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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
91
outstanding

1,449 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 130
Gots: 92 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan rocky head that has very good retention, and it leaves sheets of very good lacing. Body is orange amber.

Smell - subtle aroma of grassy, herbal hops and some toasty malt biscuits. Slight scent of pine resin and citrus.

Taste - much like the smell. A subtle flood of herbal, grassy hops with a soft backbone of toasty malt biscuits. Some pine resin on the finish, as well as a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but it is rather subdued, and so I don't find it to be sessionable.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly.

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: 1/2 finger of head from a moderate pour with good retention. Color is a crystal clear Amber/Dark gold. I can see Dust through this amber spyglass! No wait, that's carbonation. I would like more head. Beautiful though.
S: Pilsnery smell - must be the grassy hops. Orange juice, slight sherry (negative), clove, a lot of esters. A little rubbing alcohol upon warming.
T: Bitter and slight grapefruit and pineapple edge. A bit of maltiness follows. Definite sweet finish. Much hoppier and more bitter than Sierra Nevada Harvest or Deschutes Hop Trip. I prefer the balance of those other two beers. The alcohol character of this one reminds me of DFH 90 min. IPA.
M: Makes my mouth water! Also puckering from the bitterness. Good, but a tad starchy greenness.
D: Solid, flavorful, enjoyable. 2 pints would be great! Yea for fresh hops!

Photo of dsa7783
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $7.99..
Judging this in comparison to other American Pale Ales, the appearance on this one was fantastic, pouring a dark-brown, caramelized hue with a very impressive foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power and left a hefty load of lacing...
Smell was very rich and strong, bursting with powerful fresh hops, and grapefruit...
Excellent, top-of-the-line smell for the style, one of the best I've ever sampled, literally dominated by a strong suggestion of hops, grapefruit, bittersweet caramel, a tinge of vanilla, florals, and fresh, sweet florals...
Excellent creamy and rich mouthfeel lead to a drinkability that is above and beyond due to the crisp, refreshing flavor and the rather modest 6.1% ABV which is hardly noticeable behind a rich, bittersweet, hoppy cornucopia of flavors...
Another winner from Great Divide...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of JDV
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear filtered amber with a fluffy off white medium lasting head. Smell is fresh, green wet hop aroma, slighty gritty malt sweetness as well in the nose. Unique, and somewhat restrained aroma, but very nice. Taste is awesome on the first sip! Incredibly smooth body, mild perfect bitterness matching with the sweetness of the malt throughout the entire progression of the beer in the mouth. Perfect mouthfeel, and great lacing on the glass. Almost a tingly spiciness to the hops that give it a lightly almost herbal earthiness. Easily one of my new favorite beers. Up there with FFF Alpha King in terms of overall favorite American Pales. I tore through the bomber of this wanting much more. I wish it were less than $7 a bomber, but I'll still be picking up another at that price.

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

22 ouncer, notches on the label let me know this was bottled during the second week of Oct, '07 (nice to get this info) Pours typical almond amber, nice looking medium tan head, that sticks aroud for a bit then leaves tons os thick sheeting and lace on the glass.

Nose of a burlap sack of hops, with a hint of bready malt to boot.

Plenty of gritty, citric hops here, as a dedicated hop head, this one does it for me and lives up to its name. Nice! Grapefruits surrounds the taste buds and continues to the long finish. Sweet malt present but just enough for a pass at balance, ha....hops carry the freight here. Nice offering from G.D.B.C. Go get some and enjoy

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer, not sure what to consider this one, a stronger pale ale or an IPA, but this one was good, bought this beer in a 22 oz. serving bottle ina recent trip to belmont station in east portland, drank while brewing my own wheat beer on a monday night in mac oregon, good beer, great color, I thought with the name it would be more hoppy and bitter but it was actually more of a subtle taste.

Photo of timbro81
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangeish color topped with a standard 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing down the glass. Smells glorious, fresh, wet, piney hops. The taste is juicy piney hops all the way down, this is a pale ale? Minimal malt presence, but I'm not complaining. Aftertaste is of mellowing hops. "I like!"

Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An APA with more than a slight hat-tip to an IPA. Clear yellow/orange with lots of bubbles, like carbonated apple juice. Nice off-white head. Nose is grassy cascade hops. Taste has a recognizable amount of malts up front, then citrusy grapefruit hops that linger. Good mouthfeel, quite bubbly. Drinkability is good too.

Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color and is notably clear. A fingers width of off white head sits on top.

The aroma is hoppy, with nice citrus and grassy notes.

The taste is hoppy, showing both citrusy and grassy character. The beer is also fairly bitter, but has a strong malt profile.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is fairly high as the flavors of this beer are not overwhelming. Just watch the 6.1% ABV.

Photo of dondeez21
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I recently bought the last that my local liquor store had in stock. This beer is great. I love the fresh floral taste that each bottle has. Overall I feel this is a great beer easily a top 10 in the North America Micro Breweries for a harvest time "wet" hopped ale. If you can find this beer I highly suggest trying it.

