1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,304 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 52 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fresh Hop Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,304 | Reviews: 662 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

frosted33, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of mvdillman
4/5  rDev -2%

mvdillman, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -2%

kvgomps, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

comfortablynirm, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of benloho
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of JerseyHopHead
4/5  rDev -2%

JerseyHopHead, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bigred89, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark urine color with fluffy white head. soapiness down the sides of an oily kind of feel to it.
smells bright and citrus-y, with a little bit of grass.
taste is the same, medium hop bitterness. grass, lemon, grapefruit.
I must also mention this has a best-buy date of December 29. good job Bevmo. again.
overall, it's alright but I cant say it's above 85 overall. maybe the date has something to do with it . . . .

pkalix, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jnardone235, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -2%

Lare453, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have the hop punch you might expect from a fresh-hopped beer, but does make up for it as an extremely drinkable pale ale, perhaps a little on the malty side, which is fine with me.

A: very clear yellow-amber, carbonation bubbles visible as they sustain the foamy head that leaves significant lacing
S: caramel, honey in the malt, maybe a little grass, but nothing too strong
T/M: carbonated beginning with an orange-honey, mango sweetness on top of a grapefruit-grassy mouth draw. The tastes work well together, neither side overpowering. A well-balanced beer, but one that could use maybe just a little more hop bite.

cjgiant, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of ohyayitstrey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ohyayitstrey, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a beautiful golden amber with a creamy white head. Incredible retention and if lacing throughout.

S- a pleasant somewhat mild hop aroma. Hard to detect specific aromas. Some metallic notes on the first few sips.

T- mild just like the aroma. Was expecting more hop flavor for a fresh hop ale.

M- a little thinner but it makes it easier drinking

O-this isn't a bad ale but when compared to other fresh hops ales it comes up a little short. Best by date of 30 December makes me think this bottle is just past its prime. Will have to try it again next year.

delta490, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Scrapss
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep ruddy gold. Head is rocky 2 fingers that dissipates to 2 mm full profile disk. some sparse lacing.

S: Sewery dank grapefruit, bitter citrus, some spicy yeast ester is peeking around the edges.

T: It's very smooth and bitter at the same time. Smelling is same as tasting here. malt is middling malt like caramel but lighter roast. Bitter citrus is yielding to minor piney notes. Complex. resinous on a ephemeral level, very mild.

M: creamy as all get out. carbonation reminds me of nitro carb. bittering hops are very present on final swallow. out breath is spicy hop citrus.

O: it is definitely a big fresh hop ale. Those dusty, dank resinous new hop notes present a nice complex hop brew.

Scrapss, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Zimm
4/5  rDev -2%

Zimm, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -2%

morrowd3, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of beetstreet
4/5  rDev -2%

beetstreet, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of TheKOshow
4/5  rDev -2%

TheKOshow, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jtransel, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hops had a sort of muddled freshness that was difficult to say what you were smelling.
I did detect a grape must almost like grape juice.
The beer had a slightly hazy golden color. On the pour I got a tall head that left behind some spotty lacing.
The taste was quite bitter and had a tinny or metallic taste at the finish. In between was some almost nonexistent hops and stale malts.
I bought this about a week from the expiration date which was Dec.30 so freshness was about 99% lost. I'm sure fresh this would be a good beer but not this time.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of rEBELlION
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

rEBELlION, Dec 24, 2013
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.