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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1221
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,221 | Reviews: 656 | Show All Ratings:
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nickd717

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 22:01:32 | More by nickd717
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.

A: Deep amber, with nice clarity and mild carbonation. A soapy cream tinged cap has strong beginnings, good retention and leaves a goodly amount of lace.

S: Citrus, pepper and pine dominate. There are some toffee notes in the background, but the focus is placed squarely on the hops.

T: Bittersweet toffee starts things out. A moderate bitterness comes on fast. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit, pepper and pine intermingle nicely; with no one flavor overpowering the others. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness.

M: The medium body is oily and slick. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Overall, this is a very nice APA. The hops add a lot of flavor without making the beer a hop bomb. A very nice effort from Great Divide.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 21:20:08 | More by Rayek
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bifrostguard

California

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

A - Amber with a nice off white head that left some lacing, but not much.

S - Citrus and pine hops with a sweet caramel malt background.

T - Pretty good. Grassy pine flavor balanced well with citrus hop notes. Malt sweetness is there, but is not overwhelming. Very crisp and clean.

M - Light to medium bodied and smooth.

D - Very drinkable. A light, crisp beverage that has enough flavor to keep me happy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 18:56:36 | More by bifrostguard
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onecrazybreeze

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Falling Rock. Pours orangish with nice head. Smells of hops and floral, a nice crispness to it. Was hoping since it is described on here as the Liberally Hopped made for the DNC it would taste more like it. Tasted citrusy, hoppy and clean but not like the Liberally Hopped at all. Overall a good beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2008 10:55:32 | More by onecrazybreeze
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magictrokini

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

O'Briens Wet Hop Fest. Amber pour with a fairly large off-white head. Clean pine aroma with grass. Bitter, resiny taste, but without the stickiness. Malt, orange peel, vanilla, and oak all make up the background. A very refreshing APA that rivals good IPA's in taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 23:59:45 | More by magictrokini
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a goblet

Appears an orange/amber with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and light, whispy streaks of lace on the glass.

Big, fresh hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange, pine needles, and fresh cut grass. A mild malt sweetness holds things down, but the hops really jump out at you.

The earthy, grassy, pine needle hops shine through more on the flavor, with the citrus hops taking more of a backseat. However, they still lend a big hand in the bright hop profile. I am really surprised this is not an ipa.

Medium bodied, maybe a little thin. Finishes crisp and clean.

This is a clean, bright hopped, pale ale and should not be overlooked. Very easy to drink, and extremely fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 16:16:28 | More by ColForbinBC
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miketd

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Engine.

Pours a golden, straw color with a decent size whitish head. Nice looking beer. Aroma is wet hops and grain...a bit nutty as well. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a good malt backbone. Decent palate and almost sweet finish. Good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 03:18:57 | More by miketd
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli from draft.

A: A deep orange amber color with a one finger head. Not a ton of glass lacing, but a just a good looking beer.

S: Massive hops, fresh hops. Smells of citrus, pine and grass with some subtle sweetness of malt.

T: Wow, this is a pale ale? Yes it is. The huge amounts of wet hops really stand out with that fresh cut grass flavors, grapefruit, pine and a bit of earthly floral flavors. The deep malt sweetness lies in the backround, but the hops keep beating it down. What a fabulous pale ale, maybe the best I have ever had. Hop head rejoice in this one.

M: Medium to thin. This is where you realize this is not an IPA, but an APA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for an APA it is outstanding. Nice lingering bitterness.

D: Uber high. Nuff said.

Overall probably the best pale ale I have ever had, but you must like hops. If you don't like hops, stay away...far away. Bravo GD, you continue to impress the hell out of me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 18:47:40 | More by Kadonny
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells largely of citrus and floral hop aromas with some light pine. Very hoppy, I'm excited to sip on it.

Tastes just as good as the smell would indicate. Sweet malts mixed with a slight citrus flavor up front, followed shortly by a nice wallop of bitterness. The flavors linger for a moment but then disappear, making me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation, but nothing special.

Drinkability is great. This is an easy drinking APA that I could easily have a few more of.

Overall this is one of the better APA's I've had recently. Be sure to give this one a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2008 03:08:27 | More by glid02
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Onslow

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of pine and american hops ... no alcohol detected ... smooth as a new bowling ball... this is an IPA right?? no APA here ... it actually tastes fresh with a great bitter backbone...One of the nicer american pales available on the market today, just hope the quality doesn't get effected by the hop shortage..

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 17:15:47 | More by Onslow
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jim102864

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper recently at E and into my porcelin mug. Noted a puffy head with lacing that clung in there throughout the experience.

