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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

673 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,468
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of taylocd
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle.

A - bright copper with a bit more orange tint; head was over 1/2-inch and receded slowly, with great lacing.

S - the smell didn't pack the punch I expected from a Great Divide; I picked up more of the citrusy and less of the grassy.

T - this one had a great balance for a pale ale, with ample bitterness without being overpowering

M - the weakest area for this fine beer as it felt just a bit thin.

D - Unfortunately, I only had one bottle of this one, otherwise I could have downed plenty more. It was incredibly smooth and tasty. (563 characters)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma...
Great Divide's Fresh Hop opens up with a very light citrus scent that coats a delicate caramel backbone.

Appearance...
A brilliantly clear copper that affirms suspicions that dry hopping was avoided here because they used wet hops (this statement could very well be false). Long lasting head. Very little lacing.

Flavor...
A delicate grapefruit flavor starts out and fades into fleeting bitterness. There's about as much malt in the taste as there was in the aroma - you know it's there but it's not the focus.

Mouthfeel...
Medium-light bodied with shmedium carbonation.

Overall...
Fresh Hop is a sessionable pale ale that will also please the discerning beer lover out there. In a world of fist-to-mouth IIIIPA's (yeah, four Is) this is a nice break that offers a rare opportunity to reflect on the complexity that can be found in a pale ale. (856 characters)

Photo of JohnL9013
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer, but not a contender for price to performance ratio.

A: Pours your typical pale ale pale orange color. Nothing crazy here, but a very nice, foamy and sticky head with decent lacing.

S: Immediately, I could tell that this was a wet-hopped ale from the taste and smell and looked at the bottle to find that I was correct. I don't know how to describe it, but wet-hopped ales simply have a different character than dry-hopped. It's not better or worse, just different. Expect more of a plant-heavy aroma, and a less intense aroma than similar dry-hopped beers.

T: The fresh hops and balanced perfectly with the malt to give an overall "IPA" feel to this beer but clearly much less dry than that style. The fresh hops will push the typical hop "grapefruit" citrus bite back and instead present more of a "tree" or "grass" (plants) taste up front. Great Divide does do one thing right, and that's make a really well-rounded beer and this beer really hit the spot for me.

M: The mouthfeel is average. Excpect something a little sweeter than you expected so you might not be quite as possessed to swirl it around.

D: Great Divide makes phenomenally drinkable strong beers.

If there was one thing I could add to this site, it would be a sixth category, "value". This beer, which I bought on closeout for $4 a bomber, was definitely worth its asking price and demonstrated more of a $6 beer quality, however, its retail price of $9 is simply excessive and this beer is not worth that much, simply put. My experience with this beer and their Hercules IPA is that Great Divide makes beers that are marginally better than the competition and charges an arm and a leg for the result. I would not buy this beer at full price, however, I will go back to the store tomorrow and buy more at the sale price! (1,813 characters)

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time today and decided to pick it up. I'm a big fan of Great Divide, so my hopes are pretty high going in.

The appearance is very nice. Exceptionally crisp, clear and clean looking beer. The head is about the width of two fingers and dissipates down to a frothy covering leaving some lacing.

The smell is very balanced and clean. Nice pine hop flavor with a distinct sweet malt presence in the background that gives it lots of character but really lets the clean pine scent of the hops shine. Overall the bouquet is very balanced and 'fresh'.

Taste is good, with the hops obviously dominating. Very big hop flavor as well as bitterness. The bitterness comes in shortly after the grassy and pine flavor, lingering long into the aftertaste. The malt, however does occupy a distinct and important role, giving a supportive balance and character.

Overall, another great showing from Great Divide. (921 characters)

Photo of biking4beer
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint tumbler.

smooth foamy 1-1/2 finger head that had a slight browning too it. Beer was a crystal clear golden brown/amber co. Slight orange hues. Looked very tasty.

I don't know if my sniffer was a little off last night, but I didn't smell very many distinguishing aromas. Slight grassy smell to the hops. Possibly some citrus. This one didn't jump up and smack my olfactories like I thought it might.

With the first sip there was a a nice sweety malty taste at the tip of the tongue that had a nice transition to bittering hops in the back of the tongue. Again, as far as very specific flavors are concerned, nothing really jumped out, but this was still a tasty beer. Definitely a fresh tasting beer as the overnighted hops would imply.

Mouthfeel was nice. Just the right amount of carbonation to go with this beer. Nice and smooth. With the fairly low ABV, I could drink this one all night. I wanted another bomber immediately after I had finished the first. But alas, I had only bought one. (1,035 characters)

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Poured a clear, gold/orange/copper with about 2 fingers of foamy off white head. This dropped back to light lacing, a foam ring and sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Some hops, malts, grapefruit and maybe some other citrus, hay/freshly mowed grass. I detected just a hint of pine at the end of the first whiff.

