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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,335 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 125
Gots: 58 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of jtd335
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jtd335, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Archemedies, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev -2%

Kirby, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and clear beer that is golden yellow in the thin part of the glass and a rich orange-amber in the thicker parts. A thick and foamy off-white head resides on top and dissapates very slowly leaving thick lacing with it. The smell is full of resiny and earthy hops, definitely grassy in character. There is a matching malt background, grainy in character with a nice caramelly breadiness to it. Lots of aroma and very pleasing and challenging for the nose.

If the freshness, or "wetness", of the hops is what makes this beer pop, then Great Divide should do this with all their pales or IPAs. The resin in the hops is evident with an earthy bite, but unlike some resiny beers, this one remains perfectly balanced. The resin flavors blend so effortlessly with the caramel and bread in the malt that you just can't wait for another sip. There is a pleasant citrus juiciness in the middle back, just before the bitterness and resin takes hold. The medium body suits it well, with a medium to high carbonation that helps prickle the tongue playfully with the hops. The only negative that I can see to hold it back a little is that its almost too clean in the front to middle of the palate. This split second of doubt is washed away the instant the bold and bitter but balanced hops hit the middle-back. The finish is quick and clean, but the aftertaste lingers on for a while with a fresh, clean bitterness.

This is a really nice pale ale and the type of hop really seems to make a big difference. The freshness adds a touch of that earthy, grassy feel while remaining juicy, citrusy and finally dry and bittering. Really good beer here, very drinkable and balanced.

chodinheaven, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bullywee
3/5  rDev -26.5%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of poopsmitherson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with nice lacing on a golden with amber tones hazy body. This one is very aromatous, with citrus mostly pineapple with hops and a subtle pine note. The taste is a bit of a let down. Mostly a musty hop flavor withe a soapy finish. Actually a little plain. Maybe I was expecting too much from a pale ale. Very drinkable and smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

kylehay2004, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -2%

Beer21, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of hoserking
4/5  rDev -2%

hoserking, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokestack Glass
A ~ Pours copper/amber with fine carb. Light specks of lace. Filtered clarity.

S ~ Mango pulp, grass clippings with a stanky edge reminiscent of pumpkin meat & cat pee. Sharp hop aroma all in all!

T ~ Mango follows through with orange & lemon peel. Floral (Daisy?) & herbal, with loads of lawnmower clippings. Malty finish reminiscent of toasted wheat bread with honey.

M ~ Very grassy & herbal on the palette. Heat is light & it is very easy to drink. What is truly great about this beer is that that pale malt still shines through. Hops are not solo here.

D ~ Well balanced & extremely drinkable. Why is this not in Six packs?

chocosushi, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ltdantheman, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

dwduncan2, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

ChumleyX, Feb 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

jaredseaman77, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

plumcrazyfx, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ninner00, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -26.5%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma...
Great Divide's Fresh Hop opens up with a very light citrus scent that coats a delicate caramel backbone.

Appearance...
A brilliantly clear copper that affirms suspicions that dry hopping was avoided here because they used wet hops (this statement could very well be false). Long lasting head. Very little lacing.

Flavor...
A delicate grapefruit flavor starts out and fades into fleeting bitterness. There's about as much malt in the taste as there was in the aroma - you know it's there but it's not the focus.

Mouthfeel...
Medium-light bodied with shmedium carbonation.

Overall...
Fresh Hop is a sessionable pale ale that will also please the discerning beer lover out there. In a world of fist-to-mouth IIIIPA's (yeah, four Is) this is a nice break that offers a rare opportunity to reflect on the complexity that can be found in a pale ale.

TheCrowsNest, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was pale honey. Decent amount of head, maybe 1 ½ inches. Frothy white lacing on the top. Bubbly gray film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops with grapefruit and tangerine coming through first. Sweet caramel malts as well.

Tasted citrus hops from the beginning, which wasn’t surprising given the smell, but surprising for a pale ale. More grapefruit than tangerine here. Bitterness on the tongue after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I liked this beer and went back and forth on a host of ratings, but decided to settle on my initial thoughts. I’d definitely give it another go.

BucannonXC5, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of thesaint6169
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with about a 1 finger head. There was a slight citrus aroma and also a malty smell. There was a nice bitterness with a malt sweetness coming through as well. Got more pine flavors from the hops than citrus. It had about a medium body to it, not a very heavy beer, very easy to session.

This was the first beer that I've had from Great Divide and was very impressed and cant wait to crack open the bottle of Yeti I have in the basement. Fresh Hop was very easy to drink which is nice. You can easily have a bomber to yourself or split it with someone which is half the fun of craft beer.

thesaint6169, Jan 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

sweisel80, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.