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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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91
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1,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 130
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
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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 alexgash
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumnal copper with golden edges. Frothy, cottony, eggshell white head with good lacing. Pine sap and citrus hop nose mixed butterscotch. Light hop bitterness up front. Sweet shortbread cookie and butterscotch malt come on strong. Light tropical fruitiness. Piny and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Maltier than expected and the hops don't seem as "fresh" as other harvest ales. Still good, just not overwhelming. Medium body with a low carbonated, casky feel.

Photo of ffejherb
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber honey orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing making this an outstanding looking beer. The smell is pungent with bread yeast,hops, carmel,and malt. The taste is very hoppy with citrus and pine flavors present,a creamy bread yeast flavor,and some malt. Not bad,but the hop bitterness is alittle much. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer that's alot hoppier than can be believed.

Photo of tayner
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first of all, this is not in my preferred style, but i am going to attempt to rate it for the style, not my preference, although i surprisingly enjoyed it

poured it into my anderson valley tulip glass. color was a hazy leather brown color. nice head that settled down to about 1/4 inch that laced nicely.

smelled of fresh flowers, go figure.

Taste is remarkably not what i expected. I don't have alot of experice with fresh hop brews, but this one is very nice. Not remotely the same bitterness as a dry hopped beverage. there is a very strong citrus/pine flavor without all the bitterness. there is enough malt to keep it from being undrinkable.

Light feeling in the mouth, with all the hops it has a very drying finish which makes me want more.

I would rate the drinkability higher if the fresh hop season was in the spring so that this would be a summer brew instead of a fall/winter release. That is obviously not something the brewer can control i know. I wish this came in 12 ounce size, as i think one at a time would have been enough for me, but again, i am not a hop head. Now that i have tried this one i am looking forward to trying the other fresh hopped offerings i have in my fridge.

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber, no date.

A - A clear dark golden color, somewhere between brown and gold. Pours very little head, and what does dissipates quickly. Little carbonation on the inside.

S - Very strong hops smell that is well balanced with some malt background. I detect somewhat a grapefruit smell.

T - Starts with its interesting flavor from the bittering hops. Grassy is a good word, as per the bottle description. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Quick transition from the initial hops bite. Although, its somewhat surprising to me that there is that much malt hit on what one would think is a hop dominated beer.

M - Not much carbonation on this one. Does have a creamy thick feeling.

D - A good tasting beer, while the intense hops probably would keep me away from drinking alot of these. An excellent beer for a "onezy twozy" night where I really want to taste and enjoy my beer.

Good choice overall.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the 22oz bomber into my dogfish head pint glass.

This beer pours a golden amber with a slightly off white head. This head is rocky and frothy and laces well. The smell is full of fresh piney hops. The taste has bitterness along with those hops and notes of toasted caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of dryness. Overall, fantastic Pale Ale or IPA whatever you really want to call it.

Photo of timmy2b
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, copper color with a fluffy white head that thinned to a layer, leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind.

S - citrus and piney hop aromas.

T - strong piney hop taste upfront, mild malty flavor hits, bitter hop finish. very good balanced brew.

M - light/medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - a very smooth, very good drinking APA.

Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour, decent white head that’s leaving some sheets of lace. This is a pine cone in a bottle, and some flowers thrown in for good measure.

Slick and sticky, this probably makes it for many hop heads, but I’m not a big fan of the floral hops – still, I could sip on this beer for an hour or two. Relatively low alcohol almost makes this a session type brew.

Photo of AMo
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide's Fresh Hop Ale pours a medium turbid amber. The smell is moderate of hops, and the taste has an exceptionally smooth hop taste that makes for an outstanding mouthfeel. Overall, this is what I would like to see in all well hopped beers. A bold hop taste that is very smooth, and not over powering.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of weezyfart
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful fresh hopped pale ale. The color is like polished copper, but i could've done with more lacing, but whatever. Love that it has so much flavor but almost void of sticky mouthfeel. Drinks so fresh and so clean clean. I would definitely reinvest in this beer soon.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber color with a thick white rocky head. The aroma is just like the name says – Fresh Hops! The taste is bitter with a big hop flavor. There is a slight touch of malt noticeable, but just enough to give a good framework in which the hops can shine. The finish is slightly dry. The mouthfeel is medium and about what one would expect. Overall, this is a flavorful brew that goes down easy.

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly clear and golden with a big, fluffy white head. The head settles to a thin covering, but it leaves spectacular lacing.

S- Very citrusy and grassy. A little funky cheese to boot. Doesn't smell overly bitter, just aromatic- just like it should.

T- Very grassy and citrusy. A little bit of funky cheese taste and a little earthy.

M- A little drying and smooth. Crisp and very enjoyable. Right where it should be.

