Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-18-2011 21:19:23 | More by Phelps
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
11-18-2011 02:50:04 | More by DavidST
District of Columbia
3/5 rDev -26.7%
A nice pale ale, but a little over the top on the hop bitterness. Compared to a Sierra Nevada or Dale's Pale Ale, this one has more of bitter bite. Now that's a personal preference, but I prefer something more balanced and less jarring. So I'll stick with Sierra and Dale's for this beer style.
11-17-2011 15:28:57 | More by Bugsey
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
Poured into a snifter.
4.5 A: Clear light/medium orange color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left behind.
4.0 S: Dank grassy and citrusy hops, with emphasis on orange and mango. Clean overall with a balancing neutral maltiness and a touch of crystal malt.
3.5 T: Good, but the hops don't pop as much as I had hoped. Grassy, earthy, and orange citrus with a touch of pine. Malts play a larger part in the taste. Moderate sweetness with an equal breadines and some crystal malt to a lesser extent. Moderate bitterness.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, but I could go for some more. Smooth.
3.5 D: I used the word "moderate" a lot in this review and it's only fair to call this beer "moderate" overall. Nothing really stands out, but it is still a solid brew.
11-16-2011 01:21:35 | More by DavoleBomb
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.