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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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1,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 133
Gots: 97 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Ratings: 1,459 | Reviews: 673
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz Growler from Beverage World. Fresh 2012 release. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is fruity hops, grassy, herbal, good deal of honey bread and caramel malt as well. Balanced. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with resinous hops, grassy and herbal, moves to a substantial malt backbone featuring honey, bread and caramel, generally mirrors the aroma. Smack of bitterness on the finish. Minimal alcohol. Again, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

This is one that I’ve wanted to try for years, but always passed it up for some reason. Decent fresh hop ale, but not my favorite as it is more balanced than I like, fairly malty.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber with a full frothy white head. Excellent hoppiness comes through in the aroma. Great floral and citric bitter notes nice and juicy with hops. Flavor starts with some lightly bitter citric hops notes before some smooth toasty malt sets in. Some light caramel provides a sweet touch to it. Finish is lightly bitter and hoppy. The aroma was great with the hops juiciness but the taste was a bit of a let down from that but still good. Solid body with good carbonation. I could have drunk a few of these.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear amber with a huge three inch head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pine and citrus hops

t: Hops up front but they are moderate and tasty resin/citrus. Relatively dry finish.

m: Light to moderate and smooth, but not the "glycerin" silkiness I have read it described as.

o: An exceptionally easy-drinking fresh hop ale. However, I still prefer the much cheaper SN hemispheres, so will probably not pay $8 for this again when I can get either of those for $5. Plus you get 3 ounces more with the SNs.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, if this could be a year round offering. Alas, what makes it so good also makes it somewhat rare.
Looks unassuming enough. A clear amber color and a bright white head appear upon pouring.
Smells... well, like fresh hops, or what I imagine fresh hops to smell like. There's something of a lemony seltzer thing going on, but far more appealing than any lemon flavored seltzer. Flavors again refer to that lemony seltzer thing with a delicate malt character. Cool, bubbly tea brewed with hop leaves.
The feel on the palate is a bit resinous but it cleans up nicely after a little bit. This is one of those brews that I find it difficult to not guzzle down as quickly as possible. I'd get this by the case if that was feasible but I imagine that this one doesn't age too gracefully. Everything delicious about this beer revolves around the fresh characters. With all this freshness going around, this is a refreshing beer. Get some if you can.

Photo of adam42381
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on October 5, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a light golden caramel color with a 1 finger frothy white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Pine, orange and grapefruit. Not exactly complex, but the hops smell great.

Taste: This is hoppy through and through with just a touch of pale malt. The hop flavors are pine, grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. It is bitter, but not overly so. The aftertaste is mildly bitter with just a hint of sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I'm pretty sure I could go back for another bomber if I had one.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This seems to tiptoe the line between pale ale and IPA, but I think it manages to remain a pale ale. I really enjoyed this one. I highly recommend checking it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden copper color with a frothy one finger white head. Big and bubbly with nice retention.
S: Fruity and piney--mostly grapefruit and pine needles. Nice grassy undertone. Good fresh bitterness can be detected.
T/M: Piney, citrusy, and grassy hop presence. Good malt backbone to this brew. Nice balance with an excellent bitterness that's felt in the aftertaste. Floral notes in the finish. A tad oily and resiny on the palate as it slides across. Damn tasty--excellent bitterness! Heavily dry hopped.
D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. Excellent bitterness makes me question if it's really a sneaky ipa. Definitely worth a shot if you can find it. One of the better hoppy pale ales out there.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick, dense off-white head into a snifter. the lacing was tremendous throughout as it clung to the glass for dear life. the body was a clear, bright and bubbly amber.
s - grassy, herbal and citrusy.
t - hops! hit you in the tongue hard that tasted of grass and pine.
m - surprisingly very clean with a medium thickness.
d - good beer, hop heads will be pleased.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Goliath
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color and is notably clear. A fingers width of off white head sits on top.

The aroma is hoppy, with nice citrus and grassy notes.

The taste is hoppy, showing both citrusy and grassy character. The beer is also fairly bitter, but has a strong malt profile.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is fairly high as the flavors of this beer are not overwhelming. Just watch the 6.1% ABV.

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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange with big white chunks. Bottle has sat undisturbed for about a week. Not sure why the chunks are there. A thick off-white head that leaves oily laces down the glass.

S: A grassy hop aroma with some candy sweetness.

T: Nice sweet malt flavor with some smooth citrus and grass hop flavors. There is also a light fruitiness to the beer. Flavors are balanced very well and continue to the finish which is slightly bitter and dry with a subtle sweetness that remains.

M: medium body and good carbonation. Slight oily feel to it.

O: Very good beer. Definitely recommend this one.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.44/5  rDev -15.7%

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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