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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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1,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 129
Gots: 79 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rmehughes, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear amber, very small white head, and essentially no visible carbonation - only an occasional stray bubble.

S: Somewhat muted. Bits of pine hops, grass, and a strong caramel malt.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Grass and pine hops, caramel malts.

M: Medium body, minimal carbonation sensation, no particular alcohol presence.

O: I'm am thoroughly disappointed in this bottle. Both bottles I had last year had huge wet hoppiness of grass and barnyard...completely blew me away. All of those flavors I was looking forward to are missing this year. Don't know if this was a bad bottle or what. The bottled date was exactly one week before I was drinking it, so freshness shouldn't have been an issue. It wasn't a terrible beer as is, but not at all what I expected. If additional bottles this year change my mind, I'll update this review. (2012 Rating = 3.48 aggregate)

EDIT: An additional bottle, sadly, did not change my review. It's still not even in the ballpark of what last year's was. I'm sure I'll try again next year, but I'm done for '12.

Re-EDIT: 2013 Batch - much improved over 2012's. More grassy presence, and a very nice cracker malt base. Nice fresh hop presence into the hang. I've updated my ratings to reflect this batch.

macrosmatic, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

baklo, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

freewill35, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (dated Oct. 3, 2012) into a becker pint glass.

Pours a honey golden with rich amber hues with a fluffy one and half finger head. The smell of sweet pineapple and fresh grassy notes on the nose is very inviting. Opens with pineapple, flora, and grassy accents, joined by slight breadiness and malt with just the perfect level of sweetness to balance this brew midpalate. Finishes smooth with just a hint of grapefruit rind and pine sap and a slight bite. Medium bodied with a slick, oily, and slight soapy mouthfeel, perfect for a wet hop ale. I look forward to this brew every year. The drinkability of the brew is exceptional as the other characteristics of the brew are not overwhelmed by intense bitterness.

chanokokoro, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

GRG1313, Oct 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jpd7374, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

strongaf, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

PaulMc, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

niner9, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

HairyToeKnuckles, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

WoodburyMN, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sweet biscuity malt, tangerine and leafy, grassy hops.

T: Grass, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, earth and leafy hop flavours over a sweet biscuit and honey malt backbone.

M: Creamy medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Resiny, particularly near the bottom of the bottle.

O: I really liked this one, it is extremely easy drinking and it has a great creamy mouth feel.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

ssimpson89, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Rutager, Jul 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Icehalo, Jul 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51%

JohnG1975, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

LarryMyers, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ms11781, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

IndianapolisDrinker, Jun 18, 2012
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.