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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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1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida


4/5  rDev -2%

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Great Divide Fresh Hop is bronze with a large, orange-tinged sandy head that is long lasting, creamy, and leaves pretty heavy lace. Forms a nice, dense little hockey puck island of foam that lasts through the last glass, with a few big lace rings as well. If it wasn't the clear brassy color that I favor the least, it would be a 4.5.

Smell is pungent and very resinous, lumber mill style, and lemony with a hint of oranges.

Taste is also very robust, but the intensity of the hops is cut by a sharp malty tang that I don't really care for. Hops are also mostly pine sap, some sour citrus and smooth but firm bittering, with a bit of spicy alcohol on the finish. It certainly grew on me, but the bite was just to sharp, especially initially.

Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, not my favorite Fresh Hop, something about the maltiness isn't really my taste, and I could use more depth from the hops, but I love how strong the flavor and aroma were, without being to acrid. As a 'pale ale', it's very good.

11-05-2008 22:32:52 | More by ccrida
Photo of lightindarkness


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a nice deep amber color with full off white head settling to a bubbly patch, leaving some splattered lacing.

Smell is everything great about hops - fresh pine, citrus zest, bitter grapefruit, apricot, and herb grass.

Taste is nice, but leaves just a little wanting after the enticing aroma. Nice bitter dry grassy pine up front, spicing up a little in the middle, then washing out at the finish. A decent pale ale flavor, with strong emhasis on the hops and little else. Nice true hop flavor without overly intense bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied and a little sticky on the back end.

Drinkable, sure, and tasty too, but not my favorite harvest or pale ale.

11-02-2008 23:37:52 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

2008 version:

poured into 22 oz "Duvel" tulip.

App. Exceptional clarity light copper with some faint reddish highlight, nice white head.

smell: big pine, grassy mint, citrus and a balanced maltiness very clean, very crisp.

taste: is all hops upfront, piney and somewhat and more resin like in recollection vs. 2007 version, a very clean malt finish, exceptionally balanced, each sip is just filled with juicy ripe hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: is perfect for the style, almost comes off as bottle conditioned in the subtle but lively carbonation.

extremely drinkable and tasty, the 2008 hop harvest is primo and should make some outstanding hop profile beers going through 2009.

presentation: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a "Duvel" tulip glass.

APP: bright orange copper hue with a fluffy cream white head, nice clarity, good looking brew.

S: citrus pine and minty spice upfront, some soft layers of caramel then orange, lemon, lime and earthy hop tones again.

T: AHH!!! this is one refreshing APA, an initial resin piney and pink grapefruit hop is nicely supported by a very clean lightly caramel biscuity noted malt that lends to a very pleasant hop bitterness in the finish.

MF: very clean, no astringency, low side of medium body but rounded for the style, perfectly carbonated to my liking, and a nice dry finish.

D: my local brew pub brews makes what to my taste is the very best APA I have been able to get my hands on, not being as huge a fan of Great Divide I was not anticipating to be wowed by this beer, but what can I say, line them up. This is one tastey APA and a couple or three pints won't hurt, while seated.

11-02-2008 13:47:06 | More by PBoegel
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

Bottle pours a light amber with a nice, fluffy couple inches of head. Very soapy lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is hops, but less than I was expecting. There are more hops in the taste, but they are more 'watery' for the lack of a better term. The beer seems to have no edge to it. A very easy drinking and way too easy to finish beer. But not much more than that.

10-31-2008 18:29:50 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of glid02


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells largely of citrus and floral hop aromas with some light pine. Very hoppy, I'm excited to sip on it.

Tastes just as good as the smell would indicate. Sweet malts mixed with a slight citrus flavor up front, followed shortly by a nice wallop of bitterness. The flavors linger for a moment but then disappear, making me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation, but nothing special.

Drinkability is great. This is an easy drinking APA that I could easily have a few more of.

Overall this is one of the better APA's I've had recently. Be sure to give this one a shot if you see it around.

10-30-2008 03:08:27 | More by glid02
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear dark copper-ish amber color, with a nice off-white head on top. great retention level and very nice lacing.

S: wow, that is the greenest nose I have ever smelled. Huge fresh/wet hop aroma...I can't stop smelling this beer. I have put my nose to the glass at least 20 times before tasting this one.

T: wonderful crystal malts lay down a biscuity flavor which is very nice. big fresh/wet hop flavor comes about a second after you sip it. very "green" hop flavor. this is just a great APA.

M: medium bodied APA, with a mild carbonation level. very smooth, but the hop flavors are crisp.

D: very drinkable APA, especially if you enjoy fresh hops. Well worth getting, but I would obviously recommend drinking it fresh.

10-27-2008 05:33:23 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

2008 version. 22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a dark copper with a fine bubbled off white head. Big piney hop aroma. Pretty good initial hop blast. Decent malt base with a little sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, not that mouth puckering dryness you get in some hoppy beer. Maybe a little one dimensional, but if you like hops that's a good dimension.

