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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,311 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 53 | 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 EStreet20
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Hazy golden amber with a tiny tint of red with a one and a half finger, nearly white head. Head has nice staying power. Little lace rings pop up sporadically on the glass.

S - Beautiful citrusy hops on the aroma. Nice fresh cut lawn smell nehind there. I love the smell of these harvest ales.

T - A nice hoppy punch for your taste buds but not overpowering. Great citrusy hop taste along with some pine. However, this beer is also surprisingly well balanced and has a clean taste. Very well put together.

M - A great medium bodied feel that is perfect for the amount of hop punch this brew has along with all the delicately balanced flavor.

D - Excellent. This brew goes down like a pale ale of much smaller proportions. The hops do not overpower and really just provide an all around great beer.

EStreet20, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one delicious beer. I've been wanting to try a harvest ale for a while, and it didn't disappoint.

Appearance: Looks like the kind of color you expect from an APA or IPA , a rich coppery orange color with a good head that thanks to lots of hops leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops hops and more hops - the fresh kind, resiny and oily. Very intense and lasting - can't wait to taste!

Taste: Taste is a bit surprising. With the huge hop aroma, I was expecting something more bitter, but checking the label I see this is only 55 IBU's - an APA, not an IPA then. For what it is, absolutely delicious. Tons of hop flavor, but well balanced. I wouldn't have minded some more bitterness, but I can't possibly complain about what I got. Not harsh at all, intensely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Hop flavor sticks to the inside of your mouth. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night. Excellent.

hunteraw, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

eyes...
on an easy pour this produced a beautiful flluffy white head that moves like jello, good carbonation, clean and consistent looking, burnt orange with amber highlights, very nice looking for a PA. retention is good, ditto the lacing.

nose...
nice fresh and clean hop aroma (of the floral variety), this doesn't bowl you over and is not a "hop bomb", it just smells friggin delicioius. the malt is detectable but this is obviously a very american IPA, and that aint a complaint...

taste etc...
prickly carbonation and good solid mouthfeel, a little thicker than a lot of IPAs and definitely oily. the bitterness is really nice, you get a total array of bright flavors between the hops and malt, the sensation of the bitterness and carbonation blends very well. drinkability scores well here also.

verdict?
go buy a bottle. in a way this is just a really good example of the style, it pulls the right chords in all the right places.

Ego, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of Terp96
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this all year and was stopped in my tracks when I spotted it.

This beer pours a bright orange-amber hue with a decent one finger thick head. Moderate carbonation as well. It laces nicely as you progress.

Smell is phenomenal. If you love hops, this is a beer you must try. Pine, grass, grapefruit, it has it all. A great bouquet.

Taste is equally good and mirrors the aroma. In addition, to the hops, there is a nice malty sweetness to this beer. It finishes with a moderate bitterness to let you know what is in charge here.

Mouthfeel is great. Very balanced. Not heavy or thin. It's just right.

This beer is one of the most drinkable I have ever had. Another great beer from Great Divide. I have yet to find a notable flaw in any of their beers.

Terp96, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, capped, no date. Pours a clear copper color with orange hues. Two finger white head is creamier and stiffens nicely, leaving pockets of floam and copious big-bubbled lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, along with whiffs of pine and grass, honey, and lemon peel. The flavor is very nutty and hoppy, as one would expect, along with some subtle corriander and spicy elements, and an understated caramel malt accent.

The mouth is medium to light bodied, decent complexit, finishing dry and bitter on the hoppy climax. It's drinkable for any lover of the hops. I've yet to find a beer from GD that I haven't liked considerably.

Osiris9588, Dec 08, 2006
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.

sacfly, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer.

Clear, orange-amber in color. Generous, off-white head.

Very hoppy aroma, citrus & grass. Malt very much second fiddle - hints of caramel/molasses?

Taste was a bit of a let down for me, in that I expected more from the hops. They were definately showcased, but seemed mild and well balanced.

Body was light, with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but still quite refreshing.

Overall, may be a case of too high of an expectation. Beer is quite good. What is odd, is that the bottle version seems hoppier to me. A bit smoother as well.

, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a decent off white head that falls to clumps of bubbles that lace on the way down.

Aroma is nice, can hops be sweet? Nice fruitiness orange, mango's, apricot seem to mix with some sweet malt to make first impression of sweet fruits, with nice pine forest in the background. After it sits a bit, bitter grapefruit starts to emerge but doesn't totally do away with my sweet fruits. Malt does add some sweetness but hops rule this fine brew.

Taste is nice, hops ride on an over saturated malt base. Fruity sweet to begin, even some floral notes, finish is more bitter grapefruit rind along with pine resins loads of hop flavors everywhere but the bitterness in the finish is not that big or lingering. This is my third wet hop or fresh hop or whatever you want to call it ale this year they have all been winners in my book.

Mouthfeel is right at medium with just the right amount of carbonation to bring the hops to the front.

