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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

1,243 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 114
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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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-08-2013 20:26:08 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-08-2013 05:55:29 | More by CreightonSM
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-17-2012 05:04:14 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-08-2011 15:34:14 | More by Yabev15
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mjl21

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Montana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-21-2013 06:25:24 | More by Jameswoody
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freed

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Full 3 finger fluffy head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Color is dark golden orange.

S. Hops. Citrusy, Piney hops. Touch of lemon zest. Very hoppy and floral. Biscuity malt smell.

T. Fresh hops up front. Piney Citus hops flavor. More biscuity malt flavor. Well balanced. A very tasty APA.

M. Medium boided. Medium carbonation. Pretty crisp.

D. Highly drinkable. This would be pretty close to my definition of what an APA should be. I like pale ales with a kick of hops, but not so much that it borders on an IPA. Damn good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 18:43:25 | More by siradmiralnelson
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philbertk

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Fresh Hop. Big dense rocky lacy head. No sediment. Clear rich bright thin amber color. Rich resinous grassy fresh floral hop front. Hop infused cloying grassy sweet caramel biscuit grapefruit ester tasty malty body. Dry rich hot hop spice bitter resinous citrus clean end. Sampled 10/23/2008. 4 @ $6.79 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--Bottled On: SEP 23 2009. 2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint? Rich dense lacy white head. Clear pretty bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral citrus grass hop front. Creamy mild sweet piney fruity grassy hop resin mild doughy crusty caramel hint body. Mild hop spice fresh clean sweetbread citrus hint end. Sampled 7/24/2010. 2 @ $8.25 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2010. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy dense lasting thick white head. Fizzy clear bright ripe peach amber color. Delicate grassy citrus floral fresh hop front. Mildly textured slightly creamy mellow sweet soft doughy caramel soft hop resin flavored palette. Smooth mild citrus hop spice end. Sampled 10/29/2010 from 22 oz. bottle purchased for $9.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/20/2010.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 21:03:32 | More by philbertk
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RaulMondesi

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

Yeah buddy, like the sun burning a thousand rays, this one is on fire! Hot damn is this thang juicy! Like Aphrodite's honey nectar, Raul is feelin' it hard!

Smooth, supple, and clean like your mama fresh out of the Four Seasons.

Get it up and get it good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 02:14:44 | More by RaulMondesi
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a totally,translucent orangish,amber with 2 fingers of dense,lasting,dull white foam that left gorgeous rings of lacing.

S-Lots of tangy grapefruit,floral hops,pine,orange juice concentrate,a sweet punchiness similar to a Peach Jolly Rancher and a touch of toffee malt and cracker malts.

T-More big citrus and stonefruit.Jammy,fruit juice sweetness,earthy/slightly grassy hops and caramel malt.Very nice and bright with some definite Simcoe qualities in there.

M-Tangy,bright and dry with a good balance of sweet,earthy and tart flavors.

O-Real nice Fresh Hop ale that I've passed over numerous times because of freshness issues.I was very pleased to find a fresh one.Didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 16:42:08 | More by StlHopHead77
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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from the early October, 2007 brewing and release, so it's very fresh. Purchased, consumed and reviewed on October 16, 2007.

22-ounce bottle poured at about 45 degrees into a Hefeweizen glass (to concentrate head and aroma) yields a huge off-white head that fades slowly to a rocky solid lid with tons of thick lacing, all over a clear light orange-amber body. Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma has a surprising amount of malt: cracker, bread-dough, even a little dark fruit. The floral and citrus hops are there, though subtle; primary note is pine. Sweet pine, bitter pine and metallic pine.

Taste is crisp and cracker-y, with lots of hops immediately present: the pine notes dominate, the floral is mild, and the citrus is subdued and definitely in the background. Slight hints of pepper, marjoram and thyme. Interesting finish: as I inhale through my mouth, there is a notable "minty-ness" there, mostly spearmint. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel is delightfully rich at the same time it is refreshingly crisp, the obvious product of the abundant hop-oils.

Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the complexity of flavors.

This one does not play a one-note song. There is a fascinating complexity of flavors present, with the most notable being the mint. Does anyone else pick up on that?

Highly recommended. Another home-run from Great Divide.

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Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 04:57:36 | More by ColoradoBobs
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EigenBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2012 14:44:40 | More by EigenBeer
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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