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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,471
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 139
Gots: 105 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a orange reddish amber color with an off white fluffy.

The aroma is vibrant of some citrus, but lots of earthy hops, floral notes, pine, green fresh grass and caramel malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with a bit of orange and grapefruit citrus, but is dominated by hops. A sweet citrus note and then some pine resin on the finish. The floral follows a bit, but stands mostly of very green green pine, veggie, grassy, herb hop. There’s a decent caramel malt backbone that gives the beer a bit of sweetness.

The body has a medium to light body. It has a decent carbonation, but then cleans off with a bit of wateriness. This is not to say it’s a bad thing. It keeps the beer from being a full on IPA experience with a drinkable clean light body. This beer is real smooth.

A fantastic beer. One of the better examples of the IPA/APA style.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, clear with sudsy white head. The smell is grassy hops. The taste reminds me of bubblegum at first and then a bitterness comes around. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and creamy, excellent. I like this a lot better this year than I did last year.

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

Bottled on October 16, 2010 and notes taken last night. Pretty much as fresh as I am going to get a Great Divide beer. Here's to tasty hops!

A- Orange-amber with a pretty nice white head that builds to several fingers in height. The frothy pillow leaves a moderate amount of spotty lace.

S- Hops all the way. Pine, citrus and grassy notes make a majority of the aroma. Some caramel and tropical sweetness come in later.

T- Starts very hoppy with big pine, citrus fruit, earthy and grassy notes. Upon finishing, the malt really kicks in with bready hints and makes you remember this is a Pale Ale. The caramel breaks in as it warms. Orange zest, peach and grapefruit all come to mind.

MF- Light end body with high end, stinging carbonation. Fairly creamy and highly bitter.

DB- Fresh Hop is one way to describe this. It is nice to have a reminder once in a while of how damn flavorful hops can be. I really love the malt finish that keeps it from being just another IPA "APA".

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, bright orange in color with an easy, gorgeous white head that showed nice retention.

Smell - The hops are clean if a little dull and I really don't get much of the malt. The aroma is good it just lacks diversity.

Taste - The malts sweeten up a bit at the taste but again they are a bit bland. The hops are good though. They aren't very fruity but have a nice, leafy character that is a bit heavy at times but satisfies nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - This is definitely medium-bodied with some mild but firm carbonation and a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The feel in the cheeks really made this for me. I really like this brewery but this was one of their lesser offerings. It was good but not great.

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Photo of mynie
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!

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours straight pale gold with a layer of film and cathedral lacing. Pine resin, sour citrus and fresh leaf nose. Simple pale malt bill - toasted caramel, some pear and maybe tangerine. Bright lemon and herb hops to end. Clean finish and burning bitter linger. Light to medium, crisp, some stickiness.

Simplistic, but the IBUs are there. Not as fresh-tasting a fresh hop ale as some of the SN Harvests, though. Looking at some of the other glowing reviews, I wonder if this has suffered through shipping and storage...

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber-leaning golden hue topped with a short eggshell stack.
Hops run the gamut in the nose, from the sticky resins of pine and reefer, to the lilting perfumes of floral blossoms, to the sere and desiccated notions of hay and dried herbs, to the dripping fruit tints of pineapple and lime. The malt takes a logical step back, and layers only traces of olfactory shortbread.
And thus, it gallivants into the mouth...
Now, it's time for malt to take its star turn, and it knows it'll be relatively brief, so it brings it with a gusto, launching with a slab of honey-slathered biscuits.
Breathe for a second. Strut and pose for the cameras.
That was good, huh?
Nahahh Dude, the hops are too strong, gotta come with more.
So malt lays down a coup of caramel nougat and toasted marshmallow, then, just for good measure, sprinkles it with toasted grain. And what the malt has planted is fucking epic. Monsterous and deep without being fat or overwrought.
Even the headlining hops have to applaud that.
And now it is their turn...
Blazing forth with ripe peach skins and pineapple, the hops kaleidoscope through myriad patterns and shapes. There is a baseline arid grassiness, and heaped on top of that are sticky-fingered ganja implications and gooey fresh-cut Christmas trees. And further on, rose petals and lilacs give this an ephemeral garden tint, as it rides out full of hay and perfume.

The bitterness is only moderate, but the hop flavor is balls-out.

The mouthfeel is modest and medium in both build and carbonation, and serves primarily to jettison this down the neck with undue haste.

