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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

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 118
Gots: 39 | 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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Mattybz28

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-05-2012 17:14:19 | More by Mattybz28
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-01-2012 23:41:20 | More by DrFunkenstein
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countchunkula


4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-26-2012 20:49:09 | More by countchunkula
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%

22 oz. bottle. Reviewed from Notes.

(Appearance) pours a thick 2 finger billowing head of a very rough sea foam texture, color is a deep cream tone. Retention is a medium, and lacing is spotty. Color is a pale orange with some medium haziness. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely. 3.5

(Smell) A medium hop tone, about 75% citrusy and 25% grassy. Aroma is quite wet by nature and pairs pretty well with a medium bready malt bill. It's a mild wet hop aroma, pleasant and mild overall. 3.5

(Taste) A very grassy hop aroma and even less citrus suggests that the hop content has largely faded, leaving a murky hop and malt aroma behind, not terrible but not too satisfying. Fruit tones are present but in low supply. There manages to keep a pretty good balance still of bitter to sweet without overpowering either. Decent. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild citrus aroma and a little chewy but pairs quite nicely with the medium tones of this harvest ale. Light/medium body, low to no alcohol presence. 4

(Overall) Pretty good brew but there's certainly a marked difference between a fresh batch and one that has been around for a while. Get this and enjoy it as fresh as possible, or miss out on a lot of content. 3.5

04-25-2012 01:36:23 | More by Jadjunk
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BlueFeetAndBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-19-2012 00:32:20 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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swaghawk

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-18-2012 05:42:54 | More by swaghawk
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BradAleFlow

Texas

5/5  rDev +22.2%

04-11-2012 23:26:46 | More by BradAleFlow
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aleslover

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-08-2012 00:51:58 | More by aleslover
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docrates

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-02-2012 00:56:20 | More by docrates
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AlCzerik

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-30-2012 00:12:08 | More by AlCzerik
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IPx

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

03-26-2012 14:56:57 | More by IPx
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buckyp

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-23-2012 22:15:04 | More by buckyp
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-23-2012 13:47:44 | More by augie
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Mealhouse

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-21-2012 04:35:27 | More by Mealhouse
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Hattie

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-17-2012 02:22:43 | More by Hattie
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jtd335

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-15-2012 11:07:34 | More by jtd335
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-14-2012 02:21:59 | More by kjkinsey
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-14-2012 00:25:20 | More by Archemedies
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Kirby


4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-02-2012 17:17:34 | More by Kirby
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Beautiful and clear beer that is golden yellow in the thin part of the glass and a rich orange-amber in the thicker parts. A thick and foamy off-white head resides on top and dissapates very slowly leaving thick lacing with it. The smell is full of resiny and earthy hops, definitely grassy in character. There is a matching malt background, grainy in character with a nice caramelly breadiness to it. Lots of aroma and very pleasing and challenging for the nose.

If the freshness, or "wetness", of the hops is what makes this beer pop, then Great Divide should do this with all their pales or IPAs. The resin in the hops is evident with an earthy bite, but unlike some resiny beers, this one remains perfectly balanced. The resin flavors blend so effortlessly with the caramel and bread in the malt that you just can't wait for another sip. There is a pleasant citrus juiciness in the middle back, just before the bitterness and resin takes hold. The medium body suits it well, with a medium to high carbonation that helps prickle the tongue playfully with the hops. The only negative that I can see to hold it back a little is that its almost too clean in the front to middle of the palate. This split second of doubt is washed away the instant the bold and bitter but balanced hops hit the middle-back. The finish is quick and clean, but the aftertaste lingers on for a while with a fresh, clean bitterness.

This is a really nice pale ale and the type of hop really seems to make a big difference. The freshness adds a touch of that earthy, grassy feel while remaining juicy, citrusy and finally dry and bittering. Really good beer here, very drinkable and balanced.

02-25-2012 07:07:05 | More by chodinheaven
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bullywee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.7%

02-21-2012 06:24:54 | More by bullywee
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.7%

02-18-2012 17:45:55 | More by chrispoint
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-16-2012 13:53:05 | More by poopsmitherson
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-15-2012 21:06:05 | More by sharpski
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Single finger head with nice lacing on a golden with amber tones hazy body. This one is very aromatous, with citrus mostly pineapple with hops and a subtle pine note. The taste is a bit of a let down. Mostly a musty hop flavor withe a soapy finish. Actually a little plain. Maybe I was expecting too much from a pale ale. Very drinkable and smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

02-15-2012 03:42:21 | More by kylehay2004
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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