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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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1,221 Ratings
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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)
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Pooba001

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:29:45 | More by Pooba001
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JohnL9013

New Jersey

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

An excellent beer, but not a contender for price to performance ratio.

A: Pours your typical pale ale pale orange color. Nothing crazy here, but a very nice, foamy and sticky head with decent lacing.

S: Immediately, I could tell that this was a wet-hopped ale from the taste and smell and looked at the bottle to find that I was correct. I don't know how to describe it, but wet-hopped ales simply have a different character than dry-hopped. It's not better or worse, just different. Expect more of a plant-heavy aroma, and a less intense aroma than similar dry-hopped beers.

T: The fresh hops and balanced perfectly with the malt to give an overall "IPA" feel to this beer but clearly much less dry than that style. The fresh hops will push the typical hop "grapefruit" citrus bite back and instead present more of a "tree" or "grass" (plants) taste up front. Great Divide does do one thing right, and that's make a really well-rounded beer and this beer really hit the spot for me.

M: The mouthfeel is average. Excpect something a little sweeter than you expected so you might not be quite as possessed to swirl it around.

D: Great Divide makes phenomenally drinkable strong beers.

If there was one thing I could add to this site, it would be a sixth category, "value". This beer, which I bought on closeout for $4 a bomber, was definitely worth its asking price and demonstrated more of a $6 beer quality, however, its retail price of $9 is simply excessive and this beer is not worth that much, simply put. My experience with this beer and their Hercules IPA is that Great Divide makes beers that are marginally better than the competition and charges an arm and a leg for the result. I would not buy this beer at full price, however, I will go back to the store tomorrow and buy more at the sale price!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 06:14:54 | More by JohnL9013
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evanforbeer

California

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date best by Dec 30, 2013
Pours a super clean orange with thin white head

Aroma- big grassy hop resin, musty mango, citrus rind, flower pedal

Taste- juicy and resinous: juicy grapefruit and orange with subtle tropical fruit, earthy wet hop resin surfaces in the middle with sweet bready malt, finishes quite dank and sticky with piney/oily hop resin and traces of citrus

Feel- big for a pale ale, sticky, resinous, balanced

Well I am so pleasantly surprised by this. I was quite disappointed with last year's release (in fact, I kept coming across a similar very astringent grassy note in many of their beers that threw me off, not the case here). This is a great wet-hopped beer with all the right resiny, oily hoppy goodness. Well done Great Divide

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 20:38:31 | More by evanforbeer
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dannydetox

California

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

I am a fan of the fresh hop/wet hop experimentation brewers are experimenting with these days. There is a purity I detect with this approach, and while these beers sometimes lack the complexity of the more traditional hopping technique, I like the fact we get choices. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale has an orange-copper color when poured, and retains a friendly skim of head throughout my glass. Aromas are full of sweet pink grapefruit with some floral notes hiding in the back. I detect a bit of molasses sweetness on this one, too. Highly quaffable and refreshing with the expected bitterness. Does not totally dry the mouth, but I wouldn't want a pale ale to do that. Seems a bit maltier than the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere but only just.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 04:19:48 | More by dannydetox
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kk73

Hawaii

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a clear light copper color, with a nice frothy white two finger head. Good head retention which slowly recedes with good lacing.

S - Smells first of floral hops along with earthy and grassy hops. Some notes of pine with a slight detection of bready malts.

T - Slightly bitter piney, grassy hops balanced by an appearance of some bready malt.

M - Crisp, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Expecting more for the price. A nice drinkable beer, and just about right for an APA. Would not seek out multiple bottles of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 11:56:53 | More by kk73
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osusullins

Illinois

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

Pours a nice golden color with a light white head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is very much citrus hop. Grapefruit with subtle pine resin.

Taste is very nice. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor with lots of malty balance. Hops are very nicely represented. You could tell me this is an IPA and I wouldn't argue. Very crisp and light. Perfect carbonation. The hops linger long after you finish. Just lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 00:33:18 | More by osusullins
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WaveRebel51

Nebraska

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only this was readily available 365 days a year. Has a nice, deep amber appearance. The foam from the pour has that fresh from the fermenter look. Smells like fresh-cut grass after a nice mist of rain. The taste is truly exceptional -- piney taste of hops hits up front, but balanced with malt creaminess. A real, refreshing grassy, pine-like taste, which probably comes from the fresh hops. If you like Pales and IPAs, do whatever takes to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 19:51:03 | More by WaveRebel51
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rab53

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:55:56 | More by rab53
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ESPNman

California

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter

A - It pours an almost crystal-clear burnt orange. Think University of Texas orange. One and a half fingers of eggshell-white head. It hangs around for a bit, giving way to some decent lacing.

