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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

1,243 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 114
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.

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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh hopped beers can be tricky as they can vary year to year. Fresh Hop is pretty consistent though IMO. Pours a mostly clear, light amber to orange in color. A good soft white head with good retention and lacing through out.

The nose has a great hop aroma but with my experience doesn't have that distinct "wet" hop aroma. The hops really come out with a mostly citrus and grassy aroma. Some minor grapefruit and a touch of mineral notes. The malt is non-descript mostly but some nice kettle caramel notes are there. Very clean yeast.

The taste is similar. The hops are well balanced with a nice bitterness that lingers but lets the citrus and pine really come out in the finish. Some sweetness but limited malt backing in the taste. The body does balance the hops nicely though. There is more of a distinct freshness that is more in tune with the fresh hop idea, at least in the taste. Very clean yeast and finishes nicely.

The body is moderate and balanced well. The carbonation is right on. Overall a very enjoyable seasonal beer. Great hop presence that isn't over the top. Some minor character flaws but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 22:38:14 | More by Oxymoron
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grittybrews

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/2010, consumed 01/2011, so not overly fresh.

Poured a vivid orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of sticky, bright white head that left a good amount of dotty lacing. Somewhat gentle floral aroma with hints of toffee and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a full, slightly slick mouthfeel. I'm guessing the hops had faded a bit with this bottle, and the initial flavors were dominated by a mild caramel sweetness, biscuit, and a hint of apricot. Not overly bitter with a nice floral/pine crispness on the finish.

Well-balanced pale ale; would love to try this one again fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:07:28 | More by grittybrews
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours pale copper, slightly hazy. The white large rich head is sparkeling and sure takes its time to dissipate, leaving lots of lacings.

S: Smells of clean caramell malt and american floral hops; there's mainly citric notes but also a hint of pine. Some bitter hops in there as well.

T: Bitter and floral notes up front - same citric and piney notes like in the smell. The hops are nicely balanced by the malt.

M: The after-taste is not to short and holds a nice dry bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich with lots of small bubbles.

D: A nice APA with a little of everything nice. The fresh hops sure makes a good impression. I like the size of the bottle; 650 ml - a lot of liquid to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 17:54:39 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light orange. The head is small and generates a bit of random lacing.

S: Very fresh aroma of hops and pine.

T: Really tasty and fresh. Not too sweet, a little bit sticky with a pine resin flavor. Bitterness is minimal, but this is an APA, not an IPA or DIPA.

M: Very smooth drinking with any alcohol flavor masked by a fresh hop profile.

D: Excellent beer. I'm glad I was able to sample a fresh bottle. This would certainly be amazing on draft.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 19:28:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap yesterday at the Copper Mine Pub's 2nd Anniversary Party.

Appearance: Pours a light copper with a 1 finger white crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Nice amount of fresh herbal hops and some citrus hop notes over a fairly neutral malt.

Taste: Same as the nose but the citrus makes a bit more of an appearnace. Never over powering but down right full flavored without the bitterness typically associated with a hoppy brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 20:09:18 | More by koopa
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Seanibus

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, study, no-frills ale. refreshing and hoppy without trying to blow your head off with a massive hop bomb.

Pours orangy and slightly hazy with a fluffy white head that dissolves quickly to abundant lacing. The aroma is fresh and summery, slightly grassy. The flavor is mild and hoppy, with lots of gentle grass character and just a bit of pale malt to keep it all together. the bitterness sneaks up slowly and manifests high in the mouth, with a fresh, almost minty character. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

This is not a classic beer. It is not a fancy beer. But it is strong enough to satisfy a hophead and mild enough to keep everyone else interested.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 21:53:34 | More by Seanibus
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ale poured with a thin but fairly thick one finger head that did stay one the scene for quite some time. The beer was a medium amber color almost like a dark honey and has some gold notes to the color. Slightly hazy with no visible carbonation.

Aroma is very citrus like and of fresh hops. Also very slightly spicy.

Taste is very well balanced and if anything focuses more on the raw/fresh hop flavor. This, of course, is not a bad thing to me.

This is a Pale Ale for Hop heads, which means that I like it. There is some malt goodness early in the flavor profile that is taken over by the hop bitterness that lingers a bit then fades nicely. I have to give them some bonus points for imagination here. They took an APA and hopped it up without making it into a mock IPA. It really does not have much lingering hop bitterness at all. (On an IPA level anyway)

Almost a brown bread like finish to the flavor that is accompanied by some hop goodness.

Mouth feel is fairly light and this beer is very drinkable.

If you want to begin the journey of taking someone from APA and introduce them to IPA's start with this as a gateway beer. This is a nice place to introduce people to the flavor and bitterness of fresh hops.