T: Hops up front followed quickly by the citrus and malt backbone. With that, a sourness and a grass-like flavor as the beer warmed in the glass. Drinks pretty clean with a dryer, bitter finish. Spicy??? Though I tasted that, not too sure. No alcohol taste detected.

M: Light to medium body with a dry finish, leaving a hoppy, spicy taste on the back of the tongue. Carbonation was good, not too much, not too little.

O: Decent take on the pale ale from Great Divide. Very drinkable, finishes well and it's definitely something I would have no problems buying again.

Cheers! (962 characters)

Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night. (616 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Oct 14, 2010, poured into a Harpoon tulip on Sep 2, 2011

A - 3 pillowy fingers of eggshell head leaving very pretty lacing all the way through. Color is rich amber-orange, clear at first pour and a little cloudy with sediment on the second glass

S - wet earth and citrus, lemon oil, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine

T - Remarkably smooth at first sip given the aggressive nose. Light floral notes and a hint of crackery malt before descending into an onslaught of various bitter hop flavors. Lemon rind, dandelion greens, and fresh cut grass

M - light and bubbly

O - A very nice pale ale, with an extra flavor spike you'd expect from fresh hopping. Nicely drinkable at 6.1% (696 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer! (1,144 characters)

Photo of osusullins
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a light white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is very much citrus hop. Grapefruit with subtle pine resin.

Taste is very nice. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor with lots of malty balance. Hops are very nicely represented. You could tell me this is an IPA and I wouldn't argue. Very crisp and light. Perfect carbonation. The hops linger long after you finish. Just lovely. (401 characters)

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only this was readily available 365 days a year. Has a nice, deep amber appearance. The foam from the pour has that fresh from the fermenter look. Smells like fresh-cut grass after a nice mist of rain. The taste is truly exceptional -- piney taste of hops hits up front, but balanced with malt creaminess. A real, refreshing grassy, pine-like taste, which probably comes from the fresh hops. If you like Pales and IPAs, do whatever takes to give this a try. (460 characters)

Photo of ESPNman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter

A - It pours an almost crystal-clear burnt orange. Think University of Texas orange. One and a half fingers of eggshell-white head. It hangs around for a bit, giving way to some decent lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops, a bit of fresh-cut-grass, and some dank skunky weed smell. It smells fresh and dirty, all at the same time.

T - Much like the nose, a lot of that wet and sticky hops shining through. Very grassy, and very dank. A decent amount of malt balances it out with a subdued sweetness.

M - Pretty light on the palate, moderate carbonation. Not particularly aggressive, and somewhat creamy.

O - One of the better fresh hop beers I've had. It really hits that wet / fresh / dank note, but it's rounded out well with a floral hop backing. (779 characters)

Photo of FatSean
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a 12oz pint glass.

A very nice shade of orangey-brown with a thick off-white head that shortly decomposes into heavy lacing.

Smells of hops! Milder than I would think, but my bomber was a bit cold.

Excellent oily goodness on the tongue at the first sip. Simple flavors, maybe a bit too simple?

Nice and viscous

Goes down smooth, but I think I would tire of the flavor profile after a few. (419 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass, clear orange in color with 2 finger head and nice lacing around the glass. Bottle date 10/2012.

I don't pick up any hops, rather sweet malt, bready character with orange rind. Kind of disappointed the beer doesn't have more hop character.

Beer is tasting more on the sweet side, slightly syrupy. The caramel malts overwhelm the hop character of this beer. Unbalanced, too much malt. It has a soft feel too it and finishes clean.

Medium bodied beer, very easy drinking, smooth and soft yet effervescent.

I had big expectations given the experiences with Great Divide. It's a good beer but there are better choices. Nothing stood out as far as complexity with aroma or flavor. Maybe I had an off bottle. (745 characters)

Photo of miketd
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Engine.

Pours a golden, straw color with a decent size whitish head. Nice looking beer. Aroma is wet hops and grain...a bit nutty as well. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a good malt backbone. Decent palate and almost sweet finish. Good brew. (254 characters)

Photo of dashirey
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this tasty beer (on tap from a pint glass) at Canal Street Pub in Reading, PA. A big thanks to bigsplash for letting me know it was on tap! This is my first review of a beer...so here it goes!

A - The orange / copper like color drew me in from the beginning. The thumb of head that I started with dissipated rather quickly, but left behind a small amount a lacing. The beer was neither clear nor cloudy but somewhere in between.

S - Very complex especially for a beginner. Lots of smells from this beer; grassy from the start, from the fresh hops. But later more pine and citrus really overwhelm the nose.

T - Again very complex, it tasted a little different every time I sipped. At first there was a metallic/copper taste - not bad. Followed with more floral then some citrus - but not nearly a overwhelming citrus taste

M - Smooth medium beer with a "twang" at the back of the throat right before it goes down. Carbonation was right on target!

