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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
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1,243 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really nice fluffy and even rocky head that opens up the nose of well what else, fresh hops. Very nice and inviting. the color is corn yellow and clear.

the mouthfeel is very nice and typical of a pale ale full but not like and IPA.

The taste is really nice and has a nice grainy sweetness that is complemented by grassy hops. The hops are not overpowering at all and just really are a nice complement and balance to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:27:51 | More by OatmattStout
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Biggness

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber with a 2 fingered head, lots of lacing as well as some sediment. The smell is nutty and malty. The flavor has a wonderful malt base to it with that nice fresh hop flavor that I am beginning to recognize, certainly a nice balance between the two. The mouthfeel is ok with a slight dry aftertaste and a good carbonation level. This beer has nice drinkablility and I could drink many of these in one sitting :)

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:14:25 | More by Biggness
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the look of this beer, a creamy/rocky off white head on top of a slightly cloudy yellow-orange body. The head loooks really nice. The nose is grassy with a hint of alcohol. The nose isn't as pleasing as some other fresh hop beers I've had recently. The taste starts spicy, kind of piney and then there is a good biscuty malt flavor to hold up the spiciness. The finish is bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is a little too heavy for an APA if you stick to sytle but it needs to be that heavy to hold up the hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:47:11 | More by orsulacp
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omnigrits

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass (in two hits) from a 22oz bomber, bottled on September 29th, 2009.

Beautiful pale amber colour with a thick white head that hardly subsides and leaves very impressive lace. A subtle but promising nose with plenty of grapefruit and hay. By this point you know there's going to be a heavy hop profile. Slightly malty up front with a dry, bitter finish. Very little carbonation and so a bit thin as far as mouthfeel is concerned, but a very nice beer all the same. I'll buy a few more bottles of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 00:02:21 | More by omnigrits
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jeffaroo95

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-23-2014 23:27:53 | More by jeffaroo95
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall flute glass:

Appearance: Poured a medium orange pumpkin to golden hue.Slightly cloudy.Gorgeous two finger white head that fell to a small ring around my glass followed by an impressive laceing.

Aroma: A blast of fresh hop aromas,piney,sweet smelling tree sap.Hop oils blended with sugary pale malts,followed by a candied sour apple.

Taste: Like the nose the hops explodes in your mouth but not to overpowering,the pines are still present,but are very balanced with the malts in this pale ale.Not as sweet in flavor as in the nose but just enough to make your mouth water.Its a medium finish with just enough bitterness. OHH so balanced.

Mouthfeel: First impression: CRISP.Coats the mouth ever so slightly with a never perfect level of carbonation.I had to swallow several times to cleanse the small bubbles that it leaves behind.

Drinkability: Superb,I could see this beer to be the pale ale of choice for me.They need to put this in sixers and a regular rotation.Overall and again, a good buy.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:00:01 | More by cheers2beers
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mkf629

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-11-2013 02:20:47 | More by mkf629
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doof116

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-24-2011 03:44:46 | More by doof116
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jgluck

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-17-2012 22:54:07 | More by jgluck
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is the word I am looking for? Oh yea, QUAFFABLE. Very tasty beverage. The only thing I have to wonder about is how old the beer is since fresh hops are only available for a short timeframe and the beer must now be 9 months or so old. Still quite good though. Alcohol is there to preserve it. Hop aroma is more of a piney, earthy aroma rather than cascade type grapefruit. Color is a deep golden color. Head retention was excellent.

An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 15:47:46 | More by bigbelcher
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

color of apple juice at in front of a 60watt bulb. The froth is fantastic, and sticky. It's coated the glasses superbly with rings of lace that track my gulps like tree rings track growth.
Smells like yellow grapes and grapefruits.
Resiny and tingling--my tastebuds are ringing with fresh herb oils: wild bergamot. Citrus skins and drops of pine essence clad in silky malts hug my tongue . Mildly fruity. Drinks like a fresh, clear cider. I find this very sensual with a lingering and enticing aftertaste. It's like necking on a warm lawn.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 05:36:38 | More by gbontrag
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stoney1031

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-30-2013 20:57:58 | More by stoney1031
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trojankeg

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-17-2011 03:35:35 | More by trojankeg
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10%

06-26-2014 05:49:03 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma is medium sweet with pine, grapefruit, caramel, orange and grass. Flavor is pine, grapefruit, light caramel, light herbal and citrus. Very dry and fruity finish. Light to medium body, light chewy texture. One of the better APA's I have had in some time.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:00:16 | More by kmeves
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stimulus

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a 22oz bomber with a friend, poured into pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear orange hue with a mild creamy one finger head.

S: Crisp, clean, hoppy scent.

