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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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678 Reviews

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,515
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 141
Gots: 127 | FT: 2
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: 678 | Hads: 1,515
Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night.

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Photo of bthompuz
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – reddish amber color with nice lacy head

S – some citrus hops in the smell, but not nearly what I was expecting from a fresh hopped beer

T – wow, huge hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine tastes really dominate and are followed by a smooth bitterness in the finish.

M – medium moutfeel, a little slick

D – very drinkable, although the bitterness starts building up halfway through the 22 oz bottle. I like the way the hops really dominate, might be room for a little more malt for balance, but this is the best of the few fresh hop beers I have tried.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark golden color with a solid head that hangs around for the duration and leaves patterns of lace all over the glass

Smell: Predominately piney with a touch of citrus

Taste: Starts with a wallop of piney flavor with a solid amount of caramel malt underneath; after the swallow, the pine flavor builds into a resinous wonder on the tongue - long-lasting and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (almost sticky) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this for a hophead

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Photo of gbarron
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A - beautiful looking beer. Thick, frothy slightly off-white head with large, rocky craters of air pockets. Thick, rich lacing and head retention. Light orange/amber and nicely clear.

S - light, grassy hop aroma dominates but not all that strong, and a little disappointing given what this beer is all about. Little bit of sweet caramel in the background, too.

T - grassy, resinous, pine hop flavor predominant. Light toasted bread, caramel backbone. Interesting mixture of dry, tart hop bitterness followed up by slightly sticky malt. A well balanced beer, but hops are up front as they should be. Lots of juicy hop flavor.

M - smooth and creamy, carbonation appears low to average. Mixture of dry hop bitterness and sticky malt in the finish.

D - tasty beer, a nice IPA with a good hop flavor and not overwhelming bitterness. Not really something I will put on my calendar every year though.

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Photo of briman
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a light to medium copper color, slightly hazy. Nice half-inch off-white head, good retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is grassy, with some pine & fresh orange citrus.

Flavor is hoppy with a faint touch of caramel malt...earthy, with oranges settling into a dry finish with some mild to moderate grapefruit bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance, but hops dominant as I only get a glimmer of a malt presence. A very refreshing pale ale more than a full-on hop attack, but I think that's what they are going for. Great drinkability, and definately good for more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of xav33
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, refreshed 11/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear deep amber copper with an average somewhat lasting off-white head with good lacing.

Smelt strongly of sweet hops, pine, some sweet caramel tones, and light grapefruit.

Taste was upfront strong bitter pine and moderate nuttiness with a light sweet malt bread and caramel backbone followed by a harsh bitter grassy hops bite with moderate soapy and horse blanket yeast touches on a long earthy pine finish. Palate was medium bodied, soft and oily, soft carbonation and moderate astringency.

Overall, this is another winner from Great Divide. The hops taste is clean and perfect without being overbearing. There really is no flaw with this beer, although the hops punch could be too much to handle for some.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge head climbs above the rim of the glass and hangs there, suspended above a clear amber beer. Head slowly sinks to a thick rim and leaves lot's of sticky lacing.
Wow this smells good. It's the kind of smell that when you inhale it takes your breath away. It's a mixture of freshly cut grass in the spring time and a Christmas Tree farm during the holidays.
The malt is there during the taste and it is a good caramel sweetness, but this beer is all about the hops. Tons of piney and citrus hops with out being over done. As hoppy as this beer is, it's still very true to the style. The hop flavors are complex and bold, but not so much so as to make it an IPA. IMO it's the perfect pale ale.
The mouthfeel fits the profile of this beer very well. It's sticky and oily. It has a very dry finish and somewhat acidic in the best of ways.
Drinkability: I'm not one to finish a bomber in a single sitting, but my bomber is empty and I'm thinking of opening another. This could very well be the most drinkable beer I've had.
Highly Recommended!!!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 22 oz. bomber, this Pale Ale came out clear and bubbly, and readily formed a three finger thick head, which looked quite nice atop the pale amber colored body. The aroma was typical of the “C” hopped west coast products, with a leafy and citric hop profile. The hops were backed by the scent of sweet and partially caramelized malt. While not overly strong, especially considering the presence of the words Fresh Hop in the name, the smell was spot on for an American Pale Ale. The taste was well balanced between sweet toffee-ish malt and spicy dry hop oils. Not a lot of bitterness was present, except for a little grapefruit rind like flourish at the end of each sip. Feeling a bit thicker on the tongue than a run of the mill Pale Ale, this was highly quaffable, while not being watery. A well made beer, which was not quire the showcase of hops I was hoping it would be. The quality was however so good, it kept my disappointment from creeping into the score.

