Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 135
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Bottled on 9/29/2009.

An orange/gold pour with a good head and good lace. Smells of citrus, soap, grassy-earthy.

Definitely a pleasant brew, and what I would expect for this style. The hops are definitely front and center, but not overpowering. I could definitely see this as a session brew, and at 6.1% abv you could probably get away with it.

Would definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of NoHipTee
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly carbonated. Good color that is an amber golden. Smell is a very pleasant hoppy odor that teases the taste buds. Minimal floral hints. A real earthy simple scent. The taste is equally simple and straight forward. Just as I expected from the name. The hoppy bitterness is not compounded by further complexities. A delightful beer that is deserving of the name "fresh hops". I will be looking for this beer again.

Photo of Bugsey
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice pale ale, but a little over the top on the hop bitterness. Compared to a Sierra Nevada or Dale's Pale Ale, this one has more of bitter bite. Now that's a personal preference, but I prefer something more balanced and less jarring. So I'll stick with Sierra and Dale's for this beer style.

Photo of VRH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a light tea colour with pleasant frothy head. Nose is bright and herbaceous, with hints of fruit. Taste is complex with melon rind, white pepper, thyme, bitter grass, and a nice oily, creamy malt palate. Great!

Photo of dondeez21
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I recently bought the last that my local liquor store had in stock. This beer is great. I love the fresh floral taste that each bottle has. Overall I feel this is a great beer easily a top 10 in the North America Micro Breweries for a harvest time "wet" hopped ale. If you can find this beer I highly suggest trying it.

Photo of fostwal
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly hazy and light brown.
Smell - True to its name, it has a nice hop scent.
Taste - Again, the name really describes the taste. You instantly taste the bitterness of the hops as soon as it hits your mouth and continues all the way through the aftertaste. To contrast, this is different from what I would consider an aged beer that is more mellow and allows the flavors to develop.
Mouthfeel - Average carbonation adds to the bite that the hops give.
Drinkability - Pretty good. This is an excellent beer for hop heads. The flavor hits hard and lingers around a little. Then you want to take another sip to get that jolt again.

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Grassy" and "Citrusy" are on the label. I'm excited. As always, I enjoy the design of GD's brews. Hoping this one is as tasty as the others I've had.

Immediately things look promising with thick lacing and a bulbous head that doesn't fade much. Beautiful pour. The color is perhaps a little bit lighter than I would like, but it's a great thing to see go down.

The smell is easily the best thing about this beer -- it's absolutely wonderful. I absolutely expected more hops from this beer. With NW hops, I think it would be a much more rounded, complete beer. The hops do a wonder to the nose of this beer, and it just doesn't carry onto the taste. Caramel malt carries the day here, with some mild hop presence through the middle. Mild bitterness and a pleasant finish. Perhaps my expectations were unwarranted?

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- pleasantly carbonated with some body to match. At 6.1%, it's eminently drinkable.

Photo of sml505
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, golden amber. Light white soapy head that laces glass.

S - Strong citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - Medium sweet. Citrus hops and balanced malt flavors. Bitter finish.

O/ M - Great fresh hop ale! Strong hops but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness for finish.

Photo of isaiahcutright
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a light amber with a brilliant white 2 finger head.

S: lots of floral hops grassy overall delightful.

Taste: smooth a nice bitterness bite a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A nice overall smoothness to this fresh hopped pale ale.

Overall: another solid brew from the Great Divide folks just a great drinking beer if only we could have this fresh all year.

Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Off-white head, about two fingers and dissipates slowly. Beer is a burnt orange color, almost orange.

S: Nice hop aroma with grassy notes, a little bit of pine.

T: This tastes like a good standard APA. Nothing is too overpowering. The hops are very well balanced with a nice pine and grass flavor coming through. There is also a very subtle sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with a noticeable carbonation that helps add to the beer.

D: Extremely drinkable APA. Not the hoppiest I've had, but definitely one of the most well balanced and drinkable ones.

Photo of bernardus1212
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass. Enjoyed this after a 12 hour shift. Poured a dark orange color. alittle haze to it but not much. The smell had a little more ripe fruit smell then a dry hopped IPA. Flavor was super well balanced with a hops and ripe tangerine. I was very impressed with this beer. One of my favorite offerings from great divide. Would have had about 3 more but I was too tired.

Photo of Ruslanchik
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no dating information. Clearly the 2008 model, though, as the label is new this year. The label proudly proclaims a grassy flavor. Not something I expected to be a selling but, we will see.