I like this and would gladly enjoy another.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 18:45:37 | More by Reagan1984
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isaiahcutright

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a light amber with a brilliant white 2 finger head.

S: lots of floral hops grassy overall delightful.

Taste: smooth a nice bitterness bite a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A nice overall smoothness to this fresh hopped pale ale.

Overall: another solid brew from the Great Divide folks just a great drinking beer if only we could have this fresh all year.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:04:26 | More by isaiahcutright
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version. 22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a dark copper with a fine bubbled off white head. Big piney hop aroma. Pretty good initial hop blast. Decent malt base with a little sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, not that mouth puckering dryness you get in some hoppy beer. Maybe a little one dimensional, but if you like hops that's a good dimension.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 00:47:49 | More by homebrewhawk
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Tanish/brown with a nice 1 inch creamy head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Great fresh, strong hop aroma soon as bottle is opened. Very dank, with a grassy note, pine, lemon and spices. Some malty carmael along with pale malts, and a little sugar also.

Taste - Classic dry, fresh hops mixed with pale malts. Bitter, sweet and piney. Loads of lemon, farmhouse/grassy. Added sugars give it nice sweetness. Very herbal, with some citric flavor. Malts are bold, caramel and pale flavored. Not much alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel - Dry bitterness coats tounge with the fresh hops. Malts add the caramel and pale follow up. Palate gets more of the same with lots of pine and herbal, and sugars. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, malty and sweet.

Overall - A well done, tasty beer. Love the 1 2 punch of hops, then malts. Very balanced and easy to drink. Good price, easy enough to find, worth the purchase for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:15:19 | More by wvsabbath
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yesyouam

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale is a pretty clear light amber ale with a dense white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a very grassy aroma with notes of grain and flowers. It's pretty light bodied and quite slick. The finish is dry and clean. It has a perfectly balanced flavor with a biscuity malt tone and a grassy bitterness. It almost seems a touch sweet right before the finish. The grassy bitterness lingers for a little while. This is very smooth and refreshing. This bottle is nine months old, so I'd really like to try it fresh at some point.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 15:27:15 | More by yesyouam
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 22 oz. bomber, this Pale Ale came out clear and bubbly, and readily formed a three finger thick head, which looked quite nice atop the pale amber colored body. The aroma was typical of the “C” hopped west coast products, with a leafy and citric hop profile. The hops were backed by the scent of sweet and partially caramelized malt. While not overly strong, especially considering the presence of the words Fresh Hop in the name, the smell was spot on for an American Pale Ale. The taste was well balanced between sweet toffee-ish malt and spicy dry hop oils. Not a lot of bitterness was present, except for a little grapefruit rind like flourish at the end of each sip. Feeling a bit thicker on the tongue than a run of the mill Pale Ale, this was highly quaffable, while not being watery. A well made beer, which was not quire the showcase of hops I was hoping it would be. The quality was however so good, it kept my disappointment from creeping into the score.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 02:58:25 | More by rajendra82
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this for 5 bucks a the house of 1,000 beers. With the great reviews I expect it to be well worth it even though its from October (5 months old.
A - Quite a great appearance a touch darker than I expected for a pale ale but still very clear and mega carbonated making for excellent lacing and a never ending head.
S - Smell is fresh piney hops, some cracker malts, and a touch of pale malts.
T - Very good the hops haven't backed off maybe a bit but it's still very earthy and bitter. The malts seem to balanced good it even borderlines on a IPA with the aggressive hopping.
M - Light to medium, ABV is well hidden. Halfway through the glass it's very balanced and enjoyable.
Overall far from the best fresh hop ales but I believe this may be one of the best pale ale fresh hopped ales I ever drank. Pity it cost 10-13 dollars fresh or I would love to get it again. If you see it now discounted for as cheap as I got it give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:16:43 | More by DrDemento456
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MattyBones

New York

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pores a nice copper color with a good amount of carbonation readily visible with a nice thick foamy head.

Smells: Getting mostly a grapefruit nose and a light grassy/earthy kind of scent to it.

Taste: A solid amount of citrus but the main pop comes from the hops. A very fresh hoppy taste with a slight...very subtle backbone of malts.

Mouthfeel: slick with carbonation, very smooth but doesn't linger for too long.

Overall: A pretty fresh tasting APA. You get a nice burst of hops but it finishes sort of empty. Once the hops hit the palate they are gone not too long after and there isn't much left to it. I like brews with a little more bite with a solid aftertaste. It's still a solid brew from Great Divide and I would definitely dig into another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 14:25:42 | More by MattyBones
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Auburn Ale House in Auburn Alabama

this beer looks pale...perfect color for a pale ale...with a nice foamy head...

the smell is of piney hops....with the slightest bit citrus notes....

Taste is hops and hops galore....not overly bitter...this beer is very true to style....

a tingly carbonated mouthfeel...