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Photo of Enola
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is mighty good. It would be hard to top. There was a fair head that has faded to a thin coating. There is ample lacing. The beer has a nice orange glow when held to the light. The smell is is of sweet hops. The taste is of hops and nothing else. A very bitter beer. There is a sweetness to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is a lasting bitterness that does not go away anytime soon. Overall, a very good beer that is a must try for hop lovers.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt from Great Divide dropped this off for me to sample.
Pours a nice copper/amber color. Chunky head rising from the sides to a peak in the middle. Sticky lacing around the sides.
Smells of lots of hops and cut grass, some rosemarry as well.
Taste was more like an IPA. The hops were more grainy than other PAs, some slight caramel and nut. Kind of slick then sticky.
Bite covers most of the tongue, instead of just the sides. Crisp finish. Flavor was overpowered by the hops and 'slickness', still not bad though. Rated mostly 4s, cuz it seems less like a PA.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange-red color and very fluffy white towering head. Lacing has a dense, patchy/sticky quality to it. Very nice looking. Smell is awesome too. Very crisp and bright. The wet flowery hops make it huge, and there's a grassy touch in addition to the piney characters. That enhances the fresh feeling extensively. There's is a slight chalkiness with the dry graininess. Taste is perfectly bitter, again quite grainy, and fully flavorful. Malts are sweet and bready/bicuity and hold their ground well (especially for a pale ale) agianst the delicious hops. Mouthfeel is resiny, oily, and thoroughly dry. I had the Sierra Nevada Harvest tonight, a beer ago, and I feel the need to mention that they are both awesome in different ways, but the Harvest is superior. There are different hops and different malts in each but the freshness is a big factor in bringing out the yumminess in both. The Harvest feels more blended all over. Drinkability for this is great though.

Delightful with a very farm fresh hop feel.

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

Pours an amber-orange color with a rocky white head leaving "cottony" lacing as it recedes. The head has a soapy quality that I find in many Great Divide beers. Fresh aroma of hops - flowery, leafy, grassy, and a bit oily. As the head drops, the smells become more resinous...like sticky sap. Some fresh grain as well. Bright hoppy flavor on the tongue - not pungent by any means but slick, oily grassy hop flowers. Very fresh as expected. There's a pleasant maltiness that adds some sweetish caramel to the mix. Medium, lip-smackin' mouthfeel has a solid bitterness.

Very tasty and (obviously) fresh overall. A green, refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear liquid with carbonation bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass. Rocky offwhite head with sticky thin lines of lace and a slightly subpar retention. Not bad but not as great as I expected.

Is this really a pale ale? That's a whole lot of hops for a pale ale. This one is very resiny with very fruity and grassy hops massaging my nose.

Quickly biting hop flavor that's a tad weaker than the hops in the nose. The taste and palate are quite a bit more in balance than the nose. A tad disappointing but nothing to ruin anyones day. A lot grassier hops in the the taste than in the hops. They're almost duller but still very good. There's a malty balance that is comparable to milk that's been warmed up in the microwave to help one get to sleep. Maybe it's more like a coffee and milk mixture that's 75% milk. Either way it's like a roasted milk taste. This is a great brew though. Glad I got to try this one.

I feel this beer deserves a five on drinkability as I would love to have this as my everyday pale ale but alas, the paradox remains that you can't really have a beer that tastes freshly hopped all year, can you? I'll give it a five anyway though because it's very very good.

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

Well-chilled, Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale sits in my nonic a glowing amber orange, with zero visible carbonation, and a thick, clumpy, pock-marked off-white head. Great sticky rings of lacing. Mellow grassy pine and mild grapefruit aromas mingle with understated caramel malt scents. The wet hops give this pale ale a far "grassier" taste than most other American versions of this style. There are certainly pine and citrus flavors apparent in the taste, but they are far more subtle than in other pales. As I mentioned before, the hop profile is primarily grassy, with some earthy mineral notes coming through. Slight caramel sweetness, off-dry mouthfeel. The palate is a bit clingy in patches, sort of juicy at other times. Altogether, this is an "uncharacteristic" pale ale, that ends up standing out for not being a normal c-hop showcase. Extremely easy to drink, but only with the proviso that this is not a pine-grapefruit bomb. A bit pricey, but certainly worth the effort to seek out.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again you can't go wrong with a Great Divide 22 oz. bomber!
Good amber/orange color with a modest fluffy white head.The nose was a pleasant grassy grapefruit aroma. Medium body with a nice orange peel, earthy silky taste. The big difference between this extravently hopped ale and say a Ipa is the fresh hops seem to be more mellow and fruity not as bitter. The low alcohol level helps alot in this regard to. Such a good price for how much planning and hard work that goes into this fresh hop ale!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 11/3/07

Pours an amber copper with a slight haze to it and scant bubbles climbing to the top. Head is thinnish but clings to the glass well. Nose is all hops. Big fresh hops throwing out pungent aromas of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and fresh mowed grass. Malt is there slinkin in the back with its sweet body. Slight alcohol tinge in the nose. Flavor starts briefly with the classic pale malts and its bready sweetness, but doesn't stay in the focus too long before the hops come in. The hops bring huge flavors of sweet red grapefruit, followed by green and oily flavors of pine sap and grass. Malt really thins out here, and I wish that it would hold a steadier base for the hops. Lots of pine comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light in weight. At first the carbonation is pretty lively, but as I drink this, it becomes smoother and creamier.

