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: 1,467
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Chadbrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all a huge thanks to hoppedup for this very selfless gift!
This beer pours out a somewhat hazy pale orange with a bit of a thin head yet thick sheets of lacing.
Smells like fresh hops alright, I grew some Cascade this year and this is pretty close to what I got fresh picked.
The taste is a nice sweetish pale ale reminiscent of Bells Two-Hearted but with a super citrus bitter finish.
Hats off to Great Divide for trying something fresh. (452 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber gold color with a medium stacking head of off-white fluffy foam on top. Top stays present for good length, fading slow to a hefty skim and collar. Lacing is in a fine, tightly spotty sheeting across the glass. Nice looking glass of ale.

Aroma is of pale citrus, dullish-like orange and grapefruit with a spritz of lemon. Lots of pine-sided woodyness hovers over the top. Semi resinous and floral with a grassy touch, but mostly woodish and pale citrus. Clean and pungently pleasing.

Taste is more wood toned then citrus, at least in this serving, perhaps an actual fresher bottle would have had more of the citrus tones more forward. As is, this time around, the wood is a bit heavy and bringing it to one side of the hop scale that isn't really keeping a good balance from others GD Fresh Hops I've had. Medium to light bitterness, semi drying into the finish with some citrusy tones, but more piney and thickly prevalent in wood flavors that take away from the crispyness that pops in front.

Feel is about medium, a bit parching in its bitterness and dryness, but stays the course(coarse) and keeps a very teetering balance that could fold either side into too much pine and/or too much parchness. That said, for no other reason then this- its damn drinkable. It keeps a nice clean profile overall while grabbing hold with woody, citrus tinted bitterness, and maintains a doughy little malt backing while doing it. Some sweetness finds its way in around the corners, in the middle, and very, very late after the finish. Which in turn helps this become quite a fun ride to drink down. After finally sitting down with this one, it seemed a bit more woody then the others I've had in the past month or so. A little more clean, snappy, crisp, and citric and this bottle would have nailed it, much like previous bottles. Another bottle or two and another review may be in order... (1,898 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a slight haze to it. Ok head but some great lacing on the glass. Huge hop aroma-very fresh as the name implies. Not as citrusy as some pale ales but very "fresh cut grass" like. Nice big hop flavor that is well balanced with just the right amount of malt. Doesnt have the over hopped astringency of other US pales. Good body-nice clean finish considering how hoppy it is. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Really well done US pale ale. Great Divide is quickly becoming my favorite US brewer. Thanks a bunch to mushroomcloud for the bottle. (557 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber, poured into an English pint glass. Ever so hazy amber with a creamy half inch head and excellent lacing. Huge bouquet of fresh hops, like smelling a bag of hops, all piney resin and floral and grassy. Even better than the aroma of the Dogfish Head 90, I think. Beautiful burst of hop flavor, rather woody, with a side of fresh-mown grass, but not much citrus hop character, followed by a solid lightly nutty malt underpinning when the hop flavor fades. It's bitter, but far less than I expected, certainly less than Great Divide's recent IPA's. Body is not heavy... a pleasant medium.

This is one of the best beers I've had in 2005. Great Divide has been a multi-year roll of brilliantly brewed beers. (719 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy reddish-orange color. The head is one-finger in height, rocky, and white. Lacing coats the glass all over the place. The aroma is amazing. It is as if this beer climbed a mountain and screamed citrusy hops. Absolutely breathtaking. This just might be the best smelling beer I have drank to date. The taste is all that a pale ale should be and more (but not so much more that it infringes on IPA territory). Citrusy hops dominate the flavor but there are also nots of pine. The mouthfeel is perfect; medium-thick bodied, with nice carbonation, and oh so smooth and creamy. Overall, this is by far the best pale ale I have ever had. If only hops could be harvested year round. (699 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown bomber speaks of over night shipping of fresh hops and 55 IBUs and 6.1% abv.

Aroma: Brace yourself: hops. Really a pretty classic west coast IPA nose, sugary malt base, nice ‘fresh’ hops, mostly citric, but some pine as well.

Appearance: Clear amber glass with orange edges capped with a frothy off white head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass leaving ice crystal tidemarks in its wake. Second pour leaves a cratered fluffy head of about 3 fingers and imparts a bit of haze.

