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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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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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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Sept 30. Probably don't need a tulip for this, but I don't want to miss any aromas. After letting this warm up for about 30 minutes, I see a towering head that leaves intricate, almost symmetrical, lacing. The third and final pour from the bottle leaves a more resilient head that sticks around until the last drop. The beer is a perfectly clear orange-ish copper.

Aroma and taste are straight citric hops; there is nearly a complete absence of malt sweetness and yet my palate isn't torched. I've had other harvest APAs that have a heavier hand with caramel/chocolate malts but that's clearly not what GD was going for here. It's extremely light and refreshing without those malts or higher ABV to weigh it down, but it's not overpowering either.

I might have preferred a bit more sweetness for balance, but after spending most of the last six weeks ODing on marzen, this beer is pretty damn close to what I was looking for. It's a great representation of the fresh hop style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:12:52 | More by coachdonovan
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a light copper with a slight chill haze. Just a very thin white head that fades rather quickly. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of pine with a touch of citrus thrown in. A little bit of bread from the malt but flowers and grapefruit really dominate.

The hop flavors are not quite as prominent in the taste compared to the aroma but they are still the number one feature of the beer. More malt sneaks in in the way of wheat bread and a little dark caramel but it is just barely enough to balance the hops. Bitterness is on the high side leading to a fairly dry finish with just a little stickyness.

Overall, a good APA but a little too average. Even with it being fresh hopped there just isn't a whole lot here that really sticks out to set this beer apart from the thousands like it out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:57:55 | More by rangerred
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a really nice clear gold color, two fingers of off white head, nice lacing.
S - Aroma has some nice tropical fruit scents, peach and pineapple, a little lemon peel, hop resin, pale malt, pine.
T - Well, there's diacetyl in here, and its really ruined this beer for me, it gets less noticeable as it warms up, but c'mon GD, more and more in their beer I find diacetyl popping up and just ruining the good traits of their beers. There's a light grassy and lemon zest flavor, but there's a lot of malt.
M - Buttery texture, not really "bright" as the label says, chewy.
O - Stupid beer. I say that because there's a lot missing here, aroma is good for sure, but the taste is unbalanced, too much malt, and this diacetyl problem keeps persisting with almost every Great Divide beer I've had in recent times.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 00:59:15 | More by Omnium
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head. Has a grapefruit, pine, citrus zest aroma, with some earthiness.

Has both bitter and sweet flavors with citrus, pine, citrus zest, earth, and a light amount of caramel malt. Has a bitter back end.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation and a bitter finish. A good fresh hop APA..

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 22:24:29 | More by hardy008
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

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

22oz brown bottle, no date info.

Hazed and fiery copper. The head is a fluffy eggshell foam that slowly settles to a skim coat. Strands of sticky lacing cling to the sides. Citrus rind bitterness with a fresh cut grass undercurrent, there is also a bright, clean note clearly present. Boldly bitter upfront, sharp but not too sharp citrus rind. Solid malt body works to support the hops and provides a counterbalancing sweetness. The finish is bitey, rindy, and lingers a long while. There is an almost salty component. Medium body, light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and smooth. Not bad overall, enjoyable and drinkable, but it seemed as though there was something lacking, something that would have made this clearly standout from among the other pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 01:24:59 | More by hopsaplenty
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

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

22oz bomber from demcorhip, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-red-copper colour with a 1 inch head. Great head retention and lots of lace. Carbonation is very mild. Aroma is very sweet with honey, clover, all kinds of floral hop aromas and a bit of citrus rind. There's a nice backbone of crackery malt to balance it all out, not overly complex but delicious.

Taste is well balanced with lots of medicinal herbal notes, grapefruit bitterness, and floral honey sweetness. There's a decent amount of cracker malt here with a touch of caramel. Again, not overly complex but a very flavourful APA that definitely leans on the bitter, hoppy side. Medium-heavy body with mellow carbonation, maybe a little bit thick for the style, but nonetheless it's a really drinkable APA, full of flavour, bordering on an IPA in its hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 04:17:07 | More by trevorwideman
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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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miketd

Ohio

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

On tap at Beer Engine.