Perfect drinkability....very nice lacing as well

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 20:40:38 | More by nickthegun12
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/22/09. Doesn't get much fresher!

Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a nice pale golden orange color with great clarity, especially for a hoppy ale. The head is thick and sticky. It settles slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy and definately lives up to its name. It has a great fresh hop aroma not unlike opening a bag of hops on brewing day.

Flavor is obviously big on hops with lots of bitterness. It has a surprising UK quality that reminds me of an English pale ale. The hops aren't big on citrus like west coast versions and lacks the pine and grapefruit too. More of a grassy/earthy flavor but pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness but not completely out of balance. The malts contribute just enough sweetness.

Overall a very good APA but not one of my favorites. Not my prefered hop profile and a little pricy.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:26:42 | More by GilGarp
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cjgator3

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle. This beer is an orangish amber color with a small creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by fresh floral and grassy hops. The taste much like the aroma is dominated from the beginning by the hops. However, the malt does a pretty decent job of holding it's own in the background, but the hops not suprisingly definately steal the show. Overall, this is a highly recommended beer that I will surely revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 04:35:31 | More by cjgator3
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bashiba

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazed amber with a thick pillowy head, good retention and lacing.

Has a very nice green hop odor with a nice fresh juniper and grapefruit aroma.

A very nice crisp hop taste dominates throughout, a bit of malts are detectable, but the fresh wet hops are definitly the dominant force of this beer. Very nice with a bit of grapefruit and juniper along with a bit of mint in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation with a nice bit of hoppy oil coating the tongue and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Very drinkable and nice will be having more of these while I can still get them.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 05:58:03 | More by bashiba
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright copper. Big chunky tanned head. Frothy chunks of lace.

Grapefruit, grass, and pine. Toasty bready malt behind.

Piney, grassy, and herbal with a big splash of grapefruit. A bit of toasty bready malt to balance it slightly. A pleasant, non-overpowering herbal bitterness.

Somewhat sticky and dry. med body, good carbonation for style.

Very drinkable. Fresh, hoppy, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 21:45:41 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes while camping last week.

Appearance. Lightly hazy gold-amber with a finger of off white heac and some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet dried pineappe, oranges and guava with a little toasty caramel malt.

Taste. Toasted light grains with some tropical fruits, some grassy hops, a little pine, and a bit of bitter grapefruit rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice hoppy pale with an awesome tropical fruit smell.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:42:56 | More by Rutager
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wedge

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange color with a rocky white head leaving "cottony" lacing as it recedes. The head has a soapy quality that I find in many Great Divide beers. Fresh aroma of hops - flowery, leafy, grassy, and a bit oily. As the head drops, the smells become more resinous...like sticky sap. Some fresh grain as well. Bright hoppy flavor on the tongue - not pungent by any means but slick, oily grassy hop flowers. Very fresh as expected. There's a pleasant maltiness that adds some sweetish caramel to the mix. Medium, lip-smackin' mouthfeel has a solid bitterness.

Very tasty and (obviously) fresh overall. A green, refreshing pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 05:09:22 | More by wedge
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange two finger head that lingers and leaves great lacing.

S-Earthy, some citrus, dirt, good deal of hops, nice for an APA.

T-Rather earthy, dirt and pine. Nice bitterness, tad bit of citrus with nice balance.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and lots of hop resins.

O-Another great fresh hop beer. The fresh hops are showcased nearly as well in an APA as oppose to an IPA but still a yummy and very affordable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 21:56:53 | More by rlee1390
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Gusler

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a moderate semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to surround the glass. Nose has pleasant hop floral aroma backed buy sweet malt, start is slightly sweet, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic with nice hop spiciness, dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer and Great Divide a long time favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 21:32:05 | More by Gusler
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fostwal

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly hazy and light brown.
Smell - True to its name, it has a nice hop scent.
Taste - Again, the name really describes the taste. You instantly taste the bitterness of the hops as soon as it hits your mouth and continues all the way through the aftertaste. To contrast, this is different from what I would consider an aged beer that is more mellow and allows the flavors to develop.
Mouthfeel - Average carbonation adds to the bite that the hops give.
Drinkability - Pretty good. This is an excellent beer for hop heads. The flavor hits hard and lingers around a little. Then you want to take another sip to get that jolt again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 19:52:56 | More by fostwal
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper/orange with an off white head. Good retention.

S: Fresh grassy hop smell. Hint of pine, sweet caramel malt which becomes more bready as the beer warms.

T: Bold hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and a medium to slightly toasted malt body.

M: Light, but clings to the mouth . Medium carbonation.

I prefer the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale to the Fresh Hop. However, it's a very enjoyable example of a full-flavored pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:15:24 | More by GeezLynn
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