Drinkability is great, very enjoyable run out and get some if you can.

mntlover, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Massive off-white foam head reaching over an inch in thickness. Nice retention. Brilliant copper with rosy hues, clear, with slow paced streams of carbonation throughout. Aroma is like wet, grassy hops. Lightly spicy/peppery, with a hint of tang. Dry-hopped? There is also a nice candy sweetness in the mix. In the taste the hop profile is soft and pine-like, with a nutty, bready finish. The finishing bitterness runs mild to medium. Overall a good balance. The carbonation seems very fine, making it just a bit watery.

I thought this beer was pretty decent. I didn't find myself thinking it was excellent, but it certainly went down fast nonetheless. It's very close to being worth the $6-plus I paid for it...

bennetj17, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy orange with butterscotch trim. I expected to see hop flecks, but the initial pour is as clear as a bell (perhaps the good stuff is hiding at the bottom of the bottle). The lovely looking liquid is topped with a thick, creamy cap of lemon mousse that melts into a semi-stiff mesa over time. Sticky bridges connect head and glass, leaving a wonderful array of lace when they break.

The nose is a citrusy symphony of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. The brewery wouldn't divulge the hop bill, they would only say that the hops are all American varieties. I'm guessing Cascade and Amarillo... or Centennial and Simcoe... hell, I don't know. The very best thing about the nose is that there's none of that pesky malt to get in the way of the lupulin love.

I had little doubt that a fresh hop pale ale, brewed with some of my favorites little green cones, created by one of the best breweries in the country, would be fabulously delicous. Fresh Hop Pale Ale is exactly that. I also expected it to be more IPA-like than APA-like, but Great Divide managed to keep it solidly within the bounds of the stated style.

There's just enough pale malt to keep the mouthfeel from losing its composure and no more. Sweetness is at a minimum, other than a light stickiness on the finish. Fresh Hop's raison d'etre is citric hops and lots of them. This is one of the brightest, purest, most freshly hoppy pale ales that I've ever had (from a bottle). I'm glad that I got a chance to sample it while it's still young.

While it isn't quite a wrecker of palates, it certainly does scratch that hophead itch that is ever-present in my brain and on my tongue. I love the way that each mouthful explodes with citrus zesty splendor and leaves echo upon echo of sticky hoppy resinousness. Pine sap is becoming a bigger contributor to the flavor landscape as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite achieve IPA-like fullness, but then this isn't an IPA. It's most certainly a big APA though. I'm sure that it's difficult to brew a silky smooth beer with this much hoppy resinous and I'm not sure that I'd even want such a thing. A little mouth and tongue abuse goes with the territory when there are this many alpha acids flying around.

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale is pretty close to the beer that I thought it would be. It's a showcase for the (warning: bias ahead) best, most delicious hop varieties in the world. I can't think of one thing that I'd change about this ale; something that I don't say all that often. It's a damn shame, given the nature of the fresh hop style, that beer this good can only be released once each year.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i like just about everything great divide produces, so i couldn't resist this guy on the shelf. fresh hops? can't go wrong

the brew pours out of the bomber into my large glass a light, but brilliant copper, and a pinky-finger head is kept alive by enthusiastic bubbleage flying to the surface. it sticks itself to the glass, as well. grassy hops in the nose, with a glint of spruce. it's not a strong aroma

i recognize that wet-hop flavor. it's resiny, with a complex sequence. the bitterness is robust and distinctive. woody

that's a tasty beer

bruachan, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a sucker for really hoppy APAs (you know, the ones that blur the line between APAs and IPAs). This one is exactly that, and Its the first fresh hop beer Ive tried.

Pours a glowing copper color with a slight haze and a few meandering particulars that could be hops (or maybe protein or yeast). The head is thick and creamy and extremely persistent. Very impressive, Im sure the hops have something to do with it. The aroma is thick with layers of wet, floral hops. A little bit of malt is detectable in the back. The taste is a great blend of herbaceous, grassy, piney hop aroma and clean hop bitterness. Sure this is some biscuity malt in the back, but the pine tar, floral, grassy, even minty hops are boss. The mouthfeel is thick with a creamy feel. The finish is not too bitter, but very aromatic hops.

This is one kick ass pale ale, maybe second only to Alpha King out of the ones Ive tried. Im a fan of fresh hop ales now!

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Clear copper colored body suspended a huge cotton candy head. Four fingers of head left a sticky speckled lace down the entire glass.

Smell was of fresh hops...surprise. Floral, earthy. Green grass. Very nice.

Taste was flavorful bitterness. Leafy hops. Oily hops were nicely balanced with a mild malt sweetness. Citrus characteristics surfaced as the beer warmed. This one was better than I had anticipated. A solid APA.

Mouthfeel was slippery and thin to medium bodied. Carbonation was medium to mild. I will look for this one again.

Cresant, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber color with a long lasting one-finger head. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Hops hops and more hops.

T - Grassy and hoppy with a hint of citrus. Also, a little malt flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. Medium-bodied.

S - A very good APA. The fresh hops make it quite good.

zeff80, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear dark amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful sticky lace. Pungeant fruity pine hops aroma over a deeply sweet malt character. Flavor mimics the nose, both grain and hops strong but complementary to each other. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, but overall this one's a bit too intense for me to be a session drinker. Definitely and enjoyable brew though.

ppoitras, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Hop is clear copper and has a decent off-white head that fades quickly to a half-inch layer and leaves a sticky lace. The nose is dominated by pine resin, and also offers earthy hop scents, alcohol, and nutmeg.

