Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Appeared: A clean and clear copper fluid spewed forth from my bomber bottle. The well carbonated fluid tossed up a rather chunky and substantial beige off white head. Well developed sheets of lace persisted throughout the tasting.
Smelled: Superb and pleasing. This pale smelled better than many IPA's that I have inhaled. Great hop presence in citrus grapefruit and herbal, grassy layers. Very aromatic. The malt was strikingly advertised as well with caramels flooding in amidst the hop curtain. Great nose.
Taste: This brew was a well balanced creation. There was a powerful hop presence that was nicely tamed by the malt. It flirted with the limits, but stayed wet and juicy even with the hearty hopping. It held some bitter and grapefruit and grass, but had enough malt base to remain a pale ale without stepping into IPAlien territory. Great caramel sweetness. Great hop citrus, pine, bitterness, and aromatic bouquet. Fresh sums it up well. A splendid example of the class. An APA with soul.
Mouthfeel: Medium fat. It seemed almost fluffy and creamy at times. At any rate, it was refreshing and felt right for the flavours it supported.
Drinkability: Good. I found myself drinking this like it was the last beer on earth and had to remind myself to slow up and enjoy it. No problems. Very fresh. Very crisp. Very well engineered. Normally I would pass up a pale ale for an IPA, but this was a rewarding experience that any hop enthusiast would enjoy.
12-05-2005 00:12:12 | More by SupaCelt
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
I'm gonna call this one an I.P.Ale Ale. Witty, huh? Because this beer really defies categorization. Hoppy and citrusy like an I.P.A., but with the rich finish of a superior pale ale. All the fresh "wet" hops they use in this brew lend a remarkably fresh taste right out of the bottle. A bit spendy at almost $7.00 for a 22-ounce bomber, but this baby's worth it...
12-04-2005 04:08:10 | More by troutmask96
District of Columbia
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
Appearance 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits. The label looks like they just photoshoped the words Fresh Hop over the label for Hercules Double IPA. Clear golden/amber with a creamy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.
Smell Huge fresh hop aroma, definitely an American original. Lemon, grapefruit, grass, just like sticking your head into a bag of hops. Maybe a hint of malt underneath, but its faint.
Taste Smooth bitterness and some sweetness, with lots of hop flavor. The hop flavor consists of citrus, pine, and lots of grass. While hops dominate the flavor the beer is not overly bitter, in fact I would call it balanced for the style. Basically no malt flavor, except for a bit of caramel, but that is just fine for a beer that showcases hops so well.
Mouthfeel Smooth medium body with average carbonation.
Drinkability & Notes Its hard to find a flaw in this beer, its just really good. It has more hop flavor than most IPAs with less bitterness. This is my first wet hopped beer, and if this is any indication I should search out more immediately. Another gem from Great Divide, I need to go buy a few more of these.
12-03-2005 22:36:40 | More by OldSock
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
The beer poured into the glass clear copper with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was fruity with a nice fresh grapefruit hop aroma. Along with the resinous and grassy hops was a nice caramel component not far behind.
The flavor was nicely fresh with a grassy and resinous hop bittering and flavor that contained quite a bit of fruity character, namely grapefruit. Also present at a lower level was the malt, but as the name suggested this was more of a Pale Ale and an IPA and the flavor was not as big nor as pronouced.
The finish was dry with a bit of lasting hop presence, but nothing overpowering, subtle and nice into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A very nice Pale Ale with a great freshness. I gotta say I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
22 ounce bottle.
12-02-2005 00:15:49 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
Undated bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.
Clear copper with an initial torrent of carbonation that props up a tall off white head that pushes up over the rim but doesn't spill. Strong retention and it leaves weebed rings of lace as it goes down.
Grassy, earthy hops abound with just enough malty sweetness to provide balance. There's fresh citrus in there as well, almost DIPA like.
Tastes grassy like leafy hops, but the citric elements are not very well pronounced and the malt profile seems to have backed off as well. Still a nice PA.
The mouth starts out moderate, but it seems to hit a blank spot and thin out towards the finish. Interesting, but not enough to keep me interested past one or two more servings.
11-30-2005 04:57:38 | More by ypsifly
2.95/5 rDev -27.9%
Picked up a bottle of this, could not resist the label nor the style.
Pours a hazy deep golden with a rough skimming of foam on top, though it's thinning is quick.
The aroma is of harsh grass and alfalfa and even a little sharp pine. Sadly, none of the pleasant citrus is left and sharpest qualities are left.