Flavor: Not much of a surprise: hoppy. I can see where the malt base is lower key, leading more toward the Pale Ale than the IPA, I guess this is what the west coaster call an XPA (eXtra Pale Ale). There is enough of a malt base that the alpha acids don’t burn and provide enough support for the hop juiciness to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light medium – medium body, not much oil but a lingering finish.

Overall Impression: Massively drinkable, enough balance to really let me enjoy hop goodness. A very well crafted beer, I recommend it. (1,074 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this in Atlanta. I really the fresh hop beers, when I can get them. The aroma was only moderately hoppy with distinctive grass and citrus. Rocky, off-white head wit excellent lacing that lasted longer than I expected. Initial flavor was moderately bitter with a light, sweet, short finish. Carbonation was quite flat. This was a good, but not great beer. As far as "fresh hop" beers go, this is the best I've had for a while. (439 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in colour with medium carbonation and good head retention. Not much of a surprise with the aroma.. the c-hops are huge with this one. Loads of pine resin, orange, and grapefruit, with some minor floral and grassy notes. In the mouth, there is a decent amount of caramel malt presence, and a bit of a peppery note, but really, this beer is all about the hops... with more citrus, pine, and some green hop cone flavors. It’s fairly heavy in the mouth too. Not really all that balanced or complex, but if you like hops, this is the beer for you. (549 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden copper. Aggresive pour yielded a full 2 fingerwidth head, good retention.

The smell is all hops, unabashedly so. Piney and citrusy, this is a delicious aroma.

Following the aroma, the taste is all about the hops. Mild hints of grapefruit, starts off strong, but am disappointed as it falls short after the first strong impression. I'd call the ending mild and smooth, but thats being kind to an otherwise good beer.

This is generally a good beer, I like the aggressive hoppiness, but I just don't get much out of the taste. (548 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is copper with a large, off-white head. Retention is very good. The aroma is solely of strong, delicious, citrissy hop smell. Taste is more of the same, very flavorful, yet at the same time I was a bit disapointed because the flavor wasn't much different than standard dry-hopped APAs. Freshness was perhaps a little bit more noticeable in the flavor. Bitterness was moderate. Okay, this is a great APA, but I didn't find it to be as exemplary as most other reviewers. (478 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper amber body with a fine bubbled off white cream head leaves wide bands of lacing evenly down my Duvel chalice as the head floats above the rim. Aroma: Great pine cone and citrus hop aromatics also packs some floral tones mixed with a sugary slightly fruit malt base that pair well with the grassiness of the hop additions. Taste: Hop bitterness very welcoming grapefruit and grassy hop flavors are streaking across the palate semi sweet bready notes help balance finishes with a touch of caramelized citrus peels that reminds me of well done Orange chicken from a chinese restaurant. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slight oily texture from the lucious loads of wet hops used may be the best pale ale I've tasted yet. Drinkability: 22oz. is effortless loads of flavor very refreshing brew, Great Divide has found a friend in the hop. (844 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale pours out a clear copper color with a creamy looking head. Pungent, resiny hop aroma. Biscuit malt flavor with lots of hop flavor. Not as bitter as an IPA, but this beer certainly has as much hop flavor as almost any IPA. Grapefruit hop flavors. The malt is there, but almost overwhelmed by the hop flavor. Soft mouthfeel. This is a pretty good beer, but I prefer the Titan IPA. (422 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found just one of these on the shelves at Downtown and had to snag it...
Bright copper color with a full finger of off-white head...half of it sticks around for the duration of the pint and very impressive lace.
A hefty dose of bitter floral hops in the nose...mild candy corn sweetness and an earthy carbonation.
The taste is fantastic...the malt sweetness is there, but the bitterness wins out on the pallet. Less floral and more citrus with oranges being the majority.
Mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is maybe just a touch too much.
Goes down very easy and stacks up nicely to the likes of Alpha King...a must try if you enjoy your Pale ales with a bit more hops.
I am really enjoying these fresh hopped brews popping up in our area. Another solid offering from Great Divide. (813 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeared: A clean and clear copper fluid spewed forth from my bomber bottle. The well carbonated fluid tossed up a rather chunky and substantial beige off white head. Well developed sheets of lace persisted throughout the tasting.

Smelled: Superb and pleasing. This pale smelled better than many IPA's that I have inhaled. Great hop presence in citrus grapefruit and herbal, grassy layers. Very aromatic. The malt was strikingly advertised as well with caramels flooding in amidst the hop curtain. Great nose.