Drinkable? Addicting? Yes and Yes. The beer is gone so fast that I'm left to huff this bottle, tremor a bit, and reminisce of better times.

As a caveat, this either has some variation, or needs to drunk very fresh, as the last two bottles I've had were weaker hop-wise, and, while still solid, generallly disappointing in comparison to my initial euphoria.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper with minimal head. Aroma slams with grassy, piney hops. Taste follows, with this one highlighting the hops foe sure. Interestingly there is a massive malt backbone to this, and it doesn't take away from the grapefruit and aromatic hops. Excellent pale with medium carbonation and slick palate. Malty sweetness really comes out as it warms up. Good stuff.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel green tulip. Split with a friend. Big thanks to StormKing47 for this one.

A: Pours an orangeish-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head that slowly receded into a thin bubbly film that left a fairly thick sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of citrus hops, pineapple and grapefruit. Not much malt, but there is a little bit of cracker or bread crust.
T: Follows the nose except the hops are a little less citrusy and a little more herbal and earthy. Finish has a touch of malty sweetness and the aftertaste is lightly bitter.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and even carbonation. Not overly sticky, syrupy or dry.
D: Overall I'd buy this occasionally if it were local, but there are plenty of west coast APA's that I'd probably rather drink. Good but not memorable.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A light copper brew that forms a one fingered head. Settles quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Particulates suspended in the beer. I don't know if it is yeast or hop particals. I am not a fan of unfiltered or bottle conditioned beers.

The smell is of flowers and pine. Never smelled a fresh hop but I think it would smell something like this.

The taste is grassy and floral with a hop bitterness on finish. Maybe a little smoke aftertaste. Light bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style. A good APA and worth a try to find out what a fresh hop does to beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1581st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip

Bottle dated Oct 4 2012
Purchased at Party House Liquor, Chino Hills, CA ($8.99, I overpaid I think)

App- A nice and medium looking amber color with some good highlights and a bit shimmery. Had a nice 1-1/2 finger white capped head that stuck around for a bit and left a nice cling/lace trail. A nice looking beer in the glass.

Smell- Its an okay pale ale for me. I think im not used to Wet hopped pales yet. The thick hop notes intermixed with the base malts create a fairly caramel rich nose that isnt really my thing.

Taste- Along with the nose, this flavor profile doesnt really do it for me. With my pale ales I like them to be a bit brighter and lusher. This was thick with caramel malts and tinges of bitter. Was a bit thick on the flavors but guess that comes with wet-hopped I am noticing.

Mouth- I can appreciate the feel on this one. GD likes to amplify their flavors and this was no different. A bit too thick of a body but semi-works on this one. The carbonation is a bit lush and creamy like a fuller IPA/DIPA vs. this style. I generally liked it though.

Drink- I will say I am usually excited for GD beers. Although besides the Yeti lineup my fervor is waining for some other beers in the series. May have to try to land things in the 12oz size before going 22oz. Probably wont have this one next year.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ale poured with a thin but fairly thick one finger head that did stay one the scene for quite some time. The beer was a medium amber color almost like a dark honey and has some gold notes to the color. Slightly hazy with no visible carbonation.

Aroma is very citrus like and of fresh hops. Also very slightly spicy.

Taste is very well balanced and if anything focuses more on the raw/fresh hop flavor. This, of course, is not a bad thing to me.

This is a Pale Ale for Hop heads, which means that I like it. There is some malt goodness early in the flavor profile that is taken over by the hop bitterness that lingers a bit then fades nicely. I have to give them some bonus points for imagination here. They took an APA and hopped it up without making it into a mock IPA. It really does not have much lingering hop bitterness at all. (On an IPA level anyway)

Almost a brown bread like finish to the flavor that is accompanied by some hop goodness.

Mouth feel is fairly light and this beer is very drinkable.

If you want to begin the journey of taking someone from APA and introduce them to IPA's start with this as a gateway beer. This is a nice place to introduce people to the flavor and bitterness of fresh hops.

I like this and would gladly enjoy another.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear light/medium orange color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Dank grassy and citrusy hops, with emphasis on orange and mango. Clean overall with a balancing neutral maltiness and a touch of crystal malt.

3.5 T: Good, but the hops don't pop as much as I had hoped. Grassy, earthy, and orange citrus with a touch of pine. Malts play a larger part in the taste. Moderate sweetness with an equal breadines and some crystal malt to a lesser extent. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, but I could go for some more. Smooth.

