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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1221
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


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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CHickman

New York

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy gold orange color with a creamy 2 finger off white head that faded slowly and left a creamy layer on top, very good foamy lacing that left rings as it went down. Looks more IPA than APA, which must be from the hops.

Smells of fresh piney and citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, biscuit, grass, orange peel, herbs and light floral hops. Fresh and hoppy, it's more IPA than pale ale and I'm loving it. Just enough malt backbone in the nose to make this almost perfect.

Tastes as good as it smells, with fresh piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, biscuit, breadcrust, grass, orange peel, herbs, tea leaf, flowers and light floral hops. The fresh hops are potent and delicious, with a sweet and bitter variety that seems to cover all hops type and flavors; in short, it was extremely tasty and one of the best tasting pales ales that I've ever had. A notch below Zombie Dust and a notch above Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost crisp, with a medium body, light zesty carbonation and a bitter finish which was on the light bitter side, full of fresh piney and citrus hops with a nice balanced mix of bready malts and juicy hop sweetness. A top notch pale ale that was incredibly easy to drink and could be great on its own or paired with food. Overall it was fantastic, very easy to drink and really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:05:23 | More by CHickman
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rowew

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Description of the brewing, and the overnighted hops, but no date information.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with just the slightest haze. Nice white head that fades slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very strong fresh hop aroma - different from the dried hops you usually smell at breweries. This is a grassy, fresh aroma - just like the Yakima fields!

Taste: The fresh hops continue to the taste. Grassy, fresh flavor that is different than I have tried in many other beers. Similar to Sierra Nevada's harvest, but more hop flavor. Just enough malt to keep things from getting out of control.

Overall impression: Great example of what you can do with fresh hops - definitely another quality offering. Hopefully this will be an annual event!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 20:26:02 | More by rowew
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall flute glass:

Appearance: Poured a medium orange pumpkin to golden hue.Slightly cloudy.Gorgeous two finger white head that fell to a small ring around my glass followed by an impressive laceing.

Aroma: A blast of fresh hop aromas,piney,sweet smelling tree sap.Hop oils blended with sugary pale malts,followed by a candied sour apple.

Taste: Like the nose the hops explodes in your mouth but not to overpowering,the pines are still present,but are very balanced with the malts in this pale ale.Not as sweet in flavor as in the nose but just enough to make your mouth water.Its a medium finish with just enough bitterness. OHH so balanced.

Mouthfeel: First impression: CRISP.Coats the mouth ever so slightly with a never perfect level of carbonation.I had to swallow several times to cleanse the small bubbles that it leaves behind.

Drinkability: Superb,I could see this beer to be the pale ale of choice for me.They need to put this in sixers and a regular rotation.Overall and again, a good buy.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:00:01 | More by cheers2beers
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mynie

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darn near perfect APA pour. Bright orange rust with a one and onehalf finger tight, white head that;s all sticky and retentive.

Bright hops. Flowers and citrus. Yummy. And exceptionally potent.

A nice hop kick at the front. Two distinct flavors, dry flowers and juicy grapefruits. This is not too intense, letting you know it's an APA and not an IPA. Moves gradually into a bready yeast that disolves and gives way to a fantastically dry and sweet caramel malt. Wonderful balance.

This is an APA to treasure. One of the most drinkable very hoppy beers I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 06:22:22 | More by mynie
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored this little gem at Dennis Brothers for only $5

A - Medium-dark orange color, opaque. Bright white head, rocky, fades to a thick film in the center, thicker around the edges. Lacing is average.

S - Fragrant, pungent, strong, sweet, piney hops (a very hoppy smelling beer). Sweet, sugary and spicy. Also an earthy, grassy smell.

T - Starts with a nice citrus hoppy taste, quickly goes into a bitterness nicely balanced with a spicy malt. Finish is a very earthy malty taste. There's pretty much 3 outlying characteristics in this taste: hoppy bitterness, spiciness and sweetness, all flavors very nicely compliment eachother throughout the drink. This is what a pale ale should taste like.

M - Consistency is thin to medium, slightly grainy and thin to medium carbonation.

D - This is a VERY good beer with an awesome taste (for the style). Definitely my favorite APA I've had, I like it a lot better than Alpha King. And unfortunately this is the only Great Divide beer I can't get in Duluth!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 01:37:30 | More by umustdrink
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pretty standard clear copper color with a creamy white head.

Smell: I want cologne that smells like this beer, or room fresheners, possibly. Pungent and spicy, sweet and sticky all things hops floral and citrus. All hops, and it smells amazing.

Taste: Very fresh and piney tasting, althoguh not as strongly hopped, intensity wise, but a nice aroma and hop flavor. More pine and citrus. Slightly sweet, but hops are really on display here, a delicious beer that could easily be sessioned.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full, sharp spike at the end of the flavor. Very good.

Drinkability: I like the fresh hop style, i think this is my 3rd or 4th, and they are always delicious, the way they bring out the flavors of the hop, but not piling it on like IPAs (not that that is a bad thing). This is a good example.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 16:25:26 | More by TastyTaste
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Hazy golden amber with a tiny tint of red with a one and a half finger, nearly white head. Head has nice staying power. Little lace rings pop up sporadically on the glass.

