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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,243 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 114
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Meandmymonkey

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
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Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

Serving type: on-tap

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

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last of my hoppy stash here in Germany....

A: Beautiful orangey-tan with myriad tiny bubble coalescing into a tight, creamy head.

S: A citrusy/piney bouquest.

T: First, the tangy citrus of the hop hits, then the floral hops oils mix with the sweet malt to coat the tongue for a slow, sensual finish.

Mouthfeel: The creamy head is the first introduction to the smooth, velvety nature of this great beer.

Drinkability: Damn! Last one I have! Hopefully more when I get back to the states!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 14:02:08 | More by damjadi
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Pours out golden orange and clear; regular inch-sized head, with moderate lacing

Aroma
Yum and wow! This is such a big part of the beer. It really excites your tongue to get a whiff of this. The fresh hop brewing truly gives this a unique aroma, as it's not something I've smelled before. It's clearly hops, just different and really refreshing. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass - not necessarily a lawn smell, but a very natural wet, earthy, plant matter kind. Also very citric, with nice hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes like a well-crafted pale ale. It's immediately recognizable and familiar, yet unique and exciting. The mouthfeel is light, as it should be for a pale ale. Nice level of carbonation and swishing it a little in the back of my mouth really opened up the flavor: orange, grapefruit, and a tasty malt balance.

Overall
Another fantastic seasonal that I will be sure to pick up each summer when it's available (I wish it came in a six-pack.) Easily a session beer due to its low weight. The aroma is really the standout character of this beer; I've never been so impressed by any beer's aroma like this one.

Update
Had this again April '07 and it was still tasty, but not nearly as aromatic and flavorful. I think the key is to pick it up within the first couple months it hits the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:34:15 | More by JEdmund
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan rocky head that has very good retention, and it leaves sheets of very good lacing. Body is orange amber.

Smell - subtle aroma of grassy, herbal hops and some toasty malt biscuits. Slight scent of pine resin and citrus.

Taste - much like the smell. A subtle flood of herbal, grassy hops with a soft backbone of toasty malt biscuits. Some pine resin on the finish, as well as a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but it is rather subdued, and so I don't find it to be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 16:55:49 | More by ultralarry2006
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 01:49:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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dfillius

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: 1/2 finger of head from a moderate pour with good retention. Color is a crystal clear Amber/Dark gold. I can see Dust through this amber spyglass! No wait, that's carbonation. I would like more head. Beautiful though.
S: Pilsnery smell - must be the grassy hops. Orange juice, slight sherry (negative), clove, a lot of esters. A little rubbing alcohol upon warming.
T: Bitter and slight grapefruit and pineapple edge. A bit of maltiness follows. Definite sweet finish. Much hoppier and more bitter than Sierra Nevada Harvest or Deschutes Hop Trip. I prefer the balance of those other two beers. The alcohol character of this one reminds me of DFH 90 min. IPA.
M: Makes my mouth water! Also puckering from the bitterness. Good, but a tad starchy greenness.
D: Solid, flavorful, enjoyable. 2 pints would be great! Yea for fresh hops!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 22:14:26 | More by dfillius
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $7.99..
Judging this in comparison to other American Pale Ales, the appearance on this one was fantastic, pouring a dark-brown, caramelized hue with a very impressive foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power and left a hefty load of lacing...
Smell was very rich and strong, bursting with powerful fresh hops, and grapefruit...
Excellent, top-of-the-line smell for the style, one of the best I've ever sampled, literally dominated by a strong suggestion of hops, grapefruit, bittersweet caramel, a tinge of vanilla, florals, and fresh, sweet florals...
Excellent creamy and rich mouthfeel lead to a drinkability that is above and beyond due to the crisp, refreshing flavor and the rather modest 6.1% ABV which is hardly noticeable behind a rich, bittersweet, hoppy cornucopia of flavors...
Another winner from Great Divide...
Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 01:08:12 | More by dsa7783
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JDV

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear filtered amber with a fluffy off white medium lasting head. Smell is fresh, green wet hop aroma, slighty gritty malt sweetness as well in the nose. Unique, and somewhat restrained aroma, but very nice. Taste is awesome on the first sip! Incredibly smooth body, mild perfect bitterness matching with the sweetness of the malt throughout the entire progression of the beer in the mouth. Perfect mouthfeel, and great lacing on the glass. Almost a tingly spiciness to the hops that give it a lightly almost herbal earthiness. Easily one of my new favorite beers. Up there with FFF Alpha King in terms of overall favorite American Pales. I tore through the bomber of this wanting much more. I wish it were less than $7 a bomber, but I'll still be picking up another at that price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 22:06:29 | More by JDV
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, notches on the label let me know this was bottled during the second week of Oct, '07 (nice to get this info) Pours typical almond amber, nice looking medium tan head, that sticks aroud for a bit then leaves tons os thick sheeting and lace on the glass.

Nose of a burlap sack of hops, with a hint of bready malt to boot.

Plenty of gritty, citric hops here, as a dedicated hop head, this one does it for me and lives up to its name. Nice! Grapefruits surrounds the taste buds and continues to the long finish. Sweet malt present but just enough for a pass at balance, ha....hops carry the freight here. Nice offering from G.D.B.C. Go get some and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 14:25:56 | More by Billolick
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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