Nice grapefruit flavor hidden behind the malt and pine. Sugary sweet hops and malt make this beer mouthwatering.
Mouthfeel- Rather high carbonation, sweet and sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Not sure I could session a six pack of this because of the sweetness. But it's damn well one of the best if not the best pale ale I've had. Right up there with Alpha King. Borderline IPA.
01-09-2006 20:17:50 | More by GClarkage
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a clear golden amber color with a thick to finger frothy off white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.
Earthy hop aroma with citrus fruit notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon.
Very well balanced with a strong malt backbone that compliments the citrus and earthy hop presence. This beer has a bitter hop bite up front which lingers over the sweet malt body into a dry finish. I usually do not prefer hoppy beers to have this much of a prominent malt character but I thought that it provided some nice balance and complexity in this beer.
05-06-2010 07:37:15 | More by corby112
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
Say, since when did it become customary to leave this beer on the shelves for so long? I had stopped in at one of my up-and-coming bottle shops to score some CANs for a CANTrade and snagged this while I was there. I now notice a "Bottled On OCT 14 2010" stamp on the label! WTF, over?!? It's not the bottle shop's fault, per se as they are just recently stepping up their game, but their master distro must have decided to unload some outdated beers on them. Fooled me once, shame on you. Oh well, I like beer.
From the bottle: "Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed with fresh whole cone hops from the Pacific Northwest. We ship these "wet" hops to Denver overnight and brew shortly after harvest, imparting an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor in a medium-bodied ale."; "Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled trout, grilled bratwurst, garlic/ginger sweet potatoes, Epoisses (a rich, washed rind cow's milk cheese from France.)"
I loved the visual aspect of this beer! I got two-plus fingers of tawny head off of my pour, and the color was a deep-orangish/ coppery amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a very earthy, grassy, hay-like aspect underlain by a caramel/biscuit sweetness. I'll bet that this would have been killer, had it been fresh. I was reminded of summers in my youth, when my maternal grandparents were still largely surrounded by farms and the meadows were freshly mown and left to dry before raking. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial hit of grassy, minty hops before allowing a caramel sweetness to pop up like Whack-a-Mole. Finish had a slight hoppy bite, and again, I wept for what might have been. It was as if the Volume knob had been turned to "2", vice "11". Awww, man. The sticky lacing that appeared looked like it was going to require a jackhammer to remove later.
If it is still on their shelves on my next visit, I am going to bring this to their attention. This travesty is on their distro, not them.
02-12-2011 19:47:39 | More by woodychandler
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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