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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
outstanding

1,251 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 118
Gots: 39 | 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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Williaar

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-22-2014 13:36:17 | More by Williaar
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

11-14-2013 19:57:48 | More by RyanAU
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DoctorDog

Ohio

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
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-27-2013 20:35:23 | More by bccrosley
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-20-2014 03:35:28 | More by ToddGingerich
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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
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biggmike

Mississippi

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
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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

11-30-2013 02:45:23 | More by linnymtu
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-19-2013 02:33:38 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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freed

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -27.7%

Picked up a bottle of this, could not resist the label nor the style.

Pours a hazy deep golden with a rough skimming of foam on top, though it's thinning is quick.

The aroma is of harsh grass and alfalfa and even a little sharp pine. Sadly, none of the pleasant citrus is left and sharpest qualities are left.

The taste is much the same. Decent malt body that lets the hop shine, but the hop profile is kind of sharp. I'm not sure what varietals were used in the hopping, but they tend to focus on the grassy and bitter flavors without any floral or citrus kiss, and instead the notes are closer to the skunk (but with a much larger hop) of a green-glass beer.

Still, I don't mind it, but I would consider using a different hop varietal to brew with next September.

11-28-2005 01:10:45 | More by freed
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +11%

Appearance
Pours out golden orange and clear; regular inch-sized head, with moderate lacing

Aroma
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.

Overall
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.

Update
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
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LittleDon

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

12-23-2009 00:00:26 | More by LittleDon
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

01-08-2013 03:31:41 | More by iemailjack
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CreightonSM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-08-2013 05:55:29 | More by CreightonSM
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev 0%

This one pours a hazy amber color... white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell is dominated by hops naturally, with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same, but very crisp, giving it huge scores in the mouthfeel department. Just a pleasure to drink, not overpowering and easy to enjoy.

07-16-2010 19:17:12 | More by theboozecruise
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours amber with a finger of soapy head with big bubbles. The head lasts for the entire beer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Clarity is great, with minor chill haze.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy and piney, with cascades jumping out of the glass. It's great. There's a bit of caramel malt in the back, but the hop character is much more prominent.

Flavor is much like the nose. A bit of grapefruit bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, medium carbonated, and a clean, green, lightly astringent finish.

Balance is great. This beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's well crafted and well put together. It lacks the intangibles to make it world class, in my opinion.

11-22-2008 03:49:55 | More by khiasmus
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Elicoleman

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-29-2014 20:16:55 | More by Elicoleman
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

11-14-2011 22:40:30 | More by Elfastball7
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mjl21

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/29/09. No abv info is given. Comes in at 55 IBUs. The artwork is different than the one shown on BA.

A-Pours a crystal clear light amber. It has a two finger off white head that fades to a nice frothy layer. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. Lots of lace is left after each sip.

S-Pine is all over the nose on this one along with some grapefruit. On the second pour the grapefruit was a little stronger. Not much malt is evident and the usual grassiness associated with a wet hop beer is lacking.

T-Like the nose, lots of pine and grapefruit. There is pale malt and a touch of sweetness midsip. There is some nice grapefruit and fresh raw hop bitterness that lingers in between sips. There is also a little sweetness in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-A great fresh hop beer. The hops are quite evident and it is not grassy like so many other wet hop beers.

I had this one a year ago on tap in Phoenix and really enjoyed it. The bottled version was just as good.

11-28-2009 16:56:39 | More by mjl21
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear light copper color with a thick, ice-cream-like foamy head that has excellent retention, leaves a nice lacing as it drains

S - strong, resiny American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - strong American hop flavors with a strong malt backbone and moderately assertive hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is truly a fantastic American pale and perhaps one of my most recent favorite discoveries. I've always like APAs, but until recently they haven't held much interest for me. This one certainly got my attention. The hop flavors and aroma are vibrant and wonderful - a must try if you can.

11-14-2009 01:03:59 | More by scoobybrew
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear dark copper-ish amber color, with a nice off-white head on top. great retention level and very nice lacing.

S: wow, that is the greenest nose I have ever smelled. Huge fresh/wet hop aroma...I can't stop smelling this beer. I have put my nose to the glass at least 20 times before tasting this one.

T: wonderful crystal malts lay down a biscuity flavor which is very nice. big fresh/wet hop flavor comes about a second after you sip it. very "green" hop flavor. this is just a great APA.

M: medium bodied APA, with a mild carbonation level. very smooth, but the hop flavors are crisp.

D: very drinkable APA, especially if you enjoy fresh hops. Well worth getting, but I would obviously recommend drinking it fresh.

10-27-2008 05:33:23 | More by paulthebeerguru
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bmmortale

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-25-2013 15:05:26 | More by bmmortale
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

11-25-2013 01:38:59 | More by dailyminefield
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1%

Pours clear amber in color with a one finger off white head that retains nicely

Smell has some good hop aromas. Big grassy herbal aromas forward with some citrus near the end. There is some light pine aromas near the end along with a mildly sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste follows the nose with more good fresh hop flavors forward. More herbal and grassy hop flavors followed by a very mild piney hop bitterness. Malt is very subtle and has a very mild sweetness near the end.

Mouthfeel is great lots of hopy oils and a medium body gives this a moderate sticky thickness. Carbonation is mild and gives it a soft feel.

10-26-2013 04:55:19 | More by Fcolle2
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sunofneurot

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-03-2013 20:43:21 | More by sunofneurot
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.