Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.
Yeah buddy, like the sun burning a thousand rays, this one is on fire! Hot damn is this thang juicy! Like Aphrodite's honey nectar, Raul is feelin' it hard!
Smooth, supple, and clean like your mama fresh out of the Four Seasons.
Get it up and get it good.
10-28-2013 02:14:44 | More by RaulMondesi
2.95/5 rDev -27.9%
Picked up a bottle of this, could not resist the label nor the style.
Pours a hazy deep golden with a rough skimming of foam on top, though it's thinning is quick.
The aroma is of harsh grass and alfalfa and even a little sharp pine. Sadly, none of the pleasant citrus is left and sharpest qualities are left.
The taste is much the same. Decent malt body that lets the hop shine, but the hop profile is kind of sharp. I'm not sure what varietals were used in the hopping, but they tend to focus on the grassy and bitter flavors without any floral or citrus kiss, and instead the notes are closer to the skunk (but with a much larger hop) of a green-glass beer.
Still, I don't mind it, but I would consider using a different hop varietal to brew with next September.
11-28-2005 01:10:45 | More by freed
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.
A. Full 3 finger fluffy head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Color is dark golden orange.
S. Hops. Citrusy, Piney hops. Touch of lemon zest. Very hoppy and floral. Biscuity malt smell.
T. Fresh hops up front. Piney Citus hops flavor. More biscuity malt flavor. Well balanced. A very tasty APA.
M. Medium boided. Medium carbonation. Pretty crisp.
D. Highly drinkable. This would be pretty close to my definition of what an APA should be. I like pale ales with a kick of hops, but not so much that it borders on an IPA. Damn good Pale Ale.
02-14-2010 18:43:25 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.13/5 rDev +1%
A-Pours a totally,translucent orangish,amber with 2 fingers of dense,lasting,dull white foam that left gorgeous rings of lacing.
S-Lots of tangy grapefruit,floral hops,pine,orange juice concentrate,a sweet punchiness similar to a Peach Jolly Rancher and a touch of toffee malt and cracker malts.
T-More big citrus and stonefruit.Jammy,fruit juice sweetness,earthy/slightly grassy hops and caramel malt.Very nice and bright with some definite Simcoe qualities in there.
M-Tangy,bright and dry with a good balance of sweet,earthy and tart flavors.
O-Real nice Fresh Hop ale that I've passed over numerous times because of freshness issues.I was very pleased to find a fresh one.Didn't disappoint.
10-31-2011 16:42:08 | More by StlHopHead77
3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Fresh Hop. Big dense rocky lacy head. No sediment. Clear rich bright thin amber color. Rich resinous grassy fresh floral hop front. Hop infused cloying grassy sweet caramel biscuit grapefruit ester tasty malty body. Dry rich hot hop spice bitter resinous citrus clean end. Sampled 10/23/2008. 4 @ $6.79 Each.
Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--Bottled On: SEP 23 2009. 2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint? Rich dense lacy white head. Clear pretty bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral citrus grass hop front. Creamy mild sweet piney fruity grassy hop resin mild doughy crusty caramel hint body. Mild hop spice fresh clean sweetbread citrus hint end. Sampled 7/24/2010. 2 @ $8.25 Each.
Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2010. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy dense lasting thick white head. Fizzy clear bright ripe peach amber color. Delicate grassy citrus floral fresh hop front. Mildly textured slightly creamy mellow sweet soft doughy caramel soft hop resin flavored palette. Smooth mild citrus hop spice end. Sampled 10/29/2010 from 22 oz. bottle purchased for $9.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/20/2010.
07-24-2010 21:03:32 | More by philbertk
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
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!
11-19-2007 01:13:48 | More by timmy2b
4.13/5 rDev +1%
This is from the early October, 2007 brewing and release, so it's very fresh. Purchased, consumed and reviewed on October 16, 2007.
22-ounce bottle poured at about 45 degrees into a Hefeweizen glass (to concentrate head and aroma) yields a huge off-white head that fades slowly to a rocky solid lid with tons of thick lacing, all over a clear light orange-amber body. Gorgeous looking beer.
Aroma has a surprising amount of malt: cracker, bread-dough, even a little dark fruit. The floral and citrus hops are there, though subtle; primary note is pine. Sweet pine, bitter pine and metallic pine.
Taste is crisp and cracker-y, with lots of hops immediately present: the pine notes dominate, the floral is mild, and the citrus is subdued and definitely in the background. Slight hints of pepper, marjoram and thyme. Interesting finish: as I inhale through my mouth, there is a notable "minty-ness" there, mostly spearmint. Fascinating.
Mouthfeel is delightfully rich at the same time it is refreshingly crisp, the obvious product of the abundant hop-oils.
Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the complexity of flavors.
This one does not play a one-note song. There is a fascinating complexity of flavors present, with the most notable being the mint. Does anyone else pick up on that?
Highly recommended. Another home-run from Great Divide.
10-17-2007 04:57:36 | More by ColoradoBobs
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
A- a beautiful golden amber with a creamy white head. Incredible retention and if lacing throughout.
S- a pleasant somewhat mild hop aroma. Hard to detect specific aromas. Some metallic notes on the first few sips.
T- mild just like the aroma. Was expecting more hop flavor for a fresh hop ale.
M- a little thinner but it makes it easier drinking
O-this isn't a bad ale but when compared to other fresh hops ales it comes up a little short. Best by date of 30 December makes me think this bottle is just past its prime. Will have to try it again next year.
01-05-2014 20:22:15 | More by delta490
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
A- pours a surprizingly dark copper color with a huge white head that fell slowly but gave huge lacing all over the inside of the glass. crystal clear body.
S- heavy citrus and grassy notes all over the place. great heavy hoppy charachter all over the place. light malty charachter. a little citrus character is there as well.
t- lightly malty at the start, then the hops settle in. the hops are strong but not as strong as i expected from teh start. theres a strong bitterness that slowly settles in slowly but the wet hop citrus character is very strong and i liked that alot.
M- full body with a strong carbonation with a lingering stickyness to the tongue
D- pretty good, really liked it.
05-03-2008 23:25:21 | More by Atron67
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a hazy gold with a big fluffy head that never leaves. Big-time aroma with fresh grapefruit and pine needles. Taste is dry and sweet, nice malty balance in this brew. Nice citrusy, hoppy kick, but not overwhelming. Goes down very smooth with some hop-oil aftertaste.
Not quite as good as Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale, but still a tasty beer.
01-30-2008 06:50:30 | More by saintwarrick
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
22oz bomber for $8.49 - $2 (on sale) = $6.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY.
Dense amber brew, big eggshell head settles to a thick film and leaves awesome lacing. Lacing is interesting and very dynamic as the glass goes down- first sticky thin webs, then a thick even coat, then large sticky chunks. Smell is thick body of light malts, robust citrus rind, a bit of pine and grass, sticky sweet, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Taste is sweet orange rind, thin malt background, bit of semi-burnt caramel, bitter grass. Mouthfeel is crisp, very soft carbonation, body not as thick as it smells. Easy drinking. A little EtOH burn in the finish, but not offensive.
06-03-2010 21:43:24 | More by BeerNinja007
4.13/5 rDev +1%
Clear bright copper. Big chunky tanned head. Frothy chunks of lace.
Grapefruit, grass, and pine. Toasty bready malt behind.
Piney, grassy, and herbal with a big splash of grapefruit. A bit of toasty bready malt to balance it slightly. A pleasant, non-overpowering herbal bitterness.
Somewhat sticky and dry. med body, good carbonation for style.
Very drinkable. Fresh, hoppy, and refreshing.
03-19-2010 21:45:41 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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