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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 133
Gots: 95 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Photo of garcia2a
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a fine head that slowly whisped away. The bouquet was flowery and bountiful of hops. The hops were pleasant on the old schnoz, not overpowering, leaving the anticipation of the taste.

The taste had what I thought was an interesting balance, a nice sweetness that balanced what seemed to be a perfect amount of hops. A pleasant, slight aftertaste that made the next sip more enjoyable than the last. The mouthfeel was nice, as the body of the beer just complimented the taste perfectly.

Honestly, I have been enjoying this brewery's products since I found them in Virginia in the mid-90's. Now that I can get them here in Pennsyltucky, I can't wait to enjoy this one again.

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

Photo of Squelch
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a huge lasting head that laces as you drink it.

Smell: Smell of citrus tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste: Tastes as it smells, perfect balance of hop flavor and bitterness with sweet malt. Wonderful taste. Great beer

Mouthfeel: Feels a little heavy and thick in the mouth. Would enjoy a lighter body on this one.

Drinkability: My type of american pale ale. Almost and IPA hop wise with the balance swayed towards bitterness. Unique fresh hop flavor is evident.

Would definitely buy again, and as my first fresh hopped beer I now want to homebrew with fresh hops! Gotta buy some Rhizomes!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess I am a little bit "over" IPA's. Recently, I have been finding them all a little monotonous. Fresh hop, double, imperial, to much of the characteristic profile is numbed down by irresponsible hop application. However, Fresh Hop, from Great Divide has enough nuts to break this cycle. Its' most outstanding characteristics are in its taste- nice cherry body, closed out by extremely well-placed hops. Drinkability at 6.1%, with appropriately placed hops, forget about it. For a mid-sized beer this is it!

Photo of AlexJ
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is superb when very fresh but I find that the fresh hop characteristics diminish rather quickly. So beware of older bottles.

Crisp golden amber pour with a well sustained head of paper white that leaves delicate patterns of lace.

Aroma is sweet honey and very light caramel malt and bursting with green hops that are floral, citric, and grassy.

Flavor is nicely balanced between the clean malt flavors and very grassy floral hops that develop into light citrus midpalate.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel and sessionable drinkability(if it didn't cost $6 a bomber.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber, this looked a smelled inviting. a brilliant clear copper with a thick, creamy white head. nose was citrus, pine, and caramel with some floweriness. taste was lacking in malt presence, very little malt sweetness upfront to balance the nice hop bitterness. mouthfeel was a bit thin, very drying, with a tea-like astringency. spritzy and lively. had they used a bit more malt or converted a little less of the sugars (not that i can brew), i would have enjoyed this immensely. (2007)

2008 version: either the beer is better or my palate was off previously. lively head and sticky lacing. nose and taste similar as above with also some earthy/spiciness to the hops going on. nice moderate malt sweetness. medium bodied. really nice shit.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a full finger foamy off white head that fades slowly to a nice amount lacing. The smell of the initial pour is filled with the floral fresh hop smell that is balanced with a sweet malt aroma. The nose dampens out quickly to a toasted malt and slightly grassy sharpness. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light-medium bodied. Full flavored, that toasted pale malt flavor finishes with an astringent grassy hop note that lingers appropriately. A really nice drinker. Recommended.

Photo of hwwty4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a double deuce into a Chimay chalice (2 pours). Aroma is grainy and of grass with the sweetness of the malt coming out at the tail end of the nose (rather surprised me). Taste is much mellower then I expected. There is a definite west coast hop presence with the citrus coming out. Just enough hops to leave a slight bitterness on the tongue. The malt backbone really comes out in this and it balances this beer very well. I was expecting a hop monster but was very pleasantly surprised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight oily texture and just enough carbonation. A very drinkable brew put out by Great Divide.

Photo of blakesell
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a light amber with a fluffy but normal sized head that clings to the glass for the duration of the drink. A light melted marshmellow appearance is what the beer looks like from above after the head dies down.

Smell- Malt upfront strangely enough. The hops are there but the light pale malts come thru first. The fruity piney hops quickly come in and take over, but the malt is upfront.

Taste- Malt balances well with the hops for a fresh hop beer. I was looking for something more along the lines of an IPA with the fresh hop distinction, but it is more like a balanced pale.

Mouthfeel- Thin but still mouth coating. Light bodied and well carbonated. No stickiness on the lips or alcohol warming tendencies.

Drinkability- This is a very easy to drink pale. I could have a session with this one pretty easily. Not my favourite from the 'harvest/wet hop' style, but still a formidable beer worth trying again if given the opportunity.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty solid: clear copper with a big frothy head that stands up in stiff mounds. Aroma pungently hoppy - very grassy and herbal with muted citrus and a faint background pine. Not much to say about the malt character - I guess that means it's supporting the hops well: neither overly dry nor sweet nor light or toasty, just giving the requisite beeriness to the brew overall. Hops are foremost in this, leaning more towards flavour and aroma rather than straight up bitterness (although it has enough of that as well). Herbal flavours dominate with some grapefruit pith and raw greens. Mouthfeel is middling, neither light nor heavy, and a moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch astringent though, with detracts a bit from otherwise quite good drinkability.

