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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 Meandmymonkey
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Meandmymonkey, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Greywulfken
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%

A: pale-to-medium amber body, nice and clear; full head of ivory foam; lots of lace left down the glass

S: grassy wet fields and fresh-cut grains; floral and herbal, with moments of citrus or pine

T: crisp, slightly chewy pale grains, sweet just a bit, but cut through cleanly by a sharp hop bill, presenting an array of flavors reminiscent of meadows and hay, and wet grassy flowers; traces of caramel sweetness fade into a clean, drying bitter close

M: light-to medium body with ample carbonation and just a little tack; IPA-like feel, drying and mildly bitter close

O: a very solid take on the style, with lots of fresh grain and (hop) flower

Greywulfken, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear amber with a huge three inch head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pine and citrus hops

t: Hops up front but they are moderate and tasty resin/citrus. Relatively dry finish.

m: Light to moderate and smooth, but not the "glycerin" silkiness I have read it described as.

o: An exceptionally easy-drinking fresh hop ale. However, I still prefer the much cheaper SN hemispheres, so will probably not pay $8 for this again when I can get either of those for $5. Plus you get 3 ounces more with the SNs.

scotorum, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +1%

I tried this beer at the Auburn Ale House in Auburn Alabama

this beer looks pale...perfect color for a pale ale...with a nice foamy head...

the smell is of piney hops....with the slightest bit citrus notes....

Taste is hops and hops galore....not overly bitter...this beer is very true to style....

a tingly carbonated mouthfeel...

Perfect drinkability....very nice lacing as well

nickthegun12, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Bottled 9/22/09. Doesn't get much fresher!

Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a nice pale golden orange color with great clarity, especially for a hoppy ale. The head is thick and sticky. It settles slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy and definately lives up to its name. It has a great fresh hop aroma not unlike opening a bag of hops on brewing day.

Flavor is obviously big on hops with lots of bitterness. It has a surprising UK quality that reminds me of an English pale ale. The hops aren't big on citrus like west coast versions and lacks the pine and grapefruit too. More of a grassy/earthy flavor but pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness but not completely out of balance. The malts contribute just enough sweetness.

Overall a very good APA but not one of my favorites. Not my prefered hop profile and a little pricy.

GilGarp, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured from the 22oz bottle. This beer is an orangish amber color with a small creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by fresh floral and grassy hops. The taste much like the aroma is dominated from the beginning by the hops. However, the malt does a pretty decent job of holding it's own in the background, but the hops not suprisingly definately steal the show. Overall, this is a highly recommended beer that I will surely revisit in the future.

cjgator3, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured a slightly hazed amber with a thick pillowy head, good retention and lacing.

Has a very nice green hop odor with a nice fresh juniper and grapefruit aroma.

A very nice crisp hop taste dominates throughout, a bit of malts are detectable, but the fresh wet hops are definitly the dominant force of this beer. Very nice with a bit of grapefruit and juniper along with a bit of mint in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation with a nice bit of hoppy oil coating the tongue and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Very drinkable and nice will be having more of these while I can still get them.

bashiba, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Clear bright copper. Big chunky tanned head. Frothy chunks of lace.

Grapefruit, grass, and pine. Toasty bready malt behind.

Piney, grassy, and herbal with a big splash of grapefruit. A bit of toasty bready malt to balance it slightly. A pleasant, non-overpowering herbal bitterness.

Somewhat sticky and dry. med body, good carbonation for style.

Very drinkable. Fresh, hoppy, and refreshing.

CHILLINDYLAN, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev +1%

From notes while camping last week.

Appearance. Lightly hazy gold-amber with a finger of off white heac and some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet dried pineappe, oranges and guava with a little toasty caramel malt.

Taste. Toasted light grains with some tropical fruits, some grassy hops, a little pine, and a bit of bitter grapefruit rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice hoppy pale with an awesome tropical fruit smell.

Rutager, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Pours an amber-orange color with a rocky white head leaving "cottony" lacing as it recedes. The head has a soapy quality that I find in many Great Divide beers. Fresh aroma of hops - flowery, leafy, grassy, and a bit oily. As the head drops, the smells become more resinous...like sticky sap. Some fresh grain as well. Bright hoppy flavor on the tongue - not pungent by any means but slick, oily grassy hop flowers. Very fresh as expected. There's a pleasant maltiness that adds some sweetish caramel to the mix. Medium, lip-smackin' mouthfeel has a solid bitterness.

Very tasty and (obviously) fresh overall. A green, refreshing pale ale.

wedge, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1%

A-Clear orange two finger head that lingers and leaves great lacing.

S-Earthy, some citrus, dirt, good deal of hops, nice for an APA.

T-Rather earthy, dirt and pine. Nice bitterness, tad bit of citrus with nice balance.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and lots of hop resins.

O-Another great fresh hop beer. The fresh hops are showcased nearly as well in an APA as oppose to an IPA but still a yummy and very affordable beer.

rlee1390, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +1%

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a moderate semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to surround the glass. Nose has pleasant hop floral aroma backed buy sweet malt, start is slightly sweet, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic with nice hop spiciness, dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer and Great Divide a long time favorite brewery.