Pours a golden, straw color with a decent size whitish head. Nice looking beer. Aroma is wet hops and grain...a bit nutty as well. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a good malt backbone. Decent palate and almost sweet finish. Good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 03:18:57 | More by miketd
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stumac

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear copper (leaning more towards rusty orange) color with a decent off white head. nice lacing. the nose is dominent floral hops, subtle piney hops, faint grapefruit hops, subtle sweet malts, a touch of lemon. the taste of hops are subtle spicy, piney, lil bit of grapefruit, subtle sweet malts. medium bodied, low carbo, good Pale Ale...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:31:28 | More by stumac
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Kraken

Maryland

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

Reviewed from notes

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a traditional beer mug. Scant skim of an off white head with decent lacing. Pours a copper tinged amber.

Nose- Hops, hops and more hops. Resiny, pine tar, citrus lemons and grapefruit.

Palate- Pine resin, astringent citric hops. Bitter and somewhat lopsided. Thin. A true unabashed tribute to fresh hops.

Mouthfeel- Thin, actively carbonated, slightly soapy

Drinkability- fair

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:38:16 | More by Kraken
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RodBurg

Missouri

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

Thanks to thehand for this bottle. Pours a clear golden/amber color with a nice head and excellent lacing.

Smells like fresh piney hops and caramel malt.

Starts with sweet malt and grapefruit hops and ends on a tasty bitter note.

Good stuff. Very tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 02:10:29 | More by RodBurg
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froghop

Washington

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

pours a clear pale orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, malt, hops, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is of caramel, hops, and a touch of pine, ends nicely bitter.

overall a lot more bitter than i would expect of a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 23:04:32 | More by froghop
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Shared a bottle of this with krisandajt awhile back. Poured a perfectly clear light copper color, good head and decent retention.

Smell was light and fresh, with earthy and leafy hop aromas. Not much in the way of citrus. Some pine too, and a bit of a biscuit malt component as well.

Taste also didn't have much in the way of citrus, instead showcasing the earthy, leafy and slightly piney hop flavors. Some lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was a light medium body, quite crisp, but not altogether as creamy or smooth as I like.

This is a pretty solid fresh hop ale, although the hop profile is not my favorite and the flavors were almost too subtle. Still a tasty brew though.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 01:42:13 | More by number1bum
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philbertk

Washington

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

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Fresh Hop. Big dense rocky lacy head. No sediment. Clear rich bright thin amber color. Rich resinous grassy fresh floral hop front. Hop infused cloying grassy sweet caramel biscuit grapefruit ester tasty malty body. Dry rich hot hop spice bitter resinous citrus clean end. Sampled 10/23/2008. 4 @ $6.79 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--Bottled On: SEP 23 2009. 2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint? Rich dense lacy white head. Clear pretty bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral citrus grass hop front. Creamy mild sweet piney fruity grassy hop resin mild doughy crusty caramel hint body. Mild hop spice fresh clean sweetbread citrus hint end. Sampled 7/24/2010. 2 @ $8.25 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2010. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy dense lasting thick white head. Fizzy clear bright ripe peach amber color. Delicate grassy citrus floral fresh hop front. Mildly textured slightly creamy mellow sweet soft doughy caramel soft hop resin flavored palette. Smooth mild citrus hop spice end. Sampled 10/29/2010 from 22 oz. bottle purchased for $9.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/20/2010.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 21:03:32 | More by philbertk
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Aroma is subtle yet inviting. Earthy hops with citrus notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence.

The taste is very well balanced with a solid malt backbone that compliments the citrus and earthy hop presence. This beer has a bitter hop bite up front which lingers over the sweet malt body into a dry finish. Honestly I expected more of a hop presence but as you continue to drink this beer it lingers on the palate and asserts itself.

Overall this beer has nice balance which makes it extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I could drink this all day; lesser hop character than most wet hop ales which I can appreciate as a change of pace from the hop bombs of today.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 18:27:43 | More by claspada
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured golden yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The hoppiness aspect going on here really carried on throughout the entire glass in both the aroma and flavor. The flavor was fairly well balanced and inviting. If I hadn’t been on a ticking spree this day I likely would have had a full pint of this one without hesitation. Definitely worth your time trying if you have not done so before.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 12:09:31 | More by thagr81us
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure copper, head is basic and recedes quickly. Little evidence of carbonation. Lacing nice though.
Smells light and fresh of some piney hops and fruit notes non-descript, but nice. Maybe berry. Sweet malts barely detected.
Fruity hop mix, apricot, pine, not musty or anything earthy, clean tasting yet balanced with a malt presence that doesn't dominate anywhere (which I like). Beer lives well up to its name. Just not standing out to me as memorable either. I recall liking this even more when I tried it a year ago or so. And this is a fresh bottle as it labeled as being bottled on 10/04/12, and I'm drinking it on 10/24/12 (months late in posting this obviously).
Carbonation feels nice, medium even though it has a thinner appearance to me. Fruit is more subdued than i like, but a slight tropical bitter hop lingers, dry finish, but not strong, crisp.
Overall this beer works as a fine IPA, a clean example, not complex in my opinion , but well-made nonetheless. Until I try some of this brewery's acclaimed stouts, a couple of which I'm still aging a bit, this is about my favorite beer of theirs to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:41:58 | More by TBoneJones
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A friend highly recommended this stuff, so I finally tried it.
Pours a light copper color with nice clarity - left the yeast sediment in the bottle with little trouble. A large pillowy off-white head forms and sticks around a while, lacing the glass throughout.