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a crystal clear amber with a foamy white head. There aren't very many bubbles rising so the head fades relatively quickly. The beer did maintain a nice film of head throughout, though.

The aroma is filled with citrusy hops followed by just a touch of nutty malt. When I agitate the beer a bit I can detect a trace of coffee aroma as well. There is a bit of "grassy" aroma here, though I think it smells more like crushed leaves.

The wet hops are very evident in the flavor. There is a strong up-front bitterness that fades into a fairly robust malt flavor. This trails off into a vegetal flavor that is pretty unique to wet hop beers. There is some grassy character, but also something like leaves in the fall. There is definitely more malt flavor here than I was expecting, but it is very well balanced between the hop bitterness, malt, and hop grassiness. The flavors complement each other well.

This beer has a nice medium body and a relatively dry, tart finish.

The flavor of this beer is unique and a little inappropriate for sessioning. 22oz of this is probably enough for the whole year actually. I great beer that has its place, but not one I will be coming back to soon.

Photo of skinny0ne
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has a great foamy head that lasts. The color is a perfect amber. The aroma has plenty of hops and grains and a hint of citrus. The flavor is all hops. But it's not overpowering. Towards the back and in the finish is a bit of grapefruit. And around the edges is some sweet malt. Really a great balance between them all. None overpower. The hops are strong but not brash. It's not an overhopped double IPA. This is as great drinking beer. I thoroughly enjoy it.

Photo of spratmi
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear golden copper color with a full one finger head that settled down to a thin cap with a light bubble filled lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Initially there were strong notes of pine and orange citrus along with a slight hint of sweet malt.
T: The first sip yielded strong notes of grass and pine with citrus hops on the finish. The citrus notes were balanced between bitter grapefruit and sweet orange blossoms. There was a hint of malt hidden throughout.
M: Light and crisp with oils lingering on the finish. Medium carbonation.
D: Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

Photo of wanker
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - I usually don't care at all about appearance, but the head on this beer was so dense and pillowy that it really caught my attention. I don't recall ever seeing a denser, more attractive head on a beer.

S - pleasant, mild hoppy smell

T - beautifully balanced. Hoppy, but not too hoppy. As advertised on the bottle, the hops taste really fresh.

M - thick and velvety, but not at all syrupy.

D - unparalleled.

Photo of amneziak
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: As one would expect from a beer called Fresh Hop Ale, there is a ton of hop aromas on the nose right out of the glass. It's very citrusy and clean smelling with a bit of pungency from this abundance of hops. Finally, there are lots of grassy and bitter grapefruit components present in the end that almost confuse you into thinking it's a double.

Appearance: The FHA pours a warm coppery orange color with a nice subtle (yet rocky) tan colored head. The presence of carbonation is visible as you hold the glass up to a light. There is a very nice foamy three finger head, which on the top, almost looks like frothed milk. As the head settles, it hangs on to the side of the glass leaving its fair share of lacing.

Taste: There's not as much carbonation on the tongue as you would expect from a beer with this much head. Unlike a lot of other hoppy beers along these lines, though, there is a good amount of flavor coming through. The citrus components that I got on the nose don't fully translate to the palate. These hops have a much grassier or pine needle quality than those others.

Palate: The mouth feel on this one ranges between light and medium bodied in that your mouth wants it to be a potent Imperial IPA, but that fact is that it's just a Pale Ale with lots of hops. It coats the tongue nicely, though, and never leaves you needing more bitterness.

Overall: The beauty of this beer is that it's not considered an Imperial IPA - it's a Pale Ale. This difference alone brings the alcohol content down 3% from its older brother, the Hercules Double IPA, which I prefer greatly over this. The problem with the FHA being a Pale Ale, however, is that hop heads will really wish there was more going on in this glass if it's going to include lots of fresh hops. You are basically getting 75% of the experience of a double IPA.

Ultimately, this is a really nice beer because it can be a lower alcohol percentage beer while still hanging on to a lot of the same hoppy characteristics of a double. And to be perfectly honest, it truly is better than a lot of the "Imperial" IPAs I've had from other breweries around the world.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Falling Rock. Pours orangish with nice head. Smells of hops and floral, a nice crispness to it. Was hoping since it is described on here as the Liberally Hopped made for the DNC it would taste more like it. Tasted citrusy, hoppy and clean but not like the Liberally Hopped at all. Overall a good beer though.

