Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -16.1%
Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.
Poured a translucent, totally filtered light golden amber that produced a very froathy head which fleeted to a tremendously nice consistent lacey layer. Smells are of slight hop, freshness, slight undiscernable citrus and minimal malt. The smells are not very robust. The taste follow suits with a tad of hoppy bitter awesomeness. It has hints of earthiness to it. The tastes fade quickly leaving a dry bitter bite. A decent beer but it was lacking something. The bottle notes 'Grassy' and 'Citrusy' characteristics with 'Grassy' being triumphant. It did lack a bit of hoppiness that I look for in a good PA. A bit pricey at $6.99 I feel. It's worth noting that the bottling date is in early Sept. A few reviews I briefly overviewed mentioned October or later. Hoppy beers are better the fresher they are, in my limited opinion. Nonetheless, I'm glad I tried it.
12-14-2011 01:57:21 | More by rmcnealy
4.13/5 rDev +1%
Poured into a pint glass from a 22 ounce bottle.
Pours a crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a thin laced head full of tight bubbles and a frothy foam. Citrus hops on the nose, fruity, piny tones, big sweet refreshing scents pouring from the hops. Sugary sweet citrus hops explode in the mouth, hop from front to finish, bitter lemony finish. Light bodied, high carbonation, clean, easy to drink. This is a mega hopped fruit filled easy to drink pale ale. Will come back to this beer again for sure.
12-13-2011 04:09:18 | More by gabedivision
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
Thanks to bentwookie for this one! Bottled 9/30/11
A: Pours a clear copper color with a two finger white foamy head on top. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing left behind on the glass.
S: A little bit of citrus and some pine. There is a heavier caramel component than I was expecting. Some lemon in the front.
T: Maltier than I was expecting and hoping, possibly due to age. Lots of caramel with a little bit of lemon and a hint of pine.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, slightly dry finish.
O: Not bad, would have loved to try it a bit fresher. Will look for it next time it comes out though.
12-07-2011 01:55:07 | More by mdaschaf
4.05/5 rDev -1%
22 ounce bottle with green foil over the cap, bottled on 9/30/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Good amount of lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of huge fresh orange zest, lemon, pine, grass, light caramel, breadiness, and light spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big orange, lemon, pine, grass, biscuit, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grass, pine, biscuit, and spiciness on the finish for a while. No alcohol noticed at all except for a slight warming after the finish. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and body with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely an excellent fresh hopped pale ale. Very drinkable with nice flavor balance.
12-04-2011 04:31:20 | More by superspak
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is full of fresh citrus hops and some grassy hops in the background. There is quite a bit of light fruitiness with some sweet caramel malts in the background as well.
T - Starts off with some citrus hops with some orange and pineapple flavor with a bit of bitterness and caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, some more fresh hops come through with some grassy/earthy flavors and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of grassy and citrus hops with some bitterness and light sweet malt.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice sweet and slightly dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance from start to end with a nice hop profile as well. Very sessionable for 6.1% abv.
12-02-2011 03:40:05 | More by ngeunit1
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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