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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,471
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 139
Gots: 105 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Reviews: 673 | Hads: 1,471
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with a white foamy head. Good head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S - Some pine and wet earthy hops.

T - Hops are right upfront. Good amount of citrus - grapefruit & orange - follows the hops. There is a nice sweet malty backbone. Hops linger in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very balanced easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD of 12/30/13. Pours a light copper with a nice head that laces well. Mild nose of pine hops with a citrus background. Light medium body with normal carbonation. Nice balanced hop flavor with grapefruit at the front while the pine claims the back end. Finishes clean with a slight residual bitterness of mostly grapefruit and then followed by pine. A sound beer that is well suited for those that desire a not too hoppy brew.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pours a creamy and frothy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some foam around the edges and clings to the glass. The beer is a clear dark amber color with a slight reddish tinge. The beer has a stronger malt smell than expected but the hop smell is not too diminished. The hops have a wet grassy smell to them and slight notes of pine resin as well. The taste is similar to the smell but with a much maltier presence. The hops are much more bitter and a wet grassy taste than the smell but still have slight notes of pine. The malt is stronger than the smell and only slightly offset the hops with a sweet malt taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the heavy side with biting carbonation. The feel is smooth bordering on velvety an dis quite refreshing. Overall, a very good pale ale with wet hops. I'll definitely pick this one up again each year.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that lingers for a bit. Nice lacing on the glass left behind.

S - Has a decent nose, the hops lean towards pine & grass, but not overly complex.

T - Less hop than I was expecting, a lot more malt tones here.

M - Medium bodied beer with very little carbonation.

O - A good beer but I think I was expecting just a little more hop tones, especially in the taste, than what I got.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly carbonated. Good color that is an amber golden. Smell is a very pleasant hoppy odor that teases the taste buds. Minimal floral hints. A real earthy simple scent. The taste is equally simple and straight forward. Just as I expected from the name. The hoppy bitterness is not compounded by further complexities. A delightful beer that is deserving of the name "fresh hops". I will be looking for this beer again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyBones
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pores a nice copper color with a good amount of carbonation readily visible with a nice thick foamy head.

Smells: Getting mostly a grapefruit nose and a light grassy/earthy kind of scent to it.

Taste: A solid amount of citrus but the main pop comes from the hops. A very fresh hoppy taste with a slight...very subtle backbone of malts.

Mouthfeel: slick with carbonation, very smooth but doesn't linger for too long.

Overall: A pretty fresh tasting APA. You get a nice burst of hops but it finishes sort of empty. Once the hops hit the palate they are gone not too long after and there isn't much left to it. I like brews with a little more bite with a solid aftertaste. It's still a solid brew from Great Divide and I would definitely dig into another bottle.

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Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish golden hue with one finger head that left a lace ring around the glass. Fresh, floral, grassy citric hop smell with touch of sweet caramel and biscuits. The slightly breadiness and sweet caramel malt add balance and fullness (not quite chewey but definitely not thing) to a mostly floral/grassy, citric hop beer that isn't sharp or biting but still packs a punch. This is as close as it seems one can get to a hoppy IPA (or even DIPA) without making the hops so dominant that everything else is just outside the lines. Very enjoyable and sessionable beer.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date best by Dec 30, 2013
Pours a super clean orange with thin white head

Aroma- big grassy hop resin, musty mango, citrus rind, flower pedal

Taste- juicy and resinous: juicy grapefruit and orange with subtle tropical fruit, earthy wet hop resin surfaces in the middle with sweet bready malt, finishes quite dank and sticky with piney/oily hop resin and traces of citrus

Feel- big for a pale ale, sticky, resinous, balanced

Well I am so pleasantly surprised by this. I was quite disappointed with last year's release (in fact, I kept coming across a similar very astringent grassy note in many of their beers that threw me off, not the case here). This is a great wet-hopped beer with all the right resiny, oily hoppy goodness. Well done Great Divide

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a orange reddish amber color with an off white fluffy.

The aroma is vibrant of some citrus, but lots of earthy hops, floral notes, pine, green fresh grass and caramel malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with a bit of orange and grapefruit citrus, but is dominated by hops. A sweet citrus note and then some pine resin on the finish. The floral follows a bit, but stands mostly of very green green pine, veggie, grassy, herb hop. There’s a decent caramel malt backbone that gives the beer a bit of sweetness.

The body has a medium to light body. It has a decent carbonation, but then cleans off with a bit of wateriness. This is not to say it’s a bad thing. It keeps the beer from being a full on IPA experience with a drinkable clean light body. This beer is real smooth.

A fantastic beer. One of the better examples of the IPA/APA style.

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Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Jree261
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Golden amber pale ale with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Fresh roses and strawberries in the front with cut grass.

Taste-Orange zest that is followed by light grass and red and black fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good full bodied pale ale with a medium length finish.

Overall-Very nice beer. Strong layered aromas are my favorite part. I would've preferred a longer finish but I can forgive for this solid beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Linicoln Park, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-30
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Great Divide's Fresh Hop ale is fairly well-infused with complex hop aromas and flavors, with prominent orange, grapefruit, and herbal characters. That being said, the beer isn't particularly distinct from any other APA with a similar blend of hops, and while good, at $8 per 22oz bottle, I would not revisit this.

