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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
92
outstanding

1,340 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 125
Gots: 59 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

Shilt, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy, translucent orange with a thick, rocky, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a thin layer of head that lasts the entire time. The head left some very nice lacing essentially the entire length of the glass.

S-Hoppy, citrus notes include orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Very strong nose for a pale ale, probably the best I've ever had for the style.

T-Hoppy, agressive flavor that is slightly spicy and herbal. Citrus hop flavor consisting of grapefruit and oranges with a nice graham cracker malt backbone. Great flavor, with the strongest hop presence of any pale ale I've had.

M-Thick for the style with just the right amount of carbonation

D-Through the roof. I could drink this all day. It is delicious and its abv. make it a session beer for sure.

Overall, this is the best pale ale I've personally ever had. My bottle date was October 3, 2011 so my only wish is that I could have drank this a couple of months ago so it would have been more fresh. I still believe SNPA sets the standard for the style but if this was sold in six pack form and readily available, which I imagine would be nearly impossible because of the fresh hops used, this would be one of my go to beers. Another great beer from Great Divide.

thegodfather2701, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

BRLockwood, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Rob315, Jan 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle that was bottled on 9/28/2010.

Appearance is a hazy copper with significant lacing. I expected a dominating hop nose, but instead found myself noticing the earthy tones and a bit of citrus hops. Tasted sweet, citrusy, and more malty than I thought this would be as a fresh hop beer. Little carbonation on this beer. I wonder if drinking it while it was fresher would have given more of a hop impression. Regardless, it is an extremely enjoyable pale ale and something I'd buy again.

mfavoino, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

kenzak, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jilly425, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Pieless, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BrewtalAlement, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

CORKSCREWFISH, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Stiggy, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

CSQ1111, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

jm1229, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jculler82
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/03/11, sampled 12/24/11

Clear orange tinted gold with a nice frothy off white head that settles to a foam cap. Heavy lacing.

Hop forward nose that is balanced well by the malt. Citrus, mainly oranges, and some tropical fruit punch notes. Sweet caramel candy, bread crust.

Flavor is hop forward at first, mirroring the nose of oranges and fruit. Candy maltiness comes into the middle. Firm balancing bitterness in the finish. Nice full mouthfeel.

jculler82, Dec 24, 2011
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4.56/5  rDev +11.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DocBrass, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

jivecap, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

ROGUE16, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

jsurfs82, Dec 19, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazy golden amber color with eggshell white head.

Nose is green, vegetal, dank, and slightly tropical fruity. Slight alcohol notes with mild maltiness.

Taste is sweet, light, and fresh tasting. Slightly perfumey, grassy, and definitely piney.

Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth on the uptake - this brew doesn't knock your socks off with bitterness, but showcases some pretty aromatic hops.

Crisp finish with a floral and citrus aftertaste. Overall a very easy drinking fresh hop brew that still satisfies a hop head's desire to be immersed in dank. Will drink again!

syrupjoe, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.