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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
92
outstanding

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 131
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick, dense off-white head into a snifter. the lacing was tremendous throughout as it clung to the glass for dear life. the body was a clear, bright and bubbly amber.
s - grassy, herbal and citrusy.
t - hops! hit you in the tongue hard that tasted of grass and pine.
m - surprisingly very clean with a medium thickness.
d - good beer, hop heads will be pleased.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful orange clear, that has a nice crisp, clean look to it. From its appearance, the beer looks fairly tame, because of the clarity, with a massive amount of carbonation flowing to the top.

The beer poured a nice 1.5 finger head and the lace stayed on the sides of the glass. The nose of the beer is a sharp contrast the beers appearance. The aroma is citrusy with a strong dose of hops, more than many other pales ales that I have drank.

The beer shocked with a strong dose of hops. The refreshingly bitter taste is excellent. The beer is medium bodied, and has a complex flavoring to it. Very drinkable beer. Good for both summer/winter times. Outstanding product.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint glass.

A: Incredibly huge off-white head that was both frothy and rocky. Huge mountain peaks that lasted and lasted. The lacing was very good and the body is clean and perfectly clear. The color of this brew is a light coppery-orange.

S: Not a complex brew. But who says everything has to be? The hop bill, consisting of pine, grass and citrus was huge, particularly for a pale ale. Light biscuity malts provide some balance but the hops are the standout feature.

T & M: Just a little alcohol comes through as well as some peppery notes and diacytel. Lightly sweet and lightly acidic. The bitterness one-ups these qualities as one would expect such a hoppy beer to do. Creamy texture, medium body mouthfeel. This beer has medium carbonation and finishes crisp and dry. From the aroma, taste and mouthfeel, there's no debate about the freshness, even from my bottled version, it's apparent. I'd love to find this on draft soon.

D: Fresh an refreshing. There is a cleanliness to this brew that you don't see everyday. Every once in a while, it's nice to take a break from the bigger beers out there and mellow out with the likes of an easy drinker like this.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours pale copper, slightly hazy. The white large rich head is sparkeling and sure takes its time to dissipate, leaving lots of lacings.

S: Smells of clean caramell malt and american floral hops; there's mainly citric notes but also a hint of pine. Some bitter hops in there as well.

T: Bitter and floral notes up front - same citric and piney notes like in the smell. The hops are nicely balanced by the malt.

M: The after-taste is not to short and holds a nice dry bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich with lots of small bubbles.

D: A nice APA with a little of everything nice. The fresh hops sure makes a good impression. I like the size of the bottle; 650 ml - a lot of liquid to enjoy!

Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont remember when I enjoyed this but it was when it was fresh, lets say end of october

A: vibrant orance with an inch of white head. Lots of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass and there is good head retention but no lace.

S: Nicely fresh and hoppy. The hops were mainly citrus and there was a light caramel note in the backgroumd

T: Bursts of lemon and pine followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. As it warmed it become much pinier

M: Decent amount of body with some creaminess and a bit of puckering bitterness

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable but it was missing that "it" quality to make it great

Photo of beer2day
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber gold with very little head and of course nothing to retain. Laces well.

Pine nut hops in the nose. All pine with only a hint of faint dry citrus.

Hits extremely hoppy and bites hard after that. Sweet but tart and dry in the middle with a green piney finish. Very nice combination.

Medium body, just right for the style and taste.

Great drinker, especially for hops. If hops aren't your thing, then stay away.

Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Golden yellow and clear with copious carbonation and a thick and lasting white head. Lots and lots of lace. Piney hop aroma. Hops in the middle and noticeable bitterness. A bit of honey sweetness to compete with the hops. More IPA than APA. Crisp dryness and light mouthfeel, making it very drinkable.

Photo of bark
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale amber with a tint of gold; the three finger head is compact and yellowish. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a sweet note of citric fruits and a creamy bitterness. Some dough and a hint of cat pee.

The taste is hoppy with American notes of grape fruits, cream cookies, and a touch of barbeque meat. The bitterness is medium strong and a little sharp/sour. The aftertaste is a bit alcoholic with some citric chemical bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is a bit light.

An unbalanced and tired APA, perhaps not as fresh as the name implies.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass mug. Born on Sept 23, 2009, stamped on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.79.

