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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
outstanding

1,404 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 129
Gots: 78 | 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 sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange clear body with 2 finger head, good retention

S: Hops hops hops. citrus, lemon, some sweetness from the malt, orange peel.

T: Other than some bitterness towards the end, it's all citrus hops and sweet malt. Simple and great. I don't get too much grass as written on the bottle.

M: Medium thickness with decent amount of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink pale ale. Very pricey though ($7.99 for 22oz).

sukwonee, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -2%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev -2%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

tswater, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of inspektor
4/5  rDev -2%

inspektor, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a jewel-like amber gold with a sticky white head that leaves nice froth on top.

Sweet toffee smell, with underlying notes of ruby-red grapefruit. Crisp smelling, the aroma promises a nice tasting beer.

Malty and grainy, grassy even, starts sweet and quickly turns bitter. Fairly astringent, tempered with a buttery resin. Peppery on the tongue, it sits spicy in the gut.

Medium-bodied, and active in the mouth.

Quite drinkable, I'd love to have this on tap.

TheHoppiest, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +22.5%

WritersBlock, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An APA with more than a slight hat-tip to an IPA. Clear yellow/orange with lots of bubbles, like carbonated apple juice. Nice off-white head. Nose is grassy cascade hops. Taste has a recognizable amount of malts up front, then citrusy grapefruit hops that linger. Good mouthfeel, quite bubbly. Drinkability is good too.

shivtim, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

csmartin6, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jriggins6, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Amp, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

sludgegnome, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +22.5%

lakersfan16, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale opens to a bright, citrusy, piney hoppy nose that makes immediately apparent the freshness of the hops that went into the beer. Layers of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, grass, pine resin, sweet rosewater, mint, and eucalyptus rest in light, but finely nuanced layers atop a bed of lovely malts. These latter ingredients bring pleasant sugars to the mix, including brown sugars, and an assortment of sweet fruit esters: orange, berry, cherry, apricot. So sweet are these sugars that there seems to be even a touch of candi sugar. Toast crust and wet wheat add a bit of earthiness. As a whole, this is an excellent nose, far outreaching the expected volumes of aroma that usually come from such a light beer (6.1% ABV). The aromas do focus mainly on hops (perhaps a 60/40 split), but the malts are present in enough quantity to nicely balance the beer out.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a lovely hop blast: grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, eucalyptus, mint, dandelion stem, grass, and rosewater flow over the tastebuds. The hops are geared more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, but not overly so, the 55 IBUs providing a near-perfect balance between flavor and bitterness, and the hop flavors themselves featuring an excellent array of tones. Sweet brown sugar, candi sugar, and fruit esters (orange, apricot, berry, cherry) help keep the hops from overpowering everything, and a nice array of toast crust, biscuit, and cereal from the grains adds earthiness. The aftertaste is a long-lingering hop burn, being perhaps slightly more bitter than was present in the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is a slightly oily medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and it’s amazing to see what Great Divide can do to a pale ale: the difference between this and a standard offering in the style is akin to the difference between Michelangelo and a talented high school student. The sheer variety and potency of flavors in here is impressive, made all the more so by the light ABV and the mid-range IBUs. Well worth trying.

jondeelee, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

vcoggins, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

LightnerLiquorKS, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bomber, pours into the pint glass a clear pinkish brown color with some tiny bubbles. Huge fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Nose advertises what promises to be a great balance of aggressive hops and sweet malt. A bit of bready yeast and a soapy scent are also evident. In the mouth, hops assert themselves up front, balanced against the sweet malt at first but then reasserting themselves, fading away with a good bitter burn at the end. Great bitter finish. This beer is definitely hop-heavy but it’s not overbearing; the balance leans toward a piney, slightly citrus hop flavor but it’s not overwhelming, and I’m not a huge hophead. Mouth is nicely viscous and very smooth, very slick and satisfying. Drinkability is excellent if you like bitter beer; nose and flavor are great and it feels great going down. At 6.1% it’s easy to enjoy several.

Overall: A great, well-hopped pale ale, heartily recommended.

jettjon, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle (bottle 10/4/12) into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a huge yellow white head that lingers leaving some lacing, slight haze

S: grassy, citrus hops, grapefruit

T: nice bitter notes without being overpowering, litttle sweetness from malt, grapefruit peel

M: LOTS of carbonation makes this on e kind of sudsy, medium body, nice bitter hop aftertaste, dry finish

O: a nice APA with good bitterness that isn't overly obtrusive or complicated

M_C_Hampton, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +22.5%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -26.5%

akttr, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of benloho
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Oct 24, 2014
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
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.