I used to really love this, but after having had Sierra Nevada's Harvest this year, I really needed to reevaluate this offering from Great Divide. Just doesn't offer the great malty caramel backing which SN's does. Just a bit thin and one-dimensional. Still a really good beer, but for the price, you can certainly get a better wet hop beer.

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

Poured out of a 22oz bomber a orange/amber color with a pretty sizable frothy white head that slowly dissapates to leave a small covering.
Aroma is of fruity hops, mostly orange peel, slightly earthy, grassy and a malty sweetness surrounds the prominate hoppy smell.
Very smooth tasting beer, very balanced. Light earthy hops with undertones of a orange bite against a back drop of semi sweet malt backbone.
Mid level carbonation.
This beer is very drinkable, very tasty, alcohol is nearly unperceivable. This can easily become a session beer.

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Photo of biking4beer
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint tumbler.

smooth foamy 1-1/2 finger head that had a slight browning too it. Beer was a crystal clear golden brown/amber co. Slight orange hues. Looked very tasty.

I don't know if my sniffer was a little off last night, but I didn't smell very many distinguishing aromas. Slight grassy smell to the hops. Possibly some citrus. This one didn't jump up and smack my olfactories like I thought it might.

With the first sip there was a a nice sweety malty taste at the tip of the tongue that had a nice transition to bittering hops in the back of the tongue. Again, as far as very specific flavors are concerned, nothing really jumped out, but this was still a tasty beer. Definitely a fresh tasting beer as the overnighted hops would imply.

Mouthfeel was nice. Just the right amount of carbonation to go with this beer. Nice and smooth. With the fairly low ABV, I could drink this one all night. I wanted another bomber immediately after I had finished the first. But alas, I had only bought one.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly. Fine and drinkable but a bit off-balance to really enjoy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SIgnificant grapefruit C hop aroma, quick fading head, lots of lace. Bitter like an ESB dying but very drinkable on a scorching Saturday. Drying aftertaste, tasty complex bitterness,like the hops, citrus, well malted, well carbonated. Some of the fresh homebrewed taste from this sub-style.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/honey body with a light tan, fluffy head that sticks to the side and remains topping the beer for quite a while.
Nose is citrusy, cascade hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone.
Pretty nicely balanced. More so than I expected. Lots of aroma hops are to be found, and a decent amount of bittering hops, but the sweetness of the malt nicely compliments the hops.
Medium mouthfeel, but a bit stickier than I'd like and great drinkability. For $3.99 per bomber, this is one great value for money brew.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear golden brown in color with a loose off-white head to compliment. Nose is very inviting, it smells fresh, hence the name I suppose. Lots of fruity/citrusy notes, not very piney at all. Taste is lighter than expected, fruity, hints of lemon and grapefruit, a good amount of esters. Fairly light and crisp. Mouthfeel is quite a bit lighter than I expected. Very drinkable however, I would sample this again.


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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is foamy and a learge until it falls thin and leaves a nice bit of lacing behind it as it goes. The color is brown to gold and clear, very inviting.

The smell is very hoppy and aromatic, has amarillo and cascade hops and is very fruity with some mellow lemon and orange.

The taste is predominetly amarillo hops with lots of bitter taste and a little fruitiness of lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel is smooth and feels nice on the palate.

I will buy this more often because it is so good. I love amarillo hops and this is a little better than Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late February for $5.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice sustaining white head that is leaving a splotchy lacing behind. Nose initially was off floral hops but as the beer warms the maltiness has become primary. Taste is a hint of citrus rinds, malts, with a blast of the lovely piney simcoe hops to finish. Mouthfeel is very full for the style with a nice creamy finish. Drinkability is near perfect. This is one of the best APA's I have ever enjoyed!

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in mid-October 2007 for $6.99. Not much has changed since my first try of this. This is one fine APA!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a rust/burnt orange color, slightly cloudy, gigantic billowing off-white head with good retention, great lacing, a truly beautiful beer!

s - big hops, very citrusy, mostly lemon, lots of pine too, very intense aroma

t - much like the aroma, very intense hop bitterness, you can tell a difference with the fresh hops they use, sweet bitterness on the finish that lingers, very dry on the finish too

m - medium-bodied but very crisp, ample carbonation, very dry finish

d - quite drinkable, though the bitterness might be a little hard on the palate to drink too much

I really enjoyed this beer. I've been looking for it for awhile at stores that seem to carry most other Great Divide brews, and finally found it in a store that only carried Fresh Hop and one other. The fresh hops add a distinct taste to this beer that I really like. I'll be venturing back to the store to buy a few more bombers very soon.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.