Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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673 Reviews
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,467
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 136
Gots: 103 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok, here we go...

Pours a clear darker copper color with about half an inch of frothy white head. Nice sticky lacing is left behind.

This one smells fresh. Fruity, grassy, and there is some pine mixed in, also.

The taste starts off with a bit of doughy malt before the grassy hops kick in. There is some citrus and pine as well contributing to the bitterness that I so enjoy. Malt presence is there throughout, but the hops are the stars in this one.

Creamy, oily medium body with a dry, bitter aftertaste. The dryness makes you want to take another sip...to which I will gladly oblige. I only bought one of these, but I will be grabbing more before they disappear. This one is almost a session brew for me. Tasty. (726 characters)

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 bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden copper color with a frothy one finger white head. Big and bubbly with nice retention.
S: Fruity and piney--mostly grapefruit and pine needles. Nice grassy undertone. Good fresh bitterness can be detected.
T/M: Piney, citrusy, and grassy hop presence. Good malt backbone to this brew. Nice balance with an excellent bitterness that's felt in the aftertaste. Floral notes in the finish. A tad oily and resiny on the palate as it slides across. Damn tasty--excellent bitterness! Heavily dry hopped.
D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. Excellent bitterness makes me question if it's really a sneaky ipa. Definitely worth a shot if you can find it. One of the better hoppy pale ales out there. (712 characters)

Photo of Drew966
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale pours a light tea color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. I like the aroma, it's all hops. The flavor is excellent, strong citrusy hops. Much lighter body than a double ipa, but in some ways fills the bill to get a hop fix that I might expect from a double ipa. Highly recommended. (327 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful bronzed dark amber with a nice but not huge head.

Fresh soft hops on the nose, with a yeasty finish.

Tastes fruity of apples and cherries and lingering fresh bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great- perfect heft and nice carbonation, crisp and balanced.

Great drinkability. Nice flavors and very refreshing. (333 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at New World Brewery.

The aroma is all pine and citrus with some floral notes buried beneath. Very intense, but it doesn’t smell any fresher than a normal beer hopped all to heck.

Body is a light gold and holds a nice looking thumb thick white head that is mostly lasting.

Hops, hops and then some mild sweet malt and then more hops. It’s good for what it is, a massively hopped pale ale. I might even drink it again, but I wouldn’t drink it a lot. (470 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Hazy deep amber color with a one finger fluffy off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Fresh grassy hops which seem to have more of a freshness to them, creating more of a "fruity" smell. Grainy malts are in the background.

Strong bitter but fresh hop taste, with a little more of a leafy aspect to it, like lettuce. Pale grainy malts makeup the backbone. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The feel is sharp and acidic. The finish is loaded with the bitter hops, and it's slightly dry.

I like the concept of the fresh hops, which you can actually taste (at least I felt I could). If you like hops, this is a great one to try. (713 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden body, good clarity, tons of fine carbonation streams, topped by a fist worth of heaping billowing off-white froth. Stylish lacing stretches like Spider-man's webs.

Inviting, intoxicatingly fresh hop aromas, bits of flowers and pine and juicy citrus.

All those fresh hops in the nose show up right at the start of the taste too. They are not overpowering though, they just don't let the malt get its moment in the sun. Instead this beer is balanced from start to finish, a sweet caramel layer on the bottom slathered with fresh juicy fruity hops roaring down the strip together.

Good solid medium mouthfeel flows easily and damn too quickly.

A very well done example of the expanding fresh hop family, hurry and seek this out before it grows stale. (766 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/18/2006 $6.99 22 oz. 6.10% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange with an inch of tightly packed pure white head that is slow to settle, and leaves a nice lace behind.

Aroma:

Crisp, fresh sweet citrus notes illustrating a nice blend between the hops and malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice biscuit overtones coupled with a sweet/jammy grapefruit flavor. This gets better with each sip, as more and more sweetness creeps in, mingling beautifully with the 55 IBU's.

Can Great Divide go wrong? I haven't had a bad one yet, and this is simply divine. Highly drinkable especially considering the low ABV. (646 characters)

Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bomber, pours into the pint glass a clear pinkish brown color with some tiny bubbles. Huge fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Nose advertises what promises to be a great balance of aggressive hops and sweet malt. A bit of bready yeast and a soapy scent are also evident. In the mouth, hops assert themselves up front, balanced against the sweet malt at first but then reasserting themselves, fading away with a good bitter burn at the end. Great bitter finish. This beer is definitely hop-heavy but it’s not overbearing; the balance leans toward a piney, slightly citrus hop flavor but it’s not overwhelming, and I’m not a huge hophead. Mouth is nicely viscous and very smooth, very slick and satisfying. Drinkability is excellent if you like bitter beer; nose and flavor are great and it feels great going down. At 6.1% it’s easy to enjoy several.

