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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

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 131
Gots: 86 | 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 kybeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of jriggins6
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

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.

Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of benloho
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

Photo of Blaze5445
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale pours out a clear copper color with a creamy looking head. Pungent, resiny hop aroma. Biscuit malt flavor with lots of hop flavor. Not as bitter as an IPA, but this beer certainly has as much hop flavor as almost any IPA. Grapefruit hop flavors. The malt is there, but almost overwhelmed by the hop flavor. Soft mouthfeel. This is a pretty good beer, but I prefer the Titan IPA.

Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

eyes...
on an easy pour this produced a beautiful flluffy white head that moves like jello, good carbonation, clean and consistent looking, burnt orange with amber highlights, very nice looking for a PA. retention is good, ditto the lacing.

nose...
nice fresh and clean hop aroma (of the floral variety), this doesn't bowl you over and is not a "hop bomb", it just smells friggin delicioius. the malt is detectable but this is obviously a very american IPA, and that aint a complaint...

taste etc...
prickly carbonation and good solid mouthfeel, a little thicker than a lot of IPAs and definitely oily. the bitterness is really nice, you get a total array of bright flavors between the hops and malt, the sensation of the bitterness and carbonation blends very well. drinkability scores well here also.

verdict?
go buy a bottle. in a way this is just a really good example of the style, it pulls the right chords in all the right places.

Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Clear copper with an initial torrent of carbonation that props up a tall off white head that pushes up over the rim but doesn't spill. Strong retention and it leaves weebed rings of lace as it goes down.

Grassy, earthy hops abound with just enough malty sweetness to provide balance. There's fresh citrus in there as well, almost DIPA like.

Tastes grassy like leafy hops, but the citric elements are not very well pronounced and the malt profile seems to have backed off as well. Still a nice PA.

The mouth starts out moderate, but it seems to hit a blank spot and thin out towards the finish. Interesting, but not enough to keep me interested past one or two more servings.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, poured into a nonic pint glass.

Clear dark straw with a punch of orange peel. Topped with a massively spongey, sticky, white sandy head.

Reminds me quite a bit of FFF's Broodoo, which is a very good sign. Massive, massive amounts of hops. Pine resin, grapefruit and orange juice but backed by a very strong maltiness as well. Good balance, impecably (sp?) fresh.

Quite woody, pine cone, pine needle like woodiness. Not as much fruit here and a grainy malt finish that is coupled with a lingering prickly bitterness. The more you get into this beer the more like a chistmas tree it begins to taste like. since christmas is not too far off, i'm not going to knock on that taste too much. hell i really like the smell of christmas trees, why can't it be the taste too?

I would say that this is a pretty respectable beer, but as far as a harvest ale goes, it seems to lack a little something. it just doesnt smack of that certain freshness that characterizes so many of these beers.

Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found just one of these on the shelves at Downtown and had to snag it...
Bright copper color with a full finger of off-white head...half of it sticks around for the duration of the pint and very impressive lace.
A hefty dose of bitter floral hops in the nose...mild candy corn sweetness and an earthy carbonation.
The taste is fantastic...the malt sweetness is there, but the bitterness wins out on the pallet. Less floral and more citrus with oranges being the majority.
Mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is maybe just a touch too much.
Goes down very easy and stacks up nicely to the likes of Alpha King...a must try if you enjoy your Pale ales with a bit more hops.
I am really enjoying these fresh hopped brews popping up in our area. Another solid offering from Great Divide.

Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddled amber orange with a pale white head that leaves behind gentle lacing.

Heavy pine, orange rind, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit to note.

Citrus, tropical fruit, roasted malts add some caramel notes, and pine balanced wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is soft and buttery, goes down like water.

Overall, one of the better fresh hop IPAs I've sampled to date and at a great price point it's likely I'll pick this one up again soon.

Photo of LarryMyers
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli from draft.

A: A deep orange amber color with a one finger head. Not a ton of glass lacing, but a just a good looking beer.

S: Massive hops, fresh hops. Smells of citrus, pine and grass with some subtle sweetness of malt.

T: Wow, this is a pale ale? Yes it is. The huge amounts of wet hops really stand out with that fresh cut grass flavors, grapefruit, pine and a bit of earthly floral flavors. The deep malt sweetness lies in the backround, but the hops keep beating it down. What a fabulous pale ale, maybe the best I have ever had. Hop head rejoice in this one.

M: Medium to thin. This is where you realize this is not an IPA, but an APA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for an APA it is outstanding. Nice lingering bitterness.

D: Uber high. Nuff said.

Overall probably the best pale ale I have ever had, but you must like hops. If you don't like hops, stay away...far away. Bravo GD, you continue to impress the hell out of me.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.