S - Lots of floral hops, a bit of fresh-cut-grass, and some dank skunky weed smell. It smells fresh and dirty, all at the same time.

T - Much like the nose, a lot of that wet and sticky hops shining through. Very grassy, and very dank. A decent amount of malt balances it out with a subdued sweetness.

M - Pretty light on the palate, moderate carbonation. Not particularly aggressive, and somewhat creamy.

O - One of the better fresh hop beers I've had. It really hits that wet / fresh / dank note, but it's rounded out well with a floral hop backing.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 04:01:07 | More by ESPNman
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

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

Poured from bomber into tulip glass, clear orange in color with 2 finger head and nice lacing around the glass. Bottle date 10/2012.

I don't pick up any hops, rather sweet malt, bready character with orange rind. Kind of disappointed the beer doesn't have more hop character.

Beer is tasting more on the sweet side, slightly syrupy. The caramel malts overwhelm the hop character of this beer. Unbalanced, too much malt. It has a soft feel too it and finishes clean.

Medium bodied beer, very easy drinking, smooth and soft yet effervescent.

I had big expectations given the experiences with Great Divide. It's a good beer but there are better choices. Nothing stood out as far as complexity with aroma or flavor. Maybe I had an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 00:50:46 | More by Durtdiggler
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FatSean

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a 12oz pint glass.

A very nice shade of orangey-brown with a thick off-white head that shortly decomposes into heavy lacing.

Smells of hops! Milder than I would think, but my bomber was a bit cold.

Excellent oily goodness on the tongue at the first sip. Simple flavors, maybe a bit too simple?

Nice and viscous

Goes down smooth, but I think I would tire of the flavor profile after a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:16:49 | More by FatSean
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dashirey

Pennsylvania

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

I enjoyed this tasty beer (on tap from a pint glass) at Canal Street Pub in Reading, PA. A big thanks to bigsplash for letting me know it was on tap! This is my first review of a beer...so here it goes!

A - The orange / copper like color drew me in from the beginning. The thumb of head that I started with dissipated rather quickly, but left behind a small amount a lacing. The beer was neither clear nor cloudy but somewhere in between.

S - Very complex especially for a beginner. Lots of smells from this beer; grassy from the start, from the fresh hops. But later more pine and citrus really overwhelm the nose.

T - Again very complex, it tasted a little different every time I sipped. At first there was a metallic/copper taste - not bad. Followed with more floral then some citrus - but not nearly a overwhelming citrus taste

M - Smooth medium beer with a "twang" at the back of the throat right before it goes down. Carbonation was right on target!

D - Very easy to drink. I would have followed it with another, but more than 2 or 3 would be pushing it for my tastes. I would look for this beer again any time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2007 02:49:38 | More by dashirey
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ChrisA

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured a bright and clear copper color with a two inch heah and good lacing. Beautiful hop aromas. Is that pinapple that I smell? Incredible!!!

Extremely drinkable. Strong hop flavor up front balanced by a good maltiness. This is one hell of a beer. I think it leans more toward an IPA. This should be an all year treat. Thanks to Coal Train Liquors for carrying it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 04:03:16 | More by ChrisA
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santomark

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper, light gold, with a very small head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S - Very subtle on the noise, citrus hops, piney, fresh peeled oranges.. very very subtle.

T - Slight bitterness, pine, orange, extremely balanced. However, I feel this is missing something? But considering this is 55 IBUS it can be hoppy at times.

M - Nice carbonation, slight tingling sensation on the palate, silky, smooth, refreshing. Very nicely done with this part

O - This is a finely crafted beer that is superbly light on the palate. Very drinkable, it goes down very smooth, it covers the palate and very enjoyable.. My only complaint about this brew is I wish more of the hop, dank, sweetness and pine notes would have come through. I understand this brew is not meant to be the boldest IPA. Great divide went for balance and I must say they got very close to perfect. I just wish more smell was present. If you served this to me with any other IPA this would not stand out, until I tasted it. However, this is a very nice balanced IPA, probably the best I've had in the taste category. And is a variety break from the darker, heavier brews in the Autumn season. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 08:57:18 | More by santomark
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jraycee

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a white fluffly head.
Smell is beautiful citrus and fresh cut wood with someone baking bread next door.
Taste is great along the same lines of scents, a little muted and added sweetness. Bitter pine comes up toward the end. Could have been even bigger, but then I guess it would be an IPA.
Mouthfeel is light and resinous with good carbonation.
I like this beer. I'm gonna go look for more...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:59:25 | More by jraycee
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beerorRIP

New Jersey

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

poured from a bomber to my GDBC pint glass: forms a two finger, rocky head that falls back to a small layer of foam. the body is rather clear and light amber. lacing is present but not crazy amounts.

the smell is nice, even this late in the year. i'd had it when it came out at first and it was super grassy and hops. that has faded now, leaving some grassy smells, but more of the hoppy citrus aromas now.

man this tastes nice. there is plenty of hops taste (citrus and a touch of pine) and even a bit of malt backbone showing through. again, this has changed over time, but it's still a really nice enjoyable fresh tasting pale ale.

not too fizzy on this one. somewhat slick in the mouth.

the bomber is a perfect size for this one. you know you'll want more than just one pint, but more than two might be overload!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:33:21 | More by beerorRIP
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept-29 and served on Oct-29.