Taste: This brew was a well balanced creation. There was a powerful hop presence that was nicely tamed by the malt. It flirted with the limits, but stayed wet and juicy even with the hearty hopping. It held some bitter and grapefruit and grass, but had enough malt base to remain a pale ale without stepping into IPAlien territory. Great caramel sweetness. Great hop citrus, pine, bitterness, and aromatic bouquet. Fresh sums it up well. A splendid example of the class. An APA with soul.

Mouthfeel: Medium fat. It seemed almost fluffy and creamy at times. At any rate, it was refreshing and felt right for the flavours it supported.

Drinkability: Good. I found myself drinking this like it was the last beer on earth and had to remind myself to slow up and enjoy it. No problems. Very fresh. Very crisp. Very well engineered. Normally I would pass up a pale ale for an IPA, but this was a rewarding experience that any hop enthusiast would enjoy. (1,470 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna call this one an I.P.Ale Ale. Witty, huh? Because this beer really defies categorization. Hoppy and citrusy like an I.P.A., but with the rich finish of a superior pale ale. All the fresh "wet" hops they use in this brew lend a remarkably fresh taste right out of the bottle. A bit spendy at almost $7.00 for a 22-ounce bomber, but this baby's worth it... (364 characters)

Photo of OldSock
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits. The label looks like they just photoshoped the words “Fresh Hop” over the label for Hercules Double IPA. Clear golden/amber with a creamy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

Smell – Huge fresh hop aroma, definitely an American original. Lemon, grapefruit, grass, just like sticking your head into a bag of hops. Maybe a hint of malt underneath, but its faint.

Taste – Smooth bitterness and some sweetness, with lots of hop flavor. The hop flavor consists of citrus, pine, and lots of grass. While hops dominate the flavor the beer is not overly bitter, in fact I would call it balanced for the style. Basically no malt flavor, except for a bit of caramel, but that is just fine for a beer that showcases hops so well.

Mouthfeel – Smooth medium body with average carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Its hard to find a flaw in this beer, its just really good. It has more hop flavor than most IPAs with less bitterness. This is my first wet hopped beer, and if this is any indication I should search out more immediately. Another gem from Great Divide, I need to go buy a few more of these. (1,167 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear copper with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice fresh grapefruit hop aroma. Along with the resinous and grassy hops was a nice caramel component not far behind.

The flavor was nicely fresh with a grassy and resinous hop bittering and flavor that contained quite a bit of fruity character, namely grapefruit. Also present at a lower level was the malt, but as the name suggested this was more of a Pale Ale and an IPA and the flavor was not as big nor as pronouced.

The finish was dry with a bit of lasting hop presence, but nothing overpowering, subtle and nice into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A very nice Pale Ale with a great freshness. I gotta say I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

22 ounce bottle. (835 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Clear copper with an initial torrent of carbonation that props up a tall off white head that pushes up over the rim but doesn't spill. Strong retention and it leaves weebed rings of lace as it goes down.

Grassy, earthy hops abound with just enough malty sweetness to provide balance. There's fresh citrus in there as well, almost DIPA like.

Tastes grassy like leafy hops, but the citric elements are not very well pronounced and the malt profile seems to have backed off as well. Still a nice PA.

The mouth starts out moderate, but it seems to hit a blank spot and thin out towards the finish. Interesting, but not enough to keep me interested past one or two more servings. (737 characters)

Photo of freed
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this, could not resist the label nor the style.

Pours a hazy deep golden with a rough skimming of foam on top, though it's thinning is quick.

The aroma is of harsh grass and alfalfa and even a little sharp pine. Sadly, none of the pleasant citrus is left and sharpest qualities are left.

The taste is much the same. Decent malt body that lets the hop shine, but the hop profile is kind of sharp. I'm not sure what varietals were used in the hopping, but they tend to focus on the grassy and bitter flavors without any floral or citrus kiss, and instead the notes are closer to the skunk (but with a much larger hop) of a green-glass beer.

Still, I don't mind it, but I would consider using a different hop varietal to brew with next September. (778 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. Description of the brewing, and the overnighted hops, but no date information.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with just the slightest haze. Nice white head that fades slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very strong fresh hop aroma - different from the dried hops you usually smell at breweries. This is a grassy, fresh aroma - just like the Yakima fields!