The taste is much the same. Decent malt body that lets the hop shine, but the hop profile is kind of sharp. I'm not sure what varietals were used in the hopping, but they tend to focus on the grassy and bitter flavors without any floral or citrus kiss, and instead the notes are closer to the skunk (but with a much larger hop) of a green-glass beer.
Still, I don't mind it, but I would consider using a different hop varietal to brew with next September.
11-28-2005 01:10:45 | More by freed
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Description of the brewing, and the overnighted hops, but no date information.
Appearance: Pours a copper color with just the slightest haze. Nice white head that fades slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: Very strong fresh hop aroma - different from the dried hops you usually smell at breweries. This is a grassy, fresh aroma - just like the Yakima fields!
Taste: The fresh hops continue to the taste. Grassy, fresh flavor that is different than I have tried in many other beers. Similar to Sierra Nevada's harvest, but more hop flavor. Just enough malt to keep things from getting out of control.
Overall impression: Great example of what you can do with fresh hops - definitely another quality offering. Hopefully this will be an annual event!
11-26-2005 20:26:02 | More by rowew
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance: Pretty standard clear copper color with a creamy white head.
Smell: I want cologne that smells like this beer, or room fresheners, possibly. Pungent and spicy, sweet and sticky all things hops floral and citrus. All hops, and it smells amazing.
Taste: Very fresh and piney tasting, althoguh not as strongly hopped, intensity wise, but a nice aroma and hop flavor. More pine and citrus. Slightly sweet, but hops are really on display here, a delicious beer that could easily be sessioned.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and full, sharp spike at the end of the flavor. Very good.
Drinkability: I like the fresh hop style, i think this is my 3rd or 4th, and they are always delicious, the way they bring out the flavors of the hop, but not piling it on like IPAs (not that that is a bad thing). This is a good example.
11-24-2005 16:25:26 | More by TastyTaste
4.75/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
11-21-2005 20:41:50 | More by battlekow
4.75/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
11-18-2005 21:45:46 | More by nickss
4.85/5 rDev +18.6%
Amber-leaning golden hue topped with a short eggshell stack.
Hops run the gamut in the nose, from the sticky resins of pine and reefer, to the lilting perfumes of floral blossoms, to the sere and desiccated notions of hay and dried herbs, to the dripping fruit tints of pineapple and lime. The malt takes a logical step back, and layers only traces of olfactory shortbread.
And thus, it gallivants into the mouth...
Now, it's time for malt to take its star turn, and it knows it'll be relatively brief, so it brings it with a gusto, launching with a slab of honey-slathered biscuits.
Breathe for a second. Strut and pose for the cameras.
That was good, huh?
Nahahh Dude, the hops are too strong, gotta come with more.
So malt lays down a coup of caramel nougat and toasted marshmallow, then, just for good measure, sprinkles it with toasted grain. And what the malt has planted is fucking epic. Monsterous and deep without being fat or overwrought.
Even the headlining hops have to applaud that.
And now it is their turn...
Blazing forth with ripe peach skins and pineapple, the hops kaleidoscope through myriad patterns and shapes. There is a baseline arid grassiness, and heaped on top of that are sticky-fingered ganja implications and gooey fresh-cut Christmas trees. And further on, rose petals and lilacs give this an ephemeral garden tint, as it rides out full of hay and perfume.
The bitterness is only moderate, but the hop flavor is balls-out.
The mouthfeel is modest and medium in both build and carbonation, and serves primarily to jettison this down the neck with undue haste.
Drinkable? Addicting? Yes and Yes. The beer is gone so fast that I'm left to huff this bottle, tremor a bit, and reminisce of better times.
As a caveat, this either has some variation, or needs to drunk very fresh, as the last two bottles I've had were weaker hop-wise, and, while still solid, generallly disappointing in comparison to my initial euphoria.
11-15-2005 09:02:38 | More by cokes
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
22 ounce bomber poured a bright and clear copper color with a two inch heah and good lacing. Beautiful hop aromas. Is that pinapple that I smell? Incredible!!!
Extremely drinkable. Strong hop flavor up front balanced by a good maltiness. This is one hell of a beer. I think it leans more toward an IPA. This should be an all year treat. Thanks to Coal Train Liquors for carrying it.
11-14-2005 04:03:16 | More by ChrisA
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
Appearance: Pours a nice golden honey color with a decent foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: Big floral hop aroma with some piney notes. Very pleasant.
Taste: Delicious piney, citrusy hop flavor with a great malt balance.
Mouthfeel: Excellent. Light and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability: I could easily take down another bomber of this stuff, goes down easy and doesn't sit too heavy.
