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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
91
outstanding

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 53 | 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 Ego
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

eyes...
on an easy pour this produced a beautiful flluffy white head that moves like jello, good carbonation, clean and consistent looking, burnt orange with amber highlights, very nice looking for a PA. retention is good, ditto the lacing.

nose...
nice fresh and clean hop aroma (of the floral variety), this doesn't bowl you over and is not a "hop bomb", it just smells friggin delicioius. the malt is detectable but this is obviously a very american IPA, and that aint a complaint...

taste etc...
prickly carbonation and good solid mouthfeel, a little thicker than a lot of IPAs and definitely oily. the bitterness is really nice, you get a total array of bright flavors between the hops and malt, the sensation of the bitterness and carbonation blends very well. drinkability scores well here also.

verdict?
go buy a bottle. in a way this is just a really good example of the style, it pulls the right chords in all the right places.

Ego, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of benloho
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -26.5%

akttr, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Boilerfood
4/5  rDev -2%

Boilerfood, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

xdefeatsy, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli from draft.

A: A deep orange amber color with a one finger head. Not a ton of glass lacing, but a just a good looking beer.

S: Massive hops, fresh hops. Smells of citrus, pine and grass with some subtle sweetness of malt.

T: Wow, this is a pale ale? Yes it is. The huge amounts of wet hops really stand out with that fresh cut grass flavors, grapefruit, pine and a bit of earthly floral flavors. The deep malt sweetness lies in the backround, but the hops keep beating it down. What a fabulous pale ale, maybe the best I have ever had. Hop head rejoice in this one.

M: Medium to thin. This is where you realize this is not an IPA, but an APA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for an APA it is outstanding. Nice lingering bitterness.

D: Uber high. Nuff said.

Overall probably the best pale ale I have ever had, but you must like hops. If you don't like hops, stay away...far away. Bravo GD, you continue to impress the hell out of me.

Kadonny, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle dated Sep. 29, 2009

A: Pours a rich golden color with slight haze. The head is thick and fluffy, with excellent retention and great lacing.

S: The smell is almost all hops. Citrus, pine and spring meadow dominate the nose, while a sweet, honey-like malt aroma takes a back seat.

T: Like the smell, only alot more powerful. Citrus, pine, and grass are most prominent, with a very bitter edge. The finish is somewhat sweet, yet has a leafy floral character.

M: Medium bodied, yet not as viscous as I would have imagined. Crisp and dry, and also very refreshing.

D: Overall, this beer is very easy to drink. Great on it's own, but would be great with spicy dishes, fish, or even wild game birds.

WYVYRN527, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok, here we go...

Pours a clear darker copper color with about half an inch of frothy white head. Nice sticky lacing is left behind.

This one smells fresh. Fruity, grassy, and there is some pine mixed in, also.

The taste starts off with a bit of doughy malt before the grassy hops kick in. There is some citrus and pine as well contributing to the bitterness that I so enjoy. Malt presence is there throughout, but the hops are the stars in this one.

Creamy, oily medium body with a dry, bitter aftertaste. The dryness makes you want to take another sip...to which I will gladly oblige. I only bought one of these, but I will be grabbing more before they disappear. This one is almost a session brew for me. Tasty.

Imstillthegman, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of carln26
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a medium copper color, very clear, and was topped by a thick, fluffy off white head that showed good retention, and left a nice lace on the side of the glass as it settled. The nose does impart a good bit of hops. Light on the floral hop, more grassy with a citrus finish. Light caramel character in the aroma. The flavor is classic American Pale. Decent balance of caramel malt with a punch of citrus hops. Floral hop shows more mid way through the drink, and lasts into the finish. More bitterness than I expected in the beer. The mouth feel is slick, just a touch sticky. Decent drinkability. I've had a few other fresh hop offerings from Russian River, Moonlight to name a couple, and this lacks the strong floral character I really enjoyed in those beers. It could be the age, and if so, I apologize. Good enough that I will try again next year, and test the freshness.

carln26, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Williaar, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/amber with a two finger head that fades slowly to a rocky cap and thick ring, leaving behind clumps of foam on my glass. The initial pour was pretty clear, but when I poured the second half of the bomber their was plenty of sediment in the beer.

Smell; pine resin and orange peel hops dominate the nose up front. A nice, solid caramel malt presence gives a good balance to the smell.

Taste; as expected the hops are right there in your face, but manage to keep from becoming overwhelming. The malts are there just enough to add a bit of sweetness, that seems to set you up for the next bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is just about what I would hope for in the style.

RedHaze, May 26, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

barefootbrewer, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of bobhits
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, slightly amber colored. A nice pillowy head with good retention. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Fresh hops just have a certain aroma. It has this sweet yes balanced bitter nose. It's hard to explain but this is dead on for the harvest ales.

A light malty amber mouth, that finishes sharply bitter. Earthy and citrus hops, very oily and extremely bitter.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Feels more than 6.1% which is a touch of a disappointment.

Rather easy drinking beer. Just right for a pale ale.

Overall a really tasty beer. Bottled October 4th and consumed the 16 so I can't really find a fresher beer. At 6.99 this is just way too freaking expensive though. A 22 dollar 6 pack and lets not forget sierra makes a better fresh harvest for $4 for 24oz. Goose island makes a 6 pack for something like 8 bucks that's again better than this.

bobhits, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw, nose of grain and green hops. The flavor had a pleasant husky grain note that was the platform for leafy late addition hop character that did not overpower or underwhelm. A great rival to Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. These beers are a little tricky in that they do not attempt to overpower, but infuse with oily resinous freshness.

dedrinker, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of tewaris
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub & Herb's.

Appearance 4.5/5
Clear deep copper with a creamy off white head; decent head retention and good lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Very fruity in the nose with tropical fruit notes shining, mango & papaya, and some herbal aroma.

Taste 4/5
Flavorful bitterness riding on a good, but nondescript, malt base with a bitter, medium-dry finish.

Mouthfeel 3.5/5
Medium bodied with low-ish carbonation. I'd like it crispier, but it could be the serving temperature too.

Drinkability 4/5
Good but nothing exceptional given the flavor/ABV ratio.

tewaris, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jnardone235, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of sunofneurot
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

sunofneurot, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured some of a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bright amber orange color. The light tan head rises fast and furious, then slowly dissolves over the course of minutes turning rocky and clinging to the glass with confidence. Nice!

Big citrus hop aroma, with an earthy quality to the hops and malt background. Flavor has a citrus and pine quality to the hops. There is a light sweet caramel malt background but this baby is all about the hops. Finishes bitter and tingly, it lingers for a bit.

Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinking big hoppy beer.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of hunteraw
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

hunteraw, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev -2%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

jbphoto88, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Googs
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Googs, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of LarryMyers
4/5  rDev -2%

LarryMyers, Jul 01, 2012
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.