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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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1,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 130
Gots: 95 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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

Appeared: A clean and clear copper fluid spewed forth from my bomber bottle. The well carbonated fluid tossed up a rather chunky and substantial beige off white head. Well developed sheets of lace persisted throughout the tasting.

Smelled: Superb and pleasing. This pale smelled better than many IPA's that I have inhaled. Great hop presence in citrus grapefruit and herbal, grassy layers. Very aromatic. The malt was strikingly advertised as well with caramels flooding in amidst the hop curtain. Great nose.

Taste: This brew was a well balanced creation. There was a powerful hop presence that was nicely tamed by the malt. It flirted with the limits, but stayed wet and juicy even with the hearty hopping. It held some bitter and grapefruit and grass, but had enough malt base to remain a pale ale without stepping into IPAlien territory. Great caramel sweetness. Great hop citrus, pine, bitterness, and aromatic bouquet. Fresh sums it up well. A splendid example of the class. An APA with soul.

Mouthfeel: Medium fat. It seemed almost fluffy and creamy at times. At any rate, it was refreshing and felt right for the flavours it supported.

Drinkability: Good. I found myself drinking this like it was the last beer on earth and had to remind myself to slow up and enjoy it. No problems. Very fresh. Very crisp. Very well engineered. Normally I would pass up a pale ale for an IPA, but this was a rewarding experience that any hop enthusiast would enjoy.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/honey body with a light tan, fluffy head that sticks to the side and remains topping the beer for quite a while.
Nose is citrusy, cascade hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone.
Pretty nicely balanced. More so than I expected. Lots of aroma hops are to be found, and a decent amount of bittering hops, but the sweetness of the malt nicely compliments the hops.
Medium mouthfeel, but a bit stickier than I'd like and great drinkability. For $3.99 per bomber, this is one great value for money brew.

Photo of elniko
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Huge pillowy head followed by wonderful lacing, rich golden hue. Wonderful looking brew.

S: Not as strong as I thought it would be but still very nice grassy hoppy tones on the nose. Solid.

T & M: What a nicely balanced brew, the fresh hops almost take this to an IPA letter of bitterness but not quite. Nicely bodied with a just slightly creamy mouthfeel, finish has nice citrus and flowery tones.

D: Highly drinkable, Great Divide has yet to disappoint. Without a doubt I will be having this again.

Photo of BugTownPub
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of benito
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive and wonderful.

Out of a bomber this poured mandarin orange with frothy head and good lacing. Almost immediately the unique smell hit me: a wet grassiness mixed with hints of pine, citrus, and cedar. Incredibly aromatic and full bodied to the nose alone!

From there, the taste didn't disappoint (no small feat!). The strong hop flavor was matched by an earthiness and citrus zest that gave the overall flavor profile an excellent balance. The lingering flavor of light hoppiness and grass was just right...neither too forceful nor absent; in fact, I go as far as to say that the flavor haunted me into drinking more and more and more. For a strong pale ale, this was highly drinkable: I could have easily had more, but alas, my bomber was empty before I knew it.

An exceptional brew. This one is worth searching out.

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of jhlosito75
4/5  rDev -2%

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

Lots of pine and american hops ... no alcohol detected ... smooth as a new bowling ball... this is an IPA right?? no APA here ... it actually tastes fresh with a great bitter backbone...One of the nicer american pales available on the market today, just hope the quality doesn't get effected by the hop shortage..

Photo of Givemebeer
4/5  rDev -2%

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

A-Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off white head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing.

S-Much hoppier than expected, and thats not a bad thing at all. Ctirus predominant with pine notes as well, a bit of malt and earthiness as well. Smells good.

T-Really tastes like an IPA. Very hop forward with a nice bitter bite of citrus and pine with a subtle, but noticeable malt backbone. I really like it.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite that isn't overdone, dry finish.

D-Very drinkable. A bomber went down easily.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I enjoyed this one very much.

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

A - Pours light gold into my snifter with almost three fingers of white head, moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Full of hops, big fresh citrus, grapefruit/orange and grassy/pine, with a sweet malt balance.

T - Hops are prominent but not overbearing, light malt backbone allows hops to really shine through. So fresh and tasty with a mild bitterness throughout.

M - Medium body, oily and creamy, really coats the palate.

O - This really was fantastic in my opinion, light and crisp with fresh hops and a great balance, new favorite pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gregaroo
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

22oz, no fresh date
Pours a golden orange color with a thick head of medium sized tan bubbles. Aroma is sweet citrus with a touch of lawn. Taste mimics the aroma, with a pine resin bitterness in the aftertaste. OK, but I guess I expected more. An above average pale ale, but nothing special.

Photo of battlekow
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale reminds me a little of the Silver Creek IPA I had a couple weeks ago, in that it's darker than the average PA, yet still quite hoppy. Great Divide definitely didn't skimp on the malts--this is no hop bomb--and there are definitely some low-level chocolate notes floating around underneath the fresh hop smack. As cokes noted, the hop flavor is huge, but the bittering is controlled to the point that you could easily drink a couple of these bombers in quick succession. Great beer.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.