Photo of jar2574
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giant frothy head after a nice pour. Orange-yellow tinted beer.

Grassy hops, like the bottle promises. The smell doesn't blow you away like some other IPAs. It's subtle.

Nice taste. Creamy for an IPA. Grass, pine, hops, and earthiness. The beer somehow reminds me of being in a forest, surrounded by nature. It's one of a kind, in that respect.

A unique IPA experience. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this might be my favorite.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a big fluffy head that never leaves. Big-time aroma with fresh grapefruit and pine needles. Taste is dry and sweet, nice malty balance in this brew. Nice citrusy, hoppy kick, but not overwhelming. Goes down very smooth with some hop-oil aftertaste.

Not quite as good as Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale, but still a tasty beer.

Photo of orsulacp
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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

A-Copper orange with a thin off-white head. Retains nice lacing throughout.

S-Fresh, wet HOPS x 10--Duh! Very nice and floral. A pleasure.

T-Sharp and bitter with the "typical" tatse of hay/grass blending nicely with sharp crsipness of citrus. A nice residual maltiness.

M-Lively with hops but becomes very "round" A pleasure in the mouth.

D-A very well done fresh hop beer. One of the best I had in the 2007 season.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's version of the Fresh Hop Pale Ale poured a lovely amber color with a 2 finger head that kept its retention throughout the experience.

The aroma was of piney hops and was beautiful. In the mouth I got the bitterness of the hop flavor with some citrus overtones. It was bitter up front on the mouthfeel, then sweet and then tart. Very unique for me. I really enjoyed their version and hope they have one next year all things being considered with the hop shortage and all.

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

22oz bomber from demcorhip, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-red-copper colour with a 1 inch head. Great head retention and lots of lace. Carbonation is very mild. Aroma is very sweet with honey, clover, all kinds of floral hop aromas and a bit of citrus rind. There's a nice backbone of crackery malt to balance it all out, not overly complex but delicious.

Taste is well balanced with lots of medicinal herbal notes, grapefruit bitterness, and floral honey sweetness. There's a decent amount of cracker malt here with a touch of caramel. Again, not overly complex but a very flavourful APA that definitely leans on the bitter, hoppy side. Medium-heavy body with mellow carbonation, maybe a little bit thick for the style, but nonetheless it's a really drinkable APA, full of flavour, bordering on an IPA in its hoppiness.

Photo of garcia2a
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

Photo of Squelch
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a huge lasting head that laces as you drink it.

Smell: Smell of citrus tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste: Tastes as it smells, perfect balance of hop flavor and bitterness with sweet malt. Wonderful taste. Great beer

Mouthfeel: Feels a little heavy and thick in the mouth. Would enjoy a lighter body on this one.

Drinkability: My type of american pale ale. Almost and IPA hop wise with the balance swayed towards bitterness. Unique fresh hop flavor is evident.

Would definitely buy again, and as my first fresh hopped beer I now want to homebrew with fresh hops! Gotta buy some Rhizomes!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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

This beer is superb when very fresh but I find that the fresh hop characteristics diminish rather quickly. So beware of older bottles.

Crisp golden amber pour with a well sustained head of paper white that leaves delicate patterns of lace.

Aroma is sweet honey and very light caramel malt and bursting with green hops that are floral, citric, and grassy.

Flavor is nicely balanced between the clean malt flavors and very grassy floral hops that develop into light citrus midpalate.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel and sessionable drinkability(if it didn't cost $6 a bomber.

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

poured from a bomber, this looked a smelled inviting. a brilliant clear copper with a thick, creamy white head. nose was citrus, pine, and caramel with some floweriness. taste was lacking in malt presence, very little malt sweetness upfront to balance the nice hop bitterness. mouthfeel was a bit thin, very drying, with a tea-like astringency. spritzy and lively. had they used a bit more malt or converted a little less of the sugars (not that i can brew), i would have enjoyed this immensely. (2007)

2008 version: either the beer is better or my palate was off previously. lively head and sticky lacing. nose and taste similar as above with also some earthy/spiciness to the hops going on. nice moderate malt sweetness. medium bodied. really nice shit.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a full finger foamy off white head that fades slowly to a nice amount lacing. The smell of the initial pour is filled with the floral fresh hop smell that is balanced with a sweet malt aroma. The nose dampens out quickly to a toasted malt and slightly grassy sharpness. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light-medium bodied. Full flavored, that toasted pale malt flavor finishes with an astringent grassy hop note that lingers appropriately. A really nice drinker. Recommended.

Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a double deuce into a Chimay chalice (2 pours). Aroma is grainy and of grass with the sweetness of the malt coming out at the tail end of the nose (rather surprised me). Taste is much mellower then I expected. There is a definite west coast hop presence with the citrus coming out. Just enough hops to leave a slight bitterness on the tongue. The malt backbone really comes out in this and it balances this beer very well. I was expecting a hop monster but was very pleasantly surprised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight oily texture and just enough carbonation. A very drinkable brew put out by Great Divide.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.