D - Very easy to drink. I would have followed it with another, but more than 2 or 3 would be pushing it for my tastes. I would look for this beer again any time. (1,122 characters)

Photo of lazjuarez
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (650ml) into a tumbler. Bottle dated: Oct 17 2011

A: Pours a dark golden color with a burnt orange hue. About 1 1/2 fingers worth of an off white foamy head which dissipates rather slowly, but leaves great sticky lacing behind. Carbonation is coming off the bottom of the glass, very nice looking APA.

S: As soon as I opened it, my nose was overwhelmed with big citrus notes, lemon zest, and Lemongrass. Almost like fresh cut grass. Small piney resin and medium to light maltiness in the background as well

T: Taste follows the bouquet, middle of the tongue is where the hops make a presence, but then the malts come in and balance everything, making for a very quaffable beer.

M: Mouthfeel is medium; Carbonation is refreshing and well balanced. The piney resin along with the biscuity malts, give for a great medium bodied, but non-aggressive APA. (875 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured a bright and clear copper color with a two inch heah and good lacing. Beautiful hop aromas. Is that pinapple that I smell? Incredible!!!

Extremely drinkable. Strong hop flavor up front balanced by a good maltiness. This is one hell of a beer. I think it leans more toward an IPA. This should be an all year treat. Thanks to Coal Train Liquors for carrying it. (385 characters)

Photo of Jree261
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Golden amber pale ale with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Fresh roses and strawberries in the front with cut grass.

Taste-Orange zest that is followed by light grass and red and black fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good full bodied pale ale with a medium length finish.

Overall-Very nice beer. Strong layered aromas are my favorite part. I would've preferred a longer finish but I can forgive for this solid beer. (426 characters)

Photo of jraycee
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a white fluffly head.
Smell is beautiful citrus and fresh cut wood with someone baking bread next door.
Taste is great along the same lines of scents, a little muted and added sweetness. Bitter pine comes up toward the end. Could have been even bigger, but then I guess it would be an IPA.
Mouthfeel is light and resinous with good carbonation.
I like this beer. I'm gonna go look for more... (427 characters)

Photo of beerorRIP
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber to my GDBC pint glass: forms a two finger, rocky head that falls back to a small layer of foam. the body is rather clear and light amber. lacing is present but not crazy amounts.

the smell is nice, even this late in the year. i'd had it when it came out at first and it was super grassy and hops. that has faded now, leaving some grassy smells, but more of the hoppy citrus aromas now.

man this tastes nice. there is plenty of hops taste (citrus and a touch of pine) and even a bit of malt backbone showing through. again, this has changed over time, but it's still a really nice enjoyable fresh tasting pale ale.

not too fizzy on this one. somewhat slick in the mouth.

the bomber is a perfect size for this one. you know you'll want more than just one pint, but more than two might be overload! (820 characters)

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept-29 and served on Oct-29.

A: Pours a beautiful copper, with hints of orange flickering about. Two fingers of sticky white head, leaves great lacing and a small layer of foam on top, even after half the glass is gone.

S: Very bright, grassy smell. Citrus notes can be picked up as well.

T: Tastes much sweeter than I expected, with the grass and citrus standing dead center. Finish picks up more of the malty-ness and leaves a very pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with just the right touch of carbonation.

D: So incredibly smoooth and easy to drink. This beer is incredibly fresh and kudos to Great Divide for putting out a great beer that sticks to the style. (693 characters)

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - lighter pale orange color with 3/4in head, very clear. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - citrus, grass, pine. smells very fresh and clean.

T - nice bitter hop flavor that lingers and lingers and lingers until it runs up your throat and nose and finally fades away. While I enjoy the bitter hop flavor that lingers it does feel a bit unbalanced, something is a bit off, too one-dimensional.

M - light and refreshing but also substantial due to the lingering hops.

D: As a usual IPA drinker I can appreciate the punch of hops in this pale ale. Good for a hop fix when you don't want the 6-9%ABV of an IPA. (612 characters)

Photo of chefkevlar
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale orange/tan color with an inch or so of fluffy head. Head retention is good and leaves good lacing

S: Smells of citrus and piney hops. There's a slightly sweet note of honey as well.

T: Flavor is actually a little lighter than I expected from the smell. Overall though the flavor is very hoppy with only a minimal amount of bitterness. There's a nice balance also between the hops and a slightly honey like sweetness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing on the palate.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. (578 characters)

Photo of mstyne
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Bottled on 9/29/2009.

An orange/gold pour with a good head and good lace. Smells of citrus, soap, grassy-earthy.

Definitely a pleasant brew, and what I would expect for this style. The hops are definitely front and center, but not overpowering. I could definitely see this as a session brew, and at 6.1% abv you could probably get away with it.

Would definitely pick this one up again. (424 characters)

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.