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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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1,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 133
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 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.

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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%

Photo of humuloner22
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just picked this one up as a comparison to the rest of them. I honestly just became aware of Fresh hop beers this year. I don't know why it took so long! Anyway, this one is right up there with Founder's as far as I am concerned. I have had about 10 fresh hop beers this year and these were the two that stood out more than any.

Look: Beautiful, reddish bronze, a decent amount of head that leaves a nice level of lacing.

Smell: That is where it was lacking a bit, but had a nice mild hop aroma going on. Not as pungent as the Founder's but really that is the standard bearer.

Taste: The taste is much better than the nose would allow you to believe. Flowers, not too boozy, but just enough, it has that nice hop taste. Grassy and floral but a nice tartness that balances well with the mild amount of malts going on. This really is one of the better fresh hop beers I have had. No wonder Great Divide is a well regarded outfit!

Overall: My top two in fresh hop beers, I still think Founder's harvest edges this on out in flavor and aroma by a small margin. But this one is definitely a top notch beer.

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.

Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of depechemode1983
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper in color. Head is off-white with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal. Slightly above average. I was hoping to see tons of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet grapefruit and pineapple up front. Undertone of caramel and flowers give a bit more depth.

T - Taste is very bitter. Grapefruit with a mix of lemon zest and a slight orange sweetness. Malts balance it out nicely with a bit of caramel sweetness.

M - Smooth and extremely soft with almost perfect carbonation. Very impressive. A bit airy in the finish.

O - A damn fine APA one of the better ones Ive tried if not the best. Excellent.

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

A: Pours a bright orange with a thick white head that is damned sticky and leaves all kinds of lace on the glass. The only reason it's not a 5 is because the retention isn't as good as it could be--a thin covering remains over the top of the beer.

S: All hops. Big time citrus--grapefruit and orange, mainly. Other tropical fruits in the background--some mango. Some floral aromas, as well. Either more intensity or complexity would help, but not a major complaint.

T&M: Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer is that it is actually an APA. The hops are present in a big way, but there is a pleasant bicuity, cracker-like malt backbone that holds things up well. Hop flavors make their entrance towards the end and burst with cirtus and pine flavor. The mouthfeel is superb--a sticky, resinous feel that lets one continue to savor and salivate in anticipation of the next sip. Body and carbonation are both to style.

D: Excellent drinkability. The project for Great Divide was to make a pale ale, not an IPA, and they superbly accomplished that goal. The body is medium, flavor is balanced (well, relatively anyway), and drinkability is high. My only regret is that I didn't buy more bombers of this stuff when I had the chance (though it is kind of expensive!). As far as comparisons go, this beer is more sessionable than Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale this year. I love the wet hop beer experience, and I'm pleased that I finally got the opportunity to try a few of these beers.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess I am a little bit "over" IPA's. Recently, I have been finding them all a little monotonous. Fresh hop, double, imperial, to much of the characteristic profile is numbed down by irresponsible hop application. However, Fresh Hop, from Great Divide has enough nuts to break this cycle. Its' most outstanding characteristics are in its taste- nice cherry body, closed out by extremely well-placed hops. Drinkability at 6.1%, with appropriately placed hops, forget about it. For a mid-sized beer this is it!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of abrand
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

The Fresh Hop APA pours a golden color with a nice foamy 2 finger head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Very nice looking pour. Aromas are mostly floral hops and a cut grass. A musky finish rounds out an average nose profile. Taste is mildly bitter with plenty of sweetness up front that contains citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. This is a very easy drinking APA that has a good, not great flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.