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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put this cloudy, sort of muddy looking beer bam, right in the kisser. Huge grassy fresh hops greet the nose, and then beat on your toungue when you take quaff. Big hops for a pale ale. The hop bitterness makes this a lip smacker and taste bud killa. A damn fine beer from a damn fine brewery.

hustlemuscle, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and bright, golden amber with a frothy pure white head. Very pretty. The nose is big-time citrusy American hops with some soft green edges, laid on a foundation of evocative caramel malts. On the palate, scratchy hop oils and brilliant orange marmalade flavors come up first, followed by a softened malt sweetness. Lots of bitterness toward the end, with active hop tingles left on the tongue. Overall, this is a great beer. Everything is balanced, smooth as possible given all the hops that were thrown in, and well-integrated. Very well done.

geexploitation, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/honey body with a light tan, fluffy head that sticks to the side and remains topping the beer for quite a while.
Nose is citrusy, cascade hops with a bit of a sweet malt backbone.
Pretty nicely balanced. More so than I expected. Lots of aroma hops are to be found, and a decent amount of bittering hops, but the sweetness of the malt nicely compliments the hops.
Medium mouthfeel, but a bit stickier than I'd like and great drinkability. For $3.99 per bomber, this is one great value for money brew.

DaveFL1976, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of PatrickJR
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, coppery/light amber in color. Nearly four fingers of off white, slightly tan head rise with great retention. Lots of lacing as well.

S - Very leafy, "green" aromas emerge first. Grassy, somewhat earthy notes are most prevalent with citrus taking a backseat in comparison to similar brews. Lots of herbal and tea-like aromas, though hard to pin down specifics. Faint breadiness in the background.

T - Lots of herbal and floral flavors hit early palate. Grass, tea, and bay leaves all stand out. Mid palate reveals earthier flavors akin to bark and roots, though these are still somewhat obscured by the lingering leafiness. Late palate furthers these earthy flavors, at times becoming a little onion or chive-like. Some citrus is evident also, a mild mixture of grapefruit and lemon peel. Bitterness grows to a moderate amount in the aftertaste. There's a soft bready sweetness underneath all the hops providing a bit of respite.

M - Not bad, but a little lacking. Carbonation is somewhere on the light end of moderate. Fresh Hop Pale Ale has a medium-light body. There's a marginal "flat-ish" quality during some sips which makes the overall experience strange. In fact, as the beer has warmed, the sweetness pulls through more and there's no bubbly to cut through it. I vote to crisp this brew up just a bit.

D - Good drinking stuff. The hop flavors are noticable but they aren't overwhelming. Overall the beer is decently balanced and a pretty good showcase for hops.

PatrickJR, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma...
Great Divide's Fresh Hop opens up with a very light citrus scent that coats a delicate caramel backbone.

Appearance...
A brilliantly clear copper that affirms suspicions that dry hopping was avoided here because they used wet hops (this statement could very well be false). Long lasting head. Very little lacing.

Flavor...
A delicate grapefruit flavor starts out and fades into fleeting bitterness. There's about as much malt in the taste as there was in the aroma - you know it's there but it's not the focus.

Mouthfeel...
Medium-light bodied with shmedium carbonation.

Overall...
Fresh Hop is a sessionable pale ale that will also please the discerning beer lover out there. In a world of fist-to-mouth IIIIPA's (yeah, four Is) this is a nice break that offers a rare opportunity to reflect on the complexity that can be found in a pale ale.

TheCrowsNest, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

Atlas1, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last one of these I encountered at my local shop just in time for the UFC.
Pours a yellow-orange color. Of note, this is "just" an uber-hoppy APA and not an IPA, so you'll notice a lighter color. For something this hoppy, I actually expected clouds, but it's relatively clear, actually.
The smell is that of fresh hops (like you didn't expect that!). The main thing I noticed is that even though it's claim to fame is the hop character, there is a little malt and even a little bit of a caramel backing.
Flavor is VERY smooth. Alcohol sweetness is non-existant, but a malty sweetness is definitely. The hops offer flavor, but they aren't as overpoweringly bitter as some of GD's other brews. I'd actually say this is more drinkable just because of the lower alcohol and less potent flavor.
Pretty good beer for just relaxing.