Aroma was mildly hoppy, perhaps less ballsy than I expected but not suprising given the interpretation of the style. Green tea in the background hops all around.

Taste was also milder than expected. Somewhat earthy with hints of pine hops, grass and green tea. Nice moderate hoppy finisht.

Thinish mouthfeel but in a pleasant way.

Drinkable, though not a session brew. Something one could enjoy x 2 in one sitting then would likely seek to move on. Nice effort by a solid brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 10:14:17 | More by jim102864
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NY

Poured a clear, glowing, orange-amber with a frothy, bubbly, khaki, one-finger head that slowly faded to a stubborn film. Large patches of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was very faint. Mild, herbal hops were barely detectable. Even as the beer warmed, the aroma remained placid.

The taste was all hops from start to finish. Piney, resiny hops hit hard up front and never let up. A spicy alcohol kick appeared mid-palate. The long-lasting finish was an intense mix of pine and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was medium/light bodied with a crisp, lively carbonation.

As with many other fresh hop ales I have sampled, this beer was overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter and unbalanced. I actually had a difficult time finishing my pint.

I would recommend this to only the most devoted of hop heads.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 23:38:47 | More by Damian
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh, PA on 11/23/07.

A - Clear, amber/orange body with one-finger of frothy, white head that mostly diminished and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass. Thin density with not much carbonaiton at all.

S - Traces of sweet caramel, some graininess and some burnt maltiness. Hops are a mix of flowers, perfume and some citrus as well. Not a very strong hoppy nose for the style.

T - Lightly sweet and moderately hoppy at first, with a fairly long bitter finish. Nothing spectacular.

M - Light to medium bodied with some oily hops. More watery than sticky. Virtually no carbonation at all. Slightly metallic, bitter finish.

D - Eh? Pretty run-of-the-mill offering. Again, I'd like to try a bottle with a freshness date to re-evaluate this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 20:34:58 | More by ffejherb
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timmy2b

New York

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

growled from consumers beverage in East Amherst NY.

poured a nice amber color with a nice white head, and had an awesome smell with the scent of pine and hops!

Feels light in the mouth and is very easy to drink! I would reccomend this as a nice beer to drink while watching football on a saturday or sunday as I am doing right now!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2007 01:13:48 | More by timmy2b
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium copper colored beer with slightly off-white head.
Smell is loaded with hops which supresses any other scents.
Taste is also loaded with piney and citrusy hops. Malt takes a backseat with this beer, som much so as to be barely detectable.
Finishes dry, dry, dry.
A very one-dimensional beer. that being said, it was still enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 00:27:37 | More by tgbljb
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap->pint
BBT

Poured a clear straw orange, with a small white head. Lace of sheets up and down the glass. Mild carbonation.

Nose: Grassy herbal hops

Clean start with the hop nose letting you know whats coming. Dominated by grassy hops. Mild quick bitterness. All about the hop flavor and aroma.

Something to try once and move along, pretty standard as the fresh hop brews go,especially at $6 bucks a pint. Ouch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 16:51:18 | More by beerphan
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Redrover

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was just added to the tap list at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

It came in a 14 oz hefe style glass. The beer is copper with a chill haze and off-white head and lacing.

As advertised, fresh hop aroma abounds. There is lots of pine with a bit of citrus. I could smell it as it sat on the bar!

The taste is pleasantly biter with pinesap notes. There is caramel in the background for balance. The bitterness builds nicely as the beer coats your mouth.

The beer is easy to partake of. I'm not sure it’s a session beer, but it’s damn tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 20:16:06 | More by Redrover
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dashirey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this tasty beer (on tap from a pint glass) at Canal Street Pub in Reading, PA. A big thanks to bigsplash for letting me know it was on tap! This is my first review of a beer...so here it goes!

A - The orange / copper like color drew me in from the beginning. The thumb of head that I started with dissipated rather quickly, but left behind a small amount a lacing. The beer was neither clear nor cloudy but somewhere in between.

S - Very complex especially for a beginner. Lots of smells from this beer; grassy from the start, from the fresh hops. But later more pine and citrus really overwhelm the nose.

T - Again very complex, it tasted a little different every time I sipped. At first there was a metallic/copper taste - not bad. Followed with more floral then some citrus - but not nearly a overwhelming citrus taste

M - Smooth medium beer with a "twang" at the back of the throat right before it goes down. Carbonation was right on target!

D - Very easy to drink. I would have followed it with another, but more than 2 or 3 would be pushing it for my tastes. I would look for this beer again any time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2007 02:49:38 | More by dashirey
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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer.

Clear, orange-amber in color. Generous, off-white head.

Very hoppy aroma, citrus & grass. Malt very much second fiddle - hints of caramel/molasses?

