1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
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:
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The color is deep amber with an orange tint. It has a thick off-white head, which fades but not too quickly and leaves decent lace.

S: Strong hop aroma with a heavy dose of citrus along with it. You can also smell the alcohol a bit.

T: As indicated in the name of the beer, a very intense and decently bitter hops flavor hits you right away and remains dominant throughout. There is some malt and citrus that follow to help balance it out, but as sweetness fades, the hops return to stay in a bitter after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body with medium carbonation and the more you drink it, the smoother it gets.

D: As stated above, the beer seems smoother as you drink more of it. If you combine that with the fact that it’s not very filling, the beer is pretty drinkable as long as you’re down with the hop taste. I’m not sure how many I could drink at a time; since I only have the one 22 oz. bottle, but I’m sure I could put away a decent amount. Overall this is a good beer, but not for beginners. I find it a bit stronger than other beers that I’ve had of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:46:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazed orange. Thin, tight ivroy white head. Good retention and intricate lace properties. Great aroma of fresh hops, orange marmalade based malt derivatives and grassy, pungent hop oils. This all follows through on the buds. Bright citric hop tones of grapefruit and lemon peel. Grassy. Very fresh tasting even though this is months old. Malt provides a solid backbone and is toffeeish and caramelly in nature. Some of that marmalade character comes through as well. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Yet another nice accomplishment by Great Divide. They have been impressing the hell out of me over the past year or so.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:04:41 | More by Bighuge
Photo of silver0rlead
silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber (possible "hop haze") with a nice thick beige head that retains well. The aroma just jumps out at you with huge, juicy citrus and floral hops, some sweet caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters and a hint of ethanol. The taste starts off with an agressive hoppiness, citrusy and floral (very fresh and green tasting), followed by a caramel sweetness, fruity esters and toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and drinkability is excellent. An excellent APA, just bursting with fresh hop flavor and a crisp finish that balances the beer well...something to seek out for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 04:55:29 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of assurbanipaul
assurbanipaul

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy head. Aroma is bright, juicy hops with lots of grapefruit.

Taste is dry, biscuity, toasty malt with lots of citrusy hops. Juicy, squishy hops, grapefruit, lemon, fresh citrus. Quite dry, the hops taste farm-fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, clean. Good balance keeps this from being too harsh, easy to drink. I could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 04:32:00 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of MaltyGoodness
MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber provided by AKSmokedPorter via the BS-BIF.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a withe head that thins. Mild lacing.

Aroma is very grassy and citrusy with some mild malt aroma as well.

Very citrusy, fresh and grassy hop flavor upfront. There's a bit of malt that presents itself followed by a nice bitter bite. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Bitter aftertaste.

Nice slick texture and ample carbonation.

Quite drinkable and a nice tatsing brew. At times, it's almost like having a mouthfull of fresh hop cones.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 21:44:40 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of UnionMade
UnionMade

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Warriorsoul and GoodbyeOhio for getting me this bottle!
Orangey gold in hue, light for a pale ale, topped with a modest, yet lingering eggshell white head. A light haze, my guess is because of the hops. Works for me. Excellent lacing, spotching all over the glass in loose sheets. Very few beers lace like this. Fantastic head retention. Milder, yet terrifically citrusy hop aroma. Rather on the floral side, with dominating notes of orange zest and lemon. Slightly grainy malt background. The flavor opens with toasty, mildly grainy malt. Medium bodied. Hops overtake almost immediately. Spicy citrus and floral notes, with a tingling carbonation. Moderate bitterness, mostly piney, although the flavoring hops overtake the finish almost completely. Still within balance, certainly not for beginners, but with a judicious helping of floral, fruity, grassy, piney hop flavor. A hint of underlying medicinal astringency, or maybe some metallic hop flavors. Something just a little strange in the finish, kinda like chewing on a flower petal, the same as I'd gotten with other Great Divide beers. Either way, it's not unenjoyable, just unusual. Just oozing with hops, and plenty of complexity within, to boot. A whisp of alcohol. Faint doughy yeast flavor. A little powdery and grainy feeling, which isn't the best, but it's fine. Really, really nice stuff overall.
I'd been enthusiastically seeking out this beer for a while, ever since I heard it was coming out. I like Great Divide's stuff, and I'm glad to say it was worth the effort to get a bottle. An impressive showcase for this year's delicious pacific northwest hop crop. I'm hoping they make this an annual thing. I'd love to try this fresh off the conditioning tank. I bet it's heavenly.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 04:30:19 | More by UnionMade
Photo of goodbyeohio
goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup!