D- Very good example of the style and not over the top or too mild. I am impressed.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, if this could be a year round offering. Alas, what makes it so good also makes it somewhat rare.
Looks unassuming enough. A clear amber color and a bright white head appear upon pouring.
Smells... well, like fresh hops, or what I imagine fresh hops to smell like. There's something of a lemony seltzer thing going on, but far more appealing than any lemon flavored seltzer. Flavors again refer to that lemony seltzer thing with a delicate malt character. Cool, bubbly tea brewed with hop leaves.
The feel on the palate is a bit resinous but it cleans up nicely after a little bit. This is one of those brews that I find it difficult to not guzzle down as quickly as possible. I'd get this by the case if that was feasible but I imagine that this one doesn't age too gracefully. Everything delicious about this beer revolves around the fresh characters. With all this freshness going around, this is a refreshing beer. Get some if you can.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber

A: 1/4" off white head with great retention, leaving plenty of lacing. Hazy butterscotch colored body.

S: Powerful floral and grassy hop aroma. Fresh & outstanding.

T: Big hop flavor - citrusy mostly. Out of balance at first but a sweet malt backbone exerts itself a bit as it warms. Not that it matters (since it's awfully good no matter what you call it) but seems more IPA like than PA like to me.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter than average carbonation. Smooth lasting finish.

D: Excellent hop head's PA. Another great offering from Great Divide. Definitely something to look forward to every year.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review on Beer Advocate! Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Notchings on the label indicate this was bottled in the first week of October 2007.
A: Lively and bright orange color, with darker shades up top and some light almost yellow shades towards the bottom of the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation racing up the middle of the beer. Pours with a full 2 inches of frothy and sticky whitish head that is slow to recede. The lacing is widespread and fairly slippery.
S: Relatively mild citrus and floral hop bouquet, compared to what I expected. This beer is freshly hopped, but not a hop bomb, for sure. There's a nice balance with a little smell underneath, mildly sweet. Kinda grassy, as well. The smell is pleasant, but just a bit too subdued for me.
T: Smooth citrusy hop flavors, backed by a bit of smoky maltiness and grassy notes. More notably hoppy in the middle and finish, bringing in some floral and oily tastes. The lingering taste is a surprisingly smooth hoppiness, not overly bitter.
M: Quite refreshing and satisfying throughout, although with a bit of a lingering oily bitterness.
D: Great. I could drink this all night.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It looks great, the smell is nice but subtle, and the taste is all-around solid. There's just a bit of an odd drying/oily taste and feel that lingers in the mouth that keeps those respective ratings down. All in all, though, a very drinkable beer that is worth trying. I will look forward to this beer's release each fall.

Photo of jhammerly
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is almost picture perfect. A thick off-white head sitting on top of a golden body with amber highlights. Good head retention with some lace clinging to the sides. A nice whiff of citrus and floral aroma after the pour. A bitter grapefruit taste that lingers on the tongue for awhile. Not much maltiness, but it isn't lop-sided with hops either. Light to medium-bodied and a good beer over all.

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light ambery yellowish... (it was kind of dark, so that was what I remembered) nice white head and good lace. smelled nice special smelling malt and a real fresh hop taste. taste had that nice, oily, resiny hop taste. not overbearing and in your face, but clean and strong. harvest time always brings the funk. mouthfeel was nice and full without being too sticky on the palate. i need more.

Photo of beerphan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours to a bright copper color with thick off-white head that lingers for the whole glass and leaves very good lacing. Very strong, very hoppy citrus aroma, leads to a very tingly, full mouthfeel, and this in turn carries over to a bitter citrus hop flavor that is biting, yet pleasant.

Finally, the finish is very bitter, long lasting and dry, just as I would expect from this style. Very possibly the best APA I’ve ever had.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty brew. This was the first season that I was able to sample this brew, and I will certainly be picking up again when it comes out next year. Great Divide has never disappointed me.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a transparent golden orange. It produced a solid two finger white head that slowly dissipated after several minutes to a thin crown on the top of brew. It left quite a bit of lacing.

Smell - Tons of fresh resinous hops - grassy and floral. Very piney and slightly citrusy. There is a thin sweet smell that is beneath the main hops scent - caramel or honey. Smells very enticing.

Taste - There is a thin sweetness intitially from caramel-like malt, and then a huge fresh hop flavor. The hops give it a very piney flavor, along with subdued citrus. While the hop flavor is the center stage, it doesn't slap you in the mouth - it is a very even-handed flavor. This beer highlights the bitterness and grassiness of the hops and less of their citrusy nature.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Very smooth going down. The carbonation level is just under where I would want it for my taste, but I could just be nit-picking. This beer is crisp but still has an extremely slight oily texture.

Drinkability - Excellent. The ABV is right in my sessionability range, and the flavor just makes me want to drink more. I could easily have 2 to 3 pints.

Great Divide hasn't disappointed me yet. This is a great seasonal, it is just too bad that hops are an annual plant, because this would be a great brew to have year-round.

Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw, nose of grain and green hops. The flavor had a pleasant husky grain note that was the platform for leafy late addition hop character that did not overpower or underwhelm. A great rival to Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. These beers are a little tricky in that they do not attempt to overpower, but infuse with oily resinous freshness.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.