Overall: A great, well-hopped pale ale, heartily recommended. (960 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Hazy golden amber with a tiny tint of red with a one and a half finger, nearly white head. Head has nice staying power. Little lace rings pop up sporadically on the glass.

S - Beautiful citrusy hops on the aroma. Nice fresh cut lawn smell nehind there. I love the smell of these harvest ales.

T - A nice hoppy punch for your taste buds but not overpowering. Great citrusy hop taste along with some pine. However, this beer is also surprisingly well balanced and has a clean taste. Very well put together.

M - A great medium bodied feel that is perfect for the amount of hop punch this brew has along with all the delicately balanced flavor.

D - Excellent. This brew goes down like a pale ale of much smaller proportions. The hops do not overpower and really just provide an all around great beer. (848 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one delicious beer. I've been wanting to try a harvest ale for a while, and it didn't disappoint.

Appearance: Looks like the kind of color you expect from an APA or IPA , a rich coppery orange color with a good head that thanks to lots of hops leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops hops and more hops - the fresh kind, resiny and oily. Very intense and lasting - can't wait to taste!

Taste: Taste is a bit surprising. With the huge hop aroma, I was expecting something more bitter, but checking the label I see this is only 55 IBU's - an APA, not an IPA then. For what it is, absolutely delicious. Tons of hop flavor, but well balanced. I wouldn't have minded some more bitterness, but I can't possibly complain about what I got. Not harsh at all, intensely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Hop flavor sticks to the inside of your mouth. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night. Excellent. (919 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

eyes...
on an easy pour this produced a beautiful flluffy white head that moves like jello, good carbonation, clean and consistent looking, burnt orange with amber highlights, very nice looking for a PA. retention is good, ditto the lacing.

nose...
nice fresh and clean hop aroma (of the floral variety), this doesn't bowl you over and is not a "hop bomb", it just smells friggin delicioius. the malt is detectable but this is obviously a very american IPA, and that aint a complaint...

taste etc...
prickly carbonation and good solid mouthfeel, a little thicker than a lot of IPAs and definitely oily. the bitterness is really nice, you get a total array of bright flavors between the hops and malt, the sensation of the bitterness and carbonation blends very well. drinkability scores well here also.

verdict?
go buy a bottle. in a way this is just a really good example of the style, it pulls the right chords in all the right places. (965 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 Osiris9588
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, capped, no date. Pours a clear copper color with orange hues. Two finger white head is creamier and stiffens nicely, leaving pockets of floam and copious big-bubbled lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, along with whiffs of pine and grass, honey, and lemon peel. The flavor is very nutty and hoppy, as one would expect, along with some subtle corriander and spicy elements, and an understated caramel malt accent.

The mouth is medium to light bodied, decent complexit, finishing dry and bitter on the hoppy climax. It's drinkable for any lover of the hops. I've yet to find a beer from GD that I haven't liked considerably. (645 characters)

Photo of sacfly
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no fresh date
Pours a golden orange color with a thick head of medium sized tan bubbles. Aroma is sweet citrus with a touch of lawn. Taste mimics the aroma, with a pine resin bitterness in the aftertaste. OK, but I guess I expected more. An above average pale ale, but nothing special. (292 characters)

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a decent off white head that falls to clumps of bubbles that lace on the way down.

Aroma is nice, can hops be sweet? Nice fruitiness orange, mango's, apricot seem to mix with some sweet malt to make first impression of sweet fruits, with nice pine forest in the background. After it sits a bit, bitter grapefruit starts to emerge but doesn't totally do away with my sweet fruits. Malt does add some sweetness but hops rule this fine brew.

Taste is nice, hops ride on an over saturated malt base. Fruity sweet to begin, even some floral notes, finish is more bitter grapefruit rind along with pine resins loads of hop flavors everywhere but the bitterness in the finish is not that big or lingering. This is my third wet hop or fresh hop or whatever you want to call it ale this year they have all been winners in my book.

Mouthfeel is right at medium with just the right amount of carbonation to bring the hops to the front.

Drinkability is great, very enjoyable run out and get some if you can. (1,037 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Massive off-white foam head reaching over an inch in thickness. Nice retention. Brilliant copper with rosy hues, clear, with slow paced streams of carbonation throughout. Aroma is like wet, grassy hops. Lightly spicy/peppery, with a hint of tang. Dry-hopped? There is also a nice candy sweetness in the mix. In the taste the hop profile is soft and pine-like, with a nutty, bready finish. The finishing bitterness runs mild to medium. Overall a good balance. The carbonation seems very fine, making it just a bit watery.