22oz settles clear in the glass, interesting color variations from yellowish-gold to crimson towards the surface. bubbles are alive inside. two-finger foam forms quickly and dissolves slowly leaving beautiful craters and three-dimensional lacing patterns. even the airy foam atop this beer has pungent, dry, fruity hop characteristics.. as i find out as my nose and lips accidentally come in contact with the crown.

aroma pleases with juicy hop aromas.. not overwhelming and no alcohol detectable. a nice brown sugary malt presence here balances.. unexpected but nice. some apple aromas as well as something spicy like yeast.

well, this beer sure packs a different punch in the flavor. mouthfeel is a bit heavier, hop bitterness and overall pine sting are in line with most west coast dipa's, and the mouth is pretty much completely coated with botanical resin after one hearty sip. still, the lack of alcohol burn in the finish makes this slightly more drinkable. sipping isn't really an option once the addictive bittering sting has been felt. like sour patch kids or warheads, this is one beer that provides the hophead with masochistic joy. however, 1/3 through the bottle, the bright sweetness fades and most sips are full of aggressive bitterness and a lack of inspiration.

met my expectations, only wish it was a tad more drinkable. for a pale ale, could have dropped to 5 or so % and still kicked ass. recommended for fans of hoppy beers.. just don't go in expecting nectar of hop juice spritzer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 14:17:12 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darn near perfect APA pour. Bright orange rust with a one and onehalf finger tight, white head that;s all sticky and retentive.

Bright hops. Flowers and citrus. Yummy. And exceptionally potent.

A nice hop kick at the front. Two distinct flavors, dry flowers and juicy grapefruits. This is not too intense, letting you know it's an APA and not an IPA. Moves gradually into a bready yeast that disolves and gives way to a fantastically dry and sweet caramel malt. Wonderful balance.

This is an APA to treasure. One of the most drinkable very hoppy beers I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 06:22:22 | More by mynie
Photo of WesWes
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
Photo of cheers2beers
cheers2beers

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall flute glass:

Appearance: Poured a medium orange pumpkin to golden hue.Slightly cloudy.Gorgeous two finger white head that fell to a small ring around my glass followed by an impressive laceing.

Aroma: A blast of fresh hop aromas,piney,sweet smelling tree sap.Hop oils blended with sugary pale malts,followed by a candied sour apple.

Taste: Like the nose the hops explodes in your mouth but not to overpowering,the pines are still present,but are very balanced with the malts in this pale ale.Not as sweet in flavor as in the nose but just enough to make your mouth water.Its a medium finish with just enough bitterness. OHH so balanced.

Mouthfeel: First impression: CRISP.Coats the mouth ever so slightly with a never perfect level of carbonation.I had to swallow several times to cleanse the small bubbles that it leaves behind.

Drinkability: Superb,I could see this beer to be the pale ale of choice for me.They need to put this in sixers and a regular rotation.Overall and again, a good buy.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:00:01 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

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

22oz, overpriced at 5.49 i'm sure at Riley's, but i'd been wanting to try this one

appearance: pours clear amber into a mash house pint glass, foamy white head forms immediately, builds up about a half inch, decent lacing left behind

smell: fresh hops (duh), flowery fragrances, grapefruit, orange/lemon peel, sweet and smooth caramel malts underneath, pine needles

taste: very well balanced...flowery citrus hops are prominent...grapefruit, orange, lemon, bubblegum...sticky pine needles. behind all of that is a well pronounced biscuit-like caramel malt base. this is a very good apa, in the class of alpha king and burning river for me

mouthfeel: smooth, great balance, moderate hop bitterness, very nice indeed

drinkability: very very easy drinking...this bomber wont last long. smooth, fresh and delicious

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 01:37:04 | More by dirtylou
Photo of blitz134
blitz134

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange brew. Nearly white one finger head on the pour. Left only a single bubble layer on top. Lots of lace. Aroma is strong with fresh hops. Mostly citrus grapefruit with some pine. Simple but really pungent. Taste is strong with pine hops with a little citrus and grassy hops in the back. Not overly bitter though even though there is a hearty dose of hops. Fairly balanced, but the hops are the main focus here and nothing overly malty comes out to me. Mouthfeel is good, typical of a decent pale ale. Drinkability is really good. Crisp and refreshing and not overbearing with the flavor or the alcohol level. Definately worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 00:33:01 | More by blitz134
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brilliant amber with a dense creamy ivory head. Lots of lace, chunks of lace, sheeting of lace. Smells almost exclusively of bright, grassy hops.

