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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Reviews: 673 | Hads: 1,471
Photo of Alanthebeerguy
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The Fresh Hop has a beautiful reddish copper color with a good off white head. The nose was a mix of grass and citrus, it smells good,a relaxing smell. The taste is hoppy but not to hoppy. I like this beer, the hops are not so overpowering, which is a good thing to me. I would recomend this beer, it is very easy to drink and will buy more of this beer before it is gone.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to camarokyle for this one.

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light rustic copper hue with a one finger fluffy off-white head that stays for a while. Stickiness is very full covering all over the sides of the glass. Slick oily hop odors dominate the nose. Some mild earthy hop odors as well as the slightest hint of pine. I also detect a small bit of metallic caramel malt which balances our the smell quite nicely. Taste begins with a creamy grapefruit flavor that blends with an earthy grasslike tingle. Midway to the finish is pretty dry and bitter, but not to the point where it takes away from the flavor. Aftertaste is a bit dirty with some mild pine as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a subtle carbonation. I would definitely have to put this one a notch above Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale. Deschutes Hop Trip is up next.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear burned orange with a big soapy white head that laces as it dies. Smells of abminor blast of fresh hops(ha) and almost a little sweet malt. Taste is big juicy hops, grapefruit rind, bittering finish but all of this is doesnt linger. A miniscule amount of malt but nothing that can balance the hops. Crisp in the mouth with good carbonation. Very drinkable. An awesome pale ale from GD.

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Photo of wardough
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out of a 22 ounce bottle that almost made it a week.

A: Poured a beautiful amber. About 1/2 inch of head that dissipates into a very light lace. Nice white ring in the side of the pint glass.

S: Grassy flavours with light citrus dominate. Small amounts of malted barley make it through.

T: The hops hit first with it's grassy goodness with a slight hit of lemon. Oooh, this is a nice change. The hops aren't as bitter. I like this.

M: Feels like drinking 1% milk.

D: I could definitely pour another one. Smooth as silk.

Beautiful. A welcome change. Very smooth. The taste of earthy hops without the bitterness usually associated. I like the earthy tones in the beer.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a thick, hazy honey gold, with a large, initial white fluffy head, that dissipates to a nice lacing. Smell is a bright, appealing grassy and pine resin, with wafts of citrus. I can tell this is pure hop goodness. The taste is hoptastic. Intense, piney layers, with grapefruit astringency, and a sweet, orange candy finish. Sticky consistency, but with a triumphant carbonation. For what it is, wonderful. Hardly balanced, but that's hardly the point. Fresh Hop Ale delivers as advertised.

good stuff. One bottle is enough, as this is a hop kick to the teeth.

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

Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn't sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems 'smoother' and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick.

This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head builds up on this golden hued beauty. There are tons of bubbles rising to the top keeping the head afloat nicely.

S: Nice earthy fresh cut grass aroma. There is a hint of citrus in the background, but cut wet grass reigns supreme.

T: Nice pine taste with hints of lemon. There is a nice underlying maltiness which pulls this one together.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall: I really like this beer; it should be introduced earlier in the season though. This would be a nice light hopped beer to drink at the beach or on a hot Florida afternoon. I love Great Divide and this is another example of a finely crafted easy drinking brew that is easy on the pocket.

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Photo of Tolann
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one with all the local buzz about it. Still a newb to reviewing beers. I bought this 22oz bottle and poured it into 2 average pint glasses.

A - Golden in color. Thick head that settles very slowly. Nice lacing
S - Sweet lemon(?) grassy smell. Not an overwhelming smell, but definitely there.
T - Bitter hops at the back of your tongue. Not a sharp hoppyness, but white spiced and earthy if that makes sense. Refreshing. Not caramelly or malty. I can't quite place it...Seems simple at first, but then is more complex. There's something going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Did I just chew gum?
M - medium to light body. Bubbley if you try to slurp taste it.
D - Wish I bought another bottle. I didn't see any more in the liquor store today. This is a refreshing and light hoppy beer. Another bottle might have helped the reviewing too. heehee! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds pretty good right now after this beer.

WTH? My husband just poured his half of the bomber to me. Guess I'm in luck. LOL

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-hued bronze with loads of effervescence & 3+ fingers pillowy pearl-colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruitty & metallic hops, plus some breadyness as this warms up.

T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops, slight honey notes & bit of cakeyness up front. As this warms, I get bready notes, caramel & then more grapefruitty hops. Finishes with a bit of boozey warmth, grapefruitty + lemony hops, & dry bready notes

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, & very good balance

Drinks easy, not as impressed as the last 2 vintages, but nothing to sneeze at, one to look forward to every harvest!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy medium orange with a soapy white head and a decent bit of lacing.

