Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -2.2%
I am a fan of the fresh hop/wet hop experimentation brewers are experimenting with these days. There is a purity I detect with this approach, and while these beers sometimes lack the complexity of the more traditional hopping technique, I like the fact we get choices. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale has an orange-copper color when poured, and retains a friendly skim of head throughout my glass. Aromas are full of sweet pink grapefruit with some floral notes hiding in the back. I detect a bit of molasses sweetness on this one, too. Highly quaffable and refreshing with the expected bitterness. Does not totally dry the mouth, but I wouldn't want a pale ale to do that. Seems a bit maltier than the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere but only just.
11-22-2011 04:19:48 | More by dannydetox
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottled opened just shy of 2 months after it was brewed. I would prefer a fresher bottle, but not being a hard-core hophead I probably wouldn't notice a huge difference anyway.
Pours a beautiful flamed-orange clear body under a fantastic three fingers of highly tenacious off-white head that laces with outstanding crustiness and falls to a substantial soft, thick layer on the surface of the beer. This looks fantastic.
The aroma is on the greener/piney side of the hop spectrum than the citrus side. I smell fresh mellow ginger root, evergreen needles, sweet grass.
The flavor follows the nose with the addition of some simple (but tasty) malts. Having picked fresh hops, I can taste how this is indeed a "fresh hop" ale. The green, rosiny, grassy "leafy" flavor is apparent and very tasty. There is impressive depth of flavor and a long lasting hoppy aftertaste that includes the best of bitter and sweet.
The mouthfeel is is full but not heavy or alcoholic. The carbonation is sufficiently low for my tastes.
Conclusion: For all those who love hops and wish to deepen their appreciation and understanding of their flavor spectrum, fresh hop ales add another category for exploration. This beer is a great example, and one that I would happily drink again and again.
11-21-2011 23:33:55 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
A: poured an orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.
S: some nice citrusy hoppy notes came through on the first whiff alongside a little malty sweetness, and a bit of orange tangerine notes.
T: the orange tangerine qualities were more apparent on the palate with a very mild hop bit, a good amount of malty sweetness and piney accents.
M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had piney, citrusy, mild hoppy, sweet, and very mild bitter finish.
D: the brew was really easy drinking and thought it was a solid pale ale.
11-20-2011 22:50:21 | More by Gobzilla
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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