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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

1,413 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 129
Gots: 79 | 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 ommegangpbr
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, if this could be a year round offering. Alas, what makes it so good also makes it somewhat rare.
Looks unassuming enough. A clear amber color and a bright white head appear upon pouring.
Smells... well, like fresh hops, or what I imagine fresh hops to smell like. There's something of a lemony seltzer thing going on, but far more appealing than any lemon flavored seltzer. Flavors again refer to that lemony seltzer thing with a delicate malt character. Cool, bubbly tea brewed with hop leaves.
The feel on the palate is a bit resinous but it cleans up nicely after a little bit. This is one of those brews that I find it difficult to not guzzle down as quickly as possible. I'd get this by the case if that was feasible but I imagine that this one doesn't age too gracefully. Everything delicious about this beer revolves around the fresh characters. With all this freshness going around, this is a refreshing beer. Get some if you can.

ommegangpbr, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber

A: 1/4" off white head with great retention, leaving plenty of lacing. Hazy butterscotch colored body.

S: Powerful floral and grassy hop aroma. Fresh & outstanding.

T: Big hop flavor - citrusy mostly. Out of balance at first but a sweet malt backbone exerts itself a bit as it warms. Not that it matters (since it's awfully good no matter what you call it) but seems more IPA like than PA like to me.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter than average carbonation. Smooth lasting finish.

D: Excellent hop head's PA. Another great offering from Great Divide. Definitely something to look forward to every year.

OKCNittany, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review on Beer Advocate! Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Notchings on the label indicate this was bottled in the first week of October 2007.
A: Lively and bright orange color, with darker shades up top and some light almost yellow shades towards the bottom of the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation racing up the middle of the beer. Pours with a full 2 inches of frothy and sticky whitish head that is slow to recede. The lacing is widespread and fairly slippery.
S: Relatively mild citrus and floral hop bouquet, compared to what I expected. This beer is freshly hopped, but not a hop bomb, for sure. There's a nice balance with a little smell underneath, mildly sweet. Kinda grassy, as well. The smell is pleasant, but just a bit too subdued for me.
T: Smooth citrusy hop flavors, backed by a bit of smoky maltiness and grassy notes. More notably hoppy in the middle and finish, bringing in some floral and oily tastes. The lingering taste is a surprisingly smooth hoppiness, not overly bitter.
M: Quite refreshing and satisfying throughout, although with a bit of a lingering oily bitterness.
D: Great. I could drink this all night.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It looks great, the smell is nice but subtle, and the taste is all-around solid. There's just a bit of an odd drying/oily taste and feel that lingers in the mouth that keeps those respective ratings down. All in all, though, a very drinkable beer that is worth trying. I will look forward to this beer's release each fall.

LeftyBWS, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of jhammerly
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is almost picture perfect. A thick off-white head sitting on top of a golden body with amber highlights. Good head retention with some lace clinging to the sides. A nice whiff of citrus and floral aroma after the pour. A bitter grapefruit taste that lingers on the tongue for awhile. Not much maltiness, but it isn't lop-sided with hops either. Light to medium-bodied and a good beer over all.

jhammerly, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a nice dense egg-shell head that left some real nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strong and of grassy hops, quite nice. The taste is of grassy/floral and piney hops. Has a slighty citrus/fruity hop characteristic as well. The hops are very up front and center, not much of a malt presence. This borderlines on an IPA status. The feel is moderate and almost creamy, finishes with a piney bitter twang. So far one of the better fresh hop brews that I have had. The hops really stand out on this one. Chalk up another great brew from Great Divide.

Gmann, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light ambery yellowish... (it was kind of dark, so that was what I remembered) nice white head and good lace. smelled nice special smelling malt and a real fresh hop taste. taste had that nice, oily, resiny hop taste. not overbearing and in your face, but clean and strong. harvest time always brings the funk. mouthfeel was nice and full without being too sticky on the palate. i need more.

timtim, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap->pint
BBT

Poured a clear straw orange, with a small white head. Lace of sheets up and down the glass. Mild carbonation.

Nose: Grassy herbal hops

Clean start with the hop nose letting you know whats coming. Dominated by grassy hops. Mild quick bitterness. All about the hop flavor and aroma.

Something to try once and move along, pretty standard as the fresh hop brews go,especially at $6 bucks a pint. Ouch.

beerphan, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours to a bright copper color with thick off-white head that lingers for the whole glass and leaves very good lacing. Very strong, very hoppy citrus aroma, leads to a very tingly, full mouthfeel, and this in turn carries over to a bitter citrus hop flavor that is biting, yet pleasant.

Finally, the finish is very bitter, long lasting and dry, just as I would expect from this style. Very possibly the best APA I’ve ever had.

kimcgolf, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty brew. This was the first season that I was able to sample this brew, and I will certainly be picking up again when it comes out next year. Great Divide has never disappointed me.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a transparent golden orange. It produced a solid two finger white head that slowly dissipated after several minutes to a thin crown on the top of brew. It left quite a bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of fresh resinous hops - grassy and floral. Very piney and slightly citrusy. There is a thin sweet smell that is beneath the main hops scent - caramel or honey. Smells very enticing.