(2006 Note: While on tap I think this beer was much like last year's, the bottled version's hop potency is DIPA level. Makes for a unique experience because the alcohol isn't there. I don't think it's as easy drinking as before, but for a hop kick it's nearly unmatched)

Domingo, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of theboozecruise
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy amber color... white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell is dominated by hops naturally, with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same, but very crisp, giving it huge scores in the mouthfeel department. Just a pleasure to drink, not overpowering and easy to enjoy.

theboozecruise, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Nipitato
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium amber color. Off white head with good retention. Head is puddled and splotchy. Sticky lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma. Hop character is grapefruit and grassy. Sweet malt character is present and bready.

T: Big mouth filling hoppy bite. Good bready malt flavor that is apparent on the back. Beer takes on a much sweeter character as it warms. Hop character is grapefruit. Bitter finish is moderate and not overly aggressive.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. High carbonation.

D: More like an IPA than an American pale ale. For many American pale ales the distinction between the two styles is moot. Good beer. Easily drinkable. Let this beer warm - it really come complex with added strong malt character.

Nipitato, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy burnished amber with a white foamy head. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell is crisp citrus and floral hops. Decent caramel malt base, fruity and slightly sweet and sticky.

Taste is full flavored hop bitterness. Citrusy and fruity up front, then it mellows to a more grassy hop flavor that lingers on the palet. Sweet malt base has a presence but is overshadowed by the generous hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight hop oil residue.

Aggressive enough to be interesting, but stops before it becomes a total hop bomb. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Another winner from Great Divide.

Blakaeris, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the better fresh hop pales i've had this year. pours a sappy golden color with a lively head. nose is awesome, fresh west drippy oily hops all the way, but not bitter or sharp at all. taste is more balanced up front than anticipated, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. the hop kick comes late, and it just slips in and out, crafty and patient, but a measure less than subtle. delicious brew, perfect out back after a good raking of the yard!

StonedTrippin, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of HoopTime
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly filled growler into a Sam's perfect pint glass.

A - Clear golden amber with just a hint of reddish-orange. Pours a thick, foamy 1.5 inch head that retreats slowly leaving a nice froth on the top of the beer and remnants of the head sticking to the glass.

S - Moderate citrusy-pine aroma from the hops, though not as pronounced as other fresh hopped ales I have tried. Hint of caramel..

T - The piney hops taste is the first thing that hits the palate, but it is well-balanced with enough malt sweetness to pleasantly, but not overpoweringly hoppy. Slight citrus with hints of fresh cut grass..

M - Very nicely carbonated, it is light on the tongue and very smooth.

D - I have developed a real liking for fresh-hopped ales and this one does not disappoint. Very drinkable and at 6.1 abv, not too strong to enjoy drinking more than one or two in an evening. A very nice beer.

HoopTime, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

rab53, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of troutmask96
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna call this one an I.P.Ale Ale. Witty, huh? Because this beer really defies categorization. Hoppy and citrusy like an I.P.A., but with the rich finish of a superior pale ale. All the fresh "wet" hops they use in this brew lend a remarkably fresh taste right out of the bottle. A bit spendy at almost $7.00 for a 22-ounce bomber, but this baby's worth it...

troutmask96, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick, dense off-white head into a snifter. the lacing was tremendous throughout as it clung to the glass for dear life. the body was a clear, bright and bubbly amber.
s - grassy, herbal and citrusy.
t - hops! hit you in the tongue hard that tasted of grass and pine.
m - surprisingly very clean with a medium thickness.
d - good beer, hop heads will be pleased.

GPHarris, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of rkarimi
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of CoalPorter
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Oct 14, 2010, poured into a Harpoon tulip on Sep 2, 2011

A - 3 pillowy fingers of eggshell head leaving very pretty lacing all the way through. Color is rich amber-orange, clear at first pour and a little cloudy with sediment on the second glass

S - wet earth and citrus, lemon oil, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine

T - Remarkably smooth at first sip given the aggressive nose. Light floral notes and a hint of crackery malt before descending into an onslaught of various bitter hop flavors. Lemon rind, dandelion greens, and fresh cut grass

M - light and bubbly

O - A very nice pale ale, with an extra flavor spike you'd expect from fresh hopping. Nicely drinkable at 6.1%

CoalPorter, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont remember when I enjoyed this but it was when it was fresh, lets say end of october

A: vibrant orance with an inch of white head. Lots of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass and there is good head retention but no lace.