Photo of Wonka
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ.
6.1% Alc. by Vol.
Notched O, 1, ‘07
55 IBUs

Appearance – lightly clouded, just-a-tad-lighter-than-amber / copper body; inch-thick, white micronized head at pour fades to a paper thin layer; lace is reasonable

Smell – mellow hoppiness; concentrated wet grass; some hay; light spice; liquefied sugar; if the full package was a bit ‘louder’, it would be perfect

Taste – follows what I know about an APA; not a hop monster, but there’s certainly a pleasing presence of west coast hops; grains and adequate sweetness for balance

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – proper carbonation throughout; the hops zing the tongue and palate moderately; light hop zip in the aftertaste that sets the table for another sip; bronze in the hop burp category; I might be a bit ‘dry’ right now so I’ll give a pass on the product for slight palate dryness

I’d definitely come back to Fresh Hop. Here’s a certain recommendation. Great Divide scores another hit.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Nose is reaching out to me even as I pour. Just getting it anywhere in the vicinity of my nose is giving me something. Upon close review, it is - surprise - very strong with the hops and that expected pine-like fragrance. Flavor is a strong, bitter hop influenced ride. A hopheads liquid paradise. Feel is thick from the high amount of hops and it holds a decent carbonation. Even though it is so pungent with the hops, it is still extremely drinkable.

Photo of demcorhip
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and chunky copper hued brew. Decent one inch pale tan head, with decent retention despite mild level of carbonation. Already leaving some sticky gobs of lace as the head subsides. Yup, as I drink this thick and sticky gobs of lace are left behind

Nice aroma. Lightly toasted biscuit, some caramel and a hint of buttery diacetyl. Nice hop aroma, floral, grassy, with a decent amount of citrus (grapefruit).

Pretty tasty. Lightly toasted biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Buttery diacetyl appears in the middle, and is something I find mildly annoying as it detracts from the oily hops. Very nice level of hops, both flavourful and bitter, I'm thinking sweetened white grapefruit with a hint of pine.

Nice hop tingle stands above the tasty malts. Mildly astringent with a medium body. Some creaminess, and the hops add a slick oily feel.

A pretty solid brew. I would prefer a cleaner ale without the diacetyl, something that reduces the drinkability and overall enjoyment for myself. With that said, however, this beer does a better job of showcasing the fresh hops than another fresh hopped pale ale, in my opinion. Recommended to fans of hoppy pale ales, and those who like their hops fresh and oily. I'll be looking for this again next year. May Mother Earth provide a bountiful harvest!

Photo of dontworrybeh0ppy
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance, seeing the shameless label consisting of a large hop flower taking the place of the 'O' in the word "Hop," my first thought was that this is brand bait for some giant macro-brewery. Of course, the phrase "That's why you play the game" came to fruition at first pour, as you can't judge a beer by its cover.

Cranking the beer open - the aroma of hops poured out, as expected, but not as obnoxiously as one would expect. This proved true in taste as well.

Upon pouring the beer out, there was ample head, which really clung to the sides of the glass as if to say "no no, you'll want to enjoy me later as I slide down to the bottom." Yes, beer, I'm going to want to continue drinking you upon completion of you.

Mouthfeel - excellent. Smooth, silky, yet crisp to the taste. The hops was overtaken with citrusy, somewhat natural flavors that really engulf the palate. The hops taste quickly was alleviated with a smooth, aftertaste of the earth. Quite delightful! The overture of hops was not as obnoxious as one would expect based on the name, label, etc. The beer leaves you wanting to keep sipping heavily all day, just to keep getting that wonderful aftertaste. Definitely one to sip along through the days and nights. Enjoy!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color. Great retention and random gobs of lacing mark the glass. This is my first wet hopped beer and I am rather surprised how well it looks. I thought that all the oils in the hops would kill the head rather quickly, I guess that's why I should not assume things.

Smells of grassy, spicy, piney, citric hops and a very shy pale malt.

This is a great sessionable and refreshing brew. Notes of bitter piney, citric hops. I can only hope they continue to make this style in spite of the hop shortage.

Photo of jim102864
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper recently at E and into my porcelin mug. Noted a puffy head with lacing that clung in there throughout the experience.

Aroma was mildly hoppy, perhaps less ballsy than I expected but not suprising given the interpretation of the style. Green tea in the background hops all around.

Taste was also milder than expected. Somewhat earthy with hints of pine hops, grass and green tea. Nice moderate hoppy finisht.

Thinish mouthfeel but in a pleasant way.

Drinkable, though not a session brew. Something one could enjoy x 2 in one sitting then would likely seek to move on. Nice effort by a solid brewery.

Photo of DavidEddie
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottled on the 2nd week of October 2007.

Appearance - Shiney copper. White head falls to some lacing that hangs around.

Smell - Grassy, lemon citrus, pine, fresh cut wood and carmel.

Taste - Wet, slightly bitter, green hops. Lots of crisp citrus with some very light sweet malt mixed in.

