Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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673 Reviews
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,467
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 135
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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Reviews: 673 | Hads: 1,467
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy darkish copper color with a nice cream colored head with good retention and lacing. Wonderful citrusy and floral hop aroma. Upfront the taste is biscuity malt then some powerful citrus flavor. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied as the label promises and is pretty smooth. A very drinkable APA. Overall this is right up there with Alpha King as far as APA's go in my opinion. A great beer. (409 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, lasting head and pretty good lacing.
Piney herbal hops in the nose.
Crisp pine, minty and refreshing. A light bitterness. This is a clean and bright beer showcasing the flavors hops bring to a beer without big bitterness.
Great carbonation, medium bodied.
A great beer. I could drink this all day during the fall. Gotta love fresh hop season! (365 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the 22oz bomber into my dogfish head pint glass.

This beer pours a golden amber with a slightly off white head. This head is rocky and frothy and laces well. The smell is full of fresh piney hops. The taste has bitterness along with those hops and notes of toasted caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of dryness. Overall, fantastic Pale Ale or IPA whatever you really want to call it. (426 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is my kinda pale ale! I have no idea if other beers use so-called "wet hops" in their brews, but after tasting this one, it sounds like a damn good idea...you can really taste how fresh the hops are. The aroma is excellent as well..big, floral hop smell of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is just right. Some could try to tag this as an IPA, but it really doesn't have that IPA "bite" to it..just a menacing hoppy character to go along with the malts. What a great surprise..a fairly low-alcohol offering..a pale ale, that's got such a unique hop flavor and reminds you of why you drink quality beer.

Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a seasonal...I wish this would replace their Denver Pale Ale. (717 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I smell fresh hop! Citric, pine initial balance shifts to deep, sweet malt. Mmmm, mmmm!

Orange amber color, good clarity, mediocre head.

Crisp, clean Pale Ale stylings. It’s beefy, but not loud. Hop maintains significant presence, but isn’t overpowering. Hop bitterness grows to a quiet roar. Nice balance. Spot on, I say. (326 characters)

Photo of taylocd
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle.

A - bright copper with a bit more orange tint; head was over 1/2-inch and receded slowly, with great lacing.

S - the smell didn't pack the punch I expected from a Great Divide; I picked up more of the citrusy and less of the grassy.

T - this one had a great balance for a pale ale, with ample bitterness without being overpowering

M - the weakest area for this fine beer as it felt just a bit thin.

D - Unfortunately, I only had one bottle of this one, otherwise I could have downed plenty more. It was incredibly smooth and tasty. (563 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer! (1,144 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear liquid with carbonation bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass. Rocky offwhite head with sticky thin lines of lace and a slightly subpar retention. Not bad but not as great as I expected.

Is this really a pale ale? That's a whole lot of hops for a pale ale. This one is very resiny with very fruity and grassy hops massaging my nose.

Quickly biting hop flavor that's a tad weaker than the hops in the nose. The taste and palate are quite a bit more in balance than the nose. A tad disappointing but nothing to ruin anyones day. A lot grassier hops in the the taste than in the hops. They're almost duller but still very good. There's a malty balance that is comparable to milk that's been warmed up in the microwave to help one get to sleep. Maybe it's more like a coffee and milk mixture that's 75% milk. Either way it's like a roasted milk taste. This is a great brew though. Glad I got to try this one.

I feel this beer deserves a five on drinkability as I would love to have this as my everyday pale ale but alas, the paradox remains that you can't really have a beer that tastes freshly hopped all year, can you? I'll give it a five anyway though because it's very very good. (1,221 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. Label says Bottled on: OCT 04 2012.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before slowly diminishing to become a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random spotty surface foam. Curvy ring of thin lacing.

S- The label doesn't lie: grassy, citrusy with some pine and juicy fruit notes. There's also a considerable underlying malt sweetness.

T- Vegetal hop character reminds me of spinach and peas. The malt keeps things in check though with its biscuity character. Very smooth and drinkable without much alcohol coming through.

M- A bit dry with some mild prickle from the hops. Medium carbonation and a less viscous body.

O- Haven't had this one in a while but it's just as good as I remember it. Can't ask for much more in a pale ale except maybe that it be sold in 6-packs rather than a bomber. Guess you can't always get what you want. (934 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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! (587 characters)

Photo of Terp96
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this all year and was stopped in my tracks when I spotted it.

This beer pours a bright orange-amber hue with a decent one finger thick head. Moderate carbonation as well. It laces nicely as you progress.

Smell is phenomenal. If you love hops, this is a beer you must try. Pine, grass, grapefruit, it has it all. A great bouquet.