Nose is very floral and grassy, with some citrus. It isn't as strong as I expected but still expresses itself without difficulty. Maybe I should check the age on the bottle. Malt? - none noted here.

Hmm. There is no denying that this tastes quite good...but it isn't what I expected. In terms of trueness to style, it is well done - quite clean, more bitter than some, some semblance of balance with some pale malt not noted in the aroma. Though citrus was evident in the aroma I wouldn't call this fruity. Sweetness is very light. Bitterness is very apparent but I'd never mistake this for an ESB.
Not sure what happened with the mouthfeel. Carbonation is quite low - much lower than expected reading the other reviews. I'd better get another bottle to make sure this one wasn't past prime.

Quite drinkable. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hoppier and less balanced than some, more bitter than some, but still within the APA style. I'll have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 00:44:48 | More by udubdawg
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.

S – Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.

T – A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.

M – Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D – I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going… It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 02:09:24 | More by beachbum1975
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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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GJ40

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle.

A - Golden and clear with a thick, creamy, beige head.

S - Piney and floral hops.

T - A diverse mix of piney, grassy and floral hops. A little green apple as well. Moderate bitterness. Not enough citrusy flavor for my tastes.

M - Good moderate carbonation. Maybe a bit thin but about what I'd expect from an IPA that favors hops over malt.

D - A fun and easy to drink beer but not as good as I'd hoped. It was a bit on the pricey side so I expected more but it didn't quite deliver in full.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 07:01:09 | More by GJ40
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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden orange color with limited amount of head. very pine like hoppy smell as well as taste. i must say i was not really very impressed with this beer. everything about it was good, but i just didn't find anything about it that was great or extra ordinary. don't get me wrong it was a good, very easy to drink beer that had good flavor. but to me it was just mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 18:40:22 | More by berpwillie
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vfgccp

New York

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best buy Dec 30th 2013, opened Nov 20th 2013.

A - Hazy orange marmalade body. Mixed bubble white head settles into a sable crown around the rim of the glass. Surprisingly stable retention. Low lace.

S - Soft citrus, pine, melon rind, and fresh pumpkin. The pumpkin note ebbs and weaves, but when it's there it's almost musky, like scooping out a fresh pumpkin.

T - Dry cantaloupe, orange pith, vegetable funk, honey, waxy resin, and pine wood. Feels like something is off - might be a bad bottle?

M - Dry, smooth, medium-full frame. Low carbonation

O - Not terrible, but there's something either in the execution or unique to this bottle that puts the balance out of whack.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 01:07:34 | More by vfgccp
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The color is deep amber with an orange tint. It has a thick off-white head, which fades but not too quickly and leaves decent lace.

S: Strong hop aroma with a heavy dose of citrus along with it. You can also smell the alcohol a bit.

T: As indicated in the name of the beer, a very intense and decently bitter hops flavor hits you right away and remains dominant throughout. There is some malt and citrus that follow to help balance it out, but as sweetness fades, the hops return to stay in a bitter after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body with medium carbonation and the more you drink it, the smoother it gets.

D: As stated above, the beer seems smoother as you drink more of it. If you combine that with the fact that it’s not very filling, the beer is pretty drinkable as long as you’re down with the hop taste. I’m not sure how many I could drink at a time; since I only have the one 22 oz. bottle, but I’m sure I could put away a decent amount. Overall this is a good beer, but not for beginners. I find it a bit stronger than other beers that I’ve had of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:46:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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PlaywrightSam

New York

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber, head that stuck around. S: Citrusy and floral, grassy hops. T: Very nice, surprising sweetness underneath the hops, great balance. Dry finish. M: Mild carbonation, very smooth. D: Obviously very hoppy for a pale ale, but I didn't find any part of it overwhelming. Really refreshing. Very nice all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 04:51:41 | More by PlaywrightSam
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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