Taste - There is a thin sweetness intitially from caramel-like malt, and then a huge fresh hop flavor. The hops give it a very piney flavor, along with subdued citrus. While the hop flavor is the center stage, it doesn't slap you in the mouth - it is a very even-handed flavor. This beer highlights the bitterness and grassiness of the hops and less of their citrusy nature.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Very smooth going down. The carbonation level is just under where I would want it for my taste, but I could just be nit-picking. This beer is crisp but still has an extremely slight oily texture.

Drinkability - Excellent. The ABV is right in my sessionability range, and the flavor just makes me want to drink more. I could easily have 2 to 3 pints.

Great Divide hasn't disappointed me yet. This is a great seasonal, it is just too bad that hops are an annual plant, because this would be a great brew to have year-round.

MiguelMandingo, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was just added to the tap list at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

It came in a 14 oz hefe style glass. The beer is copper with a chill haze and off-white head and lacing.

As advertised, fresh hop aroma abounds. There is lots of pine with a bit of citrus. I could smell it as it sat on the bar!

The taste is pleasantly biter with pinesap notes. There is caramel in the background for balance. The bitterness builds nicely as the beer coats your mouth.

The beer is easy to partake of. I'm not sure it’s a session beer, but it’s damn tasty!

Redrover, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw, nose of grain and green hops. The flavor had a pleasant husky grain note that was the platform for leafy late addition hop character that did not overpower or underwhelm. A great rival to Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. These beers are a little tricky in that they do not attempt to overpower, but infuse with oily resinous freshness.

dedrinker, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dashirey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this tasty beer (on tap from a pint glass) at Canal Street Pub in Reading, PA. A big thanks to bigsplash for letting me know it was on tap! This is my first review of a beer...so here it goes!

A - The orange / copper like color drew me in from the beginning. The thumb of head that I started with dissipated rather quickly, but left behind a small amount a lacing. The beer was neither clear nor cloudy but somewhere in between.

S - Very complex especially for a beginner. Lots of smells from this beer; grassy from the start, from the fresh hops. But later more pine and citrus really overwhelm the nose.

T - Again very complex, it tasted a little different every time I sipped. At first there was a metallic/copper taste - not bad. Followed with more floral then some citrus - but not nearly a overwhelming citrus taste

M - Smooth medium beer with a "twang" at the back of the throat right before it goes down. Carbonation was right on target!

D - Very easy to drink. I would have followed it with another, but more than 2 or 3 would be pushing it for my tastes. I would look for this beer again any time.

dashirey, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and bright, golden amber with a frothy pure white head. Very pretty. The nose is big-time citrusy American hops with some soft green edges, laid on a foundation of evocative caramel malts. On the palate, scratchy hop oils and brilliant orange marmalade flavors come up first, followed by a softened malt sweetness. Lots of bitterness toward the end, with active hop tingles left on the tongue. Overall, this is a great beer. Everything is balanced, smooth as possible given all the hops that were thrown in, and well-integrated. Very well done.

geexploitation, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear copper with a medium sized lather of off-white foam that stuck around and left some rather fantastic lacing. Aroma seems subdued at first but as it warms, some great tones of grassy, lemony fresh hops and a somewhat spicy smelling earthy maltiness come through.

The taste is just as advertised. An abundance of fresh, piney hop character with a nice dollop of lemon and grapefruit for good measure with bitterness that lasts the whole way through. A subtle undercurrent of sweet caramel maltiness seems to somehow glide under all that hop explosiveness. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp and feels oh so right.

Great Divide comes through again with this years batch of Fresh Hop. Bold hop character and a medium ABV make this easy drinking for not only Hop Heads but also lovers of fresh tasting APAs in general.

Kegatron, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received the beaut in a trade with stopbarking. This will be my first taste of a brew by Great Divide, although I have 2 others sitting in the “cellar”. Drank out of my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice orange yellow with hints of a pinkish red. Decent one finger off white head forms that is fluffy and glistening. Maintains a nice cap and collar for the duration of the brew that leaves a bit of ring like lacing.
Smell- Lot’s of citrus fruit goodness here. Lemon zest, orange and a boat load of grapefruit pop out of the glass. A bit of malt does show with very candy like caramel goodness.
Taste- As hoppy and aggressive as the nose. Starts the same way as it smells with lots of grapefruit and orange. A bit of very earthy, pine makes it’s way through as well. Some malt sweetness does show reminding me a bit of caramel corn. Finishes semi sweet that slowly gives way to lots of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Slick and oily with a nice full feel. Nice medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a really nice beer. It’s really similar to Deschutes Hop Trip with a bit more bitterness. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go with the Hop Trip (just biased probably). This is a great beer though that you need to pick up while it’s still fresh. Thanks again to stopbarking!

younger35, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Alanthebeerguy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The Fresh Hop has a beautiful reddish copper color with a good off white head. The nose was a mix of grass and citrus, it smells good,a relaxing smell. The taste is hoppy but not to hoppy. I like this beer, the hops are not so overpowering, which is a good thing to me. I would recomend this beer, it is very easy to drink and will buy more of this beer before it is gone.

