Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 130
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/28/09

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. 2 finger, rocky, white head. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell was citrusy with some orange notes. Light, but pleasant sweetness.

Taste had great balance. Mild maltiness with a lingering grassy bitterness. Nice crisp, citrus bitterness on the tongue. Not to complex, but a very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel was light with a medium carbonation.

Excellent drinkability. Nice hoppiness w/o being overpower.

One of my favorite Great Divide (session) beers. Easy drinking with a great amount of flavor.

Photo of CONOR8832
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber colored into the glass with a nice fluffy white head, left some great lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for, it probably has to do with the fresh wet hops that they use but its aromoa is extremely grassy with a ripe great fruit scent that almost makes you think you are about to drink an IPA. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the smell. Very fresh taste, crisp taste, great hop to malt balance. Leaves a nice hop coating on the palate, I had a hard time convensing myself that this is a pale ale not an IPA. Great beer for hop heads, to put it in a nut shell if you could take the breaking of fresh celery stalks and put a flavor and feel to that sound that is what this beer is. I wish it was a year round brew but I guess I will just have to stock up on it.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint shaker.

Pours a nice, clear golden orange color. Little head to speak of, but small skiffs of foam hang around, like the last visage of dish washing liquid.

Aroma is interesting to say the least. Not as overpowering a hop aroma in the glass as there was coming from the neck of the bottle, but it's still there. Initially, you get a good burst of hops, smelling bright and vegetal. In the bottle, that's all you got. In the glass, however, you're met with an equally strong earthy malt aroma, which balances the first blast of hops quite nicely. In total, it smells of a bitter yet sweet substance that is strangely appetizing.

Upon first taste, this comes across as just a standard (albeit quite good) APA. But then you get a new sensation, one I'm not used to with the beers I drink. It feels like the hop bitterness floats up to the roof of your mouth, then tries to make its way up the back of your nose and into your sinuses from behind. It's perhaps the strangest physical sensation I've gotten from drinking anything I can remember. Yet it's a pleasant experience, and adds an odd level of complexity to this brew. Beyond that, this IS just a really good standard pale ale, with a small but present malt backbone to try to hold off the avalanche of hop bitterness that permeates the entire drink. The hop flavors dominate, with the vegetal/citrus flavors defeating any resistance the malt sweetness may try to put up. Quite nice, especially when you add the extra sensation I mention above.

The mouthfeel is, as Baby Bear said, just right. It's substantial enough to let you know this isn't water, but with no need to chew it to get through it.

Overall, this is one interesting beer. It's not overly complex, being, as I said, nothing more than a standard American Pale Ale. But something with the wet hops does add a level to the drinking experience which was new to me, and one I enjoyed tremendously. This isn't a great beer, but it's a damned fine one, and well worth seeking out.

Photo of DNICE555
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B

A - Copper with an orange tint to it. Very nice 2-3 finger head.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops, some pine.

T - Well balanced hoppy ale.

M - Pretty darn smooth. Body felt a little thin to me.

D - There were a bunch of beers on tap otherwise I would have had a second pint. This one was very well balanced.

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of bpkrippner
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber and foamy tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Sweet grassy and bright fruit aromas. Taste follows immediately with hints of lemon, pineapple, and ranier cherry. Grassy takes a back seat but is omnipresent in the background. Smooth, clean finish with a light linger.

Fairly robust and nicely balanced, this has great flavor and very complex for a pale ale. Certainly not a backyard chug-a-bunch but a wonderful sipper and probably ideal for pairing.

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a finger of soapy head with big bubbles. The head lasts for the entire beer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Clarity is great, with minor chill haze.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy and piney, with cascades jumping out of the glass. It's great. There's a bit of caramel malt in the back, but the hop character is much more prominent.

Flavor is much like the nose. A bit of grapefruit bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, medium carbonated, and a clean, green, lightly astringent finish.

Balance is great. This beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's well crafted and well put together. It lacks the intangibles to make it world class, in my opinion.

Photo of Yancey82
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear dark copper-ish amber color, with a nice off-white head on top. great retention level and very nice lacing.

S: wow, that is the greenest nose I have ever smelled. Huge fresh/wet hop aroma...I can't stop smelling this beer. I have put my nose to the glass at least 20 times before tasting this one.

T: wonderful crystal malts lay down a biscuity flavor which is very nice. big fresh/wet hop flavor comes about a second after you sip it. very "green" hop flavor. this is just a great APA.