Pours a 3cm tall head of off-white to light beige-colored foam with above-average retention of two minutes, the head gradually fading to a thick clump of foam residing atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is substantial and ubiquitous, heavy froth clinging to all sides of the glass in a variety of shapes and patterns. Body is a dark copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of peach, passion fruit, grapefruit at first, then grassy, herbal, orange peel, and caramel malt sweetness as the beer warms. Fairly diverse and interesting overall, not crazy over-the-top hops as I was expecting, pleasant and enjoyable in a non-West coast manner.

Flavor is full of herbal and woodsy, grapefruit and orange peel-laden hops, with hints of the pale and caramel malt sweetness in the background. Front of palate finds woodsy and grassy hops with moderate grapefruit and orange peel flavors, atop a light pale malt backbone. Mid-palate of moderate hop bitterness with dried orange and grapefruit peel, oily hops contributing woodsy, grassy, and bitter herb flavors. Back of palate finds moderate to high hop bitterness, dried herbs and orange/grapefruit peel, hints of pale and minor caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste of medium to medium-high hop bitterness, dried orange peel, and slightly grainy, bread-like characters.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, which is surprisingly thin for the ABV and style of beer. Carbonation is of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel of foamy (1/4), smooth (1/2), and watery (1/4) sensations. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of gr0g
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with high clarity. Good head formation and retention, while the lace formation is similarly impressive. Aroma is a bit muted, but I like what's there. Primarily C-hop notes of bitter citrus and bit of grassiness. Minimal pine/resin. Some herbal and fruity qualities in there, too.

Despite a claim of 50-ish IBUs (I think...), this a well-balanced APA. Bitterness is only moderate, enough to slightly overpower a well-defined caramel malt backbone. Some contributions of grapefruit flesh and rind from the hops. Well-carbonated but smooth. Slick mouthfeel. More of an herbal flavor overall, not what you'd expect from a fresh and/or wet hop American pale.

I like the balance in Great Divide Fresh Hop, as it makes for a versatile beer. It doesn't really fit the bill when it comes to the fresh hop A(I)IPA style, though. A very good, nicely balanced APA, but not really worth the price per fl. oz. in bomber format.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a thick white head. Decent retention and lacing. Citrus and pine on the nose, subtle, nothing overpowering. Starts with a grassy earthiness, slightly bitter but without that IPA bite. Sweet malt comes in mid-palate that balances the hop bitterness perfectly. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Overall, this is an extremely drinkable fresh hop pale. Well crafted and balanced, another quality beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of gentlegiant
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A golden, pours a nice head, good retention but not the strongest. Clear.

S light citrus, hints of leather, hints of grapefruit

T not too heavy on the palate, on the verge of an ipa.piney

M light bodied but just enough to make you want another tilt of the glass

O for 7.99/bomber this is a good pickup. I would buy another in thr future. I would pair it with some sort of roasted lamb or a cut of primerib and some seasonal veggies. Kudos to Great Divide for a tasty beer.

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Photo of santomark
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper, light gold, with a very small head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S - Very subtle on the noise, citrus hops, piney, fresh peeled oranges.. very very subtle.

T - Slight bitterness, pine, orange, extremely balanced. However, I feel this is missing something? But considering this is 55 IBUS it can be hoppy at times.

M - Nice carbonation, slight tingling sensation on the palate, silky, smooth, refreshing. Very nicely done with this part

O - This is a finely crafted beer that is superbly light on the palate. Very drinkable, it goes down very smooth, it covers the palate and very enjoyable.. My only complaint about this brew is I wish more of the hop, dank, sweetness and pine notes would have come through. I understand this brew is not meant to be the boldest IPA. Great divide went for balance and I must say they got very close to perfect. I just wish more smell was present. If you served this to me with any other IPA this would not stand out, until I tasted it. However, this is a very nice balanced IPA, probably the best I've had in the taste category. And is a variety break from the darker, heavier brews in the Autumn season. Cheers!

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Big, frothy white head with a bright amber/gold body. Excellent lacing.

A: Bright, grassy hop notes with some grapefruit rind, pine, and herbal spice character as well. Some very clean breadiness, a little toasty and crockery.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into some bright grassy and citrus zest hop flavors. Some herbal notes sneak in as well, and the malt balances the hops beautifully with crisp toasty bread notes. Finish is grassy hops and clean maltiness.

Overall, this is everything a wet-hop ale should be, plus some. Big bright hop character, and some an excellent malt backbone, just damn tasty.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

Yeah buddy, like the sun burning a thousand rays, this one is on fire! Hot damn is this thang juicy! Like Aphrodite's honey nectar, Raul is feelin' it hard!

Smooth, supple, and clean like your mama fresh out of the Four Seasons.

Get it up and get it good.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of hardy008
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..

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by Dec 26, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and juicy hop forward aroma with plenty of grassy and citrus hop hints. Upfront earthy and herbal hops with good hints of wet grass and floral hints. Dank pine resin scent. Citrus hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, and apricot. Solid bready malt background with hints of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very solid fresh hop aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely ripe and chewy hop presence with lots of grassy, floral, and citrus hop notes. Big taste of wet grassy hops upfront with some floral notes. A good taste of dank and spicy pine resin. Juicy citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange pulp, tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemons, and apricot. Hops are nicely bitter and oily. Good backing malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good fresh and wet hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and wet. Fairly oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very good fresh hopped take on the American Pale Ale style. Very grassy and juicy with a nice smooth medium body.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.