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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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678 Reviews

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,516
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 141
Gots: 127 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,516
Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don’t want to say you can’t go wrong with wet hopped beers—because that’s certainly not the case—but when they’re good, they’re good. I try ‘em every chance I get.

Poured with a hearty finger of billowy foam sitting atop a gloriously golden-amber straw colored beer. There’s a splendid hoppy aroma that’s at once delicate yet pronounced. Some pine. Wonderful, wonderful flavor. Light, sweet, piney finish. Resiny, but just a touch. Delicious.

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

A - Pours light gold into my snifter with almost three fingers of white head, moderate retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Full of hops, big fresh citrus, grapefruit/orange and grassy/pine, with a sweet malt balance.

T - Hops are prominent but not overbearing, light malt backbone allows hops to really shine through. So fresh and tasty with a mild bitterness throughout.

M - Medium body, oily and creamy, really coats the palate.

O - This really was fantastic in my opinion, light and crisp with fresh hops and a great balance, new favorite pale ale.

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Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are very fresh and "green". You get a lot of grass, floral notes, steamed leafy greens, slight pine, and some caramel malts. The flavors are very light and clean. You get a moderate amount of fresh hops with a nice malt backbone and slightly bitter finish. Again it's kind of an earthy hoppiness. The lighter body does this one some favors and make it more and more drinkable. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop pale and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a totally,translucent orangish,amber with 2 fingers of dense,lasting,dull white foam that left gorgeous rings of lacing.

S-Lots of tangy grapefruit,floral hops,pine,orange juice concentrate,a sweet punchiness similar to a Peach Jolly Rancher and a touch of toffee malt and cracker malts.

T-More big citrus and stonefruit.Jammy,fruit juice sweetness,earthy/slightly grassy hops and caramel malt.Very nice and bright with some definite Simcoe qualities in there.

M-Tangy,bright and dry with a good balance of sweet,earthy and tart flavors.

O-Real nice Fresh Hop ale that I've passed over numerous times because of freshness issues.I was very pleased to find a fresh one.Didn't disappoint.

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

Pours a nice golden color with a light white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is very much citrus hop. Grapefruit with subtle pine resin.

Taste is very nice. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor with lots of malty balance. Hops are very nicely represented. You could tell me this is an IPA and I wouldn't argue. Very crisp and light. Perfect carbonation. The hops linger long after you finish. Just lovely.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 9/28/11) poured into a tulip. Gorgeous glowing orange color with a tight, thick 2-finger off-white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is tropical citrus & pine. Yet another great-smelling fresh hop ale.

Taste is a little lighter and milder than an IPA. Still has that nice crisp hop bite, but it's balanced by the pale malt. I'm thinking Great Divide made the fresh hops go a little further by making this an APA rather than an IPA. Still really good, refreshing, but not as hoppy as the nose suggests.

Overall a really good beer. There are other fresh hop beers I've liked more, but this one is solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of CONOR8832
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber colored into the glass with a nice fluffy white head, left some great lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for, it probably has to do with the fresh wet hops that they use but its aromoa is extremely grassy with a ripe great fruit scent that almost makes you think you are about to drink an IPA. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the smell. Very fresh taste, crisp taste, great hop to malt balance. Leaves a nice hop coating on the palate, I had a hard time convensing myself that this is a pale ale not an IPA. Great beer for hop heads, to put it in a nut shell if you could take the breaking of fresh celery stalks and put a flavor and feel to that sound that is what this beer is. I wish it was a year round brew but I guess I will just have to stock up on it.

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

Served in a pint glass at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011. The menu has 'October 18' in parenthesis after the name of the beer...presumably the tap date?

A: A stark white finger of head. Clear golden amber. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful! Piney notes, perhaps from Cascade hops. Strong and superlative. Some grapefruit notes.

T: Mmmm, fan-freaking-tastic. The perfect pale ale? Refreshing, hoppy, and full-bodied without being oppressive. Light and pleasant. The aftertaste is hoppy and lightly dry.

M: Carbonated. Light and smooth.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. I will definitely have again...maybe tonight.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. No bottling info even though there is a spot on the label for it. Saw other reviews that had a date so guessing this batch got missed for some reason? Just hit the market here so still pretty fresh. It was a clear light copper color with plenty of carb streams. It had a 2 finger foamy, white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent with pine resin and plenty of citric hops alongside it. Not a hop bomb aroma since an APA and not an IPA - just great hop aroma without overdoing it. The taste was also excellent and again feature the resin battling with the citric hops for dominance. Just a little sweet in there to balance it out a little. Moderate bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend especially if you can get fresh. I missed this one the last couple seasons so was very excited when I was able to get a couple this year. Really loved the aroma and taste on this one. Very smooth. Avail here in TX - limited release seasonal. Rotation - got one more that I'll drink while super fresh and see if I can get on-tap this weekend. Definitely going to seek several bottles each year. [H;Y]

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

Bottled Sept. 29th, de-bottled Oct. 21st.

