Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -2%
Pours a solid good orange/amber color containing excellent lacing. Off white antique say color head. Good cascading bubbles from the bottom to top as well. Huge lacing also.
Smell of hops come up primarily at first, then a good tangerine orange on the nose, slight hard to pinpoint but a sweet citrus tangerine in my mind. slight pine/resin but very faint. Great smell nonetheless.
Taste comes off as mostly a great hoppy finish slightly bitter, sweet tangerine in the palate, but with a very wet/watery body, kind of a floral and definitely grassy afterfinish that only comes through on the finish and nowhere else it seems.
Drinkability, sure get me another no complaints!
12-02-2010 04:18:53 | More by smakawhat
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.
10-22-2011 03:55:56 | More by rab53
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a quarter inch foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.
The smell featured a resiny citric, peppery and piny hop.
The taste consisted of a strong earthy and spicy hop coupled with a soft grainy malt.
The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.
Overall a very good APA. Very drinkable.
02-05-2007 01:57:01 | More by plaid75
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Poured a hazy golden-orange color with moderately lasting 2 finger foamy white head.
S: The nose was well rounded with fresh flowery pine scents, grapefruit and fresh citrus that was well balanced with some malt sweetness.
T: For flavor there was fresh wet hop resins of grapefruit and pine. A big flowery flavor that was well balanced as well with malt sweetness producing a very smooth and refined citrus hop tang in the end. The beer finishes semi-dry.
M: mellow and medium bodied with a very good carbonation highlighting the perfect balance of hops and malt.
D: Overall a very well rounded and smooth drinkable pale and sets the standard by style.
04-03-2008 00:46:59 | More by beerthulhu
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Wow. Pours a clear orange/brown, medium sized white head, lots of sticky lace and great retention. Smell is citrus hops, caramel, floral hops, more hops, some more caramel, excellent, and superbly balanced. Taste is caramel up front, followed by an extreme citrus and floral hop hit, lots of hoppage in the finish, clean bitterness thats just right. Great floral/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation. Amazing, best pale ale I've ever had, hands down. Malt and hops are perfectly balanced, a superb sipper, would love to stock up on this. Thanks DrJay!!!
03-22-2006 05:05:50 | More by Viggo
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to bentwookie for this one! Bottled 9/30/11
A: Pours a clear copper color with a two finger white foamy head on top. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing left behind on the glass.
S: A little bit of citrus and some pine. There is a heavier caramel component than I was expecting. Some lemon in the front.
T: Maltier than I was expecting and hoping, possibly due to age. Lots of caramel with a little bit of lemon and a hint of pine.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, slightly dry finish.
O: Not bad, would have loved to try it a bit fresher. Will look for it next time it comes out though.
12-07-2011 01:55:07 | More by mdaschaf
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Hazed orange. Thin, tight ivroy white head. Good retention and intricate lace properties. Great aroma of fresh hops, orange marmalade based malt derivatives and grassy, pungent hop oils. This all follows through on the buds. Bright citric hop tones of grapefruit and lemon peel. Grassy. Very fresh tasting even though this is months old. Malt provides a solid backbone and is toffeeish and caramelly in nature. Some of that marmalade character comes through as well. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Yet another nice accomplishment by Great Divide. They have been impressing the hell out of me over the past year or so.
02-04-2006 05:04:41 | More by Bighuge
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured an amber color with a large white foamy head. Lots of grass and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is also dominated by the grassy and citrus flavors of the hops with some pine coming through as well. The malt is there but the hops are clearly the star of the show. It wasn't bad by any means but I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other Fresh hop & IPA's I had this weekend. It had too much of the grassy flavor for me.
11-24-2009 19:39:59 | More by billab914
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Crystal clear amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. Great retention and lots of clumpy lace. The hop aroma is very smooth and completely without harshness, very delicate for the amount - plenty of grapefruit and grassy character. There's also a bit of caramel and honey behind all the hops. Very balanced flavour with Just enough maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bitterness is solid, but not overdone. Green, grassy, and grapefruit hops are everywhere in the flavour - they linger long into the finish along with a hint of caramel. Slightly drying and creamy texture - there's a bit of powdery character from the hops. Carbonation and body are just on the light side of medium. There's a hint of warmth as well. This beer is highly quaffable. I can imagine drinking pint after pint of this.