Tastes of fresh herbal hops. Soem bitterness here but not overwhelming. More fresh and floral than bitingly bitter. SOme nice fruity malt to back it up. Hops stick to the mouth but the beer is fairly light otherwise. Nice stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 21:08:05 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/09/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a full 3/4 inch head. Nice light rim remains for the rest of the glass. Nice sticky lace trails all over the glass.

Smell- Nice pungent hop aroma. Scents of pine needles, grapefuit and sugary goodness. Nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Wondeful sweet roasted malt background with bitter pine flavored hops. Nice grapefruit flavor hidden behind the malt and pine. Sugary sweet hops and malt make this beer mouthwatering.

Mouthfeel- Rather high carbonation, sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Not sure I could session a six pack of this because of the sweetness. But it's damn well one of the best if not the best pale ale I've had. Right up there with Alpha King. Borderline IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 20:17:50 | More by GClarkage
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

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

A - 1" off-white head. Good retention, a little lace. Clean, bronze hued beer.

S - Excellent fresh hop aroma. Clean. Everything associated with a great hop aroma is present.

T - Citrus. Lemon peel. Clean. Light malt backbone. Long, bitter finish. Much hoppier than any APA I have had and hoppier than some IPA's.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - The drinkability was good. Not my favorite Great Divide beer, but a good one none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 02:41:54 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of hustlemuscle
hustlemuscle

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 02:36:35 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of Gusler
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
Photo of granger10
granger10

Wisconsin

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

This beer pours a dull orange color with a large foamy semi tan head. Tons of lacing. Head maintains itself well.

Aroma is somewhat citrusy but much more grassy than I was expecting. A sweet woody flavor is in there. A roasted malt smell rounds it out.

Taste begins much sweeter than I thought it would be. The sweetness is honeyish but also somewhat orangey. A piney bitterness comes in and balances nicely. Finish is really grassy and huge on the hops. Not really any resiny or oily hops in there, just a straightforward grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid. Hops come in and out at somewhat odd times and the malt precense seems to be more than what I thought it would be. Body is nicely carbonated but could use a bit more backbone.

Fairly drinkable. The finish is rough at first but I was craving it by the end. Still, this wasn't up to par with the other "hop harvest" beers I've tried this year (Founder's, Sierra Nevada).

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 15:26:30 | More by granger10
Photo of Chadbrew
Chadbrew

Delaware

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

First of all a huge thanks to hoppedup for this very selfless gift!
This beer pours out a somewhat hazy pale orange with a bit of a thin head yet thick sheets of lacing.
Smells like fresh hops alright, I grew some Cascade this year and this is pretty close to what I got fresh picked.
The taste is a nice sweetish pale ale reminiscent of Bells Two-Hearted but with a super citrus bitter finish.
Hats off to Great Divide for trying something fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 12:24:23 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of tavernjef
tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Clear amber gold color with a medium stacking head of off-white fluffy foam on top. Top stays present for good length, fading slow to a hefty skim and collar. Lacing is in a fine, tightly spotty sheeting across the glass. Nice looking glass of ale.

Aroma is of pale citrus, dullish-like orange and grapefruit with a spritz of lemon. Lots of pine-sided woodyness hovers over the top. Semi resinous and floral with a grassy touch, but mostly woodish and pale citrus. Clean and pungently pleasing.

Taste is more wood toned then citrus, at least in this serving, perhaps an actual fresher bottle would have had more of the citrus tones more forward. As is, this time around, the wood is a bit heavy and bringing it to one side of the hop scale that isn't really keeping a good balance from others GD Fresh Hops I've had. Medium to light bitterness, semi drying into the finish with some citrusy tones, but more piney and thickly prevalent in wood flavors that take away from the crispyness that pops in front.