Pours a hazy bright orange with a good two fingers of off white head. Boom! Aroma is pure hops. I homebrew and it smells exactly like when you open a bag of whole leaf hops. Really grassy (but in a fresh, complex, vegetal, lightly green way, not in a bad old musty hops way). A little bit of hop citrus on the nose but it is definitely 80% grassy notes. Taste is more of the same. The bitterness is really quite mild as compared to the strong hop flavor. The flavor of the hops really opens up on the palate and I started to get more herbal (mint, chives...) flavors. Malt is present but only as a stage for the hops. Mouthfeel was smooth but nothing amazing. Overall this beer accentuates the fresh hop flavors and gives you something a little different than your basic APA, but not quite the strong bitterness of an IPA. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of rab53
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the better fresh hop pales i've had this year. pours a sappy golden color with a lively head. nose is awesome, fresh west drippy oily hops all the way, but not bitter or sharp at all. taste is more balanced up front than anticipated, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. the hop kick comes late, and it just slips in and out, crafty and patient, but a measure less than subtle. delicious brew, perfect out back after a good raking of the yard!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very vibrant amber color. Transparent hue. Dense off-white head. Head is compact but still stands quite high and retains. Head leaves some lighter clumps of lacing on the glass.

S-This is exactly what I wanted in the nose. Big, super fresh, hoppy nose. Heaps of citrus. Orange, grapefruit, and even some other more tropical fruits. Also hints of grass and pine. Malt is sweet but subdued when compared to the hops. Smells great.

T-This is delicious. Incredibly grassy. Tastes very ripe and fresh. Citrus rind and pine hops match the grass. Bready malt and caramel malt sweetness too. Taste matches the name "Fresh Hop". I am really enjoying the flavor here. Lightly bitter.

M-Awesome feel. Medium bodied. Carbonation massages the palate. A bit resiny. Light bitter aftertaste.

O/D-I was expecting this to be good, but I am surprised by how much I like this. I love the hop profile here. Oh so drinkable. Smooth and flavorful. I would like to say that I wish this beer was year-round. But I prefer it once a year because now I have a hoppy Fall offering to really look forward too.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma is full of papaya, orange and orange, with some biscuit malt. The tropical fruit hop aroma is very fresh and dominates the smell. Very nice. The flavor also features a lot of tropical fruit. I get some nice pineapple and papaya notes, with a low amount of bitterness. The biscuit malt is also present, but it takes a back seat to the fresh hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium, soft mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

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

Bottled Oct 3rd, 2011 - Consumed Oct 19th, 2011

A: Nice clear light golden amber with a thick creamy white head that laces the glass very nicely and stays around throughout the beer

S: Wonderful citrus and grass hop aroma coming off the top. Very clean hop aroma.

T: Delicious light malt body that provide backbone to the beer but do not over power and allows for the hop flavors to hit the palette. The ending bitterness is very well balanced and not overly done. It leaves a really bitter grassy hop aftertaste that lingers

M: Light-to-medium body that has excellent carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel

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Photo of doughanson78
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange with a slight yellow tint. Perfectly clear. Two finger rocky white head with amazing retention and damn good lacing.

S: Very resinous. Citrus and earthy hops. Pineapple mainly with some orange peel. Just a hint of caramel.

T: Resinous and earthy. Touches of caramel. I know it's a pale ale but no bitterness at all. Very dirty/earthy finish with none of the citrus that was in the nose. Almost to much resin in the flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very dry finish. Slick and oily.

O: A great beer. Not near the likes of Zombie Dust. But definitely tasty.

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Photo of CoalPorter
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Oct 14, 2010, poured into a Harpoon tulip on Sep 2, 2011

A - 3 pillowy fingers of eggshell head leaving very pretty lacing all the way through. Color is rich amber-orange, clear at first pour and a little cloudy with sediment on the second glass

S - wet earth and citrus, lemon oil, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine

T - Remarkably smooth at first sip given the aggressive nose. Light floral notes and a hint of crackery malt before descending into an onslaught of various bitter hop flavors. Lemon rind, dandelion greens, and fresh cut grass

M - light and bubbly

O - A very nice pale ale, with an extra flavor spike you'd expect from fresh hopping. Nicely drinkable at 6.1%

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York.