Taste was a bit of a let down for me, in that I expected more from the hops. They were definately showcased, but seemed mild and well balanced.

Body was light, with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but still quite refreshing.

Overall, may be a case of too high of an expectation. Beer is quite good. What is odd, is that the bottle version seems hoppier to me. A bit smoother as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2006 15:53:26 | More by
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WesWes

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2006 02:03:30 | More by WesWes
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Brenden

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA from Great Divide is bright and entirely clear though on the darker side, coppery dark orange leaning red. The head stays at about one finger's height, perhaps a hair more, very well, and the lacing left behind is think, clumpy and plentiful, dropping down to some intricate webbing at its slightest.
The aroma is strong with hops and very giving. They're up front on the nose and clearly the focus, with some bready, somewhat toasty malts just there for balance. Aside from some pine resin, it takes on an earthy rawness, sort of herbal and not-quite-spicy, with some leafy mint contributing.
On the tongue, though, the hops really hit home. It's dank and earthy, lots of leaf and herb, while some grapefruit and orange peel bring citrus character into it. Malts are again crusty and dryish, maybe a hint of caramel in there. Some of the almost cheesecloth notes I get from particular breweries (Fat Head's in particular) are present. I'm wondering if Amarillo is part of the bill, as lots of fresh but not hot mint leaf makes its way out. Pithy but not too much, and balanced between juicy and dry, this beer offers plenty.
The body is medium with some heft and depth to it, revealing a couple layers on the tongue as it rolls smoothly over, almost silky without giving up a strong crispness all the way from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:32:43 | More by Brenden
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after enjoying this brew on 11/1/2013. I really need to organize my tasting notes and pictures better. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a bright green foil wrap and a best by date of Dec 30, 2013 stamped on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body pours a translucent copper color with notes of orange and muddy brown depending on how the light and shadows pass through. Atop the body sits a rocky two finger head comprised of very small bubbles the color of linen. The retention is excellent, and the foam slowly starts to recede with ample pocking and a consistently thin sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - A pretty good balance of light, bready malt and more pungent hops. The hops, consisting of lots of herbal undertones--grass, chives, pine needles--and citrus were more obvious, but they were held in check by a pleasant foundation of grain, to give the aroma some fullness, so to speak. In addition to the herbal dominance, there were notes of lemon and orange zest to give a delightful citric quality to the aroma.

Taste - Here the grain is again present, but only as a cracker is present to convey delicious charcuterie and cheese to one's mouth. In this case, the part of the meat and cheese is played by the wonderful wet hops with a fantastic combination of pine resin, lemongrass, orange zest and even some hints of pink grapefruit. Perhaps it's all in my head, but the fresh harvest variety of the hops really adds a punch to the flavor profile. It's almost like I steeped my beer with a tea bag of whole cone hops.

Mouthfeel - Sufficient body--I'd place it at about medium, with moderate carbonation and a juicy characteristic, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, I can't say this is the best wet hop ale I've had, but it's a very good one, and much easier to obtain than some of my favorites. As such, I will slot this into the list of seasonal beers I must procure when they come out each year.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 06:32:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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pkalix

California

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark urine color with fluffy white head. soapiness down the sides of an oily kind of feel to it.
smells bright and citrus-y, with a little bit of grass.
taste is the same, medium hop bitterness. grass, lemon, grapefruit.
I must also mention this has a best-buy date of December 29. good job Bevmo. again.
overall, it's alright but I cant say it's above 85 overall. maybe the date has something to do with it . . . .

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:19:31 | More by pkalix
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have the hop punch you might expect from a fresh-hopped beer, but does make up for it as an extremely drinkable pale ale, perhaps a little on the malty side, which is fine with me.

A: very clear yellow-amber, carbonation bubbles visible as they sustain the foamy head that leaves significant lacing
S: caramel, honey in the malt, maybe a little grass, but nothing too strong
T/M: carbonated beginning with an orange-honey, mango sweetness on top of a grapefruit-grassy mouth draw. The tastes work well together, neither side overpowering. A well-balanced beer, but one that could use maybe just a little more hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:22:00 | More by cjgiant
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delta490

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a beautiful golden amber with a creamy white head. Incredible retention and if lacing throughout.

S- a pleasant somewhat mild hop aroma. Hard to detect specific aromas. Some metallic notes on the first few sips.

T- mild just like the aroma. Was expecting more hop flavor for a fresh hop ale.

M- a little thinner but it makes it easier drinking

O-this isn't a bad ale but when compared to other fresh hops ales it comes up a little short. Best by date of 30 December makes me think this bottle is just past its prime. Will have to try it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 20:22:15 | More by delta490
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