Aroma is citrus and piney hops and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is much like the smell with the hops plus a caramel touch.

Medium mouthfeel with a soft carbonation.

This is a very nice and easy to drink APA. Great Divide rarely disappoints.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only this was readily available 365 days a year. Has a nice, deep amber appearance. The foam from the pour has that fresh from the fermenter look. Smells like fresh-cut grass after a nice mist of rain. The taste is truly exceptional -- piney taste of hops hits up front, but balanced with malt creaminess. A real, refreshing grassy, pine-like taste, which probably comes from the fresh hops. If you like Pales and IPAs, do whatever takes to give this a try.

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

This is from the early October, 2007 brewing and release, so it's very fresh. Purchased, consumed and reviewed on October 16, 2007.

22-ounce bottle poured at about 45 degrees into a Hefeweizen glass (to concentrate head and aroma) yields a huge off-white head that fades slowly to a rocky solid lid with tons of thick lacing, all over a clear light orange-amber body. Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma has a surprising amount of malt: cracker, bread-dough, even a little dark fruit. The floral and citrus hops are there, though subtle; primary note is pine. Sweet pine, bitter pine and metallic pine.

Taste is crisp and cracker-y, with lots of hops immediately present: the pine notes dominate, the floral is mild, and the citrus is subdued and definitely in the background. Slight hints of pepper, marjoram and thyme. Interesting finish: as I inhale through my mouth, there is a notable "minty-ness" there, mostly spearmint. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel is delightfully rich at the same time it is refreshingly crisp, the obvious product of the abundant hop-oils.

Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the complexity of flavors.

This one does not play a one-note song. There is a fascinating complexity of flavors present, with the most notable being the mint. Does anyone else pick up on that?

Highly recommended. Another home-run from Great Divide.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white creamy head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very hoppy, some malts, good dose of citrus, and some pineyness, also some caramel. The taste is pretty hoppy for a Pale Ale, tones of malts, some citrus/pines, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an extradinary pale ale, very tasty and hoppy, highly recommended.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, clear with sudsy white head. The smell is grassy hops. The taste reminds me of bubblegum at first and then a bitterness comes around. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and creamy, excellent. I like this a lot better this year than I did last year.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy copper with visible carbonation. Some lacing left on the glass that just sticks there real nice.

S: Subtle, piney hops. Not much else. A bit of malty sweetness, but overall, the smell is fairly mellow.

T: Taste is decent, but not great. Some piney, resin hops come through, balanced out by a bit of maltiness. The hops are the dominant force here, despite how mellow even they are. Not bad, but it's not as balanced or hoppy as I'd like or expect. A decent pale ale, but nothing to go out of your way for.

M: A little grainy, but not bad. Lots of carbonation.

D: It's a decent example of a pale ale, though I think their Denver Pale Ale is better. I also wonder if this bottle might be from last year, in which case I might have an entirely different review for a truly fresh bottle.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A light copper brew that forms a one fingered head. Settles quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Particulates suspended in the beer. I don't know if it is yeast or hop particals. I am not a fan of unfiltered or bottle conditioned beers.

The smell is of flowers and pine. Never smelled a fresh hop but I think it would smell something like this.

The taste is grassy and floral with a hop bitterness on finish. Maybe a little smoke aftertaste. Light bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style. A good APA and worth a try to find out what a fresh hop does to beer.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle.

A-Poured into a 20oz pint glass. Produced a thick cream colored head that settled sowly leaving nice lace on the glass. Orange amber color looks very nice while condensation forms on the outside of the glass in 90+ degree heat.

S-Very flowery hoppy.

T-Hop up front with a bitter finish.

M-Very smooth the hops really linger.

D-A tasty brew, perhaps this was the wrong day to enjoy, a bit too much flower but probably just what the brewer was searching for. Next year i will save this for a cooler afternnon.

i enjoy the seasonality of a fresh hopped beer and will look for this again next season

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful red-gold with a cloudy head, highly carbonated. smells fantastic, huge amount of floral hops and some malty tones too. Tastes like an IPA and a red ale got together and made babies, lots of yummy maltiness but with a great compliment of hopness. mouthfeel is full and warm, drinkability is good, since it is a higher ABV beer i can't drink these all night long unless i want to forget how good it is

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good pale ale base for the beer that is golden in color, a bit little when backlit, but a solid creamy head on top that hangs on. At on 55 IBU, it's not overwhelming but give a solid bite to the beer on which to overlay the fresh hop. A very citrusy taste though a little grassy but nothing distracting. Better cold because the grassy grows a bit as it warms--cleaner at frig temperature. Overall a very good beer if you like fresh hop in your nose.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored this little gem at Dennis Brothers for only $5

A - Medium-dark orange color, opaque. Bright white head, rocky, fades to a thick film in the center, thicker around the edges. Lacing is average.

