Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -19.8%
Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern.
A: Pours a dark, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish. Lacing was fairly thick and sticky.
S: A sweet, grapefruit smelling beer. Slightly sweet, citrus notes. Smelled very good.
T: A pretty bitter, slightly grapefruit note beer. There was some citrus and grapefruit notes in the aftertaste. Was not that balanced of a beer; the sweetness of the malts were not as evident. If this was an IPA, I'd say it was closer to that style, but seemed a bit hoppier than I expected for an APA.
M: A medium-bodied beer that was slightly light and silky on the tongue. Overall, pretty solid mouthfeel.
D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination makes for a nice drinking beer. I was hoping for more of the malts to come through later as I drank to balance out the hops, but it never really made itself evident.
11-23-2010 05:10:35 | More by maddogruss
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
This is one delicious beer. I've been wanting to try a harvest ale for a while, and it didn't disappoint.
Appearance: Looks like the kind of color you expect from an APA or IPA , a rich coppery orange color with a good head that thanks to lots of hops leaves lots of lacing.
Smell: Hops hops and more hops - the fresh kind, resiny and oily. Very intense and lasting - can't wait to taste!
Taste: Taste is a bit surprising. With the huge hop aroma, I was expecting something more bitter, but checking the label I see this is only 55 IBU's - an APA, not an IPA then. For what it is, absolutely delicious. Tons of hop flavor, but well balanced. I wouldn't have minded some more bitterness, but I can't possibly complain about what I got. Not harsh at all, intensely flavorful.
Mouthfeel: Hop flavor sticks to the inside of your mouth. Good carbonation.
Drinkability: I could drink this all night. Excellent.
12-16-2006 19:19:45 | More by hunteraw
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a hazy amber (possible "hop haze") with a nice thick beige head that retains well. The aroma just jumps out at you with huge, juicy citrus and floral hops, some sweet caramel, toasted bread, fruity esters and a hint of ethanol. The taste starts off with an agressive hoppiness, citrusy and floral (very fresh and green tasting), followed by a caramel sweetness, fruity esters and toasted bread. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and drinkability is excellent. An excellent APA, just bursting with fresh hop flavor and a crisp finish that balances the beer well...something to seek out for sure.
01-30-2006 04:55:29 | More by silver0rlead
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on date of Sep 30, 2011. This pours a golden color with a nice off white held which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of hops, citrus, pine, grassy with a little caramel malts. The feels are medium with a nice mouth coating hop bitterness. The taste is great a mouthful of bitter hops the same taste as the smells, great stuff.
11-18-2011 02:50:04 | More by DavidST
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from the bottle into a RR pint glass. Bottled 10.5.2012
A: Fluffy white head. An inch head that dissolves in minutes to a small layer of medium sized bubbles. Golden/copper in color. How I like my pale ales/IPAs to look.
S: Floral and fresh hops
T: Nice pale malts accompanied by floral, grassy, citrusy hops. Ends fairly bitter. A refreshing brew.
M: Smooth and a bit creamy. Good level of carbonation on this one. An easy drinker with bitterness that stays on the palate
O: A nice fresh hop pale ale that went well with the spicy chinese food I was eating. I'd have this again and I'm looking forward to having it on draft. I enjoyed this year's Founders Harvest ale better though.
12-07-2012 22:39:10 | More by Googs
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
This pale ale is mighty good. It would be hard to top. There was a fair head that has faded to a thin coating. There is ample lacing. The beer has a nice orange glow when held to the light. The smell is is of sweet hops. The taste is of hops and nothing else. A very bitter beer. There is a sweetness to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is a lasting bitterness that does not go away anytime soon. Overall, a very good beer that is a must try for hop lovers.
11-05-2006 15:43:20 | More by Enola
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Pours out bright golden amber and sits a pristine, deep-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades slowly to a light skim, with nice lacings all around the glass.
Smells rich and fragrant, loads of citric hops across the board. Grapefruit, orange and lemon zest dominate. Swirls of caramel and lightly toasted malts. Hightly inviting aroma overall.
Caramel, toasty malts run in the foreground with hints of nuttiness and just a touch of toffee. Hop flavor brings out a thick grassy maze of prickly pines and grapefruit rind. Long lasting flavor into a moderately bitter finish.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth, delightfully lifting carbonation in medium volume. Medium body, good balance all around.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a fine beer and fits right in with GD's other brews. Well-made, intensely deep and flavorful. This is a rather aggressive APA, but a name only does so much.
11-05-2005 03:37:58 | More by Skidz
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
My first wet hop or fresh hop ale. Was dying to have this beer. Great divide looks like an awesome brewery with good line up of beers especially IPAs and a lot of experimental stuff.
Had it at beer tasting. Poured from a 22oz bomber.
Regular color of an IPA. Amber, slight copper hue. Small one finger thick head. Medium to low carbonation. Clear and transparent in the glass.
Smell very grassy, from a distance. Prominent hops, slight citrus. Malt and sweetness is not felt at all.
Taste is where it feels like heaven. Extremely hop prominent. Very distinct from other dry hopped APAs. As grassy and fresh as i have ever had. I have smelled and tasted dry, leafy and pellet hops. This one is hell a lot better. You can get a feel(smell and taste wise) of what a freshly harvested hop would be like. Smell is more pronounced when you are devouring it. Just like other APA and IPA stuff. Awesome fresh feel and it seemed to transport me into a grass guzzling panda like world. More upfront on hops and still not very bitter of APAs. Good balance between malts and the type of hops used.
Mouth feel : Less oily. But very smooth. Medium bodied feel.
Excellent brew. Would certainly like to have it again and again.
10-29-2012 00:08:44 | More by AmitC
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from bottle into Tulip glass
A - Beer poured with a dark copper color body; 1/2 finger foam; bubbly; mild carbonation; moderate amount of lacing left on the glass
S - Hop flowery aroma overwhelms the nose; pleasant lemon/grassy zest; slight citrus aroma with a clean, crisp smell
T - Bitter tongue feel on both sides of the tongue; tart; citrus hop taste; light in flavor but a great blend of ingredients leaves a good taste in the mouth with not too much bite in the aftertaste
M - Thin feel with effervescent sensation over the tongue; nice touch over the palate leaving a pleasant blend of good flavors; well-built beer with all the right blends of good ingredients
D - Smooth IPA drink; great with food pairings; citrus pale ale with nice flowery tones; I really liked this drink for being a very hoppy IPA, it really hit the spot and it was very easy to drink
12-25-2010 06:41:27 | More by ferrari29
4.13/5 rDev +1%
A: Copper/orange with an off white head. Good retention.
S: Fresh grassy hop smell. Hint of pine, sweet caramel malt which becomes more bready as the beer warms.
T: Bold hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and a medium to slightly toasted malt body.
M: Light, but clings to the mouth . Medium carbonation.
I prefer the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale to the Fresh Hop. However, it's a very enjoyable example of a full-flavored pale ale.
11-07-2009 03:15:24 | More by GeezLynn
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
A minimal amount of foamy head on top of a pale copper body. Aroma hits you with a large amount of hops. Lemon/Lime citrus, grapefruit and honeydew melon. Some malts are also present but this is all hop. Before I go on about hops the pale, subtly sweet caramel, malt bill is a great base for the hops that go over it. With that as a base there is a great mix of hop flavors. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple and melon upfront. The finish is a mix of pine and grass but the lingering bitterness is fruity. Awesome balance of juicy and bitter. Medium/light body, hop bomb but not bitter bomb. Very drinkable.
06-26-2011 15:13:46 | More by DrinkingDrake
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
12-02-2007 21:43:02 | More by SargeC
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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