The taste starts sweet before huge resinous hop flavors come along and eventually give up the floor to spicy and earthy subtleties. Little fruit notes pipe in occasionally and citrus flavor is conspicuously abscent until the beer has warmed considerabley. There is a resinous sticky/sweet/bitter aftertaste that is almost more interesting than the beer itself. I was reluctant to wash it down. Mouthfeel is light and sticky. The real story here is how much hop flavor Fresh Hop has with very little bitterness to speak of. This is certainly APA pushed to the fringes.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a clear copper-orange color with a thin 1/2 finger's head that does not lace.

S: The ale has a soft hop aroma, subtle but potent in a way that differs from a DIPA. The hop presence is big without being citrusy and strong.

T: The taste is hoppily intense, with a very concentrated, dirty earthy flavor that has grapefruit and citrus characteristics. The fresh hops pack quite a wallop while still managing to remain subtle and soft compared to most ales that use hop pellets.

M: The fresh hops are delicious, starting softly and finishing with a very bitter flourish.

D: The abv is moderate and a fresh hop flavors are quite good, making me look forward to next autumn's harvest.

akorsak, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste that begs you to come back for more.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night.

Pooba001, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of bthompuz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – reddish amber color with nice lacy head

S – some citrus hops in the smell, but not nearly what I was expecting from a fresh hopped beer

T – wow, huge hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine tastes really dominate and are followed by a smooth bitterness in the finish.

M – medium moutfeel, a little slick

D – very drinkable, although the bitterness starts building up halfway through the 22 oz bottle. I like the way the hops really dominate, might be room for a little more malt for balance, but this is the best of the few fresh hop beers I have tried.

bthompuz, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark golden color with a solid head that hangs around for the duration and leaves patterns of lace all over the glass

Smell: Predominately piney with a touch of citrus

Taste: Starts with a wallop of piney flavor with a solid amount of caramel malt underneath; after the swallow, the pine flavor builds into a resinous wonder on the tongue - long-lasting and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (almost sticky) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this for a hophead

brentk56, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A - beautiful looking beer. Thick, frothy slightly off-white head with large, rocky craters of air pockets. Thick, rich lacing and head retention. Light orange/amber and nicely clear.

S - light, grassy hop aroma dominates but not all that strong, and a little disappointing given what this beer is all about. Little bit of sweet caramel in the background, too.

T - grassy, resinous, pine hop flavor predominant. Light toasted bread, caramel backbone. Interesting mixture of dry, tart hop bitterness followed up by slightly sticky malt. A well balanced beer, but hops are up front as they should be. Lots of juicy hop flavor.

M - smooth and creamy, carbonation appears low to average. Mixture of dry hop bitterness and sticky malt in the finish.

D - tasty beer, a nice IPA with a good hop flavor and not overwhelming bitterness. Not really something I will put on my calendar every year though.

gbarron, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of briman
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a light to medium copper color, slightly hazy. Nice half-inch off-white head, good retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is grassy, with some pine & fresh orange citrus.

Flavor is hoppy with a faint touch of caramel malt...earthy, with oranges settling into a dry finish with some mild to moderate grapefruit bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance, but hops dominant as I only get a glimmer of a malt presence. A very refreshing pale ale more than a full-on hop attack, but I think that's what they are going for. Great drinkability, and definately good for more than one in a sitting.

briman, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, refreshed 11/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear deep amber copper with an average somewhat lasting off-white head with good lacing.

Smelt strongly of sweet hops, pine, some sweet caramel tones, and light grapefruit.

Taste was upfront strong bitter pine and moderate nuttiness with a light sweet malt bread and caramel backbone followed by a harsh bitter grassy hops bite with moderate soapy and horse blanket yeast touches on a long earthy pine finish. Palate was medium bodied, soft and oily, soft carbonation and moderate astringency.

Overall, this is another winner from Great Divide. The hops taste is clean and perfect without being overbearing. There really is no flaw with this beer, although the hops punch could be too much to handle for some.

xav33, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge head climbs above the rim of the glass and hangs there, suspended above a clear amber beer. Head slowly sinks to a thick rim and leaves lot's of sticky lacing.
Wow this smells good. It's the kind of smell that when you inhale it takes your breath away. It's a mixture of freshly cut grass in the spring time and a Christmas Tree farm during the holidays.
The malt is there during the taste and it is a good caramel sweetness, but this beer is all about the hops. Tons of piney and citrus hops with out being over done. As hoppy as this beer is, it's still very true to the style. The hop flavors are complex and bold, but not so much so as to make it an IPA. IMO it's the perfect pale ale.
The mouthfeel fits the profile of this beer very well. It's sticky and oily. It has a very dry finish and somewhat acidic in the best of ways.
Drinkability: I'm not one to finish a bomber in a single sitting, but my bomber is empty and I'm thinking of opening another. This could very well be the most drinkable beer I've had.
Highly Recommended!!!

wcudwight, Nov 09, 2006
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.