Taste is equally good and mirrors the aroma. In addition, to the hops, there is a nice malty sweetness to this beer. It finishes with a moderate bitterness to let you know what is in charge here.

Mouthfeel is great. Very balanced. Not heavy or thin. It's just right.

This beer is one of the most drinkable I have ever had. Another great beer from Great Divide. I have yet to find a notable flaw in any of their beers. (788 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aah, the ever illusive Fresh Hop Ale. Even a few trips to Denver never afforded me the opportunity to drink this well famed beer.

Begins promising enough with a deep golden, lightly amber color, very well headed and retains equally as well.

Fresh aromas of citrus, pine, and crisp maltiness jump right out immediately. Obviously a lot going on in the hop profile which easily dominated any malt or yeast character.

Flavors are almost all American, citrus hops focusing on grapefruit, orange rinds, and a lot of other citrus character. Fresh and somewhat floral and perfumy at times as well. The malts struggle to balance the beer, but adds little sweetness and a fair amount of caramel, bready maltiness to balance. No estery fruitiness or phenolic character, making this beer purely and simply all about the hops.

The body is relativel light due to the well attenuated malt character, dryness of the hops, and soft carbonation that lifts the beer off the toung--making the beer very drinkable and enjoyable. Though the hop dryness is presant, the beer has a juicy, mouthwatering quality that is rarely found in such dry beers.

Fresh is definately the key to the beer. A complete joy to drink. Sessionable for any time of the year. Why is it rotational only? Thanks for sharing Gary, I wouldn't have done it. (1,314 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours a clear orange/brown, medium sized white head, lots of sticky lace and great retention. Smell is citrus hops, caramel, floral hops, more hops, some more caramel, excellent, and superbly balanced. Taste is caramel up front, followed by an extreme citrus and floral hop hit, lots of hoppage in the finish, clean bitterness thats just right. Great floral/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation. Amazing, best pale ale I've ever had, hands down. Malt and hops are perfectly balanced, a superb sipper, would love to stock up on this. Thanks DrJay!!! (592 characters)

Photo of changeup45
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer. A murky darker shade of orange, not a big head but still some nice sticky lacing. Fruity hop aroma and potent for a Pale Ale. Grapefruit hoppy flavor, slightly sweet maltiness, which sneaks out more as it warms, bitter and a little dry. Nicely balanced. A lot of flavor and a lot of hops for a Pale Ale, which seems like it could be an IPA. Perhaps Great Divide put an IPA in a Pale Ale bottle so we'd be shocked at the flavor. Whatever, it worked, this might be the best Pale Ale I've ever had. (523 characters)

Photo of jamesdergen
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden honey color with a decent foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Big floral hop aroma with some piney notes. Very pleasant.

Taste: Delicious piney, citrusy hop flavor with a great malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Light and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: I could easily take down another bomber of this stuff, goes down easy and doesn't sit too heavy.

Excellent offering from Great Divide. If you are into hops, you owe it to yourself to try this! Great hop flavor, but it's also nicely balanced. (581 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do think it would be interesting to have a blind tasting of this beer versus other APA's. I suspect the 'fresh hop' imagery produces expectations beyond normal even for an APA and beyond the actual impact on taste of the hop-shipping procedure.

Pours a deep orange, with a large fluffy tan head.

Nose is powerful hop odors, reminds me of pine sap and citrus.

Taste is an amalgamation of a malty body which is distinct despite a ton of hops. In the hops I find citrus and something a bit more bitter, not actually tasting like pine sap (Yes I have tasted it) though the smell is a bit similar. I think the malty body offers a lot of balance for this beer, and at 6.1% it is very drinkable.

Certainly worth trying. (727 characters)

Photo of brow1901
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty looking beer. Great two finger rocky and fluffy head sits atop a clear light amber liquid. Really great lacing and perfect retention. I initially gave it a 4.5 but after more than half way through the beer with a thick layer of foam still sitting perfectly on top I had to give it a 5. It truly makes the beer more enjoyable having some foam in every gulp.

S- Grassy? Hell yeah its grassy, I've been hearing that about all these fresh hop beers which seem to be more popular this year than ever. This is the first beer where I could really identify it. It's really pungent, kinda burns the nostril or makes you want to sneeze. Great smelling beer!

T- Not overly bitter, but a really nice clean up front hop flavor. Real complexities show up in the hop flavor that other IPA and IIPA's lack, good balance of piney bitter hops, earthy, and sharp citrus falvors.

M- Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation and medium bodied seems to go well with this style. Nothing really sticks out to me though.