Taste: The fresh hops continue to the taste. Grassy, fresh flavor that is different than I have tried in many other beers. Similar to Sierra Nevada's harvest, but more hop flavor. Just enough malt to keep things from getting out of control.

Overall impression: Great example of what you can do with fresh hops - definitely another quality offering. Hopefully this will be an annual event! (798 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pretty standard clear copper color with a creamy white head.

Smell: I want cologne that smells like this beer, or room fresheners, possibly. Pungent and spicy, sweet and sticky all things hops floral and citrus. All hops, and it smells amazing.

Taste: Very fresh and piney tasting, althoguh not as strongly hopped, intensity wise, but a nice aroma and hop flavor. More pine and citrus. Slightly sweet, but hops are really on display here, a delicious beer that could easily be sessioned.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full, sharp spike at the end of the flavor. Very good.

Drinkability: I like the fresh hop style, i think this is my 3rd or 4th, and they are always delicious, the way they bring out the flavors of the hop, but not piling it on like IPAs (not that that is a bad thing). This is a good example. (827 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale reminds me a little of the Silver Creek IPA I had a couple weeks ago, in that it's darker than the average PA, yet still quite hoppy. Great Divide definitely didn't skimp on the malts--this is no hop bomb--and there are definitely some low-level chocolate notes floating around underneath the fresh hop smack. As cokes noted, the hop flavor is huge, but the bittering is controlled to the point that you could easily drink a couple of these bombers in quick succession. Great beer. (500 characters)

Photo of nickss
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden-amber hue with a moderate cap of foam. A steady stream of bubbles makes their trek up from the bottom of the glass in hopes of sustaining the head that remains.

Mmm... the name of the beer says it all regarding the smell... wonderful, fresh hop odor. Pine and citrus make their presence known in the nose.

Absolutely delicious! I am quite surprised this isn't classified as an IPA, as it certainly has enough hop-bite to it to reach that classification.
Strong hop presence, but with enough of a malty backbone to make this extremely well balanced. Very well done.

Light and crisp on the toungue... simply "feels" fresh, although I know it was just the hops themselves that were fresh. Active carbonation on the tongue, but calm enough to actually feel like a PA instead of an IPA.

Extraordinaily drinkable... I must go find some more of these... at $6 a pop, they're quite a steal, as are most of this brewery's products. (951 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber-leaning golden hue topped with a short eggshell stack.
Hops run the gamut in the nose, from the sticky resins of pine and reefer, to the lilting perfumes of floral blossoms, to the sere and desiccated notions of hay and dried herbs, to the dripping fruit tints of pineapple and lime. The malt takes a logical step back, and layers only traces of olfactory shortbread.
And thus, it gallivants into the mouth...
Now, it's time for malt to take its star turn, and it knows it'll be relatively brief, so it brings it with a gusto, launching with a slab of honey-slathered biscuits.
Breathe for a second. Strut and pose for the cameras.
That was good, huh?
Nahahh Dude, the hops are too strong, gotta come with more.
So malt lays down a coup of caramel nougat and toasted marshmallow, then, just for good measure, sprinkles it with toasted grain. And what the malt has planted is fucking epic. Monsterous and deep without being fat or overwrought.
Even the headlining hops have to applaud that.
And now it is their turn...
Blazing forth with ripe peach skins and pineapple, the hops kaleidoscope through myriad patterns and shapes. There is a baseline arid grassiness, and heaped on top of that are sticky-fingered ganja implications and gooey fresh-cut Christmas trees. And further on, rose petals and lilacs give this an ephemeral garden tint, as it rides out full of hay and perfume.

The bitterness is only moderate, but the hop flavor is balls-out.

The mouthfeel is modest and medium in both build and carbonation, and serves primarily to jettison this down the neck with undue haste.

Drinkable? Addicting? Yes and Yes. The beer is gone so fast that I'm left to huff this bottle, tremor a bit, and reminisce of better times.

As a caveat, this either has some variation, or needs to drunk very fresh, as the last two bottles I've had were weaker hop-wise, and, while still solid, generallly disappointing in comparison to my initial euphoria. (1,976 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured a bright and clear copper color with a two inch heah and good lacing. Beautiful hop aromas. Is that pinapple that I smell? Incredible!!!

Extremely drinkable. Strong hop flavor up front balanced by a good maltiness. This is one hell of a beer. I think it leans more toward an IPA. This should be an all year treat. Thanks to Coal Train Liquors for carrying it. (385 characters)

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.