M: medium bodied APA, with a mild carbonation level. very smooth, but the hop flavors are crisp.

D: very drinkable APA, especially if you enjoy fresh hops. Well worth getting, but I would obviously recommend drinking it fresh.

Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night.

Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

A - Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and small malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - Solid drinkable brew that met my expectations.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's, Ponce location, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear copper-color with ample, fast carbonation. It's lively, plentiful, fast, and medium-sized - great look, especially in this glass. The head itself is huge, sticky, foamy, and does that thing where it fades around the edges of the glass before the big blob of foam at the center dissipates. Even after all the head has faded and the lacing is a stained glass window-esque splatter all over the sides of the glass, that little blot of fuzzy foam is just sitting there, floating around in the center of the glass. Speaking of the lacing, it's sticky, foamy, sponge-like, and also has great staying power. Just a perfect-looking beer.

Aroma: Crisp and spicy are the two modifiers I'd use to the describe the hop notes in the nose on this one. There's a slide bready, roasted edge as well, but there's really a ton of spiciness here, pine-like. It's not bad, just not particularly exciting. ... ok, update that as I continue to drink. A fresh-cut grass note, hay-like, slightly spicy but mostly leafy and herbal, begins to emerge with a fierceness once this one warms. I'm gonna knock it up half a point - it's still not amazingly complex or crazy awesome, but it's a little nicer.

Taste: A step up. This one's not very bitter at all - most of the harshness on this one comes from the sprucey hop notes, and even that's minimal. Mostly, this is just a solid, balanced combination of pine, heavier citrus, and fresh-cut hay notes, all on a bready, roasted easel.

Mouthfeel: Slick, even, fluffy, oily - all the things a wet-hopped ale should be. The body itself is medium, and is lightened considerably by the carbonation.

Drinkability: A damn good beer, if I do say so. I just finished the Founders Harvest Ale, and this one just seems a little fuller, more rounded ... just a little better, and it may perhaps even rival the Sierra Nevada Harvest for the "Best Wet Hopped Ale" crown. Regardless, the 6.1% abv is low and well-hidden, the flavors and aromas impressive, the lacing and color amazing ... this would become a fall fridge mainstay ... if only Great Divide distributed to Virginia. Bollocks!

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying this brew on 11/1/2013. I really need to organize my tasting notes and pictures better. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a bright green foil wrap and a best by date of Dec 30, 2013 stamped on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body pours a translucent copper color with notes of orange and muddy brown depending on how the light and shadows pass through. Atop the body sits a rocky two finger head comprised of very small bubbles the color of linen. The retention is excellent, and the foam slowly starts to recede with ample pocking and a consistently thin sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - A pretty good balance of light, bready malt and more pungent hops. The hops, consisting of lots of herbal undertones--grass, chives, pine needles--and citrus were more obvious, but they were held in check by a pleasant foundation of grain, to give the aroma some fullness, so to speak. In addition to the herbal dominance, there were notes of lemon and orange zest to give a delightful citric quality to the aroma.

Taste - Here the grain is again present, but only as a cracker is present to convey delicious charcuterie and cheese to one's mouth. In this case, the part of the meat and cheese is played by the wonderful wet hops with a fantastic combination of pine resin, lemongrass, orange zest and even some hints of pink grapefruit. Perhaps it's all in my head, but the fresh harvest variety of the hops really adds a punch to the flavor profile. It's almost like I steeped my beer with a tea bag of whole cone hops.

Mouthfeel - Sufficient body--I'd place it at about medium, with moderate carbonation and a juicy characteristic, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, I can't say this is the best wet hop ale I've had, but it's a very good one, and much easier to obtain than some of my favorites. As such, I will slot this into the list of seasonal beers I must procure when they come out each year.

Photo of mr-jj
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 12/24/14.

Color was darker than I expected. Coppery amber with a thin white head. Lots of sticky lacing that just stayed glued to the sides of the glass.

Aroma was weedy and grassy with some pine, but then more citrus as it warmed. Smells pretty hoppy for a pale ale. More like a light IPA.

Flavor was dominated by the fresh hops. More citrus than the aroma, but some pine and grass as well. The malt is barely detectable but provides just enough backbone to balance the hop profile. Finish is bitter and long for a pale ale.

Feel is medium and creamy.

Overall, a bit closer to an IPA than a true pale ale, but whose drawing that line? I really liked this beer and was sad to see the last of it in my glass.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date.