Photo of CONOR8832
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber colored into the glass with a nice fluffy white head, left some great lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for, it probably has to do with the fresh wet hops that they use but its aromoa is extremely grassy with a ripe great fruit scent that almost makes you think you are about to drink an IPA. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the smell. Very fresh taste, crisp taste, great hop to malt balance. Leaves a nice hop coating on the palate, I had a hard time convensing myself that this is a pale ale not an IPA. Great beer for hop heads, to put it in a nut shell if you could take the breaking of fresh celery stalks and put a flavor and feel to that sound that is what this beer is. I wish it was a year round brew but I guess I will just have to stock up on it.

Photo of Ninjabrew
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very little head when poured aggresively. Nice color otherwise.

Smell: I don't know if this is marketing related or not, but it actually smells fresh! Maybe like fresh cut grass.

Taste: An excellant example of this style maybe even more earthier than most. Yum

Drinkability: They don't get any easier to put down than this.

Photo of pourmeup
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Sept. 29 2009

A- Retains a thick off-white cake-like head throughout the entire glass, has a nice golden-orange color to the beer itself, leaves behind clumps of lacing in random places on the glass
S- Very heavy on the citrus rind in the nose, light sourdough bread smell at the end
T- It was almost as if I walked headfirst into a hop wall. Hops are present in every part of this brew, heavy citrus notes with even a bit of pepper evident on the after-taste.
M- Leaves your mouth with a lingering hop taste, but what remains is very subtle, has a slight creamy texture from the thickness of the head, overall a nice a texture
D- Not a terribly heavy beer, but slightly unrelenting in the hop department, which lowers the drinkability a little, but not much.

Photo of MattyBones
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pores a nice copper color with a good amount of carbonation readily visible with a nice thick foamy head.

Smells: Getting mostly a grapefruit nose and a light grassy/earthy kind of scent to it.

Taste: A solid amount of citrus but the main pop comes from the hops. A very fresh hoppy taste with a slight...very subtle backbone of malts.

Mouthfeel: slick with carbonation, very smooth but doesn't linger for too long.

Overall: A pretty fresh tasting APA. You get a nice burst of hops but it finishes sort of empty. Once the hops hit the palate they are gone not too long after and there isn't much left to it. I like brews with a little more bite with a solid aftertaste. It's still a solid brew from Great Divide and I would definitely dig into another bottle.

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

app: caramel, with one finger of head

smell: grassy hop aroma, with hints of sugary malt

taste: sharp intense hops, especially in the finish. very clean and crisp
a caramel, sugary malt in the background, not as pronounced as it couldve been, but this beer really delivers on its title 'fresh hop'

mouthfeel: slightly prickly and moderately dry. very refreshing beer.

Drinkability: solid, just the right amount of pungent hop bitterness that doesnt go into the extreme category of the double IPAs. drank a bomber of this no problem at only 6% abv.

Photo of ryanismean
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bomber a crystal clear darkish amber with a nice quarter-inch head, which settles to a respectable layer of foam and leaves sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is unsurprisingly dominated by oily northwestern hop, all piney and grassy floral herb, with just a hint of sweet, fruity malt bringing up the rear. Flavor is much of the same. Resinous hop bitterness coats the tongue, although the aromas seem a little muted in the mouth, at least until it warms a bit. There is some sweetness up front, but it is quickly overpowered by the bitterness--are they sure this is just 55 IBUs!? Tasty in any case, but hardly balanced, which, fortunately, is exactly what I was looking for. Finish is long and bitter, the hop oils just take up residence in your mouth and refuse to be evicted.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes, but not bad. Nicely carbonated, but not enough residual sugar to create a pleasant stickiness. I could drink a couple of these in a session perhaps, but in my opinion this would be much better paired with a meal. The thought of downing a bomber of this alongside a plate of blackened chicken czarina makes my heart melt.

Photo of TheDudeBeers
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a glass

A - Nice golden orange with about an inch of head

S - Hops, Citrus, malt, grassy notes

T - Sharp hops and grain with a nice citrus finish.

M - Smooth, good carbonation

D - Very easy to drink. Nice Fresh balanced taste.

Photo of wasso67
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 version, best by date of 12-31-14. Interesting as I first enjoyed this beer in early December, obviously same bottling run. I found the first beer to be amazing, layers on layers of hop goodness. Just really popped. Today's is obviously aged further.

Still excellent, but lacking that hop pop. I rated this as the earlier tasting of this beer. My advice...look for this early next year and drink it fast!

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.