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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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1,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 120
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of Drnkmunky
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like hoppy beer without excessiveness, this is a good one.

Got it in a bomber. Clear deep golden color. Very fragrant nose. Mouth feel is light to medium. Hoppy up front with nice piny finish. Leaves slight hoppy aftertaste.

It's name serves it right. Not quite the stone drink by freshness, but close.

I'm a fan, and I'm just getting to like IPAs.

Drnkmunky, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/09/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a full 3/4 inch head. Nice light rim remains for the rest of the glass. Nice sticky lace trails all over the glass.

Smell- Nice pungent hop aroma. Scents of pine needles, grapefuit and sugary goodness. Nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Wondeful sweet roasted malt background with bitter pine flavored hops. Nice grapefruit flavor hidden behind the malt and pine. Sugary sweet hops and malt make this beer mouthwatering.

Mouthfeel- Rather high carbonation, sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Not sure I could session a six pack of this because of the sweetness. But it's damn well one of the best if not the best pale ale I've had. Right up there with Alpha King. Borderline IPA.

GClarkage, Jan 09, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Catphish, Jul 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

DuffOwl, Nov 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Swift989, Nov 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

mendvicdog, Dec 16, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

cestlavie, Oct 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

ninaturner, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Tumble, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of battlekow
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale reminds me a little of the Silver Creek IPA I had a couple weeks ago, in that it's darker than the average PA, yet still quite hoppy. Great Divide definitely didn't skimp on the malts--this is no hop bomb--and there are definitely some low-level chocolate notes floating around underneath the fresh hop smack. As cokes noted, the hop flavor is huge, but the bittering is controlled to the point that you could easily drink a couple of these bombers in quick succession. Great beer.

battlekow, Nov 21, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

JstickBrewing, Dec 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick two finger head that lasts nicely.Decent lacing paints the glass.

Smell: copious amounts of grapefruit citrus, ripe fruits, and pine bitterness.

Taste: caramel, pears, apples, green grapes, grapefruits, and pine bitterness. This is a wonderfully well balanced pale ale that is bold in the flavor profile. It's nice to have a fresh hop ale that isn't DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pleasantly full flavored citrus, ripe fruits, and bitterness.

Drinkability: this is an exceptional pale ale that can be quaffed all day long without developing boredom or laying flat on the floor. Absolutely great beer.

Gavage, Jan 24, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

navin, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

12owls, Nov 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

CaverDave, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bigbelcher
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is the word I am looking for? Oh yea, QUAFFABLE. Very tasty beverage. The only thing I have to wonder about is how old the beer is since fresh hops are only available for a short timeframe and the beer must now be 9 months or so old. Still quite good though. Alcohol is there to preserve it. Hop aroma is more of a piney, earthy aroma rather than cascade type grapefruit. Color is a deep golden color. Head retention was excellent.

An excellent beer.

bigbelcher, Jun 11, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Beerrenda, May 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

TXHopHead, Nov 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

HairyToeKnuckles, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

fox227, Oct 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

ShameAndFailure, Nov 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

thirtyfourtwenty, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Oldkentman, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of nickss
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden-amber hue with a moderate cap of foam. A steady stream of bubbles makes their trek up from the bottom of the glass in hopes of sustaining the head that remains.

Mmm... the name of the beer says it all regarding the smell... wonderful, fresh hop odor. Pine and citrus make their presence known in the nose.

Absolutely delicious! I am quite surprised this isn't classified as an IPA, as it certainly has enough hop-bite to it to reach that classification.
Strong hop presence, but with enough of a malty backbone to make this extremely well balanced. Very well done.

Light and crisp on the toungue... simply "feels" fresh, although I know it was just the hops themselves that were fresh. Active carbonation on the tongue, but calm enough to actually feel like a PA instead of an IPA.

Extraordinaily drinkable... I must go find some more of these... at $6 a pop, they're quite a steal, as are most of this brewery's products.

nickss, Nov 18, 2005
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.