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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 133
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lemon zest, grass, some grapefruit, orange peel.

Looks: Almost clear. Nice copper/amber colour.
Needed a vigorous pour to produce an average sized head. Good head retention. Foam was a creamy, off-white colour. Good amount of lace left behind.

Taste: Bitter, but balanced by the malts. Grassy flavours. Flavours of citrus rind, endives, grass. Upon first entering my mouth I could taste some malty flavour, but that was quickly overcome by the hop bitterness & flavours. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average CO2. On the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall, a good Beer. However I would not pay $8.00 for another bottle, as I could find many similar tasting Beers for a more modest price... That said I would still reccommend trying it at least once.

Photo of sml505
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, golden amber. Light white soapy head that laces glass.

S - Strong citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - Medium sweet. Citrus hops and balanced malt flavors. Bitter finish.

O/ M - Great fresh hop ale! Strong hops but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness for finish.

Photo of wanker
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - I usually don't care at all about appearance, but the head on this beer was so dense and pillowy that it really caught my attention. I don't recall ever seeing a denser, more attractive head on a beer.

S - pleasant, mild hoppy smell

T - beautifully balanced. Hoppy, but not too hoppy. As advertised on the bottle, the hops taste really fresh.

M - thick and velvety, but not at all syrupy.

D - unparalleled.

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

Lots of pine and american hops ... no alcohol detected ... smooth as a new bowling ball... this is an IPA right?? no APA here ... it actually tastes fresh with a great bitter backbone...One of the nicer american pales available on the market today, just hope the quality doesn't get effected by the hop shortage..

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a surprizingly dark copper color with a huge white head that fell slowly but gave huge lacing all over the inside of the glass. crystal clear body.

S- heavy citrus and grassy notes all over the place. great heavy hoppy charachter all over the place. light malty charachter. a little citrus character is there as well.

t- lightly malty at the start, then the hops settle in. the hops are strong but not as strong as i expected from teh start. theres a strong bitterness that slowly settles in slowly but the wet hop citrus character is very strong and i liked that alot.

M- full body with a strong carbonation with a lingering stickyness to the tongue

D- pretty good, really liked it.

Photo of mhewes
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A : Pours a hazy golden color with a good white head

S : A citrusy/floral smell

T : Starts with a citrus hop flavor and keeps going with the hop bitterness. It doesn't have a good balance between malts and hops

M : Medium mouthfeel

D : Not one I would get again. It needs more balance to it

Photo of jdubjacket
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a good head and alot of lacing along the glass. Smell is a sweet, citrus pine smell. Taste is very well balanced between the hops and the malts. Similar flavors to what are in the nose, including grapefruit/citrus, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Another solid brew from Great Divide.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange color with moderately lasting 2 finger foamy white head.

S: The nose was well rounded with fresh flowery pine scents, grapefruit and fresh citrus that was well balanced with some malt sweetness.

T: For flavor there was fresh wet hop resins of grapefruit and pine. A big flowery flavor that was well balanced as well with malt sweetness producing a very smooth and refined citrus hop tang in the end. The beer finishes semi-dry.

M: mellow and medium bodied with a very good carbonation highlighting the perfect balance of hops and malt.

D: Overall a very well rounded and smooth drinkable pale and sets the standard by style.

Photo of damjadi
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last of my hoppy stash here in Germany....

A: Beautiful orangey-tan with myriad tiny bubble coalescing into a tight, creamy head.

S: A citrusy/piney bouquest.

T: First, the tangy citrus of the hop hits, then the floral hops oils mix with the sweet malt to coat the tongue for a slow, sensual finish.

Mouthfeel: The creamy head is the first introduction to the smooth, velvety nature of this great beer.

Drinkability: Damn! Last one I have! Hopefully more when I get back to the states!

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

Appearance
Pours out golden orange and clear; regular inch-sized head, with moderate lacing

Aroma
Yum and wow! This is such a big part of the beer. It really excites your tongue to get a whiff of this. The fresh hop brewing truly gives this a unique aroma, as it's not something I've smelled before. It's clearly hops, just different and really refreshing. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass - not necessarily a lawn smell, but a very natural wet, earthy, plant matter kind. Also very citric, with nice hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes like a well-crafted pale ale. It's immediately recognizable and familiar, yet unique and exciting. The mouthfeel is light, as it should be for a pale ale. Nice level of carbonation and swishing it a little in the back of my mouth really opened up the flavor: orange, grapefruit, and a tasty malt balance.

Overall
Another fantastic seasonal that I will be sure to pick up each summer when it's available (I wish it came in a six-pack.) Easily a session beer due to its low weight. The aroma is really the standout character of this beer; I've never been so impressed by any beer's aroma like this one.

Update
Had this again April '07 and it was still tasty, but not nearly as aromatic and flavorful. I think the key is to pick it up within the first couple months it hits the shelves.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
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
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.