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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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1,422 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 128
Gots: 80 | 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 Wonka
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ.
6.1% Alc. by Vol.
Notched O, 1, ‘07
55 IBUs

Appearance – lightly clouded, just-a-tad-lighter-than-amber / copper body; inch-thick, white micronized head at pour fades to a paper thin layer; lace is reasonable

Smell – mellow hoppiness; concentrated wet grass; some hay; light spice; liquefied sugar; if the full package was a bit ‘louder’, it would be perfect

Taste – follows what I know about an APA; not a hop monster, but there’s certainly a pleasing presence of west coast hops; grains and adequate sweetness for balance

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – proper carbonation throughout; the hops zing the tongue and palate moderately; light hop zip in the aftertaste that sets the table for another sip; bronze in the hop burp category; I might be a bit ‘dry’ right now so I’ll give a pass on the product for slight palate dryness

I’d definitely come back to Fresh Hop. Here’s a certain recommendation. Great Divide scores another hit.

Wonka, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Nose is reaching out to me even as I pour. Just getting it anywhere in the vicinity of my nose is giving me something. Upon close review, it is - surprise - very strong with the hops and that expected pine-like fragrance. Flavor is a strong, bitter hop influenced ride. A hopheads liquid paradise. Feel is thick from the high amount of hops and it holds a decent carbonation. Even though it is so pungent with the hops, it is still extremely drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and chunky copper hued brew. Decent one inch pale tan head, with decent retention despite mild level of carbonation. Already leaving some sticky gobs of lace as the head subsides. Yup, as I drink this thick and sticky gobs of lace are left behind

Nice aroma. Lightly toasted biscuit, some caramel and a hint of buttery diacetyl. Nice hop aroma, floral, grassy, with a decent amount of citrus (grapefruit).

Pretty tasty. Lightly toasted biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Buttery diacetyl appears in the middle, and is something I find mildly annoying as it detracts from the oily hops. Very nice level of hops, both flavourful and bitter, I'm thinking sweetened white grapefruit with a hint of pine.

Nice hop tingle stands above the tasty malts. Mildly astringent with a medium body. Some creaminess, and the hops add a slick oily feel.

A pretty solid brew. I would prefer a cleaner ale without the diacetyl, something that reduces the drinkability and overall enjoyment for myself. With that said, however, this beer does a better job of showcasing the fresh hops than another fresh hopped pale ale, in my opinion. Recommended to fans of hoppy pale ales, and those who like their hops fresh and oily. I'll be looking for this again next year. May Mother Earth provide a bountiful harvest!

demcorhip, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of dontworrybeh0ppy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance, seeing the shameless label consisting of a large hop flower taking the place of the 'O' in the word "Hop," my first thought was that this is brand bait for some giant macro-brewery. Of course, the phrase "That's why you play the game" came to fruition at first pour, as you can't judge a beer by its cover.

Cranking the beer open - the aroma of hops poured out, as expected, but not as obnoxiously as one would expect. This proved true in taste as well.

Upon pouring the beer out, there was ample head, which really clung to the sides of the glass as if to say "no no, you'll want to enjoy me later as I slide down to the bottom." Yes, beer, I'm going to want to continue drinking you upon completion of you.

Mouthfeel - excellent. Smooth, silky, yet crisp to the taste. The hops was overtaken with citrusy, somewhat natural flavors that really engulf the palate. The hops taste quickly was alleviated with a smooth, aftertaste of the earth. Quite delightful! The overture of hops was not as obnoxious as one would expect based on the name, label, etc. The beer leaves you wanting to keep sipping heavily all day, just to keep getting that wonderful aftertaste. Definitely one to sip along through the days and nights. Enjoy!

dontworrybeh0ppy, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color. Great retention and random gobs of lacing mark the glass. This is my first wet hopped beer and I am rather surprised how well it looks. I thought that all the oils in the hops would kill the head rather quickly, I guess that's why I should not assume things.

Smells of grassy, spicy, piney, citric hops and a very shy pale malt.