Gusler, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of fostwal
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Appearance - Slightly hazy and light brown.
Smell - True to its name, it has a nice hop scent.
Taste - Again, the name really describes the taste. You instantly taste the bitterness of the hops as soon as it hits your mouth and continues all the way through the aftertaste. To contrast, this is different from what I would consider an aged beer that is more mellow and allows the flavors to develop.
Mouthfeel - Average carbonation adds to the bite that the hops give.
Drinkability - Pretty good. This is an excellent beer for hop heads. The flavor hits hard and lingers around a little. Then you want to take another sip to get that jolt again.

fostwal, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +1%

A: Copper/orange with an off white head. Good retention.

S: Fresh grassy hop smell. Hint of pine, sweet caramel malt which becomes more bready as the beer warms.

T: Bold hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and a medium to slightly toasted malt body.

M: Light, but clings to the mouth . Medium carbonation.

I prefer the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale to the Fresh Hop. However, it's a very enjoyable example of a full-flavored pale ale.

GeezLynn, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of gabedivision
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 ounce bottle.

Pours a crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a thin laced head full of tight bubbles and a frothy foam. Citrus hops on the nose, fruity, piny tones, big sweet refreshing scents pouring from the hops. Sugary sweet citrus hops explode in the mouth, hop from front to finish, bitter lemony finish. Light bodied, high carbonation, clean, easy to drink. This is a mega hopped fruit filled easy to drink pale ale. Will come back to this beer again for sure.

gabedivision, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.13/5  rDev +1%

A-Pours a totally,translucent orangish,amber with 2 fingers of dense,lasting,dull white foam that left gorgeous rings of lacing.

S-Lots of tangy grapefruit,floral hops,pine,orange juice concentrate,a sweet punchiness similar to a Peach Jolly Rancher and a touch of toffee malt and cracker malts.

T-More big citrus and stonefruit.Jammy,fruit juice sweetness,earthy/slightly grassy hops and caramel malt.Very nice and bright with some definite Simcoe qualities in there.

M-Tangy,bright and dry with a good balance of sweet,earthy and tart flavors.

O-Real nice Fresh Hop ale that I've passed over numerous times because of freshness issues.I was very pleased to find a fresh one.Didn't disappoint.

StlHopHead77, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Saw this for the first time today and decided to pick it up. I'm a big fan of Great Divide, so my hopes are pretty high going in.

The appearance is very nice. Exceptionally crisp, clear and clean looking beer. The head is about the width of two fingers and dissipates down to a frothy covering leaving some lacing.

The smell is very balanced and clean. Nice pine hop flavor with a distinct sweet malt presence in the background that gives it lots of character but really lets the clean pine scent of the hops shine. Overall the bouquet is very balanced and 'fresh'.

Taste is good, with the hops obviously dominating. Very big hop flavor as well as bitterness. The bitterness comes in shortly after the grassy and pine flavor, lingering long into the aftertaste. The malt, however does occupy a distinct and important role, giving a supportive balance and character.

Overall, another great showing from Great Divide.

ClevoPiwo, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring, crystal clear with some carbonation bubbling, and a frothy, cling, off-white head that coats the glass as you drink. Aromas of wet, green hops, with cut grass, pine tassels, a subtle pepper spicing, and resinous bitter notes. Flavors are bitter forward, with a resinous background of pine pitch and subtle caramel notes, with piney, grassy, and subtle citrus highlights of lemon and grapefruit. Very well balanced and flavorful. Smooth bodied, but kept light and crisp with the carbonation. The aftertaste is resinous and bitter, and the caramel rich notes help to balance throughout. Awesome lacing left along the glass. The finish is slightly dry, crisp, and clean. Solid beer, and ridiculously easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Great looking beer, a great orange amber color, clear with lots of smooth, fine rising bubbles, a great three finger head that lasted and lasted, leaving a nice cap and great lace.

Fresh hops is a good name for this beer when you take a whiff, it's certainly hoppy smelling, though not overpoweringly so like some DIPAs. It's a bit grassy too, with a nice malt base and some pine.

Taste wise this one is a winner. Well balanced between lovely fresh hops flavors, a good malt base and a great mixture of grapefruit, pine and light fruits.

It's a little sweet and bitterness is spot on. Body is light to medium, well carbonated, and very thirst quenching.

This is a wonderful after work beer, which is when I'm enjoying it. Very much recommended and you can be very sure I'll be buying this one again.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +1%

This is from the early October, 2007 brewing and release, so it's very fresh. Purchased, consumed and reviewed on October 16, 2007.

22-ounce bottle poured at about 45 degrees into a Hefeweizen glass (to concentrate head and aroma) yields a huge off-white head that fades slowly to a rocky solid lid with tons of thick lacing, all over a clear light orange-amber body. Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma has a surprising amount of malt: cracker, bread-dough, even a little dark fruit. The floral and citrus hops are there, though subtle; primary note is pine. Sweet pine, bitter pine and metallic pine.

