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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
91
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1,254 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 120
Gots: 40 | 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 SHODriver
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

SHODriver, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GeezLynn, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -2.2%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bfarr, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

TicoCali, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -2.2%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DrinkingDrake, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

hellhammermario, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of SargeC
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SargeC, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of minterro
4/5  rDev -2.2%

minterro, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of changeup45
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -2.2%

zenwatts, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of beachbum1975
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beachbum1975, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Bill235, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Golden yellow and clear with copious carbonation and a thick and lasting white head. Lots and lots of lace. Piney hop aroma. Hops in the middle and noticeable bitterness. A bit of honey sweetness to compete with the hops. More IPA than APA. Crisp dryness and light mouthfeel, making it very drinkable.

LittleDon, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Williaar, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of sunofneurot
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

sunofneurot, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of RyanAU
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

RyanAU, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of ToddGingerich
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ToddGingerich, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

mikey711, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

bccrosley, Oct 27, 2013
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.