This is a great sessionable and refreshing brew. Notes of bitter piney, citric hops. I can only hope they continue to make this style in spite of the hop shortage.

irishkyle21, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of jim102864
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper recently at E and into my porcelin mug. Noted a puffy head with lacing that clung in there throughout the experience.

Aroma was mildly hoppy, perhaps less ballsy than I expected but not suprising given the interpretation of the style. Green tea in the background hops all around.

Taste was also milder than expected. Somewhat earthy with hints of pine hops, grass and green tea. Nice moderate hoppy finisht.

Thinish mouthfeel but in a pleasant way.

Drinkable, though not a session brew. Something one could enjoy x 2 in one sitting then would likely seek to move on. Nice effort by a solid brewery.

jim102864, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottled on the 2nd week of October 2007.

Appearance - Shiney copper. White head falls to some lacing that hangs around.

Smell - Grassy, lemon citrus, pine, fresh cut wood and carmel.

Taste - Wet, slightly bitter, green hops. Lots of crisp citrus with some very light sweet malt mixed in.

Mouth feel - Slightly creamy and oily. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Good. I wouldn’t seek it out again, but found it enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

DavidEddie, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled first week of Oct., probably a little bit stale?
Pours a striking pale orange/amber color with huge fluffy white head, really nice; clarity is great, though I imagine lots of floaties towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas are a nice blend of floral, sweet candies and a bright herbal tea. Last year I had this closer to the bottling date and it seemed fresher then, but nonetheless it is hopspectacular with some cinnamon like malt notes in the end. On the palate it hits with a medium body and lower than usual carbonation. For a super hopped beer, this one does have lots of amber and crystal malt balance. The hop flavor doesn't come across as fresh as other beers (Hazed and Infused, MoJo Risin'), but it does have a great herbal foothold that lingers long passed the just slightly sweet swallow. Overall, it's a great beer to look forward to every year from a great brewery, but one that needs to be drunk as soon as possible.

dreadnatty08, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I call this one a Pale on steroids.

Wonderful appearance, with a defined unrelenting pasty white head.
Streams of carbonation float effortlessly upwards, in an infused golden orange body.

Layers of grassy hop overlays set foot a solid base for several other tones.
Garden fresh - citric, grassy, piney, knock your ass over dank aroma.
Incredibly crisp, and insanely aromatic. This beer should win an award for just it's smell alone. Mind blowing, especially for a Pale. I've seen IPA's with way less impressive aroma profiles. This is great!

Taste is well-hopped, and definitely satisfy a craving. Once again the Pale on steroids comes into place.

Large malty base with several layers of hops thrown in. Mild citric notes, with mainly a strong piney assault. The hops in this one are amazing, with only 55 IBU's this one produces such depth and hop focus. Which I feel that many IPA's lack, it's rare to find this in a Pale. So I'm definitely impressed. Hops leave my palate dry, and my lips stinging with acidity.

A incredibly well-put together offering from Great Divide. I classify it as borderline IPA, but that's what it's all about. By pushing on a style that has limits, and breaking that boundary. I feel that as they nailed exactly what they were going for, and extreme APA - and by doing so, did it perfectly.

HoustonTX, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of beachbum1975
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.

S – Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.

T – A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.

M – Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D – I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going… It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again.

beachbum1975, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This selection pours a pale, translucent, orange/amber with a bright white smooth head that leaves some good lace behind.

The aroma is mellow and sweet with some grainy malt and hops. The aroma is pleasurable but not very well pronounced.

Sweet and primarily malty flavor with lots of fruit thrown in the mix; mostly citrus and apple. The hops are there. The flavor of the hops are characteristic of the wet hopping process, mellow and floral. Bright and sweet with some nice honey in the finish.

Matted mouthfeel but with good carbonation that makes for a lighter texture Somewhat dry as well. Pleasurable, but not terribly complex or flavorful even for a wet hopped pale ale. A solid selection, but not as good as I expected.

letsgopens, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's transparent and golden in color. Head was an average one finger. Retention on the other hand was very good and laced the glass nicely.

Smell: It's a bit earthy and yeasty smelling up front. It does feature some sweet, citrusy notes (a little orange and perhaps lemon). Hops are noticeable, but are not as heavy or piney as I expected. Hints of caramel malt rounded it out.

