Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours out bright golden amber and sits a pristine, deep-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, with nice lacings all around the glass.
Smells rich and fragrant, loads of citric hops across the board. Grapefruit, orange and lemon zest dominate. Swirls of caramel and lightly toasted malts. Hightly inviting aroma overall.
Caramel, toasty malts run in the foreground with hints of nuttiness and just a touch of toffee. Hop flavor brings out a thick grassy maze of prickly pines and grapefruit rind. Long lasting flavor into a moderately bitter finish.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth, delightfully lifting carbonation in medium volume. Medium body, good balance all around.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a fine beer and fits right in with GD's other brews. Well-made, intensely deep and flavorful. This is a rather aggressive APA, but a name only does so much.
11-05-2005 03:37:58 | More by Skidz
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from bottle into Tulip glass
A - Beer poured with a dark copper color body; 1/2 finger foam; bubbly; mild carbonation; moderate amount of lacing left on the glass
S - Hop flowery aroma overwhelms the nose; pleasant lemon/grassy zest; slight citrus aroma with a clean, crisp smell
T - Bitter tongue feel on both sides of the tongue; tart; citrus hop taste; light in flavor but a great blend of ingredients leaves a good taste in the mouth with not too much bite in the aftertaste
M - Thin feel with effervescent sensation over the tongue; nice touch over the palate leaving a pleasant blend of good flavors; well-built beer with all the right blends of good ingredients
D - Smooth IPA drink; great with food pairings; citrus pale ale with nice flowery tones; I really liked this drink for being a very hoppy IPA, it really hit the spot and it was very easy to drink
12-25-2010 06:41:27 | More by ferrari29
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
11-07-2009 03:15:24 | More by GeezLynn
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
A minimal amount of foamy head on top of a pale copper body. Aroma hits you with a large amount of hops. Lemon/Lime citrus, grapefruit and honeydew melon. Some malts are also present but this is all hop. Before I go on about hops the pale, subtly sweet caramel, malt bill is a great base for the hops that go over it. With that as a base there is a great mix of hop flavors. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple and melon upfront. The finish is a mix of pine and grass but the lingering bitterness is fruity. Awesome balance of juicy and bitter. Medium/light body, hop bomb but not bitter bomb. Very drinkable.
06-26-2011 15:13:46 | More by DrinkingDrake
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: Deep gold-orange color with a slight haze. Golden-white head.
Smell: Citrus, bread. The hop aroma is subtle instead of pungent.
Taste: Very pronounced hop flavor. Characteristics change throughout the taste. Begins with citrus flavors and evolves into pine. A minor sweetness in the brew balances and supports the hop flavors this beer displays.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very crisp. Dry finish.
Drinkability: Another excellent member of the Great Divide family. A good fresh hop brew that showcases different hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness.
12-02-2007 21:43:02 | More by SargeC
4.36/5 rDev +6.9%
A: pours a nice golden hue with a two finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of citrus with grapefruit leading the way, a bit of pine and grassyness and a bit of pale malt and caramel in the nose
T: earthy and grassy with some citrus and pine a bit of caramel sweetness comes through as well. the swallow brings more earthyness and pine
M: medium feel in the mouth with nice and soft carb which his perfect
O: Probably one of the best fresh hop ales I've had. It's about two months old so I imagine this was orgasmic when fresh.
01-14-2013 03:53:27 | More by SHODriver
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
This is a really good beer. A murky darker shade of orange, not a big head but still some nice sticky lacing. Fruity hop aroma and potent for a Pale Ale. Grapefruit hoppy flavor, slightly sweet maltiness, which sneaks out more as it warms, bitter and a little dry. Nicely balanced. A lot of flavor and a lot of hops for a Pale Ale, which seems like it could be an IPA. Perhaps Great Divide put an IPA in a Pale Ale bottle so we'd be shocked at the flavor. Whatever, it worked, this might be the best Pale Ale I've ever had.
08-27-2008 00:00:46 | More by changeup45
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
A 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.
S Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.
T A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.
M Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.
D I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again.
12-20-2007 02:09:24 | More by beachbum1975
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Hazy orange amber and foamy tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Sweet grassy and bright fruit aromas. Taste follows immediately with hints of lemon, pineapple, and ranier cherry. Grassy takes a back seat but is omnipresent in the background. Smooth, clean finish with a light linger.
Fairly robust and nicely balanced, this has great flavor and very complex for a pale ale. Certainly not a backyard chug-a-bunch but a wonderful sipper and probably ideal for pairing.
03-01-2011 00:50:41 | More by Bfarr
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
22oz into DFH snifter. I must say that I like this year's bottle art more than the previous style.
Poured a little darker than I was expecting- somewhat of a dark amber color with a small head.
Great pine aroma that was followed up in the mouthfeel by a ever so slight creaminess with hints of grapefruit backed by some caramel malt. I definitely am enjoying the fresh-hop ales this year but I wish I had gotten them a little earlier because even this seems like it would've been hoppier when it was a little fresher. Definitely drinkable- It would be nice to have 2 bombers of this in a night. I'll definitely be getting it again next year.
11-12-2008 19:50:36 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
I dont remember when I enjoyed this but it was when it was fresh, lets say end of october
A: vibrant orance with an inch of white head. Lots of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass and there is good head retention but no lace.
S: Nicely fresh and hoppy. The hops were mainly citrus and there was a light caramel note in the backgroumd
T: Bursts of lemon and pine followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. As it warmed it become much pinier
M: Decent amount of body with some creaminess and a bit of puckering bitterness
D: Goes down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable but it was missing that "it" quality to make it great
12-29-2009 00:14:44 | More by mikey711
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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