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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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91
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1,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 133
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 jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly less then super beer. It pours a nice golden amber color with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacy residue on the glass. It smells like a hoppy bread. Hmmmm hop bread? Sounds like I have some experimenting to do with me free time. The taste is a-ok. Its a light pale ale with a nice malty, hop start and a good long bitter finish. Its has slight citrus flavors that are layered under and through the hops. I like it. Its not punch you in the face hoppy but also not a wimpy beer. There is a good balance of flavors and smells to this brew.

Photo of Damian
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Columbus for about $5. The appearance was brilliantly clear, pale copper, thick and frothy topper. The aroma is mostly hops, fresh and resiny. The taste is OK, a nice balanced pale ale base with a blast of fresh hops giving a bitter punch, tasty enough to keep my interest through the bottle. Overall this is not something I'd miss if I didn't see it again, but it's far from bad.

Photo of SargeC
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold-orange color with a slight haze. Golden-white head.

Smell: Citrus, bread. The hop aroma is subtle instead of pungent.

Taste: Very pronounced hop flavor. Characteristics change throughout the taste. Begins with citrus flavors and evolves into pine. A minor sweetness in the brew balances and supports the hop flavors this beer displays.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very crisp. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Another excellent member of the Great Divide family. A good fresh hop brew that showcases different hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness.

Photo of ryanismean
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bomber a crystal clear darkish amber with a nice quarter-inch head, which settles to a respectable layer of foam and leaves sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is unsurprisingly dominated by oily northwestern hop, all piney and grassy floral herb, with just a hint of sweet, fruity malt bringing up the rear. Flavor is much of the same. Resinous hop bitterness coats the tongue, although the aromas seem a little muted in the mouth, at least until it warms a bit. There is some sweetness up front, but it is quickly overpowered by the bitterness--are they sure this is just 55 IBUs!? Tasty in any case, but hardly balanced, which, fortunately, is exactly what I was looking for. Finish is long and bitter, the hop oils just take up residence in your mouth and refuse to be evicted.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes, but not bad. Nicely carbonated, but not enough residual sugar to create a pleasant stickiness. I could drink a couple of these in a session perhaps, but in my opinion this would be much better paired with a meal. The thought of downing a bomber of this alongside a plate of blackened chicken czarina makes my heart melt.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle.
Bottled the first week of October, 2007, according to the label.
55 IBUs according to the label.

a: Clear orange/amber with thick, frothy head that settles slowly and coats my glass with lacing.

s: Like any good American IPA, delicious! I think the label is right on here, "an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor."
So in review, grassy, citrus hops and little else.

t: Same as the smell: a big hop presence, though the bitterness is not too high. Great citrus flavor with some lightly sweet malt.

m: Dry finish, medium body, average carbonation for style.

d: The fresh hop addition makes this APA more of an American IPA at least in terms of aroma and flavor. Hops aren't too bitter, alcohol isn't really noticeable, a good brew. I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I smell fresh hop! Citric, pine initial balance shifts to deep, sweet malt. Mmmm, mmmm!

Orange amber color, good clarity, mediocre head.

Crisp, clean Pale Ale stylings. It’s beefy, but not loud. Hop maintains significant presence, but isn’t overpowering. Hop bitterness grows to a quiet roar. Nice balance. Spot on, I say.

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.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.