A: Clear rusty-amber with 2-3 finger beige head with good retention and craggy lace formations

S: A great-smelling brew with tons of C-type hops aromas that are mostly citrus, pine, and lightly leafy layered on a fair-to-style solid pale malt backbone

T: Hops are aggressive but not as moldy grassy as I thought (maybe that's 3 months in the bottle), and they deliver a nice palette of hops flavors including lemon, orange, pine, and leaf with a substantial but overmatched pale malt sweetness that just regulates the hops somewhat.

M: Tacky and sticky like an IPA but more comfortable drinking lack of dryness like an APA. Aftertaste is very bitter though.

D: High price tag but probably worth it because of the dedication to quality that Great Divide always devotes to its brews. I'm glad I tried it because it is excellent, but I would still probably buy an Arrogant Bastard if they were the only brews left on the shelf.

Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with krisandajt awhile back. Poured a perfectly clear light copper color, good head and decent retention.

Smell was light and fresh, with earthy and leafy hop aromas. Not much in the way of citrus. Some pine too, and a bit of a biscuit malt component as well.

Taste also didn't have much in the way of citrus, instead showcasing the earthy, leafy and slightly piney hop flavors. Some lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was a light medium body, quite crisp, but not altogether as creamy or smooth as I like.

This is a pretty solid fresh hop ale, although the hop profile is not my favorite and the flavors were almost too subtle. Still a tasty brew though.

Photo of ATraurig
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright copper/orange appearance with a white head when poured.

S: Smells slightly on the malty side yet still hoppy. Also has earthy notes.

T: Nice flowery, hoppy taste when it first hits your tongue. Then has a bit of a malty taste, though, after the hops run their course. Slight hint of citrus but if I had to desribe the taste in one word it would be earthy.

M: Good but a bit shallow. The hops hit your tongue quickly but then leaves you hanging a little (as compared to the top tier APA/IPAs).

D: Very smooth. Lighter than I'd expected.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is indeed pale, but not to say colourless. Its lucid, brassy tone catches the light and reverts it in even brighter, sharper rays. Small spurts of lackadaisical bubbles do just as much to catch the eye. Its well lathered head is both filmy and bubbly; despite the apparent weariness of the carbonation the bubbles turn out to be surprisingly industrious.

This smell of grassy, vinous hops has a curiously sedative quality to it. There are, I'm told, sound scientific explanations for this - none of which interest me. All I care is that this bouquet has enough citrus to give it a dynamic tang (it does) and enough sweet, biscuity maltiness to engage the other half of my beer-related appetite (that too, it also has).

Similarly, the taste also satiates both my penchants for solid, sessionable pale ales. It has a sufficient amount of lightly herbal, citrus smacked hops to satisfy my itch for lupullin, while at the same time it has plenty of caramel and biscuits to gratify my affection for malts. The hints of lemon grass are equally appreciated as those of toffee. Yum!

Perhaps the most important aspect to a successful pale ale is balance - Great Divide has struck a resonance between yin and yang that would impress any Chinese zen master (maybe that's where the brewery get's its name?) One person could call this ultra hoppy and another super malty, neither opinion would be wrong. It's like an Escher painting.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale would make a great girlfriend: it looks nice, it smells nice, all its parts are well proportioned and it's incredibly easy to get along with. The only problem would be that, given the nature of the beer and the fact that only freshly-harvested hops are used, you'd really only get to see her once a year. Hmm, perhaps then she'd make a better affair!?

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured some of a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bright amber orange color. The light tan head rises fast and furious, then slowly dissolves over the course of minutes turning rocky and clinging to the glass with confidence. Nice!

Big citrus hop aroma, with an earthy quality to the hops and malt background. Flavor has a citrus and pine quality to the hops. There is a light sweet caramel malt background but this baby is all about the hops. Finishes bitter and tingly, it lingers for a bit.

Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinking big hoppy beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a beautiful light copper color with a nice 2 finger head that is very dense and active. Nice clear hue. Recedes slowly and leaves some nice lace behind.

S - Extremely floral and hopy smell. Awesome and very fresh. Pine, some citrus and some sweet grapefruit. Some spicy notes and mild malty sweetness in there but hops all the way.

T - Hops, hops and more hops. Could be called a APA/IPA. The fresh hop taste is very prevalent. Flowery and earthy with some nice citric notes. There is a nice clean and dry bitterness right at the end. Very hopy beer but very delicious with great pine and great grapefruit citric flavors.

M - Carbonation is pretty active.

D - Very drinkable stable ABV.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle dated Sep. 29, 2009

A: Pours a rich golden color with slight haze. The head is thick and fluffy, with excellent retention and great lacing.

