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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

1,241 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | 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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sammo

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-23-2012 19:53:01 | More by sammo
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Googs

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:39:10 | More by Googs
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2014 20:59:11 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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changeup45

Florida

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

This is a really good beer. A murky darker shade of orange, not a big head but still some nice sticky lacing. Fruity hop aroma and potent for a Pale Ale. Grapefruit hoppy flavor, slightly sweet maltiness, which sneaks out more as it warms, bitter and a little dry. Nicely balanced. A lot of flavor and a lot of hops for a Pale Ale, which seems like it could be an IPA. Perhaps Great Divide put an IPA in a Pale Ale bottle so we'd be shocked at the flavor. Whatever, it worked, this might be the best Pale Ale I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:00:46 | More by changeup45
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beachbum1975

Ohio

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

A – 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.

S – Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.

T – A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.

M – Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D – I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going… It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 02:09:24 | More by beachbum1975
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-05-2012 00:37:12 | More by Shilt
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into DFH snifter. I must say that I like this year's bottle art more than the previous style.

Poured a little darker than I was expecting- somewhat of a dark amber color with a small head.

Great pine aroma that was followed up in the mouthfeel by a ever so slight creaminess with hints of grapefruit backed by some caramel malt. I definitely am enjoying the fresh-hop ales this year but I wish I had gotten them a little earlier because even this seems like it would've been hoppier when it was a little fresher. Definitely drinkable- It would be nice to have 2 bombers of this in a night. I'll definitely be getting it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 19:50:36 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Bfarr

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber and foamy tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Sweet grassy and bright fruit aromas. Taste follows immediately with hints of lemon, pineapple, and ranier cherry. Grassy takes a back seat but is omnipresent in the background. Smooth, clean finish with a light linger.

Fairly robust and nicely balanced, this has great flavor and very complex for a pale ale. Certainly not a backyard chug-a-bunch but a wonderful sipper and probably ideal for pairing.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:50:41 | More by Bfarr
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zenwatts

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-17-2012 17:01:19 | More by zenwatts
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-01-2012 13:28:31 | More by LarryMyers
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Bill235

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-27-2013 12:55:33 | More by Bill235
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-16-2011 16:49:50 | More by jeffthepony
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AmitC

New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:08:44 | More by AmitC
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mikey711

New Jersey

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

I dont remember when I enjoyed this but it was when it was fresh, lets say end of october

A: vibrant orance with an inch of white head. Lots of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass and there is good head retention but no lace.

S: Nicely fresh and hoppy. The hops were mainly citrus and there was a light caramel note in the backgroumd

T: Bursts of lemon and pine followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. As it warmed it become much pinier

M: Decent amount of body with some creaminess and a bit of puckering bitterness

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable but it was missing that "it" quality to make it great

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:14:44 | More by mikey711
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minterro

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-26-2013 02:32:07 | More by minterro
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-10-2013 20:09:52 | More by Zonian1
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON OCT 04 2010" stamped on the bottom of the label.

A- Clear, light amber appearance. Pours with 1 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very gradually to a thin cap. Excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Pine with subtle earthy hop notes. Bready malty notes follow the hops.

T- Malty, bready, biscuity notes, with solid hop bitterness coming in behind it, providing a flavorful, balanced attack.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Quite creamy. Very smooth. Very good.

D- Very good. Easy drinking and enjoyable on all fronts.

Future outlook: A winner of an APA, will be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:13:08 | More by DoctorDog
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice golden hue with a two finger dense white head that retains very well
S: smells of citrus with grapefruit leading the way, a bit of pine and grassyness and a bit of pale malt and caramel in the nose
T: earthy and grassy with some citrus and pine a bit of caramel sweetness comes through as well. the swallow brings more earthyness and pine
M: medium feel in the mouth with nice and soft carb which his perfect
O: Probably one of the best fresh hop ales I've had. It's about two months old so I imagine this was orgasmic when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:53:27 | More by SHODriver
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

06-07-2012 00:14:15 | More by rkarimi
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csmalley

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2013 16:29:49 | More by csmalley
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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

2008 version. 22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a dark copper with a fine bubbled off white head. Big piney hop aroma. Pretty good initial hop blast. Decent malt base with a little sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, not that mouth puckering dryness you get in some hoppy beer. Maybe a little one dimensional, but if you like hops that's a good dimension.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 00:47:49 | More by homebrewhawk
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biggmike

Mississippi

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

Poured an attractive copper color with a generous white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin layer of head across the top. The aroma is of grassy hops and smells outstanding. The taste is of citrus hops and is medium-bodied. This is a very good beer and very drinkable. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2012 00:49:06 | More by biggmike
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JEdmund

Kansas

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

Appearance
Pours out golden orange and clear; regular inch-sized head, with moderate lacing

Aroma
Yum and wow! This is such a big part of the beer. It really excites your tongue to get a whiff of this. The fresh hop brewing truly gives this a unique aroma, as it's not something I've smelled before. It's clearly hops, just different and really refreshing. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass - not necessarily a lawn smell, but a very natural wet, earthy, plant matter kind. Also very citric, with nice hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes like a well-crafted pale ale. It's immediately recognizable and familiar, yet unique and exciting. The mouthfeel is light, as it should be for a pale ale. Nice level of carbonation and swishing it a little in the back of my mouth really opened up the flavor: orange, grapefruit, and a tasty malt balance.

Overall
Another fantastic seasonal that I will be sure to pick up each summer when it's available (I wish it came in a six-pack.) Easily a session beer due to its low weight. The aroma is really the standout character of this beer; I've never been so impressed by any beer's aroma like this one.

Update
Had this again April '07 and it was still tasty, but not nearly as aromatic and flavorful. I think the key is to pick it up within the first couple months it hits the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:34:15 | More by JEdmund
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-08-2013 03:31:41 | More by iemailjack
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy amber color... white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell is dominated by hops naturally, with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same, but very crisp, giving it huge scores in the mouthfeel department. Just a pleasure to drink, not overpowering and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 19:17:12 | More by theboozecruise
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.