Taste: Citrus flavors and caramel malts give it an initial sweet taste. Hops kick in and bring on the bitterness. More bitter than I expected from the smell, but not in a piney sense. It's actually pretty well balanced in light of its bitterness. It is a bit yeasty and leaves a dry taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and extremely smooth. Carbonation is excellent and abv is perfect. Very drinkable. Overall, it's a very nice offering from Great Divide. Recommended.

prototypic, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light amber or copperish in color with a 1-2 finger head and good thick lace.

Smells of woody, almost astringent piney and citrus hops with some sweet bready-roasty malt presence. Faint caramel and alcohol.

Thick oily hop goodness. Full malty flavor layered with juicy hops. Smooth and well-balanced up front and midway brings in the resiny hop flavors and the citrus notes for the lingering bitter finish. One of the most consistent wet-hop brews I found this season, great in bottle and on tap. Wish it was more affordable!

BeerZack, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of jbphoto88
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly less then super beer. It pours a nice golden amber color with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacy residue on the glass. It smells like a hoppy bread. Hmmmm hop bread? Sounds like I have some experimenting to do with me free time. The taste is a-ok. Its a light pale ale with a nice malty, hop start and a good long bitter finish. Its has slight citrus flavors that are layered under and through the hops. I like it. Its not punch you in the face hoppy but also not a wimpy beer. There is a good balance of flavors and smells to this brew.

jbphoto88, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NY

Poured a clear, glowing, orange-amber with a frothy, bubbly, khaki, one-finger head that slowly faded to a stubborn film. Large patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was very faint. Mild, herbal hops were barely detectable. Even as the beer warmed, the aroma remained placid.

The taste was all hops from start to finish. Piney, resiny hops hit hard up front and never let up. A spicy alcohol kick appeared mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was an intense mix of pine and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was medium/light bodied with a crisp, lively carbonation.

As with many other fresh hop ales I have sampled, this beer was overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter and unbalanced. I actually had a difficult time finishing my pint.

I would recommend this to only the most devoted of hop heads.

Damian, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Columbus for about $5. The appearance was brilliantly clear, pale copper, thick and frothy topper. The aroma is mostly hops, fresh and resiny. The taste is OK, a nice balanced pale ale base with a blast of fresh hops giving a bitter punch, tasty enough to keep my interest through the bottle. Overall this is not something I'd miss if I didn't see it again, but it's far from bad.

TurdFurgison, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold-orange color with a slight haze. Golden-white head.

Smell: Citrus, bread. The hop aroma is subtle instead of pungent.

Taste: Very pronounced hop flavor. Characteristics change throughout the taste. Begins with citrus flavors and evolves into pine. A minor sweetness in the brew balances and supports the hop flavors this beer displays.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very crisp. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Another excellent member of the Great Divide family. A good fresh hop brew that showcases different hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness.

SargeC, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ryanismean
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bomber a crystal clear darkish amber with a nice quarter-inch head, which settles to a respectable layer of foam and leaves sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is unsurprisingly dominated by oily northwestern hop, all piney and grassy floral herb, with just a hint of sweet, fruity malt bringing up the rear. Flavor is much of the same. Resinous hop bitterness coats the tongue, although the aromas seem a little muted in the mouth, at least until it warms a bit. There is some sweetness up front, but it is quickly overpowered by the bitterness--are they sure this is just 55 IBUs!? Tasty in any case, but hardly balanced, which, fortunately, is exactly what I was looking for. Finish is long and bitter, the hop oils just take up residence in your mouth and refuse to be evicted.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes, but not bad. Nicely carbonated, but not enough residual sugar to create a pleasant stickiness. I could drink a couple of these in a session perhaps, but in my opinion this would be much better paired with a meal. The thought of downing a bomber of this alongside a plate of blackened chicken czarina makes my heart melt.

ryanismean, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle.
Bottled the first week of October, 2007, according to the label.
55 IBUs according to the label.

a: Clear orange/amber with thick, frothy head that settles slowly and coats my glass with lacing.

s: Like any good American IPA, delicious! I think the label is right on here, "an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor."
So in review, grassy, citrus hops and little else.

t: Same as the smell: a big hop presence, though the bitterness is not too high. Great citrus flavor with some lightly sweet malt.

m: Dry finish, medium body, average carbonation for style.

d: The fresh hop addition makes this APA more of an American IPA at least in terms of aroma and flavor. Hops aren't too bitter, alcohol isn't really noticeable, a good brew. I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I smell fresh hop! Citric, pine initial balance shifts to deep, sweet malt. Mmmm, mmmm!