Pours a lovely, slightly hazed orange golden colour, with a full, thick and frothy head of off-white. Lacing is riotous and speckled. Body is light and supple. Looks really good.

Nose is bright and fresh, with characters of crushed vegetation and rubbed citrus rind. Zesty and sharp, but very smooth. The sort of beer that's going to be great to drink, you can just tell.

Crisp and zesty on the palate, with pleasant citric bite and a sweetness like musk and grain. It's supremely refreshing, and extremely well balanced. It's the sort of beer that's bursting with flavour, but which you also just want to drink and drink and drink. Feel is light and fresh. Matches beautifully.

Gorgeous beer, eminently drinkable and extremely refreshing. Even for 6.1%, it's an amazingly sessionable beer. So clean, so light and just so damn good. One of the best APAs I've ever had.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to orange body with golden hues beneath the massive, foamy off-white head that erupts from the pour and is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Generous aromas of sweet malt and piney and citrus hops float from the glass although it is tough to tell which is the headliner. As it warms, there are hints of wood and grass as well.

The immediate flavor is citrus hops, followed by the sweet maltiness, and ending with the grassy and pine hop notes.

Medium in body with generous carbonation, with an oily coated finish.

A very nice AIPA overall, although it seemed a bit metallic at the finish, I would write this off to the fact that the bottle was just over a year old (did not notice when purchased).

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A minimal amount of foamy head on top of a pale copper body. Aroma hits you with a large amount of hops. Lemon/Lime citrus, grapefruit and honeydew melon. Some malts are also present but this is all hop. Before I go on about hops the pale, subtly sweet caramel, malt bill is a great base for the hops that go over it. With that as a base there is a great mix of hop flavors. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple and melon upfront. The finish is a mix of pine and grass but the lingering bitterness is fruity. Awesome balance of juicy and bitter. Medium/light body, hop bomb but not bitter bomb. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Kromes
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange with big white chunks. Bottle has sat undisturbed for about a week. Not sure why the chunks are there. A thick off-white head that leaves oily laces down the glass.

S: A grassy hop aroma with some candy sweetness.

T: Nice sweet malt flavor with some smooth citrus and grass hop flavors. There is also a light fruitiness to the beer. Flavors are balanced very well and continue to the finish which is slightly bitter and dry with a subtle sweetness that remains.

M: medium body and good carbonation. Slight oily feel to it.

O: Very good beer. Definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh Hop Pale Ale | 650 ml. | 6.1% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: pint

Basic amber—the color everyone associates with "beer"—with some nice streaming bubbles and a foamy white head.

Wild herbs, musty pine, citrus, light malts, floral hops.

The floral hops and soft pine come through first, backed up by lightly toasted bread crust and wild herbs. Citrusy hops cut through mid sip. It finishes with a leafy/grassy flavor.

Clean and slightly creamy. Medium-bodied, on the lighter end of the spectrum.

A compact, mildy hoppy experience with some added complexity due to the herbal and floral notes.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: October 4, 2010
Served: January 29, 2011

Price = ?

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber with white head. Smells good, just a very mild hop smell. Soft but very present bitterness. Highly drinkable beer. Maltiness is sort of lost. Considering the IBUs and overall hop presence, this is pretty much an mild American IPA. Luckily I love IPAs. I was surprised to read the ABV, I assumed much less. Pretty good beer, kind of expensive.

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Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is of pine, a bit of resin, perhaps grass. Biscuit in the background. Not strong at all, though. Very subdued.

Pours a dark golden color in the glass. Fair head.

Initial taste is a decent pine floral hoppiness that is about on par with many APA's. There is a somewhat small biscuit malt profile underneath that peeks through but never becomes very prominent. On the finish, a renewed grassy floral hoppiness pages across the tongue with a little bit of astringency.

Not a bad offering, though I don't know that I would consider this one of the very best in style. It's refreshing though, and drinks well despite that lack of real malt balance.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, bright orange in color with an easy, gorgeous white head that showed nice retention.

Smell - The hops are clean if a little dull and I really don't get much of the malt. The aroma is good it just lacks diversity.

Taste - The malts sweeten up a bit at the taste but again they are a bit bland. The hops are good though. They aren't very fruity but have a nice, leafy character that is a bit heavy at times but satisfies nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - This is definitely medium-bodied with some mild but firm carbonation and a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The feel in the cheeks really made this for me. I really like this brewery but this was one of their lesser offerings. It was good but not great.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.