A: Pours a beautiful copper, with hints of orange flickering about. Two fingers of sticky white head, leaves great lacing and a small layer of foam on top, even after half the glass is gone.

S: Very bright, grassy smell. Citrus notes can be picked up as well.

T: Tastes much sweeter than I expected, with the grass and citrus standing dead center. Finish picks up more of the malty-ness and leaves a very pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with just the right touch of carbonation.

D: So incredibly smoooth and easy to drink. This beer is incredibly fresh and kudos to Great Divide for putting out a great beer that sticks to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 16:38:17 | More by kylejohnson03
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taylocd

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle.

A - bright copper with a bit more orange tint; head was over 1/2-inch and receded slowly, with great lacing.

S - the smell didn't pack the punch I expected from a Great Divide; I picked up more of the citrusy and less of the grassy.

T - this one had a great balance for a pale ale, with ample bitterness without being overpowering

M - the weakest area for this fine beer as it felt just a bit thin.

D - Unfortunately, I only had one bottle of this one, otherwise I could have downed plenty more. It was incredibly smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:11:08 | More by taylocd
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unHipHopHead

Washington

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

A - lighter pale orange color with 3/4in head, very clear. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - citrus, grass, pine. smells very fresh and clean.

T - nice bitter hop flavor that lingers and lingers and lingers until it runs up your throat and nose and finally fades away. While I enjoy the bitter hop flavor that lingers it does feel a bit unbalanced, something is a bit off, too one-dimensional.

M - light and refreshing but also substantial due to the lingering hops.

D: As a usual IPA drinker I can appreciate the punch of hops in this pale ale. Good for a hop fix when you don't want the 6-9%ABV of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 21:22:12 | More by unHipHopHead
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lazjuarez

Florida

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

Poured from a bottle (650ml) into a tumbler. Bottle dated: Oct 17 2011

A: Pours a dark golden color with a burnt orange hue. About 1 1/2 fingers worth of an off white foamy head which dissipates rather slowly, but leaves great sticky lacing behind. Carbonation is coming off the bottom of the glass, very nice looking APA.

S: As soon as I opened it, my nose was overwhelmed with big citrus notes, lemon zest, and Lemongrass. Almost like fresh cut grass. Small piney resin and medium to light maltiness in the background as well

T: Taste follows the bouquet, middle of the tongue is where the hops make a presence, but then the malts come in and balance everything, making for a very quaffable beer.

M: Mouthfeel is medium; Carbonation is refreshing and well balanced. The piney resin along with the biscuity malts, give for a great medium bodied, but non-aggressive APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 06:39:49 | More by lazjuarez
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Jree261

California

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Golden amber pale ale with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Fresh roses and strawberries in the front with cut grass.

Taste-Orange zest that is followed by light grass and red and black fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good full bodied pale ale with a medium length finish.

Overall-Very nice beer. Strong layered aromas are my favorite part. I would've preferred a longer finish but I can forgive for this solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:45:37 | More by Jree261
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timmy2b

New York

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2007 01:13:48 | More by timmy2b
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mstyne

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Bottled on 9/29/2009.

An orange/gold pour with a good head and good lace. Smells of citrus, soap, grassy-earthy.

Definitely a pleasant brew, and what I would expect for this style. The hops are definitely front and center, but not overpowering. I could definitely see this as a session brew, and at 6.1% abv you could probably get away with it.

Would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 00:56:45 | More by mstyne
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chefkevlar

South Carolina

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

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale orange/tan color with an inch or so of fluffy head. Head retention is good and leaves good lacing

S: Smells of citrus and piney hops. There's a slightly sweet note of honey as well.

T: Flavor is actually a little lighter than I expected from the smell. Overall though the flavor is very hoppy with only a minimal amount of bitterness. There's a nice balance also between the hops and a slightly honey like sweetness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing on the palate.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 04:48:22 | More by chefkevlar
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Bugsey

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice pale ale, but a little over the top on the hop bitterness. Compared to a Sierra Nevada or Dale's Pale Ale, this one has more of bitter bite. Now that's a personal preference, but I prefer something more balanced and less jarring. So I'll stick with Sierra and Dale's for this beer style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 15:28:57 | More by Bugsey
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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