Excellent offering from Great Divide. If you are into hops, you owe it to yourself to try this! Great hop flavor, but it's also nicely balanced.
11-14-2005 01:23:13 | More by jamesdergen
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a solid copper color with a finger of head that falls to a solid coating over the brew. Leaves a touch of lace as the head falls. Nose is all about the hops. Sweet citrusy hops. Touches of caramel malt are there, but its mostly hops. Flavor is very hoppy as well. Sweet, citrusy, as well as a solid caramel malt backbone. Light bitterness clings to the finish, but not offensive at all, along with a very raw hop flavor. Similar to taking hops right off the bine and tasting the flowers. Very tasty beer. Feel is moderate with a moderate to moderate-high carbonation. This is a fine beer. As far as an APA goes, this really is really drinkable. Flavors are really well melded. Nothing to complaing about.
11-12-2005 02:18:50 | More by kmpitz2
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Now this is my kinda pale ale! I have no idea if other beers use so-called "wet hops" in their brews, but after tasting this one, it sounds like a damn good idea...you can really taste how fresh the hops are. The aroma is excellent as well..big, floral hop smell of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is just right. Some could try to tag this as an IPA, but it really doesn't have that IPA "bite" to it..just a menacing hoppy character to go along with the malts. What a great surprise..a fairly low-alcohol offering..a pale ale, that's got such a unique hop flavor and reminds you of why you drink quality beer.
Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a seasonal...I wish this would replace their Denver Pale Ale.
11-08-2005 16:02:37 | More by hero27
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
This is a new selection at John's Grocery, Iowa City. It's about damn time we got in a new hoppy-as-hell American beer, but unfortunately this is a seasonal.
The beer pours to a crystal clear golden amber color with a thick fluffy white head. Leaves a pristine lacing on the side of the glass. No carbonation bubbles are apparant.
This beer has a lovely fresh hop smell. Has a strong orange and grapefruit hop. Has a bit of caramelized malt undertones, but mostly just juicy fragrant hops.
The taste is great as well. Has a nice bitterness with some succulent fruity juiciness from the hops. The fresh hops are not all that different from the dry in flavor, though they are a bit more pungent, and the bitterness is a bit more intense, but not quite as lingering. The initial flavor is citric hoppy with plenty of bitter, but it fades into a juicy, hardly bitter caramelized malt flavor. Quite well done.
The mouthfeel is the one complaint I have with this beer. Seems to lack carbonation almost altogether. Other than that, the palate is quite refreshing. In conclusion, This is a very drinkable beer: one bomber is not enough.
11-06-2005 09:13:26 | More by neonbrown82
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Pours out bright golden amber and sits a pristine, deep-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, with nice lacings all around the glass.
Smells rich and fragrant, loads of citric hops across the board. Grapefruit, orange and lemon zest dominate. Swirls of caramel and lightly toasted malts. Hightly inviting aroma overall.
Caramel, toasty malts run in the foreground with hints of nuttiness and just a touch of toffee. Hop flavor brings out a thick grassy maze of prickly pines and grapefruit rind. Long lasting flavor into a moderately bitter finish.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth, delightfully lifting carbonation in medium volume. Medium body, good balance all around.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a fine beer and fits right in with GD's other brews. Well-made, intensely deep and flavorful. This is a rather aggressive APA, but a name only does so much.
11-05-2005 03:37:58 | More by Skidz
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 22 oz wheat style glass (With Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville logo on the side!). A beautiful copper color with picture perfect clarity and some of the tiniest bubbles ever seen rise to the top. A frothy head, about 1 to 2 fingers in size makes this a perfect looking beer. Great lacing all the way down the glass.
Smells like a big bag of hops bought from the local homebrew store. Extremely floral and citrusy. Also very grassy and earthy nose as well. I imagine this is what a hops field in Bavaria or Northwest US must smell like.
Taste is very hop laden. Citrusy and floral. I can almost taste the hop leaves in my mouth as I chew this beer. If you like hops, this is a wonderful beer for you. I really dont taste malt at all. All hops.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly sweet, given all of the hops that must be in this beer. I would expect a little more bitterness but the bitterness in this beer is very balanced.
Extremely drinkable for one bomber. Much more than that and my taste buds will be gone.
11-04-2005 17:53:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Beautiful crimson/copper color, clear, with ample froth atop....very nice.
Nose is super-fresh hops, dripping with resins and oils, vibrant, floral, akin to rolling in the dirt of a pine forest in springtime. Can't tell you what hops they are, but they are shining bright, and screaming loud.