Mouth feel - Slightly creamy and oily. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Good. I wouldn’t seek it out again, but found it enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled first week of Oct., probably a little bit stale?
Pours a striking pale orange/amber color with huge fluffy white head, really nice; clarity is great, though I imagine lots of floaties towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas are a nice blend of floral, sweet candies and a bright herbal tea. Last year I had this closer to the bottling date and it seemed fresher then, but nonetheless it is hopspectacular with some cinnamon like malt notes in the end. On the palate it hits with a medium body and lower than usual carbonation. For a super hopped beer, this one does have lots of amber and crystal malt balance. The hop flavor doesn't come across as fresh as other beers (Hazed and Infused, MoJo Risin'), but it does have a great herbal foothold that lingers long passed the just slightly sweet swallow. Overall, it's a great beer to look forward to every year from a great brewery, but one that needs to be drunk as soon as possible.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I call this one a Pale on steroids.

Wonderful appearance, with a defined unrelenting pasty white head.
Streams of carbonation float effortlessly upwards, in an infused golden orange body.

Layers of grassy hop overlays set foot a solid base for several other tones.
Garden fresh - citric, grassy, piney, knock your ass over dank aroma.
Incredibly crisp, and insanely aromatic. This beer should win an award for just it's smell alone. Mind blowing, especially for a Pale. I've seen IPA's with way less impressive aroma profiles. This is great!

Taste is well-hopped, and definitely satisfy a craving. Once again the Pale on steroids comes into place.

Large malty base with several layers of hops thrown in. Mild citric notes, with mainly a strong piney assault. The hops in this one are amazing, with only 55 IBU's this one produces such depth and hop focus. Which I feel that many IPA's lack, it's rare to find this in a Pale. So I'm definitely impressed. Hops leave my palate dry, and my lips stinging with acidity.

A incredibly well-put together offering from Great Divide. I classify it as borderline IPA, but that's what it's all about. By pushing on a style that has limits, and breaking that boundary. I feel that as they nailed exactly what they were going for, and extreme APA - and by doing so, did it perfectly.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of letsgopens
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This selection pours a pale, translucent, orange/amber with a bright white smooth head that leaves some good lace behind.

The aroma is mellow and sweet with some grainy malt and hops. The aroma is pleasurable but not very well pronounced.

Sweet and primarily malty flavor with lots of fruit thrown in the mix; mostly citrus and apple. The hops are there. The flavor of the hops are characteristic of the wet hopping process, mellow and floral. Bright and sweet with some nice honey in the finish.

Matted mouthfeel but with good carbonation that makes for a lighter texture Somewhat dry as well. Pleasurable, but not terribly complex or flavorful even for a wet hopped pale ale. A solid selection, but not as good as I expected.

Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's transparent and golden in color. Head was an average one finger. Retention on the other hand was very good and laced the glass nicely.

Smell: It's a bit earthy and yeasty smelling up front. It does feature some sweet, citrusy notes (a little orange and perhaps lemon). Hops are noticeable, but are not as heavy or piney as I expected. Hints of caramel malt rounded it out.

Taste: Citrus flavors and caramel malts give it an initial sweet taste. Hops kick in and bring on the bitterness. More bitter than I expected from the smell, but not in a piney sense. It's actually pretty well balanced in light of its bitterness. It is a bit yeasty and leaves a dry taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and extremely smooth. Carbonation is excellent and abv is perfect. Very drinkable. Overall, it's a very nice offering from Great Divide. Recommended.

Photo of BeerZack
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light amber or copperish in color with a 1-2 finger head and good thick lace.

Smells of woody, almost astringent piney and citrus hops with some sweet bready-roasty malt presence. Faint caramel and alcohol.

Thick oily hop goodness. Full malty flavor layered with juicy hops. Smooth and well-balanced up front and midway brings in the resiny hop flavors and the citrus notes for the lingering bitter finish. One of the most consistent wet-hop brews I found this season, great in bottle and on tap. Wish it was more affordable!

Photo of jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly less then super beer. It pours a nice golden amber color with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacy residue on the glass. It smells like a hoppy bread. Hmmmm hop bread? Sounds like I have some experimenting to do with me free time. The taste is a-ok. Its a light pale ale with a nice malty, hop start and a good long bitter finish. Its has slight citrus flavors that are layered under and through the hops. I like it. Its not punch you in the face hoppy but also not a wimpy beer. There is a good balance of flavors and smells to this brew.

Photo of Damian
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NY

Poured a clear, glowing, orange-amber with a frothy, bubbly, khaki, one-finger head that slowly faded to a stubborn film. Large patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was very faint. Mild, herbal hops were barely detectable. Even as the beer warmed, the aroma remained placid.

The taste was all hops from start to finish. Piney, resiny hops hit hard up front and never let up. A spicy alcohol kick appeared mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was an intense mix of pine and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was medium/light bodied with a crisp, lively carbonation.

As with many other fresh hop ales I have sampled, this beer was overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter and unbalanced. I actually had a difficult time finishing my pint.

I would recommend this to only the most devoted of hop heads.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.