10-27-2008 00:47:49 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of MinorThreat


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Served from a bottle straight from the brewery, Thanks Bryan! OH and by the way, I really like the new packaging, nice work.

A-Deep amber/gold color high clarity nice pillowy off white head and great lacing.

S-Nice floral and citrus hop scent with a subtle malt sweetness lingering behind a great hop smell

T-Good toasty malt and subtle hits of caramel sandwiched between waves of hop flavor. Great spicy citrus hop taste and although there is a good bitterness it seems to wash down cleanly. All of the flavors seem to have rounded really nicely, this is damn good beer.

M-Soft and seemingly light, good amount of gas. Very pleasant.

D-Very high, great flavorful yet sessionable brew.

From What I understand this is Great Divide's liberally hopped ale with whole fresh hops rather than pellets. My restaurant was lucky enough to get a few kegs of it during the DNC in Denver. I was pretty bummed out that LHA was a one time brew until Bryan from Great Divide dropped of a bomber of Fresh hop. I have a case on order, it won't last long.

10-23-2008 09:08:42 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of Meandmymonkey


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

clear, deep amber color. thin head but very nice piney, citrus smell. I would like to know exactly what variety of hops are used but they are super strict on revealing recipes. A very drinkable pale ale from a very good brewery, all bias aside. Thinking about "wet" hops makes this beer very appealing and I was sad when my bomber was empty.

10-19-2008 01:08:07 | More by Meandmymonkey
Photo of peabody


3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours out a clear amber to light amber with one finger of off-white suds and some lacing occurs.
Smell is piney hops and malts and caramel sugars. Yeast burns the nose also.
Taste is malt and sugar up front then the bitter hops come into play. Really bitter and not much sugar to balance the hops but still a good tasting beer. Just a tad watery but the aftertaste makes up for the shortcomings.
Mouthfeel is very dry and pretty nice for an apa. Clean otherwise.
Drinkability is ok here but just a tad more of hop and sweetness would make this a great brew.

10-18-2008 19:47:58 | More by peabody
Photo of rye726


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

22oz bomber served cold in a pint glass. This pours a dark brown and has a nice tan head. The nose has a good amount of fresh bitter hops backed by sweet malts. Taste also has a good amount of fruity hops and rich malts. Medium body is well carbonated. Great session brew from Great Divide.

10-13-2008 02:56:21 | More by rye726
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a foamy half inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Strong nose of hops, malt and some sugars. A pleasing aroma.

T: A nice combo of floral hops up front and some malt going down. Also has a sugary quality about it. This almost seems like a mix of Great Divide's Denver Pale Ale and one of their IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. As I said, it shares qualities with the Denver Pale Ale, a beer I'm not that fond of. That being said, this beer is well done and has a solid taste to it.

09-18-2008 15:25:23 | More by avalon07
Photo of changeup45


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

This is a really good beer. A murky darker shade of orange, not a big head but still some nice sticky lacing. Fruity hop aroma and potent for a Pale Ale. Grapefruit hoppy flavor, slightly sweet maltiness, which sneaks out more as it warms, bitter and a little dry. Nicely balanced. A lot of flavor and a lot of hops for a Pale Ale, which seems like it could be an IPA. Perhaps Great Divide put an IPA in a Pale Ale bottle so we'd be shocked at the flavor. Whatever, it worked, this might be the best Pale Ale I've ever had.

08-27-2008 00:00:46 | More by changeup45
Photo of mike24

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

beautiful golden amber with a nice sticky head and good retention. unbelievable lacing going on here. smell is equal parts piney hop and citrus hop with a little floral backing. bright and citrusy when it hits the tongue rounding out with some bitter hop coming in with a faint alcohol warmth. finishes with a little bitterness and some acidity. crisp and medium bodied, i feel like the malt is a little lacking here to combat some of the acidity and make it a little less harsh. drinkability is very good, but i might try something a little smoother.

08-15-2008 03:10:00 | More by mike24
Photo of FatSean


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a bomber into a 12oz pint glass.

A very nice shade of orangey-brown with a thick off-white head that shortly decomposes into heavy lacing.

Smells of hops! Milder than I would think, but my bomber was a bit cold.

Excellent oily goodness on the tongue at the first sip. Simple flavors, maybe a bit too simple?

Nice and viscous

Goes down smooth, but I think I would tire of the flavor profile after a few.

08-13-2008 23:16:49 | More by FatSean
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Color is a bright but hazy yellow-orange. Lots of carbonation. Finger of ice cream float head. A few layers of frosty, thick lace. Looks bright and awful inviting.

The aroma is equally giving off a smell of bitter alpha hops, as well as some dry pale malt. The aroma hangs above the glass. Slight citrus aroma, but more of a bitter pine.

Sweet malt is the initial taste, but it also has a lasting hop bitterness. As it warms, it mellows out. The hops are still bitter, but sting less. All the trappings of a nice -- strong but not extreme -- Imperial IPA. Much more than just a pale.

The feel is thick and creamy. It leaps off the tongue with mild carbonation. Overall it's a nice, well-balanced Imperial IPA. Quite good.