S: The smell is almost all hops. Citrus, pine and spring meadow dominate the nose, while a sweet, honey-like malt aroma takes a back seat.

T: Like the smell, only alot more powerful. Citrus, pine, and grass are most prominent, with a very bitter edge. The finish is somewhat sweet, yet has a leafy floral character.

M: Medium bodied, yet not as viscous as I would have imagined. Crisp and dry, and also very refreshing.

D: Overall, this beer is very easy to drink. Great on it's own, but would be great with spicy dishes, fish, or even wild game birds.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale, poured on tap into a pint glass. A clear orangish color with a soapy off white head and alot of lace.

Aroma pretty hoppy as one might expect. Just a hint of the underlying malt.

Flavor is marked with an intense bitterness. Grapefruit-like, but much more bitter and less sweet. Has a juiciness to it as well, though quite bitter. Earthy stinging hops steal the show.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied while being semi-viscious. Hop presence feels like the enamel on my teeth is being stripped away. Dry.

Drinkability rates pretty good. This beer is a palate crusher and very hop-forward. More like an IPA than an APA.

Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Dec. 3 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head. The aroma was an abundance of citrus hops. The taste was a nice citrus hop presence in front of sweet malts. The beer was quite crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable beer, it's too bad it can't be produced year round.

Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, malt, hops, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is of caramel, hops, and a touch of pine, ends nicely bitter.

overall a lot more bitter than i would expect of a pale ale.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, bottled on Sept 29th

Light yellow orange with large 2 fingers of off white head.

Smell was not as hoppy as I'd hoped but I also think it's over 2 months old so that may have an effect.

Smell si a bit malty up front, with a decent amount of pine like hops in the background.

Taste is nice and light, initial whoosh of malt is closely followed by a citrus and piney hop characteristic

ight to meddium mouthfeel, perfect for an APA, and drinks well

Good offering

Photo of omnigrits
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this about the same as the bottle but it was more fun to have a "fresh hop" beer on draft. Surprisingly dark for a pale ale but the flavor is not overwhelming and the hop character is about the way it should be for an american pale. This is a very easy beer to drink and i'll have it as long as it's available.

Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/29/09. No abv info is given. Comes in at 55 IBUs. The artwork is different than the one shown on BA.

A-Pours a crystal clear light amber. It has a two finger off white head that fades to a nice frothy layer. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. Lots of lace is left after each sip.

S-Pine is all over the nose on this one along with some grapefruit. On the second pour the grapefruit was a little stronger. Not much malt is evident and the usual grassiness associated with a wet hop beer is lacking.

T-Like the nose, lots of pine and grapefruit. There is pale malt and a touch of sweetness midsip. There is some nice grapefruit and fresh raw hop bitterness that lingers in between sips. There is also a little sweetness in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-A great fresh hop beer. The hops are quite evident and it is not grassy like so many other wet hop beers.

I had this one a year ago on tap in Phoenix and really enjoyed it. The bottled version was just as good.

Photo of Reaper16
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC into a pint glass

Pours a brassy brown that is pretty typical of the APA style, perhaps a smidge darker than the average pale ale. The small head is white and foamy, so much so that the head looked like it was the product of a nitro tap. Lacing is not happening.

A bevy of pine smells come up out of the glass. The malt aroma is faint but sweet when it shows up. This is really one-note and unimpressive. I'd love to be able to write more about it, but I can't.

At least it tastes fine. The wet hops dominate the flavor, though the lupulin flavors aren't complex. This is a very grassy beer. The strong pine from the aroma doesn't translate to much pine flavor. And it isn't floral. Its mostly just astringent and it reminds me of straight lawn grass. The pale malts do bring some biscuit background so that the grassy hops don't become unbearable.

The carbonation level is moderately high, which is a plus and it compliments the thinner body. I can't rate the drinkability of this beer highly. It just isn't good enough to want to have multiple pints of.

Ultimately, this beer drinks like an APA from a random brewpub. I wasn't impressed at all, though this is fine enough.

Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from EBI in Saratoga NY.

Great lacing...crystal clear amber color. Decent hop odor. By no means as strong as some DIPAs are. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grassy taste with not as much citrus as I would have thought, though it is in there. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste as this one is still young (9/29/2009 bottling).

Not my favorite style, could be more accessible once the bitterness fades. Despite that, drinkability is good, making this a good candidate for a summer session ale.

Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small tan head. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass. Taste is malty sweet up front, with a earthy grassy bitterness in the middle, and a hint of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is great, a refreshing pale ale with a pleasant hop character.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.