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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
91
outstanding

1,242 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | 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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nsmartell

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-24-2011 19:21:46 | More by nsmartell
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-24-2011 07:01:28 | More by twelveinches
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doof116

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-24-2011 03:44:46 | More by doof116
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rsuske

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-23-2011 20:18:52 | More by rsuske
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-23-2011 04:38:34 | More by Exiled
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-22-2011 17:59:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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dannydetox

California

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

I am a fan of the fresh hop/wet hop experimentation brewers are experimenting with these days. There is a purity I detect with this approach, and while these beers sometimes lack the complexity of the more traditional hopping technique, I like the fact we get choices. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale has an orange-copper color when poured, and retains a friendly skim of head throughout my glass. Aromas are full of sweet pink grapefruit with some floral notes hiding in the back. I detect a bit of molasses sweetness on this one, too. Highly quaffable and refreshing with the expected bitterness. Does not totally dry the mouth, but I wouldn't want a pale ale to do that. Seems a bit maltier than the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere but only just.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 04:19:48 | More by dannydetox
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jrutigs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-22-2011 04:08:51 | More by jrutigs
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2011 01:39:13 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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tubeman

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-22-2011 00:28:11 | More by tubeman
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled opened just shy of 2 months after it was brewed. I would prefer a fresher bottle, but not being a hard-core hophead I probably wouldn't notice a huge difference anyway.

Pours a beautiful flamed-orange clear body under a fantastic three fingers of highly tenacious off-white head that laces with outstanding crustiness and falls to a substantial soft, thick layer on the surface of the beer. This looks fantastic.

The aroma is on the greener/piney side of the hop spectrum than the citrus side. I smell fresh mellow ginger root, evergreen needles, sweet grass.

The flavor follows the nose with the addition of some simple (but tasty) malts. Having picked fresh hops, I can taste how this is indeed a "fresh hop" ale. The green, rosiny, grassy "leafy" flavor is apparent and very tasty. There is impressive depth of flavor and a long lasting hoppy aftertaste that includes the best of bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is is full but not heavy or alcoholic. The carbonation is sufficiently low for my tastes.

Conclusion: For all those who love hops and wish to deepen their appreciation and understanding of their flavor spectrum, fresh hop ales add another category for exploration. This beer is a great example, and one that I would happily drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:33:55 | More by allforbetterbeer
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-21-2011 23:29:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-21-2011 04:04:40 | More by Skye1024
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Gobzilla

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice citrusy hoppy notes came through on the first whiff alongside a little malty sweetness, and a bit of orange tangerine notes.

T: the orange tangerine qualities were more apparent on the palate with a very mild hop bit, a good amount of malty sweetness and piney accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had piney, citrusy, mild hoppy, sweet, and very mild bitter finish.

D: the brew was really easy drinking and thought it was a solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 22:50:21 | More by Gobzilla
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dsauter

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2011 21:19:41 | More by dsauter
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rwilde

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-20-2011 15:04:59 | More by rwilde
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2011 12:21:35 | More by mweso2000
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-20-2011 05:57:11 | More by paulys55
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-20-2011 04:32:29 | More by JAHMUR
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-20-2011 04:06:24 | More by brandoman63
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-19-2011 04:29:58 | More by DoctorB2B
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-19-2011 01:31:31 | More by lakersfan16
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Phelps

Arizona

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

Enjoyed in a tulip, Fresh Hop is brewed with Northwestern whole cone hops shipped to Denver overnight.

Tangerine, with a soft chill haze. The head is feathery, thin and white, only about a quarter inch tall but very sticky. A thick ring sticks around for a long while and leaves webs of lace.

Bright, piney, grassy nose. Orange peel, some crackers and honey emerge upon deeper investigation. Very resinous.

In the flavor, the hops take on a solvent, almost soapy quality with fairly high bitterness for the flavor they deliver. A subtle, crackery note lends soft sweetness. Smooth and resinous, with a crisp finish.

Light and massaging carb. Silky fizziness. Medium-light body. Just a hint of hot alcohol fumes.

Great Divide’s Fresh Hop is resinous, but there might not be enough base malt flavor to back it up. It’s a well-hopped pale ale, but without much sweetness, the hops become too powerful for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:19:23 | More by Phelps
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DavidST

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on date of Sep 30, 2011. This pours a golden color with a nice off white held which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of hops, citrus, pine, grassy with a little caramel malts. The feels are medium with a nice mouth coating hop bitterness. The taste is great a mouthful of bitter hops the same taste as the smells, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:50:04 | More by DavidST
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schillman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-18-2011 01:28:47 | More by schillman
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.