T: Fresh, full hop flavor with some sort of fruit flavor (citrus?) on the way down into the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation does wonders for the mouthfeel of this beer

D: Not quite sessionable, but I probably could have finished the bomber myself and been content. The fresh taste from this beer would be good for another 11 ounces.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 01:56:51 | More by stimulus
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En29356

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-20-2013 00:59:50 | More by En29356
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a fine head that slowly whisped away. The bouquet was flowery and bountiful of hops. The hops were pleasant on the old schnoz, not overpowering, leaving the anticipation of the taste.

The taste had what I thought was an interesting balance, a nice sweetness that balanced what seemed to be a perfect amount of hops. A pleasant, slight aftertaste that made the next sip more enjoyable than the last. The mouthfeel was nice, as the body of the beer just complimented the taste perfectly.

Honestly, I have been enjoying this brewery's products since I found them in Virginia in the mid-90's. Now that I can get them here in Pennsyltucky, I can't wait to enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 20:27:52 | More by garcia2a
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timwardjr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-24-2013 23:34:05 | More by timwardjr
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

03-24-2013 01:47:53 | More by HeyJim
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Dylanjf

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-05-2013 00:26:33 | More by Dylanjf
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HiWire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Sept 30. Probably don't need a tulip for this, but I don't want to miss any aromas. After letting this warm up for about 30 minutes, I see a towering head that leaves intricate, almost symmetrical, lacing. The third and final pour from the bottle leaves a more resilient head that sticks around until the last drop. The beer is a perfectly clear orange-ish copper.

Aroma and taste are straight citric hops; there is nearly a complete absence of malt sweetness and yet my palate isn't torched. I've had other harvest APAs that have a heavier hand with caramel/chocolate malts but that's clearly not what GD was going for here. It's extremely light and refreshing without those malts or higher ABV to weigh it down, but it's not overpowering either.

I might have preferred a bit more sweetness for balance, but after spending most of the last six weeks ODing on marzen, this beer is pretty damn close to what I was looking for. It's a great representation of the fresh hop style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:12:52 | More by coachdonovan
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

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

This is a tasty brew. This was the first season that I was able to sample this brew, and I will certainly be picking up again when it comes out next year. Great Divide has never disappointed me.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a transparent golden orange. It produced a solid two finger white head that slowly dissipated after several minutes to a thin crown on the top of brew. It left quite a bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of fresh resinous hops - grassy and floral. Very piney and slightly citrusy. There is a thin sweet smell that is beneath the main hops scent - caramel or honey. Smells very enticing.

Taste - There is a thin sweetness intitially from caramel-like malt, and then a huge fresh hop flavor. The hops give it a very piney flavor, along with subdued citrus. While the hop flavor is the center stage, it doesn't slap you in the mouth - it is a very even-handed flavor. This beer highlights the bitterness and grassiness of the hops and less of their citrusy nature.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Very smooth going down. The carbonation level is just under where I would want it for my taste, but I could just be nit-picking. This beer is crisp but still has an extremely slight oily texture.

Drinkability - Excellent. The ABV is right in my sessionability range, and the flavor just makes me want to drink more. I could easily have 2 to 3 pints.

Great Divide hasn't disappointed me yet. This is a great seasonal, it is just too bad that hops are an annual plant, because this would be a great brew to have year-round.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 07:39:12 | More by MiguelMandingo
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours surprisingly clear with a golden-amber hue into a goblet. Really, I haven't seen a beer this clear in a long time. A light tan one- finger head burns off swiftly to leave a full-covering film. With the beer being so clear, it is easy to see the carbonation bubbles moving moderately swiftly up the glass. The lacing is quite sticky and has the appearance of a spindly spider's web.

S: An interesting hop bouquet graces my nose. Hints of parsley, rosemary, mint, grass, and slight citrus wafts drift lazily out of the glass. Of those aromas, I'd say the mint is the strongest presence. A bit of a caramel malt smell is present, along with a biscuit breadyness, but the hops definitely are the stars of the smell show.

T: Bitter, fresh hops jump onto my tongue. Distinct flavors of grapefruit, mint, grass, and spinach wash over my palate. Caramel malt sweetness is much more prevalent in the taste than it was in the smell. Actually, the balance between the varied hop taste and the caramel malts is quite even. This is very fresh and scrumptious pale ale.

M: This is a creamy, medium-bodied feel for a PA. The hops bite at the sides of my palate from first contact to well after swallow, while in the middle of the sip the caramel malt sweetness provides the aforementioned creaminess.

D: I will look forward to imbibing this fresh every year. This particular beer was bottled on October 4, 2010 and I count myself fortunate to have it at its peak of freshness. Chalk up another winner for Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:26:02 | More by TCHopCraver
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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