Orange amber color, good clarity, mediocre head.

Crisp, clean Pale Ale stylings. It’s beefy, but not loud. Hop maintains significant presence, but isn’t overpowering. Hop bitterness grows to a quiet roar. Nice balance. Spot on, I say.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumnal copper with golden edges. Frothy, cottony, eggshell white head with good lacing. Pine sap and citrus hop nose mixed butterscotch. Light hop bitterness up front. Sweet shortbread cookie and butterscotch malt come on strong. Light tropical fruitiness. Piny and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Maltier than expected and the hops don't seem as "fresh" as other harvest ales. Still good, just not overwhelming. Medium body with a low carbonated, casky feel.

alexgash, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of ffejherb
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh, PA on 11/23/07.

A - Clear, amber/orange body with one-finger of frothy, white head that mostly diminished and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass. Thin density with not much carbonaiton at all.

S - Traces of sweet caramel, some graininess and some burnt maltiness. Hops are a mix of flowers, perfume and some citrus as well. Not a very strong hoppy nose for the style.

T - Lightly sweet and moderately hoppy at first, with a fairly long bitter finish. Nothing spectacular.

M - Light to medium bodied with some oily hops. More watery than sticky. Virtually no carbonation at all. Slightly metallic, bitter finish.

D - Eh? Pretty run-of-the-mill offering. Again, I'd like to try a bottle with a freshness date to re-evaluate this brew.

ffejherb, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber honey orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing making this an outstanding looking beer. The smell is pungent with bread yeast,hops, carmel,and malt. The taste is very hoppy with citrus and pine flavors present,a creamy bread yeast flavor,and some malt. Not bad,but the hop bitterness is alittle much. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer that's alot hoppier than can be believed.

jmz62565, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first of all, this is not in my preferred style, but i am going to attempt to rate it for the style, not my preference, although i surprisingly enjoyed it

poured it into my anderson valley tulip glass. color was a hazy leather brown color. nice head that settled down to about 1/4 inch that laced nicely.

smelled of fresh flowers, go figure.

Taste is remarkably not what i expected. I don't have alot of experice with fresh hop brews, but this one is very nice. Not remotely the same bitterness as a dry hopped beverage. there is a very strong citrus/pine flavor without all the bitterness. there is enough malt to keep it from being undrinkable.

Light feeling in the mouth, with all the hops it has a very drying finish which makes me want more.

I would rate the drinkability higher if the fresh hop season was in the spring so that this would be a summer brew instead of a fall/winter release. That is obviously not something the brewer can control i know. I wish this came in 12 ounce size, as i think one at a time would have been enough for me, but again, i am not a hop head. Now that i have tried this one i am looking forward to trying the other fresh hopped offerings i have in my fridge.

tayner, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of katan
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber, no date.

A - A clear dark golden color, somewhere between brown and gold. Pours very little head, and what does dissipates quickly. Little carbonation on the inside.

S - Very strong hops smell that is well balanced with some malt background. I detect somewhat a grapefruit smell.

T - Starts with its interesting flavor from the bittering hops. Grassy is a good word, as per the bottle description. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Quick transition from the initial hops bite. Although, its somewhat surprising to me that there is that much malt hit on what one would think is a hop dominated beer.

M - Not much carbonation on this one. Does have a creamy thick feeling.

D - A good tasting beer, while the intense hops probably would keep me away from drinking alot of these. An excellent beer for a "onezy twozy" night where I really want to taste and enjoy my beer.

Good choice overall.

katan, Nov 23, 2007
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.