Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Presentation: 1pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON OCT 04 2010" stamped on the bottom of the label.
A- Clear, light amber appearance. Pours with 1 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very gradually to a thin cap. Excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.
S- Pine with subtle earthy hop notes. Bready malty notes follow the hops.
T- Malty, bready, biscuity notes, with solid hop bitterness coming in behind it, providing a flavorful, balanced attack.
M- Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Quite creamy. Very smooth. Very good.
D- Very good. Easy drinking and enjoyable on all fronts.
Future outlook: A winner of an APA, will be happy to have again.
10-30-2010 03:13:08 | More by DoctorDog
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
2008 version. 22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a dark copper with a fine bubbled off white head. Big piney hop aroma. Pretty good initial hop blast. Decent malt base with a little sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, not that mouth puckering dryness you get in some hoppy beer. Maybe a little one dimensional, but if you like hops that's a good dimension.
10-27-2008 00:47:49 | More by homebrewhawk
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured an attractive copper color with a generous white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin layer of head across the top. The aroma is of grassy hops and smells outstanding. The taste is of citrus hops and is medium-bodied. This is a very good beer and very drinkable. I would definitely have this again.
01-10-2012 00:49:06 | More by biggmike
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Pours out golden orange and clear; regular inch-sized head, with moderate lacing
Yum and wow! This is such a big part of the beer. It really excites your tongue to get a whiff of this. The fresh hop brewing truly gives this a unique aroma, as it's not something I've smelled before. It's clearly hops, just different and really refreshing. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass - not necessarily a lawn smell, but a very natural wet, earthy, plant matter kind. Also very citric, with nice hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.
Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes like a well-crafted pale ale. It's immediately recognizable and familiar, yet unique and exciting. The mouthfeel is light, as it should be for a pale ale. Nice level of carbonation and swishing it a little in the back of my mouth really opened up the flavor: orange, grapefruit, and a tasty malt balance.
Another fantastic seasonal that I will be sure to pick up each summer when it's available (I wish it came in a six-pack.) Easily a session beer due to its low weight. The aroma is really the standout character of this beer; I've never been so impressed by any beer's aroma like this one.
Had this again April '07 and it was still tasty, but not nearly as aromatic and flavorful. I think the key is to pick it up within the first couple months it hits the shelves.
03-17-2008 23:34:15 | More by JEdmund
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.