3.5 D: I used the word "moderate" a lot in this review and it's only fair to call this beer "moderate" overall. Nothing really stands out, but it is still a solid brew.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is yeast, pine, tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of biscuit malts. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, mild to medium hop resin, malts and a long and heavy bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head builds up on this golden hued beauty. There are tons of bubbles rising to the top keeping the head afloat nicely.

S: Nice earthy fresh cut grass aroma. There is a hint of citrus in the background, but cut wet grass reigns supreme.

T: Nice pine taste with hints of lemon. There is a nice underlying maltiness which pulls this one together.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall: I really like this beer; it should be introduced earlier in the season though. This would be a nice light hopped beer to drink at the beach or on a hot Florida afternoon. I love Great Divide and this is another example of a finely crafted easy drinking brew that is easy on the pocket.

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Photo of alexgash
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of floral and bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of floral hops, a hint of citrusy hops, apple skins, piney hops, and caramel malt. A little thin-bodied. A nice pale ale though!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Cloudly amber color. A good inch and half of white head. A really great looking beer.

S - Got your hops right here. Citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit and a sweeter citrus; like a ripe orange.

T - Great balance of bitter hops and sweeter malt, with the hops winning out. Of course they do, it is a fresh hop ale. The aftertaste of bitterness lasts for awhile afterward.

M - Sublime. Very soft body, carbonation dances on the tongue. I am not sure what it is, but the texture of the beer is amazing.

D - Best fresh hop ale I have had this season and a great ale overall. The body really surprised me, to have the bitterness biting at the tongue with the softness of the beer really created a perfect experience.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange two finger head that lingers and leaves great lacing.

S-Earthy, some citrus, dirt, good deal of hops, nice for an APA.

T-Rather earthy, dirt and pine. Nice bitterness, tad bit of citrus with nice balance.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and lots of hop resins.

O-Another great fresh hop beer. The fresh hops are showcased nearly as well in an APA as oppose to an IPA but still a yummy and very affordable beer.

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Photo of Brent
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh indeed - my bottled date was just a couple of weeks earlier. Nice hops profile, both citic and wet-hops herbacious. Lively mouthfeel, this beer comes across as being quite a bit bigger in the ABV department, and I was surprised to see it is less than the 7% or more I would have expected. A very nice example of how to handle fresh hops for maxiumu flavor.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely balanced, fresh and pleasing pale ale.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Retro somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design (As of today the picture on its BA profile reflects an old label and/or this one may need a new beer entry if the brew has changed in any manner since.). Short descriptive narrative noting the main ingredients and way of brewing this fresh ale. Displays date of bottling (Sep 22 2009), shows IBUs (55), and Alc. by Vol (6.1.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous white head that faces with good retention and hefty lacing.

S - Soft, even light aroma, grassy, citrusy and a tad of malt, but all very subdued.

T - Nice hoppy freshness, citrusy, a tad of grapefruit, over a good malty note.

M - Very fresh mouthfeel, smooth and with good carbonation.

D - Fantastic offer, a great brew and very quaffable.

Notes: Nice wet-fresh hop brew. Nice how it balances being a hoppy pale ale, with a noticeable freshness without giving it a sense of a jump to an IPA, which would have been fine by me but would turn it into another beast. Instead, they have accomplishes an rather nice and balanced pale ale with a very nice touch to it.

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Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass mug. Born on Sept 23, 2009, stamped on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.79.

A: Clear rusty-amber with 2-3 finger beige head with good retention and craggy lace formations

S: A great-smelling brew with tons of C-type hops aromas that are mostly citrus, pine, and lightly leafy layered on a fair-to-style solid pale malt backbone

T: Hops are aggressive but not as moldy grassy as I thought (maybe that's 3 months in the bottle), and they deliver a nice palette of hops flavors including lemon, orange, pine, and leaf with a substantial but overmatched pale malt sweetness that just regulates the hops somewhat.

M: Tacky and sticky like an IPA but more comfortable drinking lack of dryness like an APA. Aftertaste is very bitter though.

D: High price tag but probably worth it because of the dedication to quality that Great Divide always devotes to its brews. I'm glad I tried it because it is excellent, but I would still probably buy an Arrogant Bastard if they were the only brews left on the shelf.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.