I thought this beer was pretty decent. I didn't find myself thinking it was excellent, but it certainly went down fast nonetheless. It's very close to being worth the $6-plus I paid for it... (729 characters)

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

Bright brassy orange with butterscotch trim. I expected to see hop flecks, but the initial pour is as clear as a bell (perhaps the good stuff is hiding at the bottom of the bottle). The lovely looking liquid is topped with a thick, creamy cap of lemon mousse that melts into a semi-stiff mesa over time. Sticky bridges connect head and glass, leaving a wonderful array of lace when they break.

The nose is a citrusy symphony of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. The brewery wouldn't divulge the hop bill, they would only say that the hops are all American varieties. I'm guessing Cascade and Amarillo... or Centennial and Simcoe... hell, I don't know. The very best thing about the nose is that there's none of that pesky malt to get in the way of the lupulin love.

I had little doubt that a fresh hop pale ale, brewed with some of my favorites little green cones, created by one of the best breweries in the country, would be fabulously delicous. Fresh Hop Pale Ale is exactly that. I also expected it to be more IPA-like than APA-like, but Great Divide managed to keep it solidly within the bounds of the stated style.

There's just enough pale malt to keep the mouthfeel from losing its composure and no more. Sweetness is at a minimum, other than a light stickiness on the finish. Fresh Hop's raison d'etre is citric hops and lots of them. This is one of the brightest, purest, most freshly hoppy pale ales that I've ever had (from a bottle). I'm glad that I got a chance to sample it while it's still young.

While it isn't quite a wrecker of palates, it certainly does scratch that hophead itch that is ever-present in my brain and on my tongue. I love the way that each mouthful explodes with citrus zesty splendor and leaves echo upon echo of sticky hoppy resinousness. Pine sap is becoming a bigger contributor to the flavor landscape as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite achieve IPA-like fullness, but then this isn't an IPA. It's most certainly a big APA though. I'm sure that it's difficult to brew a silky smooth beer with this much hoppy resinous and I'm not sure that I'd even want such a thing. A little mouth and tongue abuse goes with the territory when there are this many alpha acids flying around.

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale is pretty close to the beer that I thought it would be. It's a showcase for the (warning: bias ahead) best, most delicious hop varieties in the world. I can't think of one thing that I'd change about this ale; something that I don't say all that often. It's a damn shame, given the nature of the fresh hop style, that beer this good can only be released once each year. (2,648 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i like just about everything great divide produces, so i couldn't resist this guy on the shelf. fresh hops? can't go wrong

the brew pours out of the bomber into my large glass a light, but brilliant copper, and a pinky-finger head is kept alive by enthusiastic bubbleage flying to the surface. it sticks itself to the glass, as well. grassy hops in the nose, with a glint of spruce. it's not a strong aroma

i recognize that wet-hop flavor. it's resiny, with a complex sequence. the bitterness is robust and distinctive. woody

that's a tasty beer (554 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a sucker for really hoppy APAs (you know, the ones that blur the line between APAs and IPAs). This one is exactly that, and Its the first fresh hop beer Ive tried.

Pours a glowing copper color with a slight haze and a few meandering particulars that could be hops (or maybe protein or yeast). The head is thick and creamy and extremely persistent. Very impressive, Im sure the hops have something to do with it. The aroma is thick with layers of wet, floral hops. A little bit of malt is detectable in the back. The taste is a great blend of herbaceous, grassy, piney hop aroma and clean hop bitterness. Sure this is some biscuity malt in the back, but the pine tar, floral, grassy, even minty hops are boss. The mouthfeel is thick with a creamy feel. The finish is not too bitter, but very aromatic hops.

This is one kick ass pale ale, maybe second only to Alpha King out of the ones Ive tried. Im a fan of fresh hop ales now! (938 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Clear copper colored body suspended a huge cotton candy head. Four fingers of head left a sticky speckled lace down the entire glass.

Smell was of fresh hops...surprise. Floral, earthy. Green grass. Very nice.

Taste was flavorful bitterness. Leafy hops. Oily hops were nicely balanced with a mild malt sweetness. Citrus characteristics surfaced as the beer warmed. This one was better than I had anticipated. A solid APA.

Mouthfeel was slippery and thin to medium bodied. Carbonation was medium to mild. I will look for this one again. (599 characters)

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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