S - Beautiful citrusy hops on the aroma. Nice fresh cut lawn smell nehind there. I love the smell of these harvest ales.

T - A nice hoppy punch for your taste buds but not overpowering. Great citrusy hop taste along with some pine. However, this beer is also surprisingly well balanced and has a clean taste. Very well put together.

M - A great medium bodied feel that is perfect for the amount of hop punch this brew has along with all the delicately balanced flavor.

D - Excellent. This brew goes down like a pale ale of much smaller proportions. The hops do not overpower and really just provide an all around great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 04:56:43 | More by EStreet20
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WaveRebel51

Nebraska

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only this was readily available 365 days a year. Has a nice, deep amber appearance. The foam from the pour has that fresh from the fermenter look. Smells like fresh-cut grass after a nice mist of rain. The taste is truly exceptional -- piney taste of hops hits up front, but balanced with malt creaminess. A real, refreshing grassy, pine-like taste, which probably comes from the fresh hops. If you like Pales and IPAs, do whatever takes to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 19:51:03 | More by WaveRebel51
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours to a bright copper color with thick off-white head that lingers for the whole glass and leaves very good lacing. Very strong, very hoppy citrus aroma, leads to a very tingly, full mouthfeel, and this in turn carries over to a bitter citrus hop flavor that is biting, yet pleasant.

Finally, the finish is very bitter, long lasting and dry, just as I would expect from this style. Very possibly the best APA I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 11:36:39 | More by kimcgolf
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BMoney575

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-10-07

Pours a pleasant orange-gold color with a huge ice-cream white head that lasts forever.

Smells like citrusy hops, with a hint of a malty backbone.

Taste is fantastic. A sweet malty flavor underneath followed by a potent citrus and pine hop flavor and good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very good, a nice thickness adds to the hoppy flavor.

Drinkability is good, the flavor is memorable without being overpowering.

Overall an outstanding APA. Extremely well balanced malt and hops makes this one of the best pale ales I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 01:49:46 | More by BMoney575
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours translucent dark amber with generous white head that retains well, and is very meringue like.

Nose reminds me of black Ceylon tea, metallic notes, and a grapefruit from across the room.

On the palate the tea like malty sweetness comes through beautifully with balanced hops giving a modest citrus kick and to help dry things out. I'm detecting what I think is some Centennial, so I'm quite pleased to say the least.

Medium to light bodied and very, very drinkable. Refreshing, easy going, yet still flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:55:56 | More by yemenmocha
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Hazed orange. Thin, tight ivroy white head. Good retention and intricate lace properties. Great aroma of fresh hops, orange marmalade based malt derivatives and grassy, pungent hop oils. This all follows through on the buds. Bright citric hop tones of grapefruit and lemon peel. Grassy. Very fresh tasting even though this is months old. Malt provides a solid backbone and is toffeeish and caramelly in nature. Some of that marmalade character comes through as well. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Yet another nice accomplishment by Great Divide. They have been impressing the hell out of me over the past year or so.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:04:41 | More by Bighuge
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

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

The head is foamy and a learge until it falls thin and leaves a nice bit of lacing behind it as it goes. The color is brown to gold and clear, very inviting.

The smell is very hoppy and aromatic, has amarillo and cascade hops and is very fruity with some mellow lemon and orange.

The taste is predominetly amarillo hops with lots of bitter taste and a little fruitiness of lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel is smooth and feels nice on the palate.

I will buy this more often because it is so good. I love amarillo hops and this is a little better than Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 03:08:26 | More by Erdinger2003
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

Man, if this could be a year round offering. Alas, what makes it so good also makes it somewhat rare.
Looks unassuming enough. A clear amber color and a bright white head appear upon pouring.
Smells... well, like fresh hops, or what I imagine fresh hops to smell like. There's something of a lemony seltzer thing going on, but far more appealing than any lemon flavored seltzer. Flavors again refer to that lemony seltzer thing with a delicate malt character. Cool, bubbly tea brewed with hop leaves.
The feel on the palate is a bit resinous but it cleans up nicely after a little bit. This is one of those brews that I find it difficult to not guzzle down as quickly as possible. I'd get this by the case if that was feasible but I imagine that this one doesn't age too gracefully. Everything delicious about this beer revolves around the fresh characters. With all this freshness going around, this is a refreshing beer. Get some if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:05:59 | More by ommegangpbr
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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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scoobybrew

Indiana

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear light copper color with a thick, ice-cream-like foamy head that has excellent retention, leaves a nice lacing as it drains

S - strong, resiny American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - strong American hop flavors with a strong malt backbone and moderately assertive hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is truly a fantastic American pale and perhaps one of my most recent favorite discoveries. I've always like APAs, but until recently they haven't held much interest for me. This one certainly got my attention. The hop flavors and aroma are vibrant and wonderful - a must try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:03:59 | More by scoobybrew
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oberon