S: Nicely fresh and hoppy. The hops were mainly citrus and there was a light caramel note in the backgroumd

T: Bursts of lemon and pine followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. As it warmed it become much pinier

M: Decent amount of body with some creaminess and a bit of puckering bitterness

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable but it was missing that "it" quality to make it great

mikey711, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Divide, served in a pint glass.

A - Clear copper-amber color with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S - Very fresh citrus and floral hops as well as caramel malt on the aroma.

T - Caramel malt and fresh, crisp citrus and floral hops, as well as a little grass and earth. Tasty.

M/D - Finish is clean, and body and carbonation level are medium. Some lingering hop resins on the palate. Drinkability is high.

nickd717, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a nice dense egg-shell head that left some real nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strong and of grassy hops, quite nice. The taste is of grassy/floral and piney hops. Has a slighty citrus/fruity hop characteristic as well. The hops are very up front and center, not much of a malt presence. This borderlines on an IPA status. The feel is moderate and almost creamy, finishes with a piney bitter twang. So far one of the better fresh hop brews that I have had. The hops really stand out on this one. Chalk up another great brew from Great Divide.

Gmann, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 11/3/07

Pours an amber copper with a slight haze to it and scant bubbles climbing to the top. Head is thinnish but clings to the glass well. Nose is all hops. Big fresh hops throwing out pungent aromas of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and fresh mowed grass. Malt is there slinkin in the back with its sweet body. Slight alcohol tinge in the nose. Flavor starts briefly with the classic pale malts and its bready sweetness, but doesn't stay in the focus too long before the hops come in. The hops bring huge flavors of sweet red grapefruit, followed by green and oily flavors of pine sap and grass. Malt really thins out here, and I wish that it would hold a steadier base for the hops. Lots of pine comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light in weight. At first the carbonation is pretty lively, but as I drink this, it becomes smoother and creamier.

I used to really love this, but after having had Sierra Nevada's Harvest this year, I really needed to reevaluate this offering from Great Divide. Just doesn't offer the great malty caramel backing which SN's does. Just a bit thin and one-dimensional. Still a really good beer, but for the price, you can certainly get a better wet hop beer.

goochpunch, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light copper color with a quickly diminishing foamy head

S - Lots of grapefruit with grassy tones as well. Real nice in the nose

T - Brilliant grapefruit time! Very citrusy with a twist of pine as well. Quite tasty!

M - Highly carbonated with a quite pronounced bitter aftertaste.

Enjoyed this very much, I can see more in the fridge in the near future.

gopens44, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with a big fluffy three finger slightly off-white head. Solid lacing.

S: Crazy fruity hop nose. Lots of citrus, light spicy malt. A strong, distinctly wet hoppiness in the nose. Monstrous nose, best part of the beer.

T: Strong bitter wet hop flavor. A touch of breadiness and maybe a mild hint of cookies, but this, like the nose, is a hugely wet hop-flavored beer. In fact, the flavor is a lot heavier on the hops than even the nose suggests. Not bad by any means, but maybe a little one-dimensional for me.

M: Body is solid, medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: Overall, a good beer, with an interesting flavor that's unlike most other APAs you'll try. Quite honestly, the fresh hops dominate a bit touch much, keeping this from greatness. But otherwise, a tasty one (if not quite worth the price tag...more than an Oak Aged Yeti? I think not...)

750 ml/$8.99/Wine Specialist

soupyman10, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of csiewert
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch brewed Oct. 21 2011...

A - clear copper color with a thick off white head that retains very well and laces beautifully

S - amazing fresh grassy and earthy hops with a touch of biscuity malt

T - starts with breast malt and slight caramel, finishes with earthy and spicy hops that finish clean... slight bitter bite at the end

M - nice and clean... Nothing too harsh or cloying, but could use just a touch more body

O - another great example of a fresh hopped ale by great divide... Always a pleasure to drink

csiewert, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and mango like hints. In the taste, fresh hops, a small citrus note, pineapple to to pine, with a nice malt backing. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pineapple and fresh hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence and easy to drink, dig it!

OWSLEY069, Nov 10, 2010
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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