D- Great drinkability. Not too high ABV no overwhelming or palate stomping flavors. Really good beer this is, I highly recommend it but I do really love fresh hop beers. (1,177 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a rust/burnt orange color, slightly cloudy, gigantic billowing off-white head with good retention, great lacing, a truly beautiful beer!

s - big hops, very citrusy, mostly lemon, lots of pine too, very intense aroma

t - much like the aroma, very intense hop bitterness, you can tell a difference with the fresh hops they use, sweet bitterness on the finish that lingers, very dry on the finish too

m - medium-bodied but very crisp, ample carbonation, very dry finish

d - quite drinkable, though the bitterness might be a little hard on the palate to drink too much

I really enjoyed this beer. I've been looking for it for awhile at stores that seem to carry most other Great Divide brews, and finally found it in a store that only carried Fresh Hop and one other. The fresh hops add a distinct taste to this beer that I really like. I'll be venturing back to the store to buy a few more bombers very soon. (930 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a a clear amber orange, lots of little bubbles float into an inviting rocky head, shows good retention. A very solid looking ale. Caked on lacing.

Smell: Light grassy hops, mildly floral, citrus, a little malt sweetness. I say very balanced sweet, citrus, hop.

Taste: Again, very smooth and balanced. Light bready malt, mostly citrus hops, lightly floral, a dry, biscuity finish. Almost a cookie-like sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, carbonation is minimal and smooth, very drinkable, very dry finish.

Drinkability: One of my new favorite APAs, this beer is so drinkable and well balanced. I want to say it's less aggressive then mirror pond (cascade hops), but a lot more going on than Sierra Nevada. (746 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and complex malt scent that is comprised of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts. It has a nice bisquity aroma that balances well with the hops. The hop aroma is very nice. It has a grassy hop scent that is bitter and rich, but not over the top. The taste is great. It has a well balanced attack of malt and hops. It has a light crystal and bisquit malt flavor along with a bitter, citrus hop finish. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. It has tremendous mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a near perfect beer. I like everything about it. Just another great beer from Great Divide. (750 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark golden color with a solid head that hangs around for the duration and leaves patterns of lace all over the glass

Smell: Predominately piney with a touch of citrus

Taste: Starts with a wallop of piney flavor with a solid amount of caramel malt underneath; after the swallow, the pine flavor builds into a resinous wonder on the tongue - long-lasting and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (almost sticky) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than this for a hophead (541 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York.

Pours a lovely, slightly hazed orange golden colour, with a full, thick and frothy head of off-white. Lacing is riotous and speckled. Body is light and supple. Looks really good.

Nose is bright and fresh, with characters of crushed vegetation and rubbed citrus rind. Zesty and sharp, but very smooth. The sort of beer that's going to be great to drink, you can just tell.

Crisp and zesty on the palate, with pleasant citric bite and a sweetness like musk and grain. It's supremely refreshing, and extremely well balanced. It's the sort of beer that's bursting with flavour, but which you also just want to drink and drink and drink. Feel is light and fresh. Matches beautifully.

Gorgeous beer, eminently drinkable and extremely refreshing. Even for 6.1%, it's an amazingly sessionable beer. So clean, so light and just so damn good. One of the best APAs I've ever had. (922 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a 22oz bomber with a friend, poured into pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear orange hue with a mild creamy one finger head.

S: Crisp, clean, hoppy scent.

T: Fresh, full hop flavor with some sort of fruit flavor (citrus?) on the way down into the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation does wonders for the mouthfeel of this beer

D: Not quite sessionable, but I probably could have finished the bomber myself and been content. The fresh taste from this beer would be good for another 11 ounces. (488 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is yeast, pine, tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of biscuit malts. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, mild to medium hop resin, malts and a long and heavy bitterness in the finish. (195 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. No bottling info even though there is a spot on the label for it. Saw other reviews that had a date so guessing this batch got missed for some reason? Just hit the market here so still pretty fresh. It was a clear light copper color with plenty of carb streams. It had a 2 finger foamy, white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent with pine resin and plenty of citric hops alongside it. Not a hop bomb aroma since an APA and not an IPA - just great hop aroma without overdoing it. The taste was also excellent and again feature the resin battling with the citric hops for dominance. Just a little sweet in there to balance it out a little. Moderate bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend especially if you can get fresh. I missed this one the last couple seasons so was very excited when I was able to get a couple this year. Really loved the aroma and taste on this one. Very smooth. Avail here in TX - limited release seasonal. Rotation - got one more that I'll drink while super fresh and see if I can get on-tap this weekend. Definitely going to seek several bottles each year. [H;Y] (1,306 characters)

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