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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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Rion

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-18-2013 16:59:52 | More by Rion
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shoretaxi

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-25-2014 01:05:59 | More by shoretaxi
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mds1101

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-04-2014 04:18:34 | More by mds1101
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Buster

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2013 04:19:56 | More by Buster
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Xul

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent light amber, capped by two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Blend of piney, earthy and citrusy hops up front with some distinct tangerine and pineapple characters, followed by a biscuity malt base. Nose is a bit subdued, but pleasant

T: Piney and earthy hops up front at a moderate level, before biscuit malts come up on the mid-palate. Balanced backend, followed by a finish of light citrus and tropical fruits.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very pleasant

D: Very easy drinking, good hop character but well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:19:44 | More by Xul
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CaverDave

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-05-2013 21:53:25 | More by CaverDave
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backslide311

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-02-2013 09:42:15 | More by backslide311
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Matthew

Connecticut

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

Poured out of a 22oz bomber a orange/amber color with a pretty sizable frothy white head that slowly dissapates to leave a small covering.
Aroma is of fruity hops, mostly orange peel, slightly earthy, grassy and a malty sweetness surrounds the prominate hoppy smell.
Very smooth tasting beer, very balanced. Light earthy hops with undertones of a orange bite against a back drop of semi sweet malt backbone.
Mid level carbonation.
This beer is very drinkable, very tasty, alcohol is nearly unperceivable. This can easily become a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 03:23:31 | More by Matthew
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-07-2012 02:41:28 | More by UNCCTDawg
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bastu

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-16-2011 19:55:34 | More by bastu
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.7%

02-21-2013 02:34:43 | More by RudnicsMEB
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luvbier

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

02-24-2013 22:39:29 | More by luvbier
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qchic

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-08-2012 20:42:09 | More by qchic
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-27-2011 01:53:15 | More by OBIrish24
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do think it would be interesting to have a blind tasting of this beer versus other APA's. I suspect the 'fresh hop' imagery produces expectations beyond normal even for an APA and beyond the actual impact on taste of the hop-shipping procedure.

Pours a deep orange, with a large fluffy tan head.

Nose is powerful hop odors, reminds me of pine sap and citrus.

Taste is an amalgamation of a malty body which is distinct despite a ton of hops. In the hops I find citrus and something a bit more bitter, not actually tasting like pine sap (Yes I have tasted it) though the smell is a bit similar. I think the malty body offers a lot of balance for this beer, and at 6.1% it is very drinkable.

Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:18:57 | More by dogfooddog
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Joey1566

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2013 13:20:21 | More by Joey1566
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ESeab

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-20-2013 00:13:43 | More by ESeab
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jeffaroo95

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-23-2014 23:27:53 | More by jeffaroo95
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-02-2013 19:57:33 | More by georgiaboy8686
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12owls

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-01-2012 21:08:10 | More by 12owls
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BRLockwood

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-02-2012 03:50:05 | More by BRLockwood
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PaulMc

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-10-2012 03:12:49 | More by PaulMc
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HiWire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-29-2013 02:50:38 | More by HiWire
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PBoegel

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 version:

poured into 22 oz "Duvel" tulip.

App. Exceptional clarity light copper with some faint reddish highlight, nice white head.

smell: big pine, grassy mint, citrus and a balanced maltiness very clean, very crisp.

taste: is all hops upfront, piney and somewhat and more resin like in recollection vs. 2007 version, a very clean malt finish, exceptionally balanced, each sip is just filled with juicy ripe hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: is perfect for the style, almost comes off as bottle conditioned in the subtle but lively carbonation.

extremely drinkable and tasty, the 2008 hop harvest is primo and should make some outstanding hop profile beers going through 2009.

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presentation: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a "Duvel" tulip glass.

APP: bright orange copper hue with a fluffy cream white head, nice clarity, good looking brew.

S: citrus pine and minty spice upfront, some soft layers of caramel then orange, lemon, lime and earthy hop tones again.

T: AHH!!! this is one refreshing APA, an initial resin piney and pink grapefruit hop is nicely supported by a very clean lightly caramel biscuity noted malt that lends to a very pleasant hop bitterness in the finish.

MF: very clean, no astringency, low side of medium body but rounded for the style, perfectly carbonated to my liking, and a nice dry finish.

D: my local brew pub brews makes what to my taste is the very best APA I have been able to get my hands on, not being as huge a fan of Great Divide I was not anticipating to be wowed by this beer, but what can I say, line them up. This is one tastey APA and a couple or three pints won't hurt, while seated.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 13:47:06 | More by PBoegel
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

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

My 100th review on Beer Advocate! Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Notchings on the label indicate this was bottled in the first week of October 2007.
A: Lively and bright orange color, with darker shades up top and some light almost yellow shades towards the bottom of the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation racing up the middle of the beer. Pours with a full 2 inches of frothy and sticky whitish head that is slow to recede. The lacing is widespread and fairly slippery.
S: Relatively mild citrus and floral hop bouquet, compared to what I expected. This beer is freshly hopped, but not a hop bomb, for sure. There's a nice balance with a little smell underneath, mildly sweet. Kinda grassy, as well. The smell is pleasant, but just a bit too subdued for me.
T: Smooth citrusy hop flavors, backed by a bit of smoky maltiness and grassy notes. More notably hoppy in the middle and finish, bringing in some floral and oily tastes. The lingering taste is a surprisingly smooth hoppiness, not overly bitter.
M: Quite refreshing and satisfying throughout, although with a bit of a lingering oily bitterness.
D: Great. I could drink this all night.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It looks great, the smell is nice but subtle, and the taste is all-around solid. There's just a bit of an odd drying/oily taste and feel that lingers in the mouth that keeps those respective ratings down. All in all, though, a very drinkable beer that is worth trying. I will look forward to this beer's release each fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 00:29:18 | More by LeftyBWS
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.