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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 131
Gots: 86 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of stephensinner
4/5  rDev -2%

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

I have never seen this before in MN, I think this is a newly distributed item. So I had to grab this bomber for $7

Poured into a pub glass off a semi rigerous pour. 2 inches of of white foamy head form up, slowly receding to leave a thick collar and even thicker webbings of sticky lace.
This is transparent with an amber copper color.

Aroma is all filled with hops, bitter bitter hops.
Theres a tad of grassy hay filled hops as well, plenty of pine bite and a touch of sauteed onions and peppery spice. Malt exists in the mix with a semi-sweet mixture of grains and floral hops juicing forward.

Taste up front is malt and hops, increasingly sweet into the middle. Cereal grains, huge floral hops wafting through my nostrils and returning to flavors. Pine, a touch of mint, peppercorns, aspirin, fresh cut grass and caramel corn buttered toffee.
Finishing bitter with an increasing dryness, hops linger for a good amount of time.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation with a bit of balance from a fuller body.

Yum!

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and bright, golden amber with a frothy pure white head. Very pretty. The nose is big-time citrusy American hops with some soft green edges, laid on a foundation of evocative caramel malts. On the palate, scratchy hop oils and brilliant orange marmalade flavors come up first, followed by a softened malt sweetness. Lots of bitterness toward the end, with active hop tingles left on the tongue. Overall, this is a great beer. Everything is balanced, smooth as possible given all the hops that were thrown in, and well-integrated. Very well done.

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

Pours a clear, golden copper. Aggresive pour yielded a full 2 fingerwidth head, good retention.

The smell is all hops, unabashedly so. Piney and citrusy, this is a delicious aroma.

Following the aroma, the taste is all about the hops. Mild hints of grapefruit, starts off strong, but am disappointed as it falls short after the first strong impression. I'd call the ending mild and smooth, but thats being kind to an otherwise good beer.

This is generally a good beer, I like the aggressive hoppiness, but I just don't get much out of the taste.

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

Presentation: 24oz brown bomber

Appearance: Bright orange amber brew with high carbonation and a fluffy off-white head that lasts.

Smell: Fresh, citrusy/piney hops with smooth caramel and toffee flavors in the background.

Taste: Very light biscuit and toasty caramel with a slightly medicinal hoppiness. A bit less hop flavor than anticipated, but this ends bitter, woodsy, and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Not bad, it's pretty tasty overall, but the hop flavor is surprisingly understated...I would have liked a little more.

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Reaper16
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC into a pint glass

Pours a brassy brown that is pretty typical of the APA style, perhaps a smidge darker than the average pale ale. The small head is white and foamy, so much so that the head looked like it was the product of a nitro tap. Lacing is not happening.

A bevy of pine smells come up out of the glass. The malt aroma is faint but sweet when it shows up. This is really one-note and unimpressive. I'd love to be able to write more about it, but I can't.

At least it tastes fine. The wet hops dominate the flavor, though the lupulin flavors aren't complex. This is a very grassy beer. The strong pine from the aroma doesn't translate to much pine flavor. And it isn't floral. Its mostly just astringent and it reminds me of straight lawn grass. The pale malts do bring some biscuit background so that the grassy hops don't become unbearable.

The carbonation level is moderately high, which is a plus and it compliments the thinner body. I can't rate the drinkability of this beer highly. It just isn't good enough to want to have multiple pints of.

Ultimately, this beer drinks like an APA from a random brewpub. I wasn't impressed at all, though this is fine enough.

Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear amber with a huge three inch head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pine and citrus hops

t: Hops up front but they are moderate and tasty resin/citrus. Relatively dry finish.

m: Light to moderate and smooth, but not the "glycerin" silkiness I have read it described as.

o: An exceptionally easy-drinking fresh hop ale. However, I still prefer the much cheaper SN hemispheres, so will probably not pay $8 for this again when I can get either of those for $5. Plus you get 3 ounces more with the SNs.

Photo of moonknight31
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cbl2
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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 ninaturner
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber with an inch of off-white head.

Smell: Grass and herbal notes, malty.

Taste: Slightly spicy, herbal and resin hop but predominantly malty, carmelly and slghtly sweet. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Here is a bottled on date of October 14, 2010. Now four months later, I Probably should have skipped it. Almost certainly would be better "Fresh". Will look for it in the future, fresher.

Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is my kinda pale ale! I have no idea if other beers use so-called "wet hops" in their brews, but after tasting this one, it sounds like a damn good idea...you can really taste how fresh the hops are. The aroma is excellent as well..big, floral hop smell of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is just right. Some could try to tag this as an IPA, but it really doesn't have that IPA "bite" to it..just a menacing hoppy character to go along with the malts. What a great surprise..a fairly low-alcohol offering..a pale ale, that's got such a unique hop flavor and reminds you of why you drink quality beer.

Drinkability is great. Too bad this is a seasonal...I wish this would replace their Denver Pale Ale.

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of yeaprolly
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of udubdawg
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A friend highly recommended this stuff, so I finally tried it.
Pours a light copper color with nice clarity - left the yeast sediment in the bottle with little trouble. A large pillowy off-white head forms and sticks around a while, lacing the glass throughout.

Nose is very floral and grassy, with some citrus. It isn't as strong as I expected but still expresses itself without difficulty. Maybe I should check the age on the bottle. Malt? - none noted here.

Hmm. There is no denying that this tastes quite good...but it isn't what I expected. In terms of trueness to style, it is well done - quite clean, more bitter than some, some semblance of balance with some pale malt not noted in the aroma. Though citrus was evident in the aroma I wouldn't call this fruity. Sweetness is very light. Bitterness is very apparent but I'd never mistake this for an ESB.
Not sure what happened with the mouthfeel. Carbonation is quite low - much lower than expected reading the other reviews. I'd better get another bottle to make sure this one wasn't past prime.

Quite drinkable. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hoppier and less balanced than some, more bitter than some, but still within the APA style. I'll have this again.

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark gold with a sticky white head that laces very nicely. Smell is all hops, citrus, pine, grass, dusky earth.
Taste is the same with just a slight malt sweetness. Well carbonated, slick and smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink with a bitter hop finish.
Nicely done for the style.

Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to orange body with golden hues beneath the massive, foamy off-white head that erupts from the pour and is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Generous aromas of sweet malt and piney and citrus hops float from the glass although it is tough to tell which is the headliner. As it warms, there are hints of wood and grass as well.

The immediate flavor is citrus hops, followed by the sweet maltiness, and ending with the grassy and pine hop notes.

Medium in body with generous carbonation, with an oily coated finish.

A very nice AIPA overall, although it seemed a bit metallic at the finish, I would write this off to the fact that the bottle was just over a year old (did not notice when purchased).

Photo of williamherbert
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a bright but hazy yellow-orange. Lots of carbonation. Finger of ice cream float head. A few layers of frosty, thick lace. Looks bright and awful inviting.

The aroma is equally giving off a smell of bitter alpha hops, as well as some dry pale malt. The aroma hangs above the glass. Slight citrus aroma, but more of a bitter pine.

Sweet malt is the initial taste, but it also has a lasting hop bitterness. As it warms, it mellows out. The hops are still bitter, but sting less. All the trappings of a nice -- strong but not extreme -- Imperial IPA. Much more than just a pale.

The feel is thick and creamy. It leaps off the tongue with mild carbonation. Overall it's a nice, well-balanced Imperial IPA. Quite good.

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev -2%

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.