S - Fragrant, pungent, strong, sweet, piney hops (a very hoppy smelling beer). Sweet, sugary and spicy. Also an earthy, grassy smell.

T - Starts with a nice citrus hoppy taste, quickly goes into a bitterness nicely balanced with a spicy malt. Finish is a very earthy malty taste. There's pretty much 3 outlying characteristics in this taste: hoppy bitterness, spiciness and sweetness, all flavors very nicely compliment eachother throughout the drink. This is what a pale ale should taste like.

M - Consistency is thin to medium, slightly grainy and thin to medium carbonation.

D - This is a VERY good beer with an awesome taste (for the style). Definitely my favorite APA I've had, I like it a lot better than Alpha King. And unfortunately this is the only Great Divide beer I can't get in Duluth!

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is the word I am looking for? Oh yea, QUAFFABLE. Very tasty beverage. The only thing I have to wonder about is how old the beer is since fresh hops are only available for a short timeframe and the beer must now be 9 months or so old. Still quite good though. Alcohol is there to preserve it. Hop aroma is more of a piney, earthy aroma rather than cascade type grapefruit. Color is a deep golden color. Head retention was excellent.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little late in the year for the Fresh Hop, but still good carbonation and an off white head over a clear copper brew. Good lacing and retention as expected.

Prominent hop aromas include grass, herbal/pine notes, and big time citric blasts. These last heavily feature grapefruit, which shows up again in the flavor. There is a woody character in the taste, plenty of fruit. The finish is dry, with a citric twist at the end. Not terribly bitter, but great for the style. Not complaining about the one-sided hop flavor, very addicting.

Overall, light and easy to drink. The hops are the featured ingredient without coming anywhere near harsh. Flavorful, light body, smooth mouthfeel. Highly enjoyable on a summer night spent outside, but I wish I'd gotten a fresher bottle.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into 25mL heineken glass

A - Pours a light copper translucent color with a 1/2 inch head. Head fades to a slight covering with lacing being quite attractive.

S - Not the most aromatic brew, but grassy and citrus hop flavors are most prominent.

T - A grassy, dry hop flavor is most dominant with a slight sweet breaded malt addition for balance. Hop bitterness is moderate. A bit of citrus and lemony hop flavor is notable as well.

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied with a slightly bitter and drying finish.

D - The Deschutes Hop Trip was a more memorable fresh hop pale ale in my opinion, perhaps because of the overnight hop shipping required for this brew. Still very tasty for a pale ale and worth a try.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out the usual pale ale colour with good clarity and a soapy white head with good lacing. Smell is subdued- probably due to bottle being consumed in April that is probably on the down turn. Taste- biscuity malts with medium caramel flavour. Hops are a little woody and have a herbal/tobacco bite. Nicely balanced and reminds me of FFF Alpha King. Very quaffable and a solid offering from one of my favourite breweries. Would love to try fresh in the fall.

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Photo of Kendo
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured gently from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass, it explodes with carbonation, resulting in a 2+ finger bubbly off-white head that settles over a clear coppery/honey-colored body. Lots of fine bubbles of carbonation rush to the surface to refortify that head, resulting in solid head retention -- it remains at 1-finger for most of the glass -- and foamy clumps of lacing on the way down the glass. After downing the first half of the bomber and pouring in the second half, there were some floaties in the body -- I swear they were hop remnants, however, not the usual yeast sediment.

S: All hops, all the time: fruity, juicy, citrusy and grassy. Lots of grapefruit especially, but also a hint of something drier like pine or grass (the kind you mow, not the kind you smoke).

T: At first it surprised me with how mild it tasted given the nose. However, after a couple sips the hops took over. There is a fruity sweetness at the beginning of the sip, with a grassy taste in the middle, and then finishing up with a dry, lemony bitterness that at times feels a bit metallic. I described it as a "puckering bitterness," and once that taste coats your mouth, it's tough to sense anything else.

M: Lighter than expected, but on the other hand I've been drinking mainly IPAs and DIPAs recently, not the APAs as this is classified. So maybe I shouldn't have been surprised by the lighter heft of this one. Very well carbonated, but with very small, fine bubbles that result in a creamy feel rather than the more harsh bite you sometimes get with a heavily-carbonated beer.

D: Excellent. Light in body, just 6.1% ABV according to the bottle and a pretty smooth mouthfeel made this one go down faster than your dream date.

Notes: A little bit one-sided, but I like that side and it clearly lived up to the advertising: this tasted like fresh hops. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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