Taste: fresh, again, alive, and fairly forward with the hops, though they fade soon after boarding the palate. With each new meeting on the mouth, they storm the tongue anew, very alert and lively. Tas-tee!!
Medium-bodied, nicely textured, excellent balance (no, this is no punishingly hoppy beer, this has proper malt base, does not shred the senses with bitterness), long, fruity, moderately bitter finish.
Another very well-done beer in the Great Divide bomber series. And a fine example of the "style", such as it is...
11-03-2005 05:26:52 | More by feloniousmonk
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours from a bomber with a sticky khaki tan head cap over a calm crystal amber offering, leaving a thick coating of lace in the glass.
Scents are fresh indeed with a poppin' hoppy cascade and mystery hop nose.
First swigs: Sweet and piney hop juice erupt. Sandpaper hop resin and pine cone meet a citus grapefruit. Lingering cascade freshness. Fresh is quickly becoming a key word, no doubt. Maybe some nugget in there?
Feel is tacky drippy with a juicy thickness that declares hop prevalence. Body quickly and impressively transforms towards an oatmeal and orange drink (remember Summer camp?) medium to full bodied drinker. Man is this good, but these fad oriented "fresh hop" beers are good for a spell
Last swigs: Soft hoppy dry hop bomb that is delishish for any hop head. Worth every penny of my $5.99 at the best of Charlotte, NC beer store. Reminds me plenty of two weeks ago when a treat was Town Hall Fresh Hops on cask and tap. More impressive beer from Great Divide!
Beer is good. Happy beering.
11-02-2005 04:40:31 | More by blitheringidiot
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
Aggressive and wonderful.
Out of a bomber this poured mandarin orange with frothy head and good lacing. Almost immediately the unique smell hit me: a wet grassiness mixed with hints of pine, citrus, and cedar. Incredibly aromatic and full bodied to the nose alone!
From there, the taste didn't disappoint (no small feat!). The strong hop flavor was matched by an earthiness and citrus zest that gave the overall flavor profile an excellent balance. The lingering flavor of light hoppiness and grass was just right...neither too forceful nor absent; in fact, I go as far as to say that the flavor haunted me into drinking more and more and more. For a strong pale ale, this was highly drinkable: I could have easily had more, but alas, my bomber was empty before I knew it.
An exceptional brew. This one is worth searching out.
11-01-2005 17:18:21 | More by benito
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
color of apple juice at in front of a 60watt bulb. The froth is fantastic, and sticky. It's coated the glasses superbly with rings of lace that track my gulps like tree rings track growth.
Smells like yellow grapes and grapefruits.
Resiny and tingling--my tastebuds are ringing with fresh herb oils: wild bergamot. Citrus skins and drops of pine essence clad in silky malts hug my tongue . Mildly fruity. Drinks like a fresh, clear cider. I find this very sensual with a lingering and enticing aftertaste. It's like necking on a warm lawn.
10-31-2005 05:36:38 | More by gbontrag
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
A nice offering found here in Greensboro,poured a rich copper with a fluffy 2 finger head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles.The label says whole hop cones are shipped wet overnight to Denver to be brewed the very next day after being shipped and let me tell ya the aroma of this baby shows it.Intense grassy,piney,resiny goodness smacks you in the face and the aromas just continue to linger well after being poured.The big dose of fresh hops are not overpowering in this brew yeah its big and resiny but there is a sweet caramel malt backbone that holds up extremely well.At 55 IBU's its not insanely bitter but the freshness of the hops makes it immensley flavorful,I will be getting more of this very very soon for sure.
10-28-2005 22:43:59 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.
The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.
The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.
Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I've had - as is, it's still up there.
10-28-2005 05:53:54 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
This beer is a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper color; it is well carbonated and forms a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is enticingly hoppy with a resinous aroma of grapefruit, apricots, tangerine and a bit of pine and grassy notes. The aroma is quite nice with a serious sticky hop presence. The beer is fairly dry, but the malt in combination with the hops gives this beer a sticky sweet citrus character without being overly sweet or full on the palate. The flavor has solid notes of resinous pine as well as an equal amount of citrus and fruit; like grapefruit, apricot and peach.
The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, which does not particularly linger too long. The finish is quite smooth, it really just begs for taking another sip. The overall hoppiness and carbonation of this brew gives it a peppery bite as the beer sits in my mouth. This beer is really quite nice, perhaps the most flavorful Pale Ale I have ever had. The fresh, vibrant hop character is really nice and this beer is still fairly smooth without that intense grassy character I have had in other fresh hop beers.
10-22-2005 04:54:15 | More by Gueuzedude
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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