Taste is crisp and cracker-y, with lots of hops immediately present: the pine notes dominate, the floral is mild, and the citrus is subdued and definitely in the background. Slight hints of pepper, marjoram and thyme. Interesting finish: as I inhale through my mouth, there is a notable "minty-ness" there, mostly spearmint. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel is delightfully rich at the same time it is refreshingly crisp, the obvious product of the abundant hop-oils.

Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the complexity of flavors.

This one does not play a one-note song. There is a fascinating complexity of flavors present, with the most notable being the mint. Does anyone else pick up on that?

Highly recommended. Another home-run from Great Divide.

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ColoradoBobs, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of ESPNman
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter

A - It pours an almost crystal-clear burnt orange. Think University of Texas orange. One and a half fingers of eggshell-white head. It hangs around for a bit, giving way to some decent lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops, a bit of fresh-cut-grass, and some dank skunky weed smell. It smells fresh and dirty, all at the same time.

T - Much like the nose, a lot of that wet and sticky hops shining through. Very grassy, and very dank. A decent amount of malt balances it out with a subdued sweetness.

M - Pretty light on the palate, moderate carbonation. Not particularly aggressive, and somewhat creamy.

O - One of the better fresh hop beers I've had. It really hits that wet / fresh / dank note, but it's rounded out well with a floral hop backing.

ESPNman, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of orfeu
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Well-chilled, Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale sits in my nonic a glowing amber orange, with zero visible carbonation, and a thick, clumpy, pock-marked off-white head. Great sticky rings of lacing. Mellow grassy pine and mild grapefruit aromas mingle with understated caramel malt scents. The wet hops give this pale ale a far "grassier" taste than most other American versions of this style. There are certainly pine and citrus flavors apparent in the taste, but they are far more subtle than in other pales. As I mentioned before, the hop profile is primarily grassy, with some earthy mineral notes coming through. Slight caramel sweetness, off-dry mouthfeel. The palate is a bit clingy in patches, sort of juicy at other times. Altogether, this is an "uncharacteristic" pale ale, that ends up standing out for not being a normal c-hop showcase. Extremely easy to drink, but only with the proviso that this is not a pine-grapefruit bomb. A bit pricey, but certainly worth the effort to seek out.

orfeu, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev +1%

It pours a crystal clear paleological amber, minus the embedded flies and mosquitoes. A finger of soft off-white head fizzles soon to microbubble atolls. Tiers of lacing striate the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a sweet wisp of toasted malt, distantly caramel and berry fruit. The hops present a distinctly bitter melding of citrus and grassy oils.

Upon sipping, a pale ale flutter of fairly sweet malt delivers caramel and blueberry. The hops clomp in, printing fresh-clipped morning grass and dry grapefruit on the scape. A back end bit of biscuit dovetails into a crisp, dry, bitter finish, lingering long and green apple clean. The fresh, green hops are well played and make for a sassy and interesting offering.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is filmy, but the hops are chock full of resin and oil on the palate.

In lesser hands the newly mown hops might come off as unduly brassy and raw, but here they impress as the green, viscous essence of American beer ingenuity. Now, the bite might get punchy after too much, but one happy bomber is decidedly drinkable and enjoyable. So the dimensions may be few, but they're a pleasing mix of subtle APA and snappy new-harvest hops with more depth than at first perceived.

Foxman, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev +1%

A little late in the year for the Fresh Hop, but still good carbonation and an off white head over a clear copper brew. Good lacing and retention as expected.

Prominent hop aromas include grass, herbal/pine notes, and big time citric blasts. These last heavily feature grapefruit, which shows up again in the flavor. There is a woody character in the taste, plenty of fruit. The finish is dry, with a citric twist at the end. Not terribly bitter, but great for the style. Not complaining about the one-sided hop flavor, very addicting.

Overall, light and easy to drink. The hops are the featured ingredient without coming anywhere near harsh. Flavorful, light body, smooth mouthfeel. Highly enjoyable on a summer night spent outside, but I wish I'd gotten a fresher bottle.

BretSikkink, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Intelligentsia
4.13/5  rDev +1%

"Grassy" and "Citrusy" are on the label. I'm excited. As always, I enjoy the design of GD's brews. Hoping this one is as tasty as the others I've had.

Immediately things look promising with thick lacing and a bulbous head that doesn't fade much. Beautiful pour. The color is perhaps a little bit lighter than I would like, but it's a great thing to see go down.

The smell is easily the best thing about this beer -- it's absolutely wonderful. I absolutely expected more hops from this beer. With NW hops, I think it would be a much more rounded, complete beer. The hops do a wonder to the nose of this beer, and it just doesn't carry onto the taste. Caramel malt carries the day here, with some mild hop presence through the middle. Mild bitterness and a pleasant finish. Perhaps my expectations were unwarranted?

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- pleasantly carbonated with some body to match. At 6.1%, it's eminently drinkable.

Intelligentsia, Jan 26, 2010
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.