Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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1,465 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 136
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of evanforbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Jree261
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of gr0g
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of JohnG190
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of gentlegiant
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of santomark
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of hardy008
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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..

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of rawfish
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brassy hue, a off white head that can reach easily three fingers high with average retention. Lacing left behind is terrific, pillowy and with great coverage.

Pungent herbal, grassy and dank pine needle hops with a malty backbone of raw grain, stale bread. Very raw and earthy, the aroma is slightly above average in power for a pale.

Steady bready and cracker malt, thin but enough to support a wave of pine, fresh cut grass and dank herbal hop flavors. Bitterness is toned and lifting leading to a drying feeling, stickiness with a pine aftertaste.

Good body and carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Dries pretty well. Drinkable and smooth.

All in all this is a solid drink, malts are raw and earthy and I expected a bit more boldness from a fresh hop beer. We can't forget that this is only a pale ale so it competes well for the style.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a one finger off white head that retains nicely

Smell has some good hop aromas. Big grassy herbal aromas forward with some citrus near the end. There is some light pine aromas near the end along with a mildly sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste follows the nose with more good fresh hop flavors forward. More herbal and grassy hop flavors followed by a very mild piney hop bitterness. Malt is very subtle and has a very mild sweetness near the end.

Mouthfeel is great lots of hopy oils and a medium body gives this a moderate sticky thickness. Carbonation is mild and gives it a soft feel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/29/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a sightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fresh hop profile but the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than what I was expecting.

Photo of SFACRKnight
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into, once again, the nb globe.
Pours a deep gold with thick white foam, good carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass, head recedes back to an easy half inch of thick foam. Lots of pine and dank resin on the nose, some bread, a touch of citrus and grass. Flavors follow the nose. Bready malt backbone, just enough to support the hops that dominate the flavor. I get thick, resinous pine hops with a bit of citrus as well. Great hop presence in this beer. Mouthfeel is dry, yet oily and sticky from the hops. Overall, out of the fresh hopped beers this year, this is hands down the best.

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Poured a clear, gold/orange/copper with about 2 fingers of foamy off white head. This dropped back to light lacing, a foam ring and sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Some hops, malts, grapefruit and maybe some other citrus, hay/freshly mowed grass. I detected just a hint of pine at the end of the first whiff.

T: Hops up front followed quickly by the citrus and malt backbone. With that, a sourness and a grass-like flavor as the beer warmed in the glass. Drinks pretty clean with a dryer, bitter finish. Spicy??? Though I tasted that, not too sure. No alcohol taste detected.

M: Light to medium body with a dry finish, leaving a hoppy, spicy taste on the back of the tongue. Carbonation was good, not too much, not too little.

O: Decent take on the pale ale from Great Divide. Very drinkable, finishes well and it's definitely something I would have no problems buying again.

Cheers!

Photo of Walletsworth
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bad boy while in Spokane, WA at a great liquor store called Total Wine & More. Pours a hazy orange with a tremendous amount of head. Terrific lacing and retention. Smells of citrus and a liitle pine in there as well. I also caught some caramel which really came out in the taste. It had a lot of citrus with some pine but the caramel taste and feel we're what sold me.

One amazing beer. Definately will have again.

Photo of xGrapeApe
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=
Head- large, frothy, off-white, diminishing
Lacing- fair
Body- clear to slightly cloudy
Particles- very light clouding
Color- deep straw yellow-light orange
S=
Malt- light, bready, grain, hay, cereal
Hops- average, grass, citrus, pine, grapefruit
Yeast- light
T=
Duration- average
Sweet- light, bread, cereal
Acidic- light, citrus, grapefruit
Bitter- moderate, grass, pine, resin
M=
Body- medium
Texture- average
Carbonation- moderate
Finish- lightly bitter, astringent, metallic
O= The relatively light body showcases the hops wonderfully, they are certainly in the foreground but by no means overpowering or overly bitter. Very drinkable and flavorful. No complaints to be had.

Photo of SebD
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pine, floral hops and some caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, piney resins, floral hops, bready malts and some sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of RockAZ
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer!

Photo of BritCvS
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fast becoming my favorite. Waited for it to become a little warmer from the fridge. Bomber, poured into a Riedel glass.

A: Outstanding head, rich, thick. Amazing belgian lace. A rich brown, ever so slightly cloudy. Really looks like an excellent British bitter.

S: Grass, freshness, citrus. A little tiny bit of pine. Lovely.

T: Superb taste, warm malts balanced with amazing hops. Perfect.

M: not too much carbonation. Long, long flavor. Great hoppiness. Easy malts.

O: Wonderful. Do try it.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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