07-20-2008 19:55:44 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Reagan1984


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Ale poured with a thin but fairly thick one finger head that did stay one the scene for quite some time. The beer was a medium amber color almost like a dark honey and has some gold notes to the color. Slightly hazy with no visible carbonation.

Aroma is very citrus like and of fresh hops. Also very slightly spicy.

Taste is very well balanced and if anything focuses more on the raw/fresh hop flavor. This, of course, is not a bad thing to me.

This is a Pale Ale for Hop heads, which means that I like it. There is some malt goodness early in the flavor profile that is taken over by the hop bitterness that lingers a bit then fades nicely. I have to give them some bonus points for imagination here. They took an APA and hopped it up without making it into a mock IPA. It really does not have much lingering hop bitterness at all. (On an IPA level anyway)

Almost a brown bread like finish to the flavor that is accompanied by some hop goodness.

Mouth feel is fairly light and this beer is very drinkable.

If you want to begin the journey of taking someone from APA and introduce them to IPA's start with this as a gateway beer. This is a nice place to introduce people to the flavor and bitterness of fresh hops.

I like this and would gladly enjoy another.

07-07-2008 18:45:37 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

Aroma: Lemon zest, grass, some grapefruit, orange peel.

Looks: Almost clear. Nice copper/amber colour.
Needed a vigorous pour to produce an average sized head. Good head retention. Foam was a creamy, off-white colour. Good amount of lace left behind.

Taste: Bitter, but balanced by the malts. Grassy flavours. Flavours of citrus rind, endives, grass. Upon first entering my mouth I could taste some malty flavour, but that was quickly overcome by the hop bitterness & flavours. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average CO2. On the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall, a good Beer. However I would not pay $8.00 for another bottle, as I could find many similar tasting Beers for a more modest price... That said I would still reccommend trying it at least once.

05-27-2008 15:50:26 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of sml505


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Clear, golden amber. Light white soapy head that laces glass.

S - Strong citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

T - Medium sweet. Citrus hops and balanced malt flavors. Bitter finish.

O/ M - Great fresh hop ale! Strong hops but balanced with malt. Nice bitterness for finish.

05-25-2008 02:53:16 | More by sml505
Photo of wanker


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

A - I usually don't care at all about appearance, but the head on this beer was so dense and pillowy that it really caught my attention. I don't recall ever seeing a denser, more attractive head on a beer.

S - pleasant, mild hoppy smell

T - beautifully balanced. Hoppy, but not too hoppy. As advertised on the bottle, the hops taste really fresh.

M - thick and velvety, but not at all syrupy.

D - unparalleled.

05-11-2008 13:23:19 | More by wanker
Photo of Onslow


4/5  rDev -2%

Lots of pine and american hops ... no alcohol detected ... smooth as a new bowling ball... this is an IPA right?? no APA here ... it actually tastes fresh with a great bitter backbone...One of the nicer american pales available on the market today, just hope the quality doesn't get effected by the hop shortage..

05-07-2008 17:15:47 | More by Onslow
Photo of Atron67


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A- pours a surprizingly dark copper color with a huge white head that fell slowly but gave huge lacing all over the inside of the glass. crystal clear body.

S- heavy citrus and grassy notes all over the place. great heavy hoppy charachter all over the place. light malty charachter. a little citrus character is there as well.

t- lightly malty at the start, then the hops settle in. the hops are strong but not as strong as i expected from teh start. theres a strong bitterness that slowly settles in slowly but the wet hop citrus character is very strong and i liked that alot.

M- full body with a strong carbonation with a lingering stickyness to the tongue

D- pretty good, really liked it.

05-03-2008 23:25:21 | More by Atron67
Photo of mhewes


2.73/5  rDev -33.1%

A : Pours a hazy golden color with a good white head

S : A citrusy/floral smell

T : Starts with a citrus hop flavor and keeps going with the hop bitterness. It doesn't have a good balance between malts and hops

M : Medium mouthfeel

D : Not one I would get again. It needs more balance to it

05-01-2008 01:04:56 | More by mhewes
Photo of jdubjacket


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a good head and alot of lacing along the glass. Smell is a sweet, citrus pine smell. Taste is very well balanced between the hops and the malts. Similar flavors to what are in the nose, including grapefruit/citrus, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Another solid brew from Great Divide.

04-13-2008 21:41:04 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange color with moderately lasting 2 finger foamy white head.

S: The nose was well rounded with fresh flowery pine scents, grapefruit and fresh citrus that was well balanced with some malt sweetness.

T: For flavor there was fresh wet hop resins of grapefruit and pine. A big flowery flavor that was well balanced as well with malt sweetness producing a very smooth and refined citrus hop tang in the end. The beer finishes semi-dry.

M: mellow and medium bodied with a very good carbonation highlighting the perfect balance of hops and malt.

D: Overall a very well rounded and smooth drinkable pale and sets the standard by style.

04-03-2008 00:46:59 | More by beerthulhu
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