03-23-2006 23:09:54 | More by DrJay
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.
Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.
Smells largely of citrus and floral hop aromas with some light pine. Very hoppy, I'm excited to sip on it.
Tastes just as good as the smell would indicate. Sweet malts mixed with a slight citrus flavor up front, followed shortly by a nice wallop of bitterness. The flavors linger for a moment but then disappear, making me want to take another sip.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation, but nothing special.
Drinkability is great. This is an easy drinking APA that I could easily have a few more of.
Overall this is one of the better APA's I've had recently. Be sure to give this one a shot if you see it around.
10-30-2008 03:08:27 | More by glid02
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
Bottled on date of Oct. 05, 2010. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light honey-gold color with well over an inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.
The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some citrus hops, and a bit of malt in the background. The flavors were also dominantly hoppy with some, not much, malt foundation showing through.
The body was thinner than I enjoy for the style. Drinkability was decent, but being somewhat one-dimensional, became boring. Overall, a decent beer, although mostly it's a hop delivery system. Worth a try for most beer lovers, a must try for hop heads.
11-04-2010 02:45:42 | More by beertunes
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a moderate semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to surround the glass. Nose has pleasant hop floral aroma backed buy sweet malt, start is slightly sweet, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic with nice hop spiciness, dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer and Great Divide a long time favorite brewery.
01-02-2006 21:32:05 | More by Gusler
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring, crystal clear with some carbonation bubbling, and a frothy, cling, off-white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of wet, green hops, with cut grass, pine tassels, a subtle pepper spicing, and resinous bitter notes. Flavors are bitter forward, with a resinous background of pine pitch and subtle caramel notes, with piney, grassy, and subtle citrus highlights of lemon and grapefruit. Very well balanced and flavorful. Smooth bodied, but kept light and crisp with the carbonation. The aftertaste is resinous and bitter, and the caramel rich notes help to balance throughout. Awesome lacing left along the glass. The finish is slightly dry, crisp, and clean. Solid beer, and ridiculously easy to drink.
12-14-2013 01:03:12 | More by GarthDanielson
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
Bottle opened on 10.15.12
Bottled Oct 3, 2012
A - Pours a clear, darker orange with a one inch off-white head with a good retention and lacing.
S - Grass, pine, orange peel.
T - Grass, then bitter citrus and a sweet pine finish.
D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel.
O - Dank and grassy for a normally pale and light beer.
10-16-2012 07:02:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
4/5 rDev -2%
Bottle purchased in Columbus for about $5. The appearance was brilliantly clear, pale copper, thick and frothy topper. The aroma is mostly hops, fresh and resiny. The taste is OK, a nice balanced pale ale base with a blast of fresh hops giving a bitter punch, tasty enough to keep my interest through the bottle. Overall this is not something I'd miss if I didn't see it again, but it's far from bad.
12-02-2007 21:47:25 | More by TurdFurgison
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
22oz, overpriced at 5.49 i'm sure at Riley's, but i'd been wanting to try this one
appearance: pours clear amber into a mash house pint glass, foamy white head forms immediately, builds up about a half inch, decent lacing left behind
smell: fresh hops (duh), flowery fragrances, grapefruit, orange/lemon peel, sweet and smooth caramel malts underneath, pine needles
taste: very well balanced...flowery citrus hops are prominent...grapefruit, orange, lemon, bubblegum...sticky pine needles. behind all of that is a well pronounced biscuit-like caramel malt base. this is a very good apa, in the class of alpha king and burning river for me
mouthfeel: smooth, great balance, moderate hop bitterness, very nice indeed
drinkability: very very easy drinking...this bomber wont last long. smooth, fresh and delicious
01-14-2006 01:37:04 | More by dirtylou
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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