Clear and beery appearance of amber color and bubbles, lacing on the glass is extraordinary. Smells of fresh mint, wild herbs and soft pine with some bread crust in the back. Creamy medium body. With no warning the taste buds get smacked with a heavy hammer of hop character. Yeah, this is a very hoppy beer. As for the bitterness, yes ... The bitterness is there but the flavor clearly dominates. Lots of spice, orange rind, tobacco, hemp, pine, mint and leafiness from the hop flavor. Hint of lightly toasted malt and alcohol middle to end. Finishes hoppy as well, a little raw but very flavorful.

I'm certain to get my hop fix here. Exceptional.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with some amber highlights. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of grassy and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a moderate to high amount of bitterness from the hops, although the underlying malts provide some balance; it's very similar to the smell with some additional flavors of citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the bitterness is not overpowering in any way.

Photo of sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange clear body with 2 finger head, good retention

S: Hops hops hops. citrus, lemon, some sweetness from the malt, orange peel.

T: Other than some bitterness towards the end, it's all citrus hops and sweet malt. Simple and great. I don't get too much grass as written on the bottle.

M: Medium thickness with decent amount of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink pale ale. Very pricey though ($7.99 for 22oz).

Photo of Enola
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is mighty good. It would be hard to top. There was a fair head that has faded to a thin coating. There is ample lacing. The beer has a nice orange glow when held to the light. The smell is is of sweet hops. The taste is of hops and nothing else. A very bitter beer. There is a sweetness to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is a lasting bitterness that does not go away anytime soon. Overall, a very good beer that is a must try for hop lovers.

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i like just about everything great divide produces, so i couldn't resist this guy on the shelf. fresh hops? can't go wrong

the brew pours out of the bomber into my large glass a light, but brilliant copper, and a pinky-finger head is kept alive by enthusiastic bubbleage flying to the surface. it sticks itself to the glass, as well. grassy hops in the nose, with a glint of spruce. it's not a strong aroma

i recognize that wet-hop flavor. it's resiny, with a complex sequence. the bitterness is robust and distinctive. woody

that's a tasty beer

Photo of chodinheaven
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and clear beer that is golden yellow in the thin part of the glass and a rich orange-amber in the thicker parts. A thick and foamy off-white head resides on top and dissapates very slowly leaving thick lacing with it. The smell is full of resiny and earthy hops, definitely grassy in character. There is a matching malt background, grainy in character with a nice caramelly breadiness to it. Lots of aroma and very pleasing and challenging for the nose.

If the freshness, or "wetness", of the hops is what makes this beer pop, then Great Divide should do this with all their pales or IPAs. The resin in the hops is evident with an earthy bite, but unlike some resiny beers, this one remains perfectly balanced. The resin flavors blend so effortlessly with the caramel and bread in the malt that you just can't wait for another sip. There is a pleasant citrus juiciness in the middle back, just before the bitterness and resin takes hold. The medium body suits it well, with a medium to high carbonation that helps prickle the tongue playfully with the hops. The only negative that I can see to hold it back a little is that its almost too clean in the front to middle of the palate. This split second of doubt is washed away the instant the bold and bitter but balanced hops hit the middle-back. The finish is quick and clean, but the aftertaste lingers on for a while with a fresh, clean bitterness.

This is a really nice pale ale and the type of hop really seems to make a big difference. The freshness adds a touch of that earthy, grassy feel while remaining juicy, citrusy and finally dry and bittering. Really good beer here, very drinkable and balanced.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Quick six Mt Rose Avenue -served in a tumbler

A beautiful semi hazed golden amber w/ thick creamy cap of ecru, the lace clings very well. The smell is sweet herbal hops with a slight lemony note, very faint grassy edge w/ generally fragrant somewhat floral in nature. The feel is excellent it is moderately bitter -perfect for the style, lots of resinous texture with medium carbonation and mild sweetness with a slightly creamy element.

The Fresh Hop pale has a nice light toasted malt flavor w/ herbal lemony tinges and mild slight floral quality from the hops. The flavor is subtle with citrus bitterness and the gentle caramel malt provides a great backdrop to the wet hop goodness. The finish is semidry and keeps you coming back - the drinkability is very high, one of the best fresh or wet-hop beers out there. I was glad I got a taste, but the keg blew so no repeats. The bottle I had was good, but trying this on tap was great. This sample was incredibly fresh and tasty!

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.