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice offering found here in Greensboro,poured a rich copper with a fluffy 2 finger head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles.The label says whole hop cones are shipped wet overnight to Denver to be brewed the very next day after being shipped and let me tell ya the aroma of this baby shows it.Intense grassy,piney,resiny goodness smacks you in the face and the aromas just continue to linger well after being poured.The big dose of fresh hops are not overpowering in this brew yeah its big and resiny but there is a sweet caramel malt backbone that holds up extremely well.At 55 IBU's its not insanely bitter but the freshness of the hops makes it immensley flavorful,I will be getting more of this very very soon for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 22:43:59 | More by oberon
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

color of apple juice at in front of a 60watt bulb. The froth is fantastic, and sticky. It's coated the glasses superbly with rings of lace that track my gulps like tree rings track growth.
Smells like yellow grapes and grapefruits.
Resiny and tingling--my tastebuds are ringing with fresh herb oils: wild bergamot. Citrus skins and drops of pine essence clad in silky malts hug my tongue . Mildly fruity. Drinks like a fresh, clear cider. I find this very sensual with a lingering and enticing aftertaste. It's like necking on a warm lawn.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 05:36:38 | More by gbontrag
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden body, good clarity, tons of fine carbonation streams, topped by a fist worth of heaping billowing off-white froth. Stylish lacing stretches like Spider-man's webs.

Inviting, intoxicatingly fresh hop aromas, bits of flowers and pine and juicy citrus.

All those fresh hops in the nose show up right at the start of the taste too. They are not overpowering though, they just don't let the malt get its moment in the sun. Instead this beer is balanced from start to finish, a sweet caramel layer on the bottom slathered with fresh juicy fruity hops roaring down the strip together.

Good solid medium mouthfeel flows easily and damn too quickly.

A very well done example of the expanding fresh hop family, hurry and seek this out before it grows stale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 00:35:42 | More by RonfromJersey
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Cloudly amber color. A good inch and half of white head. A really great looking beer.

S - Got your hops right here. Citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit and a sweeter citrus; like a ripe orange.

T - Great balance of bitter hops and sweeter malt, with the hops winning out. Of course they do, it is a fresh hop ale. The aftertaste of bitterness lasts for awhile afterward.

M - Sublime. Very soft body, carbonation dances on the tongue. I am not sure what it is, but the texture of the beer is amazing.

D - Best fresh hop ale I have had this season and a great ale overall. The body really surprised me, to have the bitterness biting at the tongue with the softness of the beer really created a perfect experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 23:13:47 | More by Fatehunter
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass clear copper with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice fresh grapefruit hop aroma. Along with the resinous and grassy hops was a nice caramel component not far behind.

The flavor was nicely fresh with a grassy and resinous hop bittering and flavor that contained quite a bit of fruity character, namely grapefruit. Also present at a lower level was the malt, but as the name suggested this was more of a Pale Ale and an IPA and the flavor was not as big nor as pronouced.

The finish was dry with a bit of lasting hop presence, but nothing overpowering, subtle and nice into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A very nice Pale Ale with a great freshness. I gotta say I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

22 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 00:15:49 | More by GCBrewingCo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Crystal clear amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. Great retention and lots of clumpy lace. The hop aroma is very smooth and completely without harshness, very delicate for the amount - plenty of grapefruit and grassy character. There's also a bit of caramel and honey behind all the hops. Very balanced flavour with Just enough maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bitterness is solid, but not overdone. Green, grassy, and grapefruit hops are everywhere in the flavour - they linger long into the finish along with a hint of caramel. Slightly drying and creamy texture - there's a bit of powdery character from the hops. Carbonation and body are just on the light side of medium. There's a hint of warmth as well. This beer is highly quaffable. I can imagine drinking pint after pint of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 23:09:54 | More by DrJay
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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

I am a sucker for really hoppy APAs (you know, the ones that blur the line between APAs and IPAs). This one is exactly that, and Its the first fresh hop beer Ive tried.

Pours a glowing copper color with a slight haze and a few meandering particulars that could be hops (or maybe protein or yeast). The head is thick and creamy and extremely persistent. Very impressive, Im sure the hops have something to do with it. The aroma is thick with layers of wet, floral hops. A little bit of malt is detectable in the back. The taste is a great blend of herbaceous, grassy, piney hop aroma and clean hop bitterness. Sure this is some biscuity malt in the back, but the pine tar, floral, grassy, even minty hops are boss. The mouthfeel is thick with a creamy feel. The finish is not too bitter, but very aromatic hops.

This is one kick ass pale ale, maybe second only to Alpha King out of the ones Ive tried. Im a fan of fresh hop ales now!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 00:16:35 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

A fantastic beer from start to finish. Pours a clear copper color with a minimal amount of cream head that leaves decent lacing. Without a doubt, this is what hoppy beers should smell like...enough said.

Piney fresh hoppiness on the taste, very organic and bitter but decadent. Mouthfeel is juicy with a decent carbonation level, doesn't "wow" me up front but the hop bite in the aftertaste is nice. I will surely have this one again. Good complexity (not outstanding) but a solidly brewed, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 03:58:10 | More by wagenvolks
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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
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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