Feel is about medium, a bit parching in its bitterness and dryness, but stays the course(coarse) and keeps a very teetering balance that could fold either side into too much pine and/or too much parchness. That said, for no other reason then this- its damn drinkable. It keeps a nice clean profile overall while grabbing hold with woody, citrus tinted bitterness, and maintains a doughy little malt backing while doing it. Some sweetness finds its way in around the corners, in the middle, and very, very late after the finish. Which in turn helps this become quite a fun ride to drink down. After finally sitting down with this one, it seemed a bit more woody then the others I've had in the past month or so. A little more clean, snappy, crisp, and citric and this bottle would have nailed it, much like previous bottles. Another bottle or two and another review may be in order...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 03:54:31 | More by tavernjef
Photo of lackenhauser
lackenhauser

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a slight haze to it. Ok head but some great lacing on the glass. Huge hop aroma-very fresh as the name implies. Not as citrusy as some pale ales but very "fresh cut grass" like. Nice big hop flavor that is well balanced with just the right amount of malt. Doesnt have the over hopped astringency of other US pales. Good body-nice clean finish considering how hoppy it is. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Really well done US pale ale. Great Divide is quickly becoming my favorite US brewer. Thanks a bunch to mushroomcloud for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 03:49:31 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of allengarvin
allengarvin

Texas

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

22 oz bomber, poured into an English pint glass. Ever so hazy amber with a creamy half inch head and excellent lacing. Huge bouquet of fresh hops, like smelling a bag of hops, all piney resin and floral and grassy. Even better than the aroma of the Dogfish Head 90, I think. Beautiful burst of hop flavor, rather woody, with a side of fresh-mown grass, but not much citrus hop character, followed by a solid lightly nutty malt underpinning when the hop flavor fades. It's bitter, but far less than I expected, certainly less than Great Divide's recent IPA's. Body is not heavy... a pleasant medium.

This is one of the best beers I've had in 2005. Great Divide has been a multi-year roll of brilliantly brewed beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 23:26:03 | More by allengarvin
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy reddish-orange color. The head is one-finger in height, rocky, and white. Lacing coats the glass all over the place. The aroma is amazing. It is as if this beer climbed a mountain and screamed citrusy hops. Absolutely breathtaking. This just might be the best smelling beer I have drank to date. The taste is all that a pale ale should be and more (but not so much more that it infringes on IPA territory). Citrusy hops dominate the flavor but there are also nots of pine. The mouthfeel is perfect; medium-thick bodied, with nice carbonation, and oh so smooth and creamy. Overall, this is by far the best pale ale I have ever had. If only hops could be harvested year round.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 18:32:06 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of HardTarget
HardTarget

Texas

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

Bottle Inspection: Brown bomber speaks of over night shipping of fresh hops and 55 IBUs and 6.1% abv.

Aroma: Brace yourself: hops. Really a pretty classic west coast IPA nose, sugary malt base, nice ‘fresh’ hops, mostly citric, but some pine as well.

Appearance: Clear amber glass with orange edges capped with a frothy off white head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass leaving ice crystal tidemarks in its wake. Second pour leaves a cratered fluffy head of about 3 fingers and imparts a bit of haze.

Flavor: Not much of a surprise: hoppy. I can see where the malt base is lower key, leading more toward the Pale Ale than the IPA, I guess this is what the west coaster call an XPA (eXtra Pale Ale). There is enough of a malt base that the alpha acids don’t burn and provide enough support for the hop juiciness to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light medium – medium body, not much oil but a lingering finish.

Overall Impression: Massively drinkable, enough balance to really let me enjoy hop goodness. A very well crafted beer, I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 06:49:48 | More by HardTarget
Photo of doubleipa
doubleipa

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this in Atlanta. I really the fresh hop beers, when I can get them. The aroma was only moderately hoppy with distinctive grass and citrus. Rocky, off-white head wit excellent lacing that lasted longer than I expected. Initial flavor was moderately bitter with a light, sweet, short finish. Carbonation was quite flat. This was a good, but not great beer. As far as "fresh hop" beers go, this is the best I've had for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 14:52:18 | More by doubleipa
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.