Alanthebeerguy, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to camarokyle for this one.

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light rustic copper hue with a one finger fluffy off-white head that stays for a while. Stickiness is very full covering all over the sides of the glass. Slick oily hop odors dominate the nose. Some mild earthy hop odors as well as the slightest hint of pine. I also detect a small bit of metallic caramel malt which balances our the smell quite nicely. Taste begins with a creamy grapefruit flavor that blends with an earthy grasslike tingle. Midway to the finish is pretty dry and bitter, but not to the point where it takes away from the flavor. Aftertaste is a bit dirty with some mild pine as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a subtle carbonation. I would definitely have to put this one a notch above Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale. Deschutes Hop Trip is up next.

BeerTruth, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear burned orange with a big soapy white head that laces as it dies. Smells of abminor blast of fresh hops(ha) and almost a little sweet malt. Taste is big juicy hops, grapefruit rind, bittering finish but all of this is doesnt linger. A miniscule amount of malt but nothing that can balance the hops. Crisp in the mouth with good carbonation. Very drinkable. An awesome pale ale from GD.

franksnbeans, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of wardough
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out of a 22 ounce bottle that almost made it a week.

A: Poured a beautiful amber. About 1/2 inch of head that dissipates into a very light lace. Nice white ring in the side of the pint glass.

S: Grassy flavours with light citrus dominate. Small amounts of malted barley make it through.

T: The hops hit first with it's grassy goodness with a slight hit of lemon. Oooh, this is a nice change. The hops aren't as bitter. I like this.

M: Feels like drinking 1% milk.

D: I could definitely pour another one. Smooth as silk.

Beautiful. A welcome change. Very smooth. The taste of earthy hops without the bitterness usually associated. I like the earthy tones in the beer.

wardough, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of kingjames1
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a thick, hazy honey gold, with a large, initial white fluffy head, that dissipates to a nice lacing. Smell is a bright, appealing grassy and pine resin, with wafts of citrus. I can tell this is pure hop goodness. The taste is hoptastic. Intense, piney layers, with grapefruit astringency, and a sweet, orange candy finish. Sticky consistency, but with a triumphant carbonation. For what it is, wonderful. Hardly balanced, but that's hardly the point. Fresh Hop Ale delivers as advertised.

good stuff. One bottle is enough, as this is a hop kick to the teeth.

kingjames1, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of davidt
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn't sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems 'smoother' and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick.

This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.

davidt, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head builds up on this golden hued beauty. There are tons of bubbles rising to the top keeping the head afloat nicely.

S: Nice earthy fresh cut grass aroma. There is a hint of citrus in the background, but cut wet grass reigns supreme.

T: Nice pine taste with hints of lemon. There is a nice underlying maltiness which pulls this one together.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall: I really like this beer; it should be introduced earlier in the season though. This would be a nice light hopped beer to drink at the beach or on a hot Florida afternoon. I love Great Divide and this is another example of a finely crafted easy drinking brew that is easy on the pocket.

tpd975, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Tolann
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one with all the local buzz about it. Still a newb to reviewing beers. I bought this 22oz bottle and poured it into 2 average pint glasses.

A - Golden in color. Thick head that settles very slowly. Nice lacing
S - Sweet lemon(?) grassy smell. Not an overwhelming smell, but definitely there.
T - Bitter hops at the back of your tongue. Not a sharp hoppyness, but white spiced and earthy if that makes sense. Refreshing. Not caramelly or malty. I can't quite place it...Seems simple at first, but then is more complex. There's something going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Did I just chew gum?
M - medium to light body. Bubbley if you try to slurp taste it.
D - Wish I bought another bottle. I didn't see any more in the liquor store today. This is a refreshing and light hoppy beer. Another bottle might have helped the reviewing too. heehee! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds pretty good right now after this beer.

WTH? My husband just poured his half of the bomber to me. Guess I'm in luck. LOL

Tolann, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-hued bronze with loads of effervescence & 3+ fingers pillowy pearl-colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruitty & metallic hops, plus some breadyness as this warms up.

T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops, slight honey notes & bit of cakeyness up front. As this warms, I get bready notes, caramel & then more grapefruitty hops. Finishes with a bit of boozey warmth, grapefruitty + lemony hops, & dry bready notes

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, & very good balance

Drinks easy, not as impressed as the last 2 vintages, but nothing to sneeze at, one to look forward to every harvest!

russpowell, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy medium orange with a soapy white head and a decent bit of lacing.

Aroma is citrus and piney hops and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is much like the smell with the hops plus a caramel touch.

Medium mouthfeel with a soft carbonation.

This is a very nice and easy to drink APA. Great